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Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

Foundations & Catalysts for Systems Change: Next Steps for Oregon's Early Learning and Education Leaders

August 1, 2018

Early education and K-12 systems require transformative changes to address racial, ethnic, linguistic and economic disparities in school readiness and success.

Foundations & Catalysts for Systems Change: Next Steps for Oregon's Policymakers

August 1, 2018

Early education and K-12 systems require transformative changes to address racial, ethnic, linguistic and economic disparities in school readiness and success.

Early Success in P-3 Family Engagement

May 1, 2018

Evidence and Next Steps for Oregon's Education Leaders

Early Success in P-3 Family Engagement: Evidence and Next Steps for Oregon's Policymakers

May 1, 2018

Prenatal-through-Grade-3 (P-3) initiatives are an innovative approach to improving school readiness for Oregon'schildren.

The Funnel Effect: How Elite College Culture Narrows Students' Perceptions of Post-Collegiate Career Opportunities

May 1, 2014

Today, the process of choosing a career for young adults is not a linear path, but instead a complex process influenced by a myriad of internal and external factors. At elite colleges, high prestige jobs are most appealing as students strive to occupy a position of power and resources and live up to their institution's reputation. In the current environment of high or uncertain unemployment, increased competition for jobs and increasingly rising college costs, the steps young adults take to determine goals and means can become confused. All too frequently, ambient university culture emphasizes the importance of finding a certain kind of job rather than thinking through where passions lie and which jobs might be most meaningful and well fitting over the long haul.In this study, we explore the issues of career choice among a small group of Harvard seniors,identifying the factors that have the most significant influence on the decision-making process. Specifically, we interviewed 40 Harvard seniors about their college experiences, formative influences, and decision-making processes regarding career choices. Twenty-two females and 18 males participated, coming from a range of concentrations, though the most prevalent majors were English, History, and Social Studies. Students were recruited using list serves at residential houses and the Office of Career Services. Our primary focus was to identify why and how students make decisions about the careers they pursue. We also focused on why some students seem driven to take jobs in finance and consulting, while others pursue paths of public service.Our findings suggest the presence of a "funnel effect." Though students enter college with a diverse set of interests, by senior year, most of them seem to focus on a narrow set of jobs. The culture at Harvard seems to be dominated by the pursuit of high earning, prestigious jobs, especially in the finance and consulting industries. Interestingly, there is a notable disconnect between students' proclaimed passions and interests and the jobs they pursue. According to the Office of Career Services at Harvard, only 22% of the student body accepts jobs in these industries (2011 OCS Student Report). Nonetheless, seniors feel pressured to enter into the fall recruiting cycle in order to procure a job that "lives up to their Harvard degree." Those who express interest in public service jobs appear to forge this path without the help of university structures, often networking and researching online to find out about potential opportunities. Many students feel that finding public service careers is a challenge at Harvard. Unlike the finance, consulting, technology and marketing sectors, few recruiters for public service jobs come to campus. Students appear to be "risk averse," a stance that ultimately seems to impact career choice upon graduation. Our results pinpoint factors that support and explain those students who make choices counter to the prevailing trends -- namely extracurricular activities, study abroad programs, and students' longstanding passions and beliefs.

2010 Rogers Park Juvenile Justice Snapshot

March 9, 2012

This is the second Rogers Park Juvenile Justice Snapshot published by Project NIA. This report focuses on juvenile justice data from 2010 and 2011 to offer a portrait of youth in conflict with the law in Rogers Park.

On the Shoulders of Generations: Philanthropy in the Indian American Community of Silicon Valley

February 23, 2012

Based on interviews, examines traditions, trends, and values in philanthropy among immigrants from India in Silicon Valley, including the shift from personal and private charity to institutionalized giving among the Indian Diaspora.

Wealth in Kern County: A Transfer of Wealth Opportunity

November 22, 2011

Examines the financials of the county's nonprofit organizations and the scarcity of endowments to fund long-term sustainability, the estimated transfer of wealth in future years, and the potential impact of capturing this wealth in community endowments.

The Neighborhood Fund: Celebrating 20 Years of Changing Communities

October 1, 2011

Offers an overview of the small grants program and leadership institute for grassroots organizations. Profiles foundation staff involved with the fund, advisory committee members, grantees, and donors.

The New Orleans Index at Six: Measuring Greater New Orleans' Progress Toward Prosperity

August 28, 2011

Assesses indicators of the region's economic growth, sustainability, inclusion, and quality of life. Highlights trends in population, industry diversification, jobs, household income, public education, housing, public safety, and infrastructure.

Indiana Nonprofit Employment: 2009 Update

August 15, 2011

Analyzes recent trends in the state's nonprofit employment, including proportion of overall employment; payroll growth, distribution, and wages by sector; nonprofit and for-profit wage gap; and proportion of nonprofit workers employed by charities.