Nonprofit Utopia

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Formerly known as Nonprofit "U", the Nonprofit Utopia podcast is an extension of the ideal community for emerging nonprofit leaders. We use our podcast as an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development is the host. Topics include nonprofit management, community development, capacity building and organizational development.

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Look Before You Leap! What You Should Know Before Joining That Nonprofit Board
01:00:00
You have just been asked to join the board of directors of an organization, and you are weighing the opportunity to share your skills, time, talents and networks.  What should you do before you join? Join us as host Valerie F. Leonard, shares an overview of the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards; the questions you should ask before joining any nonprofit board of directors; some of the common issues you might face as a board member, and strategies you might consider using to address them. Call in live at (347) 884-8121 to join the conversation. You don't need an account to listen. You can also participate in the live chat.  Archived episodes may be found at iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jun 24, 2019
The Healing Power of Improv
01:08:00
Have you ever experienced deep conflict or trauma and wished you could re-write a chapter in your life? For your community? For your organization?  Improv for Peace helps organizations, communities and professionals actively resolve miscommunication by facilitating guided improvisations workshops to help participants re-script their past  and provide opportunities for participatory community reconciliation. Join us as Founder Andrea Hummel Corrella talks about  the healing power of improv and the lessons she’s learned on her journey helping  organizations and municipalities resolve conflict. Call in live at (347) 884-8121 to join the conversation. You don't need an account to listen. You can also participate in the live chat.  Archived episodes may be found at iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jun 17, 2019
Lessons Learned from Lawndale
01:30:00
Before I started Nonprofit Utopia, LLC, I was very engaged in North Lawndale, the Chicago community in which I was born and raised. As Co-Founder of the Lawndale Alliance, I worked with my neighbors to advocate for tax increment financing district (TIF) policies that would make the program more transparent and be of better benefit to local residents, whose property taxes financed TIF projects.  One of our greatest victories was getting the City of Chicago to remove more than 300 units of occupied housing from the list of properties that could potentially be displaced as a result of implementing the TIF program. This was unheard-of at the time. Join me as I share some of the lessons we learned over the years, including what to do and what not to do in order to create win-win situations for all parties. Call in live at (347) 884-8121 to join the conversation. You don't need an account to listen. You can also participate in the live chat.  Archived episodes may be found at iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jun 03, 2019
Data-Driven Fundraising
01:04:00
Every living organism has vital signs, or key indicators of health.  For us humans, these include blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. Likewise, organizations have key indicators of health.Depending on the organization, its goals and objectives, these key performance indicators may vary.  However, regardless of where your organization is in its development, or what it does, you should have a set of financial key performance indicators, or KPI’s, including fundraising, donor retention, return on investment, etc.  Join us as Dan Doyle, Chief Evangelist of MarketSmart’s Fundraising Report Card, talks about how your organization can use data-driven fundraising as part of your performance management system and growth strategies. Call in live at (347) 884-8121 to join the conversation. You don't need an account to listen. You can also participate in the live chat.  Archived episodes may be found at iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
May 20, 2019
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Evidence-Based Grant Making Approaches
01:02:00
When Angelique Power was named President of the Field Foundation of Illinois, three questions guided their grant making: Is racial equity in philanthropy even possible? Can the fallacy of philanthropic expertise fall away to create room for the nonprofit visionary to lead? Can we ask more of ourselves in philanthropy, listen more, talk less, focus on areas that have been disinvested in and lift the powerful organizations that have grown in spite of and in abstraction to that disinvestment? Join us as Angelique talks about the Foundation’s priorities, approaches to grant making and the impact of their investments in underserved communities throughout Chicago.   Call in live at (347) 884-8121 to join the conversation. You don't need an account to listen. You can also participate in the live chat.  Archived episodes may be found at iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
May 13, 2019
Changing the World Through Forensic Nursing
01:01:00
Forensic nursing is the intersection of medicine, law enforcement, policy and advocacy.  Forensic nurses work with victims of sexual assault, human trafficking and other violent crimes to document their injuries  and provide evidence and expert testimony in court cases. They may also provide expert testimony and advocate for victims rights for the creation of more just laws and public policies. Kara Breeden, DNP, Founder and CEO of Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners (TXFNE), and Julie Sengstacken, MS-PSL, COO of TXFNE, will join host Valerie F. Leonard to talk about the work of TXNE and the roles forensic nurses and nonprofits can play in combatting violence. You will learn: The relationship between the roles of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO)How TXFNE ensures that their programs are relevant and impactfulHow forensic nurses work with victims, law enforcement and community stakeholders to fight domestic violence and human traffickingHow to transfer lessons learned from their experiences to your own organization, regardless of where you work Call in live at (347) 884-8121 to join the conversation. You don't need an account to listen. You can also participate in the live chat.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitUtopia, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
May 06, 2019
When Opportunity Knocks
01:31:00
The Economic Innovation Group estimated that U.S. investors, collectively, had over $6.1 trillion unrealized capital gains by the end of 2017. What if these funds could be funneled to economically struggling areas? The recently passed Tax Reform Act included a potential tax break for investors, in which they may defer capital gains taxes on the sale of any asset by investing those gains through a Qualified Opportunity Fund.  Join us as our guest, Anthony Oliver talks about the $1 billion local investment opportunity and the implications for investors, neighborhoods, local businesses and nonprofits. Be sure to take notes, and call in with your burning questions. Call in live at (347) 884-8121 to join the conversation.. You don't need an account to listen. You can also participate in the live chat. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 22, 2019
7 Years to Nonprofit Nirvana
01:03:00
While there is no such thing as perfection,  the    7-year process that brought the Foundation Center and GuideStar together to become Candid, is pretty close, as mergers go.  The completion of the merger has not only resulted in the creation of Candid as a sustainable organization; it has also led to the consolidation of the most comprehensive array of tools for research, collaboration, grants and training for nonprofits in the world. Join us as host Valerie F. Leonard engages Jen Bokoff, Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Candid, in a lively discussion on the implications of the merger for the nonprofit sector. Be sure to take notes,and call in with your burning questions. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 15, 2019
Nonprofit Board Games: Going from Great to Greater
01:01:00
Building effective boards is a developmental process and can be compared to a game. There are rules of engagement, players, strategies, time limits, winners and losers.  Darchelle M. Garner, Managing Director of Vineland Consulting, LLC, has significant success working with faith-based organizations to help them master the game of developing effective boards and operations.  Join us as I engage Darchelle in a lively discussion on how organizations can go from Great to Greater. We will talk about how nonprofits can use organizational assessments, board development, strategic planning and annual planning to position themselves for long term sustainability. Be sure to take notes, and call in with your burning questions. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 08, 2019
Breaking Recidivism, Building Lives
01:31:00
The Get Cleared Campaign reduces recidivism by making work possible for formerly incarcerated individuals who are eligible to have their records expunged. They help their clients focus on developing skills that would increase their chances of securing living-wage jobs, as opposed to spending inordinate amounts of time navigating the court system in hopes of clearing their records. In so doing, they have engaged stakeholders to impact systems change in the State of Illinois, Cook County Circuit Court, City of Chicago and local communities to  streamline the expungement process. Join Host Valerie F. Leonard ; Rev. Elena Calloway, CEO of T.R.E.A.D. and Rev. Otis C. Monroe, CEO of the Monroe Foundation to hear updates on the Campaign.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 01, 2019
Shining the Spotlight on Your Brand
01:04:00
There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, with new entities opening “every day”.  Well, maybe not every day, but you get the idea.    With the growing number of nonprofit organizations competing for fewer dollars, how do you position your organization to stand out from the crowd? Join host Valerie F. Leonard and Mia Hillery, expert marketer,  brand ambassador and coach, to find out.   Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Mar 25, 2019
Making Fundraising "Awesomer"
01:02:00
Join Patrick Kirby, Founder of Do Good Better Consulting, and host Valerie F. Leonard, for a lively discussion on how to make your organization’s case for support; how to develop effective fundraising strategies and capital campaigns; how to assess your organization’s readiness for fundraising and capital campaigns and some of the common mistakes nonprofits make along their fundraising journeys. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Mar 18, 2019
Building Thriving Nonprofits in the Digital Age
01:10:00
Your human-service nonprofit exists to make a positive impact in the lives of the people you serve. But how do you get there, especially in the current environment? Join Sarah Olivieri, Founder of PivotGround, and host Valerie F. Leonard for a lively discussion on breaking with traditional strategic planning processes; how to accomplish more without expending more money and how to get ahead of the fundraising curve using digital strategies. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Mar 11, 2019
Addressing Community Needs Through Human-Centered Design
01:08:00
It is not uncommon to start a new initiative with the idea of “…if we build it, they’ll come.”  What if, instead, we started the process with the end-users in mind, and built solutions tailor-made to their needs? Join Alvin Schexnider, Erie Neighborhood House’s Senior Director of Operations, and Host Valerie F. Leonard, to learn how human-centered design can bridge the needs of those closest to the problem (clients/users) with those who have the power, privilege, and resources to design policy and initiatives in organizations and in communities. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Feb 04, 2019
Re-Broadcast-Are You #GivingTuesday-Ready?
01:02:00
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Will your organization be ready? Join us as Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy and Collaboration for 92Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact, shares a recommended timeline and strategies for implementing successful #GivingTuesday campaigns. We will share links to a recommended calendar of activities and other resources to check in and keep you on track.
Nov 26, 2018
Re-Broadcast-Life After Military Service: Issues & Resources for Veterans
01:05:00
Life after the military can be just as challenging for veterans and their families as serving in active combat.  In their effort to transition back into civilian life, many struggle with a number of physical, psychological, social and economic issues. Join Dumont Moore, Founder of Veterans Strike Force, and me for a lively discussion of life after military service.  We will talk about the most common issues impacting veterans and their families, including housing, education,  employment and behavioral health; coping strategies, the work of the Veterans Strike Force and  available resources.  
