Continuous Quality Improvement for Kindergarten Readiness
Ready for School, Ready for Life
How can a community ensure that every child in their county has access to health and education resources and opportunities they need so they can enter kindergarten ready to learn?
In this Time of Crisis, Our Sector Shows It’s Essential
4/6/20 - A little over a year ago, I wrote, “I cannot help but believe that nonprofits, philanthropy, and government can harness all our good work as a major force to help bridge this divisiveness and advance the country through the twenty-first century.”
A message of hope, encouragement, and solidarity in the face of crisis and uncertainty
3/31/20 - We write to share a message of hope, encouragement, and solidarity in the face of crisis and uncertainty. To all the social service providers who are finding ways to deliver essential services to the people who need them most: Thank you. Your work has never been as important as it is now. We are here to help.
We Must Replace Job with Basic Income as Our Sector’s Primary Measure
3/20/20 - Crises reveal vulnerabilities in societies more than anything else. The outbreak of COVID-19 is already uncovering just how wrongheaded the United States has been about what it takes for people to get by each day and how what we’ve always used to measure success, having a job, is horribly flawed...
Outcomes, Indicators, and Targets, Oh My!
3/9/20 - In 2002, 30 percent of fourth-grade students in the United States were reading at or above proficiency levels. Seventeen years later, in 2019, that number had risen only to 36 percent. In some places, it has actually declined. Frankly, I am horrified ...
The Biogen STAR Initiative in Cambridge and Somerville
How can a foundation catalyze the growth of STEM ecosystems across local school districts?
How do you define and map healthy aging across a community?
3/19/20 - The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation aims to make wise investments that support healthy aging for residents of Washtinaw County, Michigan. This post describes how we are approaching a systems mapping project so that the Foundation focuses on what matters most to people in their community.