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Social IMPACT Research Center;
In the midst of the recession, the state budget crisis, and historic unemployment rates, local communities are grappling with how to meet the needs of the growing number of individuals and families experiencing extreme poverty and hardship. Poverty Elimination Strategies that Work, a report released today by Heartland Alliance, highlights numerous local solutions that are currently being implemented in communities around the state and the country. This report is meant to be a tool kit to assist neighborhood groups, faith communities, service providers, policymakers, and others, in creating solutions to fundamentally address poverty. The web-based report provides over 50 Poverty Elimination Strategies that Work along with hyperlinks to sources which contain information about highlighted solutions and additional resources that may be useful in developing and implementing poverty elimination strategies locally.
The report was developed not only as a resource for local communities but also with an eye toward a much broader and ambitious goal. The strategies highlighted in the report will be considered as possible recommendations for a comprehensive statewide plan currently being developed by the Illinois Commission on the Elimination Poverty. The Poverty Commission is charged with creating a substantive, measurable plan, grounded in human rights standards, to cut extreme poverty in Illinois in half by the year 2015.
Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance;
In this report, the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
(CAFHA) details the extent of housing discrimination and segregation in
the region and outlines a blueprint for change. This report
demonstrates the need to prioritize fair housing activities and
provides a plan for progress that will ensure equal housing
opportunity, promote integration, and improve regional sustainability.
Kathy Clark, CAFHA's president, notes, "Discrimination and segregation
both harm individuals and adversely impact goals of regional growth."
This is a report that was released by the Women and Girls Collective Action Network. It was developed as a response to the need for accurate and timely data about the lives of girls and young women in Illinois. This report covers issues like health, education, sports, crime and incarceration and sexuality.
Social IMPACT Research Center;
This paper was originally researched for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for use in their Five-Year Chicago Area HIV/AIDS Housing Plan. Hence, the counties included here are reflective of the counties the AIDS Foundation requested be included in the analysis. Though traditionally included in discussions of the Chicago region, Lake County is not included in this discussion of the Chicago area.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Greater Chicago Food Depository. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system served by The Greater Chicago Food Depository provides emergency food for an estimated 561,000 different people annually.37% of the members of households served by The Greater Chicago Food Depository are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).34% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 87% are food insecure and 44% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).47% of clients served by The Greater Chicago Food Depository report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).28% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).25% of households served by The Greater Chicago Food Depository report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Greater Chicago Food Depository included approximately 554 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 503 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 428 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.70% of pantries, 52% of kitchens, and 32% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 88% of pantries, 65% of kitchens, and 51% of shelters of The Greater Chicago Food Depository reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 81% of the food distributed by pantries, 65% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 59% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 96% of pantries, 76% of kitchens, and 75% of shelters in The Greater Chicago Food Depository use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Girl's Best Friend Foundation;
This evaluation report tells the story of how GBF has innovatively deployed its philanthropic resources to catalyze the powerful social change described above. Founded in 1994, GBF spent the last 13 years strengthening and supporting the young women of Chicago and the organizations that serve them. Through a highly focused, high-engagement model of philanthropy, GBF used grant making to develop leadership in its grantee organizations and the people who work within them. And as Lulu's example demonstrates, these organizations and their staffs have, in turn, supported the development of a corps of resourceful and knowledgeable young women, capable of making change in their families, schools and communities. Specifically, the evaluation results reported here indicate :
GBF's work established a cohort of young women leaders exhibiting a confident and holistic sense of self who are change agents in their families, communities, and among their peers.Committed program staff -- 100 percent of whom stated they plan to remain in the nonprofit sector -- gained leadership skills, professional development opportunities and programmatic allies through GBF funding and staff support.GBF fostered the development of strong girl-centered organizations, led by activist women and girls.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless;
Provides national, state, and local statistics and data about affordable housing, family status of homeless households, living wage jobs, tax inequality, un- and under-employment, the poverty rate, and other exacerbating factors that feed into and exacerbate homelessness.
Cultural Data Project;
In the summer of 2013, the Cultural Data Project (CDP) partnered with Slover Linett Audience Research to engage leading researchers in a virtual dialogue about cultural data and its role in supporting the long-term health, sustainability, and effectiveness of the cultural sector. The resulting white paper, New Data Directions for the Cultural Landscape: Toward a Better-Informed, Stronger Sector, identified six key challenges that appear to be inhibiting the field from more strategically and effectively engaging in data-informed decision-making practices.
With that report as a starting point, the CDP sought to expand the conversation to include the perspectives of arts practitioners, artists, service organizations, and funding agencies working on the "front lines," by hosting a series of town hall-style meetings in five cities across the country. At these meetings, participants discussed the challenges identified in the New Data Directions report, articulated other challenges they're facing, and began to suggest solutions. In this report, we summarize what we heard and learned from approximately 185 cultural practitioners in town halls in Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, and Philadelphia.
Chicago Public Education Fund, The;
Leadership matters. And it matters a lot in Chicago's schools. At The Chicago Public Education Fund's 15th Anniversary, for the first time, we publicly released the data that is guiding our strategy. Data from surveys and focus groups of district, charter and turnaround principals citywide. This data reflects our best understanding of why principals succeed, why they stay or leave, and how we can all do a better job enabling their success and retention in the schools that need them most.
If our Baseline Report tells us one thing, it is this: Great principals want to stay. But they need our support, our trust and our investment every day to make the impossible doable and to continue doing right by the nearly 400,000 students they serve citywide.
The second report offers findings from fieldwork in five study sites in California, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas, examining the involvement of families with a deported parent with health and social service systems, as well as their needs and the barriers they face accessing such services.
The researchers find that family economic hardship is highly prevalent following parental detention and deportation, while child welfare system involvement is rarer. Schools represent a promising avenue for interaction with these families and delivery of services, as school officials cannot inquire about immigration status and thus are perceived as safer intermediaries by unauthorized immigrant parents who may be skeptical of interaction with other government agencies. Other important sources of support include health providers, legal service providers and community- and faith-based organizations that immigrants trust.
Chicago Community Trust;
As the kickoff to The Chicago Community Trust's Centennial, "On the Table 2015" marked the beginning of a yearlong campaign to celebrate philanthropy in all its forms -- giving of time, treasure and talent. The Trust's Centennial goal was ambitious; to spark a civic movement that will make the Chicagoland region the most philanthropic in the nation.
On May 12, 2015, thousands of Chicagoland residents gathered together across the region to share a meal and celebrate the everyday philanthropists among us who strengthen our communities and improve the lives of others. Participants in these On the Table conversations were asked not only to discuss ideas for improving our communities, but also to make a commitment to work collectively or independently to improve our communities and inspire others to do the same.
Again this year, the Trust invited the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) to partner and assess the impact of On the Table. The report results are based on the responses of those who participated in this year's survey. Highlights include key discussion themes, as well as surveyed participants' thoughts on commitments to future civic engagement.
Wallace Foundation, The;
In 2003, The Wallace Foundation began an initiative that eventually included five cities -- Boston, Chicago, New York City, Providence and Washington, D.C. -- to help them develop afterschool systems. At the time, a few cities and organizations were pioneering this approach (L.A.'s Best in Los Angeles, The After-School Corporation in New York, After School Matters in Chicago), but it was still a novelty. Five years later, Wallace examines lessons learned from this initiative, which posited two central premises:
Children and teens can gain learning and developmental benefits by frequent participation in high-quality afterschool programs.A coordinated approach can increase access to, and improve the quality of, afterschool programs.