Nov 12, 2018
High-Impact Sales and Marketing Strategies for Emerging Organizations
00:57:00
Sales and marketing are the lifeblood of any business—whether for-profit or nonprofit.  Organizational  leaders need a firm grasp of the changes in the marketplace and the implications for their organizations, clients and communities.  At the same time, they must cultivate relationships with funders and a host of other stakeholders to maintain a steady flow of cash, volunteers and goodwill. Join Shelby Parchman, CEO of InUrban Strategies, and host Valerie F. Leonard to discuss high-impact bootstrap sales and marketing strategies nonprofits and social enterprises can use to penetrate their local markets–quick, fast and in a hurry. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at  iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 05, 2018
Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits
01:20:00
Today, a successful media relations strategy requires much more than press releases and posed photos... You need to build relationships, be accessible, and offer valuable information and insights to reporters and editors…    –Kivi Leroux Miller, Founder &CEO,  The Nonprofit Marketing Guide Peter Panepento and Antionette Kerr, authors of Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits, will join host Valerie F. Leonard to discuss what makes a story newsworthy; how to make your special events media friendly; the relationship between media and nonprofit disclosure and how to manage crises. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Oct 29, 2018
The Laquan McDonald Case
01:11:00
Nearly 4 years after shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald to death, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of 2nd degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated assault. Most people believed a conviction would be impossible, given our country’s track record with police-involved shootings. They were wrong. What was it about this case that was different?  What lessons can be learned that transcend police reform? William Calloway, the activist who filed the lawsuit against the City of Chicago to release the dash cam video of the Laquan McDonald shooting, will talk about the importance of community collaboration in bringing about social justice and police reform. These lessons are applicable to any systems change work. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Nonrprofitutopia.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Oct 22, 2018
Are You #GivingTuesday-Ready?
01:01:00
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Will your organization be ready? Join us as Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy and Collaboration for 92Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact, shares a recommended timeline and strategies for implementing successful #GivingTuesday campaigns. We will share links to a recommended calendar of activities and other resources to check in and keep you on track. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Oct 15, 2018
Justice Informed
01:02:00
Join us as Xavier Ramey,CEO and Lead Strategist, of Justice Informed, LLC, looks at the intersections of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); community engagement, philanthropy  and corporate responsibility.  We will  examine the current environment and discuss strategies organizations can use to strategically align people, processes and culture to capitalize on changes in a globalized economy, including its workforce and production system. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Oct 08, 2018
Making the Case for Support in Times of Change
00:59:00
Writing a compelling case for support is not always as easy as it seems.  In Case Development 201, Communications Consultant Andrew Brommel writes “an organization’s case for support is ultimately ‘your message to your donors—why should they give to your organization?’  In this day and age of increased competition for fewer dollars, your answer to the funders’ question must be stronger than ever before. Lauren Wesley, Director of Development for the North Lawndale Employment Network in Chicago, will share strategies for developing a case for support in times of change, and how we can dovetail those efforts with electronic peer to peer fundraising campaigns like #GivingTuesday.  Again, we encourage you to call in with questions at the 30 minute mark. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Oct 01, 2018
Big Impact: Insights and Stories
01:05:00
Vivien Hoexter and Linda C. Hartley, principals of H2Growth Strategies LLC, will discuss their new book, Big Impact:Insights & Stories from America’s Non-Profit Leaders. The book highlights nonprofit leaders from the U.S. and abroad who have found solutions to some of the world’s most vexing societal problems. Hoexter and Hartley will also share insights on how these change-makers are implementing solutions in their communities, the qualities these leaders possess, and lessons learned that maybe useful to emerging nonprofit leaders.   Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Sep 24, 2018
Re-Broadcast-Grant Advisor Teach-In
01:06:00
Even when asked by their funders, organizational leaders are often reluctant to provide candid feedback to foundations, for fear of alienating  them.  As a result, foundations don't always have an accurate picture of what the grantee experience has been with them, while nonprofit organizations sometimes suffer in silence, or decide not to pursue a relationship due to things like, onerous application or reporting requirements.  DonorAdvisor, a new platform that allows nonprofits to provide feedback to foundations anonomously, hopes to eliminate those barriers and improve the grantmaking process for everyone involved. Join Kari Aanestad, Development Manager at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Andrea Sanow, GrantAdvisor Coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, for a GrantAdvisor teach in.  You will: Learn what GrantAdvisor is, where to find it and how to use the tool.Better understand the roles and impact of transparency and reciprocity between grant making foundations and grantees in the feedback loopExplore how this information can improve the nonprofit sector. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
May 07, 2018
Show Me the Money for Nonprofits
01:03:00
Today’s nonprofit funding environment is characterized by increased competition for limited funding and unfavorable tax laws that could potentially reduce incentives for middle class donors to make gifts to nonprofits.  Now, more than ever, nonprofits must adopt  financial capitalization models that include public and private sources of financing, including grants, private equity investments, loans, and tax credits.  The most nimble nonprofits will also re-structure their organizations and partnerships to maximize their return on investment. Join Stacee L. Lang, MA, PhD Practitioner, President, and Andrew Buoyae - CFO & Chief Development Officer of Lang Capital, NFP to discuss creative ways of structuring your nonprofit organization and financing to increase long term sustainability. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Apr 23, 2018
Using Technology to Measure Mission Impact
01:00:00
Peggy Duvette is an international thought leader in technology & social change and women’s leadership.  As Senior Director of Social Impact at Oracle NetSuite, Peggy guides the donation of the Oracle NetSuite products to nonprofits worldwide, and manages a range of capacity building programs, including Suite Pro Bono.  She is committed to helping nonprofits and social enterprises further their social impact. Peggy will talk about Oracle NetSuite’s tools for measuring financial and social impact; programs for product donations and capacity building and how organizations may apply. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 09, 2018
Re-Broadcast: Building Community Through Information and Technology
00:58:00
Do you ever wonder what role the Microsoft Stores play in community? Paula Brkich is the Community Development Specialist based at the Microsoft Store in Schaumburg. In her role, she connects the store to the community through educational workshops and events for kids, seniors, businesses, gamers, and works with non-profits on volunteer events.  Paula will talk about  Microsoft’s  educational programs and services for nonprofits and upcoming events.
Mar 26, 2018
Rebroadcast-Investing in the People That Power the Organization
01:04:00
Do you ever wonder what organizational capacity is, or why it’s important?  Tune in to Nonprofit “U” for a lively discussion with Tom Fuechtmann, Senior Program Officer with the Community Memorial Foundation and me.  We will demystify organizational capacity building, talk about Community Memorial Foundation’s investment in  organizational leaders  and the importance of building organizational capacity.
Mar 19, 2018
Building Community Through Information and Technology
00:58:00
Do you ever wonder what role the Microsoft Stores play in community? Paula Brkich is the Community Development Specialist based at the Microsoft Store in Schaumburg. In her role, she connects the store to the community through educational workshops and events for kids, seniors, businesses, gamers, and works with non-profits on volunteer events.  Paula will talk about  Microsoft’s  educational programs and services for nonprofits and upcoming events. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.         
Mar 12, 2018
The Intersection of Nonprofits, Social Enterprise and the Treasurer's Office
01:03:00
Peter Gariepy is a Principal with Vora Certified Public Accountants, and a candidate for the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.  Vora is the first CPA firm in the Midwest to become a certified Benefit Corporation, meaning that the firm seeks to generate a positive social and environmental impact through serving its clients. Peter is the treasurer of the West Town SSA, and a former member of the Auxiliary Board of Christ The King Jesuit College Preparatory High School in  Chicago’s Austin community. Peter will talk about how Cook County’s investment policies can impact social enterprises and nonprofits, and his new book, “Who Among Giants”. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.         
Mar 05, 2018
Rebroadcast-Using Form 990 As a Marketing Tool
01:02:00
Nonprofits are often concerned with having  just the right social media messages to promote year-end giving campaigns. When the dust settles, they still need to maintain compliance with state and federal regulators.  These disclosure requirements provide an excellent opportunity for nonprofits to tell their stories; demonstrate impact and market their organizations and services. Join Holly Ivel, Director of Data Services  for GuideStar, for a lively discussion on  the importance of  Form 990  and GuideStar profiles. Holly will highlight the Form 990 sections that may be used for marketing purposes and share excerpts from well- prepared Form 990’s.  
Feb 26, 2018
Investing in the People that Power the Organization
01:04:00
Do you ever wonder what organizational capacity is, or why it’s important?  Tune in to Nonprofit “U” for a lively discussion with Tom Fuechtmann, Senior Program Officer with the Community Memorial Foundation and me.  We will demystify organizational capacity building, talk about Community Memorial Foundation’s investment in  organizational leaders  and the importance of building organizational capacity. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Feb 12, 2018
Transforming Lives Through Jobs and Social Enterprise
01:03:00
As Cara’s Director of Student and Alumni Affairs and a 15-year Cara veteran, Jesse Teverbaugh is a firm believer in the notion that we transform our lives by transforming others. Cara helps men and women affected by poverty (and often the interrelated challenges of recovery, domestic violence, episodic homelessness and incarceration) to get and keep good jobs, rebuild hope, self-esteem and opportunity for themselves and their families in the process.  Jesse will talk about  Cara’s training and workforce  development programs and social enterprises. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Feb 05, 2018
Building Development Capacity Through Training and Advocacy
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David Young has been Housing Action Illinois’s (HAI) Director of Training since 2012. In this role, he is responsible for providing capacity building services to nonprofit developers and housing counseling organizations in order to increase these agencies’ ability to best serve their clients and communities. Join  David and me as we discuss  HAI’s housing  training programs  and their  upcoming full-day grant writing  workshops in Springfield and Chicago. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Jan 29, 2018
Mobilizing the Community to Tackle Trauma and Opioid Addiction
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The Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center was created to fight the ravages of trauma and opioid abuse on Chicago’s West Side. While the Center is expected to open the first quarter of 2018, there is already a movement afoot to address the issues utilizing rank and file citizens, elected officials, healthcare providers, churches and community-based organizations. Join Donald J. Dew, President and CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc., and Dr. Rashad Saaphir, President and CEO of the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center for a provocative discussion on the creation of the Center in partnership with the Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems and community-based approaches to trauma, violence and the opioid crisis. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Jan 22, 2018
Rebroadcast-North Lawndale Then and Now: What Has Changed Since Dr. King Left?
