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Rothbaum Award I
Membership Renewal and Outreach I
NAPC Office Space in
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Leaders Initiative I
20th Anniversary Celebration
NAPC Topical Conference Calls I
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Join Us I
Welcome to New
NAPC Member E-Newsletter I
Distinguished Service Award I
Social Indicators I
Indicators Conferences I
NAPC National Conferences I Archives I
Some Recommended Information
2012 Conference: May 4-6
"Storytelling for Success"
Alexandria, Virginia - Embassy Suites
speakers, presentations, videos
The conference was outstanding! Many
thanks to all the speakers, planners, and participants.
The NAPC Judith Rothbaum Award
recognizes excellence in using social indicators for community action.
It was established in 2008 by NAPC and the United Way of Central Oklahoma,
commemorating the legacy of Judith Rothbaum and her leadership in community
2011: Mary Dodd, Community Action Network
(CAN) - Austin, TX
2011: Joe Ahern, The Center for Community Solutions - Cleveland, Ohio
2010: Claudia Gooch, The Planning Council - Norfolk, Virginia
Jan Figart, Community Service Council - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Katrina Middleton, Community Services Planning Council -
More about the award, the honorees, and Judith Rothbaum's work
office space in Washington, DC
NAPC and its members now have
office space and a conference room at the National Human Services Assembly's
new location in Washington, DC, in cooperation with The Center for Community
address; making reservations
2012 Membership Form
for new & renewing members
NAPC is eager to extend the benefits of membership to additional groups and
individuals. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining NAPC, please visit
the Join NAPC! page
of the website or call us to find out more.
NAPC now offers a "Member Plus" membership category.
Up to four organizations working together in a community may join as a
group. All receive full membership benefits including conference
discounts. The group has one vote.
NAPC and the
National Human Services Assembly
NAPC Board member Greg
Arcaro (Yonkers, NY) represented NAPC at the National Assembly
meeting in June. A highlight was the discussion of
The Road to Recovering Public Awareness.
Celebrates 20th Anniversary!
Founding members Nancy Findeisen
and Phil Dessauer described NAPC's early history and led the anniversary
celebration at the 2009 Annual meeting.
Members, include your affiliation with NAPC on your website
Members can use the NAPC logo and this
associated statement to show your community the connection you have to the
national association of the best of your peers. Your use of the NAPC logo
on your website and publications (with the wording, "Member, NAPC") also
helps strengthen the national recognition of NAPC.
NAPC is the national
association that fosters the unique profession of community planning.
NAPC is committed to advancing the process of bringing people together
to identify needs and work toward solutions.
NAPC has presented this highest award to members
Ben Warner, Fred Butler,
A NAPC Service: Topical Conference Calls
for your organization and your community
Two calls were led by Martha Blaine, Executive
Director of the Community Council of Greater Dallas.
email NAPC to
suggest topics for future calls, or to volunteer to lead a call.
materials and resources on this topic
NAPC Mature Workers initiative More
Staff and board members of member agencies are encouraged to
subscribe to NAPC's
(This replaces the frequent e-bulletins NAPC formerly
forwarded to our members from many national sources. Members who wish
to continue to receive that information, please
Committees: Join Us!
The NAPC Board strongly
encourages all members to join at least one committee this year.
Please email NAPC@communityplanning.org to indicate your interests.
NAPC Officers, Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2012-2013 NAPC officers
and Board, elected at the 2012 Annual Meeting on May 5th.
The Board's 2010 fall planning retreat took place in Oklahoma City October 7-9 to make plans for the coming year.
Board member Blair Schoeb and the United Way of Central Oklahoma hosted the meeting,
which included a presentation on community response to the 1995 bombing of
the federal building, and a tour of the museum and memorial.
More information and photos
The Board's 2009 fall planning retreat took place November 1-2,
2009 in Dallas, Texas (hosted by Martha Blaine, Community Council of Greater
Dallas). The Board worked on plans for upcoming NAPC initiatives, the
2010 conference, and the budget, and discussed emerging issues affecting
members and their work.
The Board's 2008 fall planning retreat was hosted by the Community Council
of Greater Dallas on November 15-16, 2008. It was preceded by a
Institute on "The Perfect Storm," and followed by a
sounding board session on a mature
workforce for nonprofits, held in cooperation with Civic Ventures.
