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Civic Learning

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ConclusionMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
NORTH CAROLINIANS WITH SOME COLLEGE MORE LIKELY TO KEEP UP WITH CURRENT EVENTSNorth Carolina Civic Health Index 2010 October 23, 2010 civic health index
Demographic Trends in Social CapitalMissouri Civic Health Index 2010 October 26, 2010 civic health index
Presidents ParkResources on leaders in American historyExactly what are “defining moments” and how do they shape a nation's history? This was the mission of the recently closed President's Park. Though the park's resources provide a wealth of information ... October 13, 2010 program
Citizenship CountsThe mission of Citizenship Counts is to educate students on the tenets of citizenship, inspire their pride in America and encourage them to participate in community service. October 1, 2010 partner
Key Findings2010 Civic Health Assessment: Executive Summary September 16, 2010 civic health index
Target 2020: My Education. Our Future.by Decker Ngongang, Mobilize.orgMobilize.org believes the Millennial Generation should play an active role in the future of education in our country and that one of the single most important factors in reversing generational poverty ... August 24, 2010 discussion
Washington Post How to give away $10,000? It’s a lot of work, U-Md. students learnWashington PostIn a University of Maryland class on philanthropy, students learn to direct investments for social change. May 10, 2010 news
Federal Policy and Civic SkillsCIRCLE fact sheet notes that given the right skills, citizens can improve their communities, the government, and the nation through active civic engagement and collaboration. April 29, 2010 news
Education/Participation Gaps: A Case Studyby Abby Kiesa, CIRCLEEducational achievement has long been credited as the biggest predictor of whether or not a young person will be civically engaged. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement ... February 23, 2010 discussion
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Corporate Citizenship

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Healthy Habits of Companies that Make a DifferenceOriginally posted by Jason Leiker on the AT&T BlogA recent report compiled by Civic 50, a national initiative to survey and rank S&P 500 corporations on how they engage with the communities they serve and institutionalize these practices in their corporate ... March 13, 2014
NCoC, Points of Light, and Bloomberg
Release 2013 Civic 50 Survey Results
Civic engagement is on the rise in corporate America. According to results of The Civic 50 – an initiative by NCoC and Points of Light to identify the most community–minded companies in ...
December 5, 2013
NCoC and Points of Light Begin Search for America’s Top 50 Community-Minded CompaniesThe Civic 50 Survey is Open for BusinessThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation's definitive experts on civic engagement, have opened The Civic 50 for 2013, an initiative to identify the 50 most community–minded ... June 6, 2013 press release
The Citi Foundation Finds New Ways to Measure the Impact of CSR EffortsOriginally Posted by Ilir Zherka on CSRwire TalkbackIt’s not easy to capture the effects of philanthropic programs on people’s lives. But it's possible. February 27, 2013 blog
CECP Releases Giving in Numbers: 2012 EditionCECP’s Director Margaret Coady answers our questions on their latest reportThe Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is an international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy. We interviewed CECP Director Margaret ... November 13, 2012
Bloomberg LP, NCoC and Points of Light Announce “The Civic 50” Ranking of America’s Most Community-Minded CorporationsThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, today announced the results of The Civic ... November 8, 2012 press release
TWO WEEK COUNTDOWN TO THE CLOSE OF THE CIVIC 50DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING FOR COMPANIES TO BE INCLUDED IN NATIONAL SURVEY RECOGNIZING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT

LIST OF TOP 50 TO BE PUBLISHED IN BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK IN NOVEMBER
July 18, 2012 press release
THE CIVIC 50 SURVEY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESSThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation's definitive experts on civic engagement, today announced the launch of The Civic 50, a national initiative to survey, rank, ... May 21, 2012 press release
Corporate Volunteerism Should Be Part Of Corporate Social Responsibilityby Jean Case, Fast CompanyJean Case blogs for Fast Company about how and why pro bono service should be the norm, and not the exception, in corporate culture and business practice. March 22, 2012 blog
Corporate giving: philanthropy without the moneyby Caroline Fiennes in The Guardian (UK)A blog in the Guardian discusses how companies can have an impact and way to give back by using more than their pocketbooks. March 22, 2012 blog
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Online Engagement

