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Mindset Shifts and Parent Teacher Home Visits
January 29, 2018
Educators' home visits with their students' families can help both educators and parents change their behaviors in ways that support student achievement, a report from Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) finds. Funded by the Flamboyan, W.K. Kellogg, and Stuart foundations and the National Education Association, the report, Mindset Shifts and Parent...
The Gender Divide: Tracking Women’s State Prison Growth
January 26, 2018
While criminal justice reforms have helped reduce the total number of people incarcerated in state prisons since 2009, women's prison populations in some states have increased so much as to cancel out any reduction in male prison populations, a report from the Prison Policy Initiative finds. Based on data from all fifty states going back to 1978,...
The Kresge Foundation Arts & Culture Program: The First Decade
January 23, 2018
The Kresge Foundation's decision to focus its arts and culture program on creative placemaking required not only agility but a sea change in its approach to grantmaking, a report from the foundation finds. The first in a series of studies focused on creative placemaking, the report, The Kresge Foundation Arts & Culture Program: The First...
2017 College Student Survey
January 20, 2018
While just over half (53 percent) of college students believe their course of study will lead to a good job, only about a third are confident they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34 percent) or the workplace (36 percent), a survey from the Strada Education Network and Gallup finds. Based on...
Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Asian Americans
January 17, 2018
More than a third of Asian Americans report having been subjected to racial or ethnic slurs (32 percent) and negative assumptions or insensitive or offensive comments about their race/ethnicity, a survey by National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. According to the report,...
The Path to Marriage Equality in Ireland: A Case Study
January 11, 2018
The path to Ireland's 2015 referendum to legalize same-sex marriage required forming a consensus among the LGBTQ community, bringing in technical expertise as well as lived experience, and forging a simple message that resonated with a large part of the electorate, a case study from Atlantic Philanthropies, which funded major LGBTQ organizations...
Ready or Not? Protecting the Public From Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2017
January 8, 2018
Federal funding to support a basic level of preparedness for public health emergencies has been cut by more than half since 2002, with only nineteen states and the District of Columbia maintaining or increasing public health funding commitments in fiscal year 2016-17, a report from the Trust for America’s Health finds. The annual report, Ready...
Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Latinos
January 5, 2018
Nearly a third of Latinos report being personally discriminated against because they are Latino when applying for jobs (33 percent), when renting or buying a home (31 percent), and in terms of being paid equally or considered for promotions (32 percent), a survey by National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the...
Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation
January 2, 2018
Nine of the fifty highest-performing K-12 education foundations — in terms of resources, long-term sustainability, investments in programs, and human capital — in 2016 were in Florida, a report from the Caruthers Institute finds. Based on eight performance indicators — annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student,...
The Creative Industries in the United States
December 30, 2017
The creative industries — which include nonprofit entities such as museums, symphonies, and theaters; for-profit businesses such as motion picture and design companies; and architecture firms — employ 3.48 million people across the United States, a report from Americans for the Arts finds. According to the national summary of the 2017 edition...
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audit Report
December 27, 2017
The California Endowment (TCE) is making progress in strengthening its "culture of equity" through a shared vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); changes in organizational policies and structure; and increased staff skill and engagement in implementing core DEI values, an audit commissioned by the foundation finds. Based on surveys of...
What If: Insights From a Decade of Philanthropic R&D
December 24, 2017
Providing nonprofit leaders with the time, space, and resources to pursue innovative solutions to complex challenges can strengthen networks, bolster connections, and lead to welcome results, a report from the Los Angeles-based Durfee Foundation finds. The report, What If: Insights From a Decade of Philanthropic R&D (28 pages, PDF),...
Visionary Resistance: Inside the Rapid-Response Model of the Emergent Fund
December 21, 2017
Providing quick access to general operating support is a key element of success for rapid-response funds designed to provide funding alternatives for communities facing injustice, a report from the Women Donors Network, in partnership with Solidaire, the Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance finds. The report, Visionary Resistance:...