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Grantmakers in Health: Issue Briefs
May 23, 2002
Grantmakers in Health, a D.C.-based educational organization dedicated to helping grantmakers improve the nation's health, has released two new publications in its popular Issue Briefs series. Training the Health Workforce of Tomorrow (44 pages, PDF) synthesizes the key points from a roundtable discussion held last October of the issues related...
Beyond September 11: Where Do We Go From Here?
May 21, 2002
The Spring 2002 issue of the Carnegie Reporter (46 pages, PDF) focuses on the events of September 11 and where we, as a country, go from here — a topic that, in light of new warnings about future terrorist strikes against the United States, couldn't be more timely. As Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian writes in the opening essay,...
Reflections: Looking Back at Lessons Learned
May 18, 2002
Entering his thirteenth and final year as president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Steven A. Schroeder decided to set down what he had learned about the work of philanthropy during his tenure. The resulting essay, Reflections: Looking Back at Lessons Learned (30 pages, PDF), leads off the foundation's 2001 annual report and offers...
A New Angle: Arts Development in the Suburbs
May 15, 2002
An arts "revolution" is underway in the suburbs, according to a new report from the McKnight Foundation. The report, A New Angle: Arts Development in the Suburbs (23 pages, PDF), calls attention to the level of arts activity and funding outside of major cities, with a specific focus on how the arts are being cultivated — and shortchanged by the...
Losing Ground
May 11, 2002
Tuition increases at public colleges and universities, which enroll more than 80 percent of the nation's college students, has made higher education less affordable for most families, according to a new report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, a nonprofit that promotes public policies to enhance opportunities for...
Global Impact of HIV/AIDS on Youth
May 9, 2002
HIV/AIDS has always been an epidemic of young people. Despite stepped-up prevention efforts and public-awareness campaigns, however, it continues to infect adolescents and young adults worldwide in alarming numbers. This is the sobering conclusion of the latest HIV/AIDS Policy Fact Sheet (2 pages, PDF) issued by the Henry J. Kaiser Family...
Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes
May 4, 2002
While commercial businesses have analyzed the effects of their ads for decades, it took nonprofit communications consultant Andy Goodman, with funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Surdna Foundation, to commission the first...
Food Security Institute Online Resource Guide
May 2, 2002
The Food Security Institute, a program of the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, has added two bibliographies to its collection of recent studies on food insecurity and hunger. Impact of Domestic Hunger and Food Insecurity on Health and Development (7 pages, HTML) highlights nearly sixty articles, reports, and other publications...
World Fair Trade Day
April 30, 2002
Oxfam International, a confederation of twelve non-governmental organizations working together in more than 80 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering, and injustice, has launched Make Trade Fair, an advocacy campaign designed to build worldwide support for reform of the international trading system. Among other things, the...
GrantCraft: Practical Wisdom for Grantmakers
April 27, 2002
In response to the rapid growth in the number of U.S.-based grantmaking foundations, the Ford Foundation has launched GrantCraft, an initiative designed to encourage discussion about and provide access to tools and techniques for effective grantmaking. Drawing on the experience of the Ford Foundation and a wide range of other funders and...
Coastal Sprawl: The Effects of Urban Design on Aquatic Ecosystems in the United States
April 25, 2002
Americans love the beach. We also love our SUVs, our fast-food franchises, and our beachfront homes. But a new report from the Pew Oceans Commission suggests that if we continue to impose suburban development patterns and practices on coastal environments, we'll end up ruining the very qualities — clean air and water, scenic beauty, and a less...
Goldman Environmental Prize
April 22, 2002
In honor of Earth Day, the Goldman Environmental Foundation has announced the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize. The $750,000 prize, the largest in the world for grassroots environmental advocates, is awarded annually to six outstanding environmentalists, one from each of the inhabited continental regions (i.e., Africa, Asia,...
Global Reporting Initiative
April 21, 2002
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a global, multi-stakeholder effort to create a common framework for voluntary reporting of the economic, environmental, and social impact of organization-level activity, has released a draft version of its 2002 Sustainability Guidelines (85 pages, PDF). Designed for use by organizations of all sizes and...
Lessons from the Crisis: New York City Nonprofits Post-September 11
April 19, 2002
An article in the latest issue of The Nonprofit Quarterly (Spring 2002), a publication of Third Sector New England, takes a look at the characteristics of small and medium-sized nonprofits in New York City that were best able to handle the fallout from the September 11 terrorist attacks and offers a number of lessons for nonpofits that find...