Illinois Civic Engagement Project: Related Links
Best practices for collaboration between government and nonprofits (From “Partnerships for a Stronger Civil Society,” a report to the president of the U.S. from his Interagency Task Force on Nonprofits and Government. December 2000.) Available (82 pages) from the Independent Sector web site.
Better Together — A companion to Bowling Alone. Includes 100 things you can do to build social capital.
Bowling Alone — Springs from the book by Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone (Simon & Schuster, 2000).
Center for Civic Education — A national campaign to promote civic education and help the next generation preserve and improve our democracy. Many instructional materials, papers, lessons, and projects.
Community Politics and Leadership – A project of the Kettering Foundation.
“Connect America” — Points of Light Foundation The foundation’s mission is to engage more people more effectively in volunteer community service to help solve serious social problems. It has created a “Connect America” program to leverage knowledge, resources, and volunteers to address social and community problems.
Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
Dedicated to being a catalyst for charting a different course for America’s public life and politics. In its “Reconnecting Communities and Schools” program, it has a “portable tools” such as a Listening Kit, Conversation Tools, Professionalism Monitor, and more. Talks about people taking action and demanding accountability from schools.
Illinois Issues magazine
Independent Sector’s Campaign for Collaboration
This organization has a project called “Changing Roles, Changing Relationships: A Three-Sector Collaborative Project.” It also has a booklet that has 30 examples of collaboration and competition among nonprofits, business and governments.
Kettering Foundation — A major research question is: How can citizens work together more effectively to solve community problems? It has 3,500 abstracts (searchable by topic and keyword) on a variety of subjects related to community, organization, citizens pariticipation, and democracy. It has a series of publications about people coming together to improve their communities and about citizens taking the initiative to get things done. Kettering also refers people to www.neighborhoodlink.com, which invites anyone to “Get Your Entire Neighborhood Online in Minutes.”
Pew Charitable Trusts — A goal of one of its programs is to strengthen democratic life in the United States and strengthen the foundations of civic engagement in America.
Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America
A project led by Robert D. Putnam at Harvard University. Released its final report, BetterTogether in December 2000. Members of the projects included Illinois state Senator Barack Obama (D-Chicago) and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, the keynote speaker at the Illinois Civic Engagement Conference on March 6, 2001.
White House Report
Foreword by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.pdf