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Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

Learning to Build Police-Community Trust Implementation Assessment Findings from the Evaluation of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

September 8, 2019

This research report documents the training, policy development, and reconciliation activities of the six cities that took part in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, an effort to promote more equitable, just, and respectful policing practices and improve relationships and trust between law enforcement and community members. We found that the training component of the Initiative, which exposed officers to concepts of procedural justice and implicit bias, was implemented as intended and was well received by officers. In addition, the reconciliation framework used to improve relationships between police and communities was powerful and impactful, leading police departments to make changes to their policies to build trust and institutionalize improvements to practices. We also observed that local contexts affected the implementation process, with factors such as police leadership stability and the dynamics underlying relations between police, political leadership, and the community facilitating or impeding progress.

Innovation Lab For Museums: Case Studies in Innovation and Adaptive Capacity

September 4, 2015

This case study on Latino New South follows the journey and partnerships of three cultural institutions -- the Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, NC), the Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA), and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL). These three organizations entered the Innovation Lab for Museums with the intention of making their programs and institutions more resonant with, and responsive to, the fast-growing Latino communities in their respective cities.

Women's Economic Security and Workforce Development in Greater Birmingham

June 1, 2015

The Women's Fund supports post-secondary education and job skills training for low-income women to help prepare them for jobs in growing sectors of Birmingham's business community.To amplify each woman's success in these opportunities, The Women's Fund is directing its dollars towards collaborative community partnerships that combine educational support with economic support for women and their children, including quality child care, housing, and mentors.In the five counties of the Greater Birmingham Area--Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker--28.4% of households with children are female-headed households, meaning a woman is the sole provider for the household.

Will It Be On The Test?: A Closer Look At How Leaders And Parents Think About Accountability In The Public Schools

January 24, 2013

The Kettering Foundation studies the problems that keep our democracy from working as it should. One of these is a lack of trust that has eroded confidence in our major institutions, including the public schools. To remedy this problem, federal, state, and local officials have pursued a broad range of reforms aimed at ensuring that the nation's public school system is more accountable.Most Americans applaud the goals of this accountability movement, and they support some of what it has accomplished. However, new research from the Kettering Foundation and Public Agenda suggests that there are important differences between the way most leaders and most parents define and think about accountability in public education.This report summarizes this research, which includes focus groups held in Washington, DC; Detroit; New Orleans; Westchester County, NY; Birmingham, AL; and Denver. The report lays out areas of agreement, where leaders and parents see eye-to-eye on accountability, and areas of tension, where the perspectives of leaders and parents part company. Finally, it explores whether it is possible to blend the competing views and poses some questions for the field.

Place Matters for Health in Jefferson County, Alabama: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All, A Report on Health Inequities in Birmingham, Alabama

November 1, 2012

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the range of social, economic, and environmental conditions in Jefferson County and documents their relationship to the health status of the county's residents.

Stepping Up for Women's Economic Security Report

June 1, 2012

This report gives data-driven context to the critical issue of women's economic security in our community. Economic security is a complex issue and the data gathered here provides a solid baseline to foster an understanding of the stark realities and to promote investments in policies and programs that will change them.

50th Anniversary Report to the Community

September 1, 2009

Contains president's message, program information, donor profiles, funds list, and grantee profiles.