Homelessness robs everyone in our community of dignity, purpose and possibility. When we end this problem, King County will truly be healthier
The most recent data on homeless deaths in King County, issued July 2009. Since 2004, the Health Care for the Homeless Network within Public Health – Seattle & King County has created this report with data from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (KCMEO) about people who died in the county and were determined to be likely living homeless at the time of their death.
LEV Foundation gives each major area of focus a grade. The marks are mediocre or poor – and they paint an alarming picture.
The Puget Sound Update is a technical report that summarizes the condition of Puget Sound as measured by ongoing monitoring and research activities of the Puget Sound Assessment and Monitoring Program (PSAMP).
The results of a study by the National Conference on Citizenship looking at ways individuals are civically involved.
‘State of Education’ speech highlights decade of accomplishments, remaining challenges.
Students in the Class of 2009 were the second class of students required to meet the new high school graduation requirements.
Washington shows signs of progress even in adverse conditions, according to a report released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a national economic nonprofit.
Each year, the Foundation for Child Development and the Child and Youth Well-Being Index Project at Duke University issue a comprehensive measure of how children are faring in the United States.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual report profiling national, state and local indicators of child well-being.
The 2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard paints a bleak picture of rising asset poverty and diminishing financial security in the United States. Nationally, 27 percent of all households are asset poor, meaning they lack the savings or other assets to cover basic expenses for just three months if a layoff or other emergency leads to the loss of income.
This report reviews the differences between the president’s budget for next fiscal year and the House plan for the remainder of this year. It shows how proposed budget cuts would both harm individuals and damage the country’s fragile economic recovery.
Our national conversation about race tends to take place in black and white, yet the greatest disparities in human well-being to be found in the U.S. are between Asian Americans in New Jersey and Native Americans in South Dakota.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is the Washington funding program for food banks, distribution centers, and tribal food voucher programs.
This report, released by Save the Children in 2012, analyzes the causes of malnutrition, identifies solutions and examines the political factors that contribute to this issue.
Arts organizations across the country are actively expanding their efforts to increase public participation in their programs. This 2001 report presents the findings of a RAND study of these efforts.
Washington state policymakers must come up with billions in more funding over the next few years to comply with the State Supreme Court’s decision in McCleary v. State, which mandated a significant boost in K-12 school funding.
In 2002, eight organizations, coalitions, and local governments came together in a unified effort to provide the vision and leadership required to develop and implement a plan to end homelessness in King County, Washington.
This report reports progress toward the Lumina Foundation for Education's goal of increasing higher education attainment rates to 60 percent by the year 2025.
This report summarizes the results of the King County community conversation held on February 29, 2012, to garner community input about the needs, challenges and opportunities for youth ages 16-24 in King County who are neither in school nor employed.
Released in March 2012 by the Excellent Schools Now (ESN) coalition, this plan marks the launch of a statewide campaign to increase student learning and close the achievement gap so that all youth are prepared for success in school, work and life.
The Active Living Network is dedicated to halting the trend of childhood obesity by finding creative ways to reintegrate physical activity into daily life.
This report highlights the impact of cuts to Adult Basic Education (ABE) in light of the recent growth in demand. ABE students are frequently low-income students, a large percentage of whom are speakers of English as a second language and/or people of color. Fewer than 5 percent of employed ABE students currently earn a living wage.
This guide outlines specific steps that policymakers, program administrators and providers can take to begin transforming their current adult education programs into Adult Education for Work programs.
This report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation summarizes early findings from three sites that have fully implemented the Centers for Working Families (CWF) principles that respond to the challenges facing such low-income working adults and their families.
Building on a 2006 study, the University of Oregon issued an updated report in 2009 detailing the economic costs in Washington state of a “business as usual approach to climate change.”
This report documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy.
Fewer American children are getting access to arts education, whether at school or elsewhere, according to this analysis of federal data issued by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the drop is apparently most severe for African-Americans and Hispanics.
This report provides national data about arts education for public elementary and secondary schools, with comparisons with data from a 1999–2000 arts education study.
The Arts Education State Policy Database is a searchable database tracking the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts.
The Arts Education Resources Initiative was developed to help us learn about the state of arts education in our state – what is working, where we can improve, and what we can do, working together, to provide better arts education for our state’s students.
This study examines the South Lake Union neighborhood and its potential for redevelopment, capacity to accommodate arts spaces now and in the future.
Seven regional nonprofit youth arts education organizations formed the Seattle Arts Education Consortium, a collaborative, two-year project, in the summer of 2005.
