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Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016
January 19, 2017
The spike in homicides in Chicago in 2016 — from 485 in 2015 to 764, a 58 percent increase — was due largely to an increase in gun violence, a report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab finds. According to the report, Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016 (31 pages, PDF), 90 percent of the homicides in the city in 2016 were committed with a...
Highlights of Activities, Office for Civil Rights 2009-2016
January 16, 2017
According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the ganecy received a total of 76,022 complaints about possible civil rights violations during Barack Obama's eight years in office. The report, Highlights of Activities, Office for Civil Rights 2009-2016 (16 pages, PDF), found that the number of complaints...
Ready or Not? Protecting the Public From Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2016
January 13, 2017
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia met six or fewer of ten key indicators of public health preparedness, ranging from public health funding, to flu vaccination rates, to climate change readiness, a report from the Trust for American Health finds. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report, Ready or Not? Protecting the...
Reimagining Learning: A Big Bet on the Future of American Education
January 10, 2017
Targeted philanthropic investments totaling $4 billion over ten years could transform American schools and enable every student to finish high school with a broad set of life choices, a report from the New Schools Venture Fund finds. According to the report, Reimagining Learning: A Big Bet on the Future of American Education (28 pages, PDF),...
2016 State Equality Index
January 4, 2017
During the 2016 state legislative sessions, more than two hundred bills that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals were introduced, a report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation finds. Issued in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, the report, 2016 State Equality Index (76 pages,...
Pennies for Progress
January 1, 2017
Foundation funding in support of social justice did not increase during, or in the immediate aftermath, of the Great Recession, even as foundation assets recovered to pre-recession peaks and overall grantmaking grew by more than $6 billion, a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy finds. The report, Pennies for Progress...
Cause, Influence & the Workplace: The Millennial Impact Report Retrospective
December 29, 2016
Born between 1980 and 2000, millennials tend to be inspired to give and/or volunteer by their intrinsic passion for a cause, a report from the Millennial Impact Project, a partnership of the Case Foundation and Achieve, finds. Based on surveys of millennials conducted between 2011 and 2016, Cause, Influence & the Workplace: The Millennial...
The Parent Trap: The Economic Insecurity of Families With Young Children
December 26, 2016
Households with children under the age of 5 have significantly lower incomes than households that don't, regardless of parents' age, partnership status, educational attainment, or race, a report from Demos finds. The report, The Parent Trap: The Economic Insecurity of Families with Young Children (40 pages, PDF), found that much of the drop in...
Shaping Culture Through Key Moments
December 23, 2016
Successful grantmaking requires not only an effective strategy and execution plan but also an intentional focus on organizational culture, a report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations finds. The report, Shaping Culture Through Key Moments (56 pages, PDF), found that a truly productive foundation culture is cultivated through buy-in at...
Closed Doors: Black and Latino Students Are Excluded From Top Public Universities
December 20, 2016
African-American and Latino students are disproportionately underrepresented at the nation’s top public research universities and overrepresented at less selective public universities and community colleges — whose graduation rates are lower and where post-graduation job options are limited, a report from the Center for American Progress...
Brazil's Family Health Strategy
December 17, 2016
Brazil's federal Family Health Strategy program, which uses community health workers to provide basic primary care to families at home, refer complex problems to nurses and physicians, and collect data, has helped shift healthcare provision from high-cost hospital procedures to low-cost, effective preventive care, a case study from the...
Good Food Great Kids: Six Recipes for a Better World
December 14, 2016
Early childhood education providers can improve access to healthy foods for children living in poverty by partnering with local farmers, food service providers, parents, and community members, a series of case studies from pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and BUILD Initiative, finds. Funded by...
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2016
December 11, 2016
Despite city and state efforts to improve the affordability of housing in the greater Boston area, the supply of such housing has not kept up with demand and housing is less affordable than ever, a report from the Boston Foundation, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, and the Warren Group...