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Rebroadcast-North Lawndale Then and Now:  What Has Changed Since Dr. King Walked Among Us? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to North Lawndale in 1966 to launch a fight for fair housing.  Fast forward to 2017, what has changed? Join Valerie F. Leonard as she examines the issues that brought Dr. King to North Lawndale in 1966, and the overall state of the community today. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management.
Jan 15, 2018
Using Form 990 as a Marketing Tool
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Nonprofits are often concerned with having  just the right social media messages to promote year-end giving campaigns. When the dust settles, they still need to maintain compliance with state and federal regulators.  These disclosure requirements provide an excellent opportunity for nonprofits to tell their stories; demonstrate impact and market their organizations and services. Join Holly Ivel, Director of Data Services  for GuideStar, for a lively discussion on  the importance of  Form 990  and GuideStar profiles. Holly will highlight the Form 990 sections that may be used for marketing purposes and share excerpts from well- prepared Form 990’s. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Dec 18, 2017
Know More, Serve More, Help More
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How can nonprofits and other social enterprises deliver a better experience for customers and employees to increase value?  Join John Corrigan,  Founder and CEO of Journimap, L3C, and me for a lively  and me for a lively discussion on customer experience.  John will explain how customer experience practices used by for profit businesses -- such as qualitative research, personal development and customer journeymaps -- can support mission attainment and measurable improvements in social impact.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 11, 2017
Conventional Wisdom: A 3-Pronged Approach to Grassroots Community Development
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Blocks Together (BT) empowers residents to work together for systematic changes that bring concrete improvement to their lives.  They tackle social justice issues relating to education, housing, economic justice and the criminalization of youth. Join Cecile Carroll-DeMello, Co-Director of Blocks Together, and me to discuss their upcoming community convention and meet and greet with Illinois’ gubernatorial  candidates.  We will hear updates on their work to ensure sustainable schools; promote cooperative economics and strategies for local village keepers. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 04, 2017
Rebroadcast-Rock Your Giving Tuesday
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Nonprofit storytelling is an essential part of fundraising. Join Daniel Ash, Chief Marketing Offcer, Chicago Community Trust, and Princess Currence, Director of the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program (CNM), for a lively discussion on the power of nonprofit storytelling to raise funds.  Use your organization's mission, history and core values to develop a narrative with a sequence of events, villains and heroes that beat the odds to make a difference. In this engaging hour, you will learn how to: Listen to prospective funder stories to craft organizational stories that are relevant to them and aligned with their interestsIntegrate your organization’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives into your storiesBlend human interest with organizational data that anticipates donor inquiriesAchieve maximum effect by crafting stories with a backdrop, a protagonist, and an antagonist
Nov 27, 2017
Life After Military Service: Issues & Resources for Veterans and Their Families
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Life after the military can be just as challenging for veterans and their families as serving in active combat.  In their effort to transition back into civilian life, many struggle with a number of physical, psychological, social and economic issues. Join Dumont Moore, Founder of Veterans Strike Force, and me for a lively discussion of life after military service.  We will talk about the most common issues impacting veterans and their families, including housing, education,  employment and behavioral health; coping strategies, the work of the Veterans Strike Force and  available resources. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 06, 2017
What to Do When ICE Comes Knocking at Your Door
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We are living in an environment in which  immigration laws are being aggressively enforced.  This has several implications in the workplace.   Join Jody Adler, the Director of the Community Law Project, and me for a lively discussion on immigration rights in the workplace.  We will discuss: •I-9 audits •ICE Raids •What to do if ICE wants to detain certain people in your work environment •How employers can prepare •employers’ rights and responsibilities   •what employers can do after an ICE action. •Additional resources Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.   This communication is provided by the Community Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights as a public service solely for informational purposes, and does not constitutes legal advice. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between the recipient and any other person, or an offer to create such a relationship. Please consult an attorney if you have questions regarding the contents of this communication or before taking any actions that may have legal consequences. 
Oct 30, 2017
GrantAdvisor Teach In
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 Even when asked by their funders, organizational leaders are often reluctant to provide candid feedback to foundations, for fear of alienating  them.  As a result, foundations don't always have an accurate picture of what the grantee experience has been with them, while nonprofit organizations sometimes suffer in silence, or decide not to pursue a relationship due to things like, onerous application or reporting requirements.  DonorAdvisor, a new platform that allows nonprofits to provide feedback to foundations anonomously, hopes to eliminate those barriers and improve the grantmaking process for everyone involved. Join Kari Aanestad, Development Manager at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Andrea Sanow, GrantAdvisor Coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, for a GrantAdvisor teach in.  You will: Learn what GrantAdvisor is, where to find it and how to use the tool.Better understand the roles and impact of transparency and reciprocity between grant making foundations and grantees in the feedback loopExplore how this information can improve the nonprofit sector. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Oct 23, 2017
Rock Your Giving Tuesday: Using Aligned Storytelling to Increase Fundraising
01:09:00
Nonprofit storytelling is an essential part of fundraising. Join Daniel Ash, Chief Marketing Offcer, Chicago Community Trust, and Princess Currence, Director of the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program (CNM), for a lively discussion on the power of nonprofit storytelling to raise funds.  Use your organization's mission, history and core values to develop a narrative with a sequence of events, villains and heroes that beat the odds to make a difference. In this engaging hour, you will learn how to: Listen to prospective funder stories to craft organizational stories that are relevant to them and aligned with their interestsIntegrate your organization’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives into your storiesBlend human interest with organizational data that anticipates donor inquiriesAchieve maximum effect by crafting stories with a backdrop, a protagonist, and an antagonist
Oct 16, 2017
Moral Mondays and the New Poor People's Campaign
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It has been over 49 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. and the SCLC organized the first Poor People’s Campaign, with mixed results. What were the lessons learned that will help us today?  Join Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Director of the Kairos Center, and Carolina Gaete, Co-Director of Blocks Together, for a lively discussion of their work on the Poor Peoples Campaign on the national and local levels. We will discuss the origins of the Poor People’s Campaign and its relevance today, give an overview of upcoming trainings and activities and let you know how you can get involved in the Movement.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Oct 09, 2017
Teach-In: #ILGive on #GivingTuesday
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Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday  kicks off the charitable season. #ILGive is a24-hour digital fundraising event that connects individuals with the causes that matter to them, and empowers donors to give to the local nonprofits that tackle our communities' most critical issues.  Is your organization ready? Learn everything you need to know about #GivingTuesday and #ILGive from the people that started the Movement.  Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer and Director, Belfer Center for Innovation and Impact, 92Y and Kathleen Murphy, Director of Communications, Forefront, will provide a teach-in and share helpful hints to help you maximize opportunities for year-end fundraising success.  Be sure to "try this at home”. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Oct 02, 2017
“The Transformative Power of Hope”
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Join David Pendleton, the Executive Director of The Door of Hope Rescue Mission and me for a lively discussion. David will talk about the issues facing men in transition, share updates on the work of the Mission and ways to build capacity. The Door of Hope Rescue Mission opened in 1954 on Chicago's South Side, providing Christian discipleship for homeless men with a focus on empowerment, selfsufficiency and a community mind. This has increased the success ratio of one leaving the Mission for stable housing, and improved outlook on life and renewed and reconciled family and other estranged relationships. They have also distinguished themselves in our approach as well as providing a clean and safe environment. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Sep 18, 2017
The Many Futures of Work
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       Join Peter Creticos, President/Executive Director, Institute for Work & the Economy, for a lively discussion on the Institute’s work and their upcoming conference, The Many Futures of Work: Possibilities and Perils. The participatory conference will crowdsource guests’ expertise and insights and create real solutions that grow the middle; promote  innovation, and tear-down barriers to economic security. The ideas from this conference will inform conversations and decisions  at all levels and places.  Nonprofit “U” listeners will have an opportunity to share some of their concerns and challenges in workforce development as well.       With an emphasis on workforce  development,  Peter’s purpose in life is to conceive, develop and implement systems that enable people to achieve their own purposes and visions in the context of  well-functioning community Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Sep 11, 2017
Rebroadcast: UIC @Work
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The UIC Certificate for Nonprofit Management (CNM) program is the longest running 100% online nonprofit management program in the country, and serves students around the world. Students going through the program have managed to cut years off their nonprofit learning curve and implement lessons learned in class as they go along, making greater impact to clients and communities in the process. Join Princess Currence, PhD, MSW, Director of UIC’s @Work program and Coordinator of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program and me for a lively discussion on the UIC @Work program, and the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. Princess is an experienced data-driven higher education leader and strategist with expertise in directing highly complex initiatives that increase access, academic success and graduation rates for underrepresented groups, as well as promote diversity & inclusion. She is an entrepreneur, consultant and nonprofit leader.
Aug 28, 2017
Cook County Commission on Social Innovation Update
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     With Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia serving as the Chief Sponsor, the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation was established by ordinance on April 12, 2016. The Commission  is comprised of  Cook County government department heads, economic development experts and community builders  who leverage public and private sector resources to address Cook County’s most entrenched  economic and workforce development issues.      Join Marc J. Lane, Vice Chairman of  the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation, and  me to hear updates on the  Commission’s accomplishments, including the adoption of  resolutions  to improve regional transit and create contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses, nonprofits and social enterprises.
Aug 21, 2017
Not Your Shark Tank
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Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. The environment can be very competitive and cut throat. Shelby Parchman, a serial entrepreneur and business coach, works with business owners to guide their ideas from concept to implementation through training and relationship building.  Join Shelby Parchman, serial entrepreneur, and me to talk about how new entrepeneurs can navigate the business landscape and create economic opportunities in their communities.
