Democratic Practice

Johns Hopkins University - Institute for Policy Studies

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The Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project, an information platform that aims to take the pulse of the nonprofit sector in real time and help people and organizations stay abreast of the state of the field.

In the corporate world, innovations are heralded and trends tracked on a near constant basis.  Financial news services keep business people up to date on the latest developments within their field, while business schools track changes over time with detailed case studies.  The nonprofit sector, by contrast, has long suffered from a lack of timely information about the challenges facing various fields and the sector as a whole.

President and Fellows of Harvard College

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Current statistics show that an increasing number of middle and working class families are falling victim to income volatility that has manifested itself across the social spectrum.

How do you measure the American Dream?  Social mobility has long been, and continues to be deeply woven into America's cultural fabric.  But it's unclear for how much longer that will be true.  Current statistics show that an increasing number of middle and working class families are falling victim to income volatility that has manifested itself across the social spectrum.  Meanwhile, the wealthy have become more isolated from the problems of American society and have mostly withdrawn from the search to find solutions.

Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.

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In 1995, Public Citizen established Global Trade Watch to promote government and corporate accountability in the globalization and trade arena. Since then, GTW has sought to democratize the global trade model by monitoring its outcomes and pressing government leaders for its reform.

"There are few nonprofits that have focused on the broad systemic problems posed by a deregulated financial environment," said Todd Tucker, research director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "Our mission is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority has the opportunity to enjoy America's promises."

Nonprofit Service Organizations and Civic Engagement

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The Building Movement Project releases the Nonprofit Service Organizations and Civic Engagement report.

The Building Movement Project releases the Nonprofit Service Organizations and Civic Engagement report.  The report details a national convening of "practitioners and funders and looks at how to move civic engagement forward in nonprofit service organizations and how to address some of the challenges that arise."

Learn more about the Building Movement Project.

Publish Date: 
10/24/2007

Nonprofits Widely Engaged in Advocacy Work Despite Severe Constraints

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A new survey by the Johns Hopkins University Nonprofit Listening Post Project, an RBF grantee, shows that American charities are widely engaged in advocacy work despite tight budgets, limited staff time and confusing legal restrictions.

According to a new survey by the Johns Hopkins University Nonprofit Listening Post Project, an RBF grantee, American charities are widely involved in efforts to influence the public policies affecting them and the communities they serve, but are constrained by tight budgets, limited staff time and confusing legal restrictions.

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08/01/2008

University of Wisconsin Receives Best Published Article Award

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The Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) has recently honored RBF grantee University of Wisconsin for their 2007 article, "Campaign Ads, Online Messaging, and Participation: Extending the Communication Mediation Model."

The Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) has recently honored RBF grantee University of Wisconsin for their 2007 article, "Campaign Ads, Online Messaging, and Participation: Extending the Communication Mediation Model."  Available in the Journal of Communication, the article was awarded APSA's Lynne Rienner Publishers Best Paper Awar

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08/27/2008

An Agenda for Strengthening Our Nation's Democracy

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Everyday Democracy and Rockefeller Brothers Fund grantees AmericaSpeaks, Inc. and Demos, A Network for Ideas & Action, Ltd., have released a report, "An Agenda for Strengthening Our Nation's Democracy."

Everyday Democracy and Rockefeller Brothers Fund grantees AmericaSpeaks, Inc. and Demos, A Network for Ideas & Action, Ltd., have released a report, "An Agenda for Strengthening Our Nation's Democracy."  The report summarizes policy recommendations for democracy reform based on a July 2008 conference of 49 advocates, academics and philosophers.

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11/17/2008

Special Report: Revitalizing Democracy

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The American Prospect, an RBF grantee, has issued a special report on revitalizing democracy. The special issue highlights the relationship between economic and political inequality.

The American Prospect, an RBF grantee, has issued a special report on revitalizing democracy.  The special issue highlights the relationship between economic and political inequality.

Publish Date: 
12/31/2008

Voters Eager to Remain Engaged, Post-Election Study Finds

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Despite polling place issues in 2000 and 2004, and fears that they would reoccur in the last election, the vast majority of Americans said they had a positive voting experience in 2008 and intend to remain active in their communities.

Despite polling place issues in 2000 and 2004, and fears that they would reoccur in the last election, the vast majority of Americans said they had a positive voting experience in 2008 and intend to remain active in their communities. In an effort to gauge citizens' views on the voting process and how these experiences shape their willingness to become involved in civic affairs, RBF grantee Public Agenda conducted the "Voter Exp

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01/15/2009

Greenhouse Development Rights Country Reports in Demand

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Country reports using the increasingly popular Greenhouse Development Rights (GDRs) framework, created by RBF grantees EcoEquity (a project of Earth Island Institute) and the Stockholm Environment Institute, are now available for Denmark, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Country reports using the increasingly popular Greenhouse Development Rights (GDRs) framework, created by RBF grantees EcoEquity (a project of Earth Island Institute) and the Stockholm Environment Institute, are now available for Denmark, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands, with studies on Canada, Switzerland, and the United States to come.  The framework is steadily gaining traction as a viable strategy for calculating national res

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04/15/2009
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