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In regions throughout the US, foundations and philanthropic groups convene panels, conduct webinars and interviews, create press releases, and develop various multi-media products to showcase the impact of philanthropic investment in Black communities. In this section, ABFE has compiled a growing list of these products to document the evolution of Black male initiatives in philanthropy and to highlight data of particular interest to members and colleagues throughout its networks.
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When She Ascends: State Pilot Report 2023

January 1, 2024

In 2021, The Ascend Fund launched a three-state pilot to increase the number of women serving in Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington legislatures. This effort was specifically intended to help the fund understand how to propel more women into leadership positions.This report is a summary of our key learnings from the multi-year effort. This report is designed as a resource not only for The Ascend Fund's current state partners but also for state and national organizations pursuing gender parity in politics across the country.

Global Greater Boston: Immigrants in a Changing Region

February 14, 2024

In 2024, Greater Boston is home to immigrants from all over the world who came here to work, study, find safety, and build economic prosperity for their families. Most immigrants to our region are now from Latin America and Asia rather than from Europe, as was the case for most of our history. Then and now, immigrants contribute a great deal to our region's innovation and diversity of perspective.In recent years, immigration has become the target of heated rhetoric and intense debate. At the same time, political, economic, and climate instability around the globe has led to increased migration to our region. For these reasons, immigration is front of mind for many Bostonians.In this report, Boston Indicators partnered with the Immigration Research Initiative to analyze who makes up immigrant communities in Greater Boston, quantify what they contribute to our regional economy, and detail the immigration pathways they take to get here. To do this, we organized the report into three sections:PART 1: Demographic Profile, which analyzes the composition of immigrant populations in our region and looks at how this has changed over time.PART 2: Economic Contributions, which examines the socioeconomic contributions and well-being of immigrants in our region. This section looks both at current conditions and the economic trajectory of immigrants over their careers and across the generations.PART 3: Immigration Pathways, which details the complex system that immigrants contend with in order to settle in Greater Boston.We hope this analysis of Greater Boston's immigrant population will help policymakers and service providers better understand immigrant communities and effectively implement programs and policies that make our region an even more welcoming and thriving place. 

Not Invited to the Party Primary: Independent Voters and the Problem with Closed Primaries

February 13, 2024

This report investigates the problems with closed primaries and their impact on independent voters, and it is divided into five sections:First, through an analysis of voter registration data, we clearly define the extent of the problem with closed primaries by highlighting the number of registered voters who are unable to participate in primaries. We also show that this problem has accelerated over time.Second, armed with data from a first-of-its-kind poll of registered independent voters who reside in closed primary states ("Excluded Independents"), we define who is impacted by the problem across demographic lines. We also analyze why voters register as independents and share some voters' responses to the question "Why are you an independent?"Third, through an analysis of the polling data, we examine the beliefs of Excluded Independents to illustrate the perspectives that are shut out of the electoral process because of closed primaries. We find evidencethat challenges predominant beliefs that independents are disengaged from politics, we report on their attitudes towards the current primary system, and we share fresh data on who Excluded Independents are inclined to support in the 2024 presidential general election.Fourth, we review the existing literature surrounding the debate about independent voters' tendency to "lean" to one party or the other, and we find data that challenges the conventional wisdom that independents who lean toward a party are really just "weak partisans."To conclude, we offer a menu of policy solutions — already in use in dozens of states — that would allow independents to participate in all elections, while giving all voters more voice and more choice.

The Heart Work of Hard Work: Black Teacher Pipeline Best Practices at HBCU Teacher Education Programs

February 8, 2024

This report by the UNCF Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute examines the best practices implemented at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) teacher preparation programs, which result in these institutions being significant producers of Black teachers for America's public education system.This report builds on the HBCU teacher preparation program scholarship by providing a snapshot of the recruitment, curricular, and co-curricular practices implemented at these institutions to strengthen the Black teacher pipeline. Through the voices of faculty, staff, and students at four HBCU teacher preparation programs, this report will introduce practices that support their Black pre-service teachers.

Climate Change: A series of Case Studies on South African Funder's Climate Journeys (Volume 2)

February 5, 2024

Climate change is an increasingly pressing global issue that requires an immediate and concerted response to limit its most catastrophic consequences. Funders can play a key role in responding to climate change, however, funder responses to climate change have historically been relatively limited.That said, more funders are beginning to acknowledge the urgency with which climate change needs to be addressed and are increasingly seeing the impacts that climate change has on the often vulnerable communities that they serve. These climate change impacts have further implications for funders' work on other socio-economic challenges, with the communities that they serve facing additional challenges relating to food security, water scarcity, environmental damage, and heat waves.

Philanthropic Foundation Funding for Clean Air: Advancing climate action, health and social justice

January 15, 2024

An analysis of funding from philanthropic foundations to tackle air pollution between 2015 and 2022. We identify funding trends, gaps and opportunities for philanthropies to maximise the benefits of their investments.

