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Sex, Genes, and Gender
November 27, 2001
What determines whether an organism will be a male, female, or hemaphrodite? What can organisms like mice and worms teach us about sex in humans? Is gender testing of athletes legitimate? These are just some of the questions explored on the new Holiday Lectures on Science Web site created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The site, which...
Faith and Family Philanthropy
November 22, 2001
Is there a spiritual motivation behind charitable giving? What does religion teach about charity? Does philanthropy necessarily embody the values and expression of faith? These are some of the questions explored in Faith and Family Philanthropy: Grace, Gratitude, and Generosity (122 pages, softcover), a new publication from the National Center...
Youth Violence Prevention
November 21, 2001
In 1992, at the height of the youth violence epidemic in this country, the California Wellness Foundation launched a ten-year, $60 million violence prevention initiative. Knowing there would be interest in the outcomes, the foundation also invested in an external evaluation of the program. The first deliverable to come out of that process, The...
William T. Grant Foundation
November 12, 2001
The William T. Grant Foundation, a New York City-based foundation working to create "a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential," has launched its inaugural Web site. Designed to enhance the foundation's visibility, improve its relationships with current and new audiences, and provide an access point for...
AIDS at 20
November 8, 2001
African Americans and Latinos continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. As part of a joint policy initiative with the Ford Foundation, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released African Americans' Views of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic at 20 Years (24 pages, PDF) and Latinos' Views of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic at 20 Years (English and...
The Beehive
October 25, 2001
One Economy Corporation, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization founded and led by former executives of the Enterprise Foundation, has announced the launch of the Beehive, a bilingual Web site that's designed to connect low-income individuals and families with Web-based tools and information that helps them build assets and raise their standard of...
Youth Perspectives on September 11
October 24, 2001
In the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Open Society Institute has retooled its Youth Media site, a cornerstone of OSI's Youth Media Program, to give young people around the country a platform from which they can share their thoughts, reactions to, and perspectives on the events of September 11. The...
Kids Count
October 23, 2001
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has just expanded its interactive, online database of 2000 Census data, providing access to 2000 Census data on families and children in a far simpler and more detailed format than currently available elsewhere. The updated database includes new data related to age and gender, race, Hispanic...
Give2Asia
October 17, 2001
 The Asia Foundation, a private, nongovernmental organization working to advance the mutual interests of the United States and the Asia Pacific region, has announced the launch of Give2Asia, a new organization that helps U.S. donors support charitable causes and organizations in Asia. Give2Asia offers a flexible menu of giving options, including...
Bioterrorism
October 15, 2001
Anthrax, smallpox, Ebola, plague — the possibility of a deadly biological agent being weaponized and used against a civilian population has never seemed more real than it does in the wake of September 11. Our first defense against this insidious threat is knowledge — knowledge of those who would do us harm as well as the biological agents...
Filling the Gaps in Welfare Reform
October 10, 2001
The McKnight Foundation has issued Filling the Gaps in Welfare Reform (120 pages, PDF), a progress report on the foundation's Welfare-to-Work Partnerships Initiative. Prepared by the St. Paul-based Wilder Research Center, an adjunst of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, the report describes what the partnerships learned about building effective...
Future of Children logo
October 9, 2001
The Future of Children, an acclaimed quarterly print publication from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, is now available on the Web at www.futureofchildren.org. Visitors to the site, which is designed to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with an emphasis on providing...
Strengthening Family Child Care in Low-Income Families
October 8, 2001
The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has released Strengthening Family Child Care in Low-Income Communities (42 pages, PDF), a report by Amy Gilman for the foundation's Family Child Care Initiative. The report provides a framework for understanding family child care — including regulated and unregulated homes — as the prevalent form of...
Nonprofit Sector Strategy Group
October 4, 2001
The Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector Strategy Group has issued two new publications that address the challenges and opportunities faced by the nonprofit sector at the start of the 21st century. The Nonprofit Sector and the Market: Opportunities & Challenges (16 pages, PDF) proceeds from the idea that market relationships have become...