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'A New Anchor Mission for a New Century'
December 13, 2014
Community foundations are adopting elements of what, for many, is a new mission to deploy their resources to build community wealth, a report from the Democracy Collaborative finds. According to the report, A New Anchor Mission for a New Century (54 pages, PDF), a growing number of community foundations are focused on serving as catalysts for...
'Aligning and Investing in Infant and Toddler Programs'
December 10, 2014
The proportion of infants and toddlers who live in a low-income household (almost 50 percent) or in poverty (more than 25 percent) has increased since the Great Recession, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. To address the situation, the report, Aligning and Investing in Infant and Toddler Programs (27 pages, PDF), offers a...
'Too High a Price: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs in the United States'
December 7, 2014
Americans with health insurance are paying significantly more out-of-pocket for doctor's visits and prescriptions than they did a decade ago, an issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Based on a tracking survey conducted between September and October 2014, the brief, Too High a Price: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs in the United States...
'School Discipline Consensus Report'
December 4, 2014
Youth of color, those with disabilities, and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are disproportionately more likely to be suspended from school for minor misconduct than other students and, as a result, are at a significantly higher risk of falling behind academically, dropping out, and becoming involved with the juvenile...
'The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences'
December 1, 2014
Arts organizations looking to expand and diversify their audience need to recognize when change is needed and secure organization-wide buy-in for any sustained change efforts, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. Based on case studies of ten arts organizations that undertook audience-building projects as part of the Wallace Excellence...
'U.S. Foundation Funding: Latin America, 2010 to 2012'
November 28, 2014
Between 2010 and 2012, three hundred and nineteen U.S. foundations awarded grants totaling $1.7 billion to nonprofit organizations in Latin America and groups in the U.S. and elsewhere with international programs targeting the region, a report from Foundation Center, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and the Seattle International Foundation finds....
'Good Food Org Guide'
November 25, 2014
Developed by the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, an independent think tank focused on solutions and environmentally sustainable approaches to hunger, obesity, and poverty, the Good Food Org Guide (70 pages, PDF) lists four hundred nonprofit organizations working to create a safer, healthier, more just national food system. Curated by food...
'Making It Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates 2014'
November 19, 2014
A growing number of graduates of arts institutions are leaving school with student debt that is burdensome, a report from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, a collaboration of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the Vanderbilt University Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, finds. Based on surveys...
'Immigrant Youth Outcomes: Patterns by Generation and Race and Ethnicity'
November 16, 2014
While second-generation immigrant youth tend to score higher on indicators of well-being than first-generation immigrant youth, some disparities between immigrant and non-immigrant youth persist across generations, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, Immigrant Youth Outcomes: Patterns by Generation and Race and Ethnicity (37...
'Disaster Vulnerability & Donor Opportunity in South and Southeast Asia'
November 13, 2014
Supporting climate change preparedness and risk reduction efforts is the most cost-effective way to save lives, protect economic investments, and ensure resilience and sustainability, yet such efforts continue to be severely underfunded, a report from Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction finds. The study, Disaster...
'Enhancing Capacity to Address Mental Health Needs of Veterans and Their Families'
November 10, 2014
Launched in 2008 by Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative, a public-private effort to provide veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with ongoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other deployment-related mental health issues, could serve as a model for other...
'America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand'
November 7, 2014
While participation in afterschool programs that provide a safe, supportive environment for physical activity, enhanced learning, and arts education has increased over the past decade, unmet demand continues to grow, a report from the Afterschool Alliance finds. The report, America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand (40 pages, PDF), found...