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#RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity
February 25, 2020
A significant share of college students in the United States continue to face basic needs insecurity, with those attending community colleges and those from marginalized groups at greater risk, a report from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University finds. Based on survey responses from nearly 167,000 students from...
America's Rental Housing 2020
February 22, 2020
It is harder than ever for middle-income Americans to keep up with rising rents, a report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies finds. The report, America's Rental Housing 2020 (44 pages, PDF), found that with higher-income households accounting for much of the growth in rental demand since the Great Recession, new housing supply has...
Global Family Philanthropy: Exploring Key Considerations for Giving Across Borders
February 19, 2020
A new report from the Council on Foundations, BNY Mellon, and Give2Asia provides an introduction to and basic guidance on conducting cross-border family philanthropy, with a focus on opportunities and challenges in the United States, Canada, China and Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. According to the report, Global Family...
Impact and Learning: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice
February 16, 2020
Foundations must embrace "listening and learning" if they want to increase their impact and the degree to which their grantmaking, investments, and other assets and resources advance their mission, a report from the London-based Association of Charitable Foundations argues. Part of ACF's Stronger Foundations Initiative, the report, Impact and...
Authentic Representation in Television 2018
February 13, 2020
The television industry is making progress in terms of representing characters with a disability more authentically, a white paper from the Ruderman Family Foundation finds. A follow-up to a 2017 report, the paper, Authentic Representation in Television 2018, examined nearly three hundred shows on thirty-seven networks and four streaming...
The Future of Work and Cities
February 10, 2020
Urban life in the twenty-first century will be shaped profoundly by urbanization, automation, and climate change, a report from the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative and WeWork argues. Based on a survey of thirty thousand residents of fifty cities in eighteen countries, the report, The Future of Work and Cities (HTML or PDF, 45 pages),...
Imparting Wisdom: HBCU Lessons for K-12 Education
January 29, 2020
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have done much to advance educational innovation, academic excellence, and social justice for African Americans, and their strategies and practices can inform K-12 educational practices and systems, a report from UNCF's Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute argues. The report, Imparting...
Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens: A Practical Guide
January 26, 2020
A report from the Philanthropic Initiative on Racial Equity offers practical guidance for funders working to address social and environmental issues through a racial justice lens. A follow-up report to Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens, which was published in 2007 in partnership with GrantCraft, Grantmaking With a Racial Justice Lens: A...
Advancing Social Change Through Movement Building, One Relationship at a Time
January 23, 2020
General operating support is the most strategic and effective form of funding foundations can provide to a nonprofit, a case study report from the Marguerite Casey Foundation argues. The report, Advancing Social Change Through Movement Building, One Relationship at a Time (47 pages, PDF), examined the impact of the general operating support and...
State of Immigrants in LA County
January 20, 2020
Immigrants are an integral part of Los Angeles County, where more than a third of the population is foreign-born — up from 22 percent in 1980 — and 80 percent of foreign-born residents have been in the United States at least ten years, a report from the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the California Community...