The following organizations provide excellent information and resources. They are organized below by topic.
Civic and Political Engagement
Engagement in Higher Education
Dialogue and Deliberation
Faith and Politics
Also, these related programs in ethics, social justice, and service learning at other colleges and universities across the nation serve as valuable resources.
American Association of Community Colleges' Service-Learning Page
The site for AACC’s service-learning project. Includes links to model programs at various community college campuses, general information about federal initiatives such as America Reads, and practical information about applying service-learning in the community college curriculum. Also includes a listing of workshops and events plus links to service-learning organizations.
A coalition of college and university presidents representing public and private, two- and four-year institutions, Campus Compact promotes campus-based civic engagement. Member institutions advance community service and support service learning initiatives to prepare students for civic responsibilities. The comprehensive site that includes resources for service learning practitioners, including faculty, presidents, administrators, and students. Includes model programs and sample syllabi, a calendar of events, extensive links to web resources, job listings, news, information on grants and fellowships, legislation, and a special section for community colleges.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
The MJCSL is a national, peer-reviewed journal consisting of articles written by faculty and service-learning educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and issues pertinent to the service-learning community. The website contains abstracts of all past issues of the journal.
National Service Learning Clearinghouse
This outstanding site contains a searchable database of K-12 and higher education service-learning literature; information about events, listservs, and Learn & Serve America efforts; and links to a variety of service-learning information resources.
National Service Learning Exchange
Supports high-quality service-learning in kindergarten through high school, higher education, and community-based organizations, by providing free technical support and mentoring, and consulting and training on a fee-for-service basis. Offers some free resources
National Service Learning Partnership
A nationwide network of members advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person’s education.
National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)
For more than two decades, NYLC has led a movement linking youths, educators, and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society through service learning. NYLC’s Service Learning Resource Center also houses an extensive, searchable library of articles, project examples, and downloadable tools related to service-learning.
Service Learning Young Professionals Network
Provides young professionals a network through which to develop the skills and capacity needed to pursue their interest and careers in service learning.
The Big Dummy’s Guide to Service-Learning
Developed by Mark Cooper, coordinator at the Volunteer Action Center at Florida International University, this site contains solid answers to questions about faculty, programmatic, and student issues involved in service learning work. Their 101 Ideas for Combining Service and Learning is an invaluable resource for educators from every discipline.
Civic and Political Engagement
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Established by Andrew Carengie in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” One of the corporation’s main program areas, Strengthening U.S. Democracy, seeks to increase civic participation in the United States through activities that address not only the structural barriers to full civic/electoral participation, but also attitudinal barriers through the study of youth civic engagement.
Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE)
CIRCLE promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. The organization conducts and funds research related to the engagement of American youth and young adults and serves as a clearinghouse for information resources and scholarship.
Center for Democracy and Citizenship
Based at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, the Center develops citizenship initiatives around the concept of public work.
Democracy Matters informs and engages college students and communities in efforts to strengthen our democracy. With campus-based chapters throughout the country, the organization focus on the issue of private money in politics and other pro-democracy reforms.
New Voters Project
A national youth voter campaign by the Student PIRGs designed to encourage political and civic participation in young people ages 18-24.
The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America
The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America 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.
Engagement in Higher Education
American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
AAC&U’s site provides detailed descriptions of its projects, including the Diversity Initiative, in which service-learning and campus-community partnerships play an important role, and the new Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement, a joint initiative with Campus Compact. The site also contains general information about membership, meetings, and publications.
Also see AAC&U’s Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement
A partnership between the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Campus Compact, the center’s objectives include promoting service learning, applying research to community needs, creating opportunities for dialogue to share best practices, and establishing standards for assessment of the impact of civic engagement activities.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
An independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education.”
National Forum on Higher Education and the Public Good
Established in 2000, the National Forum aims to significantly increase awareness, understanding, commitment, and action relative to the public service role of higher education in the United States. The National Forum aims to sponsor activities that are in line with three broad strategies: Leadership Dialogues, Connecting Research and Practice, and Public Policy & Public Stewardship.
New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE)
The site includes descriptions of NERCHE’s funded projects, including Faculty Professional Service. Also featured are news updates, descriptions of think tanks, and contact information.
Arise is a coalition of religious, community, and civic groups that promote state policies to improve the lives of low-income people.
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)
The AYPF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization providing learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at national, state, and local levels. Program areas include education, youth development and community involvement, and preparation for careers and workforce development.
The foundation’s goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, and promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.
This non-partisan organization focuses on public engagement by conducting research on public opinion. Their Issue Guides summarize key campaign issues, including all major position and key facts and figures.
Dialogue and Deliberation
Deliberative Democracy Consortium
A network of researchers and practitioners working together to strengthen the field of deliberative democracy.
The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
Sustained Dialogue is a systematic, open-ended political process to transform relationships over time. IISD helps citizens around the world to transform their conflictual or destructive relationships and to design and implement sustainable change processes.
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
NCDD provides resources, programs, and networking opportunities for a rapidly growing community of practice dedicated to solving group and societal problems through honest talk, quality thinking and collaborative action.
National Issues Forums
NIF is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk — to deliberate about common problems. Indeed, democracy requires an ongoing deliberative public dialogue.
Everyday Democracy helps communities to create and maintain public dialogues to faciliate community-driven approaches to solving local programs. This site has resources to help communities organize small-group, democratic, peer-led discussions that bring together diverse people to address critical issues.
Faith and politics
College Values .org
A project of The Center for The Study of Values in College Student Development at Florida State University. Sponsors the Journal of College & Character, which includes resources and information designed to encourage discussion, research, and educational strategies on character development in college, and the ways colleges and universities influence, both intentionally and unintentionally, the moral and civic learning and behaviors of college students. Also annually sponsors the Institute on College Student Values conference.
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. In its four key areas of research, the Fourum focuses on the intersection of religion with politics, the law, domestic policy, and world affairs.
Corporation for National and Community Service
Mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Network for Good
Website provides an easy way to donate to more than one million charities.
Pew Partnership for Civic Change
A civic research organization that provides consulting and program support to communities, governments, foundations, and nonprofit agencies. Resources include several publications on university-community partnerships for change.
Points of Light Institute
The Foundation’s mission is to engage more people and resources more effectively in volunteer service to help solve serious social problems.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The mission of the Kellogg Foundation is to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations. Programming activities center around the common vision of a world in which each person has a sense of worth; accepts responsibility for self, family, community, and societal well-being; and has the capacity to be productive, and to help create nurturing families, responsive institutions, and healthy communities.
Youth Service America
A resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people in America. Also sponsors a database of volunteer opportunities at www.servenet.org.
The Kettering Foundation works on strategies to strengthen democracy. Kettering’s research seeks to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work as it should through six interrelated program areas: public choice, community, public education, institutions, government, and international.
National Society for Experiential Education
NSEE serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide. The mission of NSEE is to foster the effective use of experience as an integral part of education, in order to empower learners and promote the common good.