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Creative City
April 21, 2019
A pilot program launched in 2015 with the aim of supporting artists in the exercise of their creative power and elevating the diversity of communities and artistic practice in Boston resulted in many participants taking risks, career opportunities for some of them, and real community change, a report from the New England Foundation for the Arts...
The Volunteer Perspective — Industry Insights 2019
April 18, 2019
More than three-quarters (78 percent) of people who volunteer with a nonprofit say that understanding the impact of their efforts keeps them engaged, a report from Verified Volunteers, the service sector unit of background and identity services firm Sterling, in partnership with VolunteerMatch, finds. Based on a survey of more than...
Scoring States on Charter School Integration
April 15, 2019
With the freedom to design, staff, and implement school models that appeal to a wide range of families and enroll students from multiple neighborhoods, charter schools have the potential to help advance racial and socioeconomic integration in public schools — yet are not living up to that vision, a report from the Century Foundation finds....
The Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes
April 12, 2019
Climate change is causing significant and far-reaching impacts on the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region, as well as on the more than thirty-four million people who live in their basin, a report from the Environment Law & Policy Center finds. The report, The Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes (74 pages, PDF), found that in...
Health Effects of Dietary Risks in 195 Countries, 1990–2017
April 9, 2019
Sub-optimal diets are responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor, with diets high in sodium, low in whole grains, low in fruit, low in nuts and seeds, low in vegetables, and low in omega-3 fatty acids each accounting for more than 2 percent of deaths worldwide, a Global Burden of Disease study published in the medical journal The...
Resonance: A Framework for Philanthropic Transformation
April 6, 2019
Philanthropic organizations whose endowments and influence can be traced back to industries that relied on exploitation and the extraction of natural resources can play a catalytic role in transitioning our current economic system, which is organized around limitless extraction and wealth accumulation, to one that is organized around...
Shifting Neighborhoods: Gentrification and Cultural Displacement in American Cities
April 3, 2019
While gentrification brings economic growth and better services to neighborhoods that have long suffered from disinvestment based on discriminatory practices, many longtime residents — most of whom are African American or Latinx — end up displaced by, instead of benefiting from, the influx of investment, a report from the National...
Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
March 28, 2019
Effective afterschool programs can be found across all K-12 grade levels, from academically focused programs to multi-component programs that offer activities ranging from physical fitness to career development, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. Based on a review of research published between 2000 and 2017, the report, Afterschool...
'The Black Butterfly': Racial Segregation and Investment Patterns in Baltimore
March 25, 2019
In Baltimore, predominantly white neighborhoods receive nearly four times the investment that majority African-American neighborhoods receive, a report from the Urban Institute finds. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report, 'The Black Butterfly': Racial Segregation and Investment Patterns in Baltimore, found that the legacy of...
WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts Tests New Format New Name to Draw New Audiences
March 22, 2019
A report from the Wallace Foundation suggests that a festival and rebranding effort could increase name recognition and draw younger audiences to an arts presenter participating in the foundation's Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, a $52 million effort launched in 2015. Part of a series describing the work of arts organizations...
The Many Varieties of Universal Coverage
March 19, 2019
A new interactive tool from the Commonwealth Fund offers insights into where U.S. lawmakers' healthcare reform bills fall on the Medicare-for-all continuum — ranging from those relying on a mix of private and publicly funded health insurance to those featuring only public coverage. Users can compare the details of up to three bills at a time,...
Collaborating for Successful Reentry
March 16, 2019
A report commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice offers juvenile justice and social service professionals guidance on supporting youth who are reentering their community after confinement, incarceration, or a court-ordered out-of-home placement. The report, Collaborating for Successful...