Investing for Good: A New Era in Philanthropy

September 19, 2023
Dandelion blowing a sign of change

In a world where change is the only constant, the words of Bob Dylan’s iconic song, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” resonate more than ever. Within the sphere of philanthropy,…

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The Will to Make a Will: Empowering Your Legacy

August 16, 2023

Did you know that August is National Make-a-Will Month? While the topic of creating a will might not be the most exciting, it is undoubtedly one of the most crucial…

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How You Make Innovation Possible

July 20, 2023
Wrinkle Innovation Session at CICOA

When good people and good ideas come together to create innovative solutions for communities, the resulting social impact can make a difference in countless lives. One of the CICOA Foundation’s…

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Getting to Know You

June 14, 2023

How well do you know your neighbors, friends, coworkers or others in your social circles? What does it take to truly know the people in your life? At a basic…

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Strengthen the Safety Net

May 16, 2023
Strengthen the Safety Net

When I was a small child, I vividly recall falling into a small pit filled with broken concrete and construction scraps.  My parents were building their dream home at the…

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Lead the Way with Innovation

April 19, 2023
Innovation at CICOA

Wrinkle (NOUN): a slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or skin; a clever innovation; a different or unexpected development, action or idea. The global market for “anti-wrinkle” skin…

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Create Stronger Communities Through Effective Outreach

February 27, 2023
Educational presentation about community resources and services

You don’t know what you don’t know. I don’t know who first said that, but Copernicus, who lived a mere 500 years ago, said, “To know that we know what…

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Promoting Equity by Meeting Basic Needs

January 25, 2023
Senior man receiving healthy groceries at home

Many years ago, I worked with individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities. I came into this field of human services quite ignorant of how inequitable life can be, especially when…

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Charitable Giving at Year’s End

December 16, 2022

Some years back when I was new to the field of fundraising, I heard an expression that gave me pause. As with all professions, we have our industry-specific acronyms and…

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Bringing Innovative Ideas to Life

November 16, 2022
Gardening and harvesting

If you want to see something grow, you must invest in multiple ways to have a productive garden. That’s a key lesson I learned growing up in “the country,” in…

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