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I am a SVDP volunteer in a college town of 70,000 people. Answer helpline & assist poor with rent & utility assistance, food, clothing. want to implement some type of Systemic change project, but do not know where to start on such a small scale. we have limited resources and people. can you suggest a starting place. thank you
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Advocating for Change
Sat, 02/11/2017
Hello i found this site very interesting and useful for global sanity and sustainability. Please how can i have printed copies of all your your books and other printed materials even if it require paying for it. I bet you you wont believe how much beauty or how tremendous your initiatives change the world. thanks and i love you all.
Wed, 02/08/2017

I am working on figuring out how to integrate my organization's grassroots community organizing work with it's tendency to chase social movements that spur. I am not sure how to balance mass mobilization with long-term engagement in a way that achieves outcomes for both approaches and dignifies the long-time activist who maintain our volunteer leadership structures. Would love any advice you may have.
  • Building Leadership
  • Implementing a Social Marketing Effort
Tue, 02/07/2017
How can I help my community to learn that the Liberal views are the one true way? I know this needs to be spread into the USA. And I think that your program could help facilitate this ideal. Thanks!
  • Influencing Policy Development
  • Writing a Grant Application for Funding
Tue, 02/07/2017
I would like to adapt a survey to assess coalition partners about the communities they serve. Can you suggest any such tool?
Implementing a Social Marketing Effort Fri, 02/03/2017
Is it necessary to have approval of the members in order to have a CPA audit
of the Association funds or can the President call for the CPA with Bord approval?
Thu, 02/02/2017

I'm conducting some research for Building Resilient Neighbourhoods. BRN ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building resilient neighbourhoods in Victoria BC. We are conducting an update and revision of our Resilient Streets Toolkit ( ). The Toolkit includes “Inspiring Examples” from Canada and around the world of small groups of immediate neighbours collaborating in projects and activities on their street or in their buildings to help build resilience in their lives, homes, streets and neighbourhoods.

We’re having difficulty finding examples of things that neighbours can do to make sure that their block or building is friendly and inclusive for people of different cultures and races, people who have a disability, or who identify as part of the LGBTQ community. I’ve taken a look through your website and see that you have some incredible resources about how to build inclusive communities. I’m wondering if you know any initiatives undertaken by neighbours to create inclusivity at the street level. What we’re after here are examples that feel attainable for individuals working with a small group of their immediate neighbours. We’re especially looking for examples that include how-to guides, or that give a step-by-step explanation of how an initiative took shape. Examples might be reading groups, discussion groups, building parties to create accessible infrastructure, inclusive neighbourhood dinners or potlucks, instances where members or advocates of a minority group reached out to their neighbours to educate and/or connect with them, or anything else you think might qualify.

Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated, including contacts for other organizations you think might be helpful.

Thank you so much!

Thu, 02/02/2017
I am a Masters student of Public Health. I am interested in researching on Impact of HIV/AIDS Preventive Intervensions on Socio-economical Development in Low and Middle income countries - Meta-Analysis. Kindly advise me on the following;
(i) How do I prepare my research Proposal based on this area of interest. What should I capture in the Introduction - Background Information.
(ii) Results and Discusion
(iii) Analysis of Results
I will be grateful for your Prompt response.
Thank you in advance.
Eshirera Johnstone
Thu, 02/02/2017
Hi, I am a social worker at a family medicine center. I am looking for tools on assessing and improving communication, and morale. Can you please recommend a good tool that would allow me to assess these areas of improvement. Thank you in advance.
Wed, 02/01/2017
I tried to submit to the guest book but after several attempts, I gave up. Kept receiving error messages: {Fatal error: Call to undefined method Mailchimp\Mailchimp::listSubscribe() in /home/ctb/public_html/sites/all/modules/webform_mailchimp/webform_mailchimp.module on line 141} That's not good...
Wed, 02/01/2017
I am a new employee at a NGO, as the Project Coordinator. My organization provides humanitarian services to underprivileged persons in Southeast Asia.

I was employed to bring operations to a higher standard, as we lack the proper tools and systems in project design and implementation. Most processes are carried out informally.

