Report Urges States to Use Data Efficiently for K-12 Personalized Learning: Using education data effectively requires measuring what matters, being transparent, and protecting privacy, a report from the Data Quality Campaign finds. The report, Time to Act: Making Data Work for Students, argues that the robust data provisions provided by the Every Student Succeeds Act should enable every student to benefit from personalized learning. With timely, useful information about their progress, students can assess what they need to do to stay on track for success in college and beyond and parents can ensure that schools are responsive to their child’s needs.
Help for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network publishes a new toolkit: The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma. The toolkit consists of a Facilitator Guide and a Participant Manual. Together, they are designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have had traumatic experiences, and how to use this knowledge to support children’s safety, well-being, happiness, and recovery through trauma-informed practice.
Nonprofit Releases Resources for Youth Care-Clinical Guidance: The Youth Providers 2.0 initiative releases compilations of clinical care resources on sexual and reproductive health, confidentiality, mental health, substance use, and physical and psychosocial development. The resources, which include content from Child Trends, provide guidance for healthcare providers and youth-serving professionals. YP2.0 has also published compilations of resources aimed at teens and parents. The initiative is a collaboration of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Most Nonprofits Operate Without a Plan, Survey Finds: Even as they face growing competition and a “seismic” demographic shift, many nonprofits continue to operate as usual, failing to prepare for inevitable economic downturns, a report from the Greenville-based Concord Leadership Group finds. Based on a poll of more than a thousand nonprofit leaders, the Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report, 2016 found that nearly half of the nonprofit leaders surveyed are operating without a strategic plan, 61% of nonprofit CEOs do not have their performance evaluated at least annually, and 42% of nonprofits do not have a formal performance evaluation process.
Study: Life Expectancy for the Poor Varies With Location: While the rich across the United States live longer than adults with the lowest incomes, life expectancy for the poor varies substantially depending on where they live, a study by the Health Inequality Project finds. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the report, “The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014,” found that life expectancy rises with income and that disparities between rich and poor have widened since 2001. For example, the study found that the poor in New York can expect to live six years longer, on average, than those in Detroit, while the difference for the rich is less than a year.
Social Justice Index Ranks Gulf South States Last: Historical, structural, and systemic factors continue to block social justice and equity, especially in the Gulf Coast states, where policy and programmatic decisions have made it difficult for many people to meet their basic needs, a report from the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans finds. The JustSouth INDEX 2016 ranked Vermont first overall in terms of social justice and equity. According to the index, the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama ranked at the bottom of the list.
Value of Volunteer Time Up 49 Cents: Independent Sector says the estimated value of a volunteer hour in the U.S. reached $23.56 in 2015, up 2% from $23.07 in 2014. Volunteer time can be an important factor in reaching matching thresholds for both federal and private grants. The estimated value of a volunteer hour was highest in the District of Columbia ($38.77), followed by Massachusetts ($29), Washington ($28.99), Connecticut ($27.77), and California and New York ($27.59). While the value of volunteer time rose in most states — including Nevada ($20.98, up 5.9% from 2014), Delaware ($21.37, up 5.7%), and Virginia ($26.09, up 4.8%) — a handful of states, including Mississippi ($19.51, down 0.5%), saw modest declines.
U.S. Tops World Philanthropic Giving Index: According to the 2016 edition of the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index, the United States ranks first overall among four regions worldwide in the commitment of its philanthropists, followed by Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Based on a survey of 457 high-net-worth individuals with investable assets of at least $5 million, the index ranked the U.S. first in the category of amount given or pledged to philanthropy, with Europe not far behind. The survey also found that health was the top priority area for philanthropists in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, and that 38% of survey respondents in the U.S., said they planned to leave at least a third of their fortune to charity.
Nonprofits Hiring in 2016, Survey Finds: A majority of nonprofit organizations expect to add new positions in 2016, a sign that the sector has rebounded from the Great Recession and continues to grow, a report from Nonprofit HR finds. Based on a survey of nearly 450 nonprofits in the United States and Canada, the report, Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey Results, found that 57% of respondents — including 52% of small, 66% of midsize, and 59% of large organizations — expect to create new positions in 2016, up 7 percentage points from last year’s survey, while only 8% plan to eliminate positions, down 7 percentage points.
Giving Up in 2015: More than six in ten charities in the United States reported an increase in their fundraising revenue in 2015, while nearly seven in ten expect to see growth in 2016, a report from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative finds. Based on a survey of nearly 1,200 charities, the Nonprofit Fundraising Study: Covering Charitable Receipts at Nonprofit Organizations in the United States and Canada in 2015 found that 65% of respondents reported a year-over-year increase in fundraising revenue — up slightly from 63% in 2014 and 62% in 2013 — while 73% reported meeting the organization’s fundraising goals. Factors respondents cited as affecting their 2015 fundraising results included unexpected gifts and bequests as well as “working smarter.” The survey also found that the share of health organizations reporting higher revenues grew to 70%, up from 56% in 2014, while the share of arts organizations reporting higher revenue fell to 61%, from 70%.