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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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The Community Law Project helps to build, strengthen, and support community-based organizations that are focused on economic development in Chicago's low-income neighborhoods and that offer the delivery of social... more

Please note, that we have postponed today's episode of Nonprofit "U". Instead of a live discussion on Veterans' issues, we will discuss reasons the IRS denies applications for tax-exemption. The show on Veterans will be postponed for a... more

When Paul Norrington, one of the driving forces behind the creation of the K-Town Historic District, suggested that President Obama build his Library in North Lawndale, his neighbors laughed him to scorn. UIC eventually partnered with... more

The nonprofit landscape is changing dramatically. In spite of the fact that the national and state economies are in recovery, and foundations are giving more money, many nonprofits are finding it difficult to raise funds. The State of Illinois... more

ome nonprofit leaders have a tendency to build organizations and programs around issues for which they have a passion. They believe in their hearts that, ?…if they build it, people will come…? In other cases leaders continue... more

?Chicago area heritage musicians still play today, often in obscure holes-in-the-wall for very little money, competing for limited spots in downtown clubs, or exporting their skills overseas. At home, blues is an... more

As the resources for social services become more competitive, grant makers are looking to invest in programs that provide the maximum impact at a reasonable cost. This often means funding programs that have demonstrated success that... more

Noah Temaner Jenkins and me as we discuss grant writing strategies organizations can use as part of their sustainability toolbox. We will examine the complete proposal writing cycle; link proposal writing to the program design,... more

When we speak of capacity, we are generally referring to organization's potential to marshal their human, financial and other resources to effect positive change in the communities and clients they serve. Organizational capacity is... more

One of the greatest barriers to earning a college degree is the cost. Approximately 70% of college graduates have student loans averaging $37,172 (U.S. News and World Report, Kantrowitz 2017). The barrier of cost is compounded in... more

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