Aug 14, 2017
Using Maps to Facilitate Community Engagement
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In a December 2016 blogpost on the Tutor/Mentor.org website, Daniel Bassill, PhD, CEO of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, wrote "I am one of those people who fear what will happen to our democracy and freedom, and the planet's health, over the next few years.  In some of the posts I've read, writers say 'don't lose hope' and 'get involved locally with a cause you care about'".  Those kind of articles inspired Dan to build upon his work in connecting youth with tutoring, mentoring and careers to increase civic engagement around issues that present the greatest barriers to community improvement.  In so doing, Dan has created maps and visualization tools to build youth service networks, as well as a planning tool to address issues such as community violence.  Check out links to handouts in the comments section. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Aug 07, 2017
Using the Law to Build Small Business and Grow Economic Opportunity
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The Community Law Project helps to build, strengthen, and support community-based organizations that are focused on economic development in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods and that offer the delivery of social services to residents of these areas.  They bring hope to impoverished neighborhoods by supporting small businesses and home ownership. Working with volunteers from Chicago’s top law firms, the Community Law Project's expert legal staff provides nonprofit leaders and small businesses owners the knowledge to sustain the quality of their programs, improve outcomes, and spur economic development.  Join us as Angie Hall, Staff Attorney with the Community Law Project, talks about the organizations small business and economic development programs. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Jul 31, 2017
Rebroadcast-13 Reasons the IRS Denies Applications for Tax Exemption
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Please note, that we have postponed today's episode of Nonprofit "U". Instead of a live discussion on Veterans' issues, we will discuss reasons the IRS denies applications for tax-exemption. The show on Veterans will be postponed for a later time. I will keep you posted.  Filing for tax exemption is tedious, time-consuming, and not for the faint of heart.   The process often requires applicants to “go back and forth” with the IRS for a number of reasons, including errors, clarification of statements and omission of key information. Clearly,  following instructions is critical. Tune in as Valerie F. Leonard talks about some of the most common reasons the IRS rejects applications for tax exemption. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development, with  a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. She also teaches online courses in nonprofit management with the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. She has designed a number of intensive workshops to help nonprofits build capacity, including Capacity Building Blocks, the 30-Day Disclosure Challenge and the 30-Day Compliance Challenge.
Jul 17, 2017
Using History to Drive Positive Change
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When Paul Norrington, one of the driving forces behind the creation of the K-Town Historic District, suggested that President Obama build his Library in North Lawndale, his neighbors laughed him to scorn. UIC eventually partnered with the North Lawndale community to submit a bid that made it to the final round of the Obama Presidential Library site selection process.   As a result, there is heightened interest in redeveloping the community. Paul is currently spearheading the celebration of North Lawndale’s 150th anniversary celebration and is working with the Chicago History Museum to re-write the Wikipedia article on North Lawndale. Join us for a lively conversation on how communities can focus on a community’s heritage to drive positive change. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jul 10, 2017
Rebroadcast: Navigating the Winds of Change
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The nonprofit landscape is changing dramatically. In spite of the fact that the national and state economies are in recovery, and foundations are giving more money, many nonprofits are finding it difficult to raise funds.  The State of Illinois has unilaterally terminated nonprofit contracts and does not have a budget in place in order to make appropriations.  Foundations’ priorities are constantly changing, and generally speaking, do not fund organizations for the long term. Nonprofits must position themselves for sustainability in the market place.  Any discussion about sustainability must begin with strategy. Join Valerie F. Leonard for a discussion on strategic planning. She will talk about what a strategic planning process is, and its relationship to business planning; how to develop a theory of change model; how to engage internal and external stakeholders to maximize buy-in; how to align strategies and programs with the organization’s mission, vision , goals and objectives and how to develop and monitor work plans. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jul 03, 2017
Rebroadcast- Staying Relevant: How to Conduct a Community Needs Assessment
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ome nonprofit leaders have a tendency to build organizations and programs around  issues  for which they have a passion.  They believe in their hearts that, “…if they build it, people will come…”  In other cases leaders continue to use program models that are no longer relevant to the communities they serve.   These practices can lead to duplication of services, while other needs go unmet. Tune in as Valerie F. Leonard talks about  community needs assessments. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development, with  a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. She also teaches online courses in nonprofit management with the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. She has designed a number of intensive workshops to help nonprofits build capacity, including Capacity Building Blocks, the 30-Day Disclosure Challenge and the 30-Day Compliance Challenge. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher. Handouts: https://www.scribd.com/doc/294135609/Episode-27-Handouts
Jun 26, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM CST Episode 67: Can West Side Tourism Ben
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“Chicago area heritage musicians still play today, often in obscure holes-in-the-wall for very little money, competing for limited spots in downtown clubs, or exporting their skills overseas.  At home, blues is an undervalued cultural asset.  Crain's business magazine in January pointed out the city is losing money for failure to promote it. Chicago's West Side has a deeply-rooted history of blues and soul music. What if we could promote it to help develop a local tourism industry?”  --Barrel House Bonni McKeown Join “Barrel House Bonni” McKeown, bluesman Larry Taylor and me as the discussion continues on Nonprofit “U”.  We will talk about  the history of blues on the West Side, and how it may be leveraged to develop heritage tourism. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Jun 19, 2017
Re-Broadcast: Developing Promising Programs.
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As the resources for social services become more competitive, grant makers are looking to invest in programs that provide the maximum impact at a reasonable cost.  This often means funding programs that have demonstrated success that can be replicated in other communities and scaled to reach more people.  Join  Valerie F. Leonard on Nonprofit "U" to talk about how to develop promising program models. Topics will include community needs assessment, logic models, evidence-based programs, data collection and program evaluation.    Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. 
Jun 12, 2017
Re-Broadcast: Developing Effective Grant Writing Strategies
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Noah Temaner Jenkins and me as we discuss grant writing strategies organizations can use as part of their sustainability toolbox.  We will  examine the complete proposal writing cycle; link proposal writing to the program design, implementation and evaluation processes and share strategies you can begin to “try at home” immediately. Noah Temaner Jenkins is a freelance organizational development and writing consultant for nonprofits. Her project portfolio includes grant writing, fundraising planning, program evaluation, board development, and strategic planning. She is adjunct faculty at UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Ms. Jenkins teaches grant writing and related classes in the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. She holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. 
Jun 05, 2017
Organizational Capacity on the Ground
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When we speak of capacity, we are generally referring to organization’s potential to marshal their human, financial and other resources to effect positive change in the communities and clients they serve. Organizational capacity is impacted by a  number of factors, including leadership, the organization’s stage of development and changes in the environment, to name a few.  The Monroe Foundation was formed in 1991 to provide technical assistance in starting community and economic development projects within low-income communities, and provide emerging groups with seed grants through the PACT Project (Partnership For Assisting Community Transformation). Otis Monroe, CEO of the Monroe Foundation, will share lessons learned in his experiences working with African American-led organizations to build capacity, and the call for organizations to engage in the Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table discussions. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
May 08, 2017
4 Steps 2 College
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One of the greatest barriers to earning a college degree is the cost. Approximately 70% of college graduates have student loans averaging $37,172 (U.S. News and World Report, Kantrowitz 2017).  The barrier of cost is compounded in low income communities, which typically have lower access to capital. JP Paulus, President of Do-Gooder Consulting, and I will discuss strategies to address financial barriers to college.  JP has 16 years of experience serving and resourcing families and youth workers. He served through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Uptown Baptist Church and Oakdale Covenant Church. JP has presented the Illinois College Access Network, Tutor/Mentor Conference and Christian Community Development Association conferences. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 24, 2017
The People's OPL (Obama Presidential Library)
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“…Construction of the Obama Presidential Library itself is estimated to cost around $600 million, and could result in the creation of an estimated 1,900 permanent jobs. Surrounding neighborhoods could see $30 million in new food and retail development, which the report says could translate into as many as thirty restaurants, eleven stores, and a hotel.” (Uchicagogate.com) Given the potential community impact, is a community benefits agreement necessary?  The Obama Foundation argues “no”, as the construction of the OPL, in and of itself, is a community benefit.  Some local community organizations agree, adding that the  Obamas can be trusted, and that it’s an insult to ask them to enter into such an agreement.  However, the Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition feels differently, given the historic displacement of low-income Black residents through the construction of the Dan Ryan Expressway, the CHA Plan for Transformation and fallout from school closings. Join us for a lively discussion on the Obama Presidential Library and the prospects of negotiating a community benefits agreement to protect community interests.  Guests include Allegra Cira-Fischer, Staff Attorney with The Law Project; Jawanza Malone, Executive Director, KOCO and Dominic Surya, Organizer, Prayer and Action Collective of  the Obama-library CBA Coalition.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 03, 2017
Preserving South East Chicago
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Join Amalia NietoGomez, the Executive Director of the Alliance of the SouthEast  for a lively discussion about strategies the organization is using to build safe, healthy communities and to ensure that new developments benefit local residents. Over the course of her career, Amalia has been engaged in a number of issues, including predatory lending, affordable housing, equitable and sustainable community development, community benefits agreements, CRA agreements, public safety and youth development.  ASE is a multicultural, interfaith coalition of churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to address the challenges facing the neighborhoods of Southeast Chicago. Formerly the Alianza Leadership Institute, the organization has grown from its beginnings as series of leadership skills workshops to a powerful network with over 40 community partners representing thousands of people.  ASE builds the capacity of leaders, organizers, and associations that carry out community and social change.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Mar 20, 2017
UIC @Work
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The UIC Certificate for Nonprofit Management (CNM) program is the longest running 100% online nonprofit management program in the country, and serves students around the world. Students going through the program have managed to cut years off their nonprofit learning curve and implement lessons learned in class as they go along, making greater impact to clients and communities in the process. Join Princess Currence, PhD, MSW, Director of UIC’s @Work program and Coordinator of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program and me for a lively discussion on the UIC @Work program, and the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. Princess is an experienced data-driven higher education leader and strategist with expertise in directing highly complex initiatives that increase access, academic success and graduation rates for underrepresented groups, as well as promote diversity & inclusion. She is an entrepreneur, consultant and nonprofit leader.
Mar 13, 2017
Nonprofits Are Messy
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Have you ever been hired to lead a nonprofit organization and wished that someone had written a book to help you navigate the landmines?  Joan Garry just wrote that book, and she will be a guest on Nonprofit “U”.  Joan will share highlights from  her book, observations from her consulting practice and  lessons learned  from  running a nonprofit organization. For nearly a decade, Joan Garry served as the Executive Director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the country. She later acted as the co-chair of Barack Obama’s LGBT Finance Committee during his 2008 presidential campaign. Joan now works with nonprofit leaders, assisting with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams to support the work of the CEO. She also teaches nonprofit media strategy as a professor at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Feb 20, 2017
Developing Promising Programs
00:29:00
As the resources for social services become more competitive, grant makers are looking to invest in programs that provide the maximum impact at a reasonable cost.  This often means funding programs that have demonstrated success that can be replicated in other communities and scaled to reach more people.  Join  Valerie F. Leonard on Nonprofit "U" to talk about how to develop promising program models. Topics will include community needs assessment, logic models, evidence-based programs, data collection and program evaluation.    Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. 
