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Hiding in Plain Sight: Impact Investing in the Creative Economy
December 7, 2018
Impact investment funds are making significant investments in the creative economy, highlighting the value, commercial viability, and potential of creative economy investing, a report from Upstart Co-Lab and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors finds. The report, Hiding in Plain Sight: Impact Investing in the Creative Economy (45 pages, PDF),...
Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018
December 4, 2018
Two hundred and nineteen thousand women are currently incarcerated in the United States, with one in four held in pretrial detention in local jails, a report from the Prison Policy Initiative finds. Produced in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union's Campaign for Smart Justice, the report, Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole...
Indiana Arts and Culture Nonprofits: Overview and Challenges
November 25, 2018
While more than half of arts and culture nonprofits in Indiana have seen the demand for their services increase over the past three years, more than that reported rising expenses (65 percent of Indiana Arts Commission applicants) than increased revenues (54 percent), suggesting that more operate at or below the break-even point, a report from...
The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color
November 22, 2018
While often absent from formal donor networks and philanthropic partnerships, a substantial and growing number of high-net-worth donors of color (defined as those with at least $1 million in investable assets) are engaged in giving at high levels in support of issues affecting their lives and may represent new resources for social and racial...
Basic Income in Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects
November 19, 2018
Cities have a critical role to play in piloting the guarantee of a universal basic income — cash payments granted to all members of a community on a regular basis, regardless of employment status or income level, a policy guide published by the National League of Cities and the Stanford Basic Income Lab argues. A toolkit for city...
The Digital Nonprofit Skills Assessment
November 16, 2018
As the digital economy advances, nonprofits need to build the skills and capacity of beneficiaries with an eye to the risks, biases, and limitations of data and digital tools, a report from NetHope's Center for the Digital Nonprofit argues. Based on a survey of more than three hundred employees at forty-nine nonprofits, the report, The Digital...
Last Mile Funding: Improving Practice in Philanthropic Funding of Community Action on AIDS
November 13, 2018
Funding in support of community-based actions in response to the global AIDS epidemic remains sporadic, limited, and hampered by challenges, a report commissioned by Funders Concerned About AIDS finds. Based on a literature review and interviews with community-based organizations (CBOs), funders and other key stakeholders, the report, Last Mile...
Launching a Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs
November 10, 2018
Universities, school districts, and other stakeholders were able to forge robust partnerships that led to a vision for better university principal training and concrete planning to implement it, a report commissioned from the RAND Corporation by Wallace Foundation finds. The report, Launching a Redesign of University Principal Preparation...
Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes
November 7, 2018
Creative placemaking — efforts to integrate art into a range of community planning and development initiatives — can help improve community safety, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes (30 pages, PDF), highlights four case studies to show how...
From Principles to Practice: Building a Family Engagement Culture
November 4, 2018
A "learning brief" from the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and Engage R+D outlines a shared definition of and guiding principles for effective family engagement in early childhood education. According to the report, From Principles to Practice: Building a Family Engagement Culture (6 pages, PDF), high-impact family...
Homelessness in the Portland Region: A Review of Trends, Causes, and the Outlook Ahead
November 1, 2018
While homelessness in Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding four counties declined 29 percent between 2009 and 2015, it increased between 2015 and 2017, with the number of the chronically homeless gradually edging up since 2007, a report commissioned by the Oregon Community Foundation finds. Written by EcoNorthwest, the report, Homelessness in...
CBMA Turns 10: A Decade of Risk, Urgency and Momentum
October 29, 2018
Launched in 2008 as a three-year initiative at the Open Society Foundations before becoming an independent organization in 2015, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement has leveraged $110 million in national and local investments over the past decade in support of efforts to improve the well-being of and life outcomes for African-American boys...