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Ready or Not? Protecting the Public From Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2017
January 8, 2018
Federal funding to support a basic level of preparedness for public health emergencies has been cut by more than half since 2002, with only nineteen states and the District of Columbia maintaining or increasing public health funding commitments in fiscal year 2016-17, a report from the Trust for America’s Health finds. The annual report, Ready...
Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Latinos
January 5, 2018
Nearly a third of Latinos report being personally discriminated against because they are Latino when applying for jobs (33 percent), when renting or buying a home (31 percent), and in terms of being paid equally or considered for promotions (32 percent), a survey by National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the...
Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation
January 2, 2018
Nine of the fifty highest-performing K-12 education foundations — in terms of resources, long-term sustainability, investments in programs, and human capital — in 2016 were in Florida, a report from the Caruthers Institute finds. Based on eight performance indicators — annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student,...
The Creative Industries in the United States
December 30, 2017
The creative industries — which include nonprofit entities such as museums, symphonies, and theaters; for-profit businesses such as motion picture and design companies; and architecture firms — employ 3.48 million people across the United States, a report from Americans for the Arts finds. According to the national summary of the 2017 edition...
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audit Report
December 27, 2017
The California Endowment (TCE) is making progress in strengthening its "culture of equity" through a shared vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); changes in organizational policies and structure; and increased staff skill and engagement in implementing core DEI values, an audit commissioned by the foundation finds. Based on surveys of...
What If: Insights From a Decade of Philanthropic R&D
December 24, 2017
Providing nonprofit leaders with the time, space, and resources to pursue innovative solutions to complex challenges can strengthen networks, bolster connections, and lead to welcome results, a report from the Los Angeles-based Durfee Foundation finds. The report, What If: Insights From a Decade of Philanthropic R&D (28 pages, PDF),...
Visionary Resistance: Inside the Rapid-Response Model of the Emergent Fund
December 21, 2017
Providing quick access to general operating support is a key element of success for rapid-response funds designed to provide funding alternatives for communities facing injustice, a report from the Women Donors Network, in partnership with Solidaire, the Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance finds. The report, Visionary Resistance:...
Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Native Americans
December 18, 2017
Three-quarters of Native Americans believe there is discrimination against Native people in the United States today, while more than a third have been personally subjected to racial or ethnic slurs (35 percent) or insensitive or offensive comments about their race/ethnicity (39 percent), a survey by National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan...
Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?
December 12, 2017
While the majority of elementary, middle, and high school students say they feel engaged in school, only 46 percent of high school students feel that what they are learning helps them outside of school, a report from YouthTruth finds. Based on an online survey of students conducted between 2012 and 2017, the report, Learning From Student Voice:...
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2017
December 9, 2017
While the number of housing permits issued in the greater Boston area in 2017 is expected to increase 12 percent on a year-over-year basis, affordability remains a problem, a report from the Boston Foundation, Northeastern University, and the Warren Group finds. According to the Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2017: Ideas from the Urban Core:...
Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success
December 6, 2017
Program officers play a critical role in fostering strong funder-grantee relationships, which are vital to achieving shared goals yet often difficult to forge due to inherent power imbalances, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds. Based on grantee surveys and interviews with highly rated program officers, the report,...
Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America
December 3, 2017
Rural arts organizations attract more non-local visitors as a share of their audience and report greater civic leadership and customer "connectedness" than urban organizations, a report from the National Endowment for the Arts finds. The report, Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America: Research Findings From the Rural Establishment...
Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women
November 30, 2017
Women in states that offer access to affordable reproductive health care experience greater labor mobility and better economic outcomes, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women, found that women in states that offer access to coverage for...