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COMMUNITY AND SYSTEMS CHANGE

The Association for Community Practice & Social Administration (ACOSA)
The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration is a membership organization for community organizers, planners, activists, administrators, policy practice specialists, students, and professors.

COMM-ORG
On-line conference on community organizing and development. Links activist organizations to bridge the theory of practice. COMM-ORG has over 600 members representing over a dozen nations.

Community Development Support Collaborative
The Community Development Support Collaborative, a consortium of DC-based corporations and local and national private foundations and financial institutions, is the first major private community development funding effort of its kind in the District of Columbia.

Communities That Care, Channing Bete Company
Communities That Care is a community operating system that provides research-based tools to help communities promote the positive development of children and youth and prevent adolescent substance abuse, delinquency, school dropouts and violence.

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO)
GBIO is a Boston-based group with the primary goal of developing local leadership in order "to develop the power of organized numbers to hold other holders of power accountable for their public responsibilities, as well as initiate action and programs of our own to solve community and economic problems."

Idealist.org: Action Without Borders
This organization was founded in 1995 as a network of neighborhood contact centers providing one-stop shopping for volunteer opportunities and nonprofit services in communities and around the world. Today, Idealist.org contains information on over 22,000 nonprofit and community organizations, volunteer opportunities within local communities and around the world, a Nonprofit Career Center with job and internship listings.

Learning-Org Dialog on Learning Organizations
A "Learning Organization" is one in which people at all levels, individually and collectively, are continually increasing their capacity to produce results they really care about. Includes a Learning Org Discussion Page updated daily.

Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy
The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy was established at the University of Massachusetts Boston through the initiative of Latino community activists and academicians in response to a need for improved understanding of Latino experiences and living conditions in Massachusetts. The task of the institute is to inform policy makers about issues vital to the Commonwealth's growing Latino community and to provide this community with information and analysis necessary for effective participation in public policy development.

Neighborhoods Online
Neighborhoods Online was created in 1995 by the Institute for the Study of Civic Values and Philadelphia's LibertyNet as an online resource center for people working to build strong communities throughout the United States.

The Pacific Institute for Community Organization
The Pacific Institute for Community Organization's mission is to assist in the building of community organizations with the power to improve the quality of life of families and neighborhoods.

Philanthropic Capacity Building Resource (PCBR) Database
The PCBR database contains 332 descriptions of capacity-building programs being carried out by U.S. foundations. Each program profile includes (a) a narrative description of the program, (b) contact information to learn more, (c) details about how the program is structured and funded and what types of assistance it offers to nonprofits, and (d) whether and how it has been evaluated.

Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives (Aspen Institute)
The Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives was established in 1992 as a forum in which people engaged in comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs)-or, neighborhood-based efforts that seek improved outcomes for individuals and families, as well as improvements in neighborhood conditions by working comprehensively across social, economic, and physical sectors—could discuss the lessons being learned by initiatives across the country and work on common problems they are facing. Additionally, CCIs operate on the principle that community building is a necessary aspect of the process of transforming distressed neighborhoods.

Social Capital and Community-Driven Development: Moderated Electronic Discussion
A moderated electronic discussion on social capital and community-driven development. Part of the World Bank Group's PovertyNet.

Together We Can
A National Leadership Development and Capacity Building Initiative to Strengthen Children, Youth, Families, and Communities

The World Bank - Social Capital for Development
Abstracts of articles and papers on social capital - available from the World Bank library.

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents.

Independent Sector
Independent Sector is a national leadership forum, working to encourage philanthropy, volunteering, nonprofit initiatives and citizen action that help us better serve people and communities.

YouthActionNet
YouthActionNet is a web site launched by the International Youth Foundation to provide a virtual space where young people can share lessons, stories, information, and advice on how to lead effective change. It is a space where youth can get up-to-date information, resources, and tools to strengthen their work.

Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is building a resource center with lots of great information for starting, running and funding an organization.

Charity Channel
CharityChannel is a leading source of original articles and book reviews that practical and relevant to the day-to-day challenges of in-the-trenches nonprofit professionals.

Community Toolbox
The Community Tool Box is the world's largest resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center provides information about every foundation in the country. Most of this information is free, but some of it is for paying subscribers only.

Nonprofit Online News
Nonprofit Online News is one of the world's most respected sources of news, information, and opinion for the online nonprofit community. It provides a stream of tightly edited, well annotated news and resources related to emerging issues in the nonprofit world, with a particular emphasis on communication and new technology.

