CF Insights asks a very simple but important question: "What if each community foundation could know what all community foundations collectively know?" This collection features research produced and funded by community foundations, and other resources relevant to the field. Contact us at cfinsights@candid.org and visit us at cfinsights.candid.org.

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Social & Emotional Learning A Learning Brief

December 1, 2017

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative is focused on boosting student success among Oregon's middle school students. Thus far, The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation have funded 47 organizations that provide out-of-school time (OST) programming (e.g., after school or summer) to rural students, students of color and low-income students. Funded programs emphasize academic support, positive adult role models and family engagement, and are participating in an ongoing learning community to support program quality through the Initiative. This learning brief summarizes what is known about social and emotional learning (SEL) from existing research, and shares what we are learning about the efforts of grantee organizations to promote social and emotional skill development among the youth who participate in their programming. We hope that this brief builds greater understanding of the practices and experiences of OST programs in Oregon.

Hunger in Arkansas: How Communities are Attacking Food Insecurity

November 1, 2017

Food waste. Something that's hard to imagine in a state where so many lack access to nutritious and consistent meals. With many hunger-relief programs spreading throughout the state, our communities are making significant steps towards eliminating food insecurity. But what about programs addressing the need to put an end to massive amounts of food that is wasted? According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is never eaten. The average super market wastes 10 percent of its food and an average Ameri-can family spends $2,000 on food they end up throwing out. For a country with more than 46 million of its people suffering from food insecurity, how can food waste simultaneously be an issue? Working to understand how food waste happens is the first step in finding a solution. The three most common opportunities for improvement occur on farms, at consumer-facing businesses and in households.

Welcoming the Newest New Yorkers

April 12, 2017

Growing partisanship across the country has made immigration the hot-button issue of the moment—but the Fund for New Citizens has been helping immigrants integrate into New York City's civic and economic life for more than 30 years. Read about how the Fund got started and what it has accomplished in our new report, "Welcoming the Newest New Yorkers."

K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative Program Quality

April 1, 2017

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative is focused on boosting student success among Oregon's middle school students. Thus far, The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation have funded 35 organizations that provide out-of-school time (OST) programming (e.g., after school or summer) to rural students, students of color and low-income students. Funded programs emphasize academic support, positive adult role models and family engagement, and are participating in an ongoing learning community to support program quality through the Initiative. This learning brief summarizes what is known about program quality from existing research, and shares what we are learning about the efforts of grantees to assess and improve program quality within their own individual organizations and communities. We hope that this brief builds greater understanding of the practices and experiences of OST programs in Oregon.

Academic Support, A Learning Brief

September 1, 2016

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative is focused on boosting student success among Oregon's middle school students. The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation are currently funding 21 organizations that provide out-of-school-time programming (e.g., after school or summer) to rural students, students of color and low-income students. Funded programs emphasize academic support, positive adult role models and family engagement. This learning brief summarizes what is known about the importance of academic support from existing research and shares what we are learning about the efforts of the Initiative grantees to provide academic support through out-of-school time programming. We hope that this description of the work of the Initiative grantees helps build understanding of the practices and experiences of out-of-school time programs in Oregon. 

K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative Academic Support

June 1, 2016

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative is focused on boosting student success among Oregon's middle school students. The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation are currently funding 21 organizations that provide out-of-school-time programming (e.g., after school or summer) to rural students, students of color and low-income students. Funded programs emphasize academic support, positive adult role models and family engagement. This learning brief summarizes what is known about the importance of academic support from existing research and shares what we are learning about the efforts of the Initiative grantees to provide academic support through out-of-school time programming. We hope that this description of the work of the Initiative grantees helps build understanding of the practices and experiences of out-of-school time programs in Oregon.

K-12 Student Success: Positive Adult Role Models

June 1, 2016

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative is focused on boosting student success among Oregon's middle school students. The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation are currently funding 21 organizations that provide out-of-school-time (OST) programming (e.g., after school or summer) to rural students, students of color and low-income students. The back cover of this report includes a map and list of all current grantees. Funded programs emphasize academic support, positive adult role models and family engagement. This learning brief summarizes what is known about the importance of positive adult role models from existing research and shares what we're learning about the efforts of the Initiative grantees to build positive youth-adult relationships. We hope that this description of the work of the Initiative grantees helps build understanding of the practices and experiences of OST programs in Oregon.

K-12 Student Success: Family Engagement

June 1, 2016

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative is focused on boosting student success among Oregon's middle school students. The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation are currently funding 21 organizations that provide out-of-school-time (OST) programming (e.g., after school or summer) to rural students, students of color and low-income students. Funded programs emphasize academic support, positive adult role models and family engagement. This learning brief summarizes what is known about the importance of family engagement from existing research and shares what we are learning about the efforts of the Initiative grantees to engage and support families. We hope that this description of the work of the Initiative grantees helps build understanding of the practices and experiences of OST programs in Oregon.

Seizing the Moment: Realizing the Promise of Student-Centered Learning

May 1, 2016

This brief outlines policy recommendations for supporting student-centered learning at the local, state, and federal level.

Learning Brief: Data Use Capacity among Connecting for Success Teams

April 1, 2016

The purpose of this learning brief is to document what we have learned to date about data use capacity at the eight Connecting for Success (CFS) schools: the critical components of effective data use practices, how the CFS Initiative has helped to build CFS teams' data use capacity, and the opportunities for further growth in using data to inform learning and program improvement.

Volunteering in Oregon: Volunteer Recruitment Brief

January 1, 2016

The Volunteering in Oregon project, conducted in 2016 and funded by The Oregon Community Foundation, sought to explore key questions related to volunteering in Oregon among nonprofits in the state. The VIO project included a statewide electronic survey with nonprofit organizations, an electronic survey with volunteers within these nonprofits, interviews with representatives from nonprofit organizations and case studies of three organizations with robust volunteer programs. Ultimately, the aim of the VIO project was to identify recommendations and action steps for how OCF and its partners might best encourage and support effective volunteer engagement and service in Oregon. To read the full report, please visit oregoncf.org/VIO2016.This brief is one of three from the VIO project, focusing on specific and/or innovative practices of Oregon nonprofits to recruit volunteers, e.g., the various ways that organizations ask or invite people to work in the organization without pay. The other two briefs focus on volunteer engagement and recognition. What follows is a summary of key volunteer recruitment practices, described by organizations and volunteers involved in the VIO project.

Volunteering in Oregon: Volunteer Recognition Brief

January 1, 2016

The Volunteering in Oregon project, conducted in 2016 and funded by The Oregon Community Foundation, sought to explore key questions related to volunteering in Oregon among nonprofits in the state. The VIO project included a statewide electronic survey with nonprofit organizations, an electronic survey with volunteers within these nonprofits, interviews with representatives from nonprofit organizations and case studies of three organizations with robust volunteer programs. Ultimately, the aim of the VIO project was to identify recommendations and action steps for how OCF and its partners might best encourage and support effective volunteer engagement and service in Oregon. To read the full report, please visit oregoncf.org/VIO2016.This brief is one of three from the VIO project, focusing on specific and/or innovative practices of Oregon non-profits to recognize volunteers, e.g., express appreciation of volunteers and acknowledge the impact of their work. The other two briefs focus on volunteer recruitment and engagement. What follows is a summary of key volunteer recognition practices, described by organizations and volunteers involved in the VIO project.