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Child Care at a Standstill: Price and Landscape Analysis

June 3, 2024

This report provides an overview of the state of Child Care in the United States in 2023. Included are a landscape analysis, a pricing analysis, and recommendations.

State of Nonprofits 2024: What Funders Need to Know

June 1, 2024

In State of Nonprofits 2024, we take the pulse of nonprofit leaders again, to understand their perspectives and examine change over time.This yearly survey is based on CEP's Nonprofit Voice Project, a panel of U.S. nonprofits that is representative of the national landscape of nonprofits receiving at least some foundation funding. A primary objective of the panel is to help funders, both individual and institutional, better understand the nonprofit experience so they can more effectively support the organizations they fund. 

Rhode Island Foundation Annual Report 2023

May 15, 2024

We're excited to share the 2023 Annual Report and hope that you find it to be a useful reflection on a year of transition, future planning, and impressive growth and impact.As you'll see throughout these pages, the team at the Foundation ably balanced effective grantmaking, inspiring philanthropy, and listening and learning from the Rhode Islanders we serve during a transformative time. Last year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were pleased to award a record $89 million in grants toapproximately 2,500 nonprofit organizations; two-thirds of which were donor-directed, and one-third of which was directed through the Foundation's community investments programs. On page 8 you will find an illustration of how those grant dollars were allocated by subject matter to meet need throughout the State, and you will see just how much alignment there is between the grants that our team is responsible for and those that our donors direct. Together, we are making an incredible impact.

Supporting Indigenous Rights: A Look Back at 2023

May 13, 2024

The Christensen Fund is excited to share our 2023 annual report with our colleagues around the world. More so than ever before, our values are rooted in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). To support the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples, we prioritize Indigenous-led organizations, including Indigenous-led funds.In our practice of trust-based philanthropy, we almost always provide general operating support grants, maintain flexible requirements and criteria, and prioritize joint learning rather than stringent monitoring and evaluation. We strive to create connections between communities and movements at the grassroots, subnational, national and international levels.Thanks to our Board, staff, philanthropic colleagues and partners around the globe for informing our strategy and helping us reflect on all the learning that occurred in 2023.

Excellent elections, everywhere. Annual Report 2023

May 13, 2024

We're thrilled to share the Center for Tech and Civic Life's 2023 annual report. Join us to reflect on and celebrate the milestones that shaped 2023 and look ahead to what will surely be a monumental election year. It's an honor to continue our partnerships with organizations and election offices across the country – thank you to everyone who made this past year a time of growth, joy, and excellence.

The 2024 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: unprecedented warming demands unprecedented action

May 12, 2024

Record-breaking temperatures were recorded across the globe in 2023. Without climate action, adverse climate-related health impacts are expected to worsen worldwide, affecting billions of people. Temperatures in Europe are warming at twice the rate of the global average, threatening the health of populations across the continent and leading to unnecessary loss of life. The Lancet Countdown in Europe was established in 2021, to assess the health profile of climate change aiming to stimulate European social and political will to implement rapid health-responsive climate mitigation and adaptation actions. In 2022, the collaboration published its indicator report, tracking progress on health and climate change via 33 indicators and across five domains.This new report tracks 42 indicators highlighting the negative impacts of climate change on human health, the delayed climate action of European countries, and the missed opportunities to protect or improve health with health-responsive climate action. The methods behind indicators presented in the 2022 report have been improved, and nine new indicators have been added, covering leishmaniasis, ticks, food security, health-care emissions, production and consumption-based emissions, clean energy investment, and scientific, political, and media engagement with climate and health. Considering that negative climate-related health impacts and the responsibility for climate change are not equal at the regional and global levels, this report also endeavours to reflect on aspects of inequality and justice by highlighting at-risk groups within Europe and Europe's responsibility for the climate crisis.

Bold Climate Action: Fiercely Protecting California’s Central Coast Since 1970, 2023 Impact Report

May 6, 2024

For more than five decades, the Community Environmental Council has focused on building networks of diverse, engaged activists who champion rigorous climate action. This impact report provides a brief snapshot of how we are stepping up our investment in collective power to meet the urgency of the climate crisis and garner significant, lasting change to reverse its impacts.