I am asked to create a Needs Assessment for the literacy teachers to use when they go out in the community to assess needs. I am having difficulty formulating the exact questions that are appropriate. Any advise on this? Also, I was requested to create an evaluation system for the various projects, such as the schools or the Water Wells built. Could you give some guidance on how to create this evaluation system and possible questions to be included in the evaluation?

Thank you.
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Implementing a Social Marketing Effort
Mon, 01/30/2017
Do you have examples of healthy communities? If so, what are their names? Also, resources make a community healthy? This would be very helpful as to know what unhealthy communities need to be healthy
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Advocating for Change
Sat, 01/28/2017
Hello- I'm looking for a resource, someone who might make a presentation to a group of 50 or so Neuroendocrine Cancer self help support group leaders / prospective leaders on setting up, running and maintaining a group in their local area. Thank you!
Sat, 01/21/2017
hello! are these chapters obtained in a book? whats the name of the book? Fri, 01/20/2017
I Mandisa would like to to know if GRANT could help be funded for 2017. my mother was a nurse in Mpangeni Lwer Mfolozi Hospital and passed away in 2012 ever since my grandmother has been taking full responsibility, I would like someone to assits me financially . I'm a second year in UKZN Edgewood campus. please help.
Thu, 01/19/2017
I am interested in starting a community center for both parents and kids alike. To help build them and their futures and aiding less experienced single parents in raising their children who like help. I would be looking to reach out to those kids who are troubled or needing help with any aspect of their life and future. Would I need to have some form of certification or degree to start this and what are some tools or resources that can point me in the right direction to start?
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Building Leadership
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
  • Enhancing Cultural Competence
  • Evaluating the Initiative
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
  • Sustaining the Work or Initiative
Wed, 01/18/2017
how can a nonprofit use this toolkit? Tue, 01/17/2017
How do I go about advocating for a sidewalk/increased lighting in my neighbor[100th av se] in kent, WA.
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Advocating for Change
Sat, 01/14/2017

We are about to begin work on developing a comprehensive communications and social marketing strategy that will address challenges associated with the 2017 visitor experience in Banff National Park. We are seeking agencies or firms who specialize in change behaviour and social change marketing. Would you be able to recommend any agencies or firms in this area or know of any within Canada?

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Janice Carson, B.A.A. (VC) | Senior Communications Specialist
Marketing & Communications
Town of Banff
Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street
Box 1260, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1A1
P 403.762.1227 F 403.762.1260
Fri, 01/13/2017
How do I reference this book Thu, 01/12/2017
I request you kindly to Guide me in developing assessments tools before pre -initiation of community project on Disclosure of HIV to Perinatally Infected Children and Adolescents
Evaluating the Initiative Thu, 01/12/2017
I am in the beginning stages of building coalition here in Co Iowa. Cass. I am struggling with the basic invitational email to the first meeting. I do not want it to wordy or overwhelming. Do you have advise or samples I can piggyback off of?
Tue, 01/10/2017
please who is the author of the book community tool box where stakeholders were identified and analysed
Tue, 01/10/2017
I want to be a radiation therapist, but don't know what to actually major in for that since they don't have that as a major at my school. What would I major in?
Mon, 01/09/2017
role of various stakeholders in corporate governance process Thu, 12/29/2016
How can I bridge the career gap?
61 yo female
PhD Cell & Molecular Pathology, Vanderbilt University
Focus: Reproductive Biology (Infertility)
Postdoctoral/Faculty Focus: Autonomic Dysfunction/Sex Differences
Basic research alongside physicians for ~20y
Pharmaceutical Industry - Medical Science Liaison for ~8y (Osteoporosis/Breast Ca Prevention, Diabetes)
Now - unemployed!
My passion still burns, however. My goal is to do research and/or represent for a Reproductive Rights group (Ctr Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, etc.). These jobs are hard to find!!! Any advice or suggestions you may have are most welcomed.

Kind regards,
-Nancy R Keller PhD
Wed, 12/28/2016
I am wondering if there is a hard copy / printed copy of the online community assessment tool kit that you have available online
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 12/22/2016

I ask as a Marine Vietnam Veteran For Peace and former Community Organizer trained by Saul Alinsky's executive team in the mid-70s. Maybe the following model presents an actionable empower to Wage Peace!

