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Building Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations
June 25, 2001
In today's rapidly changing world, there's considerable concern that community-based nonprofit entities lack the capacity and technical expertise to keep up with change and thereby contribute to an enriched and healthy quality of life. So write Carol J. De Vita, Cory Fleming, and Eric C. Twombly in "Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Framework for...
Covering America: Real Remedies for the Uninsured
June 21, 2001
The Economic and Social Research Institute, a D.C.-based nonprofit, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released Covering America: Real Remedies for the Uninsured (217 pages, PDF), a compilation of ten comprehensive health coverage proposals that seek "to move the country toward a solution to the problem of the uninsured."...
Best Practices Toolkit
June 20, 2001
The Benton Foundation has redesigned its highly regarded Best Practices Toolkit. The new site includes a wealth of information about current trends and practices in nonprofit use of digital media organized into half a dozen categories: "Think It Through" (design, cost of, and planning for an effective communications technology strategy), "Put It...
Never Too Early, Never Too Late ? To Prevent Youth Crime & Violence
June 20, 2001
The Little Hoover Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, an independent, bipartisan body created in 1962 to promote efficiency and effectiveness in state programs, has released the complete version of Never Too Early, Never Too Late — To Prevent Youth Crime & Violence (112 pages, PDF), its comprehensive report...
Healthfinder
June 14, 2001
Grantmakers in the Arts has published Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries (34 pages, PDF), the proceedings of a meeting held in Los Angeles in January 2000. Organized by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the meeting brought together researchers, practitioners,...
Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries
June 13, 2001
Grantmakers in the Arts has published Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries (34 pages, PDF), the proceedings of a meeting held in Los Angeles in January 2000. Organized by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the meeting brought together researchers, practitioners,...
Overview of the Bush Administration's FY 2002 Budget
June 13, 2001
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released an overview of the Bush administration's FY 2002 budget, with special attention paid to its impact on funding for health programs. Elsewhere on the site, the Commission has gathered dozens of fact sheets relating to every apsect of Medicaid and the health coverage crisis in the...
BenefitsCheckUp
June 11, 2001
The National Council on Aging has launched BenefitsCheckUp, a free online service that enables older Americans to research federal and state benefits assistance programs. Sponsored by America Online, New York Life, Lucent Technologies, the Merck Company Foundation, and the Archstone Foundation, the service asks users to spend 10 to 15 minutes to...
Gill Foundation
June 11, 2001
The Denver-based Gill Foundation has updated its grantmaking guidelines for 2001. According to the foundation's Web site, the most significant changes are the addition of an application form for new applicants, the addition of a new form for past grantees, and a change to what had been a required software policy. The guidelines, which will be...
Building to Last: A Grantmaker's Guide to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations
June 8, 2001
The Conservation Company, a Philadelphia- and New York-based consulting firm that provides strategic planning, program development, and management consulting services to foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporate community involvement programs, and government agencies, has just published Building to Last: A Grantmaker's Guide to...
Immigrants' Health Coverage and Access
June 4, 2001
New and recent publications from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation exploring the complex problems we face as a country in expanding health coverage to immigrants can now be found in a single convenient location on the foundation's Web site. The package of materials includes an issue paper ("Is Immigration Responsible for the Growth in the...
A Profile of New Health Foundations
June 1, 2001
In March, Grantmakers in Health (GIH) released A Profile of New Health Foundations (21 pages, PDF), the fourth in a series of surveys of new health foundations conducted by the organization. The survey identifies 138 entities that fit GIH's definition of a new health foundation — i.e., "grantmaking entities that are the direct result of a...
Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action
June 1, 2001
The New York City-based Rockefeller Foundation has published the results of its Global Health Equity Initiative (GHEI). Using case studies from Bangladesh, Chile, China, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Vietnam, the final report, Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to...