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Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory
December 3, 2020
The Boston Foundation has published an updated directory of racial equity capacity builders currently serving the nonprofit sector in the greater Boston area. First published on Juneteeth 2020, the expanded version of The Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory (143 pages, PDF) includes nearly a hundred and fifty individuals and...
Hope and Optimism
November 30, 2020
Philosophers and psychologists view optimism and hope as distinct but related attitudes, a report funded by the John Templeton Foundation finds. Based on a review of nearly a hundred and fifty sources from the last fifty years, the report, Hope and Optimism (47 pages, PDF), found that optimism is generally categorized as dispositional...
Coronavirus Vaccine Hesitancy in Black and Latinx Communities
November 27, 2020
While Black and Latinx Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, both groups have low confidence in the safety and effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine, a report from the COVID Collaborative, NAACP, and UnidosUS finds. Based on a survey conducted in September 2020 of more than a thousand African Americans and...
Using State-Level Policy Levers to Promote Principal Quality
November 24, 2020
A new report from the RAND Corporation explores several things that state policy makers can do to improve the effectiveness of school principals. Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, the report, Using State-level Policy Levers to Promote Principal Quality: Lessons from Seven States Partnering with Principal Preparation Programs and...
Ithaka S+R Art Museum Director Survey 2020
November 21, 2020
Before the COVID-19 and the racial justice crises hit in 2020, more than 90 percent of U.S. art museum directors viewed education and public programming as top priorities for fully realizing their organizational missions, a survey conducted by Ithaka S+R and funded by the Kress Foundation finds. Based on responses from nearly a hundred and...
Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement
November 18, 2020
Inequities in the K–12 education system limit postsecondary opportunities for many Black students and often create an uneven playing field for those who matriculate, a report from the American Council on Education finds. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the report, Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement (280 pages,...
COVID-19 Risks and Impacts Among Health Care Workers by Race/Ethnicity
November 15, 2020
As of November, at least two hundred thousand U.S. healthcare workers had contracted coronavirus and nearly eight hundred had died — and that could be a significant underestimate due to gaps in data collection, an issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. According to COVID-19 Risks and Impacts Among Health Care Workers by...
Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts & Culture Sector
November 12, 2020
A scenario planning toolkit from the Wallace Foundation and AEA Consulting offers guidance for arts and cultural organizations with respect to thinking through how to respond to a "new normal" shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of the long history of racial injustice in America. Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario...
Fidelity Charitable Trustees' Initiative 2020 Impact Report
November 9, 2020
The Fidelity Charitable Trustees' Initiative, a direct grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable that is separate from its donor-advised fund program, awarded forty grants totaling nearly $12.7 million to bolster social sector infrastructure in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. According to the Fidelity Charitable Trustees'...
New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers Grief in School Survey
October 28, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated both the need and lack of support for grieving children in schools across the United States, a survey onducted in July and August 2020 by the American Federation of Teachers and New York Life Foundation finds. According to New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers Grief in School...
Impacts of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania Nonprofits
October 25, 2020
Eighty percent of nonprofits in Pennsylvania have experienced a decline in revenue, while 87 percent have suffered some kind of negative impact as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a report commissioned by the Pittsburgh Foundation, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Forbes Funds, and the...