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The Past, Present, and Future of Workplace Giving in the United States
August 8, 2019
Workplace giving, which accounts for $5 billion of the $300 billion Americans give annually to charity, is trending downward as a result of changes in the landscape on which the model was built — large industrial firms with stable workforces and widespread acceptance of giving through charitable intermediaries, a report from the Urban...
Trust and Distrust in America
August 5, 2019
Majorities of Americans believe that trust in the federal government (75 percent) and their fellow citizens (71 percent) has declined over the past twenty years, making it more difficult to solve problems, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. According to the report, Trust and Distrust in America (HTML or PDF, 84 pages), the top factors...
Racial Disparities in Home Appreciation
August 2, 2019
More than fifty years after the final report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Report) highlighted how racism, discrimination, and segregation in housing, employment, and education perpetuate structural barriers to economic equality for African Americans — and the Fair Housing Act was passed to address those...
A G7 Partnership for Women's Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa
July 24, 2019
A report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation outlines how the G7 — a group of the world's wealthiest nations — can help African governments, central banks, and financial institutions build more inclusive, sustainable, and responsible digital financial systems to ensure financial inclusion for an additional four hundred million...
Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing
July 21, 2019
Because stable housing is a critical aspect of job security, economic mobility, and health and well-being, the availability of affordable housing at all income levels is integral to a city's ability to attract investment and prosper, a report from the National League of Cities argues. The report, Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing...
The Overlooked Anchors: Advancing a New Standard of Practice for Arts and Culture Organizations to Create Equitable Opportunity in America's Cities
July 18, 2019
A report from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the Kresge Foundation offers a collaborative framework through which arts and culture organizations can serve as effective anchor institutions and help increase social and economic opportunity in under- and disinvested communities. Based on an assessment of anchor strategies pursued...
Student Debt: An Overlooked Barrier to Increasing Teacher Diversity
July 15, 2019
While research shows that a diverse teacher workforce benefits all children — especially children of color — disparities in student loan debt for educators of color may be leading to higher teacher turnover rates, undermining efforts to diversify the workforce, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, Student Debt:...
Attitudes Toward Clergy and Religious Leadership
July 12, 2019
Just over half (55 percent) of Americans say clergy members and religious leaders have a positive impact on society, with those who identify with a religion (62 percent) or who attend services at least two or three times a month (77 percent) more likely to say so, a survey conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds. Based...
Those Left Behind: Gaps in College Attainment by Race and Geography
July 9, 2019
Although 39 percent of Americans age 25 and older have an associates' or higher degree, there are large gaps in college attainment rates between rural and urban areas, while high rates in urban communities often mask stark disparities by race and/or ethnicity, a report and interactive map from the Center for American Progress finds. Based on...
Review of Evidence for Health-Related Social Needs Interventions
July 6, 2019
A growing evidence base strongly suggests that addressing high-need high-cost patients' social and medical needs holistically can improve health outcomes while lowering costs, a report from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Designed to be used in conjunction with the fund's Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator for Partnerships to Address the...
Results Count: The Path to Equity
July 3, 2019
A video and accompanying introductory report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation outline four core techniques that can help social-sector leaders achieve better and more equitable results: 1) differentiating and understanding the connection between "whole population" and the targeted "program population" and being aware of who is most...