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Nonprofit Utopia

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Formerly known as Nonprofit "U", the Nonprofit Utopia podcast is an extension of the ideal community for emerging nonprofit leaders. We use our podcast as an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development is the host. Topics include nonprofit management, community development, capacity building and organizational development.

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Between 2012 and 2015 alone, the City of Chicago paid $210 million to settle 655 police misconduct cases. A disproportionate number of these cases were in African American and Latino neighborhoods, many of which are undergoing... more

The expansion of the Norfolk Southern's Englewood Railyard required the acquisition of 557 parcels of land, 104 parcels of which were owned by the City of Chicago, within a local TIF and valued at $1.105 million. The expansion... more

A Community Benefits Agreement ("CBA") is a contract signed by community groups and a real estate developer that requires the developer to provide specific amenities and/or mitigations to the local community or neighborhood.... more

The nonprofit landscape is changing dramatically. In spite of the fact that the national and state economies are in recovery, and foundations are giving more money, many nonprofits are finding it difficult to raise funds. The State of Illinois... more

Most people would agree that program evaluation is important, but, in practice, many emerging organizations don't do it. In some cases, managers are so busy running programs and trying to find the resources to keep them going, that they... more

When Gallup and the Knight Foundation set out to answer the question ?What attaches people to their communities?? they found that the key reasons cited by residents for loving their cities were entertainment and social offerings, how... more

It has been over 50 years since North Lawndale has had a comprehensive plan that could be used to attract resources and guide public policy as it relates to transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing. As a result, much of... more

Today's guest is Shelby Parchman, Director of Programs for Sunshine Enterprises. We will follow up on what has happened over the past several months since he was last on the show. Not only will we look at some of... more

O.S. Owen discusses the upcoming "Learning to Play the Game of Financial Success" workshop series in honor of Money Smart Week. The event will take place Wednesday, April 27th 2016 9am-3pm at Nichols Tower 906... more

When we think of a social enterprise, we often think of a nonprofit business that is operating a for-profit subsidiary. End of story. In reality, there are several legal structures from which to choose, and no one size fits all. Tune in as Erirca... more