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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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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

Building effective boards is a developmental process and can be compared to a game. There are rules of engagement, players, strategies, time limits, winners and losers. Darchelle M. Garner, Managing Director of Vineland Consulting, LLC,... more

The Get Cleared Campaign reduces recidivism by making work possible for formerly incarcerated individuals who are eligible to have their records expunged. They help their clients focus on developing skills that would increase their... more

There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, with new entities opening ?every day?. Well, maybe not every day, but you get the idea. With the growing number of nonprofit organizations competing for fewer dollars,... more

Join Patrick Kirby, Founder of Do Good Better Consulting, and host Valerie F. Leonard, for a lively discussion on how to make your organization's case for support; how to develop effective fundraising strategies and capital campaigns;... more

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