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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...
Looking Back at 50 Years of U.S. Philanthropy
May 16, 2017
In the fifty years since the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation was founded (originally as the William R. Hewlett Foundation), institutional philanthropy has embraced increased diversity in the sector, yet it remains largely homogeneous, a report commissioned by the foundation finds. The report, Looking Back at 50 Years of U.S. Philanthropy (48...
Tech Leavers Study
May 13, 2017
In the tech sector, unfair treatment is the most common factor in employee turnover, costing the industry $16 billion a year in replacement costs, a report from the Kapor Center for Social Impact and the Ford Foundation finds. Based on a survey of people who have left a job in a tech-related industry in the last three years, the report, Tech...
JDAI at 25: Insights From the Annual Results Reports
May 7, 2017
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, an effort begun by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 1992 to reduce racial disparities in and the inappropriate use of detention, has helped bring about lasting reductions in both juvenile incarceration and crime, a report from the foundation finds. Drawing on data from 2008 through 2016, the...
Data Snapshot: Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
May 4, 2017
Efforts to support the well-being and academic success of African-American girls in the Pittsburgh area must address the intersection of poverty, education, juvenile justice, violence/abuse, and child welfare, a report from the Heinz Endowments and FISA Foundation argues. According to the report, Data Snapshot: Inequities Affecting Black Girls in...
Value, Time, and Time-Limited Philanthropy
May 1, 2017
Limited-life foundations are based on the premise that if a foundation’s grants generate a social return, and that return compounds at a higher rate than its financial assets would, then making the grants sooner generates more social value than preserving the capital and making more grants later — but how would we know, asks a report from the...
Building the Field of Arts Engagement: Prospects and Challenges
April 28, 2017
Given the urgent need for arts and cultural organizations to demonstrate their public benefit and update their underlying business models in order to remain relevant and sustainable, the field of arts engagement needs a shared framework for analysis, knowledge transfer, and practice, a report commissioned by the James Irvine Foundation from AEA...
Lights Out in the Cold: Reforming Utility Shut-Off Policies as If Human Rights Matter
April 25, 2017
With sixteen of the hottest years on record occurring between 2000 and 2016, the effects of climate change can be life-threatening for low-income households who are at risk of having their utilities disconnected due to late or non-payment of bills, a report from the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program argues. The report, Lights Out...
Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate
April 22, 2017
Climate change is contributing to a growing global water crisis and putting the lives of millions of children at risk, a report from UNICEF finds. The report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate (80 pages, PDF), projects that by 2040 nearly six hundred million children will be living in areas under extremely high...
Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance
April 19, 2017
The effects of climate change include direct and indirect impacts on community as well as our mental and physical health, a report from the American Psychological Association, Climate for Health, and ecoAmerica finds. The report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance (36 pages, PDF), argues that climate...