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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...
Building Capacity for Sustained Collaboration
June 12, 2020
With nonprofits facing increased demand for their services and falling revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for sustained collaboration is growing, a report from the Sustained Collaboration Network argues. The report, Building Capacity for Sustained Collaboration (28 pages, PDF), highlights pooled funding models for...
Maternity Care, Interrupted
June 9, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic largely shut down in-person non-urgent care, maternity healthcare providers quickly adopted telehealth technologies to provide prenatal and postpartum services remotely, a report from the Commonwealth Fund finds. According to Maternity Care, Interrupted, while only 0.1 percent of all maternity care "visits" in the...
Disinfectants for COVID-19: Information Review
June 3, 2020
A publication from the Kresge Foundation provides information compiled by the Center for Community Health and Evaluation about disinfectants that are effective in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 via surfaces. According to Disinfectants for COVID-19: Information Review (8 pages, PDF), the World Health Organization recommends...
The COVID-19 Crisis Has Already Left Too Many Children Hungry in America
May 31, 2020
Food insecurity in the United States has increased significantly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, especially among households with young children, an analysis from the Brooking Institution's Hamilton Project finds. Based on an analysis of data from the COVID Impact Survey and the Hamilton Project/Future of the Middle Class Initiative...