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Stimulating Excellence: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Education
June 3, 2009
While Americans have become all too familiar with the global financial crisis, not enough of them are paying attention to the crisis that has been building in the nation's classrooms for decades. To defuse that crisis and reverse declining graduation rates, Stimulating Excellence: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Education (44 pages, PDF), a...
Job Training That Works: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study
June 1, 2009
Well-implemented sector-focused job-training programs can result in significant gains in employment and earnings for disadvantaged low-income workers, a new report from Public/Private Ventures argues. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the report, Job Training That Works: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study (12 pages,...
Torture on Trial
May 30, 2009
A documentary produced by Link TV describes how the interrogation methods used by the U.S. military and CIA in the "war on terror" were authorized at the highest levels of the Bush administration. The documentary, Torture on Trial, features interviews with investigative journalists Jane Mayer and Mark Danner, who leaked a confidential...
Foundation Diversity Policies and Practices Toolkit
May 28, 2009
The California Endowment has published a Foundation Diversity Policies and Practices Toolkit (48 pages, PDF), the product of an effort to assess how diversity is being incorporated into the grantmaking and organizational practices of foundations across the country. While the toolkit does not detail best practices, it does offer a sampling of...
Federal Expenditures on Infants and Toddlers in 2007
May 26, 2009
The Urban Institute and Brookings Institution have issued a report that examines federal programs targeting infants and toddlers and calculates the amount spent under several of the programs. Funded by the Irving Harris Foundation and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, the report, Federal Expenditures on Infants and Toddlers in 2007 (34 pages,...
Chicago Poetry Tour
May 11, 2009
The Poetry Foundation has produced a Chicago Poetry Tour designed to help residents and tourists explore the city through poetry — virtually or physically. Podcasts of readings by poets Lisel Mueller, W.S. DiPiero, and Haki Madhubuti enable listeners to learn more about city landmarks like the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fine Arts Building,...
Nonprofit Social Network Survey Report
May 22, 2009
According to a recent report issued by NTEN, Common Knowledge, and ThePort Network, social networking has become an integral part of many nonprofits' online strategy. Based on a survey of nearly a thousand nonprofits, the Nonprofit Social Network Survey Report (17 pages, PDF) found that 74 percent of nonprofits have a presence on Facebook, while...
V3 Campaign
May 20, 2009
Recently launched by D.C. Central Kitchen founder and president Robert Egger, the V3 Campaign hopes to increase politicians' understanding of and commitment to the nonprofit sector, with the goal of developing a new generation of political leaders willing to work with the sector to rebuild the economy. The campaign's Web site includes information...
100 Days, 100 Voices
May 18, 2009
To mark the first hundred days of the Obama administration, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has launched an effort to collect e-mails and video clips in which citizens are asked to answer, in one hundred words or less, the following: After one hundred days of the Obama administration, are kids and families better off? Why or why not? And what...
Safe Credit Card Standards
May 16, 2009
The Pew Charitable Trusts' Safe Credit Cards Project has issued a set of safe credit card standards (12 pages, PDF) designed to both protect consumers and preserve banks' ability to manage risk when extending credit. Citing data which shows that between 2007 and 2008 credit card issuers raised interest rates on nearly a quarter of credit card...
GreeNOLA: A Strategy for a Sustainable New Orleans
May 14, 2009
As New Orleans repairs its battered physical and administrative infrastructure, a new report from the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation makes the case for rebuilding the city in a more sustainable way. The report, GreeNOLA: A Strategy for a Sustainable New Orleans (55 pages, PDF), makes recommendations for the "greening" of New Orleans'...
Adapting to an Uncertain Economic Climate Podcast
May 12, 2009
The Wallace Foundation has posted a podcast of a panel discussion from the foundation's recent Engaging Audiences conference on the topic of how arts groups are adapting to the uncertain economic climate. The complete 63-minute session is available to stream or download from the foundation's Web site, as are three- to five-minute segments...
Closing the Gap: Meeting California's Need for College Graduates
May 10, 2009
According to a report issued by the Public Policy Institute of California, the state faces a shortage of nearly a million college graduates by 2025, at which point only 35 percent of working-age Californians will be holding a bachelor's degree. Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the report, Closing the Gap: Meeting California's...
It's Not Flu As Usual: What Individuals and Families Need to Know About Pandemic Flu
May 8, 2009
Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Trust for America's Health Pandemic Preparedness Initiative has issued a brochure to inform individuals about possible pandemic flu outbreaks. It's Not Flu As Usual: What Individuals and Families Need to Know About Pandemic Flu (4 pages, PDF) warns that pandemic flu generally strikes three to four times...