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Big Gifts for Little Learners: Making the Case for Philanthropic Investment From Pregnancy Through Preschool

March 21, 2022

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the wealthiest counties and most generous donors in the country. But how do those individuals choose where to spend their philanthropic dollars?In our 2021 survey of Bay Area donors, which included both affluent individuals and foundations, 40% of respondents said that when considering causes or groups to give to, demonstrated impact would lead them to choose one cause or group over others.In some ways it is surprising, then, that only 15% of donors said they give to early care and learning -- an area with robust research demonstrating positive impact on the children supported (including permanent increases in children's IQ and better health outcomes) as well as on their families and the broader community (e.g., gains in maternal workforce participation).

The Jewish Resource Specialist Program Year 3 Evaluation Findings

August 1, 2014

This report presents the final cumulative evaluation findings for the Jewish Resource Specialist Program (JRS) over the three years of the JRS pilot, including key achievements and challenges. The evaluation assesses the JRS program overall—as a model—and not individual sites.This evaluation addresses the following two distinct evaluation questions:1. How, and to what extent, are families at JRS schools increasing their engagement in Jewish life and learning within JRS schools and in the community? 2. How, and to what extent, is JRS deepening Jewish learning within the JRS school environment? This evaluation also seeks to document the growth and change of JRS across the three years, providing insights into aspects of the program best poised for replication and scale.

Newspapers Turning Ideas into Dollars: Four Revenue Success Stories

February 11, 2013

The report follows a year-long effort to identify newspaper successes in the search for new business models. This report analyzes four such dailies -- the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat, the (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, the Columbia (Tenn.) Daily Herald -- whose executives explained, in detail, the motivation and strategy behind their experiments and shared internal data about the results. Their innovations-ranging from sales force restructuring to rebranding the print product to web consulting for local merchants-are generating significant new income.

Hunger in America 2010 Local Report Prepared for The Redwood Empire Food Bank

February 1, 2010

This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Redwood Empire 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 Redwood Empire Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 113,000 different people annually.39% of the members of households served by The Redwood Empire Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).52% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 77% are food insecure and 19% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 6.1.1.1).35% of clients served by The Redwood Empire Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).33% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).22% of households served by The Redwood Empire Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Redwood Empire Food Bank included approximately 127 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 114 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 80 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.65% of pantries, 36% of kitchens, and 29% 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, 89% of pantries, 70% of kitchens, and 88% of shelters of The Redwood Empire 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 77% of the food distributed by pantries, 44% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 42% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 98% of pantries, 93% of kitchens, and 82% of shelters in The Redwood Empire Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).

Developing a Community Foundation Affiliate: A Case Study

April 1, 2006

Documents outreach efforts to donors and community members in areas of Sonoma County where the foundation previously had less presence. Describes an approach that resulted in the establishment of affiliate funds in Healdsburg, Petaluma, and West County.