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'Digital Journalism: Making News, Breaking News'
September 14, 2014
Journalists around the world trying to do their job face a range of obstacles, including political interference, shrinking resources, lack of affordable access to the Internet, and worsening labor conditions as a result of policies, laws, and regulations that are either inadequate or repressive, a report from the Open Society Foundations' Mapping...
'Finance for Resilience: Engaging Impact Investors and the Private Sector'
September 8, 2014
Social impact finance can help address failures within the traditional private-sector development industry while fostering greater collaboration and scale, a report from Total Impact Advisors and the Rockefeller Foundation argues. According to the report, Finance for Resilience: Engaging Impact Investors and the Private Sector (38 pages, PDF),...
'Adverse Childhood Experiences: National- and State-Level Prevalence'
September 5, 2014
Nearly half of American children go through at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) — a potentially traumatic event that can have lasting negative effects on their health and well-being — a research brief from Child Trends finds. Based on data from the National Survey of Children's Health, the brief, Adverse Childhood Experiences:...
'Student Reactions During the First Year of Updated School Lunch Nutrition Standards'
September 2, 2014
Public school administrators report that, despite initial resistance, the majority of students liked the healthier school lunches that were implemented in 2012-13, a research brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. Based on data from two studies that examined elementary, middle, and high school students' reactions to the healthier...
'The Arts Factor 2014'
August 30, 2014
For every one hundred thousand residents of Boston, there are fifty nonprofit arts and cultural organizations — more than in any other U.S. metro area — and, beyond the admission they charge, those organizations generate $450,000 in support of local businesses, a report from ArtsBoston finds. According to the report, The Arts Factor 2014 (16...
'America's Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got That Way'
August 27, 2014
Even in states where school finance systems are designed to better support higher-need districts, many districts are poorly funded owing to inequities in local and state policies, segregation, and demographic changes, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. According to the report, America's Most Financially Disadvantaged School...
'Closing the Race Gap: Alleviating Young African American Unemployment Through Education
August 24, 2014
Raising educational attainment among African Americans is critical to closing the racial gap in employment because the value of each additional degree is greater for African Americans than for whites, a report from Young Invincibles finds. The report, Closing the Race Gap: Alleviating Young African American Unemployment Through Education(25...
Kindergartners' Skills at School Entry
August 21, 2014
Children who live in single-parent households or whose households are below the federal poverty line, whose mothers have less than a high school education, and/or for whom the primary language spoken at home is not English may be at a disadvantage in terms of cognitive ability even before they start kindergarten, a report commissioned by Sesame...
'Outsized Impact'
August 18, 2014
Small foundations with few or no staff, giving circles, donor-advised funds, and individuals comprise the largest share of philanthropic giving, and their influence is on the rise, a new report from Exponent Philanthropy argues. The report, Outsized Impact (30 pages, PDF), notes that in the new giving economy, knowledge, intention, and passion...
'Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones'
August 12, 2014
"No-take zones" in productive coastal waters not only can help lobster, conch, and other marine species recover from overfishing and habitat degradation but may also contribute to the re-colonization of nearby reef areas, a report from the Wildlife Conservation Society finds. Based on a review of research from around the world, the report, Review...
'Guideposts for Growth and Aspirations: 2013 Columbus Survey Findings'
August 9, 2014
Driven by outsized stock market returns, community foundations saw their assets, gifts received, and grant dollars awarded hit all-time highs in 2013, a survey by the Council on Foundations and CF Insights finds. Based on responses from two hundred and eighty-five community foundations, the report, Guideposts for Growth and Aspirations: 2013...