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'A Wake-Up Call: Lessons From Ebola for the World's Health Systems'
March 25, 2015
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa exposed the extent to which health systems in the hardest-hit countries were underresourced, understaffed, and poorly equipped, a report from Save the Children finds. According to the report, A Wake-Up Call: Lessons From Ebola for the World's Health Systems (50 pages, PDF), the response to the virus...
'The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector 2015'
March 22, 2015
Arts and culture organizations in Minnesota contribute nearly $1.2 billion annually to the state's economy, including $696 million in direct expenditures and $501 million in spending by audiences and patrons, a report from Creative Minnesota finds. According to the report, The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector 2015 (32...
A Step Ahead Foundation 2012-2013 Year 2 Evaluation Tracking Report
March 16, 2015
Established in 2011 to provide free, long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC) to women in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, A Step Ahead Foundation expanded its outreach and educational efforts to include new geographic areas, men, and community centers in its second year, an evaluation by the University of Memphis Center for Research on...
Funder Perspectives: Assessing Media Investments
March 13, 2015
The greatest challenges media funders face in evaluating the impact of the productions and campaigns they support are lack of consensus in the field about what constitutes "impact" and lack of clarity about methods and measures, a report from Media Impact Funders finds. Based on responses from a survey of foundations that awarded five or more...
'Greenhouse Schools in Boston'
March 10, 2015
Charter school students in Boston have outperformed students in other regions of the country as well as those in traditional public schools in Boston thanks in part to an "instructional culture" and leadership practices that support excellence in teaching, a report from TNTP (formerly the New Teachers Project) finds. Funded by the NewSchools...
'Poverty Among Women & Girls in the Washington Region'
March 7, 2015
Women in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas consistently experience poverty at higher rates than men, a report from the Washington Area Women's Foundation finds. The report, Poverty Among Women & Girls in the Washington Region (23 pages, PDF), found that three in five families with children living below the poverty line in 2013...
'Leading With Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices'
March 4, 2015
Nonprofit CEOs and board chairs think boards do an okay job, assigning their own boards an average grade of “B-,”  a new report from BoardSource finds. Based on a survey of more than eight hundred nonprofit CEOs and board chairs, the report, Leading With Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices (54 pages, PDF), cites weakness in...
'Taking Stock of the California Linked Learning District Initiative'
March 1, 2015
Launched in 2009 by the James Irvine Foundation, the California Linked Learning District Initiative has helped open career pathways to many non-traditional students in the state — including English learners, special education students, and students with low prior academic achievement, an evaluation of the initiative finds. The study, Taking...
Capitalization, Scale, and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain?
February 26, 2015
Between 2007 and 2011, the financial health of arts and culture organizations in the greater Philadelphia region remained weak, even as competition for audiences and donors increased, a report commissioned by the William Penn Foundation finds. Conducted by TDC, the study, Capitalization, Scale, and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain? (31 pages,...
'A Fair Shot for Workers With Disabilities'
February 20, 2015
Disability is often both a cause of poverty — through job loss, barriers to education and skills development, and additional expense — and a consequence of poverty, as a result of having limited access to health care and/or living and working in hazardous environments, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. According to the...
'Promoting Healthy Families and Communities for Boys and Young Men of Color'
February 17, 2015
Many boys and young men of color are at risk of poor health and developmental outcomes as a result of being exposed to the chronic stress and trauma of living in poor households in segregated, disadvantaged communities, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, Promoting Healthy Families and Communities for Boys and Young Men of Color...
'Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing'
February 14, 2015
Like other minority groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face significant health disparities, yet less than 0.5 percent of foundation funding for health is directed to LGBTQ communities, a report from Funders for LGBTQ Issues finds. According to the report, Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing (28 pages, PDF),...