Bank on Seattle-King County provides people with alternatives to paying more than they need to for financial services, in order to help them on a pathway to economic stability and success.
This study conducts a comprehensive review of the location of all basic retail financial services firms to determine their accessibility to low- and moderate-income consumers.
The Federal Way Public Schools is among the districts profiled in this Harvard Family Research Project report, which explores promising practices in the emerging field of family and parent engagement in public schools.
This report commissioned by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation describes the five characteristics shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to today's changing conditions.
A recent report highlighted a stark reality: Many of the cuts under consideration in Olympia will have their strongest impacts on minorities.
Some states and school districts are raising their high school graduation rates with scalable solutions in our public schools.
PolicyLink released this report highlighting someof the innovative programs in President Obama's 2012 budget that "will help build a brighter future for all Americans."
This Urban Institute report examines the role of the arts in communities; artists working in community development, education, health, or environmental fields; and contemporary art spaces in community planning and revitalization strategies.
The Building Resilience Initiative (BRI) is the Seattle philanthropic community's response to the economic downturn. The Seattle Foundation united generous individual donors, local foundations and corporations to create the BRI in fall 2008.
Research released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) highlights local governments as new and powerful players in creating opportunities for financial stability for individuals and families.
This 2007 publication tells the stories from the Arts Participation Initiative of the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC).
The Cascadia Scorecard is the Pacific Northwest's sustainability report card. It tracks seven trends that are crucial to the region's future: health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, wildlife, and pollution.
This brief outlines the results of a study of potential barriers to locating more programs in rural areas to provide meals to low-income students when school is not in session, and participation in those programs by rural children.
Linking low-income, low-skilled adults to education and training leads to family-supporting jobs.
A fact sheet compiled by the Children's Alliance on childhood obesity.
The Children’s Alliance advocates for policies to improve the lives of children.
In early 2007, King County Executive Ron Sims, the King County Council, and community partners established the Children’s Health Initiative (CHI) to identify and enroll children in the public health insurance programs for which they were eligible.
How the allocation of time spent on core academic subjects has changed since No Child Left Behind was enacted.
This Synthesis Report is based on the assessment carried out by the three Working Groups (WGs) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The U.S. government’s estimate of the social cost of carbon is flawed, according to this Economics for Equity & Environment (E3) Network report.
Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.
There is a growing movement that acknowledges, researches, and provides creative approaches to this threat to our health based on a strategic analysis of the role of race in both the problems and the solutions. This report identifies best practices around the country, from both inside and outside of the health care system.
This report takes one of the most comprehensive looks to date at the higher education experiences, financial challenges, and attendance and completion rates of the working poor.
CCEJ’s mission is to achieve environmental and economic justice in low-income communities and communities of color. We believe that everyone, regardless of race or income, has the right to a clean and healthy community.
Transcript of the radio show "Public Interest," focusing on community development corporations.
This report contains profiles of coverage programs that have some connection to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Voices (CV) Initiative.
According to the World Bank, preliminary estimates indicate that the global target of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty was achieved in 2010.
The County Health Rankings study examines factors such as life expectancy and smoking rates to determine a county's health and helps policymakers see a clearer picture of the needs of their communities.
Today's workers face labor market challengs made worse by a risky fiscal situation. It is now imperative that leaders at the federal and state levels take bold actions to better position American workers for success in a 21st century economy.
This 2005 book is a presentation of a general analytic framework that has proven useful to managers in many public agencies in helping them develop their own ideas (in consultation with others) of what constitutes a forward-looking, value-creating strategy to guide the operations of their organizations.
Across Washington State, creative economy is in evidence in a variety of cities and neighborhoods, and is a factor in the job growth, retail sales, recreational choices, and community aesthetics.
Why is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success?
This project gathered information on:
1) access to and satisfaction with domestic violence services for certain women who are experiencing domestic violence in Seattle (King County), Washington, and
2) the cultural experience of domestic violence for specific ethnic groups and the lesbian/bisexual/trans’ (LBT) community in Seattle.
Design is a key component for creating active living environments.
This report focuses on the early learning (birth through age eight) programs in Washington schools.
This KIDS COUNT special report highlights the causes and consequences of low reading proficiency and proposes some essential steps to close the gap.
The Eastside Human Services Forum and Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee (EHAC) have created the following document to define what the county’s 10 Year Plan means for East King County.
Overview of the state of many areas of basic needs in East King County
Did you know that one in 10 U.S. employees works for a nonprofit, and that nonprofits in the U.S. generate $1.1 trillion each year?
