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Reflections on Philanthropy for Social Justice — A New Era of Giving

March 1, 2023

Philanthropy in India is growing steadily, with a surge in funds and practice advancements. The question remains, how can this redistribution of wealth be effectively harnessed to achieve transformative social change and more inclusive development? In A New Era of Giving, thought leaders from India and abroad share their insights and perspectives on the challenges and issues to be addressed to make a shift from a charitable model of support to an approach that prioritises social justice.

Economic Policy in a More Uncertain World

January 9, 2023

The Aspen Economic Strategy Group's Annual Policy Volume Economic Policy in a More Uncertain World marks the group's 5th anniversary and is released against a backdrop historic economic and strategic uncertainty. The book's seven chapters, each written by leading experts and edited by AESG Director Melissa S. Kearney and Deputy Director Amy Ganz, provide a deep-dive on long-term economic headwinds confronting the country, including demographic changes—declining fertility and population aging—and what a smaller worker to population ratio means in terms of slower economic growth, reduced revenue, and lower productivity growth. Additional chapters on the US immigration system and US innovation policy highlight potential solutions for countering these trends.  Another chapter explores potential adverse impacts on local labor markets from the green energy transition and highlights policies to avoid repeating painful mistakes of the past, including the response to the decline of the coal industry and rise of globalization and automation. A final chapter highlights lessons learned from the unprecedented federal aid to state and local governments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Racial Equity – Informed Philanthropy: A Funder Resource from A Jewish Perspective

November 23, 2022

In 2022, Slingshot partnered with the Jews of Color Initiative to create "Racial Equity Informed Philanthropy: A Funder Resource from A Jewish Perspective". Our hope is for this resource to spark critical conversations and transformative change at the intersection of philanthropy, racial equity, and Jewish values. As we strive to advance the field of Jewish philanthropy as a whole, this new resource can begin to equip funders with the tools they need to integrate a racial equity-based analysis into their philanthropic practice.

Social Science Research in the Arab World and Beyond

October 12, 2022

This book presents and discusses the logic and method of social science research adapted mainly for instruction at Arab universities and for research in Arab countries, but with applicability beyond the region. It illustrates major concepts and methods pertaining to research with examples of previous studies carried out in the Arab world and with exercises using Arab Barometer and other datasets. The book situates itself between a regular methods textbook and an annotated list of major concepts and methods, and includes an introduction, three chapters, and four appendices.

Necessary Conversations: Understanding Racism as a Barrier to Achieving Health Equity

June 24, 2022

The story of our nation is one of justice and freedom, but the unspoken truth is too many people are shut out of equal opportunities because of the color of their skin. Civil Rights laws and advocacy movements have brought racial inequities to light, but have not solved urgent problems caused by structural racism. This inequity has led to wide-scale poorer health outcomes and shorter life spans.Structural racism refers to the persistence of inequity in communities of color while others benefit from a disproportionately larger share of the nation's resources. There is indisputable evidence that the impacts of this inequity are generational. Structural racism has led to a lack of basic healthcare, education, housing, and other needs for too many in our nation.Authentic conversations about racial inequities are essential, difficult, and urgent. There are many forces that prevent people from talking about racism. Without honest reflections on race and the history of this nation, conversation and narratives often generate unproductive fear, shame, guilt, avoidance, and denial. We need to move past that to a place of healing and action. A book by RWJF's chief science officer, Dr. Alonzo Plough, shows us how. 

Two Presidents, One Agenda: A Blueprint for South Korea and the United States to Address the Challenges of the 2020s and Beyond

May 11, 2022

President Biden and South Korea's new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, have a historic opportunity to forge a closer U.S.-R.O.K. alliance. Two Presidents, One Agenda: A Blueprint for South Korea and the United States to Address the Challenges of the 2020s and Beyond is a series of articles that present the two presidents with specific policy recommendations addressing the most significant security and economic challenges and opportunities the two allies face in the years ahead. The articles are divided into two major categories: the shifting geopolitics of Northeast Asia, and economic and trade issues. There are 12 topics total under these two major areas. For each of the bigger geostrategic and economic issues, prominent experts – one from the United States, the other from the ROK—present recommendations on how each of their countries can deal with these challenges. For more narrow issues, a single expert, either American or Korean, offers recommendations. All of the writers are leading experts in their field with significant scholarly credentials. In addition, many have extensive government experience as well. Given all the shifts transforming the international environment, the United States and South Korea cannot afford a "business as usual" approach to their relations. This essay collection will chart a way forward for both administrations.

Ukraine: The War Told Via the Stories of Those Fleeing Conflict

April 24, 2022

We have decided to create a collection of stories in this e-book, to offer a broad picture of what is happening, what the war means, and the reasons that in Ukraine, as in other parts of the world, push people to run from their nation homes. We also reflect on how much the "willingness to welcome" counts. Our aim is to attentively follow the facts today and build a shared memory for tomorrow that helps us avoid mistakes made in the past.

A Handbook on anti money laundering and countering financing of terrorism for not-for-profit organisations in West Africa

February 8, 2022

Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) perform a vital role in different communities worldwide, often remote, and challenging/hard to reach.Their functions may include but not limited to providing relief and support to groups of the population in need in urgent crisis; advocating for peace, democracy, and the rule of law in countries that suffer deficits of the same; striving for the realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and promoting a human rights culture in a non-violent way.Unfortunately, the FATF policy regulation has linked some non-profit organisation operations and funding to illicit sources and the facilitation of discrete processes and intent to finance terrorism.

Bridging Language and Work: Solutions to Invest in Immigrant and Refugee Talent

February 8, 2022

Finding, retaining, and developing talent is a top priority for business leaders today. Refugees represent an incredible pool of talent that can fill worker shortages and enhance diversity. Yet, many employers overlook refugee candidates due to perceptions that workers cannot succeed in a role if they have limited proficiency in the local language. Bridging Language and Work: Solutions to Invest in Immigrant and Refugee Talent outlines how companies can implement solutions to overcome language barriers to help local language learners – including refugees – get into jobs faster as they work towards proficiency. The guide provides key information for employers, including:A framework for companies on the ways in which they can invest in local language learners beyond expanding access to language trainingSpecific solutions that can be implemented across the talent management cycle to help local language learners succeedThe business benefits of hiring refugees and other local language learnersA list of resources that companies can tap into to support local language learnersThis guide is a collaboration between the Tent Partnership for Refugees and JFF (Jobs for the Future), a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the U.S. workforce and education systems. This guide was developed as part of JFF's Corporate Action Platform, which helps uncover and share talent solutions that enable companies to address both business and social needs.

Sabidurías de los abuelos y abuelas para prevenir y/o aliviar el coronavirus (Remedios mayas en lengua tsotsil para enfermedades respiratorias)

December 15, 2021

La presente edición del libro "Sabidurías de los abuelos y abuelas para prevenir y/o aliviar el coronavirus (Remedios mayas en lengua tsotsil para enfermedades respiratorias), es una producción alterna de los resultados de aprendizajes de las niñas y niños cursantes de nuestros cursos implementados con la Escuela de Lectoescritura en lenguas originarias durante los ciclos 2020 y 2021, realizados en los diferentes municipios apoyados a través de la W. K . Kellogg Fundation, y se suman como materiales complementarios de nuestra metodología pedagógica para fortalecer los procesos de enseñanza - aprendizaje en sus propios contextos culturales.

Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic Economy

November 30, 2021

After suffering the worst economic shock since the Great Depression, the American economy is recovering in fits and starts. While many businesses are reopening their doors and thriving, continued uncertainty about the course of the virus, the inflation outlook, labor shortages, and many other factors are hampering a full return to normal activity. The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced and exacerbated many of the biggest structural economic challenges in our society. It precipitated the largest economic relief and stimulus spending in US history and transformed the way that millions of Americans live and work, with automation, e-commerce, and telework all playing a bigger role.The policy volume Rebuilding the Post Pandemic Economy examines important questions about how the post-pandemic economy will take shape. What are some initial lessons we can take away from the novel government programs that were deployed to provide economic relief and stimulus? How can we implement new infrastructure investments to maximize efficiency and equity, and best respond to the climate crisis? After a year of widespread school closures, what have we learned about the role of K-12 education in perpetuating or reducing social and economic inequities? And how should American trade policies evolve to promote economic recovery and strengthen America's role in the global economy?

U.S. Employers’ Guide to Hiring Afghan Refugees

November 26, 2021

In response to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, the U.S. government pledged to welcome up to 95,000 Afghans. The U.S. Employers' Guide to Hiring Afghan Refugees is a manual for businesses that answers common questions about how to hire recently arrived Afghans, including critical information for human resources teams, such as: A fact sheet on Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, refugees, and parolees, where they are likely to resettle, and an overview of their educational and professional backgrounds.The business benefits of hiring Afghans.Logistical guidance for businesses on how to hire Afghans. A list of organizations to connect with if companies are interested in hiring Afghans, as well as additional resources for employers to support these hiring efforts.This guide is a collaboration between the Tent Partnership for Refugees and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), the largest faith-based national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to serving refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable immigrant communities in the U.S. As a national resettlement organization, LIRS has more than 25 years of experience across the U.S. supporting refugee career entry and advancement.