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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Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California

October 26, 2015

"Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California," examines how the nearly 1 million Black youth in California are faring from preschool through college and reveals the distressing disparities that newly released state and national data show persist at all levels of their educational journey. The report also highlights the groundbreaking efforts underway to reverse these trends in California and close achievement and opportunity gaps for African American students.The report calls on policymakers, education leaders, and all Californians to prioritize the equity-based changes that California's Black students deserve and have been waiting far too long for. If we believe California is a land of opportunity, we must acknowledge that the current rate of progress we see is unacceptable.

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.

Half a Million Older Californians Living Alone Unable to Make Ends Meet

February 24, 2009

Presents findings on the economic security of Californians age 65 and older, using the 2007 Elder Index, with a focus on those living alone. Analyzes data by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and county and compares income levels with the federal poverty line.

The Elder Economic Security Standard(TM) Index for California, 2007: County Amounts, Comparisons and Components

February 1, 2008

Provides county-by-county data on how much income retirees need to make ends meet, how it compares with the Federal Poverty Line, and by how much the maximum Supplemental Security Income payment and average Social Security payment each fall short.