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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 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

?…Construction of the Obama Presidential Library itself is estimated to cost around $600 million, and could result in the creation of an estimated 1,900 permanent jobs. Surrounding neighborhoods could see $30 million in new food... more

Join Amalia NietoGomez, the Executive Director of the Alliance of the SouthEast for a lively discussion about strategies the organization is using to build safe, healthy communities and to ensure that new developments benefit local... 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

Have you ever been hired to lead a nonprofit organization and wished that someone had written a book to help you navigate the landmines? Joan Garry just wrote that book, and she will be a guest on Nonprofit ?U?. Joan will share... 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

Join Victor B. Dickson, the President and CEO of the Safer Foundation and me for a lively discussion. Victor will talk about the issues surrounding reentry, and the work the Safer Foundation is doing to help foster safer communities. Safer... more

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