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The Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes
April 12, 2019
Climate change is causing significant and far-reaching impacts on the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region, as well as on the more than thirty-four million people who live in their basin, a report from the Environment Law & Policy Center finds. The report, The Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes (74 pages, PDF), found that in...
Health Effects of Dietary Risks in 195 Countries, 1990–2017
April 9, 2019
Sub-optimal diets are responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor, with diets high in sodium, low in whole grains, low in fruit, low in nuts and seeds, low in vegetables, and low in omega-3 fatty acids each accounting for more than 2 percent of deaths worldwide, a Global Burden of Disease study published in the medical journal The...
Resonance: A Framework for Philanthropic Transformation
April 6, 2019
Philanthropic organizations whose endowments and influence can be traced back to industries that relied on exploitation and the extraction of natural resources can play a catalytic role in transitioning our current economic system, which is organized around limitless extraction and wealth accumulation, to one that is organized around...
Shifting Neighborhoods: Gentrification and Cultural Displacement in American Cities
April 3, 2019
While gentrification brings economic growth and better services to neighborhoods that have long suffered from disinvestment based on discriminatory practices, many longtime residents — most of whom are African American or Latinx — end up displaced by, instead of benefiting from, the influx of investment, a report from the National...
Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
March 28, 2019
Effective afterschool programs can be found across all K-12 grade levels, from academically focused programs to multi-component programs that offer activities ranging from physical fitness to career development, a report from the Wallace Foundation finds. Based on a review of research published between 2000 and 2017, the report, Afterschool...
'The Black Butterfly': Racial Segregation and Investment Patterns in Baltimore
March 25, 2019
In Baltimore, predominantly white neighborhoods receive nearly four times the investment that majority African-American neighborhoods receive, a report from the Urban Institute finds. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report, 'The Black Butterfly': Racial Segregation and Investment Patterns in Baltimore, found that the legacy of...
WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts Tests New Format New Name to Draw New Audiences
March 22, 2019
A report from the Wallace Foundation suggests that a festival and rebranding effort could increase name recognition and draw younger audiences to an arts presenter participating in the foundation's Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, a $52 million effort launched in 2015. Part of a series describing the work of arts organizations...
The Many Varieties of Universal Coverage
March 19, 2019
A new interactive tool from the Commonwealth Fund offers insights into where U.S. lawmakers' healthcare reform bills fall on the Medicare-for-all continuum — ranging from those relying on a mix of private and publicly funded health insurance to those featuring only public coverage. Users can compare the details of up to three bills at a time,...
Collaborating for Successful Reentry
March 16, 2019
A report commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice offers juvenile justice and social service professionals guidance on supporting youth who are reentering their community after confinement, incarceration, or a court-ordered out-of-home placement. The report, Collaborating for Successful...
$23 Billion
March 13, 2019
In 2016, U.S. school districts serving a largely white student population received $23 billion more in total funding than districts serving mostly students of color, a report from EdBuild finds. The report, $23 Billion (HTML or PDF, 12 pages), found that predominantly white and non-white districts enroll 26 percent and 27 percent, respectively,...
Accelerating Change: Community-Based Palliative Care in Public Hospitals
March 10, 2019
The California Health Care Foundation's efforts to help develop sustainable inpatient and community-based palliative care (CBPC) programs in California's public hospital system have increased access to palliative care delivered in outpatient clinics, office practices, private residences, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities,...
Sustaining a Principal Pipeline
March 7, 2019
Two years after the end of Wallace Foundation funding, an initiative launched in 2011 to build a "principal pipeline" in six large school districts is having a lasting effect in cultivating an effective corps of principals, a report commissioned by the foundation from Policy Studies Associates finds. The report, Sustaining a Principal...
2018 State Equality Index
March 4, 2019
In 2018, two hundred and ten state bills to advance LGBTQ equality were introduced and twenty-one were passed, while a hundred and ten discriminatory state bills were introduced and two were passed, a report from Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Equality Federation Institute finds. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 State Equality...