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Big Ideas, Little Learners: Early Childhood Trends Report 2019
January 11, 2019
While a new generation of parents, educators, and policy makers increasingly recognize the importance of early childhood education, underinvestment in the United States had until recently limited scalable solutions that would enable every young child to thrive, a report from the Omidyar Network argues. The report, Big Ideas, Little Learners:...
State of the Bay 2018
January 15, 2019
The overall score assigned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's State of the Bay 2018 report (16 pages, PDF) fell a point in 2018, to the equivalent of a grade of D+, due largely to increased pollution and poor water clarity caused by record rainfall in the region. Of the thirteen indicators analyzed, the biennial report found that in the...
Determinants and Consequences of Nonprofit Transparency
January 12, 2019
Nonprofits that proactively shared their organizational information with the public received substantially more in total contributions the following year than nonprofits that were less transparent, a report published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance finds. Based on data from sixty-three hundred nonprofits in the GuideStar...
Educate Girls Development Impact Bond: Final Evaluation Report
January 9, 2019
A program in India funded by the world's first development impact bond (DIB) exceeded its targets for learning gains among boys and girls in grades three through five in rural Rajasthan as well as the enrollment of out-of-school girls, a report from IDinsight, in partnership with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Educate Girls,...
The Devaluation of Assets in Black Neighborhoods: The Case of Residential Property
January 6, 2019
Owner-occupied homes in African-American neighborhoods are undervalued by $48,000 per home, on average, compared with comparable homes in other neighborhoods, which translates to a cumulative loss of $156 billion in potential wealth accumulation, a report from the Brookings Institution and Gallup finds. The report, The Devaluation of Assets in...
Getting to Work on Summer Learning, Second Edition
January 3, 2019
A RAND Corporation report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation offers in-depth guidance for school districts and partner organizations about planning and running voluntary summer learning programs that benefit low-income elementary students. An update to a 2013 report, Getting to Work on Summer Learning, Second Edition (89 pages, PDF)...
Changing Grant Making to Change the World: Reflecting on BUILD's First Year
December 31, 2018
The Ford Foundation's BUILD program, a six-year, $1 billion initiative aimed at helping organizations address inequality, awarded five-year grants in its first eighteen months to more than two hundred advocacy organizations, grassroots organizers, think tanks, litigators, intermediaries, and narrative change organizations in twenty-seven...
From Fragmentation to Coherence
December 28, 2018
Efforts to improve educational outcomes often run afoul of narrowly defined initiatives clashing with one another and creating conflicting demands on practitioners, a report commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation of New York finds. The report, From Fragmentation to Coherence: How More Integrative Ways of Working Could Accelerate Improvement...
Forging Ahead: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Foundation Investing Activities
December 25, 2018
A growing number of foundations in the Pacific Northwest are working to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices into their investment strategies, a report from Philanthropy Northwest finds. Based on interviews with executives at eight large foundations that have embraced organization-wide DEI efforts, the report, Forging...
Using Integrated Data to Identify and Protect Children From Educational Risk
December 22, 2018
Integrated data systems can play a powerful role in addressing complex social issues — for example, minimizing risk factors that harm children's school readiness, a case study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds. The report, Using Integrated Data to Identify and Protect Children From Educational Risk (11 pages, PDF), examined how...
Evolving Arts Ecosystems: A Study of Miami
December 19, 2018
Miami's arts ecosystem has grown stronger over the past decade, as new organizations have emerged and anchor institutions have matured, a report from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds. The report, Evolving Arts Ecosystems: A Study of Miami (31 pages, PDF), identified 276 arts organizations operating in the city in 2015, with...
Examining How JDAI Sites Interact with Native Youth and Tribes
December 16, 2018
To reduce the reliance on juvenile incarceration of Native American youth and create a fairer, more effective juvenile justice system, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) sites across the country must reevaluate their assumptions and processes, a report from the Association on American Indian Affairs argues. Funded by the Annie E....