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The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color
August 14, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout have had a devastating impact on LGBTQ communities of color, a research brief from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, and PSB Research finds. Earlier research on the impacts of the virus had shown that LGBTQ people were more likely to have...
Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning
August 8, 2020
A publication from the Council of Chief State School Officers provides guidance for school and district leaders on planning, launching, and sustaining a curriculum that provides equitable high-quality education in the wake of COVID-related school closures. The report, Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning (11 pages,...
NYLPI Nonprofit Toolkit
August 5, 2020
A toolkit from New York Lawyers for the Public interest, a civil rights advocacy organization, provides essential legal information for newly launched and established nonprofits, as well as those still in development. The NYLPI Nonprofit Toolkit offers PDF guides on topics such as commercial leases during COVID-19, contracts issues during...
National Survey of COVID-19 Impact on United States Museums
August 2, 2020
With financial reserves growing scarce as a result of COVID-related closures, one out of three U.S. museums may be forced to shutter permanently, a survey fielded in June by the American Alliance of Museums finds. Based on responses from seven hundred and sixty museum directors, the National Survey of COVID-19 Impact on United States...
Academic supports for students with disabilities
July 30, 2020
The most effective way to address learning gaps for K-12 students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic is to deliver one-on-one or small-group interventions, a research brief from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and Results for America suggests. The latest in a series of reports from the EdResearch for Recovery...
Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners
July 24, 2020
A publication from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors offers guidance for investors and philanthropists interested in impact investing and seeking to better understand the positive and negative consequences of how they deploy capital. Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners (180 pages, PDF) provides an overview of...
Public Funding for Arts and Culture in 2019
July 21, 2020
Public funding for the arts from federal, state, and local governments in the United States totaled $1.39 billion in fiscal year 2019, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. According to the report, Public Funding for Arts and Culture in 2019, the total included $155 million in appropriations to the National Endowment for the Arts, up...
Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020
July 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic could push seventy-one million people globally back into extreme poverty by the end of 2020, marking the first increase in global rates of extreme poverty in more than two decades, a report from the United Nations finds. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 highlights the progress made on the Global Goals to date...
Hyper-local investment essential for community survival through crisis
July 12, 2020
Investing in hyper-local community-based organizations is critical to ensuring that communities that have been historically excluded from power have the infrastructure, networks, and resources to weather crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a report from the Kresge Foundation finds. The report, Hyper-local investment essential for community...
Tracking COVID-19's Effects by Race and Ethnicity
July 9, 2020
A weekly interactive data brief from the Urban Institute highlights racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 health and economic impacts. Using near-real-time data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, Tracking COVID-19's Effects by Race and Ethnicity tracks the two-week average by race/ethnicity and for each state and metro area...
Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture in 2017
July 6, 2020
Grants of at least $10,000 awarded in support of arts and culture by a sample of a thousand of the largest U.S. foundations in 2017 totaled $2.8 billion, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. Based on an analysis of Candid data, the report, Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture in 2017, found that funding for the performing arts,...