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The Case for Investing in King County's Black-Led Organizations
September 4, 2020
Nonprofits led by African Americans address a wide range of issues that impact the Black community but face significant funding challenges, a report from the Seattle Foundation, in collaboration with Byrd Barr Place and Cardea Services, finds. Based on a survey of forty-one Black-led organizations (BLOs) and interviews with eighteen Black...
No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail
August 29, 2020
The criminalization of homelessness is perpetuating and exacerbating a neverending cycle that shuffles people from the streets to jail and back again — a cycle that disproportionately impacts people of color, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. The report, No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail (19...
Water Rising: Equitable Approaches to Urban Flooding
August 26, 2020
More than thirty million Americans live in high-risk flood zones, while flood disasters cost the U.S. more than $8 billion annually and climate change is exacerbating environmental inequities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, a report from the U.S. Water Alliance finds. Based on case studies of nine cities, the report, Water...
Do Americans face greater mental health and economic consequences from COVID-19?
August 23, 2020
As of May, Americans were more likely than people in nine other high-income countries to report mental health concerns and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19, an issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Based on a survey of 8,259 adults conducted between March and May in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the...
Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19's devastating impact on America's creative economy
August 20, 2020
In the wake of mandated lockdowns and social-distancing measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. creative economy likely suffered an estimated 2.7 million in job losses, or nearly a third of all jobs in those industries, a report from the Brookings Institution finds. According to Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19's devastating...
Children and COVID-19: State Data Report
August 17, 2020
Children accounted for 8.8 percent of the COVID-19 cases reported by forty-nine states, New York City, and Puerto Rico through the end of July, a study by the Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics finds. The report, Children and COVID-19: State Data Report (19 pages, PDF), found that of the more than 3.8 million...
The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color
August 14, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout have had a devastating impact on LGBTQ communities of color, a research brief from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, and PSB Research finds. Earlier research on the impacts of the virus had shown that LGBTQ people were more likely to have...
Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning
August 8, 2020
A publication from the Council of Chief State School Officers provides guidance for school and district leaders on planning, launching, and sustaining a curriculum that provides equitable high-quality education in the wake of COVID-related school closures. The report, Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning (11 pages,...
NYLPI Nonprofit Toolkit
August 5, 2020
A toolkit from New York Lawyers for the Public interest, a civil rights advocacy organization, provides essential legal information for newly launched and established nonprofits, as well as those still in development. The NYLPI Nonprofit Toolkit offers PDF guides on topics such as commercial leases during COVID-19, contracts issues during...
National Survey of COVID-19 Impact on United States Museums
August 2, 2020
With financial reserves growing scarce as a result of COVID-related closures, one out of three U.S. museums may be forced to shutter permanently, a survey fielded in June by the American Alliance of Museums finds. Based on responses from seven hundred and sixty museum directors, the National Survey of COVID-19 Impact on United States...
Academic supports for students with disabilities
July 30, 2020
The most effective way to address learning gaps for K-12 students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic is to deliver one-on-one or small-group interventions, a research brief from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and Results for America suggests. The latest in a series of reports from the EdResearch for Recovery...