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We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for November 23, 2020 This will be our only briefing of this Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for November 20, 2020 Poverty rate spiked when $600 stimulus payments expired, Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for November 13, 2020 America’s safety net for the disabled is failing Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for November 6, 2020 Food insecurity is worse for rural residents during Read more...

This Collaborative Cities guide, written in partnership with Bloomberg Associates, outlines some of the key components needed for city leaders to administer and sustain strategic partnerships. This guide provides general best practices that apply across municipalities, while also offering guidance on how city leaders can adapt the approaches to their own challenges and circumstances. It draws on the experience of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg Associates and highlights the efforts of mayors and cross-sector practitioners with unique experience and insights, providing a playbook to support leaders looking to build or strengthen partnerships. You can download the guide here. Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for October 30, 2020 Black and Hispanic workers, particularly women, lag in Read more...

This short note is coauthored by firm President Tom Freedman and firm Advisor Xav Briggs. Today's world demands big changes, and like many of you, Xav and I have been looking back at what we know about identifying the building blocks of successful change movements. Following is a short reflection of our thoughts. No matter what happens in the upcoming election, we are going to need big change. In order to guide our efforts leading up to, and following, November 3rd, we reviewed what has been written about how large-scale social movements succeed. We came at this in two ways. First, as a firm Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for October 23, 2020 Out of work in America: A special report Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for October 16, 2020 Eight million have slipped into poverty since May Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for October 9, 2020 One in four Americans say they are delaying Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for October 2, 2020 The chaos of repealing the Affordable Care Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for September 25, 2020 As coronavirus deaths continue to mount, racial Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for September 18, 2020 Housekeepers face a disaster generations in the Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for September 11, 2020 A pandemic, a motel without power and Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for September 4, 2020 The true cost of providing safe childcare Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for August 28, 2020 Where to prioritize emergency rental assistance to Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for August 13, 2020 Unemployment insurance bolsters child support payments but Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for August 7, 2020 Health care workers of color nearly twice Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for July 31, 2020 Census door knocking cut a month short Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for July 24, 2020 ‘A Band-Aid for a bullet wound’ — Workers Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for July 17, 2020 Millions of seniors live in households with Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for July 10, 2020 ‘The wave has begun’ – evictions surge as Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for July 2, 2020 The link between structural racism, the coronavirus Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. A Special Request. The issues that impact low-income communities have never been Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for June 12, 2020 Unemployed workers face new delays as states Read more...

At great pivot points in American history, leaders and everyday Americans have been faced with huge choices. We are the beneficiaries of those who have shown vision and courage before us. Let us use this moment to make another set of critical choices, a commitment to a future America stronger for all. To that end, these documents provide draft thinking on a potential policy framework for the next administration and Congress. We look forward to feedback and input from any interested parties. Draft Tele-America PresentationDownload Draft Tele-America Policy AgendaDownload Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for June 5, 2020 The black-white economic divide is as wide Read more...

A new Administration has the surprising opportunity for a triumph that would be a biblical level achievement: ensuring every child in the world has at least one meal a day. A campaign organized around this clear goal is feasible and would dramatically reduce malnutrition overall. It would also prompt a renewed focus for a global commitment to children generally and could bring chances for global cooperation in multiple related areas. There are numerous experts and international organizations that would need to be consulted for this project. This memorandum is intended to encourage consideration of a ambitious defined effort and to begin Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for May 29, 2020 The coronavirus’ unequal economic toll: Kaiser Family Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for May 22, 2020 The ‘us and them’ pandemic shows America Read more...

This memorandum offers a suggested approach for a project that could be launched in the next six months. The initiative would increase impactful Administration policy change by creating a clear role within an Administration for collaborating with outside philanthropic entities, as well as by developing a corresponding defined external entity to help share information and potential opportunities. Draft Structure and Considerations for a New Philanthropic AllianceDownload Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for May 15, 2020 New poll finds rising fear about having Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for May 8, 2020 Senate Democrats propose $2,000 monthly payments: Sens. Kamala Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for May 1, 2020 Retail COVID-19 testing has been inadequate in Read more...

We’ve compiled this living document to include resources for tracking COVID-19 response efforts by philanthropy, the private sector, national, state, and local governments, and other entities. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, is not for commercial use, and is intended to be updated as efforts grow or change. Please note, it is not a collection of disease or public health trackers. If you have other resources to feature, or ideas on how to make it more useful in this crisis, please email info@tfreedmanconsulting.com. Sections included: PhilanthropyPrivate SectorState and Local GovernmentFederal GovernmentHealth and TechnologyMedia and EducationLegal Read more...

