Rigorous, extensive data now prove that investments in early childhood are vital for helping children start down the path of educational attainment and productive adulthood. Evidence-based early childhood programs, including quality early education; physical, mental, and dental care; and voluntary home visiting/parent mentoring, have been shown to improve outcomes in a diverse array of areas, including high school graduation, employment, substance abuse, crime, and teen pregnancy. This report examined the actions of four distinct types of organizations.
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Each year in the United States, tens of millions of children, disproportionately low-income, go without seeing a dentist. This lack of access to dental care is a complex problem fueled by a number of factors, with two different dentist shortages compounding the issue.
Hewlett Foundation's Fay Twersky shares insights that can help you hone your leadership skills.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy shares their report on Inequity in Education. American schoolchildren face alarming inequities in educational opportunities. While the public schools attended by some U.S. students are among the best in the world, other children are cast off into unsafe, unsupportive, unchallenging and underresourced schools where their chances of academic success are minimal.
The vision for this Field Guide came from the collective wisdom of a working group convened by the Council on Foundations in August 2012. Guided by the community foundation leadership of Kathy Merchant at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Stuart Comstock-Gay at The Vermont Community Foundation and managed by Laura Tomasko at the Council on Foundations, the working group met throughout the past year to strategize on how best to move the community foundation field forward in impact investing.
From its trough in march 2009, the s&p 500 index has returned 249% through yearend 2015. US GDP is 14.4% higher and going into 2016, we see no recession on the horizon.
In this guide, we outline a series of steps that you can follow to create and implement a Plan A as part of your organization’s everyday business, inexpensively, and without disrupting the vital work that your organization is doing. While what to do is knowable, we don’t promise that it will be easy to do it well. It takes significant focus, time, and effort. But we do say that the actions you take will help build an organization that’s better prepared to increase your impact amid the challenges to come.
In 2009, eighteen funders in northeast Ohio joined together in the Human Services Strategic Restructuring Pilot Project (the Collaborative) to examine how to support nonprofit organizations in strategic restructurings.
Childhood stress and trauma impact children's futures and this suggests how communities can counteract such forces.
This review of two-generation programs assesses their effectiveness and suggests policy
From the outset of the Scaling What Works initiative, GEO has supported a conversation about scale that includes a variety of ways nonprofits and their funders are creating more value for communities and making fast and substantial progress on the issues and causes we all care about.
The latest report shares lessons learned from efforts to advance diversity, inclusion and equality.
Explore trends, causes and possible remedies to address the fact that 16 million American children face food insecurity.
Impact investing (also referred to as “social finance”, “social impact investing”, “blended value investing” or “impact finance”) has gained significant momentum in recent years. As we move through the first quarter of the twenty-first century, this is perhaps the biggest idea to renew the relevance of finance for the real economy and social progress. Estimates indicate that impact investing could become a new asset class or investment style that will grow to USD 1 trillion by the end of the decade.
Evaluation findings and lessons learned by the wide array of public and community-based organizations that participated in The Colorado Trust’s Partnerships for Health Initiative offer important lessons to help health care organizations better coordinate and align their services and systems and, in turn, to improve health outcomes.
Studies examining the role of philanthropic foundations in advancing social change have primarily focused on the impact of foundations’ financial resources, but few scholars have analyzed how foundations also leverage social mechanisms to advance and legitimate desired change. We conceptualize philanthropic foundations as agents of change, known as institutional entrepreneurs, to illuminate the social mechanisms they employ in pursuit of institutional change.
This article presents new findings about what foundations are doing on evaluation and discusses their implications. It is based on 2012 research that benchmarks the positioning, resourcing, and function of evaluation in foundations, and follows up on a 2009 study that used a similar design.
The report of the new commission on the skills of the american workforce.
How to increase gifts from "middle donors" - those typically defined as giving between $250 and $9,000 a year.
This Health Policy Institute of Ohio report provides leaders with a roadmap to expand the health policy agenda in Ohio to include a more balanced focus on the factors that shape our health both inside and outside the clinical care system.