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Homelessness in Minnesota: Detailed Findings from the 2018 Minnesota Homeless Study

March 1, 2020

The Minnesota Homeless Study, conducted every three years by Wilder Research, is a point-in-time study aimed at better understanding homelessness in Minnesota. The study is the most comprehensive source of descriptive information about homeless adults, youth, and children in the state, and is intended to equip readers with the data needed to improve housing programs and policies, address systemic problems, and ultimately eliminate homelessness in Minnesota.This summary provides a snapshot of the numbers of people who were homeless in Minnesota in 2018 and findings from face-to-face interviews conducted on October 25, 2018, with 4,181 adults experiencing homelessness throughout Minnesota.

Changing from the Inside Out: Calgary Foundation’s Journey to Strengthen Relationships with Indigenous Communities

February 18, 2020

This case study has been developed as a part of Investing in Native Communities, a joint project of Candid and Native Americans in Philanthropy. Learn about how the Calgary Foundation is taking active steps to change its internal culture and build relationships with Indigenous communities.

Investing in Native Communities: Philanthropic Funding for Native American Communities and Causes

September 12, 2019

From 2002 to 2016, large U.S. foundations gave, on average, 0.4 percent of total annual funding to Native American communities and causes, although the Alaska Native and American Indian population represents 2 percent of the total U.S. population. This report provides the latest data on foundation funding for Native Americans, alongside important historical context that has contributed to the unique experiences and challenges Native Americans face today. The report also consolidates advice and feedback from philanthropic and Native leaders, who reflect on successful work and practices in partnering with Native organizations and communities.

Investing in Indian Country: Bush Foundation Evaluates Its Data

September 12, 2019

This case study has been developed in companionship with Investing in Native Communities, a joint project of Candid and Native Americans in Philanthropy. Learn about how the Bush Foundation is taking active steps to engage in a culture of intentionality with data.

Investing in the Indigenous Arts Ecology

April 5, 2018

This report evaluates the impact and effectiveness of our pilot Native Arts Economy Building grant program as part of First Peoples Fund's ongoing efforts to refine a model of creative placemaking, especially for building creative economies, that is unique to tribal communities.

Invest Northwest Ten Year Performance Review

February 7, 2017

This report looks at how mission investing can create good, working-class jobs across underserved rural areas. For the past ten years Pacific Community Ventures has provided the Northwest Area Foundation with in-depth impact measurement for its "Invest Northwest" fund. This report looks back over those ten years working with this pioneering mission investment fund and lays out lessons learned that the entire impact investing community can draw from.

The 2016 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard: The Steep Climb to Economic Opportunity for Vulnerable Families

January 25, 2016

On Monday, Jan. 25, the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) released comprehensive new data showing America's economic structure no longer offers millions of Americans the hope of attaining financial security.The 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard includes data on everything from household savings to credit scores to homeownership. It paints a stark picture of widening wealth inequality, especially when broken down by race. Of particular note is brand new data on small business and microenterprise ownership. It also includes rankings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on measures of financial security and state policies to increase economic opportunity.Published annually, the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard offers the most comprehensive look available at Americans' ability to save and build wealth, stay out of poverty and create a more prosperous future.

Invest Northwest: Eight -Year Social Performance Review

September 2, 2014

Impact measurement is central to the practice of mission investing, allowing mission investors to understand if their investments are meeting their goals and furthering their mission. The Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) has worked with PCV InSight for eight years to evaluate and understand the impact of its mission-related investment, Invest Northwest. In this white paper, we detail how the fund has delivered consistent social impact since its inception, including: strong job growth; steady increases in annual median wages; and higher employee wages than at other private businesses nationally and regionally.

American Indian Leadership: Strengthening Native Communities and Organizations (Winter 2013)

March 14, 2014

Despite attempts to diminish, belittle and totally transform Native concepts, belief systems and values of leadership, strong leadership remains one of the most important assets in Native communities. American Indian leaders have held steadfast to tribal belief systems and values and fought for the preservation and perpetuation of Native identity, land and sovereignty. Leaders of Native nations today are still committed to these values. Native leaders still recognize that strong, ethical and innovative leadership from various sectors has the ability to transform American Indian communities.The primary goal of this paper is to provide a brief overview of American Indian leadership within an historical perspective, including what led to the development of tribal governments and Indian-led organizations today. Drawing on data from more than 93 leadership programs, organizations and initiatives, this paper provides a summary of findings on the current state of leadership programs in Native communities. Based on these findings, this paper offers recommendations for proceeding with the development of Native leadership programs in American Indian communities.

2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard: A Portrait of Financial Insecurity and Policies to Rebuild Prosperity in America

January 31, 2012

Provides state-by-state rankings with respect to asset poverty rates; indicators in the areas of financial assets and income, businesses and jobs, housing and homeownership, health care, and education; and policies that bolster financial security.

Leveraging Limited Dollars: How Grantmakers Achieve Tangible Benefits by Funding Policy and Community Engagement

January 18, 2012

Highlights findings from seven reports analyzing community and taxpayer benefits and other impacts of grant dollars invested in policy and civic engagement in thirteen states, successful strategies, and best practices. Includes grantmaker profiles.

Fostering Equitable Foreclosure Recovery

January 1, 2012

This report provides essential information to inform policy discussions about foreclosure recovery. It presents information about the foreclosure crisis and its consequences, describes the federal program created to help communities recover from the impacts of foreclosures, shares case studies of foreclosure recovery efforts in three regions in the Northwest -- Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, and Seattle -- and suggests policy recommendations for ensuring equitable recovery.