Feb 13, 2017
Using Second Chances to Make Communities Safer
00:35:00
Join  Victor B. Dickson, the President and CEO of the Safer Foundation and me for a lively discussion. Victor will talk about the issues surrounding reentry, and the work the Safer Foundation is doing to help foster safer communities. Safer Foundation is a national leader in the fields of community corrections, prisoner reentry and workforce development. Through a comprehensive suite of programs and services, Safer Foundation assists individuals pre- and post-release from jail or prison with a full spectrum of services designed to overcome the barriers to reentry. The core of Safer’s mission is job preparation and placement which enables Safer Foundation clients to experience a substantially lower rate of recidivism. Safer Foundation provides “a road back” for individuals to reenter as productive, contributing members of society. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Feb 06, 2017
Mission Possible: Changing Lives Through Position, Power and Purpose
00:32:00
Join David Pendleton, the Executive Director of The Door of Hope Rescue Mission and me for a lively discussion. David will talk about the Mission's work and share lessons learned in delivering faith-based services to homeless men in transition. The Door of Hope Rescue Mission opened in 1954 on Chicago's South Side, providing  Christian discipleship for homeless men with a focus on empowerment, self-sufficiency and a community mind. This has increased the success ratio of one leaving the Mission for stable housing, and improved outlook on life and renewed and reconciled family and other estranged relationships. They have also distinguished themselves in our approach as well as providing a clean and safe environment.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Jan 30, 2017
The Rules of Engagement: Maintaining Nonprofit Compliance
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Being a member of the board of directors for a nonprofit organization is not to be taken lightly.  There are a number of responsibilities, including maintaining compliance with regulators and funders.  On top of that, the political climate warrants more nonprofit advocacy than ever. Church and nonprofit leaders would like to engage in civic affairs without jeopardizing their organizations’ tax-exempt status. Tune in to Nonprofit “U” when  Jody Adler, the Director of the Law Project, discusses the board’s role in maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations; differences between political activities and lobbying; activities in which tax-exempt organizations and churches can and cannot engage; and an overview of the Law Project’s Compliance Institute.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jan 23, 2017
North Lawndale Then and Now: What has changed since Dr. King walked among us?
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to North Lawndale in 1966 to launch a fight for fair housing.  Fast forward to 2017, what has changed? Join Valerie F. Leonard as she examines the issues that brought Dr. King to North Lawndale in 1966, and the overall state of the community today. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher. Trouble connecting?  Email support@blogtalkradio.com.
Jan 16, 2017
2017 Outlook for Nonprofit Organizations
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What does 2017 hold for nonprofit organizations?  Join Valerie F. Leonard as she shares forecasts from national organizations and experts based on emerging trends in the nonprofit sector.  She will also share results  of her own survey of local nonprofit listeners to get a sense for the mood here “at home”.  Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jan 02, 2017
Nonprofit Sustainability: More than Fundraising
00:20:00
When we speak of nonprofit sustainability, we think of organizations’ ability to  raise money.  It’s more than that.  It’s a combination of things-fundraising, organizational infrastructure, adherence to mission and core values, credibility, leadership and management—that give organizations staying power.  Join Valerie F. Leonard for a lively discussion on nonprofit sustainability. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development with a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 26, 2016
Using Social Innovation to Revitalize Communities
00:31:00
The Cook County Commission on Social Innovation  was established by ordinance on April 12, 2016, with Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García as the chief sponsor.  The Commission, comprised of thought leaders in the non-profit, government, and private sectors, uses data-driven strategies to drive social change through job creation and workforce development, entrepreneurship, community revitalization and industrial development.  Marc J. Lane, Esq., Vice Chairman of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation, will provide an update of the Commission’s work; compare and contrast social innovation and social entrepreneurship and share innovative strategies for social change. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 19, 2016
Where Sustainability Meets Environmental Justice
00:30:00
Naomi Davis’ core beliefs can be summarized as follows: “Conserve or collapse; help is not on the way; nothing trumps self-help; only a whole-system solution can transform a whole-system problem.”  To that end, she founded Blacks In Green (BIG)  to create a 5-year green-village-building proof of concept in  a TIF in Chicago’s West Woodlawn community. She has also been instrumental in the negotiations surrounding a community benefits agreement between the Englewood community and Norfolk Southern Railroad.  Join Naomi and me as she shares lessons learned from this work, as well as the 8 Principles of Green Village Building.Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 12, 2016
An Impromptu Talk on Revitalization Versus Gentrification
00:25:00
Naomi Davis’ core beliefs can be summarized as follows: “Conserve or collapse; help is not on the way; nothing trumps self-help; only a whole-system solution can transform a whole-system problem.”  To that end, she founded Blacks In Green (BIG)  to create a 5-year green-village-building proof of concept in  a TIF in Chicago’s West Woodlawn community. She has also been instrumental in the negotiations surrounding a community benefits agreement between the Englewood community and Norfolk Southern Railroad. Join Naomi and me as she shares lessons learned from this work, as well as the 8 Principles of Green Village Building. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 12, 2016
Developing Effective Grant Writing Strategies
00:33:00
Join Noah Temaner Jenkins and me as we discuss grant writing strategies organizations can use as part of their sustainability toolbox.  We will  examine the complete proposal writing cycle; link proposal writing to the program design, implementation and evaluation processes and share strategies you can begin to “try at home” immediately. Noah Temaner Jenkins is a freelance organizational development and writing consultant for nonprofits. Her project portfolio includes grant writing, fundraising planning, program evaluation, board development, and strategic planning. She is adjunct faculty at UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Ms. Jenkins teaches grant writing and related classes in the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. She holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. 
Dec 05, 2016
TIF Toolkit
00:32:00
When we last spoke with Carolina Gaete and Cecile  Carroll-DeMello, we learned how they have managed to work with local residents and elected officials to bring democracy to the TIF program, develop affordable housing and make micro-financing available to small businesses from the neighborhood.  They are now ready to launch the TIF Toolkit to share the lessons they have learned along the way with community practitioners around the City. Join us in a lively discussion about the TIF Toolkit and the upcoming community launch. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 28, 2016
Settling for Misconduct
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Between 2012 and 2015 alone, the City of Chicago paid $210 million to settle 655 police misconduct cases.  A disproportionate number of these cases were in African American and Latino neighborhoods, many of which are undergoing significant change.  These cases were typically settled by the City, with no admission of guilt on the part of the officers involved.   Not only did these cases further weaken already strained relationships between the Police and the impacted communities, they diverted resources that could have been otherwise used for city services or neighborhood revitalization.  The Chicago Reporter created an interactive database to analyze the cases at length, and to provide policy makers, activists and journalists with the information they need to make inferences and informed recommendations. Join Susan Smith Richardson, the Editor and Publisher of the Chicago Reporter,  and me in an informative discussion about their initial findings regarding police misconduct cases; an overview of the database, and ways website visitors may use the data to engage their constituencies to begin the process of identifying critical issues and solutions and increasing police accountability.  
