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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Supporting and Enhancing the Lives of Our Aging Population: Evaluation of Our Aging Society Program 2011-2013

October 1, 2015

The San Diego Foundation contracted with Harder+Company in 2013 to perform an evaluation of the Our Aging Society program 2011 – 2013. This evaluation analyzes programmatic final reports from grantees (organizations) for the 2011 and 2012 program years, along with a survey conducted in 2013 by Harder+Company with program participants (seniors participating in these programs). The following themes emerged.Increased social connections. Many older adults have difficulty developing and maintaining connections due to lack of social opportunities and decreased mobility. Participants reported that this program helped them meet with more friends and family members, and that they more frequently participated in social activities during and after participating in the Our Aging Society program.Decreased isolation. Our Aging Society participants reported feeling less isolated, left out, or lacking companionship after they participated in the program.Improved physical and mental health. Retrospectively, participants generally self-reported improved physical health after Our Aging Society program participation. They also reported fewer incidents of negative mental health symptoms such as loss of appetite, restless sleep and the inability to get going.

Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Green Access and Equity in Orange County

March 16, 2011

Analyzes children's fitness, obesity, and park access by race/ethnicity, district, and poverty. Outlines the health, community, cultural, and environmental benefits of as well as equal justice issues related to green access. Makes recommendations.

Green Access and Equity for the San Diego Region

October 1, 2010

Maps green space using geographic, demographic, economic, and historical data to examine green access, equity, and implications. Recommends prioritizing joint-use projects in income- and park-poor areas and addressing various health and cultural needs.

Our Region's Future Funding: The Transfer of Wealth in San Diego County Over the Next 25 Years

May 21, 2009

Estimates the growth in community endowments for each of the county's regions if 5 percent of the projected transfer of wealth could be captured in endowments, as well as the funds that would be available annually, assuming a 5 percent payout rate.

The San Diego Foundation Regional Focus 2050 Study: Climate Change Related Impacts in the San Diego Region by 2050

November 17, 2008

Projects the area's population growth and climate change scenarios through 2050 and provides working estimates of their effects on the ecosystem, including the danger of wildfires; public health; water and energy demand; and the economy.

October 2007 Fires Community Needs Assessment Update

September 23, 2008

Looks at recovery efforts following major fires in San Diego County and projected community needs as of August 2008. Details priority areas such as mental and physical health, rebuilding, and the environment, and the situation in each impacted community.