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Reclaiming Retirement for All: Findings from the Just Futures needs assessment of the nonprofit sector

October 4, 2022

Nonprofit workers, once deemed ineligible for retirement benefits through work, now collectively hold over $1 trillion in employer-sponsored retirement savings plans. These retirement dollars hold the potential to advance social change and provide long-term financial security to nonprofit workers. This potential is undermined by a seismic shift in risk and responsibility for retirement—away from government and employers and onto individual workers. The result is increasing profits for financial services companies and inequitable access to and distribution of benefits, which reinforces and exacerbates existing generational and racial wealth gaps.In this report, we share findings from a nationwide needs assessment of the nonprofit workforce and retirement benefits commissioned by Just Futures and conducted between November 2021 and February 2022. The survey data and focus groups include insights from over 200 different nonprofit organizations from across the country, with a particular focus on smaller organizations engaged in social justice and movement work. More specifics on who participated and benchmarking data can be found in the appendix.We identify four gaps that currently exist in the nonprofit sector that lead to reductions in long-term retirement savings:Gap #1: The Capacity Gap – Nonprofit Organizations, particularly smaller ones, face disproportionate administrative burdens to launch and operate a retirement plan.Gap #2: The Transparency Gap – Complex and sometimes inscrutable administrative and investment fees by the financial industry reduce returns on investment.Gap #3: The Values Gap – The values of retirement advisors and investment options in retirement portfolios are frequently misaligned with those of nonprofit organizations, creating low trust in retirement plans by nonprofit workers and disengagement in the retirement planning process.Gap #4: The Equity Gap – Default design elements within organizational retirement plans frequently reinforce existing generational and racial wealth gaps.Our recommendations are based in a historical and political framework that understands retirement benefits as a collective public good and focuses on reclaiming retirement for all.

Our Voices, Our Votes: Felony Disenfranchisement and Re-entry in Mississippi

March 9, 2021

Our Voices, Our Votes: Felony Disenfranchisement and Re-entry in Mississippi analyzes how Mississippi silences those with prior felony convictions and creates reentry barriers for returning citizens. Using statistics, national data, and personal stories from directly impacted Mississippians, the report shines a light on what people with felony convictions are up against. The report details how the state's Jim Crow legacy not only fails to assist returning citizens, but permanently disenfranchise them. With this report, organizers hope to bring change to the Mississippi criminal legal system and restore voting rights for all incarcerated citizens who have served their prison term.

Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners

October 1, 2020

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors published the "Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners"—180 pages of helping asset owners turn interest into action. Two years in the making, this practical publication features case studies and detailed guidance for individuals, families, foundations, and corporations. Written by Steven Godeke of Godeke Consulting and Patrick Briaud of RPA, it features input from over fifty experts and practitioners.The Handbook comes at a pivotal moment. In the midst of urgent social, economic and environmental challenges including COVID-19, a rapidly changing climate, growing economic inequity, and broader realization of systemic impacts of racism, more investors are seeking to better understand the positive and negative consequences of how they deploy capital. There is a growing realization among those who seek to influence society that they can use more of their assets to complement and even accelerate their social impact goals.The Handbook covers:The Why – Developing a theory of change by merging impact goals with investment goals.The How – Building or shifting a portfolio using the full range of impact tools and structures.The So What – Measuring success through leading principles, frameworks, and standards.The Now What – Crafting a realistic implementation plan by following best practices.

Organizational Restructuring in US Healthcare Systems: Implications for Jobs, Wages, and Inequality

