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Nonprofit Utopia

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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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

The UIC Certificate for Nonprofit Management (CNM) program is the longest running 100% online nonprofit management program in the country, and serves students around the world. Students going through the program have managed... more

With Commissioner Jesus ?Chuy? Garcia serving as the Chief Sponsor, the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation was established by ordinance on April 12, 2016. The Commission is comprised of Cook County government... more

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. The environment can be very competitive and cut throat. Shelby Parchman, a serial entrepreneur and business coach, works with business owners to guide their ideas from concept to... more

In a December 2016 blogpost on the Tutor/ website, Daniel Bassill, PhD, CEO of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, wrote "I am one of those people who fear what will happen to our democracy and freedom, and the... more