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'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...
'Why Give Away Your Wealth? An Analysis of the Billionaires' View'
November 4, 2014
Most of the wealthy individuals and families who make a public commitment as signatories of the Giving Pledge to give at least half their wealth to philanthropic causes are motivated in large part by the positive impact their philanthropic activities will have, a report from the University of Southampton finds. Based on an analysis of Giving...
'Racial Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies'
November 1, 2014
White Americans tend to overestimate the percentage of crimes committed by people of color, while those who associate crime with African Americans and Latinos are more likely to support the death penalty, harsher sentencing laws, and trying juveniles as adults, a report from the Sentencing Project finds. According to the report, Racial...
'Superstorm Sandy Two-Year Update'
October 29, 2014
Two years after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the American Red Cross has spent or committed 99 percent of the donations it received for relief and recovery efforts, the organization reports. According to Superstorm Sandy Two-Year Update (12 pages, PDF), $310 million of the $311.5 million raised by the...
'Rockefeller Brothers Fund Charles E. Culpeper Arts and Culture Grants Impact Assessment'
October 26, 2014
After absorbing the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation in 1999, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund awarded nearly $25 million in grants in support of arts and culture between 2003 and 2013, a report from RBF finds. The report, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Charles E. Culpeper Arts and Culture Grants Impact Assessment (52 pages, PDF), found that 69 percent of...
'Human Rights and Technology: Mapping the Landscape to Support Grantmaking'
October 23, 2014
While technology has created opportunities to advance human rights around the world, there's a growing need to ensure the safety and security of activists, human rights defenders, and ordinary citizens, who are increasingly vulnerable in an era of mass surveillance, a report from Partners for Human Rights, Information, Methodology, and Analysis...