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A Work in Progress: Case Studies in Changing Local Workforce Development Systems: The Jobs Initiative Final Report Series–Volume 1

After 20 Years of Educational Reform, Progress, But Plenty of Unfinished Business

America’s Literacy Challenge: Teaching Adolescents to Read to Learn

An Early Report on Comprehensive High School Conversions: Eagle Ridge High School

Assessing Foundation Performance: Current Practices, Future Possibilities: Lessons Learned From a Gathering of Foundation Leaders

Assessing Microfinance for Water and Sanitation: Exploring Opportunities for Sustainable Scaling Up

Assessing Performance at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: A Case Study

Balancing on a Wobble Board

Balancing Summative and Formative Evaluation: New Partnerships, New Evaluation Models

Banning Junk Food and Soda Sales in the State’s Public Schools

Beyond Compliance: The Trustee Viewpoint on Effective Foundation Governance

Beyond Standardized Test Scores: Using Case Studies to Evaluate a Reform Strategy

Beyond the Rhetoric: Foundation Strategy Assessment

Birmingham Foundation

Boston Review: A Small Political and Literary Magazine Dramatically Increases Its Visibility and Impact

Building a Community-Wide Early Learning System: East Yakima at Baseline

Building a Community-Wide Early Learning System: White Center at Baseline

Building Constructive Partnerships in Urban School Reform

Building the Campaign Finance Reform Infrastructure: Grantmaking to Strengthen U.S. Democracy

C.F. Foundation

Carnegie Corporation and Russia: Grantmaking Amidst Transformation

Carnegie Corporation in South Africa: A Difficult Past Leads to a Commitment to Change

Case Study of a Venture Philanthropy Partnership: Setting the Scene

CEP at 5: Comparative Data Enabling Higher-Performing Foundations: Excerpts from CEP’s Five-Year Anniversary Event

Chronicling Higher Education for Nearly Forty Years

Comer Science and Education Foundation

Community Change Makers: The Leadership Roles of Community Foundations

Community Ministries Today: Nine Regionally Dispersed Case Studies

Conservation and Revitalisation of Historic Mostar

Converting a Comprehensive High School into Small Learning Communities: A Case Study of Mountlake Terrace High School

Cook Family Foundation

Denver Foundation

Development of Social Organization in Tajikistan: MSDSP’s Approach in the Mountainous Areas

Disaster Response: Recent Case Studies in Response

Embedded Funders and Community Change: Profiles

Ending Family Homelessness Through Improved Systems and Stronger Organizations: Reflections and Recommended Actions

Ensuring the World’s Poorest Children Benefit from Lifesaving Vaccines

Establishing Connections Between Evaluation and Program Improvement

Evaluation of Systems Reform in the Annie E. Casey Foundation Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children: Final Evaluation Report

Evaluation of the Sound Families Initiative: Final Findings Summary: A Closer Look at Families’ Lives During and After Supportive Transitional Housing

Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund

Evolution in Tandem: Development and Research in an Arts Education Program

Foundation Communications: The Grantee Perspective

Foundation Effectiveness: A Report on a Meeting of Foundation CEOs, Senior Executives, and Trustees

Foundation Governance: The CEO Viewpoint

Four Freedoms Fund: A Pioneering Foundation Partnership Advocates for Immigrants

From Large to Small: Reinventing the Urban High School

General Mills Community Action

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation: Helping Donors Make a Difference

Growing Philanthropy Through Giving Circles: Lessons Learned from Start-up to Grantmaking

GuideStar: Data About Nonprofits Goes Online

Higher Impact: Improving Foundation Performance

Humboldt Area Foundation

In Search of Impact: Practices and Perceptions in Foundations’ Provision of Program and Operating Grants to Nonprofits

Incarnate Word Foundation

Increasing Access to Care: Promising Practices in Health Promotion Programs: A Look at the California Endowment’s Agricultural Worker Health Program Request for Proposals Grantees

Indicators of Effectiveness: Understanding and Improving Foundation Performance: Report on the Foundation Performance Metrics Pilot Study

International Experience in Enhancing Philanthropy: Lessons from South Africa and Elsewhere

Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund Raising in India

Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund Raising in Indonesia

Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund Raising in Nepal

Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund Raising in Pakistan

Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund Raising in Thailand

Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund Raising in the Philippines

Jacobs Family Foundation

James Ford Bell Foundation

Leading the Conversion Process: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Converting to Small Learning Communities

Learning for Community Change: Core Components of Foundations that Learn

Lessons from the Field: Aiming for Excellence at the Wallace Foundation

Lessons from the Field: Improving the Grantee Experience at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Listening to Grantees: What Nonprofits Value in Their Foundation Funders

Local Donor Collaboration: Lessons from Baltimore and Beyond

Looking Back at Zimbabwe

Lyndhurst Foundation

Maintenance Required: Charter Schooling in Michigan

Media Grantmaking Strategies: When the Impact Is in Question

More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant

Philanthropic Due Diligence: Exploratory Case Studies to Improve Investments in Urban Schools

Promoting Social Justice: A Vision of Philanthropic Activism

Providing Dignity in Life and Death: Anjuman Mufidul Islam: Association for Humanitarian Activities—According to Islamic Precepts (p.49)

Reframing the Immigration Debate: How the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition Retooled its Communications Strategy

Research, Scholarship and Collaboration: Legacies of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s HEFSU Initiative

Reversing the Decline of a Historic District

Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation

Service Development in the Annie E. Casey Foundation Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children: Final Evaluation Report

Soundscapes: The Evolution and Challenges of National Public Radio

Strengthening the Work of the United Nations: A Sustained Strategy for Peace

The Annenberg Challenge: Lessons and Reflections on Public School Reform

The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Answering the Hard Question: “What Difference Are We Making?”

The Arts and School Reform: Lessons and Possibilities from the Annenberg Challenge Art Projects

The Aspen Institute Congressional Program: A Nonpartisan Success Story

The Brennan Center for Justice: A Bipartisan Champion of Democracy Comes of Age

The California Endowment: Sharpening a Foundation’s Grantmaking Without Limiting Its Mission

The Collegiate Learning Assessment: A Tool for Measuring the Value Added of a Liberal Arts Education

The Context and Meaning of Family Strengthening in Indian America

The Designation of Rural Areas in California

The Lasting Legacy of “An American Dilemma”

The Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations: Seeking “Standards for Excellence” for the Future

The Ms. Foundation: A Case Study in Feminist Fundraising

The Partnership for the Public’s Health: Findings from the Evaluation

The Promise and Challenge of Evaluating Systemic Reform in an Urban District

The Role of Social Capital in Building Healthy Communities

Tiger Foundation: Profile in Engaged Philanthropy

Toward a Common Language: Listening to Foundation CEOs and Other

Toward Greater Effectiveness in Community Change: Challenges and Responses for Philanthropy

Towards Nuclear Nonproliferation: An Evolving Strategy

Transforming Events: A Local Education Fund’s Efforts to Promote Large Scale Urban School Reform

Turning the Table on Assessment: The Grantee Perception Report

VolunteerMatch: An Online Service Helps Everyone Find a Great Place to Volunteer

Why Preschool Pays Off: A Breakthrough Study Links Early Education to Better Life Choices

Working with Botswana to Confront its Devastating AIDS Crisis