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When You Can't Go Home: The Gulf Coast 10 Years After Katrina
August 28, 2015
A decade after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the U.S. Gulf Coast, thousands of the estimated 1.5 million people who evacuated have yet to return, an issue brief from the Center for American Progress finds. According to the brief, When You Can't Go Home: The Gulf Coast 10 Years After Katrina (10 pages, PDF), 40 percent of those who fled have been...
Still at Risk: U.S. Children 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina
August 22, 2015
Ten years after thousands of children were displaced from their homes, separated from family members, or lost loved ones after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, many gaps remain in federal planning that put children at risk, a report from Save the Children finds. The report, Still at Risk: U.S. Children 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina (24...
How Will We Fill 9 Billion Bowls by 2050?
August 19, 2015
Of the roughly seven billion on the planet, an estimated 805 million go to bed hungry each night, while "hidden hunger" affects an additional two billion, a report from the Thomson Reuters Foundation finds. The report, How Will We Fill 9 Billion Bowls by 2050?, highlights the amount of food wasted during the production and delivery process, the...
Too Good to Be True? The Opportunity and Cost of the $1 Building
August 16, 2015
While opportunities to acquire free and low-cost facilities have long appealed to nonprofit arts organizations, the short- and long-term costs of leasing a facility for $1 a year, buying it for $1 (or an under-market price), or being given a building are significant, a study commissioned by the Kresge Foundation finds. The report, Too Good to Be...
Path Not Found: Disparities in Computer Science Course Access in California High Schools
August 13, 2015
One of the main factors in the underrepresentation of people of color and those from low-income families in the tech industry is the lack of access to computer science courses in public high schools, a report from the Level Playing Field Institute argues. According to the report, Path Not Found: Disparities in Computer Science Course Access in...
The Impact of Drug Policy on Women
August 10, 2015
Punitive drug laws and policies pose a heavy burden on women and their children, a report from the Open Society Foundations argues. The report, The Impact of Drug Policy on Women (24 pages), notes that while the global war on drugs has led to the  incarceration of many men for minor offenses, in some places women are more likely than men to face...
Tilling the Field: Lessons About Philanthropy's Role in School Discipline Reform
August 4, 2015
Grantmakers can help create opportunities to effect change in school discipline policy through a strategic combination of investments designed to (re)frame the problem, identify and lift up viable policy alternatives, and apply pressure for change, a report from Atlantic Philanthropies finds. The report, Tilling The Field: Lessons About...
Unleashing Africa's Entrepreneurs
August 1, 2015
Securing start-up capital and operating costs pose the greatest challenges for emerging entrepreneurs across the African continent, a report from the Africapitalism Institute, the research and policy arm of the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria, finds. Based on a survey of more than five thousand entrepreneurs in nearly every country in...
Creative New York
July 29, 2015
Employment in New York City's nonprofit and for-profit arts sector increased 13 percent between 2003 and 2013, a report from the Center for an Urban Future finds. According to Creative New York (68 pages, PDF), a total of 295,755 people worked in creative industries — which include advertising, architecture, broadcasting, design, film and...
Mental Health and the Role of the States
July 26, 2015
In 2013, an estimated 18.5 percent of the adult population in the United States had suffered from a mental illness in the previous year, while 4.1 percent were diagnosed with a serious mental illness, a report from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts finds. According to the report, Mental Health and the...
Growing Together, Learning Together
July 23, 2015
Leadership, coordination, data, and quality are the essential building blocks of a successful citywide afterschool system, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. The report, Growing Together, Learning Together (36 pages, PDF), highlights the latest thinking on building and sustaining an afterschool system — as well as the challenges and...
Americans' Internet Access: 2000-2015
July 20, 2015
While the percentage of Americans 18 and older who use the Internet increased from 52 percent in 2000 to 84 percent in 2015, digital gaps persist for older adults, those with less educational attainment, and those in lower-income households, a survey from the Pew Research Center finds. According to Americans' Internet Access: 2000-2015 (13 pages,...