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Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.  Common Sense Media has partnered with Smart Communities to provide resources to families as they learn to navigate the digital world in a responsible, safe, and meaningful way.

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Demystifying Census.gov
Nonprofit Utopia is happy to team up with the U.S. Census Bureau and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago to present Demystifying Census.gov , a…
Lessons Learned from Email Marketing
As we wind down 2018 in preparation for 2019, there is no doubt in my mind that you are in the process of thanking donors, identifying new prospects, reaching out to your clients and community. As…
Look Before You Leap: 5 Things You Must Do Before Joining That Board
You have just been invited to join a board of directors of one of the hottest local nonprofits in the city. What should you do before accepting?
Making the Case for Support in Times of Change
Writing a compelling case for support is not always as easy as it seems. In Case Development 201, Communications Consultant Andrew Brommel writes “an organization’s case for support is…
Build the Backdrop for Your #GivingTuesday Story by Refining Your Community Needs Assessment Skills
The Nonprofit Utopia community will be hosting 2 free webinars to help nonprofit professionals strengthen their community assessment skills. Facilitated by Valerie F. Leonard, the community's…
Building Organizational Capacity On the Ground
Otis Monroe, President and CEO of the Monroe Foundation , was a recent guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show. Nonprofit "U" is an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can…
Where Sustainability Meets Environmental Justice
Naomi Denise Davis, Founder of Blacks in Green TM , will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, December 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Benefiting the Community By Mutual Agreement
Allegra Cira Fischer, Staff Attorney with The Law Project, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, November 7, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U"…
13 Reasons the IRS Says "No"
Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, recently discussed 13 common reasons the IRS rejects applications for tax exemption on the Nonprofit “U” radio…
Increasing Fundraising Through Transparency
Join us for a lively discussion on how nonprofit organizations may increase their fundraising capacity through transparency and enhanced disclosure utilizing GuideStar Profiles. Our special guest…
Census Bureau Makes Community Assets Count on Nonprofit ā€œUā€
Ileana Serrano, Data Dissemination Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, August 17, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30…
Building A Movement: Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector Through Advocacy and Action
Eric Weinheimer, President and CEO of the Donors Forum, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, July 13, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an…
Expecting and Accepting the Next Black History
For Black History Month: My personal story of our next Black History! Since 1998 I've been fortunate enough to work within our communities. I speak with a lot of folk from both sides of our American…
How I Am Stronger Than Violence
Keisha L Murray, a y outh from Imagine Englewood if, explains how she is stronger than violence and how she overcomes it.
INTRODUCING URBI ET ORBI REPORTS-Bridging Urban Ministry Gaps
Urbi et Orbi Reports (UEOR) is a Latin term for the City and the world. UEOR reports weekly on the challenges of inner-city life confronting Englewood and other Southside Chicago residents.
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I attend Gage Park High School. I work with TeamWork Englewood. On Fridays i also work with Tech Fridays.
The Minority Report (Chicago Homicide Data Visualization)
"The Minority Report" is an infographic of Chicago homicide.
Why Media Role Models Matter
Role models really do make a difference in kids' lives. Learn how to explain how kids can spot the positive ones -- and avoid the negative ones -- and even how to help your kids pick up the traits…
Kennedy-King College and Teamwork Englewood's Black History Month
Kennedy-King College and Teamwork Englewood Team-Up for Black History Month-Part 1
5 Ways to Unplug Your Holiday
Find out how to help your family unplug over the holiday and regain some actual face time during this special time of year.
Englewood Portal 's New Smart Urban Ministries Outreach Project
Englewood Portal Editorial Committee Launches New Smart Urban Minitries Outreach Project
Talking to your Child about 9/11: What do you need to know?
Expert Advice on How to Talk About 9/11 with Kids Read one expert's advice on the best way to talk to your kids about the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Back to School Lessons for Parents
As our kids go back to school, here are some tips from Common Sense Media on how to keep the influcence of the online and media world in check.
What's Hot for Back to School (And How to Handle It)
We've researched the latest must-see viral videos and must-join websites to give parents the inside scoop on technology.
Parent's Cell Phone Survival Guide
Do your kids have a cell phone -- or want one? Common Sense gives you the info you need to make the right choice for your kids.

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