Dear Colleagues:

Here are some resources you can use… 

Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness

This report is result of  the Youth Outcomes Project (YOP)—a collaboration between Chapin Hall, Youth Collaboratory, six federal agencies, and a number of leading researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, and youth with lived experience to provide guidance and promote consensus on what and how to measure within the four broad core outcome areas identified in the USICH Framework to End Youth Homelessness. This report provides a brief context on the importance of each core outcome area and recommendations of top core outcomes that the authors suggest be tracked commonly across communities, along with recommendations for best-available measures. Common outcomes measurement across a community continuum is important for communities and agencies to move toward an outcomes-driven, system-level approach to youth homelessness rather than a programs-driven response.

Click here to read the full report

Building Partnerships with Philanthropies: Emerging Strategies for Rural Communities This brief from the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis details their project to identify emerging strategies that can help rural communities build successful partnerships with philanthropies. The project focused on identifying strategies for preparing to build partnerships with philanthropies, conducting outreach to philanthropies, and establishing and sustaining partnerships with philanthropies.  This project culminated in the Rural Philanthropy

Toolkit, a web-based toolkit that compiles emerging strategies and resources to support rural communities seeking to build relationships with philanthropies across the United States.

Click here to access the brief. Click here to access the toolkit

Families Leading Change in Early Childhood Systems: Phase Two Navigating the Ripples This new report from the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Early Childhood Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC) is a resource for early childhood stakeholders (parent leaders, service providers and early childhood agency and system leaders) seeking to advance authentic engagement with families as partners and leaders for systems change. The resource tells the story of communities participating in Parent Agency: Parent Voice and Leadership, Emphasizing Equity Community of Practice and implementing best practices identified in the Family Engagement Toolkit to develop pathways for parents to lead changed in early childhood systems.

Click here to read this full report

Introduction to the Results Count Path to Equity: A Guide to the Accountability for Equitable Results Framework

This introduction describes four skills that help leaders to achieve better and more equitable results. The skills are part of Results Count™, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s competency-based approach to leadership development. Through Results Count, leaders can develop and practice these skills over time to become more powerful and effective in their work. The skills touch on maximizing one’s contribution through data-driven and equity-informed analyses and performance measures.

Click here to access the 2018 index


Progress Together: Becoming Data Driven

Thursday, July 11, 2019

3:00PM-4:30PM ET

Community organizations are being asked to do more with less and, often, just keeping things running is hard enough. Many conversations about the promise of using data to drive decisions lead with new steps, new requirements, new staff, and new expectations that are simply out of reach for too many. This event, hosted by Mathematica Policy Research, brings together leaders from a variety of sectors to discuss the challenges of becoming data driven and offer action-oriented, accessible advice on how organizations can take their first steps, or their next steps, to progress together.

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Strengthening Families Networking Webinar: Supporting family-level protective factors

Thursday, July 11, 2019

3:00PM-4:00PM ET

A protective factors framework is an organized set of strengths-based ideas that are used to guide programs, services, supports and interventions aimed at promoting healthy outcomes. This webinar from the Center for the Study on Social Policy, features r. Malcolm Gaines from San Francisco’s Safe & Sound, and focuses on supporting family-level protective factors in a family resource center setting

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Funding/Collaboration/Learning Opportunities:

Boosting Opportunities for Social and Economic Mobility for Families

The Kresge Foundation has announced a $3.6 million funding opportunity to strengthen partnerships between community colleges and human services nonprofits that connect people with low incomes in cities to critical human service supports and educational pathways that advance social and economic mobility. Through the BOOST funding opportunity, Kresge will award up to eight grants of up to $450,000 each to qualifying partnerships between community colleges and nonprofit human services nonprofits

Applications Due: July 26, 2019



Wells Fargo Homeownership Counseling Grant Program

Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy is inviting applications from nonprofits for its Homeownership Counseling Grant Program. Through the program, local nonprofit housing organizations are invited to apply for grants in support of the creation of affordable and sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to moderate-income (LMI) populations, including seniors, veterans, and underserved families and individuals. The grant program focuses exclusively on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities.

Applications Due: July 30, 2019

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children and Families Affected By Opioids and Other Substance Abuse

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide competitive grant funds for Regional Partnership Grants (RPGs) to improve the well-being of, and to improve the permanency outcomes for children and families affected by opioids and other substance abuse. These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services, activities and services that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent’s or caretaker’s substance abuse. Applicants are expected to have a collaborative structure in place that is capable of building a region’s capacity to meet a broad range of needs for families involved with both substance abuse treatment and the child welfare system.

Applications Due: July 31, 2019

Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants

Community Transportation Association of America, Federal Transit Administration, National Center For Mobility Management are coming together to offer planning grants to support communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social well-being

Applications Due: August 1, 2019

View pre-application webinar here.