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Annenberg Challenge: Lessons and Reflections on Public School Reform
June 27, 2002
With an initial commitment of $500 million from the Annenberg Foundation — the largest gift in history to the "future of America's children," as then-President Clinton's remarked — the Annenberg Challenge was launched in 1993 to inspire philanthropic institutions, government agencies, and corporations to contribute to public-school reform...
Powerful Voices: Developing High-Impact Arts Programs for Teens
June 22, 2002
The Surdna Foundation, Inc. launched a national program in 1994 to help teens create art through intensive, long-term experiences with accomplished, professional artists in all disciplines. To check on its progress, the foundation engaged consulting firm Emc.Arts in 2000 to evaluate the design and impact of the program. The results of that...
Arts4AllPeople
June 18, 2002
Launched in 2001 by the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds, Arts4AllPeople is an online resource dedicated to promoting the concept of "service to people" as integral to the health of arts organizations, especially performing arts organizations. To that end, the site facilitates the exchange of new research, ideas, and best practices as a way of...
Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
June 14, 2002
The Arts Education Partnership, a national coalition of more than 140 organizations that promotes arts in schools, has reviewed more than sixty studies of arts learning across a variety of disciplines and found that education in the arts helps youth develop crucial thinking skills and motivation to achieve academic success and healthy social...
Working with Medicaid Health Plans to Improve Preventive Care Services for Children
June 6, 2002
After examining innovative pilot programs at eight Medicaid health plans, the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. has created a short report and corresponding toolkit focused on preventive care services for children as part of its Managed Care Best Practices initiative. The report, Working with Medicaid Health Plans to Improve Preventive Care...
Work or Study: Different Fortunes of U.S. Latino Generations
June 3, 2002
According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, Latino immigrants between the ages of 16 and 19 earn more than any other group of teenagers in the U.S., but that's because many of them work full time instead of going to school. The report, Work or...
Center for Nonproliferation Studies: India and Pakistan Resources
May 30, 2002
Already numbed by the horrifying September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the wave of vicious suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians, resulting in the brutal incursions by the Israeli army into the West Bank, the world's attention has now turned to the disputed borders of Kashmir, where nuclear-armed Pakistan and...
National Priorities Project Database
May 26, 2002
The National Priorities Project in Northampton, Massachusetts, has launched its latest tool — the NPP Database — for policymakers, community groups, and individual citizens working to shape federal government spending and policy priorities. Started with seed money from the Ford Foundation, the online resource offers data on socio-economic...
National Business Plan Competition for Nonprofit Organizations
May 24, 2002
The Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, a joint venture of the Yale School of Management, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts, has launched a national business plan competition for nonprofit organizations that aims to assist nonprofits seeking to start or expand profit-making ventures. Yale faculty, alumni, and MBA students...
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...