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Adopt-A-Minefield
December 20, 2001
As recent events in Afghanistan have demonstrated, landmines and unexploded munitions are a scourge in many parts of the world, prolonging the suffering and misery of already battered populations for years and, in many cases, decades after a conflict has ended. In Afghanistan, the most heavily mined country in the world, estimates of the number...
Dispelling the Myth Online
December 19, 2001
The Education Trust, an independent nonprofit organization that works to make schools and colleges work for all young people, has launched Dispelling the Myth Online, a new interactive Web site that expands on the Trust's 1999 report, Dispelling the Myth Revisited: Preliminary Findings From a Nationwide Analysis of "High-Flying" Schools (13...
Strengthening Communities Through Culture
December 13, 2001
The Center for Arts and Culture, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to examining critical issues in cultural policy, has published the third in a series of reports that explores the intersection of cultural issues and the national agenda. The report, Strengthening Communities Through Culture (28 pages, PDF), by Dr. Elizabeth Strom,...
Surveying the Digital Future
December 10, 2001
Despite the dot-com meltdown, a large majority of Americans continus to go online, Internet use continues to increase, and growing numbers of non-users expect to go online in the next year. These are some of the findings of Surveying the Digital Future, the second installment of the UCLA Internet Report, an initiative of the UCLA Center for...
Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership
December 7, 2001
As part of its Returning Results initiative, the Pew Charitable Trusts have released Setting the Stage for Success: Bringing Parents into Education Reform as Advocates for Higher Student Achievement (16 pages, PDF). Based on the Trusts' evaluation of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL), an initiative of the Kentucky-based...
Violence Against Women
December 6, 2001
The Department of Justice, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced the launch of its Toolkit to End Violence Against Women, a Web-based resource designed to strengthen prevention efforts and improve services for victims of domestic violence. Developed by the National Advisory Council on Violence Against...
Muslims in America
December 4, 2001
As part of its "Carnegie Challenge" series, in June the Carnegie Corporation of New York brought together voices from the many communities that practice the Muslim faith in America to discuss the challenges and opportunities the United States faces as it becomes a nation shaped by Islamic tenets as well as its Judeo-Christian traditions. The...
World AIDS Day 2001
December 3, 2001
A new report released by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the occasion of World AIDS Day (December 1) finds that, twenty years after the first clinical evidence of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome was reported, AIDS has become the most devastating disease humankind has ever...
KnowledgePlex, the Affordable Housing Portal
November 30, 2001
The Fannie Mae Foundation, in conjunction with nineteen partner organizations, has announced the launch of KnowledgePlex, the first portal site to provide free comprehensive information about affordable and community development issues. The site, whose founding partners include the Brookings Institution, the Enterprise Foundation, the Housing...
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
November 29, 2001
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has updated the Philosophy, Programs and Procedures brochures for three of its programs: Environment (22 pages, PDF), Pathways Out of Poverty (20 pages, PDF), and General Grantmaking (24 pages, PDF). The brochures, which are available free of charge in both electronic and hard copy formats...
Join Together Online
November 28, 2001
Join Together, a project of the Boston University School of Public Health, has announced the launch of a completely redesigned Join Together Online, an essential Internet resource for communities fighting substance abuse and gun violence since 1994. Among other improvements, the new site features a cleaner page layout (no more frames), in-depth...
Sex, Genes, and Gender
November 27, 2001
What determines whether an organism will be a male, female, or hemaphrodite? What can organisms like mice and worms teach us about sex in humans? Is gender testing of athletes legitimate? These are just some of the questions explored on the new Holiday Lectures on Science Web site created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The site, which...
Faith and Family Philanthropy
November 22, 2001
Is there a spiritual motivation behind charitable giving? What does religion teach about charity? Does philanthropy necessarily embody the values and expression of faith? These are some of the questions explored in Faith and Family Philanthropy: Grace, Gratitude, and Generosity (122 pages, softcover), a new publication from the National Center...
Youth Violence Prevention
November 21, 2001
In 1992, at the height of the youth violence epidemic in this country, the California Wellness Foundation launched a ten-year, $60 million violence prevention initiative. Knowing there would be interest in the outcomes, the foundation also invested in an external evaluation of the program. The first deliverable to come out of that process, The...