How the Racist History of the Filibuster Lives on Today

April 29, 2024

Since the end of the 19th century, the filibuster—a political procedure used in the U.S. Senate by one or more members to delay or block legislation—has emerged as a preeminent institutional tool used to deny rights and liberties to tens of millions of Black and brown Americans. Over the past two centuries, it has been abused repeatedly during some of the darkest periods of America's history to prevent the passage of legislation that would protect the civil rights and voting rights of Black Americans, including to block anti-lynching legislation.This legacy, however, is not a relic of the past; it is alive and well today through the repeated use of the filibuster to prevent the passage of critical voting rights legislation, including the Freedom to Vote Act (FTVA) and the reauthorization of the monumental Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). This latest chapter in the filibuster's history comes at a time when many states are enacting targeted measures to prevent historically disenfranchised communities from accessing the ballot box.This issue brief provides an overview of the ways the filibuster has historically been used to suppress the rights of Black and brown Americans before detailing recent voter suppression efforts. It then describes the Senate's use of the filibuster, as well as the filibuster's monumental influence on the legislative process, today.

Celebrating 25 Years of Making Democracy a Verb: Annual Report 2023

April 26, 2024

At Mikva Challenge, we know that every day young people can – and do – powerfully live out our motto: "Democracy is a Verb!" We know that the 300,000 young people that Mikva served last year left their Mikva experience with an increased sense of their own civic agency, a better understanding of how systems of government work, an increased level of responsibility to make their community stronger and, perhaps most importantly, an increased aptitude and readiness for conversations across lines of difference.

Good, Bad, Bezos And Beyond: Climate Philanthropy And The Grassroots

April 22, 2024

Good, Bad, Bezos and Beyond is a case study about the impact of billionaire climate philanthropy on grassroots organizations and the power of organizing to shift capital and resources to community-led solutions for EJ and CJ. It shares recommendations for how philanthropy must not just fund, but embody a Just Transition and how partners across the ecosystem can align to move more money to grassroots organizations.We believe it is a story of how, in a time of multiple intersecting social and environmental crises, we must address the shared root causes through holistic, complex and regenerative approaches in order to very quickly create a more just and resilient world.The good news is we know how to do it. Grassroots social movements and communities on the frontlines of the struggle for environmental/climate, racial and economic justice have been working for decades to advance systemic and transformative solutions. As low-income communities and communities of color who have borne disproportionate harm from the fossil fuel economy, they are well practiced – and best poised – to advocate for the kinds of  bold policies and innovative projects that tackle the climate crisis in equitable, lasting, wholly beneficial and regenerative ways.The expertise of impacted communities is precisely what billionaire philanthropists and all funders who claim to care about the future of the planet should be relying on in this moment.  Investing in grassroots-directed CJ solutions is a clear and committed way of dismantling the systems that have not only wrecked the environment, but also allowed the power of unprincipled billionaires to go unchecked in the first place. Community-centered solutions are the best way to bring about a world in which well-being for all, not accumulated wealth for a few, is the highest measure of success.

Who Is Lobbying against Common-Sense Charity Reform?

April 9, 2024

Our charitable sector is becoming dominated by large legacy foundations and donor-advised funds while working nonprofit charities face greater fiscal austerity. An ever-larger share of charitable dollars — currently 41 percent of all individual giving — is diverted into these wealth warehousing vehicles, rather than going to nonprofits serving critical needs. And ultra-wealthy donors are increasingly able to use charitable gifts to opt out of paying their fair share in taxes to support the public infrastructure we all rely on.Without intervention, wealthy philanthropists will continue to divert more and more charity dollars from operating nonprofits, and will rival state and local governments in their ability to shape public policy in their interest. This means less money going towards the issues the general public cares about, and more going towards the pet issues of major donors, all at the public's expense. We urgently need to overhaul the rules governing philanthropy to discourage the warehousing of charitable wealth, to align tax incentives with the public interest, and to encourage broad-based giving across all segments of society.But those that benefit from the current system — such as donor-advised fund sponsors, wealth advisors, and the funders of anti-tax organizations — continue to push against changes in charitable regulations. In this policy brief, we lay out what we know about the parties that are working against reform.

International Public Opinion on Climate Change: Extreme Weather and Vulnerability, 2023

March 26, 2024

This report presents results from an international survey, conducted in a partnership between the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC), Data for Good at Meta, and Rare's Center for Behavior & the Environment, investigating public climate change knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior among Facebook users. The survey included responses from 139,136 Facebook monthly active users (18 years of age or older). Responses were collected from 187 countries and territories worldwide, including 107 individual countries and territories and 3 geographic groups comprising 80 additional countries and territories (for a total of 110 "areas," which are the unit of analysis).This report focuses on Facebook users' experiences with and preparedness for extreme weather and climate-related hazards. It is based on data from the subset of countries and territories within the survey that are classified as "low per-capita emissions and income" based on both their below-average percapita CO2 emissions and low per-capita income. This subset includes 150 countries and territories (totaling 73 "areas" as the unit of analysis), with a total of 99,453 observations. Interview dates: August 3 – September 3, 2023.