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Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community Arts & Military Programming
February 21, 2017
Local arts agencies are uniquely positioned to connect service members, veterans, and their families with opportunities for participation in the arts, which are proven to build resilience, enhance coping skills, increase self-esteem, and support well-being, a guide from Americans for the Arts argues. Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community...
How States Engage in Evidence-Based Policymaking
February 18, 2017
The states of Washington, Utah, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Oregon are leading the way in building and using evidence to inform their policy and budget decisions, a report from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative finds. The report, How States Engage in Evidence-Based Policymaking (50 pages, PDF), ranked states based on six actions...
Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking
February 15, 2017
While foundation funding in support of global human rights initiatives rose to $2.7 billion in 2014, from $2.3 billion in 2013, the share of funding for migrants and refuges remained flat, a report from Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group finds. According to the report, Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global...
The Resilience of America's Urban Food Systems: Evidence From Five Cities
February 9, 2017
Urban resilience planning for natural disasters must include efforts to protect and secure food systems for food-insecure populations, a report from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the Rockefeller Foundation warns. Based on an analyses of food systems in Los Angeles; Madison, Wisconsin; New Orleans; New York City; and Portland,...
Bridging the Divide: How Business Ownership Can Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap
February 6, 2017
Business ownership plays a significant role in wealth creation/accumulation and could help address the racial wealth gap in the U.S. while also creating jobs and stimulating the economy more broadly, a report from the Aspen Institute finds. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report, Bridging the Divide: How Business Ownership Can Help...
Sustainable Models of Practice and Legacy Effects
February 3, 2017
Nonprofit sustainability practices in Northern Ireland span a wide range of strategies, a study commissioned from Queen's University Belfast by Atlantic Philanthropies finds. The study, Sustainable Models of Practice and Legacy Effects (project overview, 18 pages, PDF), highlights the successes and challenges of mergers and co-locations;...
Professional Societies and Climate Change
January 31, 2017
Many professional societies in the United States that could play a crucial role in building community resilience are beginning to focus on at least one of three elements of resilience — adaptation, mitigation, and social justice — a report from the Kresge Foundation finds. The report, Professional Societies and Climate Change (38 pages, PDF),...
Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time
January 28, 2017
An initiative to support organizations in Silicon Valley working to help secondary school students build non-cognitive skills resulted in moderate to large gains in terms of their mindsets, learning strategies, and social skills, an evaluation of the Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative finds. Funded by the Sand Hill, Packard, and...
Art Museums by the Numbers 2016
January 25, 2017
At art museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, total endowment income accounted for an average 22 percent of all revenue in 2016, while contributions from individuals and families, foundations and trusts, and corporations made up 11 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively, a brief from the Association of Art Museum Directors...
Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity
January 22, 2017
In the United States, the burdens of disease and poor health and the benefits of well-being and good health are inequitably distributed, with negative consequences for the nation's overall well-being, prosperity, and economic competitiveness, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds. Funded by the Robert...
Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016
January 19, 2017
The spike in homicides in Chicago in 2016 — from 485 in 2015 to 764, a 58 percent increase — was due largely to an increase in gun violence, a report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab finds. According to the report, Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016 (31 pages, PDF), 90 percent of the homicides in the city in 2016 were committed with a...
Highlights of Activities, Office for Civil Rights 2009-2016
January 16, 2017
According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the ganecy received a total of 76,022 complaints about possible civil rights violations during Barack Obama's eight years in office. The report, Highlights of Activities, Office for Civil Rights 2009-2016 (16 pages, PDF), found that the number of complaints...
Ready or Not? Protecting the Public From Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2016
January 13, 2017
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia met six or fewer of ten key indicators of public health preparedness, ranging from public health funding, to flu vaccination rates, to climate change readiness, a report from the Trust for American Health finds. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report, Ready or Not? Protecting the...