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Corporation for National and Community Service

Voters Speak: Protect National Service Funding

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Last month, 75,000 new AmeriCorps members were sworn in to serve in communities across the country, pledging to do what they do best: use their energy and talents to improve communities, impact lives, and tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our nation.

A Call to Action: Summer Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

If we continue to work together, we can ensure that more young people feel empowered to take an active role in making our communities better.

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

SIF - Pay for Success: Keeping the Momentum Going

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

As we work to advance proven solutions, transformations in government services, and cost-effective results improving the lives of those who desperately need supportive housing, Pay for Success is keeping the momentum going.

Social Innovation Fund Transforming Accountability

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service is transforming how we approach society's challenges, measure outcomes and hold providers accountable when they use public and private resources.

Making Government Smarter

Alex Wirth | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

Both The Social Innovation Fund and Social Impact Bonds view government not as a problem but as a convener leveraging outside resources, momentum, and energy to catalyze positive social change for America. Local and State governments should capitalize on these social financing mechanisms to solve their biggest challenges.

Getting Things Done for America

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of AmeriCorps. Over two decades and spanning three presidential administrations, AmeriCorps has built a legacy of high-impact and cost-effective national service that has united and strengthened communities and mobilized a generation of citizens.

11 Words That Are Transforming America

Tracy Hoover | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step – but for more than 900,000 AmeriCorps alumni, the journey of a lifetime of se...

Overseeing America's Community Service

Tom Fox | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Wendy Spencer is the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social I...

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

Lessons From Katrina and Sandy

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

The unpredictable nature of storms like Sandy and Katrina catch communities off-guard and overwhelm existing support networks of first responders. Recovery and rebuilding takes time and a cadre of committed, full-time boots on the ground.

AmeriCorps VISTA Working With Partners to Expand Opportunity

Wendy Spencer | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

All three of these AmeriCorps VISTA programs are terrific partnerships that show what the public and private sectors can accomplish when we are willing to volunteer our time and resources to help make a difference in our communities.

Listen Up, Millennials! Volunteer Experience Really Does Help Get You Hired

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact

With half of college grads working jobs that don't require degrees, the unemployment rate for 20-24 year-olds hovering around 12.6 percent, and an inc...

6 Ways To Turn A Volunteer Opportunity Into A Job

Idealist | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact

Volunteering not only allows you to gain valuable experience and strengthen your skills but it also allows you to network with people and find a cause you are passionate about. But once you have your foot in the door and are volunteering for an organization you love, what can you do to turn that experience into a job?

A Presidential Spotlight On National Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

For decades, presidents of both parties have invested in national service as a cost-effective way to tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people. They have recognized that service is an enduring American value.

Supporting More Effective National Service

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

A lot of really good people are helping Americans in need via the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's a "private-public partnership," meaning that people in business, government, and the nonprofit sector work together with citizens to get results.

Honoring a Legacy of Service: The George H.W. Bush Volunteer Generation Fund

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

America is a nation of volunteers. Results from our annual Volunteering in America survey show how willing our friends and neighbors are to lend a helping hand. More than 64 million Americans volunteer each year, strengthening the nation's safety net and providing vital services to our communities.

Under-Performing Schools: Stop Experimenting, Start Fixing

Dan Cardinali | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At it now stands, School Turnaround AmeriCorps is a grand experiment that inadvertently treats both students and volunteers as guinea pigs. Is it morally acceptable to risk their future on a theoretical framework when we already have effective interventions backed by strong evaluations?

Poverty and Student Success

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

To move towards high impact, cost-effective student support strategies, we need to adopt evidence-based, targeted student supports and deploy nonprofit organizations to leverage community volunteers and national service to address this challenge.

Scaling Community Solutions: Reflecting on the Social Innovation Fund With Paul Carttar

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In the face of continuing cutbacks from government austerity measures, many nonprofits and their grantmaker partners are exploring ways to increase their impact and most effectively invest their resources in communities.

National Volunteer Rate Hits 5 Year-High

Posted 12.13.2012 | Impact

The holidays may be the season of giving, but good deeds aren't just limited to this time of the year, a new report shows. The national volunteer r...

The National Day of Service -- Let's Come Together and Do Our Part

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

When the time comes to pull together, no other nation does it better than the citizens of the United States of America.

Amanda Terkel

National Service Ignored In 2012 Candidates' Discussion Of Jobs Crisis | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In July 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that public service would be "a central cause" of his presidency. The pledge excited ...

Crowdsourcing the Student Loan Mess

Adam Levin | Posted 07.18.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

For the record, I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Hitler Youth. I point this out because based on the comments to my last few column...

The Promise Of Pro Bono

Evan Hochberg | Posted 04.27.2012 | Impact
Evan Hochberg

We often say that nonprofits are not in business to make a profit. But they are in business. And they have business objectives that require business know-how in order to be met.