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“American Patrick Manson” Goes to China: Ernest Faust’s Career Path to Peking Union Medical College

November 21, 2022

Based on primary sources from the Rockefeller Archive Center, this research report examines the leading American tropical medicine specialist Ernest Carroll Faust's initial career choice to go to Rockefeller-sponsored Peking Union Medical College in the early 20th century. It argues that Faust accepted the position and introduced a medical-zoological-based tropical medicine to China mainly because of his own career ambitions and his mentor Henry Ward's ardent promotion of this new field, within the Rockefeller Foundation's expanding global network. With this case study, my report also challenges the current dominant model which treats tropical medicine as colonial medicine.

Louisiana Justice: Pre-trial, Incarceration, & Reentry

November 8, 2022

This report provides a high-level system overview of Louisiana's justice system from pretrial to incarceration to re-entry and includes new data and insights from local advocates. Data included provides the most recent snapshot of Louisiana's prison population and the first close look at the impact of multi billing, or "habitual offender sentencing," including significant disparities of the use of the multi bill in Louisiana. An introductory letter highlights two significant issues that have not previously been studied or analyzed: multi-bill sentences and local housing of the state's prison populations. 

Opportunities for Philanthropy in Louisiana’s Justice System

November 8, 2022

This report provides targeted recommendations for foundations and philanthropy as a supplement to research and findings presented in our 2022 report, "Louisiana Justice: Pre-trial, Incarceration, & Reentry." That report provides a high-level overview of the criminal legal system in Louisiana based on original statistical research and focus group interviews. 

Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Forest Tenure Pledge: Annual Report 2021-2022

November 7, 2022

One year on from the Pledge announcement, this first report from the Forest Tenure Funders Group provides an overview of donor progress in 2021. The report describes how donors are working together, in dialogue with Indigenous Peoples and local community-led organisations. 

State of the Cryosphere 2022 – Growing Losses, Global Impacts: We cannot negotiate with the melting point of ice.

November 7, 2022

Reviewed and supported by over 60 leading cryosphere scientists, this report details how a combination of melting polar ice sheets, vanishing glaciers, and thawing permafrost will have rapid, irreversible, and disastrous effects on the Earth's population. It updates the latest cryosphere science, and emphasizes that the global impacts of these changes are spreading and worsening.State of the Cryosphere reports take the pulse of the cryosphere on an annual basis. The cryosphere is the name given to Earth's snow and ice regions and ranges from ice sheets, glaciers and permafrost to sea ice and the polar oceans – which are acidifying far more rapidly than warmer waters.

What Gets Measured Gets Financed: Climate finance funding flows and opportunities

November 4, 2022

Climate change poses a singular threat to humanity, and to The Rockefeller Foundation's 109-year mission of promoting its well-being throughout the world. To meet our mission today, we must directly confront climate change.One of the biggest obstacles to achieving net zero emissions globally by 2050 is the lack of financing from public and private sources for climate change mitigation and adaptation. This climate financing gap is made more acute by the use of inconsistent definitions, methodologies, and disclosures. Without standardized taxonomies, it can be difficult — if not impossible — for catalytic investors to trace financing flows and pinpoint gaps they can meaningfully target their dollars to.This report provides industry practitioners with a comprehensive view of how climate finance needs are evolving relative to flows and identifies where the most critical gaps in climate finance data reporting are, and where the need for taxonomic standards is most urgent.The report also provides guidance for how the finance gap can be overcome and recommends that all key actors in the climate finance ecosystem play bigger, more active roles. Governments will need to trace climate finance needs, flows, and outcomes for necessary structural interventions such as tax incentives and subsidies. Corporations need to disaggregate climate finance initiatives rather than rolling costs and allocations under business operations in order for investments and performance to be accurately assessed. And market-return-seeking investors need to make the end use of their proceeds more transparent, so that others in the climate finance arena can better discern the gaps and needs that remain.

Boston Climate Progress Report 2022

November 3, 2022

This report, to be updated every two years, examines Boston's progress toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, our resilience to future climate disruptions, and the equity of our climate response. It also highlights a dozen key outcomes that must be achieved by programs, projects, and initiatives whose success is imperative to reaching the overarching goals, and lays out four "big lifts," system-transforming actions which Boston—along with the broader region and state—needs to accelerate to sharply reduce net emissions.

Across the Aisle: Bridging the Education Divide

November 2, 2022

Last year, as states and districts across the country grappled with academic and social and emotional learning loss, states and districts were still in a state of triage, learning about the full impacts of school closures while supporting students and educators with safely returning to school. Furthermore, parents were anxious about when and how things would return to a state of normalcy. This context laid the groundwork for The Hunt Institute's 2021 Emerging Priorities for Education Leaders Report to better understand the educational challenges and issues that are top of mind among the public.One year later, how have public priorities changed?America's ever-changing educational landscape inspired The Hunt Institute to explore whether parent and voter priorities had shifted since our last report was published. In partnership with Lake Research Partners, we conducted an updated nationwide survey of parents and voters to hear their concerns, gauge their priorities, and establish a path forward for transforming our education system for the better. 

Agricultural Conservation Practices: Clean Water and Climate Smart Investments

November 2, 2022

The six states and the District of Columbia that share the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed are currently carrying out plans—called Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs)—to achieve the pollution reductions called for in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the science-based plan designed to restore the health of the Bay. The 2025 deadline for implementation is fast approaching and more than 90 percent of the remaining reductions must come from agriculture. Though progress has been made, it is still far short of what is needed. Increased funding for conservation practices, as outlined in the state plans, is therefore critical to success.The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) worked with natural resource economists to estimate the economic impact of implementing the remaining agricultural conservation practices in the state plans. The analysis shows that investing in these conservation practices is truly that—an investment with positive economic effects above and beyond the cost. For every dollar spent implementing additional agricultural conservation practices under the Blueprint, the Chesapeake Bay region can expect $1.75 in economic returns to local businesses and workers through additional sales of goods and services and greater earnings, totaling $655.2 million annually through 2025. This investment will also support an estimated 6,673 jobs a year between 2020 and 2025.

The East Baltimore Development Initiative: A Long-Term Impact Evaluation of a Comprehensive Community Initiative

November 2, 2022

East Baltimore Development Initiative (EBDI), one of the nation's largest, longest-standing, and most prominent comprehensive community initiatives. EBDI has directly invested or leveraged more than $1 billion into the East Baltimore community since 2003. This report uses the synthetic control method to conduct the first impact assessment of the initiative. The study finds some changes to population levels and rents, but not to income, poverty rates, or racial composition.

Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work? Results from the Sixth Annual Employee Experience Survey (2022)

November 1, 2022

This report shares overall findings from the sixth annual Employee Experience Survey conducted by Leading Edge, which gathered responses from more than 12,000 employees of 257 Jewish nonprofit organizations. The survey helps leaders learn about their employees' experiences at work so they can improve them.Being a great place to work is a job that's never done. Like exercise and healthy eating for a person, maintaining a great place to work is something that organizations need to do every day. This report is a snapshot of how that complex, constant, and important work was going in one set of 257 Jewish nonprofits in May 2022.

Transparency & Accountability Initiative Participatory Strategy Resource Library

November 1, 2022

Many struggle to imagine how to bring elements of participation and power-sharing into the design of their strategies, both institutionally and programmatically.The Transparency and Accountability Initative (TAI) has built this library to illuminate what is (and isn't) a participatory strategy and describe how funders and nonprofits have designed and executed their participatory strategic processes. TAI encourages transparent, participatory, and accountable funding practices.