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Guidance to Nonprofits Regarding Immigration Enforcement
July 27, 2017
With aggressive immigration enforcement under the Trump administration making many immigrants reluctant to go to court or healthcare providers for fear of arrest, nonprofit organizations serving immigrant populations should know its rights to protect their clients and establish best practices, a guide from the New York Lawyers for the Public...
Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South
July 24, 2017
There is an acute shortage of adequate, secure, and affordable urban housing in the global south, a crisis that is projected to affect 1.6 billion people by 2025, a report from the World Resources Institute finds. According to the report, Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure, and Affordable Housing (40 pages,...
Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas
July 21, 2017
While the arts have the potential to boost economic development in rural America, arts education in rural schools faces a number of challenges, including the difficulty of recruiting and retaining arts teachers, inadequate funding, and lack of supportive policies, a report from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts finds. Based on a...
Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes
July 15, 2017
Healthcare organizations and community-based organizations that provide human services are forming various partnerships that lead to better health outcomes, a report from the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities finds. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and...
The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans
July 12, 2017
Thanks to the "justice gap" — the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs — low-income Americans received inadequate or no legal help for 86 percent of their civil legal problems in the last year, a report from the Legal Services Corporation finds. Based on a survey...
What It Takes to Operate and Maintain Principal Pipelines: Costs and Other Resources
July 9, 2017
The cost of operating and maintaining school principal pipelines in large urban districts averages about $5.6 million a year, or just 0.4 percent of annual expenditures, a report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation finds. Conducted by the RAND Corporation, the study, What It Takes to Operate and Maintain Principal Pipelines: Costs and Other...
Refugee Outreach and Engagement Programs for Police Agencies
July 3, 2017
Although police departments often face unique challenges in building trust-based relationships with recently resettled refugees, case studies show that proactive officers can bridge those gaps, a report from the Police Executive Research Forum finds. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the report, Refugee Outreach and Engagement...
The Impact of the AHCA on Federal and State Medicaid Spending and Medicaid Coverage
June 30, 2017
Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could result in as many as 14.8 million people losing Medicaid coverage, a report from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. The report, The Impact of the AHCA on Federal and State Medicaid Spending and Medicaid Coverage (24 pages,...
Hearts and Minds: The Arts and Civic Engagement
June 27, 2017
There is a substantial and consistent correlation between arts participation and civic engagement, a report from the James Irvine Foundation finds. Based on a literature review, the report, Hearts and Minds: The Arts and Civic Engagement (21 pages, PDF), found that people who participate in the arts are more likely than those who don't to...
State University No More: Out-of-State Enrollment and the Growing Exclusion of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students at Public Flagship Universities
June 24, 2017
Cuts in state funding for public flagship universities are forcing many schools to admit more out-of-state students who pay higher tuition — to the point of shutting out moderate- and low-income in-state students, a report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds. The report, State University No More: Out-of-State Enrollment and the Growing...
The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments
June 21, 2017
Financial returns on so-called real asset impact investments funds focused on real estate, timber, and infrastructure are comparable to returns on conventional real asset funds, a report from the Global Impact Investing Network finds. The report, The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments (34 pages, PDF), analyzed fifty-five...
The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States
June 18, 2017
A report from Polaris identifies twenty-five types of human trafficking in the United States — each characterized by its own "business" model, recruitment strategies, and methods of control. Based on an analysis of more than thirty-two thousand cases of labor and sex trafficking cases documented between December 2007 and December 2016, The...