September 1, 2017

The healthcare sector is one of the most important sources of jobs in the economy. Healthcare spending reached $3.2 trillion in 2015 or 17.8 percent of GDP and accounted for 12.8 percent of private sector jobs. It was the only industry that consistently added jobs during the Great Recession. In 2016, the private sector healthcare industry, which is the focus of this report, added 381,000 private sector jobs, the most of any industry. It is a particularly important source of employment for workers without a college degree, most of whom, as we document in this report, earn low wages.This report describes how organizational restructuring is affecting the job opportunities and wages of healthcare workers. We focus on changing employment and wages in hospitals and outpatient clinics, where the most profound restructuring is occurring. Over the last decade or more, hospitals have restructured the organization of care delivery in response to major technological advances, regulatory changes, and financial pressures. This restructuring has occurred at two levels: the consolidation of hospitals and providers into larger healthcare systems on the one hand; and the decentralization of services and the movement of jobs to outpatient facilities on the other. Outpatient care facilities include a wide range of services — from primary care centers to specialized units such as urgent care centers, ambulatory surgery centers, free-standing emergency rooms, dialysis facilities, trauma and burn units, and other specialty clinics. These organizational changes began before the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), but have accelerated considerably since then, and are likely to continue even as the ACA is revamped in the future.This shift to outpatient care centers offers benefits to patients — convenience as well as opportunities for preventative care — and most healthcare providers and unions have supported the move to more community-based care. But in this report, we show that workers are bearing the costs of this organizational restructuring.

A Window Of Opportunity II: An Analysis of Public Opinion on Poverty

October 4, 2016

This report examines existing polling and survey data in an effort to identify major attitudinal shifts, lasting challenges,and opportunities for advocates and leaders seeking to advance anti-poverty narratives and policies.

Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Attitudes on LGBT Nondiscrimination Laws and Religious Exemptions - Finding from the 2015 American Values Atlas

February 18, 2016

Across 2015, the year that saw same-sex marriage become legal in all 50 states following the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in June, public opinion on same-sex marriage remained remarkably stable. Based on interviews with more than 42,000 Americans conducted between May and December 2015, PRRI finds that 53% of Americans support allowing gay and lesbian people to legally marry, while 37% are opposed.In surveys conducted during May 2015, the month before the Supreme Court decision, 53% of the public on average supported same-sex marriage. Weekly tracking polls showed no significant shift in opinion as a result of the court decision, with the June average showing 55% support and the July average showing 53% support.

Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations

December 31, 2015

Honoring Nations is a program administered by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development that identifies and  shares  outstanding tribal government programs and practices in Native nation building. The purpose is to share successes in tribal governance and allow Native leaders and decision makers to learn from their peers. This report highlights the accomplishments and strategies of tribal governments in the period 1998-2015.

Anxiety, Nostalgia, And Mistrust: Findings from the 2015 American Values Survey

November 17, 2015

The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) conducted the 2015 American Values Survey among 2,695 Americans between September 11 and October 4, 2015. The sixth annual AVS measures public opinion about the economy, racial discrimination, the criminal justice system, trust in public institutions, perception of the Tea Party, the relationship between religious affiliation and political attitudes, views of immigrants, and how demographic changes impact the cultural landscape in the country.

The Report of The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment

April 18, 2013

The Constitution Project's blue-ribbon Task Force on Detainee Treatment is made up of former high-ranking officials with distinguished careers in the judiciary, Congress, the diplomatic service, law enforcement, the military, and other parts of the executive branch, as well as recognized experts in law, medicine and ethics. The group includes conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats. The Task Force was charged with providing the American people with a broad understanding of what is known -- and what may still be unknown -- about the past and current treatment of suspected terrorists detained by the U.S. government during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. This report is the product of more than two years of research, analysis and deliberation by the Task Force members and staff. It is based on a thorough examination of available public records and interviews with more than 100 people, including former detainees, military and intelligence officers, interrogators and policymakers. It is a comprehensive record of detainee treatment across multiple administrations and multiple geographic theatres -- Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo and the so-called "black sites" -- yet published.

Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota

October 27, 2011

Explores mental health needs of Native women working as prostitutes; their experience of sexual or physical violence and homelessness; use of shelters, rape crisis centers, and substance abuse treatment; and role of culture. Makes policy recommendations.

Nathan Cummings Foundation 2010 Annual Report

September 10, 2011

Contains board chair's message, president's report, descriptions of programs and initiatives, shareholder activities report, and lists of board members and staff. Grants list for 2010 included in financial statements.

Volunteering + Values: A Repair the World Report on Jewish Young Adults

June 23, 2011

Presents survey findings on young Jewish adults' commitments to, attitudes toward, and concerns and motivations in volunteering, including views on the links between service and Jewish identity and values. Outlines implications for boosting volunteering.