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Systems Change in the National Fund: Case Studies from the Field

December 15, 2015

Since its inception in 2007, National Fund and its regional collaboratives have invested in improving America's education and workforce systems. Through the work of its regional funder collaboratives and their industry partnerships, National Fund communities have intentionally pursued systems change as a critical strategy to enhance its impact and scale by sustaining positive changes over time. This report provides in-depth case studies from the field in six communities in which National Fund collaboratives make a lasting improvement in their communities' workforce systems.

Building a Healthier Louisville

September 4, 2013

For more than a decade, the Greater Louisville Project has provided research and data to catalyze civic action. By highlighting progress and challenges in three Deep Drivers of Change -- Education, 21st Century Jobs, and Quality of Place -- the GLP has engaged the community in a shared agenda for long-term progress.With this special report, the focus shifts to an issue at the heart of the community's ability to prosper: the health of its residents and its connection to the city's progress and competitiveness.Health is linked -- directly and indirectly -- to the Deep Drivers of Change: Education, 21st Century Jobs, and Quality of Place. Healthier students achieve greater academic success and educational attainment. A healthier workforce is more productive, has lower healthcare costs, and makes Louisville more attractive for growth of 21st Century Jobs. Healthier residents promote and expect a greater quality of place. Conversely, education and income influence health and longevity. For example, low educational attainment is among the root causes of poor health. Thereby, raising educational attainment will result in healthier residents too.

2012 State of Metropolitan Housing Report

November 29, 2012

This report updates Metropolitan Housing Coalition's nine annual measures of fair and affordable housing for the Louisville, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area: Concentration of Subsidized Housing; Housing Segregation; Renters with Excessive Cost Burden; Production and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing; Homeownership Rate; Access to Homeownership; Foreclosures; Homelessness; and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and HOME Funds.The 2012 State of Metropolitan Housing Report clearly demonstrates Metropolitan Louisville's growing need for safe, fair, and affordable housing. For the first time, the tenth annual State of Metropoltian Housing Report includes data on the number of children experiencing homelessness in the MSA's public school systems; before MHC reported only on Jefferson County Public Schools.The 2012 report also includes a focus topic: vacant properties and their impact on the community as well as current efforts and best practices that to address this issue. Additionally, the report also drills down into the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a federal program designed to address the issue of vacant properties, and how it was used in Louisville.

Getting Better at Teacher Preparation and State Accountability

December 22, 2011

Profiles the goals, activities, implementation, and challenges of the twelve states that won Race to the Top federal funds to improve teacher quality and preparation program accountability; analyzes their strategies; and makes policy recommendations.

Implementing the Neighborhood Stabilization Program: Community Stabilization in the NeighborWorks Network

January 1, 2011

This report presents case studies of 12 nonprofit housing and community development organizations working to stabilize communities. It explains how the "five C's" of community stabilization help define and identify effective local community stabilization.

2010 State of Metropolitan Housing Report

October 28, 2010

Examines indicators of housing affordability such as housing segregation, homeownership and foreclosure rates, and homelessness in the Louisville area. Recommends policy options for creating affordable housing opportunities for lower-income households.

Metropolitan Contexts for Community Initiatives: Contrasts in a Turbulent Decade

August 27, 2010

Analyzes demographic, social, and poverty data and 2000-10 changes in the economies and housing markets of fourteen metropolitan areas to inform Casey's strategies for reinvesting in initiatives including rehabilitation and minimizing vacancies.

Hunger in America 2010 Local Report Prepared for The Dare to Care Food Bank

February 1, 2010

This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Dare to Care Food Bank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed inperson interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network. Key Findings: The FA system served by The Dare to Care Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 192,000 different people annually.38% of the members of households served by The Dare to Care Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).27% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 78% are food insecure and 36% are food insecure with very low food security (Table of clients served by The Dare to Care Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).35% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).30% of households served by The Dare to Care Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Dare to Care Food Bank included approximately 277 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 231 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 189 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.61% of pantries, 71% of kitchens, and 64% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 77% of pantries, 91% of kitchens, and 48% of shelters of The Dare to Care Food Bank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 85% of the food distributed by pantries, 63% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 56% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 96% of pantries, 91% of kitchens, and 87% of shelters in The Dare to Care Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).

Family to Family Site Profile: Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky

December 31, 2009

Evaluates Jefferson County's progress and key factors in system improvement, with a focus on non-family care, sibling group placements, and placement stability; and Casey's core strategies, such as team decision making and building community partnerships.

Metropolitan Conditions and Trends: Changing Contexts for a Community Initiative

July 9, 2009

Analyzes indicators of metropolitan conditions and trends critical to transforming isolated low-income neighborhoods at ten sites: the economy and labor market, demographic change, income and poverty, social conditions, and housing and mortgage market.

Foreclosure: How Can Philanthropy Help?

May 31, 2009

Outlines Casey's support for efforts to place foreclosed properties into community land trusts, avoid eviction of renters, and mitigate foreclosures' effects. Lists other philanthropic options such as supporting research for solutions and direct services.

10 Years of the Festival of Faiths

April 27, 2009

In 1996 the Center for Interfaith Relations (formerly the Cathedral Heritage Foundation) of Louisville, Kentucky held its first annual Festival of Faiths to celebrate the religious heritage of the Louisville region. This interfaith event has since grown to be recognized by the United States Senate as a model for interfaith activity. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Festival of Faiths.