Homeownership and the American Dream
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Homeownership and the American Dream

The benefits of homeownership are many, but not everyone wants to own a home or is ready to—and we should support that.   June is National Homeownership Month. It is part of an annual effort by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the White House,...

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Financial Inclusion Happens Where Two Roads Meet

Financial Inclusion can be achieved through the intersection of financial empowerment strategies and community economic development efforts. By Brian Rakovitis As economically depressed neighborhoods and cities begin to see outside investment coming in for the first time in decades, many of the low income individuals living in these communities are often excluded from benefiting from...

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Metrics that Matter (A DVC Session Preview)

Written by Brian Rakovitis, Manger of Financial Empowerment Initiatives  Data is merely a four letter word, but it can cause any organization a great deal of anxiety. Regardless the size of our organizations — from nonprofits to large corporations, from small businesses to trade associations —  it’s likely we all stress over the type of...

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Mayor and County Commissioners Recognition Day for National Service

Written by Stevie Chilcote, VISTA Leader A Day of Recognition Mayors and county commissioners stand out in the political spectrum as role models of good governance, creating networks and finding place-based solutions for the benefit of their communities.  In 1994, one of those solutions presented itself in AmeriCorps, and since then over one million people...

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4 Reasons You Should Volunteer

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern  Everyday and in just about every part of the nation, groups and organizations could use a helping hand through volunteers. For some, volunteering is something they’ve never considered doing, while for others it is a regular part of their life. If you’ve been on the fence about donating your...

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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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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...