Nonprofit Report

Erin Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of Bright Beginnings.
Erin Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of Bright Beginnings.

Childhood and Homelessness | Nonprofit Report

Children & Families, Justice & Poverty, Nonprofit Report

The USA is one of the richest countries in the world, and yet, childhood homelessness is still an issue many struggle with.

Beth Lewin Dean, President & CEO of Cure Epilepsy; Roy Cherry, CEO of The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio; & Ilene Penn Miller, Director of Rare Epilepsy Network and Director of Epilepsies Action Network.
Beth Lewin Dean, President & CEO of Cure Epilepsy; Roy Cherry, CEO of The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio; & Ilene Penn Miller, Director of Rare Epilepsy Network and Director of Epilepsies Action Network.

Understanding Epilepsy | Nonprofit Report

Health, Nonprofit Report

According to the CDC, epilepsy is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain. It affects people of all ages and race however treatment is not evenly distributed. We spoke with leaders of four nonprofits whose missions all work toward research and support for all who struggle with epilepsy. Our guests today are; Beth Lewin Dean, President & CEO of Cure Epilepsy; Roy Cherry, CEO of The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio; & Ilene Penn Miller, Director of Rare Epilepsy Network and Director of Epilepsies Action Network.

Aaron Dworkin
Aaron Dworkin

The PoetJournalist: The Power of Poetry | Nonprofit Report

Arts, Media & Culture, Nonprofit Report

We discuss with artist Aaron Dworkin his collection of poems, “The PoetJournalist.” Aaron Dworkin is a Poetjournalist, Social Entrepreneur, Performing Artist, Author, Filmmaker, Philanthropist, and Professor of Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Tshaka Barrows; Sam Mellerson; & Mike Finley.
Tshaka Barrows; Sam Mellerson; & Mike Finley.

Haywood Burns Institute | Nonprofit Report

Justice & Poverty, Nonprofit Report

In our interview with leaders of the Haywood Burns Institute, we continue our dialogue on American civil society. Our guests today are the Co-Executive Director of Haywood Burns Institute; Tshaka Barrows; Sam Mellerson; & Mike Finley.

Stephanie Campbell & Eric Meyer
Stephanie Campbell & Eric Meyer

Local News Is Under Attack | Nonprofit Report

Arts, Media & Culture, Nonprofit Report

Local journalism is facing a rapidly changing media landscape which has them facing challenges such as community distrust in media and even assault on press freedoms. Our guests are; Stephanie Campbell, CEO of The Kansas City Beacon & Eric Meyer, Owner & Publisher of Marion County Record.

Wendy Loloff Cooper and Paula White
Wendy Loloff Cooper and Paula White

COVID’s Legacy on K-12 Education | Nonprofit Report

Children & Families, Nonprofit Report

COVID’s legacy on K-12 education. What we can learn and how do we move forward. Our guests are; Wendy Loloff Cooper, CEO of Generation Schools Network & Paula White, Executive Director of 50CAN – New Jersey.

Nonprofit Spotlight

A Year in Review: Our Work at mOppenheim.Org

News, Nonprofit Spotlight

From new collaborations with PBS and public media stations to articles highlighting the work of leaders across the country, our continued coverage of nonprofit organizations emphasizes their unwavering dedication to strengthening communities across the world.

INSIGHT with Mark Oppenheim: 2019’s Most Viewed Videos

News, Nonprofit Spotlight

As we look forward to 2020, we want to thank all of the organizations featured for sharing their work and insights with us and celebrate the top 5 most viewed INSIGHT with Mark Oppenheim interviews of the past year.

mOp-Ed

mOp-Ed: Supporting Someone Who Lost a Loved One to Suicide

Health, mOp-Ed, News

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis that has stopped the world in its tracks, religious communities around the world are embracing new and creative ways of connecting with each other. Social distancing efforts have resulted in video calls for sermons, prayers in open spaces, and other creative measures to keep communities close during these challenging times. 

mOp-Ed: Praying While Helping God Keeps Us Healthy

Justice & Poverty, mOp-Ed, News

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis that has stopped the world in its tracks, religious communities around the world are embracing new and creative ways of connecting with each other. Social distancing efforts have resulted in video calls for sermons, prayers in open spaces, and other creative measures to keep communities close during these challenging times. 

mOp-Ed: It’s 2020: Are Efforts to Diversify the Corporate World Effective at All?

