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Justice Informed
Xavier Ramey, the CEO and Lead Strategist for Justice Informed, LLC, will be a guest on the Nonprofit Utopia podcast on Monday, October 8, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., CST. The Nonprofit Utopia…
Look Before You Leap: 5 Things You Must Do Before Joining That Board
You have just been invited to join a board of directors of one of the hottest local nonprofits in the city. What should you do before accepting?
Making the Case for Support in Times of Change
Writing a compelling case for support is not always as easy as it seems. In Case Development 201, Communications Consultant Andrew Brommel writes “an organization’s case for support is…
Build the Backdrop for Your #GivingTuesday Story by Refining Your Community Needs Assessment Skills
The Nonprofit Utopia community will be hosting 2 free webinars to help nonprofit professionals strengthen their community assessment skills. Facilitated by Valerie F. Leonard, the community's…
Thought Leadership: The Often Overlooked Strategy To Build Organizational Capacity
When we talk about nonprofit capacity building , we typically refer to ways we can strengthen our organizations’ leaders and internal systems so that we can make a stronger impact to our…
What You Should Be Doing Right Now to Prepare for #GivingTuesday and #ILGive
It’s August, 2018, and #GivingTuesday is November 27 th . What should you be doing right now to ensure that your campaign is successful? Here is a timeline of recommended activities from the…
Nonprofit Utopia Launches on Mighty Networks to Develop the Next Generation of Ethical Leaders
(Chicago, Illinois, May 31, 2018) Nonprofit Utopia, LLC informally launched yesterday as a community of emerging nonprofit leaders, designed to provide a safe environment in which members can…
In Search of the Ideal Nonprofit Community
Valerie F. Leonard, a local expert in community and organizational development, will be launching the Nonprofit Utopia community in June of this year. Nonprofit Utopia is a community of emerging…
Building Organizations That Stand the Test of Time
Valerie F. Leonard, a local expert in community and organizational development, is partnering with Chicago State University to host "Lasting Impact: Building Sustainable Organizations". The…
Empowering Youth to Speak Up and Speak Out!
Calling all TEEN groups and organizations supporting TEENS Come and have your VOICES HEARD and discuss issues that are important to YOU! May 18, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S.…
4 Steps 2 College
JP Paulus, President of Do-Gooder Consulting, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an online…
The People's OPL (Obama Presidential Library)
Members of the Obama Library CBA Coalition will be guests on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, April 3, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Guests include Allegra…
"Nonprofits Are Messy" on Nonprofit "U"
Joan Garry, Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, February 20, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an…
Best African-American History Apps and Websites For Teachers, Parents and Students
CommonSense Media recommneds apps, games, and websites in the classroom to balance the triumphs of African-Americans in politics, literature, music, science, and beyond with the continued struggle…
Using Social Innovation to Drive Community Revitalization
Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chairman of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, December 19, 2016, from 2:00…
Where Sustainability Meets Environmental Justice
Naomi Denise Davis, Founder of Blacks in Green TM , will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, December 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Developing Effective Grant Writing Strategies
Noah Temaner Jenkins will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, December 5, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Settling for Misconduct: An Exploration of the Chicago Reporter’s Interactive Database of Police Misconduct Cases
Susan Smith Richardson, the Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter , was a recent guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show, providing an overview of the news outlet's new…
Settling for Misconduct: An Exploration of the Chicago Reporter’s Interactive Database of Police Misconduct Cases
Susan Smith Richardson, the Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter , was a recent guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show, providing an overview of the news outlet's new…
TIF Toolkit Launch on Nonprofit "U"
Carolina Gaete and Cecile Carroll DeMello, Co-Directors of Blocks Together, will be guests on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, November 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30…
Youth-Led Tech 2016 Student Application Is Now Open!
Youth-led Tech Summer 2016 is a technology mentoring program in three Chicago neighborhoods: Austin, North Lawndale, and Roseland. Contact Smart Chicago at 312-565-2933 or email…
Nonprofit "U": Hitting the "Reset" Button in North Lawndale
Rodney Brown and Dennis Deer will be guests on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, April 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an online forum where nonprofit…
13 Reasons the IRS Says "No"
Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, recently discussed 13 common reasons the IRS rejects applications for tax exemption on the Nonprofit “U” radio…
Congrats To The Englewood Codes Project Youth
Englewood Codes Demo Day: The Englewood Codes project instructs youth on how to design, build and maintain their own multimedia websites.
Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Business in the State of Illinois
Tune in to Nonprofit “U” to hear a podcast of Valerie F. Leonard discussing the ins and outs of starting a nonprofit business in the State of Illinois.

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