Each case uses a consistent framework that allows the reader to easily navigate them and make comparisons. Concluding Lessons Learned chapter provides a summary of the themes that emerge from the cases and gives the reader an outline of the practical dimensions involved in carrying out nonprofit innovations. Profiles an array of innovative nonprofit organizations from around the world that provides the reader with a balanced picture of the sector and show commonalities between cases that come from different countries, regions, and fields. Discussion questions at the end of each case ask the reader to reflect and analyze the innovation as well think creatively and initiate successful innovations themselves.

Café au Play: Creating a Family-Centered Social Space in Portland, Oregon

Café au play: Creating a family-centered social space in portland, oregon
Charles Heying

Associate Professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

The Problem

When Kristin Heying1 moved to Portland, Oregon with her toddler daughter, she was in the process of becoming a single mom. Recognizing the need to build relationships in their new community, Kristin and her daughter began participating in Parks and Recreation classes, one of the few affordable options for child-centered activities. Through these classes, Kristin became close friends with two other mothers. But when they tried to get together outside class, they discovered that few cafés or coffee shops were ...

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