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A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education
April 2, 2009
According to a new report from the Lumina Foundation for Education, college-attainment rates for young adults are on the rise in almost every industrialized or post-industrial country in the world, with the exception of the United States. The report, A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education (132 pages, PDF), finds that roughly 38 percent of...
National Arts Policy Database
March 31, 2009
March 31 is National Arts Advocacy Day, a campaign spearheaded by Americans for the Arts to highlight the importance of developing strong public policies and increased public funding for the arts. To that end, the organization offers the National Arts Policy Database, which contains more than eight thousand research abstracts, news articles,...
Making Change: How Social Movements Work and How to Support Them
March 29, 2009
The University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity has issued a new report that examines the characteristics of successful social movements as well as the history of philanthropic support for those movements. Funded by the California Endowment, the report, Making Change: How Social Movements Work and How to...
State of the News Media 2009
March 27, 2009
According to the latest installment of The State of the News Media from the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, the impact of the recession on advertising revenues coupled with the continuing migration of news audiences to the Web have led to an almost total breakdown of the traditional journalism business model. While traffic to the fifty...
Kick Butts Day
March 25, 2009
March 25, Kick Butts Day 2009, is a national day of activism sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that encourages youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco. The Kick Butts Day Web site provides facts about smoking and tobacco companies' efforts to entice youth to smoke, as well as a Kick Butts Day 2009 Activity Guide (76...
America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care
March 23, 2009
The week of March 22 is Cover the Uninsured Week, an annual campaign sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase awareness of the nation's uninsured. To mark this year's event, the Institute of Medicine, in partnership with RWJF, has issued a new report which finds that the growing number of uninsured Americans — some 45.7...
Charity: Water on Google Earth
March 21, 2009
World Water Day 2009, to be celebrated on March 22, will spotlight the theme of "shared water, shared opportunities." Charity: Water, an organization involved in promoting water safety, has a Google Earth map of its projects and partners in countries such as Uganda, Liberia, Haiti, Honduras, and India. In Liberia, where nearly 40 percent of the...
TempCheck
March 19, 2009
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has released findings from its first TempCheck survey, which will be conducted quarterly to gauge the impact of the economy on the region's arts and culture nonprofits. The survey of ninety-two organizations of varying sizes found that while earned income from ticket sales, subscriptions, and memberships...
Harnessing Nature's Power: Deploying and Financing On-Site Renewable Energy
March 17, 2009
According to a new report from the World Resources Institute, companies eligible to receive incentives for investing in on-site renewable energy are not taking advantage of them or the opportunities such incentives can bring. To help companies understand the benefits and risks associated with implementing on-site renewable-energy technology, the...
Citizen Journalist's Guide to Open Government
March 15, 2009
March 15 to March 21 is Sunshine Week 2009, a Knight Foundation-funded initiative designed to foster dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. To that end, the Knight Citizen News Network has released the Citizen Journalist's Guide to Open Government, which includes information on what government records are...
Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved: A Comparative Case Study of Three Maternity Care Models Serving Women in Washington, D.C.
March 13, 2009
According to a new report from the Urban Institute, the District of Columbia is home to some of the worst pregnancy outcomes in the country, including very high rates of infant mortality, pre-term birth, low birth weight, and cesarean sections. Funded by the Commonwealth Fund, the report, Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved: A Comparative...
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...