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Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners
July 24, 2020
A publication from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors offers guidance for investors and philanthropists interested in impact investing and seeking to better understand the positive and negative consequences of how they deploy capital. Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners (180 pages, PDF) provides an overview of...
Public Funding for Arts and Culture in 2019
July 21, 2020
Public funding for the arts from federal, state, and local governments in the United States totaled $1.39 billion in fiscal year 2019, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. According to the report, Public Funding for Arts and Culture in 2019, the total included $155 million in appropriations to the National Endowment for the Arts, up...
Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020
July 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic could push seventy-one million people globally back into extreme poverty by the end of 2020, marking the first increase in global rates of extreme poverty in more than two decades, a report from the United Nations finds. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 highlights the progress made on the Global Goals to date...
Hyper-local investment essential for community survival through crisis
July 12, 2020
Investing in hyper-local community-based organizations is critical to ensuring that communities that have been historically excluded from power have the infrastructure, networks, and resources to weather crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a report from the Kresge Foundation finds. The report, Hyper-local investment essential for community...
Tracking COVID-19's Effects by Race and Ethnicity
July 9, 2020
A weekly interactive data brief from the Urban Institute highlights racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 health and economic impacts. Using near-real-time data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, Tracking COVID-19's Effects by Race and Ethnicity tracks the two-week average by race/ethnicity and for each state and metro area...
Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture in 2017
July 6, 2020
Grants of at least $10,000 awarded in support of arts and culture by a sample of a thousand of the largest U.S. foundations in 2017 totaled $2.8 billion, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. Based on an analysis of Candid data, the report, Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture in 2017, found that funding for the performing arts,...
Leading After a Racial Crisis: Weaving a Campus Tapestry of Diversity and Inclusion
July 3, 2020
To address issues of racial justice on campus, as well as histories of institutional racism, university and college leaders must engage with and connect groups holding different ideas, beliefs, and feelings, a report from the American Council on Education finds. A follow-up to a 2018 report, Leading After a Racial Crisis: Weaving a Campus...
No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide
June 30, 2020
A publication from the Center for Cultural Power offers guidelines for artists, storytellers, and activists looking to leverage their collective cultural power to advance social change and justice in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide (29 pages, PDF) outlines ways that social change...
Global Trends: Forced Displacement 2019
June 24, 2020
As of the end of 2019, 79.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations, a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees finds. According to the report, Global Trends: Forced Displacement 2019 (HTML or PDF), 26 million of those displaced were...
Reconstruction in America: Racial Violence After the Civil War, 1865-1876
June 18, 2020
A report from the Equal Justice Initiative documents the killings of more than two thousand African-American men, women, and children by white mobs during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. The report, Reconstruction in America: Racial Violence After the Civil War, 1865-1876, details the backlash against Black political...
A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus
June 15, 2020
Although the number of teens and young adults disconnected from both work and school in the United States fell for the eighth year in a row in 2018, it almost cetrtainly will spike in 2020 due to COVID-related school closures and economic shutdowns, a report from Measure of America warns. The report, A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the...