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Finding Our Way: Living With Dying in America
August 27, 2001
More and more Americans are seeking ways to balance high-tech medical interventions with comfort and compassionate care to achieve a sense of dignity and meaning at the end of life. Finding Our Way: Living With Dying in America, a fifteen-week newspaper series distributed throughout the country by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services,...
Public Agenda Online Guide to Medical Research
August 20, 2001
Public Agenda, a New York City-based public policy research organization, and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation have announced the launch of the Public Agenda Online Guide to Medical Research, a comprehensive Web-based guide to medical research debates. The site offers nonpartisan background information on medical research issues; survey data...
Disconnected: The First Nonprofit Email Survey
August 16, 2001
The Seattle-based Gilbert Center has announced a followup study to "Disconnected: The First Nonprofit Email Survey," the results of which were published earlier this month. The first survey had its genesis in the "Gilbert Email Manifesto," which argued that resources spent on e-mail strategies are more valuable to a nonprofit organization than...
Declaration of Commitment
August 13, 2001
Six weeks after the United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS, the 189 member countries of the UN General Assembly have issued a Declaration of Commitment (13 pages, HTML) which acknowledges that "the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, through its devastating scale and impact, constitutes a global emergency and one of the most formidable challenges to...
August 10, 2001
Is there a "digital divide" in the nonprofit sector? What does it take for a nonprofit organization to use technology successfully? Does technology unite or divide? These and other vital issues of the moment are addressed in The Impact of Information Technology on Civil Society: How Will Online Innovation, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism Serve the...
Returning Results: Planning and Evaluation at the Pew Charitable Trusts
August 3, 2001
Unlike their for-profit counterparts, foundations rarely operate in a marketplace that tells them how well they are doing. As a result, a growing number of foundations are using evaluation as a tool to strengthen understanding of their grantees' work. With an eye to sharing ideas about the crucial work of determining and evaluating philanthropic...
Where We Go From Here: State Legislative Views on Higher Education in the New Millenium
July 30, 2001
After three consecutive years in which state policy makers were able to increase funds for higher education, legislators suddenly are faced with an economic slowdown and revenue shortfalls that could force them to cut budgets for the first time in nearly a decade. What this might mean for higher education at the state level is the subject of...
The Performing Arts in a New Era
July 26, 2001
As part of a five-year, multi-million-dollar initiative designed to strengthen financial and policy support for American arts and culture, the Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned RAND, the Santa Monica-based think tank, to examine the state of the performing arts in the United States. The result, The Performing Arts in a New Era (156 pages, PDF),...
National Rural Funders Collaborative Request for Qualifications
July 23, 2001
The National Rural Funders Collaborative, a newly launched collective of seven U.S. foundations that works to build partnerships with public and private funders to reinvest in and revitalize rural American communities, has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for its inaugural round of funding. NRFC is interested in joining with existing...
Creating a Development Dynamic
July 20, 2001
The New York City-based Markle Foundation, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and Accenture, the world's leading provider of management and technology consulting services, has released Creating a Development Dynamic (86 pages, PDF), a blueprint for developed and developing nations to achieve a range of social goals...
Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD)
July 17, 2001
The Aspen Institute's Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD) has been named the winner of this year's Clarion Award in the Online Media/Nonprofit category by the Association for Women in Communications. The FIELD Web site, which also received an "Award of Distinction" from the Communicator Awards in...
Irvine Quarterly
July 11, 2001
The California-based James Irvine Foundation has launched the Irvine Quarterly, an online publication designed "to provide useful information on important issues, lessons, and research emerging from the work of Irvine grantees and other California nonprofits." The current issue includes a scan and discussion of the state's future called "Which...