Lee Institute Knowledge & Resources
- Charlotte Nonprofit Sector 2013 Priorities Research Project
The Lee Institute published an overview of our 2013 snapshot of the Charlotte nonprofit community. Over the course of five months, we spoke with a wide range of community leaders, major funders, board members and executive directors, asking about their aspirations, challenges, needs and priorities.
- CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER: A How-To Guide for Hosting Discussions about Race, Racism, and Public Health
The Lee Institute was honored to work with CityMatCH, a national public health organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of urban women, children and families. At the request of CityMatCH, The Lee Institute prepared a detailed guide to help public health professionals introduce the topic of racism and its impact on health outcomes in both one-on-one conversations and in groups. Virtually all of the material in the guide is applicable to healthy dialogue, whether or not the topic is racism.
- Achieve Together · Advocacy Manual
We created an Advocacy Manual to assist members of the Achieve Together movement with their day to day advocacy efforts.
- Achieve Together · Field Guide
We created a field guide to help other organizations seeing community change recreated what we have initiated here in charlotte—a grassroots advocacy movement.
- Inter-Organizational Collaboration around a Shared Topic
People working to strengthen their communities, no matter what the issue—health, housing, education, environment, jobs—are all trying to do the right thing and make a positive impact. Most people are on the lookout for where to get more leverage—through grants, board leadership, donors, technology, etc. One way to find leverage could be right in front of you, but may feel beyond your reach: developing collaboration with other people and organizations that share your interests and have similar goals.
A brief sampling of what we’re reading, what books have been useful for recent client projects, and which are essential to the work of community building.
- Community: The Structure of Belonging · Peter Block, 2008
- Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy · Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, 2013
- Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis · Robert Putnam, 2015
- Everything We Know About Leadership Is Less Than We Still Have to Learn · Jeff Golden, 2013
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High · Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler, 2002
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 · Tom Rath, 2007
- Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination · Watkins, Mohr and Kelly, 2011
- Stuck In Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality · Patrick Sharkey, 2013
- The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World · David La Piana, 2008
- Theory U: Learning from the Future as It Emerges · C. Otto Scharmer, 2009
- The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization · Peter Senge et al, 1994
- Drive · Daniel H. Pink, 2009
- Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership · Joseph Jaworski, 1996
- The Wisdom of Crowds · James Surowiecki, 2004
- Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits · Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, 2008
- The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring out the Leader in Every Employee · Scott J. Allen and Mitchell Kusy, 2011