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Civic Learning

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Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in DemocracyA Road Map and Call to ActionU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan along with several Obama Administration and education officials launched a national conversation today about the importance of educating students for informed, engaged ... January 10, 2012 publication
Strengthening the civic mission of charter schoolsA report of the AEI Program on American CitizenshipIn a new American Enterprise Institute (AEI) report, authors Robin Lake and Cheryl Miller offer an in-depth look at how top charter schools have implemented innovative civic education curricula. January 9, 2012 publication
The Gardens of DemocracyAn interview with Eric Liu and Nick HanauerEric Liu is an author and speaker who served as a speechwriter and policy advisor to President Bill Clinton. Nick Hanauer is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Together, they have authored two books, ... December 12, 2011 discussion
Library Priority: Community-Civic EngagementA leadership brief from the Urban Libraries CouncilA new issue brief, “Library Priority: Community-Civic Engagement” emphasizes the essential role public libraries play in getting people involved in issues of concern in their communities. December 9, 2011 publication
TIME Magazine Logo Can We Teach Kids to Be Good Citizens?TIME IdeasToo often our nation's schools build vocabulary but not character... in a TIME article, Jon Schnur asks, "Can we teach our kids to be good citizens?" December 6, 2011 news
Are Our Schools Doing Their Part to Fulfill the Promise of the Constitution?A Civic Connector Commentary by Judge Frank DamrellThe “Civic Connector” is a daily online forum during the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. The September 17 commentator is Judge Frank Damrell. Judge Damrell’s “Civic ... September 17, 2011 discussion
Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of SchoolsThe report builds and expands on the findings of the 2003 Civic Mission of Schools report, published by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning ... September 15, 2011 publication
What Promotes Indiana’s Civic Health?Indiana Civic Health Index 2011 September 14, 2011 civic health index
Efforts to Promote Indiana’s Civic HealthIndiana Civic Health Index 2011 September 14, 2011 civic health index
What So Proudly We HailWhat Does it Mean to be American? “What So Proudly We Hail,” a new anthology, explores the meaning of being an American. Though a book and the the help of stories, speeches, and songs, the initiative seeks to educate hearts ... July 7, 2011 publication
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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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The Civic Data Challenge: An Impetus for InnovationA Guest blog post by Jeff Coates, Knight Foundation Strategic Initiatives AssociateThe Civic Data Challenge invites participants to turn raw data about civic health into useful applications and visualizations that have direct impact on public decision-making. NCoC, with the support of ... April 11, 2013 blog
Infographic: Social Media’s Impact on Giving in 2012An infographic detailing the many ways social media has helped facilitate online giving in 2012. December 17, 2012 blog
First Ever Civic Data Challenge is a Success!NCoC launched the first ever Civic Data Challenge in April 2012. The Challenge was launched by NCoC to bring new eyes, minds, findings, and skill sets to ‘civic health’ data - information that ... October 16, 2012
NCoC’s Civic Data Challenge: So Much More Than Just Numbersby Jake Brewer
Originally posted in CSRwire Talkback
Can 'civic health data' help guide private, nonprofit and public leaders to create work and living spaces that are cleaner, safer and vibrant?
September 19, 2012
National Conference on Citizenship Announces Winners of First-Ever Civic Data Challenge
Awardees Make Civic Health Data More Accessible to Decision Makers and PublicPhiladelphia, PA – The winners of the first-ever Civic Data Challenge were announced today at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship in Philadelphia.
September 14, 2012 press release
Social Networking Sites and Civic Engagement: What’s the Relationship Status?The most powerful force in American democracy is the connection among citizens. Social networking sites (SNS) have shown to promote increased connectivity. But does building online communities translate ... June 21, 2012 discussion
Infographic: A New Era of the Digital RevolutionThe role of mobile devices and social media in news consumption. Interesting infographic from Pew Research about the role of mobile devices and social media in news consumption. March 30, 2012 publication
From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Changeby Courtney E. Martin, NYT Opinionator A blog in the New York Times Opinionator discusses how young people are channeling their pop culture fan energy toward social good. March 21, 2012 blog
Social Networking and PoliticsNew Study from Pew Internet and American Life ProjectIt turns out that birds of a feather don’t always flock together on social networking sites when it comes to politics, says a new Pew study. March 13, 2012 publication
Network for Good Reaffirms Digital Philanthropy Trends in 2011Insights and Trends on Charitable EngagementOn March 5, 2012, Network for Good released the The Network For Good Digital Giving Index 2011, which provides important insights about digital philanthropy. Key findings include that people seem to ... March 13, 2012 publication
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Political Involvement

