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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,...
In the Life: Documentary Stories From the Gay Experience
August 12, 2009
The Tides Foundation-funded In the Life: Documentary Stories From the Gay Experience has produced a multi-part series commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, considered a landmark moment in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights. Part one, 40th Anniversary of Stonewall, examines the trajectory...
Reducing Obesity: Policy Strategies From the Tobacco Wars
August 10, 2009
Policy approaches that have substantially cut tobacco use could be useful in combating the nation's obesity epidemic, a new report from the Urban Institute argues. Funded by the WellPoint Foundation, the report, Reducing Obesity: Policy Strategies From the Tobacco Wars (73 pages, PDF), found that a 10 percent tax on fattening foods could reduce...
The Giving Challenge: Assessment and Reflection Report
August 8, 2009
In late 2007, the Case Foundation, in partnership with Parade magazine, launched a fifty-day giving competition as a way to test the potential of online fundraising. A new report about that effort, The Giving Challenge: Assessment and Reflection Report (25 pages, PDF), notes that the challenge raised nearly $1.2 million from 46,000 donors through...
Sustainable Water Systems: Step One: Redefining the Nation's Infrastructure Challenge
August 6, 2009
In time for National Water Quality Month, the Aspen Institute has issued a report as part of its Dialogue on Sustainable Water Infrastructure in the U.S. The report, Sustainable Water Systems: Step One — Redefining the Nation's Infrastructure Challenge (43 pages, PDF), offers recommendations for ensuring clean and safe drinking water for all...
Programs for Children and Youth in a Community Context
August 4, 2009
A new report from Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development, offers advice and recommendations shared by participants in a recent roundtable discussion that explored how evidence-based and -informed programs might be integrated into community initiatives to strengthen outcomes for...
Moving Beyond AYP: High School Performance Indicators
August 2, 2009
According to a new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education, the nation needs to rethink its approach to high school performance indicators. The brief, Moving Beyond AYP: High School Performance Indicators (20 pages, PDF), argues that the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system is an inadequate tool for conveying a complete picture of...
artsmanager.org
July 27, 2009
The Institute for Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts operates artsmanager.org, a Web site designed to help performing arts professionals connect with one another and share information relevant to the field. Registered users of the site have access to message boards (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, and...