Summer 2010 Summer 2010

June 1, 2010
  • Supporting the Core Mission by Paring Costs
    by Jessica Brooks and Judy Currier, Boston Community Capital
    How one nonprofit controlled back-office costs, preserving more resources for its mission.

  • The Stimulus and New England State Governments
    by Katharine Bradbury, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    The recession has caused state governments to cut services, increase taxes, and draw down reserves. Fortunately, there is also relief from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Livable Communities: A Blueprint for the Future
    by David Fink, Partnership for Strong Communities
    Proposed federal legislation would provide resources for smart-growth initiatives that make use of public transit and energy-efficient, affordable housing in walkable communities.

  • Town-Gown Cooperation in Community Development
    by Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz and Rosalind Greenstein
    More than 50 percent of all degree-granting public and private institutions are in central cities, and today colleges can show strong results from years of collaboration with community groups and local governments.

  • Dialing 2-1-1 in Connecticut
    by Richard J. Porth and Maria Dynia, United Way of Connecticut
    For more than 30 years, Connecticut residents needing social services have dialed 2-1-1. An Internet version that does triage has been helpful as demand has increased.

  • The Future of Homesharing
    by Kirby Dunn, HomeShare Vermont
    The downturn is generating new interest in a kind of nonprofit that creates matches between people who need housing and people who need some assistance to stay in their homes.

  • Law Students Nurture Low-Income Communities
    by Robert Solomon, Yale Law School
    The author describes how Yale Law School was an early mover in clinical education, giving law students meaty cases in the community development arena.

  • Every Life Should Be Purposeful
    First person with Teny O. Gross, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
    Teny Gross compares troubled inner cities to failed states and explains how repeated dosages of positive inputs have turned at-risk youth away from society's violent messages.

  • The Power of Small: The Origins of Johnny Money
    by Ian C. MacMillan, University of Pennsylvania
    An entrepreneurship professor shows how small, targeted efforts to help Africans become selfsupporting led to the creation of a financial-education videogame for U.S. high school students.

  • Connect-Ability: Creating Systemic Change for the Disabled
    by Kerri Fradette, Connecticut Department of Social Services
    Connecticut's Connect-Ability program helps identify and remove employment barriers for residents with disabilities. The program's success will provide ideas for policymakers in other states.

  • Mapping New England: Disability and Employment
    by Kai-yan Lee, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    The employment status of people with self-identified disabilities in each New England state.