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- Building Sustainable Communities
by Joe Vaughan, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation and two nonprofits are launching a new concept in Rhode
Island. Through its Sustainable Communities program, LISC will assist the organizations in
conducting resident-led planning to ensure buy-in for improvements in targeted neighborhoods.
- Using Financial Innovation to Support Savers
by Peter Tufano, Harvard Business School, and Daniel Schneider, Princeton University
The simplest ideas for helping Americans save may be the most powerful. One process innovation
would allow workers once again to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds on their tax returns. An example
of a product innovation is a savings account tied to winning a prize.
- MicroCredit-NH Boosts North Country Economy
by Tara Bishop, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Mill closings in New Hampshire's northernmost county spurred local leaders and MicroCredit-NH to improve self-employment opportunities by offering hands-on training. The Coös County
Entrepreneurial Program's success is now creating increased demand.
- Microfinance in Good Times and Bad
by Gina Harman and Matthew Royles, ACCION USA
With banks still facing challenges, alternative sources of credit are likely to play an increasingly
important role in financing small businesses. The authors describe what ACCION USA has
learned as its approach to microlending has evolved.
- A Nonprofit Chooses a Path to Expansion
by Margaret Boasberg and Barbara Christiansen, The Bridgespan Group
Successful nonprofits often wonder whether to grow and, if so, how. In 2006, the Massachusetts-based
MY TURN began an in-depth self-assessment as part of a strategizing process that may be
instructive for other organizations.
- Immigrant Experience: The Relation between Skin Color and Pay
by Joni Hersch, Vanderbilt University
There is considerable evidence of discriminatory treatment of immigrants in employment and
access to housing, and the author’s research suggests that factors such as height and darkness
of skin may influence how immigrants are treated.
- Mapping New England: Foreclosure Prevention Event
by Kai-yan Lee, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Two maps show where many of the holders of troubled mortgages who attended the first
foreclosure prevention workshop of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston came from.
- Making Affordable Housing Greener
by Edward F. Connelly and Jessica Miller, New Ecology Inc.
With a beneficial focus on up-front planning, green building has moved from the fringes to the
mainstream. Studies are finding no statistically significant difference between the costs of green
construction and traditional building-and operational savings are significant.
- College Readiness: Massachusetts Compiles the Data
by Carrie Conaway, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
A new database that collects information on Massachusetts public high school graduates who
enroll in Massachusetts public postsecondary institutions has become a powerful tool for
policymaking and for helping students move successfully from high school to college.
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