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Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement
November 18, 2020
Inequities in the K–12 education system limit postsecondary opportunities for many Black students and often create an uneven playing field for those who matriculate, a report from the American Council on Education finds. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the report, Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement (280 pages,...
COVID-19 Risks and Impacts Among Health Care Workers by Race/Ethnicity
November 15, 2020
As of November, at least two hundred thousand U.S. healthcare workers had contracted coronavirus and nearly eight hundred had died — and that could be a significant underestimate due to gaps in data collection, an issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. According to COVID-19 Risks and Impacts Among Health Care Workers by...
Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts & Culture Sector
November 12, 2020
A scenario planning toolkit from the Wallace Foundation and AEA Consulting offers guidance for arts and cultural organizations with respect to thinking through how to respond to a "new normal" shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of the long history of racial injustice in America. Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario...
Fidelity Charitable Trustees' Initiative 2020 Impact Report
November 9, 2020
The Fidelity Charitable Trustees' Initiative, a direct grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable that is separate from its donor-advised fund program, awarded forty grants totaling nearly $12.7 million to bolster social sector infrastructure in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. According to the Fidelity Charitable Trustees'...
New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers Grief in School Survey
October 28, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated both the need and lack of support for grieving children in schools across the United States, a survey onducted in July and August 2020 by the American Federation of Teachers and New York Life Foundation finds. According to New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers Grief in School...
Impacts of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania Nonprofits
October 25, 2020
Eighty percent of nonprofits in Pennsylvania have experienced a decline in revenue, while 87 percent have suffered some kind of negative impact as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a report commissioned by the Pittsburgh Foundation, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Forbes Funds, and the...
Inclusive Digital Interactives: Best Practices + Research
October 22, 2020
A publication from Access Smithsonian, the Institute for Human Centered Design, and MuseWeb highlights the need for cultural organizations to integrate accessible and inclusive digital interactive design as an essential component of their work. Inclusive Digital Interactives: Best Practices + Research (407 pages, PDF) compiles case studies and...
The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations
October 19, 2020
Financial success and sustainability for arts organizations begins with artistic excellence and cultural relevance, a report from the Wallace Foundation and SMU DataArts finds. Based on in-depth interviews with leaders of twenty high-performing organizations — ten with a long track record of high performance and ten that at one time struggled...
Civil Justice for All
October 13, 2020
A report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences calls for the legal profession, the courts, law schools, tech professionals, and others to help expand access to legal assistance for people in need who cannot afford counsel and face devastating consequences as a result, including eviction, family separation, job loss, and disrupted...
COVID-19 Ripple Effect: The Impact of COVID-19 on Children in New York State
October 10, 2020
Forty-two hundred children in New York State — one in a thousand — lost a parent to the coronavirus pandemic between March and July 2020, a report from the United Hospital Fund and Boston Consulting Group finds. The report, COVID-19 Ripple Effect: The Impact of COVID-19 on Children in New York State (Part 1, 20 pages, PDF; Part 2, pages,...