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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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’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
Allison Fine on Civic ROIUsing social media to listen and learn doesn’t become important as part of one campaign or effort; it is a way of being in this new world. June 1, 2009 expert commentary
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
Can Social Media Reinvigorate American Democracy?There is no question that the rise of social media has impacted the way that American and global citizens interact with one another. The rapid transfer of ideas and perspectives across geographical boundaries ... July 13, 2011 event reflection
Capital Staffers Index explores influence of social media on policyAn interesting new study from Edelman called the “Capital Staffers Index” explored the perceptions of senior legislative staff related to global public affairs and communications. Among ... December 7, 2011 blog
Causes on FacebookCauses empowers anyone with a good idea or passion for change to impact the world. Using our platform, individuals mobilize their network of friends to grow lasting social and political movements. February 23, 2010 partner
Change.orgToday as citizens of the world, we face a daunting array of social and environmental problems ranging from health care and education to global warming and economic inequality. February 23, 2010 partner
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
Civic Health Index Finds America in the Midst of Civic ForeclosureStudy Finds that God, Friends and Facebook are Important Factors for Fostering Civic Engagement August 27, 2009 press release
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
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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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TIME Magazine Logo Let’s Get ConnectedBy John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic EnterprisesAmerica could really use a civics lesson. And it's about to get one. The National Conference on Citizenship, a federally chartered nonprofit founded in 1946 to strengthen civic ties, will release the first ... September 10, 2006 news
Political Activity And Expression Are RisingSigns of HopePrivate volunteerism is dwarfed by public spending in areas that affect critically the character and provision of important needs. However, government works better and leaders are held more accountable ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
People Follow The News Less, Although Political Knowledge Seems To Have RisenSigns of HopeThomas Jefferson wrote: “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.” This of course depends on people who know enough to be wise holders of ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Trusting Other People Trust In One Another is DownSigns of Civic DeclineTrust is measured in three ways – with questions as to whether people are viewed as “honest,” as “helpful” and “can be trusted.” Over the last 30 years, social ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Connecting Others through Friends & Family “Lonely Nation”: People Are Considerably Less Connected To Family And FriendsSigns of Civic DeclineMore than one-fourth of American households (29.8 million of them) consist of just one person, compared with less than one-fifth of American households (13.9 million) in 1975. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Trusting and Feeling Connected to Major Institutions People’s Trust Of & Connection To Major Institutions Are Down, With A Steady Rise From 1994 - 2000Signs of Civic DeclineAmericans’ confidence in major institutions dropped from 1970 to 1993, followed by a partial recovery through 2000 and then another slide. However, people’s trust in the government has rebounded ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Trusting Other People Appendix I.2: Trusting Other PeopleThe IndicatorsTrust is measured with three indicators. These are survey questions about the honesty, trustworthiness, and helpfulness, generically, of other people. They all show declines, especially the measures of ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Connecting to Others through Family and Friends Appendix I.3: Connecting to Others Through Family and FriendsThe IndicatorsThe decline in Americans’ connections with others is driven by a substantial decrease in the proportion of Americans who say they regularly eat dinner with their families. Visiting friends is more ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Staying Informed Appendix I.5: Staying InformedThe IndicatorsOne way to measure being informed on public affairs is simply to ask respondents whether they follow the news or public affairs. We also combine two indicators to obtain a reliable estimate of newspaper ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Appendix I.8: Trusting and Feeling Connected to Major InstitutionsThe IndicatorsMost people feel that their own vote matters and think that their own Congressional representative is effective. However, the population is more distrustful when asked various questions about the reliability ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
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Giving and Volunteering

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America’s Promise America’s PromiseBuilding on the legacy of our founder, General Colin Powell, we are the leader in forging a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children experience the fundamental resources ... Nov 1st, 2008 partner
Hands On Network Hands On NetworkHandsOn Network inspires, equips, and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world . Nov 1st, 2008 partner
LIFTLIFT is a growing movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. LIFT currently runs centers staffed by trained volunteers in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, ... Nov 1st, 2008 partner
Youth Service America Youth Service AmericaYOUTH SERVICE AMERICA is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve ... Nov 1st, 2008 partner
Service Nation Service NationServiceNation Is A Campaign For A New AmericaNCoC has played a significant role in ServiceNation as a member of the organizing, policy, and communications committees. The ServiceNation Summit and Presidential Candidate Forum was held on September ... Oct 28th, 2008 partner
Cincinnati.com Activism equated to civic healthSurvey compares Ohio to nationEighty-two percent of Ohioans think government is not run with their interests in mind, according to a Miami University study released Thursday. October 24, 2008 news
Expected Activities After the Election Most People Do Not Expect To Be Very Involved After November 4thFederal surveys have found that 26-28 percent of adults volunteer each year. And more than half of all Americans are members of at least one voluntary group or association. Consistent with historic trends, ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Tuition Money for ServiceAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementIn our 2008 survey, the most popular proposal was “offering every young person a chance to earn money toward college or advanced training if they complete a full year of national or community service.” Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Service-LearningAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementRecent research shows that the vast majority of high school students, including 90 percent of those most at risk for dropping out, want service-learning in their schools. Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
Federal Support for NonprofitsAmericans Favor Policy Change to Institutionalize Civic EngagementIn 2001, the White House created a new Office of Faith- Based and Community Initiatives, and in 2002, the USA Freedom Corps – a national service council and office that coordinated community and ... Sep 22nd, 2008 civic health index
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