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GVF Illinois Racial Justice & Equity Landscape Study

The GVF Illinois Racial Justice & Equity Landscape Study represents a crucial step in GVF’s strategic shift towards racial equity and justice grantmaking. With a mission-driven approach, GVF and GCI aim to use this research to understand the lived experiences, aspirations, and challenges of these communities, and to identify ways to support their efforts towards equity and justice. Learn more here.

GVF Theory of Action

The strategic plan represents a multi-year commitment to invest in building and strengthening Black-led organizations, leadership, influence, power, and agency. We believe social and economic justice for Black people and communities is instrumental to how we reimagine and redesign a place where all lives thrive. Read Full Document Here.

Partnership for Resilience

A Learner’s Guide to Trauma-Sensitive Schools and Whole-Child Literacy

Partnership for Resilience’s education Consultant Dr. Karen Peterson and the Literacy Organizational Capacity Initiative, have released a white paper titled A Learner’s Guide to Trauma-Sensitive Schools and Whole-Child Literacy. The paper details the importance of a systems approach to whole-child learning and offers recommendations for integrating social emotional learning to create trauma-sensitive schools.

Latino Policy Forum

Illinois English Learner Handbook

Our Education grantee Latino Policy Forum released a groundbreaking publication, Illinois English Learner Handbook. This book supports school leaders who work with students across the state who speak languages other than English, with the goal of achieving increased academic outcomes and lifelong success of English Learners.

Coronavirus Webinar

March 16, 2020

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Minnesota Council on Foundations partnered to provide an important webinar to help nonprofits and foundations prepare for the potential impacts of Coronavirus. You can download and read the webinar slides here, and please share with others in your network.

Illinois Digital Learning Lab releases 2019 field report

Illinois Digital Learning Lab

2018 Field Report

Through funding from Grand Victoria Foundation and Joyce Foundation, the Illinois Digital Learning Lab brought together adult educators throughout Illinois to explore digital learning solutions in 2018. The lab supported educators to purchase technology, implement it in the classroom, and reflect on needs and outcomes for their students. Reflections and learnings were published in their 2018 Field Report. The lab is continuing, please visit its website to learn more.

The Nature of Americans

National Study

The findings from an unprecedented national study of Americans’ relationship to nature reveal an alarming disconnection, but also widespread opportunities for reconnecting.

The Nature of Americans National Report: Disconnection and Recommendations for Reconnection reveals important insights from a study of nearly 12,000 adults and children and provides actionable recommendations to open the outdoors for all. Visit the website for even more information.

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