December 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.