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Climate Resilient & Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan
September 22, 2017
The most effective philanthropic strategies for improving water infrastructure to advance climate resilience and protect low-income communities from flooding include a full suite of capital tools including grants, program related investments, and market-rate investments, a report from Mission Point Partners and California Environmental Associates...
America Needs More Teachers of Color and a More Selective Teaching Profession
September 19, 2017
Increasing diversity in the teaching profession while simultaneously raising the selectivity of teacher preparation programs is not only possible but critical, a report from the Center for American Progress argues. The report, America Needs More Teachers of Color and a More Selective Teaching Profession, found that there is a growing gap between...
Putting It All Together
September 13, 2017
An integrated curriculum that simultaneously builds students' social, emotional, and academic understanding also tends to enhance their learning and acquisition of life skills, a case study from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development finds. The report, Putting It All Together (12 pages, PDF),...
News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017
September 10, 2017
More than halfway through 2017, two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans are getting at least some of their news via social media, up from 62 percent in 2016, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on a survey of nearly five thousand U.S. adults, the report, News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017 (17 pages, PDF), found that 55...
Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap
September 7, 2017
Although a vast majority of NGOs in India believe leadership development to be essential, little in the way of time and resources is being invested in such efforts, a report from the Bridgespan Group finds. Based on a survey of two hundred and fifty leaders from Indian NGOs and Indian offices of international NGOs, as well as interviews with...
Kids Matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-Year Good Neighborhoods Initiative
September 1, 2017
Launched in 2006, the Skillman Foundation's ten-year, $100 million Good Neighborhoods Initiative succeeded in boosting education and community capacity in six neighborhoods, a comprehensive evaluation by the foundation finds. Based on nine individual evaluations focused on the initiative's efforts to improve school quality, strengthen community...
Just Kids: When Misbehaving Is a Crime
August 26, 2017
Exposing teenagers to the juvenile justice system for status offenses such as skipping school, running away from home, or violating a curfew disproportionately punishes underserved youth, who frequently experience bias and harsher discipline, and LGBT teens, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. The report, Just Kids: When...
Advanced Placement Access and Success: How Do Rural Schools Stack Up?
August 23, 2017
The gap in AP exam participation rates between rural students and their urban and suburban peers has narrowed over the past fifteen years, a report from the College Board and Education Commission of the States finds. The report, Advanced Placement Access and Success: How Do Rural Schools Stack Up? (12 pages, PDF), found that the percentage of...
Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century
August 20, 2017
State and local arts agencies, public arts funders, and united arts funds are experimenting with new strategies aimed at fostering a cultural community that reflects changing demographics, catalyzes innovation, supports equity, and ensures a robust donor base, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. Based on interviews with sixteen leaders...
An Equity Profile of the Five-County San Francisco Bay Area Region
August 17, 2017
Rising inequality, stagnant wages, and persistent racial inequities have put the long-term future of the booming Bay Area economy at risk, a report from PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California finds. Funded by the San Francisco Foundation, the report, An Equity Profile of...
Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children
August 14, 2017
A budget stalemate in Illinois that lasted more than two years has done long-term damage to the state's social service infrastructure, especially services for women and children, a report from the Chicago Foundation for Women, in partnership with Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and...