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Boston's Education Pipeline Report Card
January 10, 2009
The Boston Foundation's Indicators Project has released a report which finds that although the city's public education system has improved, there's much more to do. According to the report, Boston's Education Pipeline: A Report Card (115 pages, PDF), the system is not sufficiently robust enough to redress disadvantages faced by many of the city's...
Planting a Seed: Foundations Build Communities with Shared Nonprofit Workspace
January 8, 2009
The NonprofitCenters Network has released a new report on the benefits and challenges faced by foundations in creating mission-focused office facilities for themselves and other nonprofits. Funded by the Tides Shared Spaces initiative, the report, Planting a Seed: Foundations Build Communities with Shared Nonprofit Workspace (36 pages, PDF),...
Latino Workers in the Ongoing Recession: 2007 to 2008
January 6, 2009
A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that a small but significant decline has occurred in the share of Latino immigrants active in the U.S. labor force during the current recession. The report, Latino Workers in the Ongoing Recession: 2007 to 2008 (31 pages, PDF), found that the number of Latino immigrants in the labor force fell by...
2003-2007 Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination Against Arab Americans
January 4, 2009
According to a new report from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, reports of hate crimes against Arab Americans and Muslims are far more common now than during the 1980s and 1990s. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the report, 2003-2007 Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination Against Arab Americans (99 pages, PDF),...
State Arts Policy: Trends and Future Prospects
January 2, 2009
In response to growing economic, political, and demographic challenges, arts agencies in many states have begun to reshape their roles in recent years, a new report from the RAND Corporation finds. Funded by the Wallace Foundation, the report, State Arts Policy: Trends and Future Prospects (42 pages, PDF), concludes a four-volume, multiyear study...
Free Care Compendium
December 31, 2008
Community Catalyst's Free Care Compendium contains summaries of so-called charity care laws and regulations in each state as well as a national snapshot of regulatory and legislative trends in the charity care arena. Highlighting disparities in the amount of free care provided by tax-exempt hospitals to individuals based on where they live, the...
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,...