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.

MAPLight

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Providing insight, if not answers, is the goal of MAPLight.org, a public database that, with the click of a mouse, reveals patterns of money and influence on legislators in a way that was never before possible.

Connecting the Dots

On March 14, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment that held phone companies who helped the National Security Agency carry out warrant-less eavesdropping on private citizens responsible for their actions and vulnerable to billions of dollars worth of lawsuits. Three months later, the 94 House Democrats who previously voted against this retroactive immunity from prosecution suddenly reversed their votes, effectively shielding telecommunications companies from lawsuits.

National Priorities Project

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Ever since that first budget analysis, the National Priorities Project has been helping people in cities and towns across America understand how federal spending decisions impact their local communities. 

In 1983, Greg Speeter was living with three friends in Springfield, Massachusetts and watching as the social programs that had started to rejuvenate their economically slumping community began to shut down.  As programs kept closing, the four realized that the problem was bigger than any one organization, and decided they needed to learn more about the federal budget process.  So they drove to the University of Massachusetts and poured through dusty budget reports, finding that over a two-year period Springfield's congressional district had lost over $54 million across a va

People for the American Way Foundation

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People for the American Way Foundation launched a strategic, long-term leadership development initiative in 2004 - Young People For (YP4) - to invest in the next generation of leaders and build a long-term national network for young emerging activists.

Developing Leaders with a Vision for Positive Social Change

Young people provide a vital infusion of ideas, energy and passion. Supporting their commitment to continued activism and leadership is critical.  To meet this challenge, People for the American Way Foundation launched a strategic, long-term leadership development initiative in 2004 - Young People For (YP4) - to invest in the next generation of leaders and build a long-term national network for young emerging activists.

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."

Right Question Project

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Low-income citizens are affected the most by decisions in the public arena, yet they participate the least in making those decisions—whether it's in the voting booth or at the local public agency.

"I've been hearing people tell me to vote for years, but I never paid attention to them. When I learned how to ask my own questions it got me thinking about it. I saw that there are a lot of decisions being made that affect me. The election is definitely one of those decisions, but not the only one. I need to have a say in them all," said Maria, a high school dropout trying to enter the workforce in Arizona.

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.

Publish Date: 
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

Publish Date: 
08/27/2008
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