Justice & Poverty, mOp-Ed, News

Corporate Diversity professionals are crucial to the improvement of our nation’s workforce and yet they are rarely supported by the businesses that hire them. Though embraced by many businesses and corporations as a good starting point for positive change, systems of inclusion are often set up to fail when diversity leaders are not actively supported by the companies that hire them.

mOp-Ed: How to Move Your University from Crisis to Transformation

Education, mOp-Ed, News

Coronavirus has essentially canceled the Spring term as envisioned; i.e., on-campus classes were cancelled, and most moved online. There are serious implications for enrollments for Fall term and finances, and many are wondering if there will be a Fall term at all (we think so).

mOp-Ed: Leveraging Addiction to Attack Freedom

mOp-Ed, News, Uncategorized

Facebook and other social media platforms sell their ability to direct our eyes to content. These platforms have been accused of promulgating and profiting from various forms of racism and disinformation shaped to cause harm and division in America, and authoritarianism in the world.

mOp-Ed: Reporting from a Protest March in Memory of George Floyd

Justice & Poverty, mOp-Ed, News

For the past two weeks, there have been numerous reports claiming the protests surrounding George Floyd’s death are perpetrating more violence. Guest writer Mark Oppenheim attended one of these protests in San Francisco and shares his personal experience on how the event created more unity among community members.

mOp-Ed: Standing Together

Justice & Poverty, mOp-Ed, News

I was speaking yesterday with a 27 year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department working on the front lines of demonstrations, some of which turned violent.

mOp-Ed: COVID-19 News from Nonprofit Country

Arts, Media & Culture, mOp-Ed, News

Various nonprofit sectors have experienced a range of impacts. Conferences and group meetings are being delayed or cancelled. Nonprofits that provide services where direct contact or travel is required are heavily impacted. Fundraising and earned income streams are taking a hit. Other impacts will depend on sector

Insight

Kay Schwartz & Todd Slisher – Making Learning Fun in Flint

Education, INSIGHT, Nonprofit Report

Todd Slisher, Executive Director of the Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium, and Kay Schwartz, Director at Flint Public Library, discuss making learning fun and engaging as well as keeping Flint’s history alive.

Shannon Easter White – Investing in Flint

Arts, Media & Culture, INSIGHT, Nonprofit Report

Shannon Easter White, Trustee of The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), discusses how the FIA collaborates with the community of Flint in ways that go beyond just art and culture.

Thomas Lillie, Kathryn Boles, and Elizabeth Saab Discuss Shaping the FIA

Arts, Media & Culture, INSIGHT, Nonprofit Report

The Flint Institute of Arts’ President of the Board of Directors Thomas Lillie, Trustee Kathryn Boles, Trustee Elizabeth Saab discuss the impact FIA has on their visitors and how the community of Flint helps shape the programs and exhibits the institute offers.

John Henry – The Power of Art and Art Education

Arts, Media & Culture, INSIGHT, Nonprofit Report

John Henry, Museum Director of The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), discusses the FIA’s current programs and how art education is important for the growth of the community.

Get to Know The Flint Institute of Arts

Arts, Media & Culture, INSIGHT, Nonprofit Report

The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) is the second-largest art museum in Michigan and one of the largest museum-connected community art schools in the United States. The FIA makes art accessible and inclusive to all members of their community through permanent collection and temporary exhibitions: guided tours; lectures and community dialogues; art classes, workshops, and studio demonstrations; gallery, studio, and outreach programs for PreK-12, Head Start, and homeschool students; films and videos; print, audio, and multimedia resources.

In this collaboration with The Flint Institute of Arts, we spoke to Flint community leaders and discusses the work they do to provide spaces of art and culture to the people of Flint, Michigan.

INSIGHT: United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley – David Lewis

Children & Families, INSIGHT

David Lewis, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, discusses how the organization serves its community by connecting organizations for health, safety and education with the community. He discusses the immense engagement of the community in giving and supporting important causes. This interview was produced in collaboration with PBS39 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

INSIGHT: Greater Valley YMCA – David Fagerstrom

Education, INSIGHT

David Fagerstrom, President and CEO of Greater Valley YMCA, discusses the iconic organization’s mission and how it serves the specific needs of its community, especially child care and social services, and across all ages. This interview was produced in collaboration with PBS39 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

INSIGHT: Via of the Lehigh Valley – Lisa Walkiewicz

Children & Families, INSIGHT

Lisa Walkiewicz, Executive Director of Via of the Lehigh Valley, explains some of the programs and services that Via offers for children and adults with disabilities in the region of Lehigh. The organization’s mission is to support persons with disabilities in leading successful, independent lives that are meaningful and rewarding. This interview was produced in collaboration with PBS39 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.