This op-ed was featured in The Washington Post as part of their collection of ideas that could mitigate the impact of COVID-19. You can read the full article here. By Tom Freedman The COVID-19 crisis has revealed a huge opportunity for improving our government. That’s because a wonky policy tool — public-private partnerships — has become much more important during the pandemic. The problem, however, is that these are being deployed in an ad hoc, uncoordinated manner, with too little thought given to how they fit the needs of our democratic society. What’s missing is an effective structure for how we could Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for April 24, 2020 Four in ten adults report job-related losses Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for April 17, 2020 Coronavirus pandemic could send poverty levels to Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for April 10, 2020 Pandemic lays bare the grocery shopping class Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for April 3, 2020 Banks signal small business loans may not Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below.If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for March 27, 2020 What’s actually in the latest Senate coronavirus Read more...

This 2019 report is an update to the 2018 report drawing from interviews with 30 practitioners and leaders to highlight key features of the maturing PIT ecosystem. The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), then an intangible hope for the field, is now a robust collaboration that enables leaders from 21 institutions to share best practices and spur collaboration, for example. The network held its first annual PIT-UN convening at Georgetown University in October 2019, at which over $3.1 million in PIT grants were announced. And the network is poised to grow in membership in 2020 after a successful application Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion. One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below. If you would like to receive a daily or weekly briefing, feel free to subscribe here. Briefing for March 20, 2020 Humanity not cages: Dozens of criminal justice reform Read more...

We are struck that one of the few certainties about the coronavirus outbreak is that low-income communities and workers in low-income, service sector occupations will be disproportionately impacted. Likely in devastating fashion.One step in combatting this will be to share information about what is happening and what can be done.  That’s why we are offering this daily news service summarizing relevant stories, and a concise weekly summary alternative as well.  You can see it below.Our own Bill Nichols, formerly Senior Reporter for USA TODAY and then Managing Editor of Politico, is heading the team. Also contributing are Matt James, who is Read more...

Philanthropy has turned its eye toward developing the field of public interest technology, citing public interest law as an example of how philanthropy has successfully jumpstarted a now- robust field. While it may be tempting to proceed onwards satisfied with the knowledge it can be done, now is a key moment to pause and understand how it was done. This memo, written for the Ford Foundation in 2016, outlines lessons from key investments made by philanthropy in developing the field of public interest law. Read more...

The Building the Future report made a strong case for the need to create a community of practitioners invested in exploring and building the nascent field of public interest technology. Through 17 in-depth interviews, academics and practitioners shared that a key barrier to growing the field was a lack of shared principles, goals, or even a definition of public interest technology as an academic discipline. Read more. Read more...

Anyone who tells you with confidence what is going to happen next is lying, guessing, or blissfully ignorant. My favorite statistic from reporting after the Trump election was how few predictions of his victory there were during the general election. One list found 11 correct public predictors, including an evidently well-known Chinese monkey. The most famous public prognosticator on the list? The creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip. While almost everyone now remembers themselves as being prophetic and all-knowing back then, they’re wrong. And it’s a fair bet that wisdom is just as wrong today. Even apparently scientific information can no longer be Read more...

Nearly 41 million Americans were impoverished in 2016, and the United States continues to have one of the highest poverty rates of any OECD nation. The impacts of the Great Recession are still being felt across the country, and the 2016 presidential election brought a new focus on the rural poor and the so-called “white working class.” Despite the issue’s importance, new research from Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity shows that the nation’s most prominent newsrooms have not given significantly more attention to poverty since 2007. While poverty coverage has increased for some news outlets over the past ten years, Read more...

Americans overwhelmingly support net neutrality principles and oppose efforts to repeal the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet rules, according to a recent nationwide poll on technology policy conducted by Civis Analytics. The poll also found a broadly shared belief across party lines that the internet is essential in the 21st century and that government has a vital role to play in expanding internet access, including by providing subsidies to help low-income Americans afford access. Online privacy remains a significant concern, and the public resoundingly believes that the lack of competition among internet service providers (ISPs) and media companies is harming consumers. Check out the Read more...

Originally featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy By Matt James and Bill Nichols As foundations and nonprofits continue to think through the new political reality, much of their collective mindshare is being spent on a central conundrum: How do organizations that focus on big issues support and promote their causes in a world where, seemingly, facts don’t matter? How do they ensure that the public is getting the information it needs to support informed decision making and understanding the consequences of major policy shifts? We would argue that facts matter more than ever in an environment of proposed sweeping policy changes and sometimes Read more...

The report Swiping Right for the Job: How Tech is Changing Matching in the Workforce was produced with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and examines how labor market matching technologies have changed interactions between employers and job seekers, focusing particularly on the obstacles that low- and middle-skill workers face in accessing and using technology to find careers. The report also outlines best practices for the design and implementation of labor market matching technology to ensure these tools can have their greatest impact. Read more...