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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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for July 23, 2021 The pandemic drove women out of the workforce. Will they come back? From Politico: “Nearly 1.8 million 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for July 16, 2021 How to get more Americans back to work: A Politico policy “hackathon” asked 10 top 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for July 9, 2021 Kids and tax cuts — why Dems need a sales pitch to seal a major 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for July 2, 2021 Damage to children’s education — and their health — could last a lifetime: Kaiser Health News 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for June 17, 2021 For toddlers, pandemic shapes development during formative years: Kaiser Health News reports: “Day care 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for June 11, 2021 Despite ample shots and incentives, vaccination rates lag far behind in the South: From 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for June 4, 2021 College vaccine requirements present major hurdles for some students: The New York Times reports: “Since 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for May 27, 2021 Black and Hispanic Americans seeing higher COVID case rates as vaccinations lag: From Axios: “Black 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for May 21, 2021 Stark racial disparities persist in vaccinations, state-level CDC data shows: From Kaiser Health News: “Black 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for May 14, 2021 Only 7% of vaccinated Floridians are Black: Politico reports that just 7% of the roughly 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for May 7, 2021 U.S. schools turn to mental health needs of students reeling from the pandemic: Reuters reports: 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for April 30, 2021 Some kids never logged on to online school – now what? Politico reports that after Connecticut 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for April 23, 2021 Most common challenge for community health centers has shifted from vaccine supply to staffing 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for April 13, 2021 CDC studies find racial inequities in COVID hospitalizations, ER visits:  Days after declaring racism a serious 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for April 9, 2021 12 months of trauma — More than 3,600 healthcare workers died in COVID-19’s first year: More 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for April 2, 2021 Hunger crisis continues, particularly for kids, older adults: From the Associated Press: “America is starting 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for March 26, 2021 Hundreds of migrant kids with positive COVID tests held in shelters: Nearly 2,900 unaccompanied minors tested 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for March 19, 2021 Richest U.S. counties overwhelmed by surge in child hunger: From Kaiser Health News: “The financial 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for March 12, 2021 Biden launches a second ‘War on Poverty’: Dylan Matthews of Vox puts the anti-poverty impact of Read more...

Our nation is polarized: distrust in government is high and the zone of potential agreement between Americans is at an all-time low. We, as a country, are tribally divided into categories of “us versus them.” These in/out group categorizations are based on intersecting factors that include geography, demography, class, race, and education level, as well as how we get our news and information.Polarization is not a new phenomenon in America, nor is it inherently problematic. In a diverse multiracial, multi-ethnic democracy, there will always be some levels of disagreement. Nonetheless, on January 6th, as we watched the insurrection at 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for March 5, 2021 Life, death and grief in Los Angeles: A moving photo essay from the New York 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for February 26, 2021 An unprecedented number of students have disappeared during the pandemic; Schools are working harder than ever 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for February 19, 2021 How policymakers can make sure the pandemic doesn’t widen the racial wealth gap: Kilolo Kijakazi, 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for February 12, 2021 Study shows bans on evictions, utility cutoffs are curbing COVID infections: Bans on evictions and utility 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for February 5, 2021 ‘Cruel’ race for vaccines leaves many seniors behind: With millions of older Americans eligible for 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for January 29, 2021 Food stamp spending jumped nearly 50% in 2020:  Federal spending on the country’s largest nutrition 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for January 22, 2021 Biden calls for increased nutrition aid: The Washington Post writes: “President Biden is expected on Friday Read more...

After the 2008 election of President Obama, there was a surge in interest, ideas, and even a growing infrastructure to facilitate strategic, intentional partnerships between the philanthropic community and the federal government. From big ideas and opportunities to small ways of working with agency staff to help policymakers quickly learn and engage on policy issues, philanthropy can play an important role in advancing shared ideas and policy implementation. This webinar kicked off a series of conversations with an overview of the many ways the philanthropic sector can work with and build partnerships with the new administration in the coming year 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for January 15, 2021 Biden outlines $1.9 trillion rescue package: President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a new COVID-19 rescue package 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 a daily news service summarizing relevant stories, which you can read below. If you would like to receive a daily briefing, feel free to email schumitz@tfreedmanconsulting.com to subscribe. Briefing for January 8, 2021 A third of U.S. families face a different kind of poverty: Before the pandemic, one-third 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 December 21, 2020 Holidays expose widening inequality among U.S. families: From 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 December 18, 2020 Six months into the pandemic, 40% of families 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 December 11, 2020 States try to save small businesses as federal 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 December 4, 2020 The cities in each state hit hardest by 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 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...

Spotlight is perhaps the leading non-partisan forum on poverty in the country, known for presenting “big tent” ideas and solutions for reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunity through its comprehensive website, weekly e-newsletter; policy events, and original research and surveys. Spotlight has attracted interest from public figures of all political stripes who write for the website’s exclusive commentary section, participate in webcasts and rely on the one-stop shop website for the latest news, research, data and commentary about poverty and opportunity. Check out Spotlight on Poverty. Read more...

Next Century Cities supports community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. Across the country, innovative municipalities are already recognizing the importance of leveraging gigabit level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities. Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating these successes, demonstrating their value, and helping other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable, and accessible broadband. Check out Next Century Cities. Read more...

This report, developed with support from the NetGain partnership, draws on 60 interviews with field experts, scholars, and policy leaders to identify opportunities to improve technology capacity and talent of those working on behalf of the public interest. The interventions described in the report may be implemented by a variety of stakeholders and target a diverse set of elements of public interest technology. Read more...

