NCoC Featured Discussions en-us Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:34:08 CDT GeekPAK Civic Health and the Economy: Making the Connection Multiple 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 studies into a story about how communities become healthier when more people are civically engaged. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT 9/11 Day of Service and Rememberance Twelve years ago, tragedy struck our nation. How did Americans respond? We rallied like never before, supporting emergency responders, lending our neighbors a helping hand, and answering calls to service. Every year since, 9/11 has become a day of service – a time to reflect on our loss but also a time to take action, to strengthen our communities. Read on for some ideas on how you can observe 9/11. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Is it Time to Break Open the Piggy Bank? Giving is on the rise, albeit very, very slowly. The nonprofit sector relies heavily on donations from individuals who made up 72% of contributors in 2012. Are we dependent on individuals in order to reach pre-recession levels of giving? Do individuals have a responsibility to give Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment 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 for National and Community Service further illuminates how civic life is a critical pathway to economic opportunity. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT My Six Month Anniversary After six months of hard work, Executive Director Ilir Zherka shares an update of NCoC’s progress. Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Because You Do the Things You Do What 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 immense value of the contributions people make every day of the year to the lives of others. Yet most volunteers, like those described in this post, will tell you that the real story is not what they gave but what they got from the experience. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Get Ready for Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28 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. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the Numbers High 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 room to grow. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the Numbers 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 and Community Service, explores the degree to which Americans are involved in organizations, what types of groups they participate in, and whether or not they serve in leadership roles. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT We are Citizens Last 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 our elected officials to follow the example that Americans set in our communities through daily acts of heroism. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT