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Digital Literacy & Support

January 1, 2021

When Florida schools abruptly switched to distance learning in March 2020, the extent of our "digital divide" became painfully apparent. Many Consortium members quickly stepped in with device drives and broadband access solutions in a first response effort to reduce barriers to learning for economically disadvantaged families and students in rural areas.

Engaging Families, Empowering Children

July 30, 2019

As the country becomes more diverse, schools that successfully engage all families will transform learning and leadership. This executive summary captures "takeways" from partnerships forged by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to create environments where teachers, families and community members can effectively collaborate and share power.

Build a Better South: Construction Working Conditions in the Southern U.S.

May 1, 2017

This study explores labor conditions in the construction industry across six key Southern cities in the U.S. and finds that far too often construction workers across the South face working conditions that should not exist in the twentyfirst century in the richest country in the world. The study documents the alarming prevalence of jobs with wages too low to feed a family. It captures the impact of disabling work injuries on workers and their families that are made even more devastating when the employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance, or misclassifies a wage worker as an independent contractor ineligible for compensation payments. 

Employment Equity

Supporting Entrepreneurs: Preliminary Findings from Accion & Opportunity Fund Small Business Lending Impact Study

January 1, 2017

As two of the nation's leading nonprofit small business lenders, Accion, The US Network (Accion) and Opportunity Fund help entrepreneurs thrive by providing affordable capital and support services so they can start a new business endeavor or grow an existing enterprise.Accion and Opportunity Fund came together to develop a first-of-its-kind national longitudinal study of the impact of small business loans in the United States. With lead funding from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and with support from S&P Global, the study aims to uncover the qualitative impacts of lending on individuals, their businesses, and their broader communities. This study, conducted by Harder+Company Community Research, builds on the body of previous evaluation work that showed small businesses that receive loans create and retain jobs, increase revenue, and have high business survival rates. Following a cohort of more than 500 borrowers across the country, this study examines how business owners define success and how access to finance improves their entrepreneurial goals, financial health, and quality of life. By focusing on the longer-term impacts of small business lending while examining variations due to business type, geography, and other factors, the study will help deepen our understanding of how mission-based business lending impacts individuals, families, and communities.This report includes preliminary findings collected during this first phase of the study. While entrepreneurs reported perceived and actual impact to date, these changes will be tracked over time to examine the ways in which they are or are not sustained, and how these changes compare across and within lending regions.

Breaking Barriers: Improving Health Insurance Enrollment and Access to Health Care

April 1, 2015

With support from the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Alliance for a Just Society conducted grounded research in 10 states (California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas) to explore how those who need health care the most—low income people, immigrants, and people of color—are experiencing ACA implementation. This report examines the following questions:Who was able to sign up for health insurance?How effective was outreach to underserved communities?How accessible are health care services to newly enrolled patients?And finally, what changes might make the current health care delivery system more effective in serving low-income communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color?

Health Equity

South Apopka Community Food Assessment

April 1, 2014

The South Apopka Community Food Assessment summarizes the need for local and regional food systems in Central Florida and discusses the implications related to food security in theneighborhoods of South Apopka. The report also highlights collaborative efforts that support the community food assessment process and includes snapshots of other local food initiatives in the region. Finally, the report proposes recommendations and strategies that can be implemented in the future to ensure that the long term needs of the South Apopka community are met.

Food Systems

Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement

February 2, 2010

Based on interviews, examines the effects of the arrest, detention, and/or deportation of undocumented parents on their children, including changes in behavior, food sufficiency, and housing. Explores community responses. Makes policy recommendations.

An Assessment of the Parent Engagement and Skills-Building System in Miami-Dade

June 4, 2008

Based on interviews and focus groups, assesses how best to connect parents with teachers and communities to support early learning. Examines barriers to parental engagement and challenges for community based organizations (CBOs) and educators. Lists CBOs.

Early Childhood Education

Miami Fellows Initiative: Inspiring New Leaders Committed to the Common Good

May 1, 2007

Describes the history, goals, and program components of the Miami Fellows Initiative, which identifies and supports emerging community leaders in Miami-Dade County. Includes lists of fellows and their advisors and mentors.


Patient-Centered Care for Underserved Populations: Best Practices, A Case Study of the Health Choice Network, Southern Florida

March 1, 2006

Describes the institutional supports and structures necessary to provide patient-centered care. Presents practices from a case study that could be replicated in a wide range of healthcare and social service settings. Provides policy recommendations.

Health Equity

Latinos and the Development of Community: Philanthropy, Associations and Advocacy

January 1, 1999

This document was part of the Multicultural Philanthropy Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A series of fourteen guides examine the ways in which various gender, ethnic, cultural, religious and racial groups use their gifts of time, money, and talent. They reflect the ways giving and voluntarism are embedded in American life and challenge the notion that philanthropy is the exclusive province of elites. The guides include discussion topics, research questions, and literature overviews with annotated bibliographies. They were developed both to integrate the study of philanthropy into the curricula at colleges and universities, and to provide a tool to nonprofit professionals in the area of development and fundraising. Each volume provides background information on a selected community that will help practitioners work effectively with these groups. This guide is designed to illuminate aspects of Latino history through the prism of philanthropic activities and, in doing so, reveal the ways associations and advocacy have contributed to development of the country?s Latino communities. While its definition of philanthropy is broad, the inclusion of four specific Latino groups is limited ? Mexican Americans in the West and Southwest; Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in New York; and Cuban Americans in Florida. The selection is based on size, rate of growth, political influence, and length of time each group has settled and formed associations in the U.S. For each of the groups identified, the guide provides communal associational history, responses to shifting political and economic environments; and the development of major organizations in the Latino community. In doing so, the author provides a cultural and historical context for those working in the communities either as practitioners or fund raisers. The guide is useful as a case study of organizational responses to community identity and growth through such models as mutualista societies and organized labor. It is equally useful in raising tough questions facing Latino communities and others regarding the development of a group?specific agenda with regard to the state, education, jobs, and the influx of new immigrants.

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