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Detroiter feels kinship with Newark on 50th anniversary of rebellion

Posted on by Guest Blogger

This year marks a somber anniversary for many urban communities around the United States. It’s the 50th anniversary of 1967 rebellions that occurred in cities across the nation, including Newark, Oakland, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. As a native Detroiter, I’ve heard … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Want a Stronger, More Diverse Board? Start Here

Posted on by Laura Otten, Dodge Technical Assistance

Diversity on boards has long been a hot topic. While it has always been a best practice to have a board of directors that is reflective of your constituency, too few have lived up to that best practice. In the … Continue reading

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Arts Ed Now: Lessons in Dance to Help Choreograph Your Future

Posted on by Claudine Ranieri, Paramus High School dance educator

As a dance educator and choreographer, my mission is to use the art of dance as a powerful tool that is beyond entertainment — conveying stories and meaningful messages about ourselves and the world around us. That mission was on full … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Board Performance and Inertia

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen

I tend to be uncomfortable with change. I know I am not alone. People’s resistance to change has spawned many different uses for the word “inertia” that have nothing to do with physics. There are cognitive inertia, business inertia, organizational … Continue reading

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Newark in the Spotlight: Summer Youth Employment Program Nod Emblematic of City’s Collaborative Spirit

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When Mayor Ras Baraka took office in 2014, he immediately called for an expansion of the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program. There is a growing body of evidence that youth employment programs are a positive intervention that can reduce summer … Continue reading

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Arts Ed Now: March is NJ Teen Arts Festival Time!

Posted on by Harrison H. Haney

This March begins the kickoff of the Teen Arts Festival circuit in New Jersey. Individual counties across New Jersey host local Teen Arts Festivals showcasing the literary, performing and visual talents of the resident teen artists. At these county festivals, … Continue reading

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History Matters

Posted on by Sara Cureton, New Jersey Historical Commission

You may not have noticed, but history is having a moment. Often overlooked as a bit of a wallflower next to its showier sisters—arts, literature, and science — history does periodically take center stage and remind us of its inevitable, … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Living in — and planning for — interesting times

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

Staying on Track in an Unpredictable World We’re just a few weeks into 2017, and it already seems hackneyed to talk about how unpredictable the world has become. It’s not surprising that many nonprofits are already experiencing stress from the … Continue reading

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Local News Lab: Jersey Shore Hurricane News experiments in listening to get to ‘deeper’ community issues

Posted on by Chris Satullo, Local News Lab fellow

At first blush, New Orleans and the Jersey Shore might seem as different as étouffée and salt-water taffy. New Orleans is urban, diverse and Creole. The Shore is seasonal, suburban and deep-fried. Still, each sits in a state entirely too … Continue reading

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Don’t Weaken the Existing Ban on Electioneering by 501(c)(3) Organizations

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Proposed ‘Johnson Amendment’ repeal would harm nonprofit organizations Since 1954, tax law has contained a provision prohibiting 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from directly or indirectly attempting to influence the election or defeat of any candidate for public office. This ban, also known … Continue reading

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Free Press: Race, the Media, and Politics in the Trump Era

Posted on by James L. Thompson, Free Press

  One of the most important roles news outlets have is their power to convene. They can bring together community members and those in positions of power, and provide a space for thoughtful conversation while asking necessary, but uncomfortable, questions. … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: How to use a competitive advantage exercise to better understand your organization’s strengths

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

How to use a “competitive advantage” exercise to better understand your organization’s strengths New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation – so it’s no surprise that it’s also densely populated with nonprofits. The National Center for … Continue reading

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Local News Lab: Reimagining How We Get Community News in New Jersey

Posted on by Chris Satullo

Imagine you were given an assignment. Here it is: Two weeks before Christmas, gather the major legacy and new media players in your state for a brainstorming meeting that will take up the better part of their day. Just to … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: David Grant Imagines If Hillary and Donald Had a Rubric

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The stunning levels of negativity, distrust, and cynicism evident in the political sphere this fall stand in stark contrast to the spirit I encountered recently in three days of workshops with staff and board members of New Jersey nonprofits, courtesy … Continue reading

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Local News Lab: Diverse, Inclusive, and Informed

Posted on by Sabrina Hersi Issa, Local News Lab Fellow

What It Will Take To Build the Future of Journalism Holding a mirror to society, speaking truth to power and producing coverage and storytelling that can potentially build bridges between people and communities are critical functions I’ve always considered a … Continue reading

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