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Innovative Public Housing Initiatives: An Annotated Bibliography
March 22, 2002
The School of Social Work at Wayne State University, supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has announced the publication of a new annotated bibliography on public housing issues. Assembled from both academic and practice-oriented sources as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Web site,...
DiscounTech
March 20, 2002
TechSoup.org, a comprehensive technology Web site for nonprofits, has launched DiscounTech, an online technology store designed to give nonprofits access to a range of tech products and services that "work with and build on each other." Created in collaboration with leading high-tech companies, including Microsoft, Intuit, Lotus, eTapestry,...
PovertyNet
March 18, 2002
Dozens of world leaders are headed to Monterrey, Mexico, this week for the UN International Conference on Financing for Development. Conference organizers, who have called for nothing less than the eradication of poverty, sustained economic growth, and sustainable development for the one billion people — fully a sixth of the planet's population...
Wonderful Town: The Future of Theater in New York
March 15, 2002
Even before the devastating terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York theater faced a challenging future. Soaring production and real estate costs, sky-high ticket prices, chronic labor problems, and fierce competition from other entertainment forms had plagued the industry for years; the on-again, off-again recession merely deepened...
2001 National Environmental Scorecard
March 13, 2002
As it has for every Congress since 1970, the League of Conservation Voters has released an environmental scorecard ranking the environmental voting records of members of Congress over the past year. The report, which can be searched online or downloaded in its entirety as a PDF file (52 pages), scores members' votes on the most important issues...
Northwest Area Foundation's Regional Indicators Web Site
March 11, 2002
The St. Paul-based Northwest Area Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Idaho, has announced the launch of a new online information tool designed to assist users obtain social and economic information on any of the 480 counties in the foundation's eight-state service region (i.e., Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana,...
Reflections on Sustainability
March 6, 2002
Government devolution, a seven-year conomic boom, rapid and accelerating technological change, and the first ripples of the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history are transforming the nonprofit sector as never before. In California alone, there are now ten foundations with assets in excess of $1 billion — a scenario, as Tom...
Shifting Boundaries of the Mixed Economy and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector
March 4, 2002
What lies ahead for the nonprofit sector in the future? How will changes in technology, the economy, globalization, and other areas affect the sector? Will there be a sustainable need for its services? Will it be able to satisfy needs that aren't met by the for-profit and public sectors? These are some of the questions addressed by Avner Ben-Ner,...
Echoes from the Field: Proven Capacity-Building Principles for Nonprofits
February 26, 2002
Today, more than at any time in recent memory, America's nonprofits are struggling in an environment in which demand for their services is outstripping their capacity to deliver those services. In an effort to provide a framework that enables nonprofits to survive and even flourish in such an environment, the Environmental Support Center, in...
Sept. 11: The Economic Impact on New York City
February 21, 2002
It has been five months since the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the economic impact of the attacks is only now becoming clear. In New York City, 15 million square feet of office space was destroyed or rendered temporarily useless, 30 million square feet was made unavailable, and close to 15,000 businesses...
Terrorism: Questions and Answers
February 19, 2002
The nonprofit, nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, publisher of the quarterly journal Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the New York City-based Markle Foundation has launched Terrorism: Questions and Answers, a comprehensive online resource devoted to international terrorism and America's response to it. The site presents authoritative...
Covering the Uninsured
February 15, 2002
Although the U.S. spends nearly $1.3 trillion on health care every year, nearly 39 million Americans, including 8.4 children, lack basic health coverage. Eight out of ten uninsured Americans are part of a family unit where at least one spouse is employed full time. Premimums for employer-sponsored coverage rose 11 percent in 2001, after an 8.3...
Public Agenda's Gay Rights Issue Guide
February 8, 2002
With funding from the Gill Foundation, Public Agenda, the New York City-based public opinion research and citizen education organization, has launched a new issue guide that explores the facts and public attitudes behind the debate over gay rights. Organized into two sections — Understanding the Issue and Public Opinion — the guide joins...