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'Building Climate Change Resilience: The Private Sector's Role'
April 27, 2015
By proactively engaging the private sector in building climate change resilience, cities can benefit from long-term "resilience dividends" and mitigate economic losses after a disaster, a report from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit argues. According to the report, Building Climate Change Resilience: The Private...
A Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives: Final Report
April 24, 2015
To ensure that quality improvement initiatives for early child care and education programs are meaningful and sustained, they must be based on clearly defined goals, a specific model and theory of change, and capacity-building strategies aimed at ongoing improvement, a report from Child Trends finds. The report, A Blueprint for Early Care and...
Insights and Lessons: Community Arts and College Arts
April 18, 2015
A report commissioned by the Kresge Foundation finds that two pilot initiatives designed to "challenge communities to use art and culture as a tool to address broader community issues in some of America's most neglected urban neighborhoods" did succeed in supporting efforts to address problems such as hunger, poverty, and over-incarceration. At...
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Western Conservation Evaluation
April 9, 2015
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's $122 million Western Conservation initiative — one of the largest environmental initiatives in the history of the West — successfully supported a broad range of advocacy and conservation efforts by more than two hundred organizations, even after its budget was slashed in the wake of the economic...
Investments for Change: Year in Review
April 6, 2015
A report from the Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, a philanthropic alliance led by the California Endowment, Casey Family Programs, and Open Society, Robert Wood Johnson, and Skillman foundations, highlights its members' efforts over the past year to expand opportunities for young men and boys of color....
'Why Information Matters: A Foundation for Resilience'
April 3, 2015
Healthy information ecosystems can bolster community resilience and disaster preparedness by empowering communities to anticipate, plan for, and respond to rapid, disruptive changes as well as slow, longer-term shifts, a report from the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning argues. Based on interviews, site visits, and case studies of...
'Public Libraries and Hispanics'
March 31, 2015
Although a smaller percentage of immigrant Latinos use public libraries than non-immigrant Latinos, African Americans, or whites, those who do value library services more highly, a survey by the Pew Research Center finds. The report, Public Libraries and Hispanics (38 pages, PDF), found that 60 percent of foreign-born Latinos age 16 and older had...
'A Wake-Up Call: Lessons From Ebola for the World's Health Systems'
March 25, 2015
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa exposed the extent to which health systems in the hardest-hit countries were underresourced, understaffed, and poorly equipped, a report from Save the Children finds. According to the report, A Wake-Up Call: Lessons From Ebola for the World's Health Systems (50 pages, PDF), the response to the virus...
'The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector 2015'
March 22, 2015
Arts and culture organizations in Minnesota contribute nearly $1.2 billion annually to the state's economy, including $696 million in direct expenditures and $501 million in spending by audiences and patrons, a report from Creative Minnesota finds. According to the report, The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector 2015 (32...