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Civic Learning

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“Teaching America,” a Brookings Institution EventOn January 9, Brookings hosted a discussion of Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education. Contributing authors laid out their proposals for strengthening civic education in a discussion moderated ... January 17, 2012 discussion
Recent Momentum on Civic Learning Following “Guardian of Democracy”Much momentum has been generated in the are of civic learning following the September 2011 release of “Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools.” January 17, 2012
A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s FutureA Call to Action and Report from The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic EngagementThis report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education’s civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and ... January 11, 2012 publication
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
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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

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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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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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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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