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Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning For Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders
August 23, 2002
Strategic planning can serve as a catalyst in transforming and revitalizing nonprofit organizations and foundations by helping them clarify their missions and goals, target spending, and reshape programs and other operations. To lend a helping hand in the strategic planning process, nonprofit management consulting firm the Conservation Company...
Technology and Grit at the Grassroots
August 21, 2002
In an effort to help distressed, rural communities use technology to improve quality of life, the National Center for Small Communities has published Technology and Grit at the Grassroots (80 pages, PDF), a guidebook designed for small town leaders that identifies and explores effective technology-based economic development strategies. The...
America's Second Harvest Community Kitchens
August 19, 2002
Community Kitchens, a program of America's Second Harvest, uses surplus food not only to feed the hungry but also to teach skills in the culinary arts, safe food handling, and job readiness to unemployed individuals. To promote the program, the organization is featuring on its Web site the experience of three students — Regina, Roberta, and...
News Media's Improved Image Proves Short-Lived
August 15, 2002
U.S. news organizations were praised for their performance in the weeks after the terrorist attacks on September 11, but nearly a year later the public's criticism of the media is as strong as ever, according to News Media's Improved Image Proves Short-Lived (22 pages, HTML), a report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press....
A Portrait of Informal Caregivers in America
August 13, 2002
More than half the family members and others caring for people with chronic diseases report that they do not receive clear guidance from healthcare providers, according to a new survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Foundation for Accountability, a nonprofit organization that helps Americans make better healthcare decisions. The...
Mott Memo: Groups Work Together on Welfare Reform
August 9, 2002
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has rolled out the Mott Memo, a new publication reporting on key topics of interest to the foundation and its audiences. The first issue (8 pages, PDF), released in July, focuses on the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, an effort started in 2000 with a lead grant of $3 million from the Mott...
Building Boston's Cultural Capital
August 6, 2002
The Boston Foundation has launched an online campaign to boost the fundraising efforts of Boston-area cultural organizations looking to expand and improve their facilities, build new spaces, and create new programs. The campaign, Building Boston's Cultural Capital, reflects the foundation's belief that the arts are crucial to healthy communities....
Ideas For An Open Society: Repealing Three Strikes
August 1, 2002
Although crime rates in the U.S. have been falling for nearly a decade, the number of inmates in U.S. prisons still exceeds two million, accounting for nearly a quarter of the world's prison population. One factor in the stubbornly high incarceration rate are so-called "three strikes" laws, which grew out of the anti-crime crusades of the early...
Dana Arts logo
July 23, 2002
As part of its new arts education program, the New York City-based Dana Foundation has released Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook (168 pages, PDF), a collection of eighteen essays by artists and educators that illustrate best practices and approaches in the development of arts-centered education programs. Designed to guide...
Campaign for Young Voters' Candidate Toolkit
July 21, 2002
According to the Campaign for Young Voters, some thirty million Americans under the age of thirty did not vote in 2000, a non-voting rate that's twice as high as the rate for older Americans. To address the problem of non-voting younger Americans, CYV, a project of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in...
Center for Science in the Public Interest: Survey on Alcopop Advertising to Teens
July 19, 2002
The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest has released the results of a survey it commissioned to measure the exposure of American children to ads for alcopops, a burgeoning category of liquor-branded malt beverages. According to CSPI and other public health advocates, the sweet-tasting drinks bearing brand names such...
Homeland Defense and Democratic Liberties: An American Balance in Danger?
July 16, 2002
Since September 11, the U.S. government has struggled to find a balance between preventing future terrorist attacks and preserving civil liberties. The Carnegie Corporation of New York addressed the issue in February when it hosted a forum that brought together policymakers, legislators, educators, and others to discuss homeland security and...