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Connected CitizensThe Power, Peril and Potential of NetworksThe new Connected Citizens report notes that digital technology is changing our relationship to news and information from that of passive consumer to active participant. Working at the intersection ... May 31, 2011 publication
What does “social giving” look like?This infographic from Blackbaud illustrates what the “social giving ecosystem” looks like, thanks to the emergence of technology and social media. May 20, 2011 blog
Citizen Superheroes: Is There an App for That?Technology plays an increased role in the way citizens respond to community emergencies and, in some cases, fight back against crime. With so many ways (and likely many more to come) to engage, it ... February 22, 2011 discussion
The Promise of Social Networks Realized?by Karlo MarceloA new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project observed that Internet users, and particularly social networkers, are more likely to be involved in groups and volunteer. This is similar to some ... January 27, 2011
’Tis The Season For Solicitationsby Karlo MarceloTechnology and online engagement provide easy access and low cost ways for nonprofits to solicit donations. Mobile apps, celebrity campaigns, and bell ringers have all tried to capitalize on technology ... December 20, 2010 discussion
Web Users Increasingly Rely on Social Media to Seek Help in a DisasterNew Red Cross survey shows 74 percent expect response agencies to answer social media calls for help within an hourA new American Red Cross survey shows many web users would turn to social media to seek help for themselves or others during emergencies—and they expect first responders to be listening-- 74 percent ... August 9, 2010 news
Associated Press US Diplomats Urged To Reach Out Globally Via Facebook, TwitterAssociated PressAssociated Press article notes the ways government officials can use social media to organize and train June 3, 2010 news
Is 2010 the new 1517?In a TEDxPotomac talk, Craig Newmark referenced the reformation of the church based on the work of Martin Luther and suggested this decentralization was occurring again, nearly 500 years later, based on ... May 20, 2010 discussion
Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sectorby Lucy Bernholz, Edward Skloot, and Barry VarelaThis monograph by Lucy Bernholz, Edward Skloot, and Barry Varela explores the immediate and longer-term implications of networked digital technologies for philanthropy. May 11, 2010 publication
eCitizenshipa project of the American Democracy ProjectThis three-year initiative is a partnership of AASCU and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. March 22, 2010 partner
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Political Involvement

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TIME Magazine Logo Let’s Get ConnectedBy John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic EnterprisesAmerica could really use a civics lesson. And it's about to get one. The National Conference on Citizenship, a federally chartered nonprofit founded in 1946 to strengthen civic ties, will release the first ... September 10, 2006 news
Signs of HopeAmong all of our indicators of civic health, only a few show signs of civic re-engagement. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
A 9/11 Effect?Signs of HopeMany believed that September 11 would spark the nation into a sense of community that had deteriorated over the last three decades. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Political Activity And Expression Are RisingSigns of HopePrivate volunteerism is dwarfed by public spending in areas that affect critically the character and provision of important needs. However, government works better and leaders are held more accountable ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
People Follow The News Less, Although Political Knowledge Seems To Have RisenSigns of HopeThomas Jefferson wrote: “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.” This of course depends on people who know enough to be wise holders of ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Community Falling, Politics Rising Signs of Civic DeclineCommunity connectedness has declined consistently and almost relentlessly since the 1970s. However, since the late 1990s participation in political activities and expression of political views have increased. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Understanding Civics and Politics Appendix I.6: Understanding Civics and PoliticsThe IndicatorsUnderstanding of government has increased according to some measures. But the indicators that show progress may be problematic and misleading. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Participating in Politics Appendix I.7: Participating in PoliticsSince far more Americans vote in presidential elections than in local ones, political participation is cyclical, rising every four years with a presidential election. (We separately chart the off-presidential ... Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Expressing Political Views Appendix I.9: Expressing Political ViewsThe IndicatorsLike political participation, political expression rises and falls with the election cycle but has moved upward in recent years. Persuading other people about elections is an indicator of political deliberation. Sep 18th, 2006 civic health index
Our Civic CoreWe believe that most of the forms of engagement measured in the Civic Health Index should be common practices among the people. For example, virtually everyone in a democracy should vote, follow the news, ... Sep 17th, 2007 civic health index
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Social Capital