The Board's 2007 fall planning retreat took place in Tulsa,
Oklahoma (hosted by Phil Dessauer, Community Service Council of Greater
Tulsa) September 18-19. Then some members stayed for the afternoon of September 19
to learn about Tulsa's innovative, nationally-recognized early childhood
NAPC elected its leaders for 2007-08 at the Annual Meeting on May
5 in Minneapolis. BOARD
The 2006 fall planning retreat took place in New York City on
October 18-20, 2006. Highlights included the new Strategic Plan, the
2007 Conference, and a meeting with the Ford Foundation.
Officers and board members for 2006-07 were elected at the
2006 Annual Meeting in Toronto on May 6th, 2006.
The Board's 2005 fall planning retreat took place in Jacksonville, Florida on October 27-28, 2005.
It was hosted by JCCI (Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.).
Looking back...more NAPC special events:
The Perfect Storm, A Closer Look
Global Trends, Local Impacts
September 13-15, 2008 - Dallas, Texas
NAPC members spent a weekend in Dallas in in-depth discussions following up on
this topic, introduced at the May 2008 conference. The Institute was
presented by NAPC Board member Phil Dessauer, Executive Director of the
Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa.
In the photo, left to right: Mary Clark Grinsfelder (Atlanta, GA), Pam
Kestner-Chappelear (Roanoke, VA), Prof. Tommy Darwin (Austin, TX), Phil
Dessauer (Tulsa, OK), Sharon Clark (Dallas, TX), Karen Wulfkuhle (Lenexa,
KS), Suzanne Puryear (Norfolk, VA), Pat Linnane (Milwaukee, WI), Kate Jones
(Ft. Worth, TX).
Sounding Board Session
The encore career
a talent source for the nonprofit sector
September 17, 2008 -
Co-sponsored by: NAPC and
the Community Council of Greater Dallas
Presenter: Phyllis Segal, Civic Ventures
Attended by: NAPC Board members, Community Council Board and Staff,
and Dallas leaders who are participating in Dallas's mature workforce
Left: Phyllis Segal, Civic Ventures,
and Martha Blaine, Community Council
of Greater Dallas
NAPC Presentation at the Conference of the
International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy
NAPC President Ben Warner was a featured speaker at the IAAP conference in Chicago, April 24-26,
2008. His topic: "Making
a Difference and Knowing It." Philanthropic donors are increasingly asking if
what they’re giving is making a difference. Conversations with donors
suggest that they would give much more if they knew that they were making
lasting change in the community with their gifts. This session discussd
the use of data and indicators for data-driven decisionmaking, using models
developed by the National Association of Planning Councils and its member
The NAPC Board of Directors approved a strategic plan
through 2011 on May 22, 2007.
Welcome to NAPC's newest members...and
Congratulations and best wishes to founding NAPC member Nancy Findeisen
(Sacramento, CA) who retired July 20th after more than thirty years of
leadership for the Community Services Planning Council (now known as
And, congratulations and best wishes to long-time member and past conference
host Ed Schoenberger (San Francisco, CA) who retired in June from the
United Way of the Bay Area, where he focused in recent years on the
development of 2-1-1.
A special welcome to these organizations
and individuals who have recently become part of NAPC!
them, please go to
Welcome to Louise Stalzer (Hampton
Bays, NY), a former council director who recently joined NAPC as an
NAPC welcomes Linda Terry, Executive Director of the Social
Planning Council of
Cambridge and North Dumfries
Welcome back to former member Joseph
Lapilio III, who is now Executive Director of the Waianae Coast Coalition
Welcome to Anthony Sweet-Holp (Albany,
GA), a new individual member.
NAPC welcomes the United Planning
Organization (Washington, DC).
Welcome to Sophia
Hanson from the Neighborhood Planning Leadership Council
NAPC welcomes Julie Reese, Executive
Director of the Community Council (Walla Walla, WA).
Blair Schoeb, Vice President, Community
Investment and Research, United Way of Central Oklahoma
(Oklahoma City, OK).
Welcome back to John Begala, who has
returned as Executive Director of The Center for Community Solutions
(Cleveland, OH). Best wishes to former Executive Director Greg
NAPC welcomes Anixa DePalma, Project
Director of the Clay Action Coalition (Middleburg, FL).
Welcome to Katie Pritchard, new
Executive Director of the Planning Council for Health and Human Services
NAPC welcomes Karin Kelley-Torregroza,
new Executive Director of Vision Action Network
NAPC welcomes long-time colleagues Paul
Gilmer (Charleston, WV), Laura Dempsey-Polan (Tulsa, OK),
Patrick Linnane (Milwaukee, WI) and Cassandra Joubert as
to long-time member Ed Schoenberger
who is now Director of 2-1-1
in San Francisco.
