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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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With fewer giving of their time, firms should aid volunteerismThe Boston GlobeAn editorial in The Boston Globe on the 2009 Civic Health Index September 7, 2009 news
A Gift of Time: Many start giving of themselves in these tough timesCourier-Journal.comArticle on chartiable giving and volunteering in Louisville, KY and Southern Indiana area mentions 2009 Civic Health Index December 29, 2009 news
Business Civic Leadership Centerat U.S. Chamber of CommerceThe Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) addresses social issues that affect business, including corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, nonprofit and social service effectiveness, globalization, ... February 23, 2010 partner
The Miami Herald Business leaders learn benefits of volunteeringMiami HeraldMiami Herald article on corporate citizenship shows businesses that depend on the community for support understand the bottom-line benefit of giving back. April 20, 2010 news
Corporate Volunteer Efforts Have Big Intentions, but Few Companies Track ResultsChronicle of PhilanthropyDeloitte study finds American companies have high hopes for their employees’ volunteer efforts, but few businesses do enough to shape and measure the impact of those efforts. May 3, 2010 news
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
Taproot FoundationThe Taproot Foundation has works to transform the nascent field of pro bono service into a national platform to leverage top talent in support of our communities' greatest needs. May 26, 2010 partner
Committee Encouraging Corporate PhilanthropyThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy is the only international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. CECP’s mission is to lead the business ... May 26, 2010 partner
CommonGood CareersThe mission of Commongood Careers is to enable innovative nonprofits to build strong organizations through the recruitment, retention and development of outstanding talent. May 26, 2010 partner
The Case for Corporate CitizenshipCorporate responsibility has become a key driver in securing stakeholder interest, consumer trust, and employee loyalty, and many corporations are stepping up accordingly to demonstrate their leadership ... May 27, 2010 discussion
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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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Harnessing Active Citizenship: The Internet as a Tool to Engage the PublicIn Using Online Tools to Engage-and be Engaged- by The Public , author Matt Leighninger describes how a “public manager” can use specific technologies to harness the power of active citizenship ... June 10, 2011 publication
Government: right-sized and in the right roleBy Karen Baker, California Secretary of Service and VolunteeringIn this guest post, Karen Baker explores the important role each sector can plan in tapping individual civic energy for social good in communities. “A multi-sector approach is based on the idea ... May 17, 2011 expert commentary
Change Is Possible—Though Not Instantby Scott Beale, CEO, Atlas CorpsOn April 21, 2011, Atlas Corps, Civic Enterprises, and NCoC hosted a panel discussion entitled “The Road to Democracy: My Reflections on the Egyptian Revolution.” Three Egyptian women shared ... April 26, 2011 discussion
Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem SolvingAn Action Guide for City LeadersThis new publication from the National League of Cities illustrates the principles of democratic governance, including modeling civility, creating opportunities for informed engagement, supporting a culture ... April 11, 2011 publication
Your Voice in Action: Ask Arne DuncanThe Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has agreed to answer the top questions chosen by you on SparkAction.org. NCoC has partnered with SparkAction.org to make sure your voice is in the mix. February 9, 2011
The Fork in the Civility Roadby Karlo MarceloWhen crisis happens, sometimes it is easy to point fingers in a quest to answer the question “Why did this happen?” Many will attempt to assign blame for the tragedy in Tucson on politics, ... February 1, 2011 discussion
The Necessity of Civilityby David B. SmithThe mission of our 65-year-old institution has always been to promote active citizenship, and we have often built atop that foundation to focus on specific strategies from time to time. In our current ... December 29, 2010 discussion
Executive SummaryPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Who Votes? Who Helps? Who Shapes Pennsylvania?Pennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Indicator 1 and 2: Voter Registration and TurnoutPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
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Social Capital

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Discussion: Defining American66th Annual National Conference on CitizenshipThis moderated discussion featuring Jose Antonio Vargas explores what the term citizenship means in a 21st Century democracy. September 23, 2011 video
Can Millennials Rebound our Economy Through Community Engagement?By David B. Smith on Mobilize.org blog September 21, 2011 op-ed
Civic Health and UnemploymentCan Engagement Strengthen the Economy?This Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. September 16, 2011 publication
Other Forms of Civic EngagementCivic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy? September 16, 2011 civic health index
DiscussionCivic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy? September 16, 2011 civic health index
Can Volunteering Help Us Weather Tough Economic Times?
National Conference on Citizenship Calls on Community Leaders to Further Investigate Perceived Connection between Civic Engagement and Economic Resilience
A report released today by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) finds that states with higher levels of civic engagement are more resilient in an economic downturn. The report identifies five ...
September 16, 2011 press release
Report Shows Majority of Americans Civically Engaged in Their CommunitiesBoomers and Older Adults Rank High Across Several Key Categories of Civic EngagementBetween 2008 and 2010, a majority of Americans were civically active in a variety of ways, working with others to improve their communities, according to the 2011 Civic Life in America: Key Findings on ... September 15, 2011 press release
How Indiana Compares to the Rest of the NationIndiana Civic Health Index 2011 September 14, 2011 civic health index
What Promotes Indiana’s Civic Health?Indiana Civic Health Index 2011 September 14, 2011 civic health index
Community InvolvementIndiana Civic Health Index 2011 September 14, 2011 civic health index
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Giving and Volunteering

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Fearless Founders Inspire Fearless CitizensWhen we look at the history of our great country, seven key political leaders and statesmen stick out as exceptional leaders in their time. These Founding Fathers took action and fought for their ideals, ... July 3, 2012
Public Policy Chat: John BridgelandThis month, NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy talks to John Bridgeland, President and CEO of Civic Enterprises, about service-learning and how the U.S. has progressed on its promise to be a service ... May 17, 2012 discussion
Public Policy Chat: Julie MurphyIn this month's Public Policy Chat, NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy talks to Julie Murphy about volunteerism and how the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act has progressed since President Obama ... April 18, 2012 discussion
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
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
In tight job market, some grads volunteerChicago TribuneArticle in the Chicago Tribune discusses how young people are building skills and networks by volunteering after college and during their job search. February 7, 2012 news
Where and Why People DonateAn infographic from YourCauseYourCause, a provider of global employee engagement solutions, has recently produced this interesting infographic on where and why people donate to causes. January 3, 2012 publication
To get into college... Serve.by John Kultgen, Senior Associate Editor, DoSomething.orgA new study from DoSomething.org, FastWeb and JPMorganChase finds that college admissions officers look at more than just GPA and test scores before they send acceptance letters. Colleges and Universities ... December 29, 2011 publication
Mandatory service for the unemployed? Discuss.A recent, hotly debated proposed law in Georgia would require out-of-work residents to perform at least 24 hours of community service with a nonprofit in order to receive unemployment benefits. Supporters ... December 15, 2011 discussion
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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