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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...
Community Foundation Business Model Disruption in the 21st Century
March 8, 2017
The community foundation business model, which is often tied to the performance of local financial services firms, is facing disruption as the financial services industry undergoes changes with the rise of online and mobile aletrnatives, a report from the Council on Foundations finds. The report, Community Foundation Business Model Disruption in...
Key Issues in Children's Health Coverage
March 5, 2017
There is much at stake in the debate taking place over reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the future of Medicaid, an issue brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation finds. The brief, Key Issues in Children's Health Coverage (11 pages, PDF), argues that while the expansion of...
2016 On the Map: Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City
March 2, 2017
Approximately 127,000 students — one in eight — attending New York City public schools in 2014-15 had been homeless at some point during the previous five years, an analysis from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness finds. According to 2016 On the Map: Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City, 82,463 New York City...
African Immigrant Population in U.S. Steadily Climbs
February 24, 2017
While African immigrants make up a small share of the nation's immigrant population, their overall numbers are growing, an analysis from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, the brief, African Immigrant Population in U.S. Steadily Climbs, found that 2.1 million African immigrants lived in the United States in 2015,...
Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community Arts & Military Programming
February 21, 2017
Local arts agencies are uniquely positioned to connect service members, veterans, and their families with opportunities for participation in the arts, which are proven to build resilience, enhance coping skills, increase self-esteem, and support well-being, a guide from Americans for the Arts argues. Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community...
How States Engage in Evidence-Based Policymaking
February 18, 2017
The states of Washington, Utah, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Oregon are leading the way in building and using evidence to inform their policy and budget decisions, a report from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative finds. The report, How States Engage in Evidence-Based Policymaking (50 pages, PDF), ranked states based on six actions...
Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking
February 15, 2017
While foundation funding in support of global human rights initiatives rose to $2.7 billion in 2014, from $2.3 billion in 2013, the share of funding for migrants and refuges remained flat, a report from Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group finds. According to the report, Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global...