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Implementing an Executive Skills Approach: Insights for the Field
January 17, 2020
A case study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and conducted by Global Learning Partners describes how a workforce development program can effectively incorporate efforts to strengthen executive skills — the cognitive abilities needed to set goals, develop plans, and follow through on them, such as organization, time management, and...
Cancer Statistics, 2020
January 14, 2020
According to an annual report from the American Cancer Society, the death rate from cancer in the United States fell 29 percent between 1991 and 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded. Published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Cancer Statistics, 2020 found that the...
Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement
January 11, 2020
Despite an e-cigarette epidemic that threatens to undermine progress in reducing youth tobacco use, most states continue to shortchange programs aimed at preventing kids from using tobacco products, a report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American...
2019 National LGBTQI Movement Report
January 8, 2020
Even as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people face attacks from the Trump administration and state legislation targeting them, many national LGBTQI organizations have seen an increase in revenues, an annual report from the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) finds. Based on an analysis of forty LGBTQI nonprofits, the...
Hewlett Foundation OE-DEI Grants Final Report
January 5, 2020
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's grantmaking around diversity, equity, and inclusion (OE-DEI) has helped strengthen grantee capacity to foster organizational inclusiveness and apply an equity lens to programs and services, an evaluation finds. Authored by Community Wealth Partners, The Hewlett Foundation OE-DEI Grants Final Report (46...
Diving Into Racial Equity: The MAP Fund's Exploration
December 30, 2019
Operationalizing racial and social equity values in grantmaking involves challenging and addressing all dimensions of the process, from the application portal, to communication tools, to guidelines and requirements, a case study of the MAP Fund by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, finds. Funded by the Hemera Foundation,...
Who Is Accessing Charitable Food in America?
December 27, 2019
According to a December 2018 survey by the Urban Institute, one in ten U.S. adults (10.3 percent) between the ages of 18 and 64 and more than one in five (21.6 percent) of those with household incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level said they or someone in their family had relied on food pantries or free meal programs in the past...
High-Quality, Accessible Pre-Kindergarten
December 21, 2019
Although a growing number of cities are rolling out pre-kindergarten programs, few programs meet quality standards benchmarks associated with long-term benefits such as lower rates of crime and teen pregnancy, higher lifetime earnings, and better health outcomes, while those that do reach too few children, a report from CityHealth, an initiative...
Pennies for Charities: Where Your Money Goes; Fundraising by Professional Fundraisers
December 18, 2019
According to a report from the New York State Attorney General's Office, professional fundraisers retained 27 percent of the funds they raised for charities in New York State in 2018. The report, Pennies for Charities: Where Your Money Goes; Fundraising by Professional Fundraisers (14 pages, PDF), examined nearly nine hundred fundraising...
Being Black in Corporate America: An Intersectional Exploration
December 15, 2019
African-American professionals are more likely to report they've experienced racial prejudice and/or microaggressions at work (58 percent) than their Latinx (41 percent), Asian-American (38 percent), or white (15 percent) peers, while their non-black colleagues remain largely unaware of such incidents, a report from the Center for Talent...
Estimated Effect of Recent Proposed Changes to SNAP Regulations
December 12, 2019
Regulatory changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed by the Trump administration — tightening the criteria by which states request waivers for able-bodied adults without dependents who do not meet work requirements, restricting states' ability to modify income limits and asset tests, and standardizing the method...