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Choosing Change: How to Assess Grant Proposals for Their Potential to Address Structural Inequality

May 2, 2022

The COVID-19 global pandemic exacerbated longstanding disparities by race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Individuals, communities, and countries that were already vulnerable were even more at risk. The Choosing Change toolkit can help individual donors and institutional grantmakers at all levels identify proposals and teams whose work addresses the structural inequalities that prevent people from surviving, let alone thriving.

Health in Mind: A Philanthropic Guide for Mental Health and Addiction

February 5, 2020

There has never been a more urgent time to address mental health and addiction. In Health in Mind: A Philanthropic Guide for Mental Health and Addiction, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice identifies approaches that are most effective at preventing, treating, and supporting the recovery or long-term management of mental health conditions and substance use disorders. In it donors will find:Five strategies you can use to address mental health and addictionEvidence for the opportunities that have the greatest potential for impactA range of solutions and philanthropic opportunities for each strategy 

Community-Based Approaches to Health: How Engaging Local Community Members Can Transform the Health of Hard-to-Reach Populations

November 1, 2018

From rural villages in Malawi to crowded urban slums in Bangladesh, community-based health organizations are delivering interventions to underserved communities around the world. Though they may work in different parts of the world, the most successful organizations share the same core approaches: building turst with local leaders and gradually dismantling the geographic, economic, cultural, and behavioral barriers to health delivery. Explore evidence-based solutions and nonprofit models that are working around the world in Community-Based Approaches to Health: How Engaging Local Community Members Can Transform the Health of Hard-to-Reach Populations

Reconnected: Help Impoverished Young Adults Rewire Their Life Trajectories

September 1, 2018

Young adulthood, between the ages of 16 to 24, is a period of transition. While this stage can be full of hope and opportunity, for some it is fraught with anxiety about disappearing support systems. Of the nearly 40 million Americans between the ages of 16 to 24 in the U.S., approximately five million are neither employed nor in school. This disconnection is not only difficult for the youth themselves, it is also costly to society in the long run:Donors have a tremendous opportunity here to intervene.  In this report, we profile five organizations that have shown notable achievement in reconnecting youth.

Lifting the Burden of Addiction: Philanthropic Opportunities to Address Substance Use Disorders in the United States

September 1, 2015

Substance use disorders (SUDs), also known as substance abuse or addiction, affect an estimated 20 million or more adolescents and adults in the U.S. This guidance provides philanthropic funders with the tools & information to reduce immediate harm from substance use disorders and reduce the burden of the disorder over the long term. This includes reducing the damage the disorder causes to people with SUDs and their loved ones, reducing the overall incidence of SUDs, and reducing SUD-related costs to society. We present four strategies for philanthropic funders who want to help:- Save lives and reduce SUD-related illness and homelessness- Improve access to evidence-based treatment- Improve SUD care by changing systems and policies- Fund innovation to improve prevention and treatment

Ensure a Healthy Start: Prevent and Reduce Childhood Exposure to Harmful Chemicals

May 5, 2015

This brief provides an explanation of key concepts and considerations funders will encounter when exploring philanthropic opportunities in a new topic area, and strategies and resources funders can leverage to achieve high impact.It also presents an overview of key issues involved in addressing childhood exposure to harmful chemicals in the U.S., and several strategies for funder engagement. The brief reflects our synthesis of over 20 publications, studies, and websites, as well as several conversations with academics, funders, and nonprofits working in this space. To illustrate how funders can support the identified strategies, we included several organizations that were cited in our review of the literature and/or mentioned by those we consulted. We have not analyzed their impact and cost-effectiveness. As always, we hope this brief helps funders move from good intentions to high impact.

Invest in a Strong Start for Children: A Toolkit for Donors on Early Childhood

May 1, 2015

New evidence from neuroscience and social science, high-level policy efforts, and growing concern among business, military, and other civic leaders have placed early childhood high on the priority list for donors focused on impact. Such growing interest has generated vast amounts of information and potentially useful guidance. We developed this web-based "toolkit" to help donors cut through the noise. The toolkit provides key facts, strategies, exemplar programs, and partners that any donor interested in early childhood should know.As with all of our work, our team curated these resources by reviewing the best available information from research, informed opinion, and field experience. It reflects our review of over 50 major research reports and policy analyses; dozens of conversations with experts and nonprofit leaders in the field; and engagement with two national networks of donors, researchers, and practitioners working to address early childhood issues.

Impact Philanthropy to Improve Teaching Quality: Focus on High-Need Secondary Students

February 16, 2011

Offers models for improving teachers' skills, including through apprenticeships and in-school mentoring; for creating an environment for great teaching through better leadership and whole-school reform; and guidance for donors on the policy environment.