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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...
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...