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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Centering Community in a Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on East Bay Nonprofits and the Community They Serve

June 10, 2020

With the rapid acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, it was imperative to understand the immediate impact on local nonprofits in the East Bay and the communities they serve. The East Bay's diversity is one of its strengths. However, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens residents who have built community, but not wealth, for generations. It also threatens to further erode a strained and fragmented nonprofit ecosystem. Maintaining a healthy and viable nonprofit community is essential to create a Bay Area in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

September 1, 2013

The Field Guide takes community foundations through three main stages of the impact investing journey: Learn, Design, and Activate. Although many resources exist that explain how to invest for both social impact and financial return, the Field Guide is the first comprehensive resource to specifically focus on the needs of a community foundation.

Telling the Whole Story: Voices of Ethnic Volunteers in America

December 31, 2011

Compiles focus group reports about volunteerism in communities of color and immigrant communities; how ethnicity, gender, age, country of origin, class background, and upbringing shape community work; common themes; and guidance for nonprofits.

A Portrait of California: California Human Development Report 2011

May 20, 2011

Presents data on human development trends in the state, including indicators of health, education, and income by nativity, gender, race/ethnicity, economic region, and geography, and considers factors behind disparities in life expectancy and income.

ARISE 2010 Final Performance Report to the US Department of Education

February 28, 2011

This is the final performance reports from the Performing Arts Workshop to the U.S. Department of Education about Project ARISE (Arts Residency Interventions in Special Education). The report includes performance measure data for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grants program. The ARISE Project offers public schools weekly artist residencies lasting between 25 and 30 weeks in theater arts and creative movement for third to fifth grade students. Classrooms participating in ARISE are identified as Special Day Classes or general education classes with special education inclusion (or mainstreamed) students. The ARISE residencies emphasize critical-thinking while engaging in the creative process. Over three years from 2008 to 2010, the Workshop provided ARISE residencies to 63 classrooms from five schools within the San Francisco Unified School District.

A New Era in California Juvenile Justice

October 1, 2010

Behind the media and political attention focused on California prisons, which are plagued with severe levels of crowding, and a federal court order to reduce the inmate population by over 40,000, lies one of California's best-kept secrets: the state's youth correctional custodial population has declined over 80% in just over the past decade. Just since 2004 the California Youth Authority (CYA) population declined by over 5,000 inmates. The state has already closed five major juvenile facilities and four forestry camps for juvenile offenders.A number of factors have contributed significantly to the drop in the population of the CYA. The most frequently cited is the very negative media publicity in the early 2000s about the conditions inside facilities, the case of Farrell v. Harper in 2003, and realignment legislation passed in 2007 that required that more youthful offenders be managed at the county level. However, the CYA population began declining as early as 1997. The trend towards increased costs for counties to send youth to the CYA, and doubt that the CYA was an appropriate setting for many of the youth being sent there, had already begun in the late 1990s.While no single factor accounts for the drastic change in the CYA population, the research presented here points to multiple forces that came together in the mid- to late-1990s and early 2000s to change public perception, judicial behaviors, probation programs, sentencing policies, and state funding streams.We also find that this population reduction is particularly notable because it did not result in an increase in juvenile crime, as some had erroneously predicted.

ARISE 2010 Annual Performance Report to the US Department of Education

September 30, 2010

This is the third of three performance reports from the Performing Arts Workshop to the U.S. Department of Education about Project ARISE (Arts Residency Interventions in Special Education). The report includes performance measure data for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grants program. The ARISE Project offers public schools weekly artist residencies lasting between 25 and 30 weeks in theater arts and creative movement for third to fifth grade students. Classrooms participating in ARISE are identified as Special Day Classes or general education classes with special education inclusion (or mainstreamed) students. The ARISE residences emphasize critical-thinking while engaging in the creative process. In the 2009-2010 school year, the Workshop provided ARISE residencies to 18 classrooms from four schools within the San Francisco Unified School District.

Findings of the National Blue Ribbon Panel on the Development of a Greenhouse Gas Offset Protocol for Tidal Wetlands Restoration and Management

August 30, 2010

Explains the potential, methods, and requirements for improving wetlands management as a way to reduce GHG emissions and creating a protocol to include such projects in the carbon market. Outlines an action plan for addressing science and policy issues.

Key Facts on Foundation Giving for Oakland

August 26, 2010

Highlights findings from an analysis of the numbers and dollar amounts of 2008 grants to Oakland-based nonprofits by geographic area of focus, issue area, population served, type of support, and grantmakers' location. Lists top recipients and funders.

It's Not About You... It's About Them: A Research Report on What Motivates Bay Area Donors to Give to the Arts and Artists

May 31, 2010

Outlines findings on the characteristics, values, and motivations of donors to artists and small arts organizations, outcomes of the Fund For Artists Matching Commissions program, and case studies and lessons learned about fundraising strategies.

Strengthening the Safety Net: Bay Area Philanthropy's Response & Early Lessons

May 31, 2010

Analyzes grants to area organizations providing food, housing, or financial assistance and supportive services for low-income and disadvantaged groups. Points out gaps as well as best practices, including collaboration, partnerships, and system change.

2009 Bay Area TOD Marketplace: Bringing Cities and Developers Together Around Transit-Oriented Development

December 1, 2009

Profiles transit-oriented development projects in five cities selected for a September 2009 TOD MarketPlace convening of land-use decision makers and the private sector. Discusses strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, and recommendations.