Connections

Every week Connections presents fresh links to the best the Web has to offer on issues related to the changing world of philanthropy. Subscribe to our biweekly Connections newsletter and receive two weeks' worth of links delivered to you by e-mail. If you have an item you'd like to share, drop us a line at connections@foundationcenter.org.

Change Starts Here
December 8, 2016
Social justice organizations looking to become more collaborative and effective need to invest significant time and resources in individual and organizational change, a report from the Center for Community Change finds. The report, Change Starts Here: A Report on the Center for Community Change and Its Continuing Journey to Individual and...
Rapid Response Fund Report 2016
December 5, 2016
HIV-related services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals are under threat in dozens of countries due to stigma, discrimination, and/or violence, a report from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance finds. The Rapid Response Fund Report 2016 (8 pages, PDF) highlights the efforts of the LGBT Rapid Response Fund, launched in October...
Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis
December 2, 2016
More than 3.7 million school-age refugee children do not have a school they can go to, including some $1.75 million primary school-age children, a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees finds. According to the report, Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis (48 pages, PDF), only 50 percent of refugee children currently...
Setting the Stage for Community Change: Reflecting on Creative Placemaking Outcomes
November 29, 2016
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation's creative placemaking efforts have helped facilitate social interaction among community members from diverse economic and social backgrounds, an evaluation commissioned by the foundation finds. The report, Setting the Stage for Community Change: Reflecting on Creative Placemaking Outcomes (74 pages,...
A Movement to Transform Foster Parenting
November 26, 2016
To ensure that children in foster care facing difficult circumstances and/or dealing with trauma heal and are reunited with their families, child welfare agencies and communities need to better support, engage, and empower foster parents, a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds. According to the report, A Movement to Transform Foster...
Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters
November 23, 2016
Because the poor tend to work in sectors that are vulnerable to extreme weather events, live in fragile housing in high-risk areas, and have fewer resources, they are disproportionately affected by natural disasters and often are driven deeper into poverty when disasters occur, a report from the World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster...
The Geography of Incarceration
November 20, 2016
The rate of incarceration in some high-poverty Boston neighborhoods has reached a "tipping point" where any further increase would damage the social ties that contribute to neighborhood stability and negatively affect public safety, a report from the Boston Foundation, Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), and the...
3 Strategies for Building Equitable and Resilient Communities
November 17, 2016
Decades of discriminatory policy and practices have resulted in low-income communities and communities of color bearing a disproportionate burden of the effects of climate change, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, 3 Strategies for Building Equitable and Resilient Communities (11 pages, PDF), outlines strategies to...
Independent Evaluation of the Jim Joseph Foundation's Education Initiative: Final Report
November 14, 2016
A five-year, $45 million initiative of the Jim Joseph Foundation to boost the number of educators and educational leaders who are prepared to design and implement high-quality Jewish education programs succeeded in improving the capacity of institutions to meet the professional learning needs in the field, an evaluation commissioned by the...
Clear the Air for Children: The Impact of Air Pollution on Children
November 8, 2016
Three hundred million children worldwide live in places where the air is toxic, exceeding by at least a factor of six the World Health Organization's limits on particulate matter per cubic meter, a report from UNICEF finds. According to the report, Clear the Air for Children: The Impact of Air Pollution on Children (100 pages, PDF), air pollution...
No More Half Measures
November 5, 2016
Funders, no matter their size or willingness to make long-term commitments, need better strategies in support of capacity building for policy advocacy efforts, a report commissioned by Atlantic Philanthropies argues. The report from the Center for Evaluation Innovation, No More Half Measures: Five Ways Foundations Can Better Support Policy...
Building Principal Pipelines: A Job That Urban Districts Can Do
November 2, 2016
It is possible for large urban school districts to implement the key elements needed to build a strong principal pipeline and see benefits quickly, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. Based on an ongoing evaluation of the foundation's six-year, $85 million Principal Pipeline Initiative, the report, Building Principal Pipelines: A Job that...
Child Care and Health in America
October 30, 2016
American parents rate the quality of the child care their children receive much higher than do experts, a survey conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Public Radio, finds. Based on a survey of more than eleven hundred parents or guardians of children in...