Nov 21, 2016
The Benefits of Being Railroaded
00:33:00
The expansion of the Norfolk Southern’s Englewood  Railyard  required the acquisition of  557 parcels of land, 104 parcels of which were owned by the  City of Chicago, within a local TIF and valued at $1.105 million. The expansion presented a number of challenges, including displacement of Englewood residents through eminent domain, and compounding of existing  environmental problems.  Rev. John Ellis, an Englewood resident, saw a public notice in the newspaper indicating that the City of Chicago intended to enter into a negotiated sale of 104 parcels to Norfolk-Southern and notified his neighbors, who immediately began to organize. They created Sustainable Englewood Initiatives, led by John Paul Jones, and engaged other Englewood residents, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the City of Chicago and Norfolk-Southern Railroad to explore the impact of the development upon the community and to create win-win solutions for all parties concerned.  Rev. Ellis will join us, and give a status report on the Norfolk-Southern CBA with the Englewood community, and share lessons learned from his experiences. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 14, 2016
Benefiting Communities Through Mutual Agreement
00:31:00
A Community Benefits Agreement ("CBA") is a contract signed by community groups and a real estate developer that requires the developer to provide specific amenities and/or mitigations to the local community or neighborhood. (Wikipedia) Join Jody Adler, Allegra Cira Fischer and me in a lively discussion on CBA’s.  We will talk about what CBA’s are; the pros and cons, and some of The Law Project’s work in supporting local community based coalitions in their quest for greater democracy in development.  Jody Adler is the Director of The Law Project. She specializes in the law of exempt organizations working with community-based nonprofit organizations. Jody has taught classes in nonprofit law and management for Oakton Community College and Spertus College. She is on the board of directors of AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and Changing Worlds, a Chicago-area arts in education organization.  Allegra is a staff attorney with The Law Project (TLP), which is the community development project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Allegra’s focus at TLP is on equitable and inclusive development, and she works with coalitions of non-profit organizations in negotiations with developers to secure benefits for surrounding communities, including commitments to build affordable housing, hire local residents and pay livable wages, among other investments important to Chicago neighborhoods and their residents. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 07, 2016
Navigating the Winds of Change: The Importance of Strategic Planning
00:37:00
The nonprofit landscape is changing dramatically. In spite of the fact that the national and state economies are in recovery, and foundations are giving more money, many nonprofits are finding it difficult to raise funds.  The State of Illinois has unilaterally terminated nonprofit contracts and does not have a budget in place in order to make appropriations.  Foundations’ priorities are constantly changing, and generally speaking, do not fund organizations for the long term. Nonprofits must position themselves for sustainability in the market place.  Any discussion about sustainability must begin with strategy. Join Valerie F. Leonard for a discussion on strategic planning. She will talk about what a strategic planning process is, and its relationship to business planning; how to develop a theory of change model; how to engage internal and external stakeholders to maximize buy-in; how to align strategies and programs with the organization’s mission, vision , goals and objectives and how to develop and monitor work plans. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jun 13, 2016
Measuring Success: Nonprofit Program Evaluation
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Most people would agree that program evaluation is important, but, in practice, many emerging organizations don’t do it.  In some cases, managers are so busy running programs and trying to find the resources to keep them going, that they find it difficult to find the time to reflect.  In other cases, there is no funding to pay an outside evaluator.  Still, others find the whole process to be a mystery.  In the meantime, it’s hit or miss in providing programs that are relevant to the community and attractive to funders. Join Valerie F. Leonard for a discussion on program evaluation. She will talk about the most common types of evaluation; why they are important; what to do when there’s no funding for evaluation and how the information may be used to strengthen programs. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
May 09, 2016
The Potential of Music Festivals to Build Community
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When Gallup and the Knight Foundation set out to answer the question “What attaches people to their communities?” they found that the key reasons cited by residents for loving their cities were entertainment and social offerings, how welcoming the city is and its aesthetics — in other words, the arts and culture.  That finding was not news to Alderman Michael Scott, Jr., or his wife Natashee.  The couple have been patrons of the arts for years.  In an effort to build community and make North Lawndale a destination for arts and entertainment, the Scotts started the annual Westside Musical Festival, which will run again on August 20 2016. Join Natashee and Michael Scott, Jr. as they share lessons learned in developing the festival. We will discuss ways the Westside Music Festival is being used to build community; develop a sense of place for North Lawndale and to spur economic development and tourism. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
May 02, 2016
Hitting the "Reset" Button for North Lawndale
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It has been over 50 years since North Lawndale has had a comprehensive plan that could be used to attract resources and guide public policy as it relates to transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing.  As a result, much of the limited development that has occurred in recent years has not been coordinated or yielded maximum impact for the community as a whole. There are some pockets of North Lawndale that have seen significant development, while other parts have remained untouched since the 1950’s. In an effort to rectify this situation, the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) recently held its first annual community planning conference, in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), at the DRW College Prep High School on Chicago’s West Side. Join us as we recap the conference and share next steps for the community planning process. Guests will be Alderman Michael Scott, Jr., Rodney Brown and Dennis Deer.  Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. represents the 24th Ward on Chicago's West Side.  Rodney Brown and Dennis Deer, along with Host Valerie F. Leonard, are members of the Executive Sub-Committee of NLCCC. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 25, 2016
Giving to Get: Investing in Nonprofit Success
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Today's guest is Shelby Parchman, Director of Programs for Sunshine Enterprises. We will follow up on what has happened over the past several months since he was last on the show. Not only will we look at some of Sunshine Enterprises' success stories, but Shelby will share more lessons learned from his work in the entrepreneurial trenches. He will also discuss ways nonprofits can think outside of the box and how nonprofits can invest their time and resources to reap maximum rewards. Finally, he will discuss ways nonprofits can add value to existing models.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 18, 2016
NLEN PSA Learning to Play the Game
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O.S. Owen discusses the upcoming "Learning to Play the Game of Financial Success" workshop series in honor of Money Smart Week. The event will take place Wednesday, April 27th 2016 9am-3pm at Nichols Tower 906 South Homan Ave 14th Floor, Chicago IL 60624. Sponsors include NLEN, PNC Bank, Kingdom Community, The Monroe Foundation, Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. and Commissioner Robert Steele.
Apr 06, 2016
Legal Structures for Social Enterprise
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When we think of a social enterprise, we often think of a nonprofit business that is operating a for-profit subsidiary.  End of story.  In reality, there are several legal structures from which to choose, and no one size fits all. Tune in as  Erirca Spangler Raz discusses social enterprises, the various legal structures, and the pros and cons of each.. Erica Spangler Raz is a Staff Attorney for The Law Project and works primarily in the Nonprofit Support Program. She has counseled hundreds of nonprofit organizations and regularly presents seminars on board responsibilities and fiduciary duties, startup nonprofit business planning, income tax exemption, financial distress and dissolution, and general nonprofit governance and compliance to community groups, nonprofit consultants and attorneys.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Apr 04, 2016
Creating Financial Opportunities for Working Families
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Our guest for today is O.S. Owen, an inspiring trainer and motivator with diverse work experience focused on community empowerment, training and Financial Coaching and Counseling that's certified through the Center for Financial Social Work.  You will find a full bio for O.S. and a link to the NLEN Financial Opportunity Center on my blog, Nonprofit “U”, under “Episode 37: Creating Opportunities for Working Families”  Go to http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU and click onto the Episodes page. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Mar 28, 2016
Making Your Case for Funding
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There is a tendency to go from program development to submitting funding proposals to different foundations. We often overlook a critical step in between-developing a case statement.  The case statement helps organizational stakeholders develop a shared vision and commitment, and provides consistency as the organization develops proposals, articles, publication and other content. Join us for a lively discussion about develop ping case statements. We will discuss what they are, how they are used; the major components and some of the pitfalls to avoid. Valerie F. Leonard is an expert in community and organizational development, with a mission to help organizations make a greater impact on the communities they serve. She is an adjunct instructor with the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program, and is a fundraising expert with DonorPath. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Mar 21, 2016
Investing in Fathers
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Research from Altarum Institute shows that if we can close income and employability gaps between white workers and workers of color, we would see a $2 trillion increase to the US economy each year and GDP growth of $5 trillion by 2030. J. Michael Carr, the Executive Director of Fathers for the Future, is doing his part.  Under his leadership the organization has created financial literacy workshops, mentoring programs and alumni networks for young fathers. J. Michael Carr is a native of Chicago, and grew up on the city’s south side.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Roosevelt University. He has been a financial analyst for the Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union; the Controller at Gustafson/Shields, an advertising agency; Business Manager of Enrollment at DePaul University; grant manager of at Rotary International; and a field auditor at American National Bank and recently served as the Interim Director of Finance and Administration of Alternatives, Inc., a major nonprofit serving Chicago’s at-risk youth. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Mar 07, 2016
Communicating on Purpose
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Ashleigh Wayland is the Communications Officer  for LISC-Chicago, specializing in public relations, strategic communications and media relations. She provides corporate communications, crisis communications, strategic planning, special events and earned media support..  LISC is an intermediary, and works with emerging nonprofits to get the resources they need to build their own capacity while strengthening their local communities. Join us for  Episode 34: Communicating on Purpose.  We will discuss ways nonprofits can align their communications strategies with their mission, goals and objectives.  We will also explore low-cost strategies nonprofit organizations can get their message out with impact.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Feb 29, 2016
In the Public Domain
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Today’s topic is “In the Public Domain”.  We will be discussing how to write effective government proposals.  We will cover:  Definition of ProposalStrategic PlanningProgram PlanningPreparationDeveloping IdeasCommunity SupportFinding ResourcesWriting the ProposalContract/Grant AdministrationCompliance Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Feb 22, 2016
Transforming Lives Through Employment
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Join us in a lively discussion  with Evelyn Ross, the Executive Director of NEBC, based in the Austin Community on Chicago’s West Side. NEBC provides a variety of programs and services for youth, adults, seniors, including re-entry citizens, veterans, and persons with disabilities including "Seasoned Citizens", and educational, social, and recreational program for senior citizens; "NEBC Summer Camp", an 8-week youth recreational program; employment program for Persons with Disabilities, "You Got Served" an 10-week culinary & hospitality training program offered year-round for youth; and our 12-week certification programs in computer and networking technologies.  NEBC’s mission is to put disadvantaged individuals and families on a path to success and transform the quality of life in Chicago through activities that lead to full employment for the citizens of the Westside community.   Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Feb 15, 2016
The Role of the Church in Community Development
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Today’s episode is “The Role of Church and Community Development”.  We will discuss the history of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and its impact on community and society in particular and the role of the Church, in general, and its responsibility to community.  Our guest for today is Rev. Albert D. Tyson III, the Presiding Elder of the North District, Chicago Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. The AME Church was founded in 1787, and has a mission to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people. Elder Tyson is highly involved in the AME Church, and the community and civic affairs of Chicago and beyond.  His resume is extensive, and time does not permit me to share it all, but here are a few highlights.  Elder Tyson is a member of the Board of Examiners of the Chicago Conference African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as the Vice-President and and the Parliamentarian of the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Organizing Project (IOP).  Elder Tyson also has served as the Treasurer, and eventually, the President, of the Near Westside Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC). He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Chicago City Colleges and was recently appointed as a commissioner with the Chicago Public Building Commission.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Feb 08, 2016
'Tis the Season for Compliance
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Being a member of the board of directors for a nonprofit organization is not to be taken lightly.  There are a number of responsibilities, including maintaining compliance with regulators and funders.  On top of that, the political season is upon us, and church and nonprofit leaders would like to engage in civic affairs without jeopardizing their organizations’ tax-exempt status. Tune in to Nonprofit “U” when  Jody Adler, the Director of the Law Project, discusses the board’s role in maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations; differences between political activities and lobbying; activities in which tax-exempt organizations and churches can and cannot engage; and an overview of the Law Project’s Compliance Institute. member of the board of directors for a nonprofit organization is not to be taken lightly.  There are a number of responsibilities, including maintaining compliance with regulators and funders.  On top of that, the political season is upon us, and church and nonprofit leaders would like to engage in civic affairs without jeopardizing their organizations’ tax-exempt status. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Feb 01, 2016
Fundraising Strategies That Work
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Brenda Palms Barber moved to Chicago 15 years ago and started the North Lawndale Employment Network to assist returning citizens transition back to society through employment and other resources. Under her leadership, NLEN has grown from 2 to 21 employees, and provides job training and financial literacy to over 2,000 men and women. Tune in to Nonprofit “U” when Brenda discusses proven strategies for effective fundraising.  Topics will include stakeholder engagement, diversifying income streams, social enterprise and nonprofit compliance. Brenda will also share a case study written by Kathleen Fletcher so that participants can immediately apply lessons learned and discuss them. Download the case study at https://www.scribd.com/doc/296594725/Fundraising-Training-What-is-the-Color-of-Their-Money-2 Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Jan 25, 2016
TIF Notes
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  The TIF Illumination Project  produces reports to track the performance of Chicago’s TIFs. Among their findings were:  Total expenditures from Chicago’s TIFs in 2014 were $638.3 million. This represented an increase from 2013 of $265.4 million or 71%) This is how much all of Chicago’s TIF districts spent in 2014. The biggest spender was the Near South TIF with $102.3 million. $28 million will go to subsidize the development of the Marriot’s Hotel on the McCormick Place campus. $53.2 million went to the Board of Education for the Jones College Prep High School. $11.6 million went to the CTA for construction of the new Cermak Road Green Line station.  Join us as we talk with Tom Tresser,  the lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project to discuss the pros and cons of TIFs and their impact to Chicago and local communities. Here is a link to the 2014 TIF Analysis. http://www.tifreports.com/2014-tif-analysis/ Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.    