Guidestar
Guidestar lists financial information for 800,000 nonprofits. You can use Guidestar for research, and you can also update your organization's entry there.

Harvard-MIT Data Center: The Virtual Data Center Project
The Virtual Data Center (VDC) is an instrument to manage and share social science data easily for teaching and research purposes across institutions.

Justice Research and Statistics Association: Databases
The Database of State Activities and Research (DSAR) contains information on state Statistical Analysis Centers' (SACs) research, analyses, clearinghouse activities, and other projects, as well as SAC reports and publications.

National Issues Forums
By offering citizens a framework for deliberative forums, the NIF network helps the public take an active role in policy decision making. Forums are organized by civic, service, and religious organizations as well as by libraries, colleges and universities, and high schools, literacy and leadership programs, prisons, businesses, labor unions, and seniors' groups.

National People's Action
A searchable database of some affiliated community organizations

Urban Institute
The Urban Institute gathers and analyzes data, conducts policy research, evaluates programs and services, and educates Americans on critical issues and trends.

Network for Good
At Network for Good people can find volunteer opportunities, and they can also make donations to hundreds of thousands of nonprofits. Most importantly, you can use this site to add a free Donate button to your Web site.

Serviceleader.org
At Serviceleader.org you will find a huge site covering every aspect of volunteer management, from screening, matching, record-keeping and evaluation, to legal issues, risk management and virtual volunteering.

Techsoup
Techsoup has built the leading resource center for all issues related to nonprofit technology.

Volunteer Match
At Volunteer Match people can find volunteer opportunities all over the country by ZIP code or area of interest.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS

National Immigration Forum
The National Immigration Forum is one of the nation's foremost authorities on immigration. Employing an effective combination of advocacy, media work, targeted research, and public education, the Forum provides accurate, reliable data to our nation's policy-makers, the press, and the public about the invaluable contributions of newcomers to our diverse society.

Applied Research Center
The Applied Research Center is a public policy, educational and research institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social change.

California Tomorrow
California Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization dedicated to contributing the building of a strong and fair multiracial, multicultural, multilingual society that is equitable for everyone. California Tomorrow provides a variety of services, including technical assistance, facilitation, training and professional development.

Colorlines
Colorlines is a magazine on race, culture, and organizing published by the Applied Research Center.

Cyberhood
A virtual community devoted to issues of race,, central cities, and the urban metropolis.

Mosaica (The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism)
Mosaica is a values-based multicultural nonprofit consulting organization focusing on the development of effective community-based nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Its special commitment is to strengthen and support entities committed to serving and empower those whose voices are least likely to be heard when public policies are adopted and resources allocated.

The Television Race Initiative
The Television Race Initiative multi-year effort in which diverse, character-driven, high-profile television broadcast create a spine for sustained community dialogue and problem solving around the issue of race relations.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation. Its programs include Teaching Tolerance and the Intelligence Project, which incorporates Klanwatch and the Militia Task Force.

Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
SWOP is a nonprofit community organization that works to empower communities to realize racial and gender equality and social economic justice.

HEALTH PROMOTION & DISPARITIES

Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health
Working closely with people and organizations involved in collaboration, the Center conducts research studies, analyses, and joint learning activities that address key challenges associated with collaboration and translates the knowledge it obtains into practical tools and training programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
NCHS is the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency. Since 1960, when the National Office of Vital Statistics and the National Health Survey merged to form NCHS, the agency has provided a wide variety of data with which to monitor the Nation's health. NCHS data systems include data on events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care.

 

EVALUATION CAPACITY BUILDING

American Evaluation Association
The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.

American Statistical Association
Provides various brochures on implementing survey research.

InnoNet: Evaluation Resources
InnoNet is a key proponent of participatory evaluation. Resources include various resources including data collection tools, sample indicators, etc.

Institute for Social & Economic Development
ISED is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of support services (e.g., consulting, research and evaluation) as well as direct services (e.g., microenterprise development, assets accumulation, job training, etc.) to assist disenfranchised individuals to enter the economic mainstream and create solid economic futures for themselves and others.

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.

Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research
Provides various links to methods such as surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, etc.

Taking Stock: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Your Own Programs
A manual completed by Horizon Research, Inc. (1997)