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RRF Foundation for Aging;
We are pleased to introduce RRF's issue brief on Economic Security in Later Life. This is the first in a series that, together, will describe the foundation's approach to grantmaking and to working to improve the quality of life of older people. It is also an invitation to others to partner with the foundation to develop new and innovative ways that will enable more older adults to achieve a greater measure of financial well-being.RRF envisions a future in which all of us, as we age, have the means to achieve a secure and dignified later life—sufficient income to meet basic expenses; assistance, if needed, to plan and manage our income and savings effectively; and a stable, equitable public and private system of supports, services, and protections that can help us achieve and maintain economic well-being.All too often, discussions of economic security lay blame on individuals and their inability to "save for retirement." Most of us, however, work hard throughout our lives (and many of us must continue to work well past a traditional retirement age). We pay taxes, contribute to Social Security and other programs and help our communities in many ways. Despite this, financial struggles in later life are distressingly common, resulting from larger economic forces beyond our control, systemic inequities, and an insufficient safety net.This brief describes RRF's interest in promoting economic security in later life, as well as our commitment to generating innovative solutions to the challenges we face. We look forward to joining with others in this important work.Click "Download" to access this resource.
This report offers a behind the scenes look into the design, build, and test phases of The Mesa and discusses the ways in which the social impact space - especially at the major gift level - can use technology to better collaborate and connect for good. It features interviews with their pilot partners, who provide first-hand accounts on what it takes to run a growing impact-focused community. They dive into how to create effective, meaningful online communities that prompt greater giving from wealth holders. If you're serving clients, members, or donors, this publication can collaborate on discussing what role you can play in revolutionizing philanthropy through technology and community.
This guide illustrates how the climate crisis impacts funding portfolios and highlights where there are co-benefits with taking climate action. It looks at five key areas that we call 'climate intersections.'The findings and suggestions in this report are meant to shine a light on how you as a funder can increase your impact by applying a climate lens to existing work. You know your portfolio best, and are therefore well placed to think through what these intersections mean for your work. The report is also interspersed with case studies on funders and select NGOs who are already applying this lens to their work.
Social IMPACT Research Center;
This report documents the implementation and participant outcomes of a partnership project intended to increase identification of and service provision to survivors of human trafficking by providing training and technical assistance to organizations in high-need areas in Illinois. Prior to the development of this partnership, anti-trafficking resources in Illinois had been concentrated in Chicago and the surrounding area. Other areas of the state, namely Peoria and Kankakee, had low levels of anti-trafficking resources and victim identification, despite high vulnerability factors for trafficking.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration;
Because this report discusses topics that some may find triggering, we have broad content warnings for the whole report which include: racism, displacement, civil war, misogynoir, xenophobia, sexual assault, police brutality, immigration enforcement (ICE), deportation as well as mental and physical health. At the beginning of each chapter, section-specific content warnings are also provided. Below each graph and image, we include descriptive captions for accessibility.Our report is story-driven, which means that we center the voices and experiences of the individuals that we interviewed. We include quotes from them throughout the report. While we may not necessarily agree with all of the content or the language used in each quote, we include them because we believe they help paint a holistic picture of the stories and visions of Black immigrants.For confidentiality reasons, we have removed most personal identifiers and only refer to participants by their location and age. Towards the end of the report, we have a works cited page where you can see some of the articles, projects, and stories that inspired our research.
This information note sheds light on the policies and safeguards suggested by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) against terrorist financing, money laundering, and financing of weapons of mass destruction and discusses theirimpact on civil society activities in Turkey. The Law on the Prevention of Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (hereinafter referred to as "the Law") which entered into force on December 31, 2020; aims to mitigate these risks and comply with the FATF principles; however, these new measures will severely restrict civic space and stifle the activities of civil society organizations (CSOs). This document focuses on anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) standards for civil society that were introduced by the FATF and analysis of the Law from the point of view of FATF Standards. It provides brief information about the FATF and mutual evaluation process, putting Turkey's membership to the FATF in perspective, and offering details of the Law and its analysis with regard to the FATF.
Philanthropic Foundations Canada;
Financial statements are your primary source of information about an organization's financial position. Financialinformation is typically measurable, objective, and comparable over time and it is a useful indicator of overallorganizational financial health. Understanding the financial position of a charity or non-profit organization (NPO) iscritical when assessing their long-term viability, financial needs, and organizational capacity.This primer is a basic tool for donors and funders to help understand and analyze financial statements to determinethe financial sustainability of an organization and identify potential red flags. Understanding financials will help you answer some fundamental questions, such as: 1. Is the charity financially sustainable?2. Are there good processes for financial management?3. Are financial resources used efficiently?
Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF);
The Funder Commitment on Climate Change is a holistic, high-level framework for foundations - whatever their size, mission, or area of benefit - to play their part in tackling the causes and impacts of climate change. It was launched in November 2019, and since June 2020 has been hosted by the Association of Charitable Foundation (ACF). This UK initiative has inspired foundation networks in France and Spain to develop parallel commitments, and there are also plans for national commitments in other states and a global version. ACF invited all current signatories to respond to a simple survey of actions taken under each of the elements of the Funder Commitment. Funders were invited to make a simple self-assessment of their progress in each area - the collated results of which are shown as bar charts in this report. ACF also took this opportunity to ask signatories about how ACF can best support peer learning and further action, and finally to gather some basic data about the signatories to inform future work.
The reality that COVID-19 was a pandemic became clear by mid-March 2020. Immediately, grassroots, community-led groups organized mutual aid and other COVID response efforts to bridge the gaps created by lack of preparedness as well as inadequate response on the part of the state and federal governments.The Barr Foundation is interested in learning how these community based responses were organized, how they operated, and what the network ecology looked like in Boston, Chelsea, and Revere. The overall goal is to understand how community-focused and community-led responses like these can be built upon and reinforced to support equity-centered climate resilience.
Launched in 2009, BPS Arts Expansion, the public-private partnership led by the Boston Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department and EdVestors, brings together local foundations, the school district, arts organizations, higher education institutions, and the Mayor's Office to focus on a coherent, sustainable approach to quality arts education for all BPS students. This collaboration of local leaders along with students, families, and school staff, has enabled Boston to emerge as a national leader among urban districts working to expand arts education.The purpose of this study is to examine how access to arts education in BPS influences education outcomes pertaining to student social emotional and academic outcomes as well as parent and teacher perspectives regarding school climate. This research strengthens the case for quality arts education for every student, finding significant evidence increases in arts education lead to improvements on a range of indicators of student and parent school engagement.
In 2020 people of all backgrounds and beliefs stepped up to help each other in response to an unprecedented crisis with a renewed spirit of community, solidarity, and generosity. Last year's volatility also resulted in a highly anomalous year in charitable giving. We had the opportunity to dive deep into the data to learn from this experience. Our latest report, Giving in Unprecedented Times, helps us better understand the fluctuations in, and drivers of, charitable giving during a year of crisis to pinpoint risks and opportunities for organizations moving forward. When we took a closer look at U.S. charitable giving data for all of 2020, we uncovered unique shifts in giving by cause area, time of year, and donation size and frequency that help tell the story of a tumultuous year. We also recognized that because of the way the unusual events of 2020 affected how nonprofit organizations responded as well as the ways donors gave, we needed new methodology to account for extreme variance from norm. The analysis gives a representation of the sector as a whole and "typical" organizations, providing visibility to the volatility in 2020 that underlies the average results for the sector. This approach also allows us to contextualize results by both organization size and cause, and these changes will make ongoing reporting more resilient to market volatility in the future.
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy;
This implementation playbook outlines critical steps and decision points to implement a bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Massachusetts between the cities of Everett and Boston. Included are data-rich insights into specific on-the-ground conditions and illustrations of creative bus priority improvements in Everett along a potential Everett-to-Boston BRT corridor. The playbook highlights how the City of Everett, in collaboration with Boston, as well as state agencies and other adjacent municipalities can continue to be a municipal leader in transit innovation.Everett, Massachusetts is a diverse, vibrant community of 40,000 bordering Boston that, despite a critical lack of transit-specific infrastructure, has become a regional and national leader in transit-oriented development and bus-based transit innovation. It was a pioneer in installing peak-hour bus lanes at a time when other cities were worried about whether such lanes would be feasible and has continued to demonstrate the benefits of planning that prioritizes people over vehicles.Lessons in the playbook, especially around trade-offs, show how Everett and other communities in greater Boston can improve the bus rider experience. Each of Everett's transit-priority interventions has brought the city closer to a full-fledged BRT corridor. Conditions in Everett—with narrow roadways, complex traffic patterns and nearly a dozen bus routes—have posed challenges to implementing a full bus rapid transit system. BRT improves accessibility, equitability, and legibility, making the bus transit experience more time-efficient and easier to use and understand. Many creative solutions have brought and will continue to bring the city and region closer to this goal.While the playbook is focused on getting to BRT in and between Everett and Boston, it offers many lessons that are applicable to cities across the nation who are looking to build BRT across municipal lines and on roadways with limited width.