Executive Director Elaine
Andersen retired as Executive
Director of the Human Services Council
the Clay Action Coalition
(Middleburg, FL) which joined NAPC in spring 2008; Anixa DePalma
is Project Director.
NAPC welcomes Lisa Pittman, Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst,
The Children's Trust
Welcome to Nancy
Johnson, new Executive Director of the Community Resources Council
(Topeka, KS). Best wishes to long-time Executive Director Jim Olson,
who has retired.
Welcome, Cliff Grimes, Senior VP,
Community Planning--United Way of Central Carolinas (Charlotte, NC),
who is now representing his organization in NAPC. Best wishes to
former representative Kim Lewis, who left the United Way staff in
December 2007, and to Laura Clark.
NAPC welcomes the Health and Human
Services Council of Pinellas County (St. Petersburg, FL), and Denise
M. Groesbeck, Executive Director.
Welcome to Dan Merenda who has
joined the Council of Community Services (Roanoke, VA) as Vice
President of Planning and Consultation.
NAPC welcomes Ann Barringer Spaeth,
Executive Director of the Port Chester Rye Town Council of Community
Services (Port Chester, NY).
Northway Community Trust (Minnesota)
has become a member of NAPC; Allan Malkis served as local host of the
2007 NAPC conference in Minneapolis in May.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President /CEO of the
Children's Services Council of Broward County
(Fort Lauderdale, FL).
NAPC welcomes Vanessa Sarria, new
Executive Director, Community Action Network (CAN) (Austin, Texas).
NAPC welcomes Kathryn Basile,
Executive Director of the Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County
(FL). Everyone enjoyed meeting Kathryn at the 2006 conference.
Welcome to John Campey, Executive
Director of the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
(Ontario, Canada) -- host of the 2006 conference and now NAPC's first
Welcome to Gregory D. Arcaro,
Executive Director of the Community Planning Council of Yonkers (NY).
Welcome to Kathleen Schlather, new
Executive Director of the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County
(Ithaca, NY). Former Executive Director Marge Dill has retired.
Welcome to Derrick Gibson, Executive
Director of the East End Family Resource Center (Charleston, WV).
NAPC welcomes Christina Carrillo,
Director of Office of Health Promotion Community Health Improvement
(Santa Fe, NM).
Welcome to the United Way of Central Ohio
(Columbus, OH). Lynnette Cook, Director
of Evaluation Support, attended the May 2005 national conference and
subsequently joined NAPC.
NAPC welcomes Elizabeth Schmidt, a
planning consultant from Williamsburg, VA, as an individual member.
NAPC welcomes The Children's Trust
(Miami, FL), which will be represented by Ted Castellanos.
Welcome to new member Laurie Lewis,
Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the
University of Texas (Austin, TX)
The Alliance for Human Services
(Miami, FL) has chosen Mark Buchbinder as Executive Director ...
NAPC welcomes Greg Brown, new Executive Director of
The Center for Community Solutions
(Cleveland, OH) (press release);
former Executive Director John Begala will continue as senior fellow
focusing on health and social policy and leadership issues
NAPC welcomes Patrick Linnane,
Executive Director of the Planning Council for
Health and Human Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI)
Welcome to the Vision Action Network
(Beaverton, OR); Sia Lindstrom is Executive Director
NAPC welcomes John Ballengee, president of
the United Way of Central West Virginia (Charleston, WV)
Welcome to Prince George's County Department of Family
Services (Camp Springs, MD); Carol Lynn Snowden is their
representative to NAPC
NAPC welcomes Kings County Local Child
Care Planning Council (Hanford, CA); Cindy Crose Kliever, J.D., is
Welcome to Skip Cramer, new
Executive Director of Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) -
Welcome back to the Clarksville/Montgomery Council of Community Services (Clarksville, TN);
former NAPC member Pete Stoddard is a member of
The DuPage Federation for Human Services
Reform (Villa Park, IL) has joined NAPC; Candace King is Executive
The Children's Services Council of
Martin County (Stuart, FL) joined NAPC in April; harry a. yates
is Executive Director
Farewell and best wishes to Alexandria Douglas Bartolone,
former Executive Director of the Alliance for Human Services (Miami, FL)
Denise Liebel is new Executive
Director of Community Council of St. Charles County (St. Peters, MO)
The Beaufort County Alliance for Human
Services (Beaufort, SC) has joined NAPC; Susan E. Milne is Executive
April Veneracion, National Community
Development Institute (Oakland, CA), has joined NAPC
Joseph Ferreira at MIT
(Cambridge, MA) has become an Individual Member
Paul Gilmer is now Executive
Director of the West Virginia Research League (Charleston, WV), which
joined NAPC in March
Judy Crider, Executive Director, LINKS Community Collaborative
in Scottsdale, AZ, joined NAPC in
Mary L. Thomas, Senior Program Officer of
