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January 21, 2010
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Network for Good
Fundraising is what it all boils down to for most nonprofits. Whether your online fundraising program never got off the ground, has started to tail off or just needs a quick retuning, Network for Good has a great section of free articles, tools and tips to help you jump-start (or start) your online fundraising.
January 12, 2010
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NP Action
NP Action created this blog to share interesting advocacy related items on a range of topics -- from new research on funding for advocacy to examples of unusual advocacy strategies. Check it out, or add your own information. 
December 8, 2009
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The Journalism Center on Children and Families
With nearly 40 million Americans -- including nearly 14 million children -- living in poverty, Congress included provisions for $5 billion in the
August 28, 2009
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Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
The Budget Bob Show is a series of short, low-fi videos that provides a comprehensive overview of the Wisconsin state budget. The series covers such topics as where the money comes from, what it is spent on, how the budget is developed, how the current deficit came into being, and how that deficit might best be addressed.
August 27, 2009
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U.S. Department of Labor
Grant: To reduce violence within high schools designated as persistantly dangerous through strateigies that combine mentoring, education, employment, case management and violence reduction.Funder: U.S. Department of Labor.Eligibility: Either school districts or community-based organizations.Deadline: September 22, 2009
August 26, 2009
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The Forum for Youth Investment
Out-of-school programs can help children improve their academic and social skills, but only if managers develop their capacity to implement continuous improvement strategies and improve staff “point of service” interactions with children and youth. This Forum for Youth Investment commentary draws lessons from successful programs in Michigan and Chicago.
August 4, 2009
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Public/Private Ventures
Despite recent improvements, the rate of pregnancy among American teens is almost twice that of English and four times that of French teenagers (Singh and Darroch, 2000). Thus, teen pregnancy remains a problem in the United States.
August 4, 2009
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America's Promise Alliance
Drawing from the work of leading researchers and educators from around the country, the Alliance for Excellent Education has identified ten key elements that every high school should have in place to ensure that all its students are successful. The list includes challenging classes, a safe learning environment, and skilled teachers.
August 4, 2009
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National League of Cities
Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families.  The National League of Cities' Council on Youth, Education, and Families developed a platform for municipal action on behalf of children, youth, and families.  With NLC, America’s Promise Alliance challenged every community to take steps toward positive, significant results for children and their families.
July 29, 2009
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Create Now
Learn about a few all-stars who, with the help of Create Now and its mentor volunteers, have turned their lives around.