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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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The Focus of Corporate Philanthropyby Clara Knutson, ForbesArticle discusses a new study from Forbes Insights about paradigms in corporate citizenship giving and practice. March 22, 2012 news
5 Ways To Do Good In Any Jobby Dev AujlaNCoC.net guest contributor Dev Aujla is co-author (with Billy Parish) of a new book “Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World.” He outlines five ways any employee ... February 28, 2012 op-ed
Washington Post Millennials to business: Social responsibility isn’t optionalMichelle Nunn in Washington PostA Washington Post article by Michelle Nunn discusses the Millennial generation’s influence on corporate citizenship trends. December 20, 2011 op-ed
USA Today Gifts that give back this holiday seasonKindness Blog, USA TodayChristie Garton of USA Today compiles neat roundup of "gifts that give back" this holiday season. December 7, 2011 blog
Corporations redefine bottom linePhilanthropy JournalArticle by Todd Cohen discusses the alignment of corporate engagement and philanthropy programs with a business’ bottom line. December 7, 2011 news
Bringing Your Values to Work: Recent Data on Employee Engagement from CECPby Margaret Coady, CECPThe analysis of corporate giving trends make clear that companies continue to invest in programs that allow employees to bring their values to work. In light of CECP’s 2011 “Giving in Numbers” ... December 6, 2011 discussion
CECP releases Giving in Numbers: 2011 Edition, a robust analysis of corporate giving trendsThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) has released Giving in Numbers: 2011 Edition , the CEO membership organization’s seventh annual report on corporate giving trends. The ... October 28, 2011 publication
When addressing public problems, is our goal always building consensus or finding common ground? Should it be?A Civic Connector Commentary by Bobbi SiltenThe “Civic Connector” is a daily online forum during the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. The September 20 commentator is Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer of Gap Inc. and ... September 20, 2011 discussion
Business at Its BestCEOs Pursue Business Opportunities Where Corporate and Societal Priorities ConvergeCECP and Accenture have recently collaborated to produce a new global research report which provides practical guidance on how to implement Sustainable Value Creation, and adds valuable insights into the ... June 26, 2011 publication
Survey: Corporations Should Do More To HelpNonProfit TimesStudy finds 62 percent feel it is no longer enough for corporations to solely give money away to good causes. Instead, respondents claimed they want businesses to integrate charitable causes into their ... November 8, 2010 news
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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

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The clock is ticking. Who in your life still needs to register to vote?by Maggie Duncan, League of Women Voters Elections TeamIn honor of National Voter Registration Month, NCoC will be showcasing organizations, resources, and tools that help get the vote out. Read today’s blog post on VOTE411.org by the League of Women ... September 18, 2012
The Parties Versus the PeopleAn Interview with Former Congressman Mickey EdwardsMickey Edwards served Oklahoma and America for 16 years in the United States Congress and currently directs the Rodel Fellowships at the Aspen Institute. He is the author of a new book, “The Parties ... August 14, 2012 discussion
Why Tuesday?’s Jacob Soboroff Hosts “Civics In A Minute”TakePart and Why Tuesday? teamed up to create “Civics In A Minute” – a video series that breaks down politics to show how government and the elections process works. NCoC Fellow ... June 4, 2012
Apply Today: Millennial Civic Engagement Summit Launch! Mobilize.org will be supporting the work of the Millennial Generation by investing over $25,000 in projects led by Millennials that increase civic engagement, community participation, and voter ... May 25, 2012 conferences & events
Who Took Civility Out of Politics?Democracy fundamentally entails controversy and, as is often said, reasonable people may disagree about social issues and policymaking. But recently, many question if civility has left politics all together ... May 1, 2012 discussion
Why Tuesday?by Jacob SoboroffHave you ever asked yourself why we vote on Tuesdays? In this guest post, Why Tuesday? Executive Director Jacob Soboroff highlights a TED Active talk that discusses the historical legislative reasons America’s ... April 11, 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
Politics and Social Media: What’s the Relationship Status?Measures of political involvement are down. Social media usage is up. A lot of attention is being focused on the role of social networks in the 2012 election, but early data suggests it is not realizing ... February 8, 2012 discussion
USA Today Voters leaving Republican, Democratic parties in drovesUSA TodayArticle in USAToday discusses trends of voter registration in advance of 2012 Presidential Election. December 23, 2011 news
Do College Admissions Officers Care About Community Service? Huffington PostArticle from Nancy Lublin in the Huffington Post highlights new DoSomething.org survey, which finds that college admissions officers care about more than GPA and SAT scores-- they are also looking for ... December 13, 2011 blog
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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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USA Today Gifts that give back this holiday seasonKindness Blog, USA TodayChristie Garton of USA Today compiles neat roundup of "gifts that give back" this holiday season. December 7, 2011 blog
Reaffirming our commitment to national serviceHarris Wofford in The HillIn an op-ed in “The Hill,” former Senator Harris Wofford calls for bipartisan leaders to reaffirm their commitment to engaging citizens in new and effective ways to help meet the challenges ... December 6, 2011 news
Why we give to charityBoston GlobeA December 4 article in the Boston Globe looks at the social science of why we give, noting that “These questions have led researchers to posit that helping others, even when it costs us dearly, ... December 4, 2011 news
USA Today College students and graduates volunteering for longer termsUSA TodayUSA Today article discusses the trend of young people serving, but says it’s not all about a shaky economy. December 1, 2011 news
Heart of the NationAn interview with John BridgelandJohn Bridgeland is the CEO of Civic Enterprises and former Assistant to President George W. Bush, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Director of USA Freedom Corps. He chairs NCoC’s ... November 14, 2011 discussion
Civic Health Findings: Volunteering and Working with NeighborsConnecticut Civic Health Index 2011 October 24, 2011 civic health index
Civic Health Findings: Charitable GivingConnecticut Civic Health Index 2011 October 24, 2011 civic health index
A Call to Peace: Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, Civic Enterprises and the National Peace Corps Association released A Call to Peace: Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50 , a new ... October 13, 2011 publication
High Volunteerism Can Mean Lower Unemployment Rates, Study SaysChronicle of Philanthropy September 21, 2011 news
Can Millennials Rebound our Economy Through Community Engagement?By David B. Smith on Mobilize.org blog September 21, 2011 op-ed
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