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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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Having launched its first 100&Change Competition in 2016, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the launch of a second round, through which a grant of $100 million will be awarded to help address one of... more

?No man (or organization) is an island?, as they say. We need partners to help us accomplish our goals with maximum impact. However, establishing partnerships are not without risks, landmines and pitfalls. The best partnerships can have... more

You have just been asked to join the board of directors of an organization, and you are weighing the opportunity to share your skills, time, talents and networks. What should you do before you join? Join us as host Valerie F. Leonard, shares... more

Have you ever experienced deep conflict or trauma and wished you could re-write a chapter in your life? For your community? For your organization? Improv for Peace helps organizations, communities and professionals actively resolve... more

Before I started Nonprofit Utopia, LLC, I was very engaged in North Lawndale, the Chicago community in which I was born and raised. As Co-Founder of the Lawndale Alliance, I worked with my neighbors to advocate for tax increment... more

Every living organism has vital signs, or key indicators of health. For us humans, these include blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. Likewise, organizations have key indicators of health.Depending on the... more

When Angelique Power was named President of the Field Foundation of Illinois, three questions guided their grant making: Is racial equity in philanthropy even possible? Can the fallacy of philanthropic expertise fall away to create room for... more

Forensic nursing is the intersection of medicine, law enforcement, policy and advocacy. Forensic nurses work with victims of sexual assault, human trafficking and other violent crimes to document their injuries and provide evidence and... more

The Economic Innovation Group estimated that U.S. investors, collectively, had over $6.1 trillion unrealized capital gains by the end of 2017. What if these funds could be funneled to economically struggling areas? The recently passed Tax... more

While there is no such thing as perfection, the 7-year process that brought the Foundation Center and GuideStar together to become Candid, is pretty close, as mergers go. The completion of the merger has not only resulted in the creation... more