Research Round Robin: November 2021

Each month, Independent Sector collects research with broad sector relevance to share with you. November’s research contains important insights into giving to women and girls’ causes, how to promote summer learning programs for young students, and the effects of climate change on health.

Measuring Charitable Giving to Women and Girls’ Causes: Introduction to the WGI

The Women and Girls Index (WGI), introduced by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is the only comprehensive index that measures giving to causes for women and girls. One major finding in the 2021 index is that WGI organizations receive far less funding than other charitable organizations – like education and religious nonprofits.

More on index findings: https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/institutes/womens-philanthropy-institute/research/wgi21.html

The Wallace Foundation Examines Coordinated Efforts to Promote Access to Quality Summer Learning

The Wallace Foundation published a report in November 2021 that looks at how schools, community-based organizations, and other civic organizations in four cities formed coordinated networks to increase access to high-quality summer programming for young students. The cities – Boston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC – all had mayors who served as key supporters through attracting funders and media attention. Read on to see other factors that played a part in promoting successful summer learning programs.

More on the report: https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/pages/summer-for-all-building-coordinated-networks-promote-access-to-quality-summer-learning-enrichment.aspx

How Health Pertains to Climate Change: A Series by Trust for America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health followed up in October 2021 on a report first published with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in December 2020, Climate Change &  Health: Assessing State Preparedness. Part two of the case study series examines efforts that conceptualize and implement climate change adaptation programs that are centered on equity. The evidence shows that many communities most effected by climate change and related health impacts are in that position due to environmental, social, and demographic factors.

More on the study: https://www.tfah.org/report-details/cch-casestudy-part2/

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The research summaries above are by no means an exhaustive list of the newest information out there to help us better understand the nonprofit landscape. Did we miss a report you think we should know about and share? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Types: Blog
Global Topics: Civil Society, Data, Nonprofit Health, Race, Equity, and Inclusion, Voices for Good
Focus Areas: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Giving