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2020 was an extraordinarily challenging year, starting with the COVID pandemic followed by the social unrest related to the killing of George Floyd. These crises have required philanthropy to respond in new and faster ways. During the Spring of 2021, Philanthropy Southwest conducted in-depth member interviews, a survey study and analyzed national trends to understand how philanthropy in the U.S. Southwest has responded to the crises of last year.
El Pomar Foundation;
This report provides a comprehensive, statewide overview of foundation giving throughout Colorado from 2015-2019. In addition, it provides the geographic distribution of funding based upon El Pomar's regions.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation;
Who we are is never more apparent than during times of crisis.In New Hampshire in 2020, we saw people run toward the public health emergency, putting themselves at risk to care for their neighbors. And we saw people angrily protest the public health measures proven to slow the spread of disease.We saw a new mobilization against and growing awareness of the systemic racism that has thrown up barriers in front of Black and brown people since before this republic was one. And we saw an ugly backlash — including threats of violence and a move to censor teaching about our shared history.Despite a global pandemic, we saw more people vote in a presidential election than had since 1964 — and we have become less likely to trust our neighbors.We saw promising new models of nonprofit news spring up to keep our communities informed — and we saw online echo chambers mutate with dangerous conspiracy fantasies.We saw people in the nonprofit sector roll up their sleeves and keep delivering on their missions during a time of sweeping illness and fear and uncertainty. We saw generous people come forward with resources when they were most desperately needed. We saw innovation, ingenuity and breathtaking courage and compassion. We saw heartbreak. And perseverance. And grace.Our communities face significant challenges ahead.Included in our 2020 annual report are 10 stories from a time of shared crisis that give us enduring hope.
In the wake of recent events – a pandemic, worldwide protests, new elections – 2018 may feel like a world away. As we look at the 2018 data, it's important to understand that many of the human rights issues we currently face grew out of this context. Even responses to COVID-19 cannot be divorced from the foundational issues that shape how governments, social movements, and funders address – or compound – human rights abuses. Writing in a year of so much global unrest, we see this report as a baseline and an offering, a trajectory of the trends that helps identify places where philanthropy can better meet the needs of human rights movements around the world.
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
This report offers early lessons and recommendations from work the Annie E. Casey Foundation is supporting in Atlanta and Milwaukee to prevent gun violence. These communities are part of a national movement to increase safety and heal trauma by examining root causes and addressing these issues from a public health and racial justice perspective. Residents in both cities are shaping and leading safety strategies with the support of local nonprofits and other public and private partners. Their stories highlight the many ways that philanthropic and system leaders can help catalyze alternative public safety models and support their development and implementation — including helping to establish a new narrative about what it takes to keep communities safe and building and sharing evidence on effective public health interventions.As the work featured in this report shows, both public and private entities have roles to play in supporting a public health approach to safety. Residents in Atlanta, with funding and support from Casey and other investors, established a neighborhood-based advisory group and began implementing the Cure Violence model. In Milwaukee, another place where the Foundation is supporting Cure Violence, the movement to reimagine public safety is being driven by the city's Office of Violence Prevention. Each community developed strategies and programs based on local goals, needs and circumstances. One common thread underpinning their efforts has been the purposeful engagement and inclusion of people living in the areas directly affected by violence.
Meyer Memoral Trust;
What did five years and $16 million in investment in affordable housing mean for Meyer Memorial Trust and its partners active in affordable housing efforts across Oregon?In our report, Moving the Needle: A Reflection on Five Years of Investment in Oregon's Affordable Housing Landscape, Meyer staff reflects back on the challenges, setbacks, clear "wins" and lessons learned from designing and implementing a strategic philanthropic initiative. In addition to robust and lively discussions among the team about what we take forward from this work, we reached out to dozens of key partners in nonprofits, other funders and government to get more perspective on how the Affordable Housing Initiative was received.
Centro Latinoamericano de Investigacion Periodistica (CLIP);
In frontier and emerging media markets across the globe, there are many new opportunities in newsrooms to innovate through artificial intelligence, machine learning and data processing. In this report, IMS, The Fix and the Latin American Centre for Investigative Journalism (The CLIP) have drawn the lens to fast-rising developmental changes capable of driving digital transformation in business and journalism by understanding how those newsrooms can use technology to develop a data and user-led approach to newsgathering, content, distribution, marketing and sales, and post-sale services.
Center for Court Innovation;
New York City's promise to shutter its notorious Rikers Island jail complex hinges on reducing the number of people in city jails. This new report from the Independent Commission that called for Rikers' closure in 2017 and the Center for Court Innovation lays out a series of concrete, data-driven strategies to produce sizable jail reductions while prioritizing public safety.The annual cost of detaining someone on Rikers has soared to $447,000. As the report emphasizes, that is money that could be more productively used on a range of interventions to foster safer neighborhoods. Increasingly, research is finding stays in jail increase the likelihood of future criminal activity once someone is released, making us all less, not more, safe.The report recommends numerous policy changes, covering everything from improving case processing times—85 percent of the population on Rikers is presumed innocent and waiting, generally for months, for their day in court—to ensuring people's ability to pay bail is properly assessed, as is required by law. In combination, these changes can lastingly remake New York City's approach to incarceration.
To shore up an economy and health system battered during the COVID-19-induced recession, the U.S. Congress passed four major relief bills in 2020 and 2021. The Biden administration also made a number of administrative changes, including some aimed at helping people enroll in health insurance coverage.After a year of severe job market disruption combined with a massive federal pandemic relief effort, what is the state of health care coverage and affordability in the United States?To answer these and related questions, the survey research firm SSRS interviewed a random, nationally representative sample of 5,450 adults ages 19 to 64 from March 9 through June 8, 2021. This brief reports on the survey's findings about current uninsured rates, pandemic-related coverage loss, and Americans' ongoing struggles to pay their medical bills.
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS;
This report, Donor Government Funding for HIV in Low- and Middle-Income Countries in 2020, tracks funding levels of the donor governments that collectively provide the bulk of international assistance for AIDS through bilateral programs and contributions to multilateral organizations. The new report, produced as a partnership between KFF and UNAIDS, provides the latest data available on donor funding disbursements based on data provided by governments. It includes their bilateral assistance to low- and middle-income countries and contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as UNITAID.
This joint PolicyLink-Bridgespan analysis says funders are a key part of the racial equity ecosystem: to benefit the entire nation they should both be transparent in reporting where grants go and fund what movement leaders say is needed to achieve enduring change.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation launched its Family-Centered Community Change (FCCC) initiative with a goal of integrating two-generation strategies into existing place-based community initiatives. The innovative effort, which ran from 2012 to 2019, focused on supporting local partners in three neighborhoods with low economic resources: Buffalo, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas.Over the course of the initiative, the sites worked to promote the healthy development and academic success of children while simultaneously delivering adult services focused on parenting and financial stability. In year three, the community partners also received training and technical assistance — provided by the Casey Foundation — aimed at enhancing racial and ethnic equity and inclusion.The Urban Institute conducted a formative evaluation of this effort, which included: 1) qualitative data collection from interviews and focus groups with partner staff and participants; 2) descriptive analysis of program data; and 3) a cost study.