What we found through our State of the Field project demonstrates the value of funding multi-issue, multi-constituency community organizing, as well as the merits of general operating support and multi-year funding. Below are observations from our Building Bridges, Building Power: Developments in Institution-Based Community Organizing report about the structure and approach of institution-based community organizing, how it has expanded over the past decade, the current funding of the field, and some recommendations for philanthropy.
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In Women Give 2013, we investigate two ways in which parents teach children about giving and whether girls and boys respond differently to those approaches. We examine whether differences exist by age, income, and race. We
use longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and its Child Development Supplement (CDS) across two time periods within the same households to assess whether talking to children about charity and
role-modeling charitable giving has an effect on a child’s giving to charity.
As we approach the Networked Society, empowered individuals and communities will drive change towards completely new ways of governing, doing business, innovating, learning and educating. It is change that is on the same magnitude as the Industrial Revolution – but this time the shift revolves around the role of ICT and how it is transforming our society.
As the new century unfolds, O hio stands at a crossroads. O ver the past 20 years, our state and local leaders have worked to improve student, school and system performance. W e have seen progress in some areas, but our education system falls far short of preparing all students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
This report addresses how governments that hire charitable nonprofits to deliver services and then reimburse them for less than reasonable indirect costs undermine the ability of nonprofits to deliver high quality services. It reviews research documenting that such an approach erodes communities and offers practical solutions that governments at all levels can adopt to strengthen the government-nonprofit contracting relationship while ensuring higher-performing partners and cost savings for taxpayers.
KIDS COUNT®, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.
The strategy session, Innovative Crossroads: The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging, brought together a select number of health, arts, and aging grantmakers invested in the field along with national experts to explore
and discuss: how creative expression can improve health outcomes for older Americans, promising programs, challenges facing funders in supporting programs, and opportunities for funders to advance programs and the field as a whole. This paper is a summary and synthesis of the information presented at the national funder strategy session, the topics and issues examined and considered, and the recommendations that emerged from the day’s discussion.
February's topic was disruptive innovations. When a product or service is designed for a new set of customers whose needs are being ignored, researchers call it a disruptive innovation. Think Wikipedia versus a traditional encyclopedia, email vs the postal service, iTunes vs a record store or cloud computing vs. floppy drives. It’s happening in education, in health care and in philanthropy. So what does this mean for us?
Communicating visually through infographics is one of the easiest ways to explain complex concepts, demonstrate an organization’s impact or share accomplishments. A picture is worth a thousand words and infographics are an amazing way to tell your foundation’s story without overwhelming readers.
This month’s topic: It All Started with a Girdle – The story of “Generational Marketing” research. Many companies in the for-profit world -- including Playtex, Betty Crocker and Seagrams -- changed their marketing due to the impact generational cohorts have within society. This does not just impact for-profits; it also reaches into the world of nonprofits. It’s important for both grantmakers and grantseekers to understand the research, learn from for- profit strategies and begin to think out of the box to transform the marketing being used today to reach diverse age groups.
5 tools funders can use to better understand their performance.
A concise briefing on what state policy makers should do to improve cities and towns.
A funder guide on improving environmental conditions for health.
How to increase gifts from "middle donors" - those typically defined as giving between $250 and $9,000 a year.
This first of a three-part webinar series reveals how leading companies engage employee skills to leverage their business lines and other corporate assets in their philanthropic efforts. The webinar focuses on developing a company's community involvement strategy using examples of how Patagonia, FedEx, HP and other leading companies have increased their social and business impact. Whether you are looking to make big changes or take small steps, you'll glean useful tips from Bea Boccalandro's engaging exploration of how to increase the impact of your corporate giving.
A plan of action for a public-private partnership that will invest $194 million in expanding ways to support boys and men of color.
The latest report shares lessons learned from efforts to advance diversity, inclusion and equality.
This brief explores the inequalities in the distribution of wealth that reproduce and exacerbate inequities.
The number of children needing health insurance dropped about half a percent between 2011 – 2013.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation explains its two-generation approach to reducing poverty.