Read Gasby Brown’s PND blog post on findings from the 2016 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy.
As the demography of America changes, the face of philanthropy is changing along with it. While African Americans have a tradition of giving, the report highlights new data on African-American donors that gives us a clearer picture of the future of philanthropy in the U.S.
For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. “Sticking points”, like conflicts over decision-making power or competition for resources, can derail advocacy-focused efforts and make even the most earnest collaborator wary.
IssueLab’s new special collection on Multi-party Advocacy brings together 40+ reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts; providing valuable perspective on both the sticking points and how we might move through them. The collection was created as a complement to forthcoming resources on the same topic from IssueLab’s sister site, GrantCraft.
Read this LA Times article by Sonali Kohli about a UCLA report on why it’s important to talk about successful Black and Latino boys.
Researchers asked faculty at six Los Angeles County high schools to identify boys in grades 10 through 12 who either excelled academically, held leadership roles in extracurricular activities or showed resilience in their home lives. They interviewed those boys and asked them how they defined success, and what they felt had contributed to theirs. The new report highlights how high expectations at home, safe places such as community organizations and sports programs, and strong mentors at school motivate students who thrive.
NCRP finds in its latest report, Pennies for Progress: A Decade of Boom For Philanthropy, A Bust For Social Justice, that while total foundation assets grew by 70 percent between 2003 and 2013, which includes the Great Recession, marginalized communities saw little of these dollars. The share of all domestic funding for social justice strategies remained stagnant at 10 percent for these 11 years.
Read the research done by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) and the Center for Collaborative Education on opportunities and achievements for different groups of students across Boston Public Schools. Unsurprising, they found that Black and Latino males experience systemic gaps in opportunity. The team went on to examine the practices that create or reduce opportunity gaps; developed indicators to help school communities measure their progress and supported various stakeholders in their efforts to take action.
Read the Vera Institute of Justice’s report, New Orleans: Who’s in Jail and Why? It aims to advance an important public conversation about how we are using out jail and how it impacts safety in our city.
Until recently, New Orleans led the nation in jail incarceration: before Katrina, we jailed people at a rate five times the national average. The consequences were dramatic for the tens of thousands of people booked into the jail each year who lost their jobs, homes, and even custody of their children. Instead of making us the safest city in America, this over-use of detention destabilized communities.
In the shadow of the tragedies of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and law enforcement officers in Dallas, the National Justice Database released two major reports in collaboration with the Urban Institute and supported in part by the Open Society Foundations. OSF discusses these reports and race and policing in the country in their post here.
The first report, The Science of Justice: City Report, provides data analysis and recommendations based on the stop, force, policy, and climate survey data furnished by multiple departments around the country, summarizes indicators and potential causes of racial disparities, and compares a sample city’s department to others participating in the NJD. The second report, a comparative study entitled The Science of Justice: Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force, examines use of force across 12 departments participating in the NJD, benchmarking on arrest rates in order to provide a conservative test of racial bias in police use of force.
IssueLab’s new special collection on Race and Policing includes research from nonprofits, foundations, and university-based research centers across the U.S., who are taking a closer look at evidence about racial bias in stop-and-frisk policies, traffic stops, and the use of force, as well as at data about differing perceptions of policing.
The collection also includes recommendations for addressing this chronic and tragic problem, including: how to restore trust between police and the community, the efficacy of body cameras, and the need for more accurate and comparable data that can be used to hold police departments to account.
Again and again the data show that people of color in the U.S. are disproportionately, and systematically, stopped, frisked, arrested, and exposed to the use of force by police. Police departments and communities across the U.S. are struggling with these realities and with what has become a glaring divide in how Americans experience and relate to policing.
What determines how long we live? The surprising thing to us was that adjacent communities can have a 15 year-difference in life expectancy. Your preconditioned brains might attribute this to dramatic factors like drugs and violence (ours did). But the causes are actually more sinister: heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, all of which can be linked to Chronic Stress and stem directly from economic inequality. So we are all implicated… and we hope you learn as much from this 4-minute video as we did in the 15 years it took us to make it.
MEE Productions’ newest report, Heard, Not Judged: Insights into the Talents, Realities and Needs of Young Men of Color, delves into the everyday life, concerns, and obstacles facing boys and men of color.
It provides detailed findings about what boys and young men of color need in order to help them overcome the challenges and obstacles they face in their day-to-day lives. The report highlights the voices of young men in Oakland, New York City, Baltimore, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Detroit as they opened up and shared what is on their minds and in their hearts. Among other things, the report focuses on four main areas:
- Values: This section explores the personal values of low-income, urban African-American males and the obstacles they face (real or perceived).
- Success and Optimal Health: This section aims to understand how African-American males define success, optimal health (physical, emotional, mental, etc.), and understand what they need in order to thrive, rather than merely survive.
- Competition/Winning/Skills and Creative Talents: This section aims to understand how African-American males define and value competition. They talked about their personal talents and abilities and how those helped them compete in life.
- Existing Resources for African-American Males: African-American males discussed the quantity and quality of resources available to them, both via online/digital tools and in their respective home communities.