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Activism in the Social Media Age
July 19, 2018
Five years after the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was launched following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, public opinion about the effectiveness and viability of using social media for political engagement and social activism remains divided, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on a survey of...
Equity in Mental Health Framework
July 16, 2018
College students of color are more likely than their white peers to report feeling overwhelmed most or all of the time during their first term on campus and less likely to seek help, a report from the Steve Fund and JED finds. Based on a literature review, a survey of existing evidence-based programs, input from mental health and higher...
The New Dynamics of Mass Incarceration
July 13, 2018
Although the incarceration rate in the U.S. has leveled off after climbing steadily for three decades, the twenty-first century has seen the emergence of trends which suggest that real criminal justice reform remains elusive, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the...
Reframing Adolescent Substance Use and Its Prevention
July 10, 2018
Efforts to build public awareness of the factors that can prevent or mitigate adolescent substance abuse as well as support for evidence-based interventions should include appeals to moral responsibility and an explanation of the harmful effects of substance use on adolescents, a report from the Frame Works Institute suggests. Funded by the...
Early Childhood Workforce Index 2018
July 7, 2018
Early childhood educators in the United States are underpaid and in economic distress, with many lacking access to services and benefits such as health care and paid leave, a report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley finds. Funded by the Foundation for Child Development, the Alliance...
ReImagina Puerto Rico
July 4, 2018
In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and María in 2017, philanthropic, local government, and federal recovery funds must be used to rebuild Puerto Rico in ways that strengthen the island — physically, economically, and socially — and leave it better prepared to meet future challenges, a report from the Resilient Puerto...
Philadelphia's Immigrants: Who They Are and How They Are Changing the City
July 1, 2018
More than a quarter of all Philadelphians — some 390,000 people as of 2016 — are either immigrants or the children of immigrants, including about one in four children under the age of 18, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds. According to the report, Philadelphia's Immigrants: Who They Are and How They Are Changing the City (39...
Donors: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know
June 28, 2018
Nonprofits want donors to understand that strong relationships between donors and nonprofits are grounded in understanding and openness, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds. Based on anonymous feedback collected from more than a hundred thousand nonprofit leaders over fifteen years, the report, Donors: 5 Things Nonprofits...
Beyond the Check: A Roadmap for Engaging Individual Donors
June 25, 2018
Many donors to arts and cultural organizations seek meaningful engagement beyond the act of writing a check, a report from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance finds. Based on a survey of arts and culture donors, interviews with high-net-worth individuals in the Philadelphia area, and a literature review, the report, Beyond the Check: a...
Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts
June 22, 2018
While the LGBTQ community in Massachusetts is young, diverse, and makes up an estimated 5 percent of the state’s overall population (second in New England to Vermont's 5.8 percent), LGBTQ individuals continue to face widespread discrimination and are at greater risk for depression, homelessness, and food insecurity, a report from the Boston...
Investing Together: Emerging Approaches in Collaborative Place-Based Impact Investing
June 19, 2018
While the emerging practice of collaborative place-based impact investing can bring about more inclusive local economies, it also involves complicated trade-offs and considerations, a report from the Urban Institute finds. According to the report, Investing Together: Emerging Approaches in Collaborative Place-Based Impact Investing (49 pages,...
The Complex Needs of Medicaid Expansion Enrollees With Very Low Incomes
June 16, 2018
The poorest Medicaid enrollees have high rates of social and behavioral health needs, an issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Based on a study of early Medicaid expansion enrollees in urban Minnesota, the brief, The Complex Needs of Medicaid Expansion Enrollees With Very Low Incomes (10 pages, PDF), found that 32 percent had less than a...
Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
June 13, 2018
If foundations and nonprofits are to fulfill their social missions, they need to build organizational cultures that are focused on proactive actions designed to dismantle structural racism and inequities both inside and outside their organizations, a report from Equity in the Center, a project of ProInspire, argues. According to the report, Awake...
Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking
June 10, 2018
Grantmakers should openly share what they learn from performance assessments, program and grantee evaluations, communities of practice, discussions with stakeholders, and other research as an integral and strategic aspect of philanthropy, a report from GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, argues. Based on interviews with leaders in...