Monthly Archives: May 2013
|May 30, 2013||Posted by M. P. under Management, Philanthropy, Research||
Trends in large foundation giving are looking optimistic based on research from the National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), particularly in support for core operations and funding for programs aimed at underserved communities. The NCRP’s recently released Philanthropic Landscape 2011 series gives grantmakers and grantees alike a picture of whom is giving what where, and in which areas of interest.
According to the brief, The State of Giving to Underserved Communities 2011, by Niki Jagpal and Kevin Laskowski, foundations reported over $10 billion in grants for the elderly, women and girls, economically disadvantaged communities and ethnic or racial minorities in 2011. Key takeaways:
- The percentage of foundation funding reported to benefit underserved groups or areas increased to 42 percent in 2011 from 40 percent during 2008 – 2010.
- In 2011, one in five grantmakers (22 percent) was giving 50 percent or more of grant dollars to benefit underserved communities.
- Foundations in the western United States were more likely to fund underserved communities/marginalized groups (60 percent, although without the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation it drops to 30 percent), followed by the Northeast 35 percent, the Midwest 34 percent and the South 25 percent.
- Not including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Independent foundations, Corporate foundations and Operating foundations were more likely to give to underserved communities or groups in 2011.
Philanthropic Landscape 2011 includes reports on trends in general operating and multi-year funding – all available at the NCRP website.
|May 19, 2013||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Drug and Alcohol, Youth Development||
Data from a new TEDS report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration examines the differences between pregnant and non-pregnant teenagers admitted to substance abuse treatment. What may be of interest to providers and policymakers are the differences between the groups, and how those characteristics could inform prevention programming and public health campaigns.
Findings from the May 2013 brief, The TEDS Report: Characteristics of Pregnant Teen Substance Abuse Treatment, include the following,
- The majority of referrals of pregnant teenagers using alcohol or drugs were from the justice system (41.4 percent) and community agencies (23 percent), both higher than among non-pregnant female teens admitted in the same time period.
- Among pregnant teenage users, self-referrals to treatment were lower than among their non-pregnant peers (18.5 percent versus 22.9 percent). Also, schools were less likely to refer pregnant students (4.5 percent compared to 10 percent) to treatment.
- Pregnant teens more likely to report methamphetamine or amphetamine use than non-pregnant peers (16.9 percent versus 8.4 percent) at the time of admission.
- Poverty, as measured by public assistance as main source of income and use of Medicaid as the primary payor, was higher among pregnant teenagers.
The series of TEDS reports are available at the SAMHSA website.
|May 11, 2013||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Education, Youth Development||
A report from the Afterschool Alliance highlights another example of programs experiencing decreased funding and increased demand. This challenge, already felt by mental health providers and food banks, is also affecting afterschool and summer programs. Uncertain Times 2012: Afterschool Programs Still Struggling in Today’s Economy discusses the results of a study examining the impact of the economy on afterschool programs for youth, noting that although they provide a popular and worthy service, their budgets continue to dwindle.
The study found that programs in urban, suburban and rural areas are all struggling with less funding and increased demand for their services. Additional findings:
- Nearly 40 percent of programs surveyed reported budgets that are “in worse shape” currently than in the midst of the recession four years ago. Specifically, 68 percent of programs serving a mostly African-American population and 65 percent of those serving a mostly Latino population reported diminished funds compared to three years ago.
- Over half of the programs (58 percent) reported being at or above maximum capacity with 36 percent maintained a waiting list. Demand for afterschool programs serving African-American and Latino children was reported to be even higher. Among programs serving primarily African-American youth, 65 percent were at or above maximum capacity, and 41 percent had a waiting list. Among those serving primarily Latino children, 70 percent were at or above maximum capacity and 48 percent had a waiting list.
The Pittsburgh Project, a nonprofit community development organization on Pittsburgh’s North Side, is featured in this report as an example of the real-world impact of economic conditions on a local program. Since the economic downturn, the Pittsburgh Project has experienced a 40 percent decrease in their budget resulting in staff layoffs, reduced hours, fewer children served and the elimination of many program activities.