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Challenges of Providing Health Coverage for Children and Parents in a Recession
February 21, 2009
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, has released a report containing findings from its eighth-annual survey of state eligibility rules, enrollment and renewal procedures, and cost-sharing practices for both SCHIP and Medicaid. The report, Challenges of Providing Health Coverage...
6 Billion Others
February 19, 2009
The 6 Billion Others project is attempting to to create a "portrait" of contemporary humankind by collecting answers to questions such as "What is happiness?" and "What lessons can we learn from life's difficulties?" Created in 2003, the project has conducted more than six thousand interviews with individuals in sixty-five countries, many of...
Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: How the California Community Foundation is Helping its Grantees and Other Nonprofits Prepare for Uncertain Economic...
February 17, 2009
The California Community Foundation, which has seen the value of its assets fall by about $350 million during the market meltdown, has released a report that examines how the foundation is helping local nonprofits weather the recession. According to the report, Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: How the California Community Foundation Is Helping...
Black History Month Resources
February 15, 2009
Thinkfinity.org, an education and literacy program of the Verizon Foundation, has compiled a list of resources for Black History Month. Resources include ARTSEDGE's multimedia presentation on the history of the blues, information on African-American scientists compiled by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and National...
Lincoln Bicentennial
February 11, 2009
A newly renovated Ford's Theatre, the site of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, recently reopened in Washington, D.C., thanks in part to funding from American Express and the GE, Bank of America, and William S. Abell foundations. To celebrate the reopening, which coincides with the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, the theater is presenting...
Donation Dashboard
February 9, 2009
The Berkeley Center for New Media recently launched a Donation Dashboard to help donors choose causes and organizations to support. Similar to commercial Web sites that recommend movies, music, and books to users, the site allows visitors to rate nonprofits, analyzes the ratings, and generates giving suggestions based on a donor's preferences....
The Financial Crisis and Global Health
February 7, 2009
The World Health Organization has released a new report that outlines ways that the global economic crisis may affect health funding and outcomes around the world and encourages continued investment in health by the global community. The report, The Financial Crisis and Global Health (18 pages, PDF), also identifies actions that can help mitigate...
The Cost Burden to Minnesota K-12 When Children are Unprepared for Kindergarten
February 3, 2009
According to a new cost-benefit study from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, children entering kindergarten unprepared to learn cost Minnesota's K-12 education system $113 million annually. Funded by the Bush Foundation, the report, The Cost Burden to Minnesota K-12 When Children Are Unprepared for Kindergarten (11 pages, PDF), found that the...
California's Proposition 8: What Happened, and What Does the Future Hold?
February 1, 2009
According to a new report from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, party affiliation, political ideology, church/synagogue attendance, and age were the driving forces behind the passage of California's Proposition 8, which eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry, last fall. Based on a precinct-by-precinct analysis of the vote, the...
Mott Foundation ASO Reports
January 30, 2009
According to two new Charles Stewart Mott Foundation-funded reports on alternative staffing organizations (ASOs), temporary staffing programs can help low-income workers succeed in the labor market while meeting the needs of local employers. The reports, A Foot in the Door: Using Alternative Staffing Organizations to Open Up Opportunities for...
ICT: The 21st Century Transitional Initiative
January 28, 2009
A new report from the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program offers a number of ways that the Obama administration can leverage information and communications technologies (ICT) to help stimulate the economy and re-establish long-term economic growth. Based on an August 2008 meeting of communications policy experts from the public,...
Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit
January 11, 2009
In response to funding cuts faced by arts nonprofits around the country, Americans for the Arts has provided an Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit that includes a list of reasons why the arts are essential to the health and vitality of communities and the nation as well as talking points on topics such as government funding, tourism, and...