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What is Public Charge? Earlier this month, the Administration finalized the decision to broaden the definition and effect of the public-charge rule—a term used in immigration law to refer to a person who is primarily dependent on the government and inadmissible to the United States. Under the new... Read more
Los Angeles District Attorney Moves Toward Systems-Change:  New Mental Health Division and Philanthropic Support   On January 23 2019, District Attorney Jackie Lacey launched a new Mental Health Division to bolster innovative justice and diversion efforts. This Division responds to long-standing... Read more
Voter Engagement and Racial Equity Spotlight on Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers and Philanthropy’s Role in Getting out the Vote   By Eric Schroer, Public Policy Intern Grantmakers interested in civic engagement, in particular voter registration, more equitable voter participation, and research that... Read more
2018-19 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being Children Now released their 2018-2019 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being report. It presents current data on the health, education and welfare status of children living in every one of California’s 58 counties. It... Read more
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Numbers don’t lie—unless they are left out of an equation to begin with. When numbers are missing from a calculation, a deceptive void appears like a black hole that swallows otherwise important realities. As far as the U.S. Census Bureau is concerned, an undercount of the population happens too... Read more
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Dear Colleagues, I am writing to you for the second time this week, following my statement about the need and opportunity for unity in the face of so many horrific attacks on the fabric of our civil society (I also encourage you to read this post by Judy Belk, President and CEO of The California... Read more
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On October 10, the “public charge” rule was published in the Federal Register for public comment. This rule would make people choose between the things they need and the people they love, while favoring the wealthiest in our immigration system. Across the nation, advocates, providers and... Read more
On Wednesday, Septmeber 12, NALEO presented a webinar on effective Census message testing for English and Spanish speaking Latinos. The link to the recorded webinar and slides are below:  Click Here for the Recording Click Here for the Slides
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Dear Colleagues, While writing to you, I’m taking a moment to pause in the midst of the relentless news cycle we have been experiencing for some time now. The last couple of weeks—including last week’s painful Senate hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court—have been... Read more
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The following is an article published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy by SCG members Fred Ali, President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation; Antonia Hernández, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation; and Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment.   Of all the... Read more

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