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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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As Cara's Director of Student and Alumni Affairs and a 15-year Cara veteran, Jesse Teverbaugh is a firm believer in the notion that we transform our lives by transforming others. Cara helps men and women affected by poverty (and often... more

David Young has been Housing Action Illinois's (HAI) Director of Training since 2012. In this role, he is responsible for providing capacity building services to nonprofit developers and housing counseling organizations in order to increase... more

The Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center was created to fight the ravages of trauma and opioid abuse on Chicago's West Side. While the Center is expected to open the first quarter of 2018, there is already a movement afoot to... more

Rebroadcast-North Lawndale Then and Now: What Has Changed Since Dr. King Walked Among Us? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to North Lawndale in 1966 to launch a fight for fair housing. Fast forward to 2017, what has changed? Join... more

Nonprofits are often concerned with having just the right social media messages to promote year-end giving campaigns. When the dust settles, they still need to maintain compliance with state and federal regulators. These disclosure... more

How can nonprofits and other social enterprises deliver a better experience for customers and employees to increase value? Join John Corrigan, Founder and CEO of Journimap, L3C, and me for a lively and me for a lively discussion on... more

Blocks Together (BT) empowers residents to work together for systematic changes that bring concrete improvement to their lives. They tackle social justice issues relating to education, housing, economic justice and the criminalization of... more

Nonprofit storytelling is an essential part of fundraising. Join Daniel Ash, Chief Marketing Offcer, Chicago Community Trust, and Princess Currence, Director of the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program (CNM), for a lively... more

Life after the military can be just as challenging for veterans and their families as serving in active combat. In their effort to transition back into civilian life, many struggle with a number of physical, psychological, social and economic issues.... more

We are living in an environment in which immigration laws are being aggressively enforced. This has several implications in the workplace. Join Jody Adler, the Director of the Community Law Project, and me for a lively discussion on... more

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