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Make Your Voice Heard: Future Preparedness IndexYoung People First aims to foster a stronger constituency of young people to advocate for long-term priorities in the United States. Their principal tool is the Future Preparedness Index (FPI), which is ... August 5, 2009 discussion
Executive SummaryAmerica’s Civic Health Index for 2009 shows that the economic recession is causing a civic depression. The national survey finds that 72% of Americans say they cut back on the time they spent volunteering, ... August 27, 2009 civic health index
Recent Events Have Changed Public Confidence in InstitutionsThe Economic Downturn is Reshaping Civic EngagementThe public mostly shows low levels of trust in various social institutions, with the exception of small businesses, which top the list. August 27, 2009 civic health index
Religiosity and Connection to Others Protect Against Service RecessionWho Engages?Strong connections to others and to the community protect against a decrease in civic engagement during an economic recession. August 27, 2009 civic health index
Engagement and Perceptions of the Civic ContextWho Engages?Few, if any, significant differences in civic engagement emerged between residents of high- and low-scoring states that could not be explained by differences in demographics. However, state average civic ... August 27, 2009 civic health index
Americans are Turning Inward and Cutting Back Civic Engagement in Tough Economic TimesThe Economic Downturn is Reshaping Civic Engagement66% said that people are responding to the current economic downturn by looking out for themselves, while only 19% said people around them are responding to the recession by helping each other more. August 27, 2009 civic health index
Some Political Engagement Continues After the ElectionThe Economic Downturn is Reshaping Civic EngagementThe 2008 election may have produced a substantial stimulus for public discussion and deliberation, but citizens may still find it difficult to change policies in local institutions. August 27, 2009 civic health index
The Emerging Generation: Opportunities with the MillennialsWho Engages?In the 2009 Civic Health Index, Millennials emerge as the “top” group for volunteering. However, the differences by age are generally small. August 27, 2009 civic health index
Civic Health Index Finds America in the Midst of Civic ForeclosureStudy Finds that God, Friends and Facebook are Important Factors for Fostering Civic Engagement August 27, 2009 press release
When the going gets tough, Millennials and social media get goingSocial CitizensA Social Citizens blog post by Kristin Ivie on the 2009 Civic Health Index August 27, 2009 blog
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Giving and Volunteering

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Protect the Civic Legacy of Serve America ActOriginally posted on Roll Call by Ilir Zherka and John BridgelandFive years ago, President Obama signed the Serve America Act. The main goal of the Act was to expand national service and volunteering with hundreds of thousands of positions. Like so many other pieces ... April 23, 2014
Colleges are the new frontier for national-service movementOriginally posted on the Boston GlobeSTUDENTS WHO take a year off between high school and college earn better grades and have more confidence in their career paths. But fewer than 2 percent of American high school seniors take a year off ... March 3, 2014
How National Service Can Help Boost the EconomyOriginally posted by Bloomberg TVFranklin Project Director Jason Mangone discusses the befits of national service on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg) March 3, 2014
An America That Asks: ’Where Will You Do Your Service Year?’Originally posted by Alan Khazei on HuffPostImagine if one day soon in our country, when a young person turns 18 the most common question they are asked is: "Where will you do your service year?" February 21, 2014
As Goes Iowa, So Goes the NationBy John BridgelandIowa is known for its innovative caucuses that gather citizens in homes, schools, churches and public libraries to select delegates who ultimately help elect our President. So it was no surprise when, ... February 19, 2014
New Federal Report Finds 1 in 4 Americans VolunteerAmericans Volunteered 7.9 Billion Hours in 2012; Gen Xers and Parents Lead the WayA new national study released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) shows that millions of Americans make volunteering a priority ... December 16, 2013
Service YearThe National Conference on Citizenship is partnering with the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute to develop a National Service Certification System. This system will be a 21st century tool to increase ... October 10, 2013
9/11 Day of Service and RememberanceTwelve years ago, tragedy struck our nation. How did Americans respond? We rallied like never before, supporting emergency responders, lending our neighbors a helping hand, and answering calls to service. ... September 10, 2013
Is it Time to Break Open the Piggy Bank?Event Reflection by Ashton CaneGiving is on the rise, albeit very, very slowly. The nonprofit sector relies heavily on donations from individuals who made up 72% of contributors in 2012. Are we dependent on individuals in order to reach ... July 23, 2013
Some Georgians aren’t lending a helping handOriginally posted by Josh Rhoden at WALB News 10Georgians don't spend nearly as much time volunteering as people in many other parts of the country. (VIDEO) June 26, 2013
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