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Light Touch Density and Filtering Down: City of Seattle Case Study

July 3, 2023

Key takeaways:In the City of Seattle, about 12 times as much land is zoned for Single Family (SF) than for Low-Rise Multifamily (LRM).In the mid-1990s, the creation of the LRM zone allowed property owners to use their land more efficiently. As a consequence, many single-family detached homes have been converted to mostly townhomes. This is light-touch density at its best.Since 2000, 18,000 new townhomes units have been built in the LRM zone. As a result, its housing stock increased by about 75% – or about 3% per year. The supply addition in the SF zone from new single-family homes is minimal.The new townhomes are generally starter homes, which has enabled homeownership for lower-income, younger, and more diverse households.Home values in the LRM zone have appreciated at the same rate as home values in the SF zone.Unfortunately, this success is now being derailed by Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability (MFA) program.This program will produce a small amount of heavily-subsidized "housing Ferraris" that will be sold to low-income households and destroy the progress LRM zoning has made in expanding  broad-based housing affordability.

Equis 2022 Post-Mortem: Latino Voters & The Case of the Missing Red Wave

June 15, 2023

This reports reflects a high-level analysis of Latino voter trends in the 2022 election. Many narratives — some more substantiated than others — contributed to a sense of uncertainty around Latino voting in the lead-up to the midterms. But what factors ended up shaping the final results, and what do they portend for 2024?At the end of the day, there turned out to be basic stability in support levels among Latinos in highly-contested races, despite another steep decline for Democrats among Hispanics in Florida. In short: the GOP held gains they had made since 2016/2018 but weren't able to build on them.What it Means for 2024: Those who didn't vote in 2022 are the biggest wildcard thisnext cycle. Swing Latinos still seem to default to Dems but are open to individualRepublicans, with greater support possible when there is a major shift in the issueenvironment, imbalanced campaigning, or a weakening of identity bonds. We start2024 where we started 2022: with uncertainty and dynamism.

Food Hardship & Opportunities for Change: Key Findings from Statewide Research Conducted in Fall 2022

March 28, 2023

On March 22, 2023, Nourish California shared key findings from a series of focus groups and recent statewide surveys that asked Californians about their experiences accessing the food they need and want. This research was conducted in partnership with Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3).

Evaluation of a Free Universal Preschool Program Using a Racial Equity Framework

December 15, 2022

This presentation slide deck is an initial slide that we will build upon for future presentation this year. So far we have only used it internally, but plan to use it for external presentations and potentially post to our website.

Kindergarten Through Career Strategic Planning Data: Doña Ana County October 20, 2022

October 20, 2022

Doña Ana County Kindergarten-Career Coalition Goals and data describing the status of county children/families toward achieving those goals.

Latinos in Technology: From consumers to makers, creators, and owners

September 15, 2022

This report examines the contributions of U.S. Latinos to the tech field, from creators to innovators and beyond.

Climate Philanthropy in Asia

July 15, 2022

The objective of this report is to better understand the extent to which Asian philanthropists are currently working in the climate sphere in Asia, with a major focus on the Southeast Asia and South Asia regions and to provide a resource to advance strategic climate philanthropy in the region.

New Social Studies Lessons Showcase

June 20, 2022

We created a presentation/showcase based on the production of the seven Units/Lessons created in the Summer Institute. More than 100 people attended on June 30, 2022, on NMSU's Las Cruces campus, including representatives from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other funders. The knowledge product, video of the Showcase, has been circulated to various stakeholders as evidence of what NMSU is doing: merging the Borderlands and Ethnic Studies program with the Curriculum and Instruction program. The video has been helpful in that we have attracted support from other potential funders, such as the New Mexico Public Education Department, Sen. Martin Heinrich's education staff, and other federal funding opportunities.

Mission-Aligned Investing: How We Assess Our Progress

April 4, 2022

This report focuses on impact and ESG investing to share how our investment team thinks about the non-financial returns from our portfolio. Impact and ESG investment metrics remain a work in progress across the industry. Over time, Agility and the RBF have adopted an increasingly more comprehensive lens to assess the non-financial outcomes of our mission-aligned investments. The report details the RBF's 2021 transition to a multi-pronged approach to impact and ESG metrics, including:Considering both qualitative and quantitative data, recognizing that impacts can be positive or negative.Using the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) IRIS+ catalog of generally accepted impact performance metrics to measure social, environmental, and financial success.Adopting the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which many have seen as an industry standard, as a method for categorizing ESG and impact goals.Actively engaging with industry coalitions and efforts to further standardize ESG and impact metrics.Aligning our endowment with our mission extends beyond the investments in the portfolio to other steps we, as investors, can take to influence corporations, fund managers, and other asset owners. The report also details our focus areas for intended impact, areas of growth, and shareholder engagement activities. The RBF developed and implemented revised proxy voting guidelines in 2017 and partners with Agility and Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., in the implementation and subsequent reporting phases of shareholder engagement and proxy voting. The RBF exercised its proxy votes on a range of issues in 2021, including human rights, workplace and board diversity, sustainability and climate change, and others. The report shows how RBF proxy voting reflects and builds on larger trends in shareholder engagement over the last several years.

Making a Voter Engagement Plan For the 2022 Midterms

March 31, 2022

This powerpoint and the accompanying webinar (available through Nonprofit VOTE's YouTube channel) look at a variety of resources designed to assist your organization in putting together a 2022 voter engagement plan ahead of this year's midterm elections! Additionally, we launched our 2022 Work Plan! Created with a human service organization in mind, this tool will help your organization harness its existing power and further leverage its trust and relationships with potential voters. Please note, that this is a beta version of the tool and that we anticipate room for improvement and future updates.

Local Election Officials Survey (March 2022)

March 10, 2022

As American democracy finds itself under assault from lies about the 2020 presidential race being "stolen", election officials are a prime target in the attempt to undermine future elections. This poll of local election officials around the country shows how damaging the sustained attacks against them and their colleagues have been, putting apolitical election administration and our democratic system in serious danger.

Understanding Narratives and Strategies that Build Black Political Power

February 1, 2022

The New Georgia Project's 2020 Autopsy research was designed to explore and measure the following:Did the power messaging from 2020 resonate with our target audience?What are perceptions of political power in our target audience post-2020 election?Measure awareness, enthusiasm for 2022 midterm elections?What would motivate them to participate in 2020 the way they did in 2022?While the results of this research was both broad and informative, the most salient findings that the New Georgia Project were able to action were:For Black voters in Georgia, POWER is not about winning elections; it's about delivering the resources that they needClick HERE Messaging: Connecting Black voters to the resources they needInformation as Persuasion: Learning about the responsibilities of elected officials is both motivating and mobilizingThe 2020 power message frames continue to be viable