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August 17, 2017

The social entrepreneurs who succeed through their work with Community Partners come from many backgrounds, yet each shows a “maker” bent. While all of us, to one extent or another, are takers and

May 1, 2011

“The map is not the territory.” That’s what Don Fletcher always insisted. Don wasn’t a cartographer adept at surveying and mapmaking. He co-founded Coro, the public affairs leadership training

April 1, 2011

Does it help or hurt when leaders of community organizations plead poverty or publicize that they are “struggling” to make ends meet?

We’ve all seen various versions of the newspaper

February 1, 2011

A conservative elected official referred rather pointedly the other day to the world of business and commerce as "the productive sector."Naturally, I

December 1, 2010

On Wednesday December 8, social entrepreneur Peter Bloch impressed a group of Community Partners' staff and guests with a riveting summary of his recent work in Sub-Saharan Africa. Passionate

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

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