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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...
The Cost of Segregation
June 4, 2018
While the degree of racial/ethnic and economic segregation in Chicago is expected to decline between 2015 and 2030 — in part as a result of the growth of the city's Latinx, Asian-American, and multiracial populations — segregation in the region will remain high, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, The Cost of Segregation:...
Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: A Look at the Data and Evidence
June 1, 2018
States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen significant increases in Medicaid enrollment and large reductions in uninsured rates, especially in rural areas, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. Based on research and a comprehensive literature review, the report, Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: A...
Roadblock Analysis Report
May 29, 2018
The most common roadblocks social impact organizations face during project implementation are those inadvertently caused by funders, a report from Open Road Alliance finds. Based on an analysis of more than a hundred applications for mid-implementation emergency grants and loans, the report, Roadblock Analysis Report (40 pages, PDF), found that...