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'Communications Strategies That Fast Track Policy Change'
May 27, 2015
To be effective, media and communications grantmaking aimed at fostering dialogue about solutions to social problems must be flexible enough to respond quickly to unexpected challenges and opportunities, and should engage the media, community, and policy makers from the outset, a study by the California Endowment, in partnership with Media Impact...
'Improving Abortion Access by Expanding Those Who Provide Care'
May 24, 2015
Even as states enacted two hundred and thirty-one restrictions on abortion care between 2011 and 2014, severely limiting women's access to the procedure, some states have introduced legislation to protect or expand access, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. According to the report, Improving Abortion Access by Expanding Those...
'Reducing Harms to Boys and Young Men of Color From Criminal Justice System Involvement'
May 21, 2015
Although it is commonly believed that lack of education, poor and violent neighborhoods, and troubled families lead to the involvement of many boys and young men of color with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, it is the disproportionate incarceration of African-American and, to a lesser but increasing extent, Latino boys and young men...
'Impacts of the Teach For America Investing in Innovation Scale-Up'
May 18, 2015
While Teach For America undertook a five-year expansion effort funded in part by a $50 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, the quality of its teachers remained more or less stable, an evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds. According to the report, Impacts of the Teach For America Investing in Innovation Scale-Up (106...
Impact Investing: Balancing the Best of Responsibility and Opportunity
May 15, 2015
Some impact investors are creating confusion in the field in that their primary fo­cus is on doing good and then doing well, while others believe there is an opportunity to do well by doing good, a report from Commonfund suggests. The report, Impact Investing: Balancing the Best of Responsibility and Opportunity (12 pages, PDF), presents...
'Lessons Learned About Change Capital in the Arts'
May 12, 2015
Flexible, multiyear "change capital" can help an organization increase its revenue in the long run only if the organization's immediate capital needs are met, an evaluation of a $15 million initiative administered by the Nonprofit Finance Fund with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation finds. According to the report, Lessons Learned...
'The Impact of the Coverage Gap in States Not Expanding Medicaid by Race and Ethnicity'
May 6, 2015
In states that do not implement the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid eligibility to those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, an estimated 3.7 million low-income adults will remain uninsured because they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid (median 44 percent of FPL) but too little to qualify for marketplace...
'Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A Philanthropic Opportunity'
May 3, 2015
If they want to help support broad-based social justice movements that lead to systemic change, U.S. foundations should invest more in executive leadership development at the grassroots level, a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy finds. The report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A Philanthropic Opportunity (38...
'Building Climate Change Resilience: The Private Sector's Role'
April 27, 2015
By proactively engaging the private sector in building climate change resilience, cities can benefit from long-term "resilience dividends" and mitigate economic losses after a disaster, a report from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit argues. According to the report, Building Climate Change Resilience: The Private...
A Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives: Final Report
April 24, 2015
To ensure that quality improvement initiatives for early child care and education programs are meaningful and sustained, they must be based on clearly defined goals, a specific model and theory of change, and capacity-building strategies aimed at ongoing improvement, a report from Child Trends finds. The report, A Blueprint for Early Care and...
Insights and Lessons: Community Arts and College Arts
April 18, 2015
A report commissioned by the Kresge Foundation finds that two pilot initiatives designed to "challenge communities to use art and culture as a tool to address broader community issues in some of America's most neglected urban neighborhoods" did succeed in supporting efforts to address problems such as hunger, poverty, and over-incarceration. At...