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Emergency Financial Assistance: Best Practices
January 17, 2021
An issue brief from the Bob Woodruff Foundation outlines best practices for providing emergency financial assistance (EFA) to service members, veterans, and their families experiencing health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the brief, Emergency Financial Assistance: Best Practices (2 pages, PDF), targeted funding for...
Kindergarten Impacts of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program
January 14, 2021
A state-funded pre-K program designed to reduce educational disparities among low-income, English-language learners, and other at-risk three- and four- year-olds in Pennsylvania helped them acquire school-readiness skills, an evaluation conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with support from the William...
Experience to Action: Reshaping Criminal Justice  After COVID-19
January 11, 2021
A report from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice provides criminal justice practitioners and policy makers with an agenda for preparing for future public health crises, based on studies and expert testimony on the pandemic's impact on the criminal justice system. Funded by Arnold Ventures, the Justice and Mobility...
Philanthropic Foundation Responses to COVID-19
December 24, 2020
Foundations that signed a Council on Foundations pledge to boost support for nonprofits in response to the COVID public health emergency were more likely to report adopting flexible and responsive grantmaking practices than foundations that didn't sign the pledge, a study by researchers at the University of Washington the Evans School of...
COVID's Lessons for Global Higher Education
December 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of college students around the world, with both short- and long-term impacts for racial justice and equity, a report from the Lumina Foundation finds. According to the report, COVID's Lessons for Global Higher Education: Coping with the Present while Building a More Equitable Future (executive...
The Guide: what cultural institutions need to know about investing for values and mission
December 18, 2020
A guide from Upstart Co-Lab, produced in collaboration with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, offers a primer for leaders of museums and other cultural institutions on how they can harness their endowment assets to maximize social and environmental impact. The Guide: what cultural institutions need to know about investing for values and...
The Big Vision for the Next Stage of Education Philanthropy
December 15, 2020
Education funders believe racial justice is a top priority for the next one to three years, a report from Grantmakers for Education finds. Based on survey responses from more than a hundred GFE members and other education funders, the report, The Big Vision for the Next Stage of Education Philanthropy (21 pages, PDF) found that 39 percent of...
Coronavirus-Driven Downturn Hits Newspapers Hard as TV News Thrives
December 12, 2020
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the news media, with newspapers particularly hard hit, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. The report, Coronavirus-Driven Downturn Hits Newspapers Hard as TV News Thrives (HTML or 25 pages, PDF), found that advertising and circulation revenue in the second...
2020 Menino Survey of Mayors: COVID-19 Recovery and the Future of Cities
December 9, 2020
American mayors are deeply concerned about the long-term economic impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, small businesses, and the transportation, education, and arts and cultural sectors in their cities, a report from Boston University's Initiative on Cities finds. Funded by Citi Community Development and the Rockefeller...