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June 16, 2017

Add a measure of youthful optimism and intelligence to any setting and watch the energy flow.  If you’re lucky, sparks will ignite the atmosphere around you in the form of smart young folks like

December 1, 2013

“All of us in this room share two things in common,” said Denny Zane at Community Partners’ December 10 holiday gathering, “love and indignation.” It’s both of those seemingly conflicting feelings

November 1, 2013

No big fan of sweeping, abstract terms like civic engagement so much in vogue these days, I stand guilty of using that expression and others equally vague as a kind of lazy shorthand. Anna Núñez,

October 1, 2013

When young people these days seek my counsel on what needs doing in society, they often want me to help them find a place in the nonprofit sector. I turn the tables and test their interest in

September 4, 2013

Achieving common ground among widely disparate players in a hard-charging urban political pressure cooker like Los Angeles generally fails when directed from above.

A recent conversation

August 20, 2013

Dowell Myers keeps a very sympathetic perspective on how most of us cling to views forged by past realities, even when the facts that framed those views have changed. Take, for example, the matter

July 13, 2013

Overhead in business is simply a given. But in the nonprofit world?  It’s simply a dirty word.

Last week, three of the country’s leading charity watchdog groups launched a

June 1, 2013

A National Public Radio economics commentator noted recently that elected officials are reveling in the fact of a rallying stock market, six-year-high consumer confidence numbers, a stabilizing

May 1, 2013

Let me risk boring you with something excitingly dull.

I say you might feel bored because I’m revved up about a valuable venture that has all the allure of asphalt. It’s concerned with

April 1, 2013

I just returned from taking my 17-year-old son on an eastern seaboard college tour. The trip was informative in ways different than I expected. The first time looking at schools, with my older son

March 1, 2013

Twenty years ago, a group of four impressive college graduates came to then-fledgling Community Partnerswith a great new idea: to help promising students from low-income families achieve higher

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