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Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action
September 23, 2018
A handful of impact investors have begun to create products, raise capital, and make new investments that directly target progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, a report from the Global Impact Investing Network finds. The report, Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action (28 pages, PDF), found that these...
Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Global Baseline Report 2018
September 20, 2018
Only two-thirds (69 percent) of schools globally had basic drinking water service in 2016, with nearly 570 million school children having no access to drinking water at all, a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization’s Joint Monitoring Programme finds. According to the report, Drinking Water,...
Early Learning in the Digital Age
September 14, 2018
An interactive toolkit from the Integrating Technology in Early Literacy (InTEL) project at the New America Foundation and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop provides a snapshot of initiatives across the United States that use technology to connect with vulnerable families and improve educational outcomes. Early Learning in the...
Translating Interest Into Action: Insights From the Retail Impact Investor
September 11, 2018
Interest in impact investing is high, and many impact investors would like to see more product options and increase the amount they invest, a report from Calvert Impact Capital finds. Based on a survey of impact investors — 54 percent of whom were current and former investors in Calvert’s Community Investment Note — the report, Translating...
Native-Serving Nonprofits and Charity Watchdog Agencies
September 5, 2018
Native-serving nonprofits often are not evaluated by charity watchdog organizations such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and CharityWatch — a lack of presence that perpetuates information gaps between groups serving Native communities and potential donors, a report from the First Nations...
Networks for School Improvement: A Review of the Literature
September 2, 2018
Successful school improvement networks — groups of schools working in partnership with an intermediary organization to boost student outcomes — rest on a strong foundation of relational trust and use accessible and timely evidence from early outcomes to make improvements and strengthen the solutions-testing process, a literature review from...
Equity Conversation Guides for Young Leaders and Partners
August 30, 2018
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Equity Conversation Guides for Young Leaders and Partners provides meeting materials and step-by-step instructions for holding facilitated conversations with young people about dismantling structural racism. The four guides — Understanding the Basics: Core Concepts and Terms, Digging Deep: Historical Context of...
Overdue: Addressing Debt in Black Communities
August 24, 2018
Although African-American households hold lower levels of debt on average ($30,800) than white households ($73,800), more than a quarter of African-American households report struggling with debt payment, compared with 15 percent of white households, a report from Prosperity Now and the MetLife Foundation finds. Based on a literature review and...
Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity: Observations and Reflections
August 21, 2018
While the concept of creative placemaking — the integration of arts, culture, and community engaged-design in community development and urban planning — is gaining momentum, critical gaps must be addressed if it is to flourish and become an integral part of the field of community development, a white paper from the Kresge Foundation finds....