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Just Enough Planning Guide
July 5, 2009
With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Spitfire Strategies and the Communications Leadership Institute have issued a Just Enough Planning Guide (44 pages, PDF) to help nonprofits develop issue, policy, and public education campaigns. The guide and accompanying interactive Web site offer advice on nine stages of campaign planning...
America's Most Endangered Rivers
July 3, 2009
American Rivers has issued the 2009 edition of America's Most Endangered Rivers (4 pages, PDF), its annual report on the ten most endangered rivers in the country. Topping this year's list is the Sacramento-San Joaquin River System in California, which the report found is on the verge of collapse due to the outdated water and flood management...
Global Status Report on Road Safety
July 1, 2009
Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend — one of the busiest on American roads — the World Health Organization has issued a report that examines the state of road safety in 178 countries around the world. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the report, Global Status Report on Road Safety (301 pages, PDF), found that of the estimated 1.27...
What Does a College Degree Cost?: Comparing Approaches to Measuring Cost per Degree
June 27, 2009
The Delta Cost Project has issued a report that examines several methods for determining the costs of providing a bachelor's degree. Funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education's Making Opportunity Affordable initiative, the report, What Does a College Degree Cost?: Comparing Approaches to Measuring Cost per Degree (42 pages, PDF), found that,...
Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
June 25, 2009
The Foundation Center and the Library of Congress have issued the second edition of a fundraising guide designed to help the nation's preservation community save at-risk historical and cultural artifacts for future generations. Published in consultation with Heritage Preservation, the latest edition of Foundation Grants for Preservation in...
The Economic Future Just Happened
June 23, 2009
According to a report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, more than half the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list — and nearly half those on the 2008 Inc. list of the nation's fastest-growing companies — were launched during a recession or bear market. The report, The Economic Future Just Happened (21 pages, PDF), found that although...
Latino Children: A Majority Are U.S.-Born Offspring of Immigrants
June 21, 2009
According to a recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center, Hispanics now comprise 22 percent of all children under the age of 18 in the United States — up from 9 percent in 1980. The report, Latino Children: A Majority Are U.S.-Born Offspring of Immigrants (17 pages, PDF), found that the number of second-generation Hispanic children — i.e.,...
Pride Choice Awards 2009
June 19, 2009
In time for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, GreatNonprofits, an organization that helps individuals find effective, well-run nonprofit groups, has launched a contest designed to highlight some of the best LGBTQ organizations in the country. For the Pride Choice Awards, the GreatNonprofits Web site will accept reviews of LGBTQ organizations until...
Trends in Underinsurance and the Affordability of Employer Coverage, 2004 - 2007
June 15, 2009
According to a report published in the latest issue of Health Affairs, employer-sponsored health insurance has become less affordable for individuals at all income levels. Funded by the Commonwealth Fund, the report, Trends in Underinsurance and the Affordability of Employer Coverage, 2004-2007, found that the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses of...
Illinois Cultural Data Project
June 13, 2009
The Pew Charitable Trusts recently launched the Illinois Cultural Data Project, a data collection tool that enables arts and cultural organizations in the state to benchmark themselves against other groups and track financial performance trends. The project also will help researchers and policy makers better understand the cultural sector's...
Adaptation and Mitigation: Waking Up to the Reality of Climate Change
June 11, 2009
The Open Society Institute recently held an event featuring independent journalist and Open Society Fellow Mark Hertsgaard, who described his fellowship project on the need to adapt to the consequences of global warming while striving to minimize those consequences. You can find a podcast of the event, Adaptation and Mitigation: Waking Up to the...
Growing the Movement for Human Rights: An Evaluation of Libra Foundation's Grantmaking
June 9, 2009
The Chicago-based Libra Foundation, which works to advance human rights in the United States and around the globe, has issued a report that examines findings from a grantmaking evaluation the foundation undertook last year. The report, Growing the Movement for Human Rights: An Evaluation of Libra Foundation's Grantmaking (8 pages, PDF), found...