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Key Findings from the Cuyahoga County Nonprofit Landscape Assessment

August 1, 2022

This landscape assessment was developed to provide a bird's-eye view of the nonprofit sector and to better understand the current trends and opportunities for post-pandemic support to nonprofit organizations through the Funders Collaborative on COVID Recovery.Prior to this report, there was a limited understanding of the scope of the nonprofit sector, those served by these organizations, and how these organizations fit in with the regional economy. The analysis includes detailed information about the size and scope of nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga County as well as details about those supported by and working for these organizations.This landscape assessment was originally built as an interactive web-based report to allow users to interact with nearly 3,000,000 pieces of data on the local nonprofit landscape. Users can sort and filter the data by industry, size of nonprofit, and race and gender demographics of nonprofit leadership.Interact with the full assessment online at

Advancing Equity Planning Now

January 15, 2019

What can planners do to restore equity to their craft? Drawing upon the perspectives of a diverse group of planning experts, Advancing Equity Planning Now places the concepts of fairness and equal access squarely in the center of planning research and practice. Editors Norman Krumholz and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter provide essential resources for city leaders and planners, as well as for students and others, interested in shaping the built environment for a more just world.Advancing Equity Planning Now remind us that equity has always been an integral consideration in the planning profession. The historic roots of that ethical commitment go back more than a century. Yet a trend of growing inequality in America, as well as other recent socio-economic changes that divide the wealthiest from the middle and working classes, challenge the notion that a rising economic tide lifts all boats. When planning becomes mere place-making for elites, urban and regional planners need to return to the fundamentals of their profession. Although they have not always done so, planners are well-positioned to advocate for greater equity in public policies that address the multiple objectives of urban planning including housing, transportation, economic development, and the removal of noxious land uses in neighborhoods.

Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

September 1, 2013

The Field Guide takes community foundations through three main stages of the impact investing journey: Learn, Design, and Activate. Although many resources exist that explain how to invest for both social impact and financial return, the Field Guide is the first comprehensive resource to specifically focus on the needs of a community foundation.

Ohio Student Mobility Research: Statewide Overview

November 1, 2012

In 2011, Community Research Partners (CRP) and The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (Fordham) entered into a partnership to conduct research on student mobility in Ohio. Fordham, a national leader in advancing educational excellence through quality research, commentary, and advocacy, wanted to build on their recent research on student mobility in the Dayton area and examine student mobility throughout the state. CRP brought to the project its experience in undertaking research on student mobility in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) and in processing and analyzing student-level records from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).In June 2011, Fordham provided CRP with a planning grant to develop a workable research plan. ODE provided CRP with student-records from the Education Management Information System (EMIS). Beginning with the 2008 -- 2009 school year, EMIS has included unique student identifiers that charter schools in Ohio. With assistance from ODE staff in understanding and using the EMIS data, CRP analyzed student records for Franklin County districts. The outcome of the planning phase was a design for a large-scale study of student mobility in Ohio, to be conducted by CRP. Work on the project began in February 2012.

Home Insecurity 2012: Foreclosures and Housing in Ohio

April 3, 2012

Analyzes trends in the number of new foreclosure filings, developments in prevention efforts, and data on mortgage defaults and negative equity. Makes policy recommendations for strengthening stability among individuals, families, and communities.

Report to the Community 2010-2011

November 21, 2011

Contains foundation information, board chair and president's letter, president's report, program information, grant highlights, lists of new gifts and funds, financial summary, and lists of board members and staff.

Implementing Education Policy: Getting From What Now? to What Works

October 20, 2011

Outlines key lessons from the 2011 Education Grantmakers Institute about funding the implementation of policy change as well as advocacy and building public will. Offers framework for planning, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and communication.

Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni

May 3, 2011

Presents findings from a survey of visual and performing arts graduates about current employment, satisfaction with training and careers, ability to continue to create or perform, and elements needed to better connect arts training to artistic careers.

Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio 2011

March 31, 2011

There is a growing interest among large foundations in Ohio in supporting economic development activities in the state. According to Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio, grant dollars in this category increased from $24.5 million in 2005 to $62 million in 2008, a 152% upswing. As a share of total giving in Ohio, economic development grants doubled, from 7 to 14 percent. In 2008, nearly half of these grant dollars supported employment training and services, and a quarter went for urban development projects.

Life After Prison: Tracking the Experiences of Male Prisoners Returning to Chicago, Cleveland, and Houston

May 15, 2010

Examines the reentry experiences of 652 men in the three cities, including housing stability, family relationships, substance use, employment, and recidivism. Analyzes outcome predictors such as prison programs, job training, and family structure.

Restoring Prosperity: Transforming Ohio's Communities for the Next Economy

February 24, 2010

Offers short-, medium-, and long-term policy options to transform Ohio's economy into a regionally and globally competitive one by building on metropolitan-area assets, catalyzing transformative changes in governance, and engaging the federal government.

Report to the Community 2009

November 19, 2009

Contains mission statement, board chair and president's letter, president's report, program information, grantee profiles, grant highlights, lists of new gifts and funds, financial summary, and lists of board members and staff.