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Priority Learning Newsletter October 28th 2016 Newsletter

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At Priority Learning we are very thankful and appreciative of how the (local) business community (here in Maine) has helped support our success over the years.  So, as we begin to head into the holiday season, we want to truly thank you – our valued clients – for partnering with us to (achieve PL’s core mission). 

Coming from a place of gratitude, Priority Learning has decided to take steps to help make a greater impact in our community.  Over the coming months, we will be sharing with you more about our plans to have 2017 our “Year of Community Impact”. 

As a start to this sharing, we are partnering with ActionsProve, LLC to bring to you a newsletter article series that will cover topics on the non-profit sector, the personal significance and corporate social impact movements, and on how to measure the impact of your related investments.  The first article on the non-profit sector is presented below.  Given the important role non-profits play in our community and the role they will play in our Year of Community Impact, we thought a thorough article was in order and hope you enjoy it.

We also want to invite you to a Lunch and Learn presentation at 12pm at our office on December 16, 2016 on the personal significance and corporate social impact movements and on what they could mean for you and your business with ActionsProve.  At this Lunch and Learn, we will share more about our upcoming corporate social impact plan here at Priority Learning, and provide you an opportunity to help shape our plan.  Email Lorraine for more information.       

More to come next month!!

Freedom and Responsibility

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. –William Arthur Ward

As we speed closer to the finish line of the presidential election of 2016, are you still paying attention to the news? I admit that I don’t want to miss a minute of the excitement and insanity. I grew up reading the newspaper every morning and it is still a favorite activity…or obsession, depending on your perspective.  

According to the Pew Research Center, I am part of a dwindling minority of Americans, just 2 in 10, who still read print newspapers. I continue to have the paper delivered every day, and just in case I have missed something, there are the online versions readily available on my desktop or mobile device.

Online news is convenient. The Pew researchers discovered that 38% of us read or watch the news online. Not surprisingly, the percentage is higher in younger age groups, with 50% of 18-29 year olds preferring this platform. Prior to the availability of news on the web, one of my favorite things about libraries was the ability to read multiple newspapers to get different perspectives on the same stories. Today, news from all corners of the globe is readily available at the click of a mouse or the swipe of a screen.

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The Nonprofit Sector: More Than Charity (Part 1)

This is the first of a four-part article series looking at Measuring Your ROi – The Return on Your Individual Impact Investment. This series is developed by ActionsProve, LLC, a new impact and significance consulting practice.   

We begin this series with an article on the non-profit sector.  We begin here because the role that non-profit organizations play in our communities is immense, even if we don't quite understand how it all works.  It may seem that non-profits vary enormously in scope and scale - ranging from local grass root volunteer organizations to billion dollar hospitals, universities, and foundations - and that is correct. However, the diversity and complexity of the non-profit sector is uniquely American and a part of our great advancement and potential as a nation of people. 

There is a common theme woven throughout our history with non-profit organizations that is still relevant today.  It includes the power of private individuals taking initiative to band together and, using their time, resources and influence, meeting needs that cannot or would not be met by the established institutions of the day.  Non-profit organizations are our form of social innovation and advancement, and our path to building a better world.

A Micro-History of Non-Profits in America  

As mentioned above, the non-profit sector we know today is uniquely American.  The influence of non-profit organizations began in our colonial days.  Tax exempt 'voluntary associations' helped spread the ideas of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, the rights of individual citizens, and personal and economic skills development - helping to spark and drive the American Revolution.  Over time, these associations also taught Americans how to establish, organize, and self-govern both private and public entities to meet various needs.  During the 1800s, voluntary associations and charitable institutions played an increasingly important role in building social networks, addressing societal needs, and creating reform movements. Some of these popular associations included the Freemasons, the Knights of Columbus, professional and trade associations, and labor unions. 

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