San Jose Mercury News - December 29, 2014 By Tom Freedman, Alan Davidson, and Alexander C. Hart As we look to the New Year, we should recognize that there is a new trend in politics. The digital world isn’t just changing the way election campaigns are run; it is also changing the way voters think. From specific issues like net neutrality to a general willingness to support building our national communications infrastructure, this trend will change American politics. Immediately after the 2014 elections, we conducted a national poll of midterm voters. Digital voters, those who spend more than three hours a day on Read more...

Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and Freedman Consulting, LLC This memo presents findings from July 2015 polling on issues related to online privacy and Internet access that was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research in collaboration with Freedman Consulting, LLC. Key findings include the fact that more than 80 percent of Americans are concerned about their privacy online and that there is overwhelming support for proposals to strengthen online privacy protections. Read the full report here. Read more...

USA Today – September 18, 2012 By Sam Gill and Katharine Wilkinson As a new NFL season kicks off, we're seeing a greater emphasis on safety at all levels of organized football, all the way down to the Pop Warner League's decision to limit contact in practice. While this has been a refreshing shift, the current approach won't achieve the "culture of sportsmanship, fairness and safety" promised by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. If the NFL wants to achieve culture change, it will take more than punishments and new rules. It will take meaningful rewards as well. These policies have had a limited effect. Just last season, Cleveland Read more...

The Foundation Review - October 1, 2014 By Sam Gill and Tom Freedman This article proposes a new methodology for planning and evaluating public-policy advocacy. The methodology is designed around a series of stages, each with a different set of strategic planning and assessment requirements. The article suggests that both planning and evaluative approaches that fail to take account of the necessary stages required to develop and then implement an advocacy strategy will likely assign the wrong indicators of success. This analysis is based on direct experience working with both policy processes and a wide range of foundations and nonprofits that have invested in Read more...

The Christian Science Monitor – February 18, 2011By Sam Gill Among all the programs that face cuts in President Obama's new budget, education is a clear winner. Charter school funding, however, suffers a slight decrease. And this may be a good thing. Charter schools have become another silver-bullet 'idea fad' racing through education reform. President Obama released his 2012 budget proposal earlier this week to a fanfare of predictable criticism from the right and a few cries from the left. In a budget that saw cuts to many cherished programs, one of the big winners was education – with an 11 percent boost in total funding. Within Read more...

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - February 26, 2009 By Franklin Foer, Tom Freedman, and Elizabeth Wilner It's hardly breaking news that high-quality journalism is facing severe economic challenges. Nor is it news that many philanthropies are grasping at ways to draw more attention to important problems. As veterans of the worlds of media, public policy, and philanthropy, we propose an endeavor to put more philanthropic might behind supporting effective journalism. Some worthwhile experimentation has been done in this area. The time has come for a broader and more systematic effort. The newspaper industry's troubles have gone from being bad news to almost old news. Even Read more...

MinnPost - November 26, 2008By Sam Gill No matter who prevails in the recount for U.S. Senate, I fear an unheralded chapter in Minnesota politics will come to a close. Call it the “Eccentric Era.” Whether incumbent Norm Coleman or challenger Al Franken wins, Minnesota’s role as the engine of business as not-quite-usual politics will end, and the national political scene will suffer as a consequence. Minnesota has always produced senators who did not quite fit into the Washington culture. When Hubert H. Humphrey was successfully elected to the Senate in 1948 on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor ticket (which he helped to found), he was the Read more...

The Christian Science Monitor - June 2, 2002By Tom Freedman The unlikely sight of rock star Bono and Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill touring Africa together last week underscored an old symbolic debate, as well as the possibility of a new consensus, on American aid to the developing world. The two sides of the debate have long had simple and static arguments: Supporters of aid complain that America does not give enough; opponents say US help is wasted by corrupt governments. But now, challenged by the moral issue of suffering abroad, and the reality that terrorists are exploiting poor countries, conservative American policymakers are Read more...

Washington Post - March 4, 2001By Tom Freedman The current fevered interest in Bill Clinton's last-minute pardons is endangering the real debate the Democratic Party needs to have: How do we go forward? The peril comes only partly from the sheer amount of attention focused on Clinton's exit from the White House. Media fascination has prompted an avalanche of Clinton psychological profiles and has tempted too many prominent Democrats to form circular firing squads. Ultimately, the pardons are done and irrevocable. After the investigations and interrogations, we must still confront our future. The pardons are the past. The greater danger posed by pardon Read more...

The Christian Science Monitor - January 26, 2011By Daniel Altschuler and Sam Gill In a speech as significant as the State of the Union, what is left unsaid matters as much as what is said. Last night, President Obama laid out a clear charge: to “win the future.” Focusing on the steps to help America compete in the 21st century, the president outlined a vision to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world” in order to secure greater prosperity for all. Yet the modest sampling of policy proposals seemed to pivot away from the ambitious attempt to take on long-term problems that marked the first two Read more...

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - November 13, 2011 By Sam Gill As the political-campaign season heats up, so have debates about whether courts should interpret the Constitution based on exactly what it says or more as a set of principles to guide contemporary affairs. Foundation and nonprofit leaders should ask themselves the same kind of question. Nonprofit organizations are beholden to their stated missions in a way profit-seeking corporations are not. As new pressures complicate how charities and foundations carry out their missions, the issue has become more significant than many organizations may recognize. The political debate boils down to some simple questions: Can courts Read more...