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Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

June 29, 2015 Comments off

Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys
Source: BMAfunders (Open Society Foundations and Foundation Center)

Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys analyzes U.S. funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives in the field of Black male achievement.

Following up on the analysis in Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, the 2015 research brief shows a distinct trend toward increased U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs that are working to improve the life outcomes of Black males.

EFF Report Charts Companies on Next Frontier of User Privacy — Annual Survey Delves Deeper into Practices of Apple, Google, Twitter, and More

June 24, 2015 Comments off

EFF Report Charts Companies on Next Frontier of User Privacy — Annual Survey Delves Deeper into Practices of Apple, Google, Twitter, and More
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Our digital lives are leaving data trails through social networking sites, email providers, Internet service providers, and mobile apps. But which companies fight the hardest to protect their customers from government data grabs of this sensitive information? Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its fifth annual “Who Has Your Back” report, charting tech companies’ commitment to the next frontier of user privacy.

“Who Has Your Back” evaluates 24 companies, awarding up to five stars in categories like “tell users about government data requests” and “publicly disclose the company’s data retention policies.” Nine companies earned stars in every category available to them: Adobe, Apple, CREDO, Dropbox, Sonic, Wickr, Wikimedia, WordPress.com, and Yahoo.

Prolonged Housing Crisis Diminishes Confidence in the American Dream, 2015 Housing Matters Survey Finds

June 22, 2015 Comments off

Prolonged Housing Crisis Diminishes Confidence in the American Dream, 2015 Housing Matters Survey Finds
Source: MacArthur Foundation

A significant majority of Americans believes the country is still not past the housing crisis that began seven years ago, according to a new survey of housing attitudes released today by MacArthur.

Despite some improvement in their view of the housing situation nationally, the enduring sense of the housing market under pressure is reflected in the public feeling more worried and concerned than hopeful and confident about what the future holds for the country. Americans believe it is harder than it used to be to attain a secure middle-class lifestyle and significantly more likely for a family to fall from the middle class than to join it.

World Press Freedom Index 2015: Decline on All Fronts

June 12, 2015 Comments off

World Press Freedom Index 2015: Decline on All Fronts
Source: Reporters Without Borders

The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.

Top of the list, as so often, are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark. At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, in last place, were the worst performers. France is ranked 38th (up one place), the United States 49th (down three places), Japan 61st (down two places), Brazil 99 (up 12 places), Russia 152 (down four places), Iran 173rd (unchanged) and China 176th (down one place).

The 2015 World Press Freedom Index highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014. Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents.

Health Reform Five Years Later: Philanthropy Steps Up to the Challenge

June 9, 2015 Comments off

Health Reform Five Years Later: Philanthropy Steps Up to the Challenge
Source: Grantmakers in Health

In this report, GIH describes the full spectrum of ways in which foundations have engaged in health reform-related efforts—both coverage expansion and health system transformation—since passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Download the report to learn more about:

  • philanthropy’s funding priorities and strategies over the last five years,
  • the issues health funders identify as the most critical to address over the next two years,
  • state and national advocates’ perspectives on where foundations and corporate giving programs should focus their efforts,
  • regional snapshots that demonstrate variations across the country, and
  • recommendations for grantmakers to consider as they plan their next generation of work.

New Report Reveals Violations of Affordable Care Act’s Breastfeeding Benefits

June 8, 2015 Comments off

New Report Reveals Violations of Affordable Care Act’s Breastfeeding Benefits
Source: National Women’s Law Center

A report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) exposes at least 20 insurance companies that are violating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) breastfeeding benefits and identified troubling trends in insurance company compliance that are likely to be systemic nationwide. NWLC found violations that include limiting coverage of breast pump purchases and failing to have lactation counselors in network.

Cyber In-Security II: Closing the Federal Talent Gap

June 8, 2015 Comments off

Cyber In-Security II: Closing the Federal Talent Gap
Source: Partnership for Public Service

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s technologically dependent society. Yet, there is a nationwide shortage of highly-qualified cybersecurity specialists, with the federal government falling behind in the race for these experts. The cyber talent crisis has persisted long enough. Our nation is at risk as the number and sophistication of cyber-attacks continue to grow.

Please join the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton on Tuesday, April 14 for an interactive dialogue with cybersecurity experts from the public and private sectors as we outline the challenges faced by the federal government in building a first-class cybersecurity workforce and offer recommendations for a creating a government-wide strategy for retaining and recruiting top cyber talent. During the discussion, we will also share findings and lessons learned from our new report, “Cyber In-Security II: Closing the Federal Talent Gap.”

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