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Voices of AmeriCorps: Shelby Soberalski

Written by the Corps Support Committee The Rural Opportunity VISTA Program’s members provide capacity building to organizations by expanding on existing programming or creating a new program from the ground up. The VISTAs in this cohort are hard-working, dedicated, and awesome! This month, as the great stories submitted by the AmeriCorps State Members and the AmeriCorps...

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Dodd-Frank Rollbacks Expected

Written by Sarah Torrico, Policy Intern The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, simply referred to as Dodd-Frank, is an Obama-era response to the 2007-2008 financial crisis. President Trump has indicated he has plans to roll back the Act, despite objection from many including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The methods used by...

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Call for Presenters for People & Places 2017

Written by Suzanne Gunther and Nina Arce, NACEDA A lot great things are happening in Michigan and we’re eager to share the tremendous accomplishments of Michigan’s community development sector on the national stage. Join us for the largest gathering of community development professionals in the country at People & Places 2017. Mark your calendars for May 31-June 2 in...

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Trump’s Executive Order and What It Means for the Affordable Healthcare Act

Written by Tristyn Walton, Policy Intern Since the primaries, President Trump has been intent on repealing President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA). If there was any doubt to the contrary, one of his first official actions in office was the signing of an executive order to “minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the...

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Collaborative Environment Between Officials and Community – Part 1

Written by Douglas Kelsey and David Gruber of Dispute Resolution Education Resources, Inc. (DRER) Local officials who wish to preside over a peaceful community might ask themselves how they and their constituents can create a collaborative climate in their town. In a collaborative environment, officials and citizens anticipate difficult issues and together seek solutions before...

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Thanking Donors the Right Way

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern Many nonprofits, regardless of focus area, spend time fundraising. Nonprofit employees work hard to create a project and everything that goes with it – logos, blurbs and marketing materials – and when it comes down to it, money is often an important part of making these projects or events...

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A Review of Paul Ryan’s ‘A Better Way’ Plan: Part 3

Written by Sarah Torrico, Policy Intern The Reagan administration drastically reformed America’s tax policy, and Paul Ryan says it’s time for another big change. Like in the eighties, Ryan suggests that the public, as well as congress, are tired of the current system. In his proposal A Better Way, the three main objectives include: simplifying...

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MLK Day 2017: What are you doing to help others?

Written by Stevie Chilcote, VISTA Leader Legacy of Service Watch more videos and amazing interviews. Beloved Community In 1983, after a long struggle, legislation made the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into a federal holiday to honor a man who believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all.  He spoke often...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business or Nonprofit

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern It’s the beginning of a new year, and all around us, individuals are making resolutions on things to do or change in 2017. Have you ever thought of using this idea within the workplace? The new year is a great time to plan out changes or updates to make...

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A Review of Paul Ryan’s ‘A Better Way’ Plan: Part 2

Written by Sarah Torrico, Policy Intern On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans unveiled an agenda entitled “A Better Way”, that Ryan says demonstrates what Republicans hope to achieve with the election wins of November. In the portion entitled “A Better Way to Fix Health Care”, the proposal details proposed changes to...