The Spartanburg County
Foundation in Spartanburg, SC, joined NAPC in January 2004
Also from Spartanburg: Katherine A. Dunleavy, President,
United Way of the Piedmont, joined NAPC in the fall of 2003
Roberta F. Garber, Executive Director of
Community Research Partners in Columbus, Ohio, joined NAPC
in November; Michael Banish has represented them at NAPC's most
Panullo, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community Council in New
York, has joined NAPC; "welcome back" to this Council, active in NAPC in previous years
"Welcome back" also to Bob
Spinks, President of the United Way of Central Oklahoma; Bob formerly served on the NAPC Board when he was Executive Director
of the Community Council of Central Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City; the Council and United Way
merged in the summer of 2003, and the combined organization has become a member
Donna Sines, Executive Director of
Community Vision in
Florida, joined NAPC during the fall '03 membership campaign
Karen Patterson, with the National Fatherhood Initiative in
joined NAPC as an individual member after finding NAPC online and attending
the 2003 conference
The Human Services Coalition of Cayuga County, in
Auburn, NY, has become a
member; NAPC welcomes Barbara Bowen, HSC Administrator
Michelle Grosz has joined NAPC as an individual member; she attended the
2003 conference and is Partnership Administrator for the Northwest Area
Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota
RegionWise in St. Louis, MO has recently joined NAPC; welcome to
Barbara Holmes, Ph.D., Executive
Eleanor Brilliant has joined NAPC as an Individual member;
a professor of social work at Rutgers University, she is a nationally known expert
on the history of planning councils, United Way, and related social movements
and issues, and was a keynote speaker at a prior NAPC conference
Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council
in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, has joined NAPC; welcome to new Executive Director
long-time valued NAPC members who previously represented organizations have
recently joined NAPC as Individual members: David Swain, Judy Rothbaum,
Stephanie Ross, and Joseph W. Lapilio III
NAPC welcomes Carrie Garnett,
Executive Director of One
Voice for Volusia, in Daytona Beach, FL
Best wishes to Skip Cramer, who retired from the Jacksonville
Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) in 2011 -- and congratulations to long-time
JCCI staff member and NAPC BBoard member Ben Warner who is now JCCI's
With great sadness, respect and affection, NAPC colleagues think often of
former President Browning Spence (Pinellas, FL) who passed away in
2010 after a battle with cancer.
NAPC extends good wishes to Board member Patrick Linnane (Wisconsin) who retired in 2010.
Best wishes to Ed Pulido, former NAPC Board member
and Vice President,
Community Investment & Research, United Way of Central
Oklahoma. He is now a leader in community efforts to assist military
veterans and their families.
Best wishes to long-time NAPC Board member and friend Elaine Andersen, who retired on April 3, 2007 as Executive Director of
the Human Services Council of Mid-Fairfield (CT). She writes: "I
feel so fortunate to have been with this wonderful agency for the past 26
years doing what I love to do. How many people get the chance to spend
their careers working in a profession they adore at an organization they
admire so much. I have been truly lucky. As I am moving on to a new life
passage, I want to thank all of my friends at NAPC for enriching my life
over the past years and for being such wonderful like minded supporters. I
wish everyone every happiness and know our paths will cross again soon.
Please stay in touch. My home email is
I will look forward to hearing about future NAPC projects and news about
your councils and your lives. Au Revoir and thank you for everything."
NAPC is pleased that Elaine has joined as an Individual Member.
NAPC lost a
valued long-time colleague, Judith Rothbaum (Oklahoma City),
in July 2007, following a courageous six-month battle with cancer. Many NAPC
members will remember Judy's good work in her own community as well as her
contributions in the early years of NAPC's social indicators work. She was
well-respected and is greatly missed. Her website offers insights and
NAPC and the United Way of Central Oklahoma established an
award in her name, honoring
outstanding work in using social indicators for community action.
Community planning ... international focus
NAPC President Ben Warner represented NAPC
and made a presentation in Brussels at an international conference in the
fall of 2007. Theme: "Beyond GDP: how to measure progress"
using indicators including economic sustainability and social well-being.
More than 100 countries were represented, with 650 people attending.
NAPC's first international
conference took place in Toronto in May 2006, with participants from the
U.S., Canada, and other countries as far away as Scotland and Australia.
