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Leveraging the Power of Cultural Investments: A Report on Cultural Capacity Building

February 26, 2016

Since 1996, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) has invested $54 million in nonprofit organizations, focusing on a remarkable, yet under-resourced collection of cultural institutions to help spur the economic revitalization of a critically-distressed community. As UMEZ considers its investment strategies for the next decade, it is imperative to understand the impact of its nonprofit investments on the cultural organizations, the region, and in the context of New York City's cultural ecology.To that end, UMEZ engaged the Regional Plan Association to evaluate the effectiveness of UMEZ's investment strategy in the nonprofit cultural sector. Using the timeframe from 2000-2003 to 2009-2012, this report reveals substantial gains for the 32 grantee organizations profiled in the study, as well as their continuing challenges; it illustrates the concurrent growth of Upper Manhattan's cultural and economic landscape; and it compares Upper Manhattan's collective cultural assets to similar clusters in New York City's other boroughs.

Enhancing the Benefits of Girls' Livelihood Initiatives. Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood

February 1, 2011

This docuent shares case studies from the Council's work (with NGOs such as CARE) on adolescent girl livelihoods during the past decade and summarizes valuable lessons to guide current and future programs.

Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists

July 1, 2003

Documents and analyzes the environment of support for individual artists. Provides a framework for analysis of various dimensions of the support structure, nationally and in specific sites across the U.S. Includes support programs and policy initiatives.

The State of the Nation's Ecosystems 2008

September 1, 2002

Provides the product of five years' work by nearly 150 individuals from environmental organizations, businesses, universities, and federal, state, and local government.