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Basic Income in Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects
November 19, 2018
Cities have a critical role to play in piloting the guarantee of a universal basic income — cash payments granted to all members of a community on a regular basis, regardless of employment status or income level, a policy guide published by the National League of Cities and the Stanford Basic Income Lab argues. A toolkit for city...
The Digital Nonprofit Skills Assessment
November 16, 2018
As the digital economy advances, nonprofits need to build the skills and capacity of beneficiaries with an eye to the risks, biases, and limitations of data and digital tools, a report from NetHope's Center for the Digital Nonprofit argues. Based on a survey of more than three hundred employees at forty-nine nonprofits, the report, The Digital...
Last Mile Funding: Improving Practice in Philanthropic Funding of Community Action on AIDS
November 13, 2018
Funding in support of community-based actions in response to the global AIDS epidemic remains sporadic, limited, and hampered by challenges, a report commissioned by Funders Concerned About AIDS finds. Based on a literature review and interviews with community-based organizations (CBOs), funders and other key stakeholders, the report, Last Mile...
Launching a Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs
November 10, 2018
Universities, school districts, and other stakeholders were able to forge robust partnerships that led to a vision for better university principal training and concrete planning to implement it, a report commissioned from the RAND Corporation by Wallace Foundation finds. The report, Launching a Redesign of University Principal Preparation...
Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes
November 7, 2018
Creative placemaking — efforts to integrate art into a range of community planning and development initiatives — can help improve community safety, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes (30 pages, PDF), highlights four case studies to show how...
From Principles to Practice: Building a Family Engagement Culture
November 4, 2018
A "learning brief" from the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and Engage R+D outlines a shared definition of and guiding principles for effective family engagement in early childhood education. According to the report, From Principles to Practice: Building a Family Engagement Culture (6 pages, PDF), high-impact family...
Homelessness in the Portland Region: A Review of Trends, Causes, and the Outlook Ahead
November 1, 2018
While homelessness in Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding four counties declined 29 percent between 2009 and 2015, it increased between 2015 and 2017, with the number of the chronically homeless gradually edging up since 2007, a report commissioned by the Oregon Community Foundation finds. Written by EcoNorthwest, the report, Homelessness in...
CBMA Turns 10: A Decade of Risk, Urgency and Momentum
October 29, 2018
Launched in 2008 as a three-year initiative at the Open Society Foundations before becoming an independent organization in 2015, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement has leveraged $320 million in national and local investments over the past decade in support of efforts to improve the well-being of and life outcomes for African-American boys...
Moving it Forward: The Power of Mentoring, and How Universities Can Confront Institutional Barriers Facing Junior Researchers of Color
October 26, 2018
The power of effective mentoring in providing junior researchers of color the support they need to thrive will be fully realized only when the institutional climate also changes, a report from the W.T. Grant Foundation finds. Based on insights from grantees of the foundation’s mentoring program, the report, Moving It Forward: The Power of...
2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report
October 23, 2018
The U.S. energy sector employed 6.56 million people in 2017, with the largest number, some 2.25 million people, employed in the energy efficiency subsector, a report from the Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Officials finds. Funded in part by the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Nathan...
Funding for Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support
October 20, 2018
Although indigenous issues cut across many program areas, including culture, education, health, and sustainable development, most funders that currently support indigenous communities do so through their environmental, human rights, and international development programs, a report from GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, in partnership...
2018 State of the States: Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day
October 17, 2018
The number of elementary and secondary school students who have access to high-speed Internet has increased by 40.7 million over the last five years, with 98 percent of public school districts now meeting the FCC’s minimum standard of 100 kbps per student, a report from EducationSuperHighway finds. At the same time, the report, 2018 State of...
'We Carry Guns to Stay Safe'
October 14, 2018
In Chicago, where homicide is the leading cause of death among African-American boys and men between the ages of 15 and 34, the experience of being the victim of a violent crime — or knowing one — combined with a lack of trust in the ability of the police to protect neighborhoods often motivates young men to carry guns, a report from the...
Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018
October 11, 2018
Americans are highly engaged in the arts and believe strongly that they promote personal well‐being, contribute to our understanding of other cultures, are essential to a well‐rounded education, and that government has an important role to play in funding them. Based  on a survey of more than three thousand Americans, the report, Americans...