The mission of this report and the Reinvesting in Youth partnership is not just to regurgitate the known data, but to offer what is more important; a comprehensive action plan for preventing the problem of dropping out of school.
This report outlines effective strategies for tackling the issue of employment and training for court-involved youth.
This report examines the feasibility and challenges of ending childhood hunger in our state.
In 2010, Building Changes embarked on a journey to develop a roadmap for policy makers, providers and other stakeholders who are seeking to prevent and end homelessness in Washington state. Harnessing the momentum of the federal government and work taking place in our local communities, Building Changes created a policy paper that outlines the key concepts supporting this new approach and puts forth initiatives and policy adjustments at various levels to support new efforts and efforts already under way in our region.
Enterprise Community Partners is a national nonprofit working in the community development and affordable housing field.
The mission of Environmental Health News is to advance the public’s understanding of environmental health issues by publishing its own journalism and providing access to worldwide news.
Those living in poverty often turn to corner markets and gas station mini marts for food.
Case studies from the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities that offer a range of strategies that funders are supporting to advance a post-secondary success agenda across the country.
General resources selected by The Seattle Foundation to help you learn more about international issues and global giving.
This report explores how low-income groups and racial and ethnic populations are situated within King County’s geography of opportunity.
This 2004 study addresses the widely perceived need to articulate the private and public benefits of involvement in the arts.
There is now more evidence than ever before that one- and two-year credentials, particularly in specific fields, can lead to economic prosperity.
According to this December 2010 report, there were more than 10 million low-income working families in the United States in 2009, an increase of nearly a quarter million from the previous year.
This first-annual study by Seattle CityClub uses census data to assess six civic health markers: volunteering, neighborliness, belonging to groups, philanthropy, political voice and voting in Greater Seattle.
Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy.
The Health of King County is a synthesis of public health data designed to provide a broad overview of the health of King County residents.
This June 2010 report, combining the collective research efforts of a number of organizations, highlights how place matters when it comes to the health of young men and boys of color, and points to the need for comprehensive, systems-based policy solutions implemented at the community level.
America is slowly coming out of the Recession of 2007—only to find itself on a collision course with the future: not enough Americans are completing college.
You can use this online calculator from the Environmental Protection Agency to get a rough “ballpark” estimate of your personal or family’s greenhouse gas emissions and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce your emissions.
This report presents statistics on households’ food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs for 2011.
This report takes a look at strategies employed by 15 colleges that stand out for helping economically and academically challenged students graduate in a timely manner.
This analysis reviews the Seattle Public Schools’ teacher policies linked most directly to teacher effectiveness.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is the Washington funding program for food banks, distribution centers, and tribal food voucher programs.
Hunger in America 2010 is one of the largest studies of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically valid data on the emergency food distribution system and the people that Feeding America serves.
Hungry in Washington presents national data from the USDA 2007 survey, including food insecurity prevalence for Washington and the state’s ranking for food insecurity.
The most recent report of findings and recommendations from the Washington State Domestic Violence Fatality Review.
A national study of the support structure for U.S. artists conducted by the Urban Institute and supported by a 38-member consortium of funders.
This issue focuses on public utilities and clean energy.
Seattle Jobs Initiative's trend report with a focus on green jobs.
In this report, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) presents a projection of potential developments in the U.S. labor market over the next five to ten years and discusses the preparations necessary to develop the 21st century workforce
Jump$tart Washington is a nonprofit coalition created to promote the need for financial education in Washington State.
This report examines the quality of public education in Washington state and the educational preparation of the next generation of Washington citizens.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center provides more than 100 indicators of child well-being, including economic status, health, safety and risk factors.
In September 2011, the UN general assembly will meet to discuss how the pace can be accelerated to meet the 2015 deadline for the millennium development goals, and what should replace the current framework after 2015. The task of ending poverty is far from over; one in four people in developing countries is still living on less than $1.25 dollars a day.
A nationwide system of Child Development Accounts (CDAs) established as early as birth can lead to lifelong savings, raise college expectations and affordability, and serve as a basis for more stable and productive financial lives for American families, according to this report.
Statewide data on wage, rent, and affordability.
This brief discusses strategies for improving access to green jobs among those with low skill levels, particularly jobs that can help improve workers’ economic standing and better support their families.
Sightline Institute's "Making Sustainability Legal" project is working to remove outdated rules that stop affordable, green solutions.
The purpose of a state report card is to provide the general public and policymakers with information they can use to assess and improve post secondary education in each state.
This study provides strong evidence that an enhanced national recycling and composting strategy in the United States can significantly and sustainably address critical national priorities including climate change, lasting job creation, and improved health.
