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Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts
June 22, 2018
While the LGBTQ community in Massachusetts is young, diverse, and makes up an estimated 5 percent of the state’s overall population (second in New England to Vermont's 5.8 percent), LGBTQ individuals continue to face widespread discrimination and are at greater risk for depression, homelessness, and food insecurity, a report from the Boston...
Investing Together: Emerging Approaches in Collaborative Place-Based Impact Investing
June 19, 2018
While the emerging practice of collaborative place-based impact investing can bring about more inclusive local economies, it also involves complicated trade-offs and considerations, a report from the Urban Institute finds. According to the report, Investing Together: Emerging Approaches in Collaborative Place-Based Impact Investing (49 pages,...
The Complex Needs of Medicaid Expansion Enrollees With Very Low Incomes
June 16, 2018
The poorest Medicaid enrollees have high rates of social and behavioral health needs, an issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Based on a study of early Medicaid expansion enrollees in urban Minnesota, the brief, The Complex Needs of Medicaid Expansion Enrollees With Very Low Incomes (10 pages, PDF), found that 32 percent had less than a...
Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
June 13, 2018
If foundations and nonprofits are to fulfill their social missions, they need to build organizational cultures that are focused on proactive actions designed to dismantle structural racism and inequities both inside and outside their organizations, a report from Equity in the Center, a project of ProInspire, argues. According to the report, Awake...
Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking
June 10, 2018
Grantmakers should openly share what they learn from performance assessments, program and grantee evaluations, communities of practice, discussions with stakeholders, and other research as an integral and strategic aspect of philanthropy, a report from GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, argues. Based on interviews with leaders in...
The Cost of Segregation
June 4, 2018
While the degree of racial/ethnic and economic segregation in Chicago is expected to decline between 2015 and 2030 — in part as a result of the growth of the city's Latinx, Asian-American, and multiracial populations — segregation in the region will remain high, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, The Cost of Segregation:...
Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: A Look at the Data and Evidence
June 1, 2018
States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen significant increases in Medicaid enrollment and large reductions in uninsured rates, especially in rural areas, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. Based on research and a comprehensive literature review, the report, Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: A...
Roadblock Analysis Report
May 29, 2018
The most common roadblocks social impact organizations face during project implementation are those inadvertently caused by funders, a report from Open Road Alliance finds. Based on an analysis of more than a hundred applications for mid-implementation emergency grants and loans, the report, Roadblock Analysis Report (40 pages, PDF), found that...
Family Residential Instability: What Can States and Localities Do?
May 26, 2018
Low-income families experience residential instability — even if they are not homeless — at high rates, often as a result of a combination of household characteristics, housing unit conditions, neighborhood dynamics, regional housing market dynamics, broader economic conditions, and/or local and federal policies, an issue brief from the Urban...
Racial Equity & Arts Funding in Greater Pittsburgh
May 23, 2018
While arts groups led by people of color account for 18 percent of arts organizations in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, they received only 10 percent of public and private grant dollars in 2016, a report from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council finds. Based on grants data and an online survey, the report, Racial Equity & Arts Funding in...
From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education
May 20, 2018
 Only 26 percent of working U.S. adults with college experience strongly agree that their education is relevant to their work and day-to-day life, a report from the Strada Education Network and Gallup finds. Based on a survey of more than a hundred and ten thousand people between the ages of 18 and 65, the report, From College to Life: Relevance...
2015-2016 Global Resources Report
May 17, 2018
Between 2013-14 and 2015-16, total global funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities increased $100 million, or 23 percent, a report from Funders for LGBTQ Issues finds. Based on more than 12,000 grants awarded by 511 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and fifteen government and multilateral agencies, the...
America's Youth Under Fire: The Devastating Impact of Gun Violence on Young People
May 14, 2018
Youth in the United States are disproportionately affected by gun violence, which has surpassed motor vehicle accidents as a leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 29 and is second only to drug overdose, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, America's Youth Under Fire: The Devastating Impact of Gun...