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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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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

Even when asked by their funders, organizational leaders are often reluctant to provide candid feedback to foundations, for fear of alienating them. As a result, foundations don't always have an accurate picture of what the grantee... 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

It has been over 49 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. and the SCLC organized the first Poor People's Campaign, with mixed results. What were the lessons learned that will help us today? Join Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Director of the... more

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season. #ILGive is a24-hour digital fundraising event that connects individuals with the causes that matter to... more

Join David Pendleton, the Executive Director of The Door of Hope Rescue Mission and me for a lively discussion. David will talk about the issues facing men in transition, share updates on the work of the Mission and ways to... more

Join Peter Creticos, President/Executive Director, Institute for Work & the Economy, for a lively discussion on the Institute's work and their upcoming conference, The Many Futures of Work: Possibilities and Perils. The... more

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