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Civic Learning

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Why Millennials Should Ditch Corporate Jobs for Public ServiceOriginally posted June 16th, 2014 in Fortune by Eric Zenisek and Mike StinnettIt’s a chance for young people to come together and ease the political gridlock in Washington. July 10, 2014 civic health index
The Power of a Service YearOriginally posted on Huff Post The Blog by John Bridgeland and Alan KhazeiThis week, on the heels of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, 400 leaders from every sector of American life gathered there to rededicate themselves and the country to what Lincoln called ... June 9, 2014 blog
National Service is at a CrossroadsOriginally posted on HuffPost The Blog by Ilir ZherkaNew technologies offer boundless opportunities for us to increase the number of people serving communities, while budget-cutters in Congress threaten to end national service as we know it. At this critical ... June 5, 2014
A Call to Civic Leaders: Collaboration, Advocacy, and ReformOriginally posted on CIRCLE’s blogImproving civic education and increasing youth engagement in the United States requires work at every level from all members of society. Read CIRCLE’s latest report and learn how you can contribute. December 3, 2013
National Action Civics Collaborative Launches Campaign to Energize and Improve Youth Civic EngagementSix organizations from around the country launched an effort to energize and improve youth civic engagement in America. Calling on Americans to reinvigorate civic education through “Action Civics,” ... August 30, 2013
The Progress of Education Reform: The New CivicsA Report by the Education Commission of the StatesThis issue of The Progress of Education Reform provides a close look at the new civics-how it differs from previous practices, what it includes, how it is supported by research, and its implications for ... May 30, 2013
Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic EngagementAn Interview with Matt LeighningerMatt was one of a group of editors to work on Democracy in Motion – the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement, addressing the big ... December 18, 2012
The Warrior’s HeartAn Interview with Eric GreitensEric Greitens most recent book, The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage , shares his inspiring story with young readers. NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy caught ... December 10, 2012
What So Proudly We HailMaking American citizens through literatureWhat So Proudly We hail takes a literary approach to civic education, using short stories, speeches, and songs to teach about the American character and American identity. Resources include an online curriculum—complete ... November 29, 2012
Civic Literacy - A Critical 21st Century SkillGuest post by Barbara Stein, Partnership for 21st Century SkillsThe morning of the 67th Annual Conference, NCoC offered guests the opportunity to network and participate in small group discussions with leaders in the field of civic engagement. This post by Barbara ... October 19, 2012
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Corporate Citizenship

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Healthy Habits of Companies that Make a DifferenceOriginally posted by Jason Leiker on the AT&T BlogA recent report compiled by Civic 50, a national initiative to survey and rank S&P 500 corporations on how they engage with the communities they serve and institutionalize these practices in their corporate ... March 13, 2014
NCoC, Points of Light, and Bloomberg
Release 2013 Civic 50 Survey Results
Civic engagement is on the rise in corporate America. According to results of The Civic 50 – an initiative by NCoC and Points of Light to identify the most community–minded companies in ...
December 5, 2013
NCoC and Points of Light Begin Search for America’s Top 50 Community-Minded CompaniesThe Civic 50 Survey is Open for BusinessThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation's definitive experts on civic engagement, have opened The Civic 50 for 2013, an initiative to identify the 50 most community–minded ... June 6, 2013 press release
The Citi Foundation Finds New Ways to Measure the Impact of CSR EffortsOriginally Posted by Ilir Zherka on CSRwire TalkbackIt’s not easy to capture the effects of philanthropic programs on people’s lives. But it's possible. February 27, 2013 blog
CECP Releases Giving in Numbers: 2012 EditionCECP’s Director Margaret Coady answers our questions on their latest reportThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is an international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. We interviewed CECP Director Margaret ... November 13, 2012
Bloomberg LP, NCoC and Points of Light Announce “The Civic 50” Ranking of America’s Most Community-Minded CorporationsThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, today announced the results of The Civic ... November 8, 2012 press release
TWO WEEK COUNTDOWN TO THE CLOSE OF THE CIVIC 50DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING FOR COMPANIES TO BE INCLUDED IN NATIONAL SURVEY RECOGNIZING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT

LIST OF TOP 50 TO BE PUBLISHED IN BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK IN NOVEMBER
July 18, 2012 press release
THE CIVIC 50 SURVEY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESSThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation's definitive experts on civic engagement, today announced the launch of The Civic 50, a national initiative to survey, rank, ... May 21, 2012 press release
Corporate Volunteerism Should Be Part Of Corporate Social Responsibilityby Jean Case, Fast CompanyJean Case blogs for Fast Company about how and why pro bono service should be the norm, and not the exception, in corporate culture and business practice. March 22, 2012 blog
Corporate giving: philanthropy without the moneyby Caroline Fiennes in The Guardian (UK)A blog in the Guardian discusses how companies can have an impact and way to give back by using more than their pocketbooks. March 22, 2012 blog
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Online Engagement

