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Growing Up Toxic: Chemical Exposures and Increases in Developmental Disease

March 31, 2011

Explains how exposure to toxic chemicals can harm health and impair development, causing premature birth, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, asthma and allergies, and/or other problems. Suggests policy reforms.

Trouble in Toyland: The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety

November 23, 2010

Outlines findings on toys that may pose choking hazards or contain lead, phthalates, or other toxins, developments in federal and international regulations, and recommendations for consumers, policy makers, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Trouble in Toyland: The 24th Annual Survey of Toy Safety

November 24, 2009

Details findings on toys that may pose choking hazards, are excessively loud, or contain lead and phthalates. Offers recommendations for consumers, policy makers, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Lists potentially dangerous toys.

Giving While Living: The Beldon Fund Spend-Out Story

May 10, 2009

Provides insight into the challenges, advantages, and practical implications of a limited-life foundation. Offers strategies, advice, and lessons learned on how spending out affects program strategy, staffing, asset management, and grantee relations.

Trouble in Toyland: The 23rd Annual Toy Safety Survey

November 25, 2008

Details findings on deaths and injuries from and toxic chemicals in toys, with a focus on lead and phthalates. Includes tips for consumers and recommendations for policy makers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Lists potentially dangerous toys.

Beldon Fund - 2007 Annual Report

August 18, 2008

Contains grants list, program guidelines, and financial statements.

Why Supporting Advocacy Makes Sense for Foundations

May 1, 2008

Discusses the reasons why foundations should consider investing in advocacy. Also provides examples of successful advocacy efforts funded by foundations, questions to consider before engaging in advocacy funding, and tips on how to fund effectively.

Carbon Sequestration

November 1, 2007

Carbon sequestration is an industrial plan to bury as much as 10 trillion tons of carbon dioxide deep in the ground, hoping it will stay there forever. Though most people have heard little or nothing about this plan, it has already been endorsed by major environmental groups, universities, philanthropies and the federal government.

An Attack on Cancer Research: Industry’s Obstruction of the National Toxicology Program

September 1, 2007

An Attack on Cancer Research: Industry's Obstruction of the National Toxicology Program illustrates how, over the past five years, industry has repeatedly misused the Data Quality Act (DQA) to suppress important cancer-related information from the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The report also provides recommendations for NTP and other government programs and agencies regarding the implementation of DQA.

Beldon Fund - 2006 Annual Report

August 18, 2007

Contains grants list, program guidelines, and financial statements.

Beyond Five Percent: The New Foundation Payout Menu

January 1, 2007

Looks at thirteen foundations and examines the ways in which their non-standard structures -- whether in the areas of lifespan, payout, or methods -- arise from their missions. Foundations can have an impact when they choose to increase their payout rate or limit their lifespan. While some of these profiled efforts are still in their early stages, the fact that these donors have looked at philanthropy through a new lens opens intriguing vistas.

Against the Public's Will

December 1, 2006

This summary of responses to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to cut toxic reporting offers a detailed analysis of the comments submitted to EPA's public docket on the proposed changes to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The report identifies nine stakeholder groups, details the level of support or opposition of each group, and summarizes the main points raised by each group.