October 2011 Blog Archive

United Front 2011

Conversations to Navigate the Rough Road Ahead
A colleague of mine on the West Coast recently quipped that nonprofit boards of directors operate at “glacial” speed.” I knew what she was talking about. Many boards of directors (and their staff leaders) are stymied by how to make sense of the rapid changes in funding streams, client needs, and external factors that are threatening the very existence of many organizations. Many nonprofit board responses can be best described as “stalled out” or “deer in the headlights.” READ MORE

United Front 2011 Summary
I had the opportunity to attend United Front 2011 this morning, focusing on Collective Impact. One of the more interesting parts of the morning session was the presentation by Jay Kiedrowski from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs over at the University of Minnesota. In a marvelously data-laden presentation, he made some startling (if sobering) key points. READ MORE


Family Violence Community

Making the Voices of Children Heard
As we near the middle of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we want to encourage you to share this new interactive resource, HonorOurVoices.org, with colleges and other professionals and complete the training module for yourself.


Decriminalizing Domestic Violence To Save Money
Faced with their worst budget crises since the Great Depression, states and cities have resorted to increasingly desperate measures to cut costs. State and local governments have laid off teachers, slashed Medicaid funding, and even started unpaving roads and turning off streetlights. But perhaps the most shocking idea to save money is being debated right now by the City Council of Topeka, Kansas. The city could repeal an ordinance banning domestic violence because some say the cost of prosecuting those cases is just too high. READ MORE


Health Community

Mental Health Awareness Month
During the month of October Mental Illness Awareness is the focus of several national events including: Mental Health Awareness Week, World Mental Health Day, and National Depression Screening Day. Take time this month to encourage those who you care about to reflect on their own mental health and do something to support them.


Jobs & Training Community

Generating New Revenue to Attack Social Problems
As government finances grow increasingly strained and foundation endowments struggle just to regain the levels they were at years ago, many who care about our growing societal needs are exploring innovative ways to bring new capital to the table – with a particular interest in tapping the private investor market. READ MORE


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