Jan 18, 2016
Staying Relevant: Why You Should Conduct a Community Needs Assessment
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Some nonprofit leaders have a tendency to build organizations and programs around  issues  for which they have a passion.  They believe in their hearts that, “…if they build it, people will come…”  In other cases leaders continue to use program models that are no longer relevant to the communities they serve.   These practices can lead to duplication of services, while other needs go unmet. Tune in as Valerie F. Leonard talks about  community needs assessments. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development, with  a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. She also teaches online courses in nonprofit management with the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. She has designed a number of intensive workshops to help nonprofits build capacity, including Capacity Building Blocks, the 30-Day Disclosure Challenge and the 30-Day Compliance Challenge. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com. Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher. Handouts: https://www.scribd.com/doc/294135609/Episode-27-Handouts
Dec 28, 2015
13 Reasons the IRS Denies Applications for Tax Exemption
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Filing for tax exemption is tedious, time-consuming, and not for the faint of heart.   The process often requires applicants to “go back and forth” with the IRS for a number of reasons, including errors, clarification of statements and omission of key information. Clearly,  following instructions is critical. Tune in as Valerie F. Leonard talks about some of the most common reasons the IRS rejects applications for tax exemption. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development, with  a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. She also teaches online courses in nonprofit management with the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. She has designed a number of intensive workshops to help nonprofits build capacity, including Capacity Building Blocks, the 30-Day Disclosure Challenge and the 30-Day Compliance Challenge. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 21, 2015
Eliminating Domestic Violence
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in October, and the issue does not disappear just because the month has come and gone.  Domestic Violence continues to rear its ugly head on a number of fronts--child abuse; spousal abuse; domestic partner abuse and elder abuse.  Left unchecked, domestic violence can lead to a number of unintended consequences, including homelessness, loss of income, low self-esteem, and even death.  Dr. Dennis Deer, President of Deer Rehabilitative Services, Inc., a full service behavioral health company, will be our guest today. We will talk about domestic violence, how to identify people who have been abused, ways we may help them, and available resources.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Dec 14, 2015
How to Start a Nonprofit Organization in the State of Illinois
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  Tune in as Valerie F. Leonard talks about how to start and manage a nonprofit business in the State of Illinois.  Topics of discussion include  conducting a community needs assessment; selecting your team; developing the bylaws; incorporating  your organization, filing for tax exemption and managing the organization. Valerie is an expert in community and organizational development, with  a mission of strengthening the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. She also teaches online courses in nonprofit management with the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. She has designed a number of intensive workshops to help nonprofits build capacity, including Capacity Building Blocks, the 30-Day Disclosure Challenge and the 30-Day Compliance Challenge. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.  
Dec 07, 2015
Increasing Fundraising Through Transparency
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Join us for a lively discussion on  how nonprofit organizations may increase their fundraising capacity through transparency and enhanced disclosure utilizing GuideStar Profiles.  Our special guest will be Jasmine Marrow, the Director of  Nonprofit Strategy for GuideStar. Jasmine develops strategy for and oversees the GuideStar Exchange program, GuideStar's primary initiative to engage nonprofits. She is also the Product Manager for  the TakeAction initiative, GuideStar's primary initiative to engage individual donors. Jasmine oversees GuideStar’s Philanthropedia program, which rates verified, financially responsible charities according to how much great work they're doing. Jasmine leads Philanthropedia's research efforts, including developing international expansion, rerunning old causes, and expediting strategy for continued growth into new causes. GuideStar USA, Inc. is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. In 2010, their database contained over 5 million IRS Forms 990 on 1.9 million organizations.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 30, 2015
Keeping the Promise
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Michael McAfee, EdD, is the Vice President for Programs with PolicyLink in Oakland, CA.  In this capacity, he  joins the Executive Team and Program Teams in strategic planning, policy development, policy campaign strategy, and programmatic design and implementation at the local, state, and national levels. Michael is determined to create conditions that will allow equity to flourish all across America-- just and fair inclusion into a society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Join us for a virtual teach-in on PolicyLink’s evidence-based Promise Neighborhoods Institute (PNI). Based on the Harlem’s Children’s Zone, PNI provides resources to all communities, whether or not they have been awarded a federal grant, including technical support for planning, identifying quality approaches, building partnerships, assessing needs, and many more essentials for successfully building a cradle-to-career pipeline. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher. Download pre-reading and handouts at https://www.scribd.com/doc/289946539/Reading-Assignments-and-Handouts  
Nov 23, 2015
Building Community: Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Servitude and Innovation
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Robert M. Douglas Sr. is the Founder & Co- Director of the S.O.N Foundation. As a youth, Mr. Douglas participated in youth programs at Palmer Park, and played for Palmer Park Eagles Football and A’s baseball teams. In 1991, Mr. Douglas suffered the painful loss of his brother Anthony Darwin Douglas, who fell victim to the crime that is currently plaguing Roseland, called gun violence. Determined to ensure that the loss was not in vain, Mr. Douglas organized the S.O.N Foundation with the vision of making the Roseland community safer and supportive. Join us as Robert talks about  ways  to stimulate community revitalization and  promote self-determination, in low income communities. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 16, 2015
Data-Driven Justice
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Ralph Martire, the Executive Director for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) believes it essential to have the commitment and ability to stay focused on resolving major inequities for the long term, and to work collaboratively with other experts, organizations, and opinion leaders to move the agenda forward. “Gone are the days when community leaders could gather a crowd, make an emotional appeal, and then step back and watch elected officials respond in a meaningful way”, Martire said.  “Not only must nonprofit leaders make the moral case for systemic change, they have to be prepared to back it up with evidence.” Join us as Ralph Martire talks about CBTA’s programs and services and ways community-based organizations can use data to drive policy, advocacy and programs to bring about social justice. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 09, 2015
Building a Movement: Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector Through Advocacy
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When Eric Weinheimer accepted the President and CEO position at Donors Forum, he says, his friend Kate Maehr, President and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, gave him a simple and clear directive: “Create a movement.” If ever there was a time for a movement in the nonprofit sector, the time is now. Under Eric’s leadership, Donors Forum is eager to lead this movement, and works with all of its members – foundations, providers, advisors, corporations, and the government sector – and engaging other social purpose organizations to build healthier, safer, and richer communities in Illinois. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Nov 02, 2015
The Illinois Budget Showdown: What About "The Least of These"?
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The state of Illinois  has been without a FY 2016 budget for nearly 4 months. While the Governor and Legislative Leaders have agreed to meet to begin to discuss a budget, significant damage has been done to local communities, clients and social service agencies.  Hundreds of thousands of  youth, elderly, people with disabilities, working poor—and the people who serve them—have been impacted by the cuts. Some social service agencies have cut programs and services while the need for the services have grown.  Some private foundations have stepped in to try to fill the gaps by providing general operating support and other assistance.  Even so, many agencies will have to close their doors and the people with the greatest needs will suffer more.  Who will take care of the “Least of These”? Join the discussion with Michael Holmes, the Executive Director of the Illinois African American Family Commission, to share your views and recommendations. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes, Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Oct 26, 2015
The Law Project Marks 30 Years of Providing Community-Based Legal Solutions
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Angela Hall is a staff attorney at The Law Project, or TLP for short. She works primarily with the Small Business Program and the Homeownership Program. Prior to TLP, Angela was a solo practitioner whose legal practice consisted primarily of residential real estate transactions. She is also a licensed real  estate broker who was formerly affiliated with Lake Michigan Financial, Inc. Prior to having her own practice, Angela was an Associate at Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd. and counseled and litigated municipal law, real estate and employment discrimination cases. Early in her legal career, she was a Litigation Counsel at the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission and a Cook County Public Guardian. Angie received her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes and Stitcher.  
Oct 19, 2015
Just Checking
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Did you know that tax exempt organizations are 2 times more likely than tax payers to be late with filing annual returns with the IRS? There are approximately 1.4 million registered organizations in the United States (IRS, October 2, 2014). Of this number, 579,114 registered organizations, or 40%, lost their tax exempt status as a result of not filing Form 990 for three years in a row.  Just two years ago, there were approximately 1.2 million nonprofit organizations with about 32% losing their tax exempt status for failing to file Form 990 three years in a row.  In contrast, about 85% of individuals and corporations file their income taxes (Form 1040) on time. Make sure your organization has completed the necessary filings to maintain tax exempt status.  Valerie F. Leonard will give an overview of all the filings organizations need to file at the federal and state levels in order to maintain compliance. You may download a supplemental article at https://www.scribd.com/doc/74798266/Just-Checking-Nonprofit-Compliance Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes and Stitcher.
