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April 17, 2017

When you first dip your toe into starting up any new venture, pure necessity compels you to become a Jack or Jill of all trades. Along with being both the prime mover of a mission and the voice of

November 1, 2010

Reports keep coming out about the state of the nonprofit sector in the face of epic economic recession. The latest arrives from the UCLA Center for Civil Society. The stark facts point out a 25-40

September 1, 2010

How do you ground yourself as you prepare for important encounters, negotiations, and opportunities to advance your cause? Anthony Amsterdam, a Stanford University law professor, requires all of

July 7, 2010

Brendan Brown interned for two summers as a college student at Community Partners. A few days ago, the Peace Corps offered him one of its coveted slots. Starting next February, Latin America will

June 1, 2010

You’ve got to love lawyers. They can keep things orderly and aboveboard, helping to head off problems with sound insight about staying on the right side of the law. They can also overreach.

May 1, 2010

Skill at fundraising and governance alone do not an excellent board member make. Nor do such skills alone ensure that a nonprofit organization maintains a connection to the wider community it

March 1, 2010

I received an email asking for support of a nonprofit group's bid to win the Pepsi Refresh Project. Maybe you've heard of it, the program that has people vote electronically for their favorite

February 1, 2010

The once-robust national atmosphere embracing citizen-aspirants to public service soured badly over the last 30 years. Ideologues and cynics have vilified government and practical politics,

December 1, 2009

As many of you already know, we recently lost our dear friend, founding board chair, and long-time member of the Community Partners board of directors, Albert Rodriguez. In his honor, we created

October 1, 2009

To contribute to the Al Rodriguez Memorial Award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship, please click

September 1, 2009

Every now and then in a democracy, it pays to ask the critical question: What kind of civic discourse do we want? Watching the President and elected representatives getting punked in the last few

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