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Climate Change in the American Mind
February 8, 2019
A survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication finds that 73 percent of Americans today believe global warming is happening — up 10 percentage points since March 2015 and outnumbering by more than five-to-one those (14 percent) who don't believe it is...
Awareness, Simplification, and Contribution
February 5, 2019
A lack of private funding in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals is putting them at significant risk, a white paper from UBS warns. The report, Awareness, Simplification, and Contribution (48 pages, PDF), argues that investments in the SDGs have fallen short of the $5 billion to $7 billion needed annually to achieve them...
A Qualitative Study of Single Mothers in Allegheny County
February 2, 2019
The requirements of social service programs often are not aligned with the realities of the lives of single mothers who need those services, a report from the Pittsburgh Foundation finds. According to the report, A Qualitative Study of Single Mothers in Allegheny County: A 100 Percent Pittsburgh Project (36 pages PDF), 72 percent of households...
Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: A Toolkit
January 30, 2019
A report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations provides new resources designed to help CEOs, evaluation staff, and senior leaders of foundations engage board members in strategic, continuous learning. The report, Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: A Toolkit (86 pages, PDF), argues that board members need to understand...
America's Health Rankings 2018 Annual Report
January 27, 2019
Obesity and chronic diseases continue to affect health outcomes and mortality rates across the United States, an annual report from the United Health Foundation finds. According to America's Health Rankings 2018 Annual Report (187 pages, PDF), the nation's obesity rate rose 5 percent in 2018, with one in three adults now meeting the definition...
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...