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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.
Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing
The UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program hosted Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing. The modes of instruction included lecture, case studies and presentations. Students…
Increasing Fundraising Through Transparency
Join us for a lively discussion on how nonprofit organizations may increase their fundraising capacity through transparency and enhanced disclosure utilizing GuideStar Profiles. Our special guest…
Keeping the Promise: A Virtual Teach-In on the Promise Neighborhoods Model
Join us for a virtual teach-in as Michael McAfee, EdD, Vice President of the PolicyLink Promise Neighborhoods Institute, shares an overview of the evidence-based Promise Neighborhood Institute.
Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Servitude and Innovation
Determined to ensure that the loss of his brother through street violence was not in vain, Robert Douglas organized the S.O.N Foundation with the vision of making the Roseland community safer and…
Data Driven Justice: CTBA’s Ralph Martire Discusses Ways to Use Data to Bring About Social and Economic Equity
Ralph Martire, the Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA), will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, November 9, 2015, from…
Just Checking: Valerie F. Leonard Discusses How Nonprofits Can Maintain Tax-Exempt Status
In response to the growing number of nonprofit organizations losing tax-exempt status, Valerie F. Leonard, will discuss nonprofit compliance on the state and federal levels on the Nonprofit…
Dew the Right Thing: Habilitative Systems, Inc. CEO Discusses Mental Health, People With Disabilities and the State Budget Stalemate
Donald J. Dew, the CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI), will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, October 5, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U"…
Think Big: UIC’s Kate Pravera Discusses the Next 5 Things in Nonprofit Management
Kate Pravera, the Founder and Academic Director of the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, September 14,…
Sowing Seeds of Greatness: Chicago Youth Centers’ Kimberly George Shares Critical Success Factors for Improving College Retention Rates Among Urban Youth
Kimberly George, a Teen Worker/College Readiness Specialist with CYC ABC Polk Brothers Youth Center, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, August 31, 2015,…
At Your Service
Crystal Sowemimo, the Community Outreach and Development VISTA with Holsten Human Capital Development, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, August 10,…
Let the Sunshine In
Shelby Parchman, Director of Programs for Sunshine Enterprises, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, July 27, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit…
Building A Movement: Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector Through Advocacy and Action
Eric Weinheimer, President and CEO of the Donors Forum, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, July 13, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an…
The People's TIF's
Carolina Gaete and Cecile Carroll DeMello, Co-Directors of Blocks Together, will be guests on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, July 6, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.…
Nonprofit "U" Episode 2: Weathering the Storm
In an ongoing effort to help organizations increase their capacity to serve their clients and communities, the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show will host its second episode, Weathering…
New Christian Social Network Offers Better Choice For Facebook Users
My Space for Grace is a new social network, which looks similar to Facebook, but is a whole lot better once you get inside. It officially launched on February 1, 2015 and will give Christians a new…
Parents, Teachers, SELMA Is Age 13 Appropriate
Movie SELMA now playing, SELMA, an Outstanding drama about MLK's fight for civil rights. Age appropriate, 13 years, rated 5-stars by CommonSense Media.
Auburn Gresham Digital Youth Network Sends Condolences for "Brother Mike" Hawkins
Chicago poet, activist, mentor, and multimedia educator Mike Hawkins, better known as Brother Mike, has died at age 38, according to several sources close to Hawkins. Brother Mike's services are…

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