A "good life" for every student: High schools embrace many pathways to success

January 1, 2024

The Covid-19 pandemic and recovery period is a unique opportunity to understand contemporary issues in high school reform. Evidence has clearly demonstrated lingering Covid impacts on adolescent students that have deepened pre-existing inequities and worsened teen mental health. There's a natural desire to regain normalcy after the pandemic. But it's essential, and urgent, that we examine why that "normalcy" failed in the past to support every student's needs. We must identify effective, even new, ways to level the playing field for today's students, and for future generations. Research has shown that many high school educators and administrators experimented with new approaches during the pandemic. Can the lessons learned in this period contribute to more lasting, transformative shifts?This report begins to answer that question. Beginning in 2022, Arizona State University's Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and Columbia University's Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL)—with support from the Barr Foundation—began studying innovations in six public high schools in New England. We chose schools in a range of contexts that all had some form of redesign underway. Over 20 months, we interviewed students who had begun high school around when the pandemic struck; most of them had graduated by the end of the study in December 2023. We also interviewed students' caregivers, teachers, and administrators. We wanted to know what success meant for students and the adults in their lives, and how schools were making changes—including before the pandemic—to ensure every student had the opportunity to learn and thrive. We listened for where schools were succeeding, and what challenges they faced in the new normal of a post-pandemic landscape.

Why We Rhize: Learnings from a Decade of Supporting Movements

December 19, 2023

This report aims to celebrate Rhize's legacy and document its many impacts, while also distilling challenges and learnings on diverse themes relevant to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in social change worldwide. As such, this report does not offer exhaustive descriptions of an NGO's programmatic work, as an annual report or a website might. Instead, it offers an organizational history through a multi-voiced narrative of an NGO's twists and turns, drawing from interviews with 15 key stakeholders from various points throughout its decade-long journey.

Why We Rhize: Enseignements tirés d’une décennie de soutien aux mouvements

December 19, 2023

Ce rapport vise à rendre hommage à l'héritage de Rhize et à documenter ses nombreux impacts, tout en distillant les défis et les enseignements sur divers thèmes pertinents pour les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) qui travaillent sur le changement social dans le monde entier. En tant que tel, ce rapport n'offre pas de descriptions exhaustives du travail programmatique d'une ONG, comme le ferait un rapport annuel ou un site Web. Au lieu de cela, il offre une histoire organisationnelle à travers un récit, à plusieurs voix, des rebondissements d'une ONG, en s'appuyant sur des entretiens avec 15 parties prenantes clés de divers points tout au long de son parcours sur dix ans.---This report aims to celebrate Rhize's legacy and document its many impacts, while also distilling challenges and learnings on diverse themes relevant to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in social change worldwide. As such, this report does not offer exhaustive descriptions of an NGO's programmatic work, as an annual report or a website might. Instead, it offers an organizational history through a multi-voiced narrative of an NGO's twists and turns, drawing from interviews with 15 key stakeholders from various points throughout its decade-long journey.

When Communities Keep Flooding: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study

December 7, 2023

We all want to live in places that are safe and able to respond to disasters. But right now, many rural communities and Native nations — especially communities of color and low-wealth places — experience repeated devastating flooding.Repeated flooding is an environmental justice issue for both urban and rural communities, but rural communities need rural solutions when confronting natural disasters and associated recovery efforts, as detailed in our call to action, Through Natural Disaster to Prosperity.The drivers of repeated flooding in rural communities are complex, including climate, unsustainable approaches to development, and structural inequity. Still, rural people across the country are working diligently and creatively on home-grown solutions.The communities and organizations profiled in this case study are all working hard to address the causes and conditions contributing to flooding in their areas, as well as to envision and build thriving futures of equitable rural prosperity.They generously shared their thoughts, focusing on two key questions:What structural challenges keep rural communities from addressing repeated flooding?What will it take for rural communities to drive their own solutions to repeated flooding?

Responsible AI Adoption Framework in Philanthropy: An Initial Framework for Grantmakers

December 6, 2023

As society grapples with the increasing prevalence of AI tools, this framework addresses the need for grantmakers to adopt AI in alignment with their core values. It emphasizes the responsibility of philanthropic organizations to ensure that the usage of AI enables human flourishing, minimizes risk, and maximizes benefit. Beyond AI adoption, the framework also calls for foundations to play a crucial role in advancing the responsible use of AI for nonprofit enablement.

Research manual: Analyzing Candid’s demographic data

December 1, 2023

To better understand the demographic identities of those working in the nonprofit sector and to reduce the reporting burden on nonprofits, Candid collects and shares demographic data about staff and board members from a growing number of U.S. nonprofits and foundations. This manual provides background and best practices for those looking to understand and use this data set for research and analysis.

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