Social Capital

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Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case BuildsA 2012 Issue BriefThis 2012 Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. It finds that the density and type of nonprofit organizations in a community, as well as its social cohesion, ... September 12, 2012 publication
Civic Engagement: An Engine for Economic Recovery?Originally posted August 30 on CSRwireOriginally posted on CSRwire Talkback, this blog post written by Executive Director David B. Smith outlines what to expect from NCoC’s forthcoming report on civic engagement and unemployment. August 30, 2012 blog
The Civic Acceleratorby Sara Johnson, Village Capital Program AssociateThis fall, Village Capital in partnership with Points of Light will launch the Civic Accelerator. This twelve-week program is an opportunity for nonprofit and for-profit ventures focused on civic engagement ... August 9, 2012
Closing America’s Opportunity Gapby Melody C. Barnes and John BridgelandThis article by Melody C. Barnes and John Bridgeland gets to a core idea of citizenship -- equality of opportunity -- and what draws so many to our shores -- a shot at the American Dream. July 19, 2012 expert commentary
Executive Director David Smith takes NCoC’s Research to the White HouseOn Thursday July 5, the White House convened a Forum on Citizen-Based Innovation to discuss how civic engagement creates jobs, promotes economic resilience, and strengthens communities. NCoC’s ... July 10, 2012 video
Public Policy Chat: Mary Ellen ArdounyThis month, NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy talks to Mary Ellen Ardouny about the connection between education, workforce investment, and environmental conservation and what this connection could ... June 26, 2012 discussion
Civic Engagement and Employment: NCoC Continues the Conversationby Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies, NCoC June 13, 2012 discussion
Discussion: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?6 Hypotheses on the Link Between Civic Health and UnemploymentResearch shows a connection between civic health and a community’s ability to weather a recession. We’ve posited 6 hypotheses about why this connection exists, and invite you to join in a discussion. February 16, 2012 discussion
Youth Civic Engagement: Measuring Social Capitalby Kelley O’Brien, North Carolina Civic Education ConsortiumBrief explores the levels of social capital among young people in North Carolina (building off 2010 NC Civic Health Index). February 6, 2012
Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of TurmoilReport shows job and economic contribution of nonprofit sectorThe Center for Civil Society and Studies has released a new report entitled “Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil.” The report shows the U.S. nonprofit sector posted ... February 6, 2012 publication
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Giving and Volunteering

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IntroductionNorth Carolina Civic Health Index 2010 October 23, 2010 civic health index
WHERE DOES NORTH CAROLINA STAND?
A COMPARISON WITH NATIONAL TRENDS
North Carolina Civic Health Index 2010North Carolina’s civic health lags that of other states. Generally speaking, North Carolina ranks in the bottom 50% of major civic health indicators except for those related to voting in 2008, where ...
October 23, 2010 civic health index
LOW CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
AMONG NORTH CAROLINA’S YOUTH:
A SERIOUS CAUSE FOR CONCERN
North Carolina Civic Health Index 2010North Carolina’s young people — the future leaders of our state and our communities — are, unfortunately, the least civically engaged of any age group in North Carolina.
October 23, 2010 civic health index
NORTH CAROLINA’S CIVIL SOCIETY:
AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB
North Carolina Civic Health Index 2010
October 23, 2010 civic health index
IntroductionMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
State Ranking on Civic Engagement IndicatorsMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
Historical Trends in Indicators of Civic EngagementMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
State Ranking on Social Capital IndicatorsMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
Civic Engagement is About ParticipationOhio Civic Health Index 2010 November 8, 2010 civic health index
Ohioans Have Strong Assets in Their Community LeadersOhio Civic Health Index 2010 November 8, 2010 civic health index
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