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Contextualizing Change in Marital Satisfaction During Middle Age
December 27, 2008
A new report from the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Personality and Social Research shares the findings of a study that followed the marital ups and downs of about a hundred women born in the late 1930s through early marriage, child-rearing, and, in many cases, divorce, remarriage, and/or domestic partnerships. Funded by the...
The Social and Economic Value of Private and Community Foundations
December 25, 2008
According to a new report funded by the recently launched Philanthropic Collaborative, every dollar that private and community foundations provided in grants and support in 2007 produced an estimated average return of $8.58 in direct economic benefits. The report, The Social and Economic Value of Private and Community Foundations (42 pages, PDF),...
Student Aversion to Borrowing: Who Borrows and Who Doesn't
December 23, 2008
Higher education experts increasingly are concerned that an aversion to borrowing could limit college enrollment choices for some students. A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Excelencia in Education, Student Aversion to Borrowing: Who Borrows and Who Doesn't (40 pages, PDF), found that students averse to borrowing may...
Climate Change Policy as Economic Stimulus: Evidence and Opportunities From the States
December 19, 2008
If properly implemented, climate change mitigation policies could provide the country with numerous economic benefits, a new report from the Center for Climate Strategies, a project of Enterprising Environmental Solutions, argues. The report, Climate Change Policy as Economic Stimulus: Evidence and Opportunities From the States (27 pages, PDF),...
Ten Reasons to Oppose the Criminalization of HIV Exposure or Transmission
December 17, 2008
According to a new report from the Open Society Institute, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, and the United Nations Development Program, the recent push to apply criminal law to HIV exposure and transmission is often driven by legitimate concerns, including the phenomenon of women being infected with HIV through sexual violence....
Amazon Universal Wish List
December 15, 2008
Amazon.com's new Universal Wish List feature allows charity and nonprofit Web sites to be added to holiday wish lists, enabling visitors to the Amazon site to direct donations to their favorite organizations during the holiday season. Some of the organizations included in wish lists to date include Oxfam International, Doctors Without Borders,...
Americans Fail a Basic Test on Their History and Institutions
December 13, 2008
A new report from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's National Civic Literacy Board examines the results of a 33-question test on a variety of civic topics — including history, government, and economics — that was given to 2,500 randomly selected U.S. citizens and elected officials. The report, Americans Fail a Basic Test on Their History...
Lessons From a Communications Campaign for South Africa's Rural Poor
December 11, 2008
A new report from Atlantic Philanthropies shares lessons from the foundation's initiative to raise awareness among government officials, media, and the general public about the plight of farm dwellers in South Africa. The second offering from the Atlantic Reports series, What We've Learned: Lessons From a Communications Campaign for South...
Knight News Release Workshop
December 9, 2008
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Communications Portal provides Knight grantees with tools and information about how to create a media plan and measure their communications efforts. The Knight News Release Workshop, for instance, offers a step-by-step guide to writing and polishing clear and useful news releases. Among its tips for...
Coastal Capital: Belize
December 5, 2008
A new report from the World Resources Institute's Coastal Capital project finds that three key benefits provided by coral reefs and mangroves in Belize are worth an estimated $395 million to $559 million per year. Released in partnership with WWF, the report, Coastal Capital: Belize (6 pages, PDF), estimates the annual economic value of coral...
The State of Connecticut Public Education: A 2008 Report Card
December 3, 2008
According to a new report from the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), the achievement gap between poor and non-poor students in the state is the largest in the country and increased to record levels this year. The report, The State of Connecticut Public Education: A 2008 Report Card (27 pages, PDF), found that Connecticut...