Be a Localist

Founded in 2001, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) supports the growth of sustainable local economies through connecting leaders, spreading solutions that work, and driving investment toward local economies. BALLE promotes localism and believes that ownership, place, opportunity, nature and relationships all matter in creating real prosperity for all. BALLE's website connects members to local business networks and affinity groups, promotes success stories, and provides resources to help local businesses better articulate their economic impact.

Launched by the Post Carbon Institute, is an interactive, community-based tool that seeks to act as a clearinghouse for the best 'resilience' building ideas and models that are helping move the world toward a more equitable and sustainable future. Serving as the new face for the current, this new website will offer daily content from more than 50 contributors; an interactive map of local organizations and community projects; and a resource section with best practice models, tools for practitioners, and community ideas

Mission Investors Exchange

Launched in May 2012, Mission Investors Exchange is the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More for Mission, along with more than 200 Foundations and mission investing organizations that use mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals. The group offers a variety of tools, workshops, webinars, and a national conference for foundations interested in program related and missions related investing.

Join Bank On is a web-based resource for individuals affiliated with or interested in Bank On and other financial access initiatives that focus on connecting those with barriers to banking and increase accesses to the mainstream financial market. Managed by CFED and supported by the National League of Cities and the New America Foundation, the website allows users to locate a local Bank On Program, research for your community, and tools on how to start a Bank On Program.

Aspen Pointe

With revenues exceeding $48 million dollars, Aspen Pointe is the largest nonprofit in Colorado Springs, comprised of 12 organizations that serve more than 30,000 individuals and families each year through employment and career development, education services, and housing programs. The coalition also functions as a social enterprise, offering five business services and enterprises that train and employ disadvantaged residents, at-risk youth, and veterans.

Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America—Harvard University

The Saguaro Seminar is an ongoing initiative of Professor Robert D. Putnam at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The project focuses on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement. Current areas of research include: the relationship between workplace policies and social capital both at work and at home; the relationship between social capital, diversity and equality; and the relationship between religion and public life.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC), a program of Learn and Serve America (a branch of the federal government's Corporation for National Service), operates a website supporting the service-learning efforts of schools, higher education institutions, communities, and tribal nations. The site offers thousands of free online resources, the nation's largest library of service-learning materials, national service-learning listservs, and reference and technical assistance services.

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States, with a wealth of information and links to other education sector information sources. It also publishes the quarterly journal, Education Statistics Quarterly, which is available on its website.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, formerly the Journal of Public Service and Outreach, promotes dialogue about the service and outreach mission of higher education. Published two times per year (fall/winter, and spring/summer), JHEOE is a peer-reviewed journal that prints articles from a broad range of scholars, practitioners, and professionals. Abstracts of articles published since 2000 are available on line.

Journal for Civic Commitment

The Journal for Civic Commitment, a journal supported by the federal government's Corporation for National Service, is dedicated to growing and strengthening the discussion around service learning. Published twice a year, the website makes available articles both from current and back issues.

Higher Education Research Hub

The Higher Education Research Hub has on its website links to a wide range of resources relating to the role of higher education, including discussion of university-community partnerships. The site also includes links to most major higher education journals, professional associations, and many individual university websites.

Engaged Institutions

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Engaged Institutions project seeks to embed an ethos of “community engagement” in four major public universities: the University of Texas, El Paso; the University of California, Santa Cruz; the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and Pennsylvania State University. While the primary purpose of the site is to promote information sharing among program participants, the site also aims to inform a broader public audience. PolicyLink, based in Oakland, California, is the developer and maintainer of the site.

Democracy and Higher Education: The Future of Engagement

A project of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Kettering Foundation, Democracy and Higher Education: The Future of Engagement is a forum dedicated to discussing challenges to and opportunities for advancing community engagement and democratic citizenship in higher education.  As the second part of this project, the forum promotes findings from the first part- a 2008 Higher Education and the Future of Engagement colloquium - and encourages further discussion related to these topics and themes.

CIRCLE - The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Conducting research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) works to expand and change the public conversation regarding young people. CIRCLE states that their work has helped illustrate the benefits and cost effectiveness of mobilizing young people for political campaigns and that the Center has provided technical assistance and research for more than 300 organizations that supply youth services.

Campus Compact, “Program Models”

This website offers a very extensive national database of hundreds of programs designed to engage students, faculty, staff, campus and/or the community in service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement projects.

Sustainable Endowments Institute

The Sustainable Endowments Institute is a special project fund of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 2005, the Institute is engaged in research and education on how higher education institutions can more effectively leverage their endowments by playing a more active role in the governance of the companies in which they invest.

Penn Institute for Urban Research

The Penn Institute for Urban Research is dedicated to fostering increased understanding of cities. As a campus-wide institute, Penn IUR sponsors a number of initiatives, provides opportunities for collaborative instruction, engages with the world of practitioners and policymakers, and stimulates research on anchor institution-based and other strategies for addressing urban issues.

National Center for Charitable Statistics

The National Center for Charitable Statistics collects national data from the private, public, and educational communities on the nonprofit sector.  Using this data, the Center is able to build inclusive national, state, and regional databases to develop across the board standards for reporting on the projects of charitable organizations. 

Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard University

Based at the Harvard Business School and led by Professor Michael Porter, the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness examines issues related to the connection of business competition with economic development and social issues, examining the roles played business, government, anchor institutions such as universities, economic development organizations, and foundations.