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Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate
April 22, 2017
Climate change is contributing to a growing global water crisis and putting the lives of millions of children at risk, a report from UNICEF finds. The report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate (80 pages, PDF), projects that by 2040 nearly six hundred million children will be living in areas under extremely high...
Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance
April 19, 2017
The effects of climate change include direct and indirect impacts on community as well as our mental and physical health, a report from the American Psychological Association, Climate for Health, and ecoAmerica finds. The report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance (36 pages, PDF), argues that climate...
Limited Means, Limited Options: College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans
April 16, 2017
Cuts in state funding and rising costs are making college education unaffordable for many Americans of limited financial means, hindering economic mobility and undermining the country's basic ideals of opportunity and fairness, a report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy finds. The report, Limited Means, Limited Options: College...
Family Ties: Multigenerational Family Foundation Board Engagement
April 13, 2017
Board members of family foundations involved in social justice-related work say the legacy of the founders and a shared sense of family responsibility support their long-term commitment, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds. Commissioned by the Surdna Foundation, the report, Family Ties: Multigenerational Family Foundation...
2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report
April 10, 2017
While staff at 79 percent of nongovernmental organizations agree that social media is an effective means of enhancing online brand awareness, only 66 percent say their executive leadership supports prioritizing social media in their online communications and fundraising strategy, a report from Public Interest Registry and Nonprofit Tech for Good...
Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce
April 7, 2017
Projected employment growth in the area of "green infrastructure" — not only parks, urban forests, and greenways but also innovations in stormwater management such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious pavement, and bioswales — offers opportunities for low-income, low-skilled urban workers seeking quality jobs, a report from Jobs for the...
Raising the Age: Shifting to a Safer and More Effective Juvenile Justice System
April 4, 2017
Despite concerns that raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18 would overwhelm juvenile justice systems, states that raised the age over the past decade have not seen a surge in the number of juvenile justice-involved youth or increases in crime, a report from the Justice Policy Institute and the Open Society Foundations finds. The...
Using Data to Increase Student Success
March 29, 2017
Colleges, universities, and university systems increasingly are using student-level data to generate actionable information and tools that improve outcomes for students, a series of case studies from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities and the Institute for Higher Education Policy finds. The fourteen case studies —...
Expenses Report
March 23, 2017
In 2015, arts organizations devoted, on average, two-thirds of their program-related expenses (and 42 percent of their operating revenue) to program personnel, a report from the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University finds. According to the Expenses Report, the latest in a series of NCAR reports on the health of arts...
Racial Wealth Gap in Chicago
March 20, 2017
Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of households of color in Chicago are "liquid asset poor" — meaning they lack enough savings to get by for three months in the event of a job loss or medical emergency — compared with 28 percent of white households, a report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development finds. Funded by JPMorgan Chase, the...
Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments
March 17, 2017
Thoughtful and committed grantmaking in support of peacebuilding in areas affected by conflict can help empower beleaguered communities, strengthen civil society initiatives, build partnerships and platforms for change, catalyze new insights and paradigms, and create spaces for reflection and peaceful exchange, a report from Philanthropy for...
Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children
March 14, 2017
Programs that help low-income parents engage their children in at-home learning opportunities during their preschool years can narrow educational achievement gaps in elementary school and beyond, an issue brief from Pennsylvania State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation argues. The brief, Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes...