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September 11 Memorial Webcast Series
September 11, 2009
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which has received major funding from the Starr, JPMorgan Chase, and Verizon foundations, releases monthly Webcasts featuring interviews related to the global aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Recent installments of the "Exploring 9/11: The World Before and After" series have featured Princeton...
The Adaptation Imperative: Food Security and Climate Change
September 7, 2009
The Open Society Institute has posted video and audio of a recent panel discussion on the implications for food production and global hunger in the age of global warming. During the 97-minute discussion, Adaptation Imperative: Food Security and Climate Change, Open Society fellow Mark Hertsgaard and Ecoagriculture Partners founder Sara Scherr...
Engaging Audiences
September 5, 2009
In April, the Wallace Foundation hosted a conference for fifty of its arts grantees. A new report based on that conference, Engaging Audiences (21 pages, PDF), offers suggestions for arts organizations and their leaders on how to navigate tough economic times. While it is difficult, for example, to devote time and effort to building new audiences...
Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact
September 3, 2009
FSG Social Impact Advisors has issued a new report on social enterprises that have developed innovative and coordinated Web-based approaches to reporting performance, outcome, and impact measurements. Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the report, Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact (26 pages, PDF), found that...
Delivering Legal Aid After Katrina: The Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Initiative
September 1, 2009
The Katrina Legal Initiative was established by Equal Justice Works to provide Gulf Coast residents hard hit by the 2005 hurricane with legal education, direct legal services, and a network of volunteer attorneys and law students. To evaluate the program's effectiveness, Equal Justice hired the Urban Institute, which issued Delivering Legal Aid...
A Forgotten Crisis?: Coverage of Post-Katrina Gulf Coast Poverty Since 2005
August 28, 2009
The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity have issued a report calling attention to a significant decline in media coverage of Gulf Coast poverty since Hurricane Katrina. Written by the principals at Freedman Consulting, the report, A Forgotten Crisis?: Coverage of Post-Katrina Gulf Coast Poverty Since...
Smithsonian Folkways Collection
August 26, 2009
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to documenting, preserving, and making available "people's music", spoken-word recordings, and sounds from around the world. To that end, the label produces five podcasts featuring recordings from its collection on both its Web site and...
The Use of Credit Card Debt by New Firms
August 11, 2009
Although credit cards often fill the so-called equity gap at start-up companies, companies that continue to carry high balances have a reduced likelihood of success, a new report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation finds. Based on data from the Kauffman Firm Survey, the report, The Use of Credit Card Debt by New Firms (8 pages, PDF), found...
Special Event on Philanthropy and the Global Public Health Agenda
August 22, 2009
Earlier this year, the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the UN Office for Partnerships, in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the World Health Organization, organized a gathering of representatives from academia, UN member countries, and the nonprofit sector to examine why many regions of the...
Diversity in Action: Strategies With Impact
August 18, 2009
The Council on Foundations and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, in collaboration with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, have issued a new report that shares grantmakers' insights on the effectiveness of an array of diversity and inclusiveness efforts. The third report in a series funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation,...
Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration
August 16, 2009
As part of its Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration Project, which is examining the potential of transitional jobs (TJ) programs as a way to increase employment and reduce recidivism among men recently released from prison, the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has issued a new policy brief, Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration (20 pages,...