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Can Facebook Replace Face-to-Face? The 2008 National Conference on Citizenship raised this provocative question with Sean Parker, Founding President of Facebook and Bill Galston of the Brookings Institute. Parker and Galston discussed, ... November 14, 2008 video
Sandra Day O’Connor Sandra Day O’ConnorFormer Justice of the Supreme Court
I thought we needed to develop a program in the civics area, starting first with the courts and put it online with the computer and develop some actual participatory games to be played by the students ...
November 5, 2008 expert commentary
Ian Rowe Ian RoweVice president of Strategic Partnerships and Public Policy, MTVI think there’s tremendous opportunity in the technologies we talked about in the prior panel. Incredible in terms of new types of communications – communications between people who already ... November 5, 2008 expert commentary
Study to Explore How Social-Networking Sites Influence Voting BehaviorMuch has been written this election season about how the Internet, especially social-networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, has changed the way people access and share political information. ... November 3, 2008 blog
I’m Ready to Declare a Winner in the 2008 RaceOkay, all the arguments have been made. And I am ready to declare a winner in the 2008 race. The Internet. (The other winner will have to wait until Tuesday night). From the way campaigns connect to supporters, ... November 3, 2008 blog
U.S. Civic Health Shows Broad Decline Amid Signs of Recovery According to First-Ever Index Released TodayThe civic health of the United States has steadily declined over the past 30 years, according to the Civic Health Index, the first-ever index of key citizenship measures unveiled today by the National ... October 31, 2008 press release
PhilanTopicCan Facebook Replace Face-to-Face?Social Actions founder and micro-philanthropy consultant Peter Dietz recently posted an audio clip recorded at the National Conference on Citizenship on the topic "Can Facebook Replace Face-to-Face?" Moderated ... October 23, 2008 blog
Special Opportunities for Increasing Engagment Special Opportunities for Increasing EngagementThis year’s Civic Health Index asked respondents about many forms of civic participation. A closer look at subgroups reveals opportunities for increasing and sustaining their civic engagement. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Measuring the Effects of Social Media MarketingA tough question came up in a conversation with a visiting group of Danish communications professionals last week — how do you actually measure the effectiveness of social media outreach? At that ... September 21, 2008 blog
NetizensEngaging OnlineA dramatic recent change in civil society is the opportunity to participate via computers and digital networks. Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
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Political Involvement

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Kids Voting Kids VotingA national leader in civic education, Kids Voting USAŽ (KVUSA) gets students involved and ready to be educated, engaged citizens. Students learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, ... Nov 1st, 2008 partner
Public Agenda Public AgendaPublic Agenda is a unique research and civic engagement organization working to strengthen our democracy's capacity to tackle tough public policy issues. Nov 1st, 2008 partner
Beyond the VoteAmericans turned out in force for the 2008 Presidential Election with over 133 million ballots cast. Voters were heeding the call for change, but will citizens continue to be involved beyond Election Day? ... November 5, 2008 video
The Ledger.com Civic Health: Win or Lose, Get InvolvedFlorida's turnout wasn't bad for a state that, in a recent study, ranked 47th in the nation in "civic health." Conducted jointly by the National Conference on Citizenship and the Florida Joint Center for ... November 7, 2008 news
The Internet: Civic Polarizer or Unifier?There's an old saying, ”Great minds think alike.” Or is that just what we tell ourselves when we find people who think as we do? Sean Parker, William Galston and Joe Trippi conclude their dynamic ... November 26, 2008 video
Scott Heiferman Scott HeifermanFrom Beet TVThe single, biggest impact of the internet in the next 100 years, is going to be group power. In other words, how is it, from a political perspective, from an organized employee perspective, an organized ... November 25, 2008 expert commentary
Service Learning Should Service-learning be Mandatory?Recent studies indicate that service-learning can play a major role in keeping students interested in their studies, thus improving attendance rates. In fact, service-learning can positively affect classroom ... December 2, 2008 discussion
Peter Levine Peter Levine on Mandatory Service-learningService–learning is tremendously valuable. When done well, it transforms students' lives, helping them to become active citizens, to succeed in school, and to develop skills for the workplace. But ... December 3, 2008 expert commentary
John Bridgeland John Bridgeland on Mandatory Service-learningService–learning is a critical tool in dropout prevention. Research has shown that high–quality service–learning programs can help keep students engaged in their coursework and school, ... December 3, 2008 expert commentary
Nelda Brown Nelda Brown on Mandatory Service-learningAs someone who believes in the power of learning through service, I am excited by attempts to give students universal access to service–learning. Mandating service–learning is one way to do ... December 4, 2008 expert commentary
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Social Capital

