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Renewing America's Economic Promise Through Older Industrial Cities

April 1, 2018

An in-depth analysis of the key attributes of dozens of older industrial cities across the country, this report argues that bottom-up efforts to better leverage their advantages, and address their disadvantages, can help achieve improved economic growth, prosperity, and inclusion for all.This report was published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings with support, in part, by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Equity Starts Early: Addressing Racial Inequities in Child Care and Early Education Policy

December 1, 2017

Child care and early education policies are shaped by a history of systemic and structural racism. As a result, there are major racial disparities in children's access to quality child care that meets their cultural and linguistic needs and enables their parents to work. Early care and education workers are overwhelmingly in low-quality jobs with inadequate compensation. And workers of color are often relegated to the lowest-paid positions.According to research, high-quality child care and early education is critical to children's development and family economic stability, particularly for low-income children and parents. It is critical that children of all racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds have equitable access to quality early childhood programs. Further, such programs should employ a diverse workforce with equitable access to high-quality jobs that include compensation reflecting the importance and difficulty of their work as well as the field's increasing qualifications.Addressing racial inequities in the early childhood system will require increased investments at the state and federal levels and smart policy decisions about expectations for, and delivery of, child care and early education.

Engaging New Voters: The Impact of Nonprofit Voter Outreach on Client and Community Turnout

January 4, 2016

One of the most compelling questions asked after every election year is "what will it take to get young voters to head to the polls?" This year, we are releasing an important update to our Engaging New Voters report that aims to answer that question. Working with over 120 nonprofit partners across nine states, we examined the trends of nearly 5,000 young voters (those under 30) and found some striking results. Most importantly, we found that voter turnout among the young voters contacted by nonprofits was 5.7 points HIGHER than comparable young voters in the study area. And these results were seen across race and gender, with young women showing the biggest gain of 6.5 points, Additionally, we found the efforts of nonprofits to reach communities often overlooked in the political conversation WERE being realized -- as we saw contacts being twice as likely to be Latino and 1.6 times likely to be Black.

Designing Scholarships To Improve College Success: Final Report On the Performance-Based Scholarship Demonstration

November 16, 2015

Performance-based scholarships have two main goals: to give students more money for college and to provide incentives for academic progress. They are designed to reduce the financial burden on low-income students and help them progress academically by offering financial aid contingent upon meeting pre-specified academic benchmarks. The scholarships are intended to cover a modest amount of students' educational costs during the semesters they are offered -- generally between 15 and 25 percent of students' unmet financial need, the difference between students' calculated financial need to attend college and the financial aid they are awarded. The money is paid directly to students, on top of their existing federal and state need-based financial aid, and the students themselves decide how best to use the funds. MDRC launched the Performance-Based Scholarship Demonstration in 2008 to evaluate the effectiveness of these scholarships for as broad a range of low-income students as possible, in a variety of settings, and with varying incentive structures. As such, the evaluation includes more than 12,000 students in institutions across six states to test different performance-based scholarship designs. These results show that even relatively moderate investments in low-income students' education can have modest but long-lasting impacts on their academic outcomes. These findings may be especially relevant to states, institutions, and private scholarship providers seeking purposeful and efficient ways to give low-income students additional financial aid that can also help them succeed academically.

Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio May 2015

May 1, 2015

Foundation Center in Cleveland, in partnership with Cleveland State University, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and the George Gund Foundation, with additional support from the Unger Family Foundation, is pleased to present this report on economic development grantmaking in Ohio for the period 2002 to 2012. This 10-year spotlight examines the funding priorities of large private and community foundations that have engaged in supporting economic development in Ohio during the pre- and post-recessionary period. This report is the third in a series of briefs examining foundation grantmaking in the area of economic development.

Taxing Fracking: Proposals for Ohio's Severance Tax

May 10, 2012

Outlines the proposal to raise the state's severance tax on oil and gas extracted by fracking and return most of the revenues in income tax cuts, concerns with the proposal, and recommendations for using the severance tax to restore jobs and services.

George Gund Foundation 2011 Annual Report

May 7, 2012

Contains president's letter, executive director's letter, photo essay of Planned Parenthood clients and staff, 2011 grants list, financial statements, grant guidelines and application procedures, and lists of board members and staff.

Bank Tax Cuts Loopholes, Reduces Rates: Proposal Also Provides Unneeded Help to Big Banks

April 12, 2012

Outlines how the Financial Institutions Tax, designed to close loopholes in the corporate franchise tax and lower rates for banks, would affect state revenues. Calls for maintaining rates, addressing the foreclosure crisis, and restoring services.

Supporting Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2010

March 28, 2012

Reviews research about the impact of Early Head Start programs on the health and development of poor children under age 3 and their parents' knowledge and parenting, trends in enrollment, program options, and characteristics of teachers and enrollees.

The Budget Control Act of 2011: Impact on Public Services in Ohio

March 13, 2012

Outlines how reduced federal support for states between 2012 and 2021 will affect Ohio's public services, including K-12 education, work study and aid for low-income college students, health and human services, food aid, and housing and urban development.

Capturing Energy Waste in Ohio: Using Combined Heat and Power to Upgrade Our Electric System

March 8, 2012

Assesses the state's potential for capturing heat generated during electricity production or industrial processes to meet thermal needs, cut fossil fuel use, and reduce emissions. Recommends ways to remove barriers to combined heat and power adoption.

Ohio Needs a Strong Income Tax

March 1, 2012

Provides an overview of state and local taxes and tax credits; their progressiveness; and their benefits, including funding services such as public libraries and police and fire protection and lowering property taxes.