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MoAD in the Classroom (MIC) is an arts-based visual literacy and cultural studies program for third graders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participating classes received two instructional visits to their classrooms by MIC instructors who introduced visual arts vocabulary, museum themes, and the current museum exhibitions. Classrooms also made two trips to the museum, during which they saw the exhibitions that they talked about in class, learned how to view and talk about art, and participated in hands-on art activities.
SparkPoint Community Schools (SPCS), a program of United Way Bay Area, helps families gain a stable financial footing while simultaneously supporting students' well-being and academic success. Traditionally, financial education has not been a part of the community schools model; programs focused on youth services and did not offer opportunities for parents to increase their own education or job skills. The SPCS model uses a two-generation approach – involving both youth and their parents – to shift the paradigm by strengthening whole families.In the 2016-17 program year, Public Profit undertook a mixed methods approach to evaluating SPCS program activities at the initiative's six sites. We used client interviews, staff interviews, participant surveys, administrative data, and staff focus groups to explore implementation fidelity, participation patterns, household economic improvement, and child academic improvement.
S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation;
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation's grants to Bay Area youth development programs and organizations are described, and the perspective of selected grantees is shared through direct quotes. The case studies explore how grantees experienced the Foundation as a funder and partner in their work, and what was accomplished with the grant funds awarded. The report also includes a short set of lessons and recommendations based on observations of and feedback from the field.
California HealthCare Foundation;
Since the last round of this regional study four years ago, the Bay Area's economy has continued to thrive, although there remain stark economic contrasts between the haves and have-nots. The analysis of the Bay Area health care marketplace reveals these developments:In a region historically characterized by many segmented submarkets, major providers are expanding in efforts to manage care efficiently, serve more patients, and compete with Kaiser Permanente.The number of independent hospitals is shrinking as financial problems mount. Though none of the region's remaining private safety-net hospitals appear threatened by imminent closure, several face an uncertain future.Independent practice associations are seeking to diversify, raise capital, and keep private practice viable, especially for primary care physicians.The region's safety net is strong, but is facing serious capacity and access challenges resulting from the ACA Medi-Cal expansion. They are particularly hampered by their limited ability to recruit and retain clinicians.
Chinese American Community Foundation;
In order to understand better philanthropy among Chinese Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley Community Foundation commissioned this report, sponsored by the Chinese American Community Foundation in which active Chinese American donors were asked about their giving practices and preferences. Interviews were conducted with 33 Chinese American individuals who encompassed a range of ages, origins, and counties of residence in the Bay Area.To address the questions motivating this report, participants were asked to describe the values and vision that guide their charitable giving. They spoke about their appreciation for the opportunities they had, and their desire to give back by making the world a better place. Linking the past to the future, they voiced their aspirations for the next generations, especially of Chinese Americans, that they may have those same opportunities and eventually contribute to the community through their leadership and philanthropy. Their efforts emphasize creating opportunities for all, but especially for children, youth, and young adults, by supporting schools (both locally and in China), creating university scholarships, and serving on boards of universities and leadership development organizations. In addition to their focus on the future, participants spoke of their passion for a wide variety of causes that contribute to the community, society, and the environment in the present.
Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation;
This report reflects the findings of a 2002 environmental scan of adolescent residential substance abuse treatment in the nine-county Bay Area, which includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties. The purpose of this project was to assess current treatment capacity, identify barriers to adolescent treatment, and recommend opportunities to support existing residential programs and increase capacity.Research methods include a literature review and 25 expert interviews, including in-person interviews conducted with county alcohol and drug administrators from all nine Bay Area counties, in-person interviews with management staff of five Bay Area adolescent residential treatment providers, in-person interviews with staff from the California Department of Health Services Alcohol and Drug Program and the Department of Social Services Foster Care Branch, and phone interviews with three national youth substance abuse experts.This report was prepared in coordination with a state-wide report commissioned by the Schwab Foundation, "The Need to Invest in Adolescent Treatment: Policy Recommendations for Adolescent Treatment in California" (2004).
The Sikh Coalition;
In the summer of 2009, the Sikh Coalition, with the help of several dedicated volunteers, began conducting a pioneering survey of Bay Area Sikhs. The survey gathered information on Sikhs' experiences with incidents of bias, employment discrimination, language access and other obstacles that hinder the community's full integration into local civic and political life.This report represents the results obtained from data collected from over 1,300 Sikhs who live in the Bay Area's nine counties. While the Sikhs surveyed for this report make up only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of Sikhs estimated to live in the Bay Area, their experiences provide a snapshot of issues important to this community throughout the region. In many cases, the data presented in this report exemplifies significant gaps between the promise of the law and the Sikh community's reality on the ground.The Sikh Coalition is making several policy recommendations based on the information that was collected. These recommendations are intended to be a starting point for the discussion on how to grow opportunities for Bay Area Sikhs to participate in their neighborhoods. In many instances, following these recommendations would begin to close the gap between what the law mandates and what the Sikh community's experience has been. In the coming months and years, the Sikh Coalition will spearhead advocacy efforts to further these recommendations.
Northern California Grantmakers;
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) launched the San Francisco Bay Area Disaster Preparedness and Response Initaitive in September 2006 to support and mobilize the Bay Area's philanthropic sector to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major, local, natural disaster. This strategic plan is builds upon a needs assessment and logic model, also available via the NNCG Knowledge Center.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation;
The nine-county Bay Area region is a place of innovation, attracting talented individuals and supported by local infrastructure and resources. This creative landscape translates into a culture of corporate citizenship in the region; one that has continued to evolve along with the emergence of new leadership, companies, and industries. Bay Area companies are clearly committed to corporate citizenship. In fact, those companies participating in national and local surveys alone contributed $2 billion in philanthropic contributions to local and global causes in 2012. Corporations not only provide substantial financial support to nonprofits, but also leverage employee expertise and creativity, distinctive products and services, and collaborations with other for-profit funders and nonprofit organizations. Together, these strategies are shaping a new kind of higher-leverage approach to corporate citizenship
Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative;
This demonstrates that a Bay Area-wide minimum wage increase would benefit the health and well-being of nearly 1 million low-wage earners. A large body of research literature on wage, income, and health demonstrates that public policy interventions that aim to increase the incomes of low-income populations will increase income equality and economic security as well as lower mortality rates, improve overall health status in the population, decrease health inequity, and lower overall healthcare costs.
Journal of School Health;
This research article discusses recess as part of the elementary school day with strong implications for school climate. Positive school climate has been linked to a host of favorable student outcomes, from attendance to achievement. The article examines 6 low-income elementary schools' experiences implementing a recess-based program designed to provide safe, healthy, and inclusive play to study how improving recess functioning can affect school climate. Data from teacher, principal, and recess coach interviews; student focus groups; recess observations; and a teacher survey are triangulated to understand the ways that recess changed during implementation. Comparing schools that achieved higher- and lower-functioning recesses, we link recess functioning with school climate.
As one of the largest institutional funders of performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Hewlett Foundation's Performing Arts Program (Program) plays an important role in the arts ecosystem across California. The Performing Arts Program works to "ensure continuity and innovation in the performing arts through the creation, performance, and appreciation of exceptional works that enrich the lives of individuals and benefit communities through the Bay Area." Monitoring and evaluation are integral to the Strategic Framework. It outlines metrics, short (2013) and longterm (2017) growth targets, and activities and strategies for each component of the Program, taking into consideration economic conditions, the arts landscape in California and current demographic trends in the Bay Area. Program staff built in evaluation activities that would enable the Program to determine if its strategies are effective, to measure how much progress has been made toward its goals, and to identify opportunities for learning and improving outcomes. In 2015, the Foundation partnered with Informing Change and Olive Grove to conduct a mid-point assessment of the Program's six-year Strategic Framework. The evaluation centers on four core questions, each of which has additional sub-questions (see Appendix A for a full list of the questions and subquestions). In partnership with Program staff, Informing Change and Olive Grove developed a plan to assess these questions using a mixed-methods approach. A primary data source for this assessment is interviews that solicit insight and feedback from six types of constituents: grantees from all three of the Program's component areas, peer arts funders, community-based arts leaders, and artists and cultural entrepreneurs (Appendix A includes a list of all interview informants and Appendix B provides interview protocols). The interview informant sample includes individuals and organizations connected to the Program as grantees or partners, as well as other key leaders in the arts ecosystem that do not receive funding. This assessment also draws heavily upon quantitative analysis of data about the portfolio funding (i.e., GIFTS, the Foundation's grant tracking software), grantees' work (i.e., Cultural Data Project (CDP), Audience Research Collaborative (ARC) and Grantee Perception Report (GPR)), and arts education (i.e., California Department of Education (CDE)). A review of existing literature and research studies provided data on changes in different fields and contextual information (Appendix C provides references for all works cited).