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August 19, 2019

Viewership for the first Democratic primary debates in June was the highest ever recorded. Could this be a sign of greater citizen engagement in the voting process? Could it translate to greater

March 1, 2009

Landing Well Requires Hard and Soft Assets

You're probably looking closely right now at what's keeping your civic venture jet propelled, hunkered down and worried, or

February 1, 2009

The current economy – a subject much on everyone’s mind, provoking each of us to our own special set of hopes and fears – promises a host of effects on the vastness and variety of America’s

December 1, 2008

A very talented emerging social entrepreneur asked me recently what valuable lessons I had learned over the years of working with project leaders affiliated with Community Partners. Here’s the

November 1, 2008

My colleague, Judith Teitelman, consults with arts and culture organizations. She’s got a deft way with words and ascribed the term “Shiva Syndrome” to the behavior of an arts entrepreneur she

October 1, 2008

I’ve grown intrigued by the role community organizations and institutions play as switchboards for the transmission of local civic knowledge from person to person. Day in and day out, people who

August 1, 2008

My old friend, Gary Bess, provides smart counsel to numerous public interest, health and human service groups. Several years ago, Gary earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California

August 1, 2008

Now and then in the nonprofit community a resource bully swaggers about throwing around their power. These sorts of folks – blessedly rare, but there to be reckoned with – present an ugly sight,

July 1, 2008

Meet Igor Kokarev. Seriously. Come by the Community Partners office, kick off your shoes, and sit a spell with Igor Kokarev. He’s joined us recently from Moscow, occupies a desk down the hall, and

June 1, 2008

The California Community Foundation received a gigantic $200 million bequest a few years ago from a long-time Los Angeles civic activist by the name of Joan Palevsky. One of the best things the

April 1, 2008

Invited to speak before a group of highly experienced colleagues recently, I found myself both respectful of their achievements and wondering what to offer that might challenge both them and me to