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Helping More Kids Live in Better Neighborhoods

Honest question: How many of you have fond memories of the neighborhoods you grew up in? Shouldn’t every child have the opportunity to grow up in safe neighborhoods full of tangible opportunities they can see? However, in a piece for the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Blog, Barbara Sard from the Center for Budget and Policy…

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The Nonprofit Vote: Let’s Rock It!

CalNonprofits’ new campaign, Vote with Your Mission, is encouraging the nonprofit sector to exercise their democratic right as citizens. Kudos to CalNonprofits for leading the charge and inspiring the rest of us to get out the vote! It’s time to mobilize the collective staffs of nonprofits and to encourage our extensive networks of board members,…

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10 Effective Policies to Lift Parents and Children Out of Poverty

Today, nearly 45 percent of all children live in low-income families, and almost 3/4ths of them are in single-mother households. Earlier this month, Ascend at the Aspen Institute released their new report, “Top Ten for 2Gen,” as a culmination of a 3 year discussion with professional and families about how two-generation strategies can best support…

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Your 2014 Election Checklist from the National Disability Institute

from the National Disability Institute Originally published on NDI’s Real Economic Impact Blog We are a few weeks away from the November elections, mere days from determining the future direction of both the federal and state government’s approach to the blending and braiding of public and private resources to support improved employment and economic status…

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No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Children’s Hungry Looks

by Justin Bigelow, Policy Associate National Human Services Assembly What has the power to feed 3 million children, improve nutrition over the summer months, and improve school attendance? Summer meals, naturally. On October 08, several NHSA members—including the Afterschool Alliance, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and YMCA of the USA—co-sponsored a briefing on summer…

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Creating Healthy Cities for Children

What happens when community and human services organizations and Morgan Stanley team up to create research-driven, comprehensive programs to improve outcomes for children? The result is Healthy Cities, an innovative philanthropic program connecting local nonprofits, schools and hospitals to deliver the building blocks needed for a healthy childhood. Two national partners of Healthy Cities are…