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Arts and Cultural Organizations: In It for the Long Haul
May 22, 2020
A report from SMU Data Arts and TRG Arts estimates the net negative impact of COVID-19 on U.S. arts and cultural organizations between March 2020 and February 2021 at $6.8 billion, or the equivalent of 26 percent of expenses for the average arts organization over a calendar year. The report, Arts and Cultural Organizations: In It for the Long...
The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Straining Families' Abilities to Afford Basic Needs
May 16, 2020
The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is causing serious material hardship, with 31 percent of adult respondents to a survey reporting that their families could not pay the rent, mortgage, or utility bills, were food insecure, or went without medical care at some point over the last thirty days, a report from the Urban...
Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020
May 10, 2020
The number of internally displaced people reached a record 50.8 million in 2019, a report from the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council finds. Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020 (136 pages, PDF) estimates that 45.7 million people in 2019 were displaced as a result of conflict and...
Support for Teachers During the COVID-19 Outbreak
May 7, 2020
Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit that helps teachers and students examine racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history, offers a collection of resources designed to support remote learning, community connections, and conversation during the COVID-19 crisis. Support for Teachers During the COVID-19...
2019 Profile of Local Arts Agencies
May 4, 2020
Of the forty-five hundred local arts agencies across the United States — 70 percent of which are private nonprofits and 30 percent government agencies — 76 percent provide financial support directly to arts and cultural organizations and/or artists in the form of grants, contracts, start-up capital, loans or microloans, and/or commissions,...
Principles for a Common-Sense, Street-Smart Recovery
May 1, 2020
A white paper from PolicyLink recommends five principles for ensuring that federal policies aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic do not reinforce existing disparities among low-income communities and communities of color but instead advance a more equitable recovery. Principles for a Common-Sense, Street-Smart Recovery (18 pages, PDF)...
COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers
April 28, 2020
Nearly two-thirds of American artists and creative industry workers have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey conducted by Americans for the Arts finds. Based on more than ten thousand survey responses collected between April 8 and 21, the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers found that 62 percent of...
JA Teens Survey: The Financial Impact of COVID-19
April 25, 2020
More than two-thirds (69 percent) of American teens are "somewhat" or "very" concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their families and day-to-day lives, a survey conducted by Junior Achievement finds. Based on an online survey of a thousand youth between the ages of 13 and 18 not currently enrolled in college, JA Teens Survey:...
Assisting Women Throughout the Justice Continuum
April 22, 2020
Women are the fastest-growing population in U.S. correctional facilities and efforts to better assess their risks and needs, improve prison conditions and service delivery, and support community reentry require coordination by key stakeholders and a strong foundation of collaboration within affected communities, a report from the Urban...
AAPIs Connect: Harnessing Strategic Communications to Advance Civic Engagement
April 16, 2020
Most Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) nonprofits lack the strategic communications capacity they need to effectively advance civic engagement, a landscape scan from the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund finds. The report, AAPIs Connect: Harnessing Strategic Communications to Advance Civic Engagement (68 pages, PDF), found that while AAPIs...
Estimated Cost of Treating the Uninsured Hospitalized With COVID-19
April 13, 2020
Between 670,000 and two million people without health insurance could require hospitalization in the United States due to COVID-19, an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests. Based on multiple models, the issue brief, Estimated Cost of Treating the Uninsured Hospitalized With COVID-19, estimates that between 2 percent and 7 percent...