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Digital Fundraising and Racial Justice — Challenges and Opportunities for Funders and Fundraisers

November 23, 2021

This report pools knowledge and insights from the sector to better understand and make visible the barriers different groups face when fundraising online, and offers solutions for funders and fundraisers alike to proactively and meaningfully address them. Specifically, this paper analyses the challenges of digitally fundraising for racial justice work, and highlights existing opportunities to better support organizations and nonprofits in this space with their goals and ambitions.

What Works for Improving Refugee Outcomes in High-Income Countries? Policy Insights for the UK

January 28, 2021

There is a growing body of evidence showing that refugees face significant challenges in terms of integration in the host country and that they are at a substantial disadvantage compared to other migrants when looking at their different socioeconomic outcomes (Bevelander, 2011; Ruiz and Vargas-Silva, 2018; Fasani et al., 2019; Brell et al., 2020). While much of the discussion around this evidence has focused on understanding the reasons for these outcomes, not enough discussion has centred on analysing and discussing what works in terms of improving the outcomes of refugees, particularly the potential of early interventions and related policy changes in this context. This is important for the formulation of informed policies in this area. Refugees are often less likely to return home compared to other migrant groups (Borjas 1987; Cortes 2004) and, therefore, there is a potentially higher long term payoff of early investments in this group. This report provides a discussion of the evidence on early interventions and related policy changes that affect the outcomes of refugees.

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.

Transforming The System

August 15, 2016

Our criminal justice system must keep all communities safe, foster prevention and rehabilitation, and ensure fair and equal justice. But in too many places, and in too many ways, our system is falling short of that mandate and with devastating consequences. The UnitedStates is saddled with an outdated, unfair, and bloated criminal justice system that drains resources and disrupts communities.The U.S. prison population has swelled to unprecedented levels,2  and unequal, unjustified treatment based on race and ethnicity is well documented.3  People of color, particularly Native American, African American, and Latino people, have felt the impact of discrimination within the criminal justice system. As of 2012, there were 2.2 million people incarcerated in the UnitedStates, costing our nation $80 billion—funds that could go to worthier options, such as education and community enrichment.4 In addition, many immigrants experience mandatory detention, racial profiling, and due process violations because of laws and policies that violate their human rights—and the principles of equal justice, fair treatment, and proportionality under our criminal justice system.The good news is that we as a nation are at a unique moment in which there is strong public, bipartisan support for criminal justice reform,5  positive policy developments in many parts of the country, and mass action and social movements for change, including the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter. More is needed, however, to move from positive trends to transformative, lasting change. There is a lack of positive solutions and alternatives in public discourse, and inadequate coordination among pro-reform advocates and commentators. Several interviewees for The Opportunity Agenda's Criminal Justice Report, including leadingcriminal justice and civil rights activists, scholars, and government officials, noted that they often work in silos on their discrete issues with limited collaboration among sectors. They identified a need for a more coordinated and sophisticated effort that would consolidate the gains that have been made and support sustained reform efforts going forward. This is doubly true at the intersection of criminal justice and immigration. While grassroots movements are increasingly working across these sectors, the issues are often disconnected in public discourse. 

One Arizona: Evaluation Executive Brief

June 1, 2016

At a time when an extraordinary rhetoric of hate and intolerance defines our political climate, a narrative of fear towards newcomers threatens to divide us, and the Supreme Court is deadlocked on moving forward President Obama's Executive Actions on immigration, we are deeply moved and lifted up by the story of One Arizona. This is a story of a standout coalition of community partners that is transforming Arizona into a model for Latino civic engagement and political empowerment. Against the heated debate of building more walls along the southern border, One Arizona is a bright light and a reason for hope.

Key Components of Immigration Reform: An Analysis of the Economic Effects of Creating a Pathway to Legal Status, Expanding High-Skilled Visas, & Reforming Lesser-Skilled Visas

July 17, 2013

As the policy debate continues in Washington, DC and throughout the nation, this study shows the state- and national-level economic effects of key components of immigration policy reform. This report evaluates the economic implications of the Path to Legal Status, high-skilled (H-1B) visa expansion, and changes in lesser-skilled visa programs (H-2A, H-2B, and W-1 Visas). The authors use a REMI PI+ model of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to show the macroeconomic effects of the policy changes over the period of 2014 to 2045. PI+ is a multiregional macroeconomic model that has been used in thousands of national and regional economic studies, including studies of other elements of immigration reforms in the United States. Thiis report details the macroeconomic effects of each policy on the national and state level. Key summary macroeconomic indicators include employment, gross domestic (state) product, and personal income. It also provides employment effects by industry for the United States, and a complete set of state-level fact sheets which present results for each policy and all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Immigration: Arts, Culture and Media 2010 - A Creative Change Report

August 1, 2010

In fall 2009 The Opportunity Agenda launched an Immigration Arts and Culture Initiative with the goal of fostering arts, culture, and media activities that promote the inclusion, integration, and human rights of immigrants in the United States. The near-term focus of the initiative is to inform, engage, and inspire the creative community and advocates of immigrant inclusion on how they might effectively collaborate with one another to engage key audiences on the issue of national immigration reform. The longer-term goal is to highlight and develop best practices and effective models for the creative community and immigrant advocacy organizations to build public support for immigrant integration and human rights and a funding base for creative collaboration across immigrant integration and human rights issues.

Immigration On-The-Air: A Scan of Broadcast News and Commentary Programming

February 5, 2009

Presents findings from a media analysis of coverage of immigration issues in broadcast news and talk radio by ideology and region. Examines the topics covered, the language used to describe immigrants, the people quoted, prominence as news, and visuals.