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Civic Learning

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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
Circle New CIRCLE Fact Sheet Describes State Laws, Standards, and Requirements for K-12 CivicsWith funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, CIRCLE has analyzed the standards, course requirements, and mandatory assessments relevant to civic education in all 50 states plus the District of ... October 11, 2012 blog
Op-ed: What citizenship means for the 21st centuryby Lillian Kellogg & Michelle Herczog
Originally posted on Philly.com
September 20, 2012 op-ed
That’s Not DemocracyHow Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Wayby Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher at CIRCLE CIRCLE released a major new study last week. The report, “That’s Not Democracy,” shows just how highly unequal civic engagement ... August 27, 2012
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Corporate Citizenship

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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
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
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
Transforming high expectations into great impact: Corporate America is getting itEvan Hochberg on the Case Foundation blogEvan Hochberg guest blogs at the Case Foundation about the results of Deloitte’s 2010 Volunteer IMPACT Survey. May 5, 2010 blog
What Can YOU Do? An Update on the Situation in LouisianaBy Stephen Jordan and Gerald McSwiggan, BCLCA guest post by the Business Civic Leadership Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, explores opportunities to help with Gulf Coast recovery after the BP oil spill. August 25, 2010 blog
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
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
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
Corporate Citizenship Highlight: B CorporationsAs part of our discussion “The Case for Corporate Citizenship,” NCoC is highlighting some ways corporations are engaging employees, giving back to communities, and integrating civically responsible ... July 8, 2010 discussion
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Online Engagement

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Connected CitizensThe Power, Peril and Potential of NetworksThe new Connected Citizens report notes that digital technology is changing our relationship to news and information from that of passive consumer to active participant. Working at the intersection ... May 31, 2011 publication
What does “social giving” look like?This infographic from Blackbaud illustrates what the “social giving ecosystem” looks like, thanks to the emergence of technology and social media. May 20, 2011 blog
Citizen Superheroes: Is There an App for That?Technology plays an increased role in the way citizens respond to community emergencies and, in some cases, fight back against crime. With so many ways (and likely many more to come) to engage, it ... February 22, 2011 discussion
The Promise of Social Networks Realized?by Karlo MarceloA new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project observed that Internet users, and particularly social networkers, are more likely to be involved in groups and volunteer. This is similar to some ... January 27, 2011
’Tis The Season For Solicitationsby Karlo MarceloTechnology and online engagement provide easy access and low cost ways for nonprofits to solicit donations. Mobile apps, celebrity campaigns, and bell ringers have all tried to capitalize on technology ... December 20, 2010 discussion
Web Users Increasingly Rely on Social Media to Seek Help in a DisasterNew Red Cross survey shows 74 percent expect response agencies to answer social media calls for help within an hourA new American Red Cross survey shows many web users would turn to social media to seek help for themselves or others during emergencies—and they expect first responders to be listening-- 74 percent ... August 9, 2010 news
Associated Press US Diplomats Urged To Reach Out Globally Via Facebook, TwitterAssociated PressAssociated Press article notes the ways government officials can use social media to organize and train June 3, 2010 news
Is 2010 the new 1517?In a TEDxPotomac talk, Craig Newmark referenced the reformation of the church based on the work of Martin Luther and suggested this decentralization was occurring again, nearly 500 years later, based on ... May 20, 2010 discussion
Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sectorby Lucy Bernholz, Edward Skloot, and Barry VarelaThis monograph by Lucy Bernholz, Edward Skloot, and Barry Varela explores the immediate and longer-term implications of networked digital technologies for philanthropy. May 11, 2010 publication
eCitizenshipa project of the American Democracy ProjectThis three-year initiative is a partnership of AASCU and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. March 22, 2010 partner
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Political Involvement

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Local Organizations Push for Increased Civic Engagement on National Voter Registration DayOriginally posted by Ashlee Rezin at Progress IllinoisWith the 2014 general election just 13 months away and voter registration numbers at an all-time low, hundreds of volunteers took to Chicagoland streets Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day ... September 30, 2013
American Dreamerby Beth Saulnier
Originally posted in the Cornell Alumni Magazine
The son of Albanian nationalist, Ilir Zherka ‘89 (literally) wrote the book on citizen advocacy
July 3, 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
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 by the NumbersOn December 12th, NCoC and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released Volunteering and Civic Life in America, providing national, state, city and geographic data on the ways in ... January 9, 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 Role of Citizen Does Not End With Your VoteLate last night President Obama took the stage in Chicago. To great applause he delivered his victory speech and with it an important message: it may be November 7th, but our civic duty is not over. November 7, 2012
Election Day is Here!You’ve registered to vote and Election Day is finally here. Now what? Follow these five easy steps to have your voice heard. November 5, 2012
News You Can Use: Empowering Voters, One Click at a TimeGuest post by Maggie Duncan, League of Women Voters Elections TeamElection Day is coming. Need information on voting? This guest post by the League of Women Voters provides you with the resources you need. October 26, 2012
Romney, Obama can help democracy in presidential debates by The Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board
Originally posted in The Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2012 op-ed
Register to Vote Today, National Voter Registration Dayby Sophie Lehman at Nonprofit VOTEIn 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 the first ever National Voter Registration ... September 25, 2012
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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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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
Hands on Nashville: Promoting Volunteerism Since 1991Originally posted by Lucy Stone on Inside VandyFounded in 1991, Hands on Nashville is a service organization that aims to address issues facing the Middle Tennessee community such as hunger, homelessness and environmental issues. Started by entrepreneur ... April 15, 2013 news
Because You Do the Things You DoA guest blog post by Diana Aviv, President and CEO of Independent SectorWhat is the economic value of an hour of volunteer time? While those who volunteer are, by definition, not in it for the money, attaching a monetary worth to the effort helps us put in perspective the ... April 2, 2013
Get Ready for Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28A guest blog from YSA (Youth Service America)Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Read more about GYSD and how you can get involved here. March 25, 2013
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
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
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
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
That’s Not DemocracyHow Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Wayby Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher at CIRCLE CIRCLE released a major new study last week. The report, “That’s Not Democracy,” shows just how highly unequal civic engagement ... August 27, 2012
Giving USA 2012: Who Gave, How Much, and To Whom in 2011?Event Reflection by Ashby GainesOn Friday, June 29, the Hudson Institute released reports on charitable giving rates at their Giving USA event. Summer Associate Ashby Gaines offers her reflections. July 24, 2012 event reflection
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