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Navigating the Child Support System
March 11, 2009
Public/Private Ventures has released a new report detailing lessons learned during its Fathers at Work initiative, a three-year program funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation that was designed to help young, non-custodial fathers inmprove their employment prospects and earnings, spend more time in their children's lives, and develop...
Even as Housing Values Sink, There's Comfort in Homeownership
March 9, 2009
The Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project has released the results of a recent survey which found that even with home prices falling, foreclosures rising, and residential sales weak, the vast majority of homeowners (90 percent) said their home is a source of comfort in their life, while only 6 percent said it's a burden....
Deadly in Pink: Big Tobacco Steps Up Its Targeting of Women and Girls
March 7, 2009
A new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded report warns that new marketing campaigns by the nation's two largest tobacco companies, Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds, are putting the health of women and girls at risk. Released with assistance from the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer...
Investing for Social and Environmental Impact
March 5, 2009
A new report from the Monitor Institute, Investing for Social and Environmental Impact (86 pages, PDF), examines the evolution and potential future of "impact investing" — the practice of using profit-seeking investment strategies to generate social and environmental good. Funded by the Rockefeller, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg, and JPMorgan...
Forward Together: Empowering America's Citizen Sector for the Change We Need
March 3, 2009
The Listening Post Project at Johns Hopkins' Center for Civil Society Studies has issued a declaration signed by many of the nation's nonprofit leaders that calls on President Obama and Congress to help foster a "partnership in public service" between government, businesses, and the nonprofit sector. Forward Together: Empowering America's Citizen...
Women, Power and Politics
March 1, 2009
Launched on International Women's Day 2008, the International Museum of Women's online exhibit Women, Power and Politics shares previously untold stories of women around the world claiming and exercising power. Available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish, the stories on topics such as democracy, religion, and appearance include Madame Mao,...
Grad Nation
February 27, 2009
The America's Promise Alliance has released a toolkit designed to help communities prepare their high school students for college, work, and life. Funded by the Bank of America, Bill & Melinda Gates, and State Farm Companies foundations, Grad Nation (100 pages, PDF) includes evidence-based practices designed to keep young people in school,...
Pew Internet Project Data Memo: Twitter and Status Updating
February 25, 2009
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a report which finds that, as of December 2008, 11 percent of American adults online said they had used Twitter or another "microblogging" service. The Pew Internet Project Data Memo: Twitter and Status Updating (6 pages, PDF) found that Twitter and similar services have been most avidly...
National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers Database
February 23, 2009
The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, a project of the Tides Center, offers a database containing contact information and Web URLs for dozens of consulting firms and independent consultants nationwide. The database is searchable by keyword, geographic focus, professional expertise, and type of grantmaker served (e.g.,...
Challenges of Providing Health Coverage for Children and Parents in a Recession
February 21, 2009
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, has released a report containing findings from its eighth-annual survey of state eligibility rules, enrollment and renewal procedures, and cost-sharing practices for both SCHIP and Medicaid. The report, Challenges of Providing Health Coverage...
6 Billion Others
February 19, 2009
The 6 Billion Others project is attempting to to create a "portrait" of contemporary humankind by collecting answers to questions such as "What is happiness?" and "What lessons can we learn from life's difficulties?" Created in 2003, the project has conducted more than six thousand interviews with individuals in sixty-five countries, many of...
Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: How the California Community Foundation is Helping its Grantees and Other Nonprofits Prepare for Uncertain Economic...
February 17, 2009
The California Community Foundation, which has seen the value of its assets fall by about $350 million during the market meltdown, has released a report that examines how the foundation is helping local nonprofits weather the recession. According to the report, Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: How the California Community Foundation Is Helping...
Black History Month Resources
February 15, 2009
Thinkfinity.org, an education and literacy program of the Verizon Foundation, has compiled a list of resources for Black History Month. Resources include ARTSEDGE's multimedia presentation on the history of the blues, information on African-American scientists compiled by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and National...