Children and Youth
Who’s Giving to Nonprofits?
Older donors (those 70+) are equal in number to younger donors (those 18-24), yet give three times as much as younger donors. Yet, younger donors are more likely to respond to both mail and online solicitations. Read more about the whos and whys of nonprofit donors.
Children and Youth
Promoting Benefits in Schools – A Two-fold Benefit for Children and Families
Communities across the country are finding that pairing antipoverty strategies with schools result in positive student outcomes, while improving the delivery of important public benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Read the Center for American Progress report.
Despite Growing Poverty Rates, Kids Are Staying Covered
The number of children living in poverty continues its steady increase, up 1.8 million from 2008-2009, but public health insurance programs like Medicaid and CHIP have helped to keep an upswing in uninsured kids to a minimum. Learn more about children, poverty, and health care coverage from First Focus.
City Versus Country – New Study Released on Geographical Differences in Afterschool Program Participation
An Afterschool Alliance survey of nearly 30,000 households looking at regional differences in afterschool programming indicates that while 26% of kids in urban, rural, and suburban areas are on their own after school, only 11% of youth in rural areas participate in afterschool programming compared with 18% of urban kids. Learn more about the geographic differences in afterschool participation.
Launch of Resource Center Marks Landmark Moment for LGBT Seniors
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)—in partnership with 10 organizations—has just launched the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Visit the new site to explore resources, register for updates, and donate.
Older Americans Having to Cut Essentials from Budgets
One in five adults age 45+ has reported having problems paying for essential items such as food and utilities, according to a survey released by the AARP. Additionally, many have reported cuts in hours and wages. Read the full report. Also read about Americans filing for social security early in response to financial hardships.
Poverty and Community
Hard Data on Hard Times, Census Shows that 1 in 7 Americans Live in Poverty
According to statistics released by the Census Bureau, nearly 44 million individuals – or 1 in 7 Americans – and 8.8 million families were impoverished in 2009. This is the highest recorded level of poverty since 1994. Read more about the Census Bureau’s findings.
Advocates Wonder – Who’s Caring for the Caregivers?
The average salary for the nation's 2.3 million child-care workers is $19,605 – just above the poverty line – leading some advocates to call for increased subsidies that could help train and pay childcare professionals. Last year the federal government issued $7 billion in child-care vouchers. Learn more about the issue.
Foreclosure Crisis Leads to Widespread Probe
50 state attorney generals are undertaking a coordinated probe of improper foreclosures performed by the nation's largest loan servicers to determine if shortcuts jeopardized the accuracy of foreclosure proceedings. Meanwhile, bank repossessions and foreclosure auctions hit record levels in the third quarter – 372,445 auctions and 288,345 repossessions. Read about the investigation on CNN Money.