National Community Reinvestment Coalition

The NCRC provide resources for community development corporations; local and state government agencies; faith-based institutions; community organizing and civil rights groups; minority and women-owned business associations as well as housing counselors and social service providers. To learn more about the resources NCRC has available for these organizations, click this LINK. Continue reading...

Vu Le

Vu Le is a writer, speaker, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu’s passion to make the world better led him into the field of nonprofit work, ... Continue reading...

capacity building or innovation

‘One of the key obstacles in bringing about change in communities is that many organizations, leaders and networks (among other factors) need to beef up their capacities to help create change. Oftentimes the response to this challenge is to do “capacity building” — when it’s “innovation readiness” that’s needed most. I make this distinction thinking ... Continue reading...

So, you don’t think you directly benefit from nonprofits

‘Just because you can’t hold or see something does not mean you do not benefit from it. All of us benefit more from nonprofits’ work than we’ll ever know. If you feel safe walking down the street, it’s probably because there are nonprofits working on neighborhood safety and providing services to those who need help. ... Continue reading...

Levity in the nonprofit sector

‘Nonprofits can feel deadly serious. And why not? They’re trying to change the world. So thank goodness for this week’s guest, Vu Le, who helps inject some levity into our work.’ Listen to Joan Garry’s podcast HERE. Continue reading...

Find out if you are eligible for more money this tax season!

If you made less than $13,870 last year, then you may be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), California’s new cash back tax credit. Made more than $13,870? If you made up to $53,267, you may qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. CalEITC4Me is here to help you learn how ... Continue reading...

Broadening Our Sense of Community

“Community” is so easy to say. The word itself connects us with each other. It describes an experience so common that we never really take time to explain it. It seems so simple, so natural, and so human. In the social sector, we often add it to the names of social innovations as a symbol ... Continue reading...

Rich Harwood Writes about Flint

‘It seems to me that to give communities like Flint a real shot, we must do better. We must be willing to do the hard work of building trust, of getting our hands dirty in the messiness that is change. And at the most fundamental human level, this requires us to be present, to see ... Continue reading...

Nonprofits Will Be The Lights That Keep Communities Going

Friends: I’m worried about what this election year of 2016 will bring. How would the nonprofit community fare under President Trump? What immigration policies would President Hillary Clinton propose? With the vast amounts of “invisible money” that goes into campaigns these days, what does my one vote matter? Oh, and on top of that: how will ... Continue reading...

VITA

MAKE TAX TIME A BUDGET BOOSTER For thousands of households across our region, accessing the right resources during tax season is critical in obtaining a full tax refund. The simple truth is that when taxes are done right, the result could mean valuable tax credits and refunds that go a long way in a family’s ... Continue reading...