The foundations that make up the Multiple Pathways to Graduation work group are working together to create more powerful strategies to increase graduation rates.
The Seattle Model of involving neighborhoods is emulated in much of the world, but it fell from favor here over recent years. (Crosscut)
The One Night Count of people who are homeless in King County takes place every year at the end of January.
This 12-page policy brief describes the different strategies tested, discusses what MDRC has learned from Opening Doors, and offers some suggestions to policymakers and practitioners for moving forward.
In this report, the International Youth Foundation writes about the 1.2 billion young people ages 15 to 24 around the world and the challenges and opportunities that they face in various regions.
A national cross-section of opportunity youth in 23 diverse locations across the United States was undertaken in August 2011 to learn about common elements in their personal histories and their lives today, and to explore opportunities to reconnect them to work and school.
Publication of this first Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health marked a milestone in the history of oral health in America.
This 2008 report examines the state of housing in the city of Seattle.
Parks, trails and greenways are important to communities because they are critical places that provide opportunities for close-to-home recreation and connections to local destinations of interest.
The Pathways to Prosperity Project examines the reasons for our failure to prepare so many young adults, and advances an exciting vision for how the United States might regain the leadership in educational attainment it held for over a century.
This report is based on a first-of-its-kind study of the progress and outcomes of low-skill adults in community colleges.
Pomegranate Center works to develop neighborhood gathering places and is devoted to community-generated design and development.
Principles for Effective Education Grantmaking serves as a roadmap to foster excellence in these practices by education funders.
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit organization working to help people create and sustain public places that build communities.
The Prosperity Partnership is a coalition of over 300 government, business, labor and community organizations from King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties dedicated to developing and implementing a common economic strategy.
This ArtsFund study reports on the economic impacts of 357 nonprofit arts, cultural, and scientific organizations located in the Central Puget Sound region.
The Puget Sound Partnership's Resource Center for a variety of facts about Puget Sound.
The Puget Sound Partnership is a community effort of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists and businesses working together to restore and protect Puget Sound.
Innovation is crucial to competition, and creativity is integral to innovation. U.S. employers rate creativity/innovation among the top five skills that will increase in importance over the next five years, and stimulating innovation/creativity and enabling entrepreneurship is among the top 10 challenges of U.S. CEOs. But how to foster creativity in new entrants to the U.S. workforce?
This Center for American Progress report presents examples of successful antipoverty strategies in schools across the country and urges policymakers to realize the positive impact that school-based antipoverty programs could have on the education and well-being of low-income children across the United States.
In 1997, the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds launched a major national initiative to encourage community foundations to invest in broadening, deepening, and diversifying cultural participation in 10 communities in the United States.
This report is a product of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities, which conducted an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education in the U.S. Based on what was learned about needs and opportunities, the PCAH makes five recommendations for actions to be undertaken by different stakeholders to advance arts education.
Despite widespread interest in the size of the renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) industries and the number of jobs these industries create, until now no one had conducted a comprehensive study of these industries.
The Seattle 2030 District is an interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn officially announced the Seattle Music Commission, formed as part of the Seattle City of Music Initiative.
A snapshot of how the Seattle School District is progressing against its strategic plan milestones.
Environmental Justice Network in Action (EJNA) is a partnership between Seattle Public Utilities, community based organizations (CBO), nonprofit and government agencies.
Creative Cities International has released its Vitality Index rankings for the top U.S. cities. Seattle stands strong at number 3, preceded by New York and Chicago and followed by San Francisco and Boston.
Even as Seattle's minority population barely held over the past decade, the percentage of people of color swelled in the suburbs of South King County, where newly arriving immigrants and former Seattle residents converged to form majority populations in SeaTac, Renton, Kent and Tukwila. (Seattle Times)
Sightline Institute, Cascadia's sustainability think tank, provides research and tools to help create a healthy, lasting prosperity in the Northwest.
The central message of this report is that while some students drop out because of significant academic challenges, most dropouts are students who could have, and believe they could have, succeeded in school.
This report takes a look at the data available for the region and nation and how things stack up in terms of job growth/losses and unemployment over the last two years.
Middle-wage jobs -- those jobs that pay a livable wage and require some training beyond high school but not a 4-year degree -- are and will continue to support key industries in the Puget Sound region.
The Communities Count Partnership is committed to improving community health and well-being through information advocacy—providing accurate and timely reports on conditions that matter to King County residents.
This John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup report highlights research in 26 cities across the country to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community.
