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Peerless Leaders: Mike Burke: Collaborative Innovation

Tom Ferguson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Tom Ferguson

A while back I set out to tell the stories of leaders that inspire people to follow -- not through celebrity or ego or fear, but through humanity.

The Power of a Service Year

John Bridgeland | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Today's easy citizenship does not require much of us. Taxation enables us to support common projects and voting to elect candidates that a majority supports. But there are far too few experiences that bring us together in shared community and national purpose.

Capacity Building vs. Innovation Readiness

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

Oftentimes the response to this challenge is to do "capacity building" -- when it's "innovation readiness" that's needed most.

Top 10 Highlights of 2013 in Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles

Joel John Roberts | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

There are signs that angelic efforts are on the way in Los Angeles to reduce homelessness, despite the debate over public feeding, homelessness in their public libraries and Union Train Station, and the fact that the region has 58,000 people who are homeless.

Live Every Day Like It's #GivingTuesday

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

#GivingTuesday is more than a national day of giving; it's a growing movement of nearly 7,000 partners that includes nonprofits, private companies, youth, parents and other members of the community who are committed to making a difference.

Coordinated Entry Helping Los Angeles House Homeless People

Mark Horvath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Imagine a system where thousands upon thousands of stakeholders pretty much did their own thing without communicating or coordinating with other stake...

Community Power Saved LAUSD Superintendent Dr. Deasy

Ben Austin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Austin

Last week, something extraordinary happened: For one single moment the people of Los Angeles stood together for the simple proposition that we must elevate our kids above our politics. And the people won.

We Must Step Up to Keep Our Kids From Dropping Out

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

There's no question that test scores are important, but we cannot ignore the impact that chronic absenteeism has, not only on a young person's academic career, but quite possibly on the rest of his or her life.

Normative Change at an Historic Scale

Brian Gallagher | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Brian Gallagher

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual meeting of the New Champions or "Summer Davos" starts next week in Dalian, China. I look forward to it every year. Discussions are always insightful and productive, but it's the theme of new leadership that I really enjoy.

Wanna Hang Out and Change the World?

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

Join me, NFL players Roberto Garza and Glover Quin, WNBA basketball star Maya Moore, leaders from Wall Street and Main Street, and thousands of others...

Maryland Children In Poverty Won't Go Hungry This Summer

The Baltimore Sun | YVONNE WENGER | Posted 07.02.2013 | DC

Children in poor Baltimore neighborhoods can get free meals this summer through an extension of the National School Lunch Program, city officials said...

Improving Our Children's Education Through Collaboration

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school. Of those who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few actually earn a degree. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers we can change this by working together.

When a School Is More Than a School

Wendy DuBoe | Posted 06.12.2013 | Chicago
Wendy DuBoe

While the traditional model looks at individual problems across a wide breadth of communities, this new model works in reverse: applying a wide breadth of solutions to an individual community.

Leadership Needed To Protect Charitable Deduction

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.12.2013 | Impact
Eva M. Clayton

Recent actions in Washington and within our court system show that our charities are on the brink. Without leadership or public outcry there will continue to be slow creep at existing law and legal precedent. At present, this erosion of our legal and social contracts has manifested itself in two ways.

Newtown Donations Being Spent On Mental Health Services, Lost Wages

AP | PAT EATON-ROBB | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The first of the money donated through the United Way after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is being spent in part...

Jason Linkins

United Way Finally Admits That They Do Not Possess A Time Machine

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

The statement "went out the late evening hours of the 14th, probably between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.," [United Way executive vice president I...

10 Steps To Ending Homelessness In 2012

Joel John Roberts | Posted 02.08.2013 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

It is that time of the year, when pundits start writing their top ten lists as if every American really wants to read the top most influential, best-l...

The Many Faces of Homelessness

Rachel Fleischer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Rachel Fleischer

On October 11th, I had the honor and privilege of participating in United Way's First Annual Faces of Homelessness Art Exhibition, which was held in partnership with the Downtown L.A. Art Walk.

Experts See A Strong Future For Livestrong

Huffington Post | Zoe Mintz | Posted 10.22.2012 | Impact

UPDATE 10/22/2012: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling, the International Cycling Union s...

L.A. Homeless Advocates Try What No Other Group Has Done Before

Joel John Roberts | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

In the past, national leaders working to address homelessness in America looked at Los Angeles's feeble efforts to house its homeless population with ...

The United Way and the University

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.20.2012 | College
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While I find the goals of UW extremely laudable, I also find myself torn for a number of reasons with critical questions and deep concerns over our university's consistent and continuing support and focus on this organization.

A United Way's Misguided Focus on Big Charities

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 10.13.2012 | Business
Pablo Eisenberg

By all means, let United Way toughen its standards and improve its measurement skills. But it should apply these criteria to the big guys as well, many of which don't deserve United Way money. But more important, why grant a nonprofit access to money based only on the size of its budget?

SLIDESHOW: Top Change-Driven Leaders Of 2012

Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 08.02.2012 | Impact

If you've had it with disparaging political rhetoric, look to this group of true leaders who don't place the blame on one another when times get tough...

Health Care Report Forces Homelessness Issue

Joel John Roberts | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Los Angeles' effort to clean up Skid Row is a sign that the health of people struggling with homelessness has become a motivating factor. Could homeless Americans finally have the opportunity to be permanently housed because this country deems health to be a societal right?

Anonymous Las Vegas Casino Owner Makes Incredible Donation

AP | Posted 08.24.2012 | Impact

LAS VEGAS -- An anonymous Las Vegas casino owner has struck again - this time with a $1 million donation to help needy people. The cards were deliv...