This laid groundwork for continuing cooperation toward shared goals across
was created in the UK and features information and resources relevant for
communities worldwide. NAPC is included as a contact in the U.S.
Looking back: past
2011 NAPC Conference: Alexandria, Virginia - April
"Communities In Transformation"
Sincere thanks to program chair Ben Warner and logistics
chair Suzanne Puryear, and all the conference planners, speakers and
More information...presentations, photos, videos
2010 NAPC Conference: Alexandria, Virginia - April 16-18
Read more about
the conference; download presentations; view videos
"Community Planning for the 'New Normal'
National Perspective and
What Communities Are Doing to Respond to the New Realities"
2009 NAPC Conference: Austin, Texas - March 2-4
"Community Planning in Turbulent Times...Staying On
Top when the Bottom Falls Out"
Many thanks to conference program chair Nancy Findeisen and
the committee, and to local host Vanessa Sarria and the Community Action
Network, for another outstanding NAPC conference!
2008 NAPC Conference:
Florida - May 7-9
"Global Trends, Local Impacts"
Browning Spence and the Juvenile
Welfare Board, Children's Services Council of Pinellas County, Florida hosted NAPC's annual
conference at the Sheraton Sand Key resort on beautiful Clearwater Beach in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
It was outstanding! Thank you to all the planners, speakers,
volunteers, and participants for making it such a success--and to the JWB
staff for all their work as local hosts. Visit the
conference page for details and some
"Making A Difference and Making It Stick:
Minneapolis, May 3-5
The Challenge of Building Community Infrastructure for Sustaining Positive
More about the 2007 conference
Director, Planning Council for Health and Human Services, Milwaukee, WI) and
Director, The Center for Community Solutions, Cleveland, OH).
Local host: NorthWay Community Trust
2006 Conference: Toronto, May 4-7
about the 2006 conference
Planning council colleagues from all across the U.S.
and Canada gathered for NAPC's first international conference.
NAPC and CIC Co-Sponsored
the 2005 National Conference: Washington, DC,
May 12-14 "Indicators and community practice working together"
NAPC joined forces with the
Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) to present this conference in
the nation's capital. More
about the 2005 conference
Please visit the
2004 Conference page and
2004 online photo album ... the
2003 Conference page
(featuring downloadable presentations) and the
2003 Conference Online
Photo Album. Also available online: information and photos
from past conferences --
Social Indicators Initiative
NAPC and CIC co-sponsored
a 2005 National Conference May 12-14, in Washington, DC:
"Indicators and community practice working together."
joined forces with the
Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) to present this conference in
the nation's capital. More
about the conference
2005 Conference page (featuring
downloadable presentations) and online photo album
NAPC's involvement in social
NAPC also co-sponsored
CIC's 2005 conference
December 1-3, in Burlington, VT. At the conference, NAPC's indicators team
leader Ben Warner (Associate Director, JCCI - Jacksonville,
FL; Board Member, NAPC) presented NAPC's indicators initiative
and members' work using indicators a tools for action in communities
around the country:
Leading Social Indicators:
Measuring What's Important; Making
NAPC Social Indicators Report
NAPC's social indicators website,
www.socialindicators.com, was featured at the international indicators conference in Reno in March
2004, and at the NAPC national conference in May 2004 in Norfolk.
Dennis Andrulis' national indicators and NAPC's core indicators are highlighted. Leadership for this initiative was provided
The Center for Community Solutions (formerly the Federation for Community Planning) in Cleveland, Ohio.
Background on NAPC's involvement in social indicators
NAPC co-sponsored a major 2004
international conference on community indicators,
March 10 - 13, in Reno, Nevada.
NAPC joined the
National Community Indicators Consortium in sponsoring a major
cross-sector conference in March 2004. NAPC members presented a series of
using indicators effectively in a context of positive community action. Longtime NAPC member David Swain
was one of the conference
coordinators and NAPC Board member
for NAPC's involvement. NAPC launched
NAPC is participating in planning for upcoming Consortium activities.
CIC's next conferences were
planned for December 1-3, 2005 in Burlington, VT; March 7-9, 2007 in
Jacksonville, FL; and June 26-28, 2008, in metro Washington, D.C.
May 2005 Joint NAPC/CIC Conference
As CIC became the focal point
for community indicators, in 2008 NAPC's social indicators focus shifted to
honoring outstanding work in using social indicators for community action.
With support from the United Way of Central Oklahoma, NAPC established the
Judith Rothbaum Award - more
Archives page provides more information from past years.
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