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So You Want to Start an Emergency Relief Fund
April 1, 2020
A resource from Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development organization for and by artists based in Fergus Falls and Saint Paul, Minnesota, offers guidance on how to establish an emergency relief fund to help artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on Springboard for the Arts' experience with its Personal Emergency...
ALICE in Arkansas: A Financial Hardship Study
March 29, 2020
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, four in ten (41 percent) households in Arkansas did not have sufficient income to cover their expenses or save for an emergency, a report from United for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), in partnership with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Entergy Arkansas, finds. The...
Murky Waters: A Qualitative Assessment of Modern Slavery in the Pacific Region
March 26, 2020
Modern slavery remains an urgent problem in the Pacific region, along  with complex, interconnected issues such as climate change, gender-based violence, poverty, and unemployment, a report from the Walk Free Foundation finds. Based on a literature review and interviews with anti-slavery stakeholders in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New...
What Are Americans' Views on the Coronavirus Pandemic?
March 23, 2020
An overwhelming majority of Americans (87 percent) said they want to be tested for COVID-19, a survey by the Commonwealth Fund and NBC News finds. Conducted between March 10 and March 16, the survey found that among respondents between the ages of 18 and 64, 24 percent said they would want to be tested if they knew they had been exposed to the...
U.S. Health Care From a Global Perspective, 2019: Higher Spending, Worse Outcomes?
March 20, 2020
Healthcare spending in the U.S. in 2018 totaled 16.9 percent of GDP, nearly twice the 8.8 percent average among all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, an analysis by the Commonwealth Fund finds. Based on data from the U.S. and ten other high-income OECD countries, the report, U.S. Health Care From a...
Tools in a Toolbox: Leading Change in Community Colleges
March 17, 2020
Community college leaders looking to implement meaningful change would be well advised to focus on detailed strategic plans, building relationships, using data to inform decision making, and rethinking structures, a report from the American Council on Education finds. Drawing on a review of change management literature, the report, Tools in a...
Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans
March 14, 2020
While African Americans account for 2.8 million of the more than 20 million people who gained health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, their uninsured rate remains well above that of white Americans (9.7 percent vs. 5.4 percent), a report from the Century Foundation finds. The report, Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for...
Education and Employment Outcomes in Clients of the Nurse-Family Partnership
March 11, 2020
Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence‐based home visitation program that works with low‐income first‐time mothers to achieve healthy pregnancy and child development outcomes, does help its clients complete their high school education and secure meaningful employment, a report from the organization finds. Published in the journal Public...
Gender and Climate Change in the United States: A Reading of Existing Research
March 8, 2020
Not only does climate change disproportionately harm women in terms of health effects and the impacts of extreme weather events, it also exacerbates existing gender inequities, a report from the Women's Environment and Development Organization and Sierra Club finds. Based on a literature review, the report, Gender and Climate Change in the...
Opportunities for Climate Philanthropy Engagement in Africa
March 5, 2020
Philanthropy has a key role to play in catalyzing financing in support of climate mitigation efforts in Africa — efforts with the potential to boost economic and/or social development by increasing productivity and reducing poverty, unemployment, and inequality, a report from the ClimateWorks Foundation and Good Energies Foundation argues. The...
2019 Berggruen Governance Index
March 2, 2020
One of the things necessary for the provision of "public goods" that help ensure a decent quality of life for a country's citizens is the efficiency and effectiveness of government, a report from the Berggruen Institute finds. The 2019 Berggruen Governance Index evaluated thirty-eight countries (representing about two-thirds of the global...
#RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity
February 25, 2020
A significant share of college students in the United States continue to face basic needs insecurity, with those attending community colleges and those from marginalized groups at greater risk, a report from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University finds. Based on survey responses from nearly 167,000 students from...
America's Rental Housing 2020
February 22, 2020
It is harder than ever for middle-income Americans to keep up with rising rents, a report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies finds. The report, America's Rental Housing 2020 (44 pages, PDF), found that with higher-income households accounting for much of the growth in rental demand since the Great Recession, new housing supply has...