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Resources from Crashing the Barriers: Making Work Possible for Everyone

Publication date: 
01/2018
Despite the recovery of the American economy and national unemployment rates at their lowest levels in years, millions of people who are willing and able to work are excluded from that prosperity. To address the inefficiencies and challenges of entry into today’s workforce for young people and adults overcoming barriers like incarceration or homelessness, a unique partnership that was forged in Los Angeles is being replicated in the Bay Area. The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise or LA: Rise bridges the gaps in service between local social enterprises,...
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Resources from An Optimist’s Guide to Benefits in the Gig Economy

Publication date: 
03/2017
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and the Asset Funders Network (AFN) invited funders to hear from the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, the Indy Worker Guild , and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the gig economy. We also explored potential policy and other solutions that might support the particular needs of low-wage workers in this new area of the economy.
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Resources from Building Financial Security for Bay Area Families: New Data, Partnerships and Solutions

Publication date: 
11/2015
While only 10% of households across the Bay Area are living in poverty, over three times more are financially vulnerable. Brand new data from CFED in partnership with Citi Community Development reveals that 35% of households in the Bay Area are liquid asset poor—they do not have enough savings to live above the poverty level for just three months should they lose a job, have a health emergency, or suffer another disruption in income. Those living in asset poverty lack a financial cushion and are unable to invest in their futures. They can’t save for education, homeownership, or retirement—...
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Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

Publication date: 
04/2015
This report analyzes U.S. funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives in the field of Black male achievement. The 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.
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Geographies of Opportunity: Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District

Publication date: 
04/2015
This report by Measure of America is an in-depth look at how residents of America’s 436 congressional districts are faring in three fundamental areas of life: health, access to knowledge, and living standards.
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Resources from Innovations in Local Government: Addressing Health Inequality

Publication date: 
03/2015
This briefing will explore emerging Alameda County health equity efforts that have resulted in new financial tools and career/workforce development strategies for the Boys and Men of Color population.
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Resources from Natural Allies: Philanthropy, the Legal Community and Civil Legal Aid

Publication date: 
03/2015
The struggle to break the cycle of poverty is often paved with legal potholes. For this event we explored collaborations and investments of foundations, individual donors, corporations, law firms, government and bar associations in Civil Legal Aid.
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Resources from California’s Tomorrow: A Framework for Improving the Lives of Young Males of Color

Publication date: 
12/2014
A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color provides a way to think about and conceptualize positive outcomes for this population of young men . This framework has been developed to offer foundations the ability to take the types of bold, targeted, thoughtful action required across every system that touches the lives of these children and youth from education to work to health to justice.
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A Portrait of California 2014-2015: California Human Development Report

Publication date: 
12/2014
Instead of relying only on economic analysis, Measure of America’s A Portrait of California uses the human development approach to tell us how people are doing. Three dimensions—a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living—are examined in detail and presented along a simple ten-point scale: the American Human Development (HD) Index.

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