The Puget Soiund Partnership was given a 10-month assignment to “develop recommendations for preserving the health and ecosystem of Puget Sound, and to help educate and enlist the public in achieving recovery of the Sound by 2020.” This document outlines those recommendations.
This is the first report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) in what will be an annual series of investigations into how U.S. economic conditions are affecting homelessness.
State of the Sound 2007 takes a scientific look at the health of Puget Sound and the status of its marine life, habitats, water quality and climate.
Followup to the 2003 report by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County published The State of the Workforce, a look at how well our economy’s workforce skills matched the needs of employers.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies spotlights the work done to reach underserved communities by the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) through the Arts Participation Initiative.
Community-wealth.org's overview of community development corporations (CDCs), non-profit, community-based organizations that anchor capital locally through the development of both residential and commercial property, ranging from affordable housing to developing shopping centers and even owning businesses.
Americans’ upward economic mobility, especially for those at the bottom of the income ladder, is more strongly tied to educational attainment today than at any other time in our history.
Rural family economic success means that families can meet their immediate needs, can envision a stronger financial future and can make steady progress towards achieving that vision for themselves and their children.
This policy brief, released by Seattle Jobs Initiative, highlights the challenges that community colleges face to help under-prepared students gain the fundamental academic skills they need to succeed in college.
This article provides a guide to ten items that are key indicators (measures) or steps taken to achieve prosperous, walkable, healthy, livable communities.
This report examines the current state of the teen job market in the U.S., and argues for the need to create a youth jobs creation program.
This analysis of the most recent scientific evidence can help educate Americans about the extent of child hunger and the impact that it has on the youth of our nation.
This Pew Research Center report analyzes changes in employment throughout the economic recovery, examining trends in job growth by race, ethnicity, nativity and gender.
A recent economic impact study shows that the Seattle Community Colleges play a major role in the region's economy, creating a total impact in King County of $1.1 billion a year.
Corporation for Enterprise Development analyzes data on the net worth and asset poverty of households with children and finds that many families are on financially shaky ground.
This report presents an analysis of the current and expected trends facing nonprofit affordable housing.
Washington State added 1,100 jobs in March 2011, while statewide unemployment crept up fo 9.2% from 9.1% in February, likely the result of more people entering the labor market who had previously stopped looking for work.
This study concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.
A fact sheet on homelessness and housing affordability in King County
The Health of Washington State, 2007 assesses health status and related topics that are important to the Washington State Department of Health’s mission of protecting and improving health in Washington.
This report examines the labor market impacts by income group of the national recession of 2007-2009.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals identified by the United Nations to be reached by 2015. This latest report provides an update on progress to date and remaining challenges.
People for Puget Sound provides an overview of the problem of polluted runoff in the health of the Puget Sound.
This report details the results of an experiment designed to measure the effects that simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and providing personalized financial-aid eligibility information might have on students’ likelihood of applying for and obtaining aid, and enrolling in college.
This report focuses on the role of community-based institutions—particularly nonprofits and faith communities—in fostering social capital and building healthy communities.
The 2008 State Preschool Yearbook is the sixth in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States.
This new study finds that "by leveraging the collective power of parents, youth, residents, and institutions, community organizing can alter longstanding power imbalances and patterns of inequality that result in failing schools."
An assessment of climate change impacts on Washington state through the development of updated climate change scenarios for Washington state and assessment of the impacts of climate change across sectors.
The Whole Child Podcast seeks to inform and engage educators, parents, and community members about what works in today’s schools.
This Puget Sound Sage report provides evidence that gentrification is happening in the Valley, meaning new people with higher incomes have been moving into Rainier Valley and station-area land value and rents are on the rise.
Current trends indicate a strong association between our transportation infrastructure, the level of routine physical activity among Americans, and their health.
This research indicates that U.S. racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to receive even routine medical procedures and experience a lower quality of health services.
This report by Earth Economics finds that nature as an economic asset delivers a flow of benefits of between $9.7 and $83 billion in economic value to people every year.
Washington Asset Building Coalition (WABC) came together in October, 2006 to expand asset building across the state.
This report focuses on developing a world-class, learner-focused, seamless education system for Washington State.
Washington state ranks No. 11 in the country in overall health, according to the latest "America's Health Rankings" survey.
Based on a national survey of young adults, this research dispels some common myths about why so many students do not graduate and details what kinds of changes might make a difference.
The share of the population of developing regions whose people live in extreme poverty is expected to fall to 15 percent by 2015, down from 46 percent in 1990, according to the United Nations. The gains stem largely from robust economic growth in countries such as China and India, the world's two most populous countries.