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by John Bridgeland
Guest blogger John Bridgeland is President & CEO of Civic Enterprises, a policy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities...
by Allie Burns
In the research we conducted after the first America's Giving Challenge in 2007-2008, we found that a hallmark for many successful efforts was a combination of online and offline outreach to mobilize supporters. It's no surprise that the combination...
When Jen Pahlka from Code for America (Tim O'Reilly's right hand at the time) came to meet with our CEO, Jean Case, and me, Jean literally could not stay seated because she was so excited about the possibilities of this new effort. Seriously, she...
by Katie Whitehouse
Guest blogger Katie Whitehouse is a Project Leader at City Year DC. During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues....
by Senator Harris Wofford
Harris Wofford is a former Senator from Pennsylvania. He was an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. and co-author with Congressman John Lewis of the King Holiday and Service Act, which established the King Day as a day of service. He was instrumental...
by Steve Case
The below article, Health-care reform requires healthy living choices, was published as an opinion piece in the Washington Post today. We wanted to share the full article with our audience to help everyone start the new year with some thoughts about...
As social media predictions begin rolling in for 2010, bloggers, pundits and anyone with a twitter handle seems to be weighing in with their best guesses. Will 2010 be the year of mobile technology? What’s all the talk of real-time web? Will...
by Jean Case
For many organizations, year-end is a time to reflect on accomplishments and lessons learned throughout the year. I think it’s fair to say that for all of us, both professionally and personally, 2009 can be described as a year of change, challenges...
As the end of 2009 draws near, nonprofits are standing at the ready with their year-end fundraising campaigns and are largely wondering the same thing: what impact will the tumultuous economy have on charitable giving? There are many schools of...
by Eric Johnson
So I’m growing a mustache—for cancer. Participatory fundraising has become popular for very good reason. We run races, we walkathon. And—around here anyway—we grow mustaches. Movember = Mo(ustache) + (No)vember Movember is just like a walkathon,...
by John M. Bridgeland and Mary McNaught Yonkman
John M. Bridgeland is President and CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C., and Mary McNaught Yonkman serves as Chief of Staff. Since the dawn of the 21st century, nearly two million Americans have served in our nation’s...
5 Fast Facts
- Volunteers gave more than 8.1 billion hours, worth an estimated $169 billion
- Women volunteered at higher rates than men and working mothers have the highest volunteer rates.
- In 2008 and 2009 nearly 60% of citizens reached out to help their neighbors at least once a month, and 1 in 6 do so almost every day.
- 89% of Americans site they sit down to dinner with members of their households several times each week. Nearly 3 in 4 discuss political affairs with their families and friends at least once a month
- 63.4 million Americans volunteered in 2009, a jump of 1.6 million over 2008 (and the biggest spike in volunteering since 2003).