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Ten Principles for Building Resilience
April 14, 2018
Well-planned investments in urban resilience to mitigate the impacts of climate change can also improve a city's economic performance and livability, a report from the Urban Land Institute finds. Funded by the Kresge Foundation and the New York Community Trust, the report, Ten Principles for Building Resilience (44 pages, PDF), outlines the...
The State of Justice Reform 2017
April 11, 2018
Even as the Trump administration pushed for a return to 1990s-era "tough on crime" policies for federal prosecution, state and local criminal justice reform efforts saw significant progress in 2017, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. According to the interactive report, The State of Justice Reform 2017, grassroots campaigns helped...
Summer Learning Recruitment Guide
April 8, 2018
School districts planning to launch voluntary summer learning programs to address opportunity gaps in learning for low-income children must include targeted recruitment efforts, a report from the Wallace Foundation argues. The Summer Learning Recruitment Guide (11 pages, PDF) highlights lessons learned from five school districts that participated...
Prosperity Together Two-Year Impact Report
March 30, 2018
Prosperity Together, a coalition of U.S. women's foundations that has pledged $100 million over five years to improve the economic security of low-income women, has disbursed more than $58 million in the first two years of the initiative, a two-year impact report finds. The thirty-two foundations from twenty-six states and the District of...
Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture
March 27, 2018
Funding for arts and culture by a thousand of the largest U.S. foundations in 2015 remained essentially unchanged from the previous year, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. Based on Foundation Center data, the report, Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture (13 pages, PDF), found that foundations in...
Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access
March 11, 2018
Global rates of both unintended pregnancy and abortion have declined over the last twenty-five years and the procedure has become safer, a report from the Guttmacher Institute finds. According to the report, Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access (HTML or 68 pages, PDF), there were sixty-two unintended pregnancies per...
Strengthening Children’s Math Skills with Enhanced Instruction
March 21, 2018
Early enriched math instruction in pre-K and kindergarten, especially when sustained over two years, can have a positive effect on low-income children's math skills — a strong predictor of later academic  achievement, a report from MDRC finds. The report, Strengthening Children's Math Skills with Enhanced Instruction: The Impacts of Making...
The Criminalization of Poverty: How to Break the Cycle Through Policy Reform in Maryland
March 15, 2018
Residents of Maryland who lack economic opportunities, especially people of color, often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty and criminalization simply because they lack the financial resources to meet the demands of the law, a report from the Job Opportunities Task Force finds. The report, The Criminalization of Poverty: How to Break...
Turning Point: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
March 12, 2018
Although many U.S. companies are taking steps to address urgent environmental and social issues, progress on those issues is uneven, a report from Ceres finds. The report, Turning Point: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (127 pages, PDF), analyzed data from more than six hundred of the largest publicly traded companies in...