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Hearts and Minds: The Arts and Civic Engagement
June 27, 2017
There is a substantial and consistent correlation between arts participation and civic engagement, a report from the James Irvine Foundation finds. Based on a literature review, the report, Hearts and Minds: The Arts and Civic Engagement (21 pages, PDF), found that people who participate in the arts are more likely than those who don't to...
State University No More: Out-of-State Enrollment and the Growing Exclusion of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students at Public Flagship Universities
June 24, 2017
Cuts in state funding for public flagship universities are forcing many schools to admit more out-of-state students who pay higher tuition — to the point of shutting out moderate- and low-income in-state students, a report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds. The report, State University No More: Out-of-State Enrollment and the Growing...
The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments
June 21, 2017
Financial returns on so-called real asset impact investments funds focused on real estate, timber, and infrastructure are comparable to returns on conventional real asset funds, a report from the Global Impact Investing Network finds. The report, The Financial Performance of Real Assets Impact Investments (34 pages, PDF), analyzed fifty-five...
The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States
June 18, 2017
A report from Polaris identifies twenty-five types of human trafficking in the United States — each characterized by its own "business" model, recruitment strategies, and methods of control. Based on an analysis of more than thirty-two thousand cases of labor and sex trafficking cases documented between December 2007 and December 2016, The...
Evaluating Basic Science Investments: Toward a More Robust Practice
June 15, 2017
While philanthropic organizations play a crucial role in supporting research that advances our understanding of the world, many face the challenge of assessing the effectiveness of their investments, an issue brief from Mathematica Policy Research and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation finds. According to the brief, Evaluating Basic Science...
The History of the Giving While Living Ethic
June 9, 2017
The ethic of "giving while living," championed in recent decades by Atlantic Philanthropies founder Chuck Feeney, is a complex phenomenon of intertwined — and sometimes competing — transactional, donor, and institutional imperatives, a report commissioned by the foundation finds. According to the report, The History of the Giving While Living...
Our Shared Seas: A 2017 Overview of Ocean Threats and Conservation Funding
June 6, 2017
The window of opportunity to stabilize marine ecosystems and mitigate the impact on them of climate change, coastal development, shipping, overfishing, and pollution is narrowing, a report commissioned by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from the California Environmental Associates warns. According to the report, Our Shared Seas: A 2017...
Do Poor Kids Get Their Fair Share of School Funding?
June 3, 2017
While thirty-five states have progressive school funding formulas designed to target districts serving primarily low-income districts, poorer districts in nearly half of those states still receive less local and state funding per student than richer ones, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, Do Poor Kids Get Their Fair Share of...
When War Moves to Cities: Protection of Civilians in Urban Areas
May 31, 2017
Globally, some fifty million people currently are affected by conflict in urban areas, where protecting civilians is far more challenging than in less crowded environments, a report from InterAction and the International Committee of the Red Cross argues. The report, When War Moves to Cities: Protection of Civilians in Urban Areas (16 pages, HTML...
The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects
May 19, 2017
Pre-k programs in forty-two states and the District of Columbia now serve nearly 30 percent of the nation’s 4-year-olds and 5 percent of 3-year olds, yet convincing evidence on the longer-term impacts of scaled-up pre-k programs on academic outcomes and school progress is sparse, a report from the Brookings Institution finds. Compiled by a task...