Oct 12, 2015
Dew the Right Thing
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In June 1990, Donald J. Dew was selected from a field of over 150 candidates to fill the position of President/CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI).  HSI is a vital Chicago-based health and human services organization which currently operates over 40 programs for thousands of children and families in need. Under Dew’s tenure, HSI’s budget has grown to approximately $7.5 million in 2015, signaling a significant increase in services to Chicago area residents during an adverse economic period.  The Illinois budget stalemate makes it increasingly difficult to deliver high quality services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, but HSI is up to the challenge. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes and Stitcher. Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Oct 05, 2015
The Change Agents: Working the Inside/Outside Game
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 Revin Fellows has over 30 years experience in community activism and nonprofit management.  He is the current COO of Books Over Balls, a program geared to help inner-city youth make eduction a greater priority than sports. He has worked with Family Focus North Lawndale, managing programs to reduce teen age pregnancy and to prevent gang involvement and reduce truancy.  He has also been instrumental in advocating for the creation of the Illinois African American Employment Plan in an effort to bring the State’s employment of and contracting with African Americans on par with the percentage of African Americans living in Illinois.  Revin is an active participant in the Illinois African American Family Commission’s community advisory council, and Black Wall Street.  He has also been instrumental in the development of the A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter's Museum on Chicago's South Side. Regaradless of where he worked, Revin's personal goals remains constant: to empower African American constituents with the tools they need to control their eocnomic environment and become self-sufficient.   He will share strategies on how nonprofits, community activists and elected officials can perfect the inside-outside game to effect sustainable commuity change. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes and Stitcher. Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Sep 28, 2015
Using Technology to Build Communities
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Kara Kennedy joined Lumity as executive director in 2009. Under her leadership, Lumity has rebuilt itself, achieving consistent high customer satisfaction and increased financial stability during economically challenging times. The nonprofit job board, NPO.net, the finance services, and the computer technology center services has grown and expanded and the technology services are now focused to help nonprofits make informed choices on their technology needs. In addition, Lumity most recently expanded into recruiting and matching skill-based volunteers to nonprofits and STEM schools via The Community Corps to help with mentoring, training, and time-limited tech projects.  Tune in on Monday to learn how Kara and the Lumity team help nonprofits use technology to build community. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes and Stitcher. Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Sep 21, 2015
Think Big: The Next 5 Things in Nonprofit Management
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Kate Pravera, PhD, the Academic Director and Founder of the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management will be a guest on Nonprofit "U" radio blog talk show on Monday, September 14, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Kate Pravera will share insights on five trends in nonprofit management, and how nonprofit leaders can position themselves to "ride the wave". Enjoy a lively discussion on 1. Exercising democracy: the fundamental survival skill of the 2010’s 2. Innovation literacy (becoming literate in what authentic innovation is and how to do it) 3. Reframing mission (not just organizational but in social, civic, economic and political context) 4. Burying institutional silos, developing new alliances. 5. Cultivating inclusive leadership. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit Valeriefleonard.com.  Archived episodes may be found at http://Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes and Stitcher. Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Sep 14, 2015
Building Sustainable Organizations
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  The state of Illinois has over 36,000 registered nonprofit organizations that are eligible for tax exemption. These organizations are at various points in their development.  Some are startups, and  will never achieve their full potential, while others are institutions that have stood the test of time for over a hundred years.  What are the characteristics that separate sustainable organizations from the proverbial “fly-by-night” organizations that are here today, and gone tomorrow?  Organizations that have long term sustainability tend to exercise excellent stewardship, yield results and have strong brands. Tune in as Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, talks about ways organizations may strengthen their organizational capacity  to become powerful, productive and profitable. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit http://valeriefleonard.com and http://valeriefleonard.com/nonprofitu Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU  
Sep 07, 2015
Sowing Seeds of Greatness: Helping Our Youth Succeed in College
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If you could describe Kimberly George in four words, they would be “compassionate, committed, creative, and connector”.  This is her approach to her work as Teen Worker/College Readiness Specialist with CYC ABC Polk Brothers Center in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. With  over 25 years of experience, ranging from program development and implementation to administrative management and financial development, Kimberly’s approach is mission driven and based on the needs of the community she serves. During Kimberly’s tenure at Chicago Youth Centers ABC Polk Bros Center, the College Readiness Program has assisted 80 West Side Chicago students to attend and succeed in college.   The high school graduation rate of students in the program is 100%; college attendance rate is 90%; college retention rate is 80%. Under Kim’s leadership, the Service Learning and Community Gardening programs have been recognized by The National Youth Gardening Association (2013), Muhammad Ali Peace Center (2014), Martin Richard Bridge Builder Foundation (2015), and GenerationOn – A Points of Light Foundation (2013, 2014). Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit http://valeriefleonard.com and http://valeriefleonard.com/nonprofitu Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Aug 31, 2015
Capacity Building Blocks
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When we speak of capacity, we are generally referring to organization’s potential to marshal their human, financial and other resources to effect positive change in the communities and clients they serve. Organizational capacity is impacted by a  number of factors, including leadership, the organization’s stage of development and changes in the environment, to name a few.  Organizations engage in capacity building activities in order to increase their effectiveness in serving their constituencies. Such activities include, but are not limited to, hiring new employees to meet increased demand for services; strategic planning to position themselves for changes in the environment; training board and staff on their roles and responsibilities, or automating financial systems.   Tune in as Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, talks about ways organizations may strengthen their organizational capacity and better position themselves for fundraising.   
Aug 24, 2015
Making Community Assets Count: Learning to Navigate Census.gov
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Ileana Serrano, Data Dissemination Specialist with the Census Bureau, will be the featured guest on Monday’s episode. “People tend to think about the Census as an event that happens every ten years”, Serrano said.  “They would be amazed at the resources we have for small businesses and nonprofits to make plans that will take them to the next level.” The American Fact Finder and Economic Census can help nonprofit leaders and small business owners develop customized data sets to develop business plans, proposals, programs, advocate for their communities and roll out new products. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The U.S. Census Bureau is overseen by the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) within the Department of Commerce. The Economics and Statistics Administration provides high-quality economic analysis and fosters the missions of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit http://valeriefleonard.com and http://valeriefleonard.com/nonprofitu Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Aug 17, 2015
At Your Service
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By the time Crystal Sowemimo graduated from college, she had at least 5 years of volunteerism under her belt.  As a high school senior,  she served as a tutor and mentor to at-risk refugee children in Houston, Texas. As a college student, she worked in broad based coalitions to advocate against sweatshops; engaged other youth in voter education and registration campaigns and started a public interest group. She currently lives in Chicago, and is actively working with a number of issue campaigns. Crystal works for Holsten Human Capital Development as the Community Outreach and Development VISTA, where she builds resources for the Workforce Development team for their North Lawndale site. She plans to go to law school in the near future and pursue a career in law, focusing on issues that impact low income communities. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit http://valeriefleonard.com and http://valeriefleonard.com/nonprofitu Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Aug 10, 2015
Connecting the Dots
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In 1993 Dan Bassill and founders of a new Chicago tutor/mentor program (Cabrini Connections) decided to also create the Tutor/Mentor Connection. The T/MC’s goal was to "collect all that is known" about tutoring/mentoring and education-to-careers in a "library" of knowledge that anyone can draw from at any time to help kids from a poverty neighborhood get the adult support they need to move to careers. Since that time, Dan has developed an extensive database of maps, visualization tools, and a 4-pronged strategy, to arm thousands of youth development professionals along with business and philanthropic leaders, with information they can use to strengthen tutor and mentoring programs in Chicago and other cities. Today, Dan continues to support this strategy as CEO of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit http://valeriefleonard.com and http://valeriefleonard.com/nonprofitu Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Aug 03, 2015
Let the Sunshine In
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When Shelby Parchman started his job as Director of Programs at Sunshine Enterprises, his charge was to create 200 businesses along the 61st Street Corridor in Chicago’s Woodlawn community.  Since that time, he has expanded  the vision to include businesses in under-served communities on Chicago’s Southside, Westside and Southwestside.  Using the evidence-based Rising Tide Model, Sunshine Enterprises operates the Community Business Academy and the Business Acceleration Services initiative to help small business owners transform communities throughout the City of Chicago. Read Six ways to make sure you don't tank your business plan http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/chi-business-plan-tips-bsi-ngux-story.html   Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit http://valeriefleonard.com and http://valeriefleonard.com/nonprofitu Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU
Jul 28, 2015
Diamonds in the Rough: Creating Sustainable Businesses in Tough Markets
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Upon first glance, the North Lawndale community does not seem to be a place budding entrepreneurs would look to start a business. Indeed, there are challenges on every front. Where others see problems, Dr. Dennis Deer and Rodney Brown see potential.  Tune in to find out how they are working with local businesses and residents, one by one to revitalize the business climate in North Lawndale.  Dr. Dennis Deer, CEO of Deer Rehabilitation Services, Inc., will talk about the relationships between mental health and economic development. Rodney Brown, Vice President of the Board of Directors for New Covenant CDC will share lessons learned from his work with the chamber of commerce and business development center. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat. Visit http://valeriefleonard.com and http://valeriefleonard.com/nonprofitu Follow @VFLeonard and @NonprofitU  
Jul 20, 2015
The People's TIF's
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When we read about TIF’s in Chicago, we typically read of lack of transparency, extreme surpluses, lack of accountability, and how large corporations benefit, while residents of impacted communities are left “on the outside looking in”  in their own communities.  Not so in Humboldt Park. Tune in Monday, July 6, 2015  to find out how Carolina Gaete and Cecile Carroll DeMello, Co-Directors of Blocks Together, have managed to work with local residents and elected officials to bring democracy to the TIF program, develop affordable housing and make micro-financing available to small businesses from the neighborhood.  Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat.  
Jul 06, 2015
Weathering the Storm
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The State of Illinois is the largest contributor to the state’s nonprofit sector. In spite of the fact that the Illinois economy is in recovery, the state is experiencing a $4 billion budget gap for FY 2016. Reduction in tax receipts make it difficult for state and local governments to meet their obligations and address the growing need for social services. The inability of the State to pay nonprofits on time is one of the greatest threats to the viability of the nonprofit sector. The nonprofit sector accounted for 8% of the State’s workers and 8.7% of the Gross State Product in 2000 (Donors Forum 2003). How are your nonprofit peers dealing with tough times? Tune in Monday, June 29, 2015 to participate in a discussion of how nonprofits are coping with state budget cuts and other threats to the funding environment. Call in live at (347) 884-8121. You don't need an account to listen, but, if you want to participate in an online chat, open a listener-only account at https://secure.blogtalkradio.com/register.aspx?type=listener to participate in a live chat.
Jun 29, 2015
Brenda's Secret Sauce
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Brenda Palms Barber moved to Chicago 15 years ago and started the North Lawndale Employment Network to assist returning citizens transition back to society through employment and other resources. She found a community that ranked in the top 6 in the state with respect to prisoners returning home. Today, her clients as a group have a recidivism rate of 6% compared to 43% for the country. Under her leadership, NLEN has grown from 2 to 21 employees, and provides job training and financial literacy to over 2,000 men and women. She launched the Sweet Beginnings social enterprise, which produces local honey and skincare products under the beelove brand, where 383 returning citizens have been employed, since 2007. What’s Brenda’s secret sauce? Call in and see! (347) 884-8121
Jun 22, 2015