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Change, Not Charity: The Story of The Funding Exchange (FEX)

Publication date: 
06/2017
When the Funding Exchange (FEX) decided to cease operations at the end of 2012, the board agreed that one key task would be to document the history of this pioneering organization that spanned more than three decades. They knew there would be useful lessons to glean from an honest exploration of FEX’s rich and complex story.
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Incarceration Trends

Publication date: 
03/2016
Since 1970, there has been more than a four-fold increase in the average daily number of people held in the nearly 3,000 jails in the United States, from 157,000 in 1970 to 690,000 in 2014. Incarceration has grown the most outside the largest counties. While the largest jails often draw the most attention and are the ones most often discussed by policymakers and the media, Vera Institute of Justice found that these jails have neither grown the most nor are they necessarily found in the jurisdictions with the highest incarceration rates. Rather, mid-sized and small counties—which account for...
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A New Way Forward: Bringing an Equity Lens to the Work of Reducing the Influence of Money in Our Democracy

Publication date: 
12/2015
Based on candid interviews with funding partners and thought leaders, Piper’s report "A New Way Forward: Bringing an Equity Lens to the Work of Reducing the Influence of Money in Our Democracy” touches upon key issues to help analyze their grantmaking strategies.
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Engaging New Voters: the Impact of Nonprofit Voter Outreach on Client and Community Turnout

Publication date: 
12/2015
This report is the fourth in a series of studies examining six districts’ experiences in The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative, a six-year effort designed to help these districts build larger pools of strong principals and then study the results.

Inequality and Opportunity: The Role of Exclusion, Social Capital, and Generic Social Processes in Upward Mobility

Publication date: 
12/2015
Despite top-down measures and informal trends that would seem to encourage integration by providing opportunities for social interactions across socioeconomic and racial divisions, social exclusion persists in the United States, particularly among the poor and disadvantaged. What processes isolate the disadvantaged and thereby limit the accumulation of social capital that would help them get ahead? And how can research illuminate responses that would reduce inequality and improve upward mobility? Duke University’s Linda Burton and Whitney Welsh tackle these questions.
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