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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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Join David Pendleton, the Executive Director of The Door of Hope Rescue Mission and me for a lively discussion. David will talk about the Mission's work and share lessons learned in delivering faith-based services to homeless men... more

Being a member of the board of directors for a nonprofit organization is not to be taken lightly. There are a number of responsibilities, including maintaining compliance with regulators and funders. On top of that, the political climate... more

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 Valerie F. Leonard as she examines the issues that brought Dr. King to North Lawndale in 1966,... more

What does 2017 hold for nonprofit organizations? Join Valerie F. Leonard as she shares forecasts from national organizations and experts based on emerging trends in the nonprofit sector. She will also share results of her own survey of... more

When we speak of nonprofit sustainability, we think of organizations' ability to raise money. It's more than that. It's a combination of things-fundraising, organizational infrastructure, adherence to mission and core values, credibility,... more

The Cook County Commission on Social Innovation was established by ordinance on April 12, 2016, with Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García as the chief sponsor. The Commission, comprised of thought leaders in the non-profit,... more

Naomi Davis' core beliefs can be summarized as follows: ?Conserve or collapse; help is not on the way; nothing trumps self-help; only a whole-system solution can transform a whole-system problem.? To that end, she founded Blacks In Green... more

Naomi Davis' core beliefs can be summarized as follows: ?Conserve or collapse; help is not on the way; nothing trumps self-help; only a whole-system solution can transform a whole-system problem.? To that end, she founded Blacks In Green... more

Join 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 last spoke with Carolina Gaete and Cecile Carroll-DeMello, we learned how they have managed to work with local residents and elected officials to bring democracy to the TIF program, develop affordable housing and make... more

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