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Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap
September 7, 2017
Although a vast majority of NGOs in India believe leadership development to be essential, little in the way of time and resources is being invested in such efforts, a report from the Bridgespan Group finds. Based on a survey of two hundred and fifty leaders from Indian NGOs and Indian offices of international NGOs, as well as interviews with...
Kids Matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-Year Good Neighborhoods Initiative
September 1, 2017
Launched in 2006, the Skillman Foundation's ten-year, $100 million Good Neighborhoods Initiative succeeded in boosting education and community capacity in six neighborhoods, a comprehensive evaluation by the foundation finds. Based on nine individual evaluations focused on the initiative's efforts to improve school quality, strengthen community...
Just Kids: When Misbehaving Is a Crime
August 26, 2017
Exposing teenagers to the juvenile justice system for status offenses such as skipping school, running away from home, or violating a curfew disproportionately punishes underserved youth, who frequently experience bias and harsher discipline, and LGBT teens, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. The report, Just Kids: When...
Advanced Placement Access and Success: How Do Rural Schools Stack Up?
August 23, 2017
The gap in AP exam participation rates between rural students and their urban and suburban peers has narrowed over the past fifteen years, a report from the College Board and Education Commission of the States finds. The report, Advanced Placement Access and Success: How Do Rural Schools Stack Up? (12 pages, PDF), found that the percentage of...
Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century
August 20, 2017
State and local arts agencies, public arts funders, and united arts funds are experimenting with new strategies aimed at fostering a cultural community that reflects changing demographics, catalyzes innovation, supports equity, and ensures a robust donor base, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. Based on interviews with sixteen leaders...
An Equity Profile of the Five-County San Francisco Bay Area Region
August 17, 2017
Rising inequality, stagnant wages, and persistent racial inequities have put the long-term future of the booming Bay Area economy at risk, a report from PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California finds. Funded by the San Francisco Foundation, the report, An Equity Profile of...
Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children
August 14, 2017
A budget stalemate in Illinois that lasted more than two years has done long-term damage to the state's social service infrastructure, especially services for women and children, a report from the Chicago Foundation for Women, in partnership with Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and...
Anchored in Place: How Funders Are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies
August 11, 2017
Grantmakers increasingly are investing in anchor institution networks comprised of institutions rooted in local communities through their mission, invested capital, and/or relationships, with the aim of revitalizing or creating more vibrant communities, a report from the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities finds. Based on a...
Evaluation of the Atlantic Philanthropies Migration Programme
August 8, 2017
The Atlantic Philanthropies' support for nonprofit organizations in Ireland working to meet the needs of immigrants and advocating for policy and legislative changes helped increase public awareness and understanding of the issues, an evaluation commissioned by the foundation and conducted by the RAND Corporation finds. According to Evaluation of...
Learning From Student Voice: How Prepared Do Students Feel for College and Career?
August 5, 2017
Asian- and African-American high school students are slightly more likely than their white peers to say they expect to attend a two- or four-year college, a report from YouthTruth Student Survey finds. Based on an online survey conducted in partnership with public school districts in twenty-one states, the report, Learning From Student Voice: How...
Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood
August 2, 2017
Perceptions of African-American girls as being more adult-like and less innocent than their white peers may contribute to racial disparities in school discipline and juvenile justice, a report from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality finds. Based on a survey of three hundred and twenty-five adults from various racial/ethnic...