Our weekly blog, Social TrendSpotter provides you with the latest trends and ideas within the social sector. It merges current thinking with the edge of innovation to inspire, to encourage, to educate and – ultimately – to create a better sector. Social TrendSpotter includes original analysis, but also highlights the latest sector-wide thinking into a user-friendly resource where social sector professionals and students alike can draw inspiration, share ideas and develop new thinking on best practices.

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Social TrendSpotter’s Summer Superlatives 2019

Happy July 4th! It is the day we celebrate the birth of the United States as an independent nation. After years of frustration with the British government, the new Americans celebrated with fireworks, bonfires and even a mock funeral of King George III. Today, we come...

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What Did We Learn from the Giving USA Report?

Last week, Giving USA shared its long-awaited report, Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year of 2018. In this post, we not only share a synopsis of giving trends from the report, but as always, we provide actionable steps you can take to keep...

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What is Community and How Do We Measure It?

What makes a community a place where you want to live? What can a community do to promote growth – beyond investing in economic development? With all the areas to work on, what is most important? How do we measure progress?As we have recently noted, the role of...

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Is this the Era of the Mayor?

Lyndon B. Johnson was famous for saying “When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be mayor.” With congressional approval ratings at an all-time low, more attention has been focused on cities...

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