The Media is Mightier Than War ©

The Vision of WTPN is to form dynamic strategic alliances, creating trustworthy information channels that offer knowledge and intelligence from organized communities and open sources communicating awareness, purpose, principals and values, thus stimulating citizens’ imagination, recognizing their Constitutional obligations and achievements within and among U.S. communities, and their active participation in defining our Nation’s role in world affairs.

Thus, they must connect U.S. Folly Policy, especially vast expenditures for preventive wars of choice to our devastated national and local economies! This point of concurrence must enlighten Americans, as independent thinkers so that they can influence and eliminate the propensity to wage WAR by delusional members of the Complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.

Communities must strategically organize nation-wide and participate fully and equally in the foreign policy debates creating modesty, realism, transparency and accountability, keeping in mind that WAR PROFITEERING is the existential threat to humanity! When it comes to protecting and supporting our troops, veterans and their families, herein lies the moral essence of U.S. citizen obligation.

"How does the ubiquity of social media affect U.S. interests, and how should U.S. policy respond to it? As the communications landscape gets denser, more complex, and more participatory, the networked population is gaining greater access to information, more opportunities to engage in public speech, and an enhanced ability to undertake collective action." Clay Shirkey, “The Political Power of Social Media,” Foreign Affairs, J/F 2011

"Most Americans care little about the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. However, foreign policy often has expensive and even deadly results at home. It is time for American citizens to demand that policy makers treat matters of war and peace as something more than just another battle among special interests." Doug Bandow, “Lobbyists,” The National Interests, March 2010

As citizens of a democracy, we must, repeat, must demand and integrate the facts (genuine intelligence and public knowledge) to fully comprehend the enormous challenges before us. We must rethink our political and diplomatic relations, passionately reflecting on and changing our values and allegiances that has had and continues to have brutal effects on our fellow humans. We must strongly influence our foreign policy debates and policy making that has profound impacts on hundreds of millions of men, women, and children. Our justice system must hold elected and/or appointed decision-makers and officials accountable with severe sanctions when they break international and US laws ~ crimes against humanity and peace...etc.

Arthur Engendorf, a Vietnam Veteran author notes, “healing is the way we restore ourselves...with a little help from our friends, we can heal ourselves, even from war...healing culminates in a renewed vision of what is possible for us and our world. In light of this vision, our individual healing shifts from being the center of attention to an instance of much more encompassing possibility ~ healing for all humanity.”

Legitimacy of moral life depends on the willingness of men and women to struggle with such questions before they decide what to do. Also Karl Jaspers, a Jewish-tainted German WW II philosopher notes, “all men, like all nations, are tested twice in the moral realm ~ first by what they do, then by what they make of what they do. A condition of responsibility denotes a kind of second chance: men are, as if by a kind of grace, given a chance to repay to the living what it is they find themselves owing the dead.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower ~ “I have come to hate war...[it] settles nothing...under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."

For Our Children Worldwide ... Wage Peace ... Treasure Life.

  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Advocating for Change
  • Influencing Policy Development
Wed, 12/14/2016
Hi! I would like to carry out an evaluation for HIV and AIDS initiative within my community. What steps should i follow and be able to complte within shortest time possible?
Evaluating the Initiative Tue, 12/13/2016
I am temporarily disabled and homeless I have a son with a history of mental illness who has received very poor medical treatment, he was released in July of 2016, and rearrested one month later for violation of parole, but within the month my son was stabbed, shot , robbed etc, It has been extremely tedious obtaining services, and advocating for him. I don't know if I should reach out to politicians,- And if so, in what order? I have made attempts in my community and rudely rejected. it seems everything has to be in a form of a letter. I have worked in this community as a social worker/program research analyst . I love helping people, and on my few good days I still interact . My heart goes out to the many who struggle with a disability or don't even know how to form a sentence. i can understand how people go about doing things in a poor negative manner, we don't have enough leaders , agencies, etc communicating effectively in order to prevent disasters and opening lines of communications in a positive manner so law suits can be prevented. I am in great despair. please if you can assist, or guide me with at least one question. I would be very grateful . I don't know where to begin.

God Bless
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
Tue, 12/13/2016
hey my name abdalla , im a speaker in our community , for 4 years , now the people think that i,m a most qeuilfying pearson , but i,m nearvous , can you give me some tips how to be a good leader ? thank you
Building Leadership Sat, 12/10/2016