Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A Promising Public Policy Blog

Some of my fellow bloggers and readers may have come across it already, but it was news to me until yesterday that the Center for Community Solutions now has a
blog, and has had one since last November. Good for them, I say. I'm going to make an educated guess that it's the brainchild of Rosyln Bucy Miller (who's listed as one of the authors), who has been the leading force behind its marketing outreach for years, and more recently has led its fundraising efforts. This group, which traces its roots to 1913, was until recently called the Federation for Community Planning (though dubbed the Community for Federation Planning in some circles, a joking reference to its at times inward-looking orientation), and it vied for regional leadership of the nonprofit sector with United Way and its predecessors for decades, narrowly escaping a forced merger at one point. In recent years, it has been at least a temporary home to some well-connected politicos, including Eric Fingerhut (who briefly served as an interim director after losing his seat in Congress) and Joanne Boscia, better known as Mrs. Mike White, who served as its chair for some time. Here's hoping the group uses this new communications vehicle to explore and advocate for necessary changes in the ailing social infrastructure dedicated to the disadvantaged.


At 10:35 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Neat. I'll definitely add it to my blogroll. Also, I still have the human services institute info sitting right next to me that I keep meaning to mention because there are a bunch of sessions that I think readers and bloggers might find interesting. Not to mention that Julianne Malveaux is a provocative and always engaging speaker.

At 5:53 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Good point, Jill. The Human Services Institute, which I think happens in April each year, is a one-day event that's mostly for people in the nonprofit, governmental and social services sector. But people outside those arenas who are just curious about it all will find plenty of interest. I've gone to two or three over the years, and always found it to be a uniquely helpful overview of what's really going on in the the region's philanthropic, educational and social service network. One day almost begins to catch you up on a year's worth of developments. Almost.


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