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No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive Los Angeles
September 19, 2020
A report from the Committee for Greater LA, the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the University of Southern California Dornsife Equity Research Institute offers a blueprint for addressing structural and systemic racism. Supported by the Ballmer Group, the California Endowment, Southern California...
Worlds of Influence: Understanding what shapes child well-being in rich countries
September 16, 2020
Significant gaps in child well-being can be found in forty-one relatively wealthy European Union and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, a report from UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti finds. Based on an analysis of pre-COVID-19 data in areas such as children's mental well-being, physical health, and...
Appleseed Network: Protecting Girls of Color From the School-to-Prison Pipeline
September 13, 2020
Girls of color, especially African-American girls, are disciplined at a much higher rate and more severely at school than their white peers, a report from the Appleseed Network, a network of nonprofits in the United States and Mexico working to advance social and legal justice, finds. Based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Education...
LGBT Giving Project 2011-2020
September 10, 2020
An organizational culture that does not put enough emphasis on fundraising is a key challenge facing many LGBT groups, a report from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund finds. The report, LGBT Giving Project 2011-2020 (68 pages, PDF), highlights findings from an initiative of the Haas, Jr. Fund, Horizons Foundation, and the Keven J. Mossier...
Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions: Guidance for Corporate Philanthropy Leaders
September 7, 2020
A publication from the Council on Foundations offers guidance for corporate philanthropy leaders facing critical questions about combining philanthropies in connection with a business merger or acquisition. Informed by discussions with practitioners and attorneys, Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions: Guidance for Corporate Philanthropy...
The Case for Investing in King County's Black-Led Organizations
September 4, 2020
Nonprofits led by African Americans address a wide range of issues that impact the Black community but face significant funding challenges, a report from the Seattle Foundation, in collaboration with Byrd Barr Place and Cardea Services, finds. Based on a survey of forty-one Black-led organizations (BLOs) and interviews with eighteen Black...
No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail
August 29, 2020
The criminalization of homelessness is perpetuating and exacerbating a neverending cycle that shuffles people from the streets to jail and back again — a cycle that disproportionately impacts people of color, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. The report, No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail (19...
Water Rising: Equitable Approaches to Urban Flooding
August 26, 2020
More than thirty million Americans live in high-risk flood zones, while flood disasters cost the U.S. more than $8 billion annually and climate change is exacerbating environmental inequities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, a report from the U.S. Water Alliance finds. Based on case studies of nine cities, the report, Water...
Do Americans face greater mental health and economic consequences from COVID-19?
August 23, 2020
As of May, Americans were more likely than people in nine other high-income countries to report mental health concerns and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19, an issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Based on a survey of 8,259 adults conducted between March and May in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the...
Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19's devastating impact on America's creative economy
August 20, 2020
In the wake of mandated lockdowns and social-distancing measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. creative economy likely suffered an estimated 2.7 million in job losses, or nearly a third of all jobs in those industries, a report from the Brookings Institution finds. According to Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19's devastating...
Children and COVID-19: State Data Report
August 17, 2020
Children accounted for 8.8 percent of the COVID-19 cases reported by forty-nine states, New York City, and Puerto Rico through the end of July, a study by the Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics finds. The report, Children and COVID-19: State Data Report (19 pages, PDF), found that of the more than 3.8 million...
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...