NATIONAL CIVIC LEAGUE

aka NCL and National Civic League of Colorado, Inc.   |   Denver, CO   |  www.nationalcivicleague.org

Mission

NCL’s mission is to strengthen democracy by increasing the capacity of all our nation’s people to effectively and responsibly participate in and build healthy, prosperous communities across America.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mr. Doug Linkhart

Main address

190 East 9th Avenue Suite 200

Denver, CO 80203 USA

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Formerly known as

National Municipal League

EIN

84-1255845

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In recent years, a new kind of crisis seems to have emerged in the face of technological change, global economic and cultural integration and increasing income inequality. The politics of polarization have stymied innovation, problem-solving and consensus building in national governments around the world, weaponized religious, ethnic and racial conflict and have hampered collaborative efforts to address critical issues such as climate change and the need to improve educational opportunities. The National Civic League has responded by focusing more attention on community engagement as a means of addressing pressing challenges.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

All-America City Awards

a. Providing a unique, transformative experience for people of all walks of life, including youth, through the original civic and community award, the All-America City Awards.
b. Accelerating the development of networks centering on a specific issue (ex. third-grade reading).

Population(s) Served

a. Making youth civic engagement a key component of NCL’s work through research, outreach, training, fellowships, and a spotlight at the All-America City Awards.
b. Strengthening communities’ capacity for collaborative problem solving and planning and to tell their community’s story to inspire others.
c. Assisting local governments to increase their ability to obtain input from residents and act on it.
d. Enabling people to assess their community’s civic health through a reimagined Civic Index coupled with technical assistance to enable people to take action on complex, critical local issues.
e. Connecting communities involved in civic renewal through social media and in-person exchanges to learn from and support each other.

Population(s) Served

a. Fostering innovation in improving and increasing the ability of all people to contribute to, participate in, and benefit from civic life.
b. Keeping current key governance publications, for example the 8th Edition of the Model City Charter.
c. Conducting research on key governance issues, such as fiscal sustainability, and incorporating the research into NCL’s century-old, award-winning journal, National Civic Review and into stand-alone publications and distributing it in other ways.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NCL envisions a country in which all people engage in the process of self-governance and encourages cross-sector partnerships resulting in an active civic culture reflecting the diversity of community voices.

National Civic League aims to promote good governance and effective civic engagement by giving voice to innovators in local government through award-winning publications, providing a transformative and unique opportunity to assess and promote local communities, assisting people to dream and create a forward-thinking vision and action steps to get there, promoting diversity and inclusiveness in community problem solving.

National Civic League is able to meet our goals due to our expert staff and board members with decades of governance, civic engagement, and research skills, funds from individuals, business, and foundations, partnerships with local and national experts, and more than a century of organizational experience on governance and civic engagement.

Engaged over 600 communities in our annual All-America City Award which inspires communities to create change locally – and as part of a national network of “change agents”, builds community spirit and pride and makes people want to redouble their efforts in their communities, introduces participants to others with adaptable and adoptable models, and energizes people to work together in new ways.

Facilitated strategic planning initiatives in various cities across the nation that provides a mechanism to engage all parts of the community in building its future vision and guides the implementation process for years to come.

Produced and disseminated important academic knowledge through our quarterly journal, National Civic Review, and our other publications such as the Model City Charter and Civic Index, and other research projects including city fiscal sustainability and community education.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are in the process of updating our Model City Charter.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NATIONAL CIVIC LEAGUE

Board of directors
as of 9/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Valerie Lemmie

Kettering Foundation

Term: 2018 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes