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City Fiscal Conditions 2019
November 12, 2019
Survey results and fiscal data from more than five hundred cities suggest an economic downturn may be in the offing, the 2019 edition of an annual report from the National League of Cities finds. According to City Fiscal Conditions 2019 (17 pages, PDF), the annual growth rate of spending by cities in the sample outpaced the rate of growth of...
Building a Better Workplace
November 9, 2019
Women are leaving the field of theater design and production — the most male-dominated field in the discipline — due to gender parity and equity issues, a study by researchers at Millikin University finds. Based on a survey of nearly six hundred female-identifying theater design and production practitioners, the report, Building a Better...
Impact Investing: A Short Guide for Financial Advisors
November 6, 2019
A new guide to impact investing from Calvert Impact Capital provides basic information for financial advisors — only 43 percent of whom believe it to be an important part of their practice — and explains the opportunity it represents, for advisors as well as their clients. Impact Investing: A Short Guide for Financial Advisors includes a...
Investing in Infant and Toddler Child Care to Strengthen Working Families
November 3, 2019
Greater public investment in affordable high-quality child care is needed to advance equitable access and opportunity for low-income families and families of color, a report from the Center for American Progress argues. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation, the report, Investing in Infant and...
How to Launch a Supportive Housing Pay for Success Initiative
October 28, 2019
A report from the Urban Institute offers guidance for establishing an evidence-based pay-for-success program for permanent supportive housing that combines affordable housing and wraparound services for people experiencing homelessness and/or with disabilities. How to Launch a Supportive Housing Pay for Success Initiative (18 pages, PDF)...
State of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grow Up Healthy
October 25, 2019
Well-thought-out policies can help children and families eat healthier foods, be active, and prevent childhood obesity, a report from the State of Childhood Obesity, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, finds. The report, State of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grow Up Healthy (42 pages, PDF), outlines findings based on...
America, It's Time to Talk About Child Care
October 22, 2019
The United States needs to build a childcare system that supports the healthy development of all children while enabling parents and caregivers to pursue employment and educational opportunities, a report from the American Federation of Teachers, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Law and Social Policy, Community Change, Every...
The Gender Gap in Nonprofit Boardrooms: The 2019 Census of Women Board Members of the 50 Largest Medical and Educational Institutions in Greater Phi...
October 19, 2019
Women, especially women of color, are significantly underrepresented on the boards of the fifty largest nonprofit medical and educational institutions in the greater Philadelphia area, a report from LaSalle University, the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle's School of Business, and the Women's Nonprofit Leadership Initiative finds. The report, The...
Philanthropic Options for Newspaper Owners: A Practical Guide
October 16, 2019
A report from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provides basic guidelines for news organizations that are considering moving to a nonprofit or donor-subsidized model as a way to support local and investigative reporting. Philanthropic Options for Newspaper Owners: A Practical Guide (22 pages, PDF) provides a foundational explanation of...
Pre-Existing Condition Prevalence for Individuals and Families
October 10, 2019
Nearly fifty-four million people, or 27 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 65, have pre-existing health conditions that would have made them uninsurable in individual insurance markets before the Affordable Care Act's prohibition against denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions went into effect in 2014, an analysis by the...