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Impact and Learning: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice
February 16, 2020
Foundations must embrace "listening and learning" as an organization if they are to enhance their impact, defined as the effects of their resources, activities, and behaviors — grantmaking, investments, and use of other assets and resources — and the extent to which those effects contribute to their mission, a report from the London-based...
Authentic Representation in Television 2018
February 13, 2020
The television industry is making progress in terms of representing characters with a disability more authentically, a white paper from the Ruderman Family Foundation finds. A follow-up to a 2017 report, the paper, Authentic Representation in Television 2018, examined nearly three hundred shows on thirty-seven networks and four streaming...
The Future of Work and Cities
February 10, 2020
Urban life in the twenty-first century will be shaped profoundly by urbanization, automation, and climate change, a report from the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative and WeWork argues. Based on a survey of thirty thousand residents of fifty cities in eighteen countries, the report, The Future of Work and Cities (HTML or PDF, 45 pages),...
Imparting Wisdom: HBCU Lessons for K-12 Education
January 29, 2020
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have done much to advance educational innovation, academic excellence, and social justice for African Americans, and their strategies and practices can inform K-12 educational practices and systems, a report from UNCF's  Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute argues. The report, Imparting...
Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens: A Practical Guide
January 26, 2020
A report from the Philanthropic Initiative on Racial Equity offers practical guidance for funders working to address social and environmental issues through a racial justice lens. A follow-up report to Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens, which was published in 2007 in partnership with GrantCraft, Grantmaking With a Racial Justice Lens: A...
Advancing Social Change Through Movement Building, One Relationship at a Time
January 23, 2020
General operating support is the most strategic and effective form of funding foundations can provide to a nonprofit, a case study report from the Marguerite Casey Foundation argues. The report, Advancing Social Change Through Movement Building, One Relationship at a Time (47 pages, PDF), examined the impact of the general operating support and...
State of Immigrants in LA County
January 20, 2020
Immigrants are an integral part of Los Angeles County, where more than a third of the population is foreign-born — up from 22 percent in 1980 — and 80 percent of foreign-born residents have been in the United States at least ten years, a report from the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the California Community...
Implementing an Executive Skills Approach: Insights for the Field
January 17, 2020
A case study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and conducted by Global Learning Partners describes how a workforce development program effectively incorporated efforts to strengthen executive skills — the cognitive abilities needed to set goals, develop plans, and follow through. The report, Implementing an Executive Skills Approach:...
Cancer Statistics, 2020
January 14, 2020
According to an annual report from the American Cancer Society, the death rate from cancer in the United States fell 29 percent between 1991 and 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded. Published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Cancer Statistics, 2020 found that the...
Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement
January 11, 2020
Despite an e-cigarette epidemic that threatens to undermine progress in reducing youth tobacco use, most states continue to shortchange programs aimed at preventing kids from using tobacco products, a report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American...
2019 National LGBTQI Movement Report
January 8, 2020
Even as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people face attacks from the Trump administration and state legislation targeting them, many national LGBTQI organizations have seen an increase in revenues, an annual report from the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) finds. Based on an analysis of forty LGBTQI nonprofits, the...