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Casey Foundation Makes Clear: JDAI is Now a System-Wide Juvenile Reform Movement

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative – known widely in the field simply as JDAI – is the longest-running philanthropic reform effort in juvenile justice. And in commencing this year’s JDAI conference for those involved in it across hundreds of sites in the country, the man in charge of it acknowledged that the name was no longer accurate.


Blue Meridian, Big Bet Investor in Child Welfare Programs, Becomes a Nonprofit

Blue Meridian Partners, a philanthropic venture making massive bets to improve the child welfare field, will become a standalone nonprofit as its foundation home winds down over the next year. The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) has housed the venture since it was launched three years ago with funding commitments from Ballmer Group, The Duke Endowment, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and several others.


Building a Pathway to Resilience for Foster Youth Through Social Capital

Imagine that on your 18th birthday, someone who you trust dearly calls to inform you that you are no longer welcome in your own home after years of living there. This person isn’t your brother, cousin, aunt or uncle.

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Notes from JDAI 2017: On Probation, Détente, Mental Health and Race

Greetings, and farewell, from sunny Orlando! After two days in the shadow of America’s Mouse, the JDAI Inter-Site conference is a wrap. As we mentioned before it started, it’s unclear when the next one will be, or if the Annie E.

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MacArthur Foundation: $100 Million, One Grant, One Social Problem

The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that it will award $100 million in a single grant to solve one social problem facing the United States. The 100&Change initiative will impanel a slate of expert judges to review all “valid proposals,” which will be collected until October 3, 2016.


The Adolescent Brain and Addiction: Funding for Teen Substance Abuse Research and Treatment

Teen substance abuse treatment is an area of youth services that has expanded over the past several decades, and with it, funding for new initiatives, research and programs have also increased.  


    Part 2: Grantseeker’s Guide to Early Childhood Education Funders

    In our last post, we took a look at several potential funders of early childhood education nonprofits. Now let’s take a look at how to connect with your state’s Early Childhood Education Advisory Council, and why it’s important to do so.


    In Winnetka, Ill., Youth Weigh In on Foundation Decisions

    On Sunday evenings in Winnetka, Illinois, the McKenna family gathers with McKenna Foundation Junior Board members to engage in a process that seldom involves youth: grant making. The Junior Board, comprised of 19 young adults ages 13 to 18, discusses the pros and cons of different potential grantees, based on agreed-upon criteria.


    After Two Years, Health & Human Services Close to Having Leader at ACYF

    Bryan Samuels, the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Famlies (ACYF) during Obama’s first term, left the administration in August of 2013 and joined research and advocacy outfit Chapin Hall in Chicago.