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How Civic Engagement Builds Resilient CommunitiesOriginally posted by Kristen Cambell on Opportunity NationThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Opportunity Nation share a belief that our communities are stronger when everyone has the opportunity to contribute. The Opportunity Index, the first statistical ... February 19, 2014
Building an evidence base for an agency’s programs: An interview with Chris Spera, Chief Evaluation Officer, Corporation for National and Community ServiceOriginally posted on Andy Feldman’s Gov Innovator BlogHow can a public agency start to build an evidence base about what works for its programs? How can it strengthen an organizational focus on results and evidence — not just for itself, but also among ... November 6, 2013
Civic Health and the Economy: Making the Connection2013 Issue BriefMultiple studies over the past several years point to a compelling truth: there is a strong relationship between civic health and a thriving economy. This report attempts to weave together the most interesting ... September 18, 2013
How to Reduce Local Unemployment by Boosting Civic Engagementby Tom Spengler, CEO of Granicus
Originally posted on HuffPost Business
Civic engagement isn't just important for citizens' voices to be heard in politics -- some states have discovered it's also the key for reducing unemployment.
June 24, 2013
Volunteering as a Pathway to EmploymentCan volunteering be the difference-maker in your next interview?NCoC believes that when our citizens are engaged, our communities are stronger and more resilient—and we have data to back it up. Exciting new research released today by our colleagues at the Corporation ... June 18, 2013
Promoting American Values After the Boston Bombingby Ilir Zherka, originally posted on Huffington Post Impact June 3, 2013 op-ed
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the NumbersHigh levels of neighbor engagement means strong communities. How often do we talk with one another, help each other out, and how much do we trust the people in our communities? Our latest data shows there’s ... March 14, 2013
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the NumbersAre Americans Bowling Alone?Group participation is a central component of community involvement and broader civic health. Volunteering and Civic Life in America, presented in partnership between NCoC and the Corporation for National ... February 26, 2013
We are CitizensLast night, the President offered a powerful reminder of the values, privileges and rights that bind us together through our role as citizens. In his State of the Union Address, the President called upon ... February 13, 2013
The Power to Set This Country’s CourseIn his Inaugural Address on Monday, January 21st, President Obama reflected upon the Inauguration tradition as an opportunity to, “affirm the promise of our democracy.” The President then called ... January 22, 2013
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Giving and Volunteering

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Civic Health Findings: Charitable GivingConnecticut Civic Health Index 2011 October 24, 2011 civic health index
Volunteering Among Americans Hits Five-Year HighParents of school-aged children volunteer at higher rate than overall population; schools are an essential hub for civic activityVolunteering and Civic Life in America, released today, finds the national volunteer rate reaching a five-year high, and all types of civic engagement play an important role in community vitality. This ... December 12, 2012 civic health index
Obama Family The Price and the Promise of Citizenship.President Obama is counting on us. From his first big national speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention to his Presidential Inaugural Address, Mr. Obama has called on us repeatedly to rise to ... January 20, 2009 discussion
Stock Market Can Service Save the Economy?It’s no secret that our economy is in deep trouble and that various options for its rescue and resuscitation have been a topic of strenuous debate for months. Banks and the auto industry have received ... January 28, 2009 discussion
Woman at Capitol Congress Passes Historic Civic Engagement LegislationOn March 31, Congress passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a legislative initiative to expand and improve service opportunities for all Americans, harness social innovation toward public good, ... April 1, 2009 discussion
Serving Food CNCS Releases “Volunteering in America” reportFrom the passage of the Serve America Act and the launch of United We Serve to the recent National Conference in San Francisco, it has been an exciting few months for service and volunteering. Keeping ... July 28, 2009 discussion
The Opportunity Cost of Civic EngagementThe cost of community involvement during a recessionRecent studies have shown interesting and varied levels of correlation between community involvement around the United States and its direct connection to the economy. UCLA sociology professor Jennie Brand ... August 12, 2009 discussion
The Legacy of Senator KennedyThe citizenship world lost a dear friend today. Senator Kennedy served in the United States Senate for 47 years and often authored landmark legislation. Through the recently passed Edward M. Kennedy ... August 26, 2009 discussion
What’s in a Generation?Are stereotypes being replaced by a society-wide call to do good?Stereotypically, Millennials are characterized as engaged, while their sibiling generation, Generation X is classified as apathetic. But statistically, this engagement gap could be questioned. Both ... February 16, 2010 discussion
United We Serve“It's been said that our true calling in life is where our heart's greatest gladness meets the world's deepest need,” said First Lady Michelle Obama as she launched the White House’s ... June 23, 2009 discussion
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