Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) | Center for Civil Society Studies The Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) is the largest systematic effort ever undertaken to analyze the scope, structure, financing, and role of the private nonprofit sector in countries around the world in order to enrich our understanding of this sector, and to provide a sounder basis for both public and private action towards it. Begun in 1991, this project grew out of an increased need for basic information about civil society organizations following a dramatic “associational revolution.” This revolution forced a reappraisal of the respective roles of the market and the state focused new attention on the role of private, nonprofit organizations; however, despite this growing importance, these organizations remained poorly understood almost everywhere, making it difficult to determine their capabilities or to attract attention to their challenges. Objectives This project aims to:
'Muffin top,' 'banh mi,' and 'California roll' admitted into English dictionary - Food & Drink, Life & Style The UK-based dictionary has also decided that the term 'muffin top' - both the dome top of baked goods and the excess flesh or "protuberance" that hangs over waistbands - and 'banh mi,' a Vietnamese sandwich, were ubiquitous enough in everyday conversation to add to the canon of existing 600,000 English words. The additions to the Oxford's online dictionary were announced March 24. "As the culinary appetites of the English-speaking world grow ever more diverse, loan words referring to new cuisines are a perennial source of new OED entries," reads a statement about the inclusion of the culinary-themed additions. Look up the expression 'five-second rule' in the revised dictionary and you now get a clinical definition of a term people often blurt out as an excuse to eat food off the floor. The five- or ten-second rule, "...allows for the eating of a delicious morsel that has fallen to the floor, provided that it is retrieved within the specified period of time," the dictionary reads. 2.
National Institutes of Health -- Gender and Pain: Program Summar Many trials of new medications and other treatments excluded women, too. Potential harm to the fetus in pregnant women remains a concern. Some scientists claimed, however, that designing complex studies to include female animals and women would be too costly. Then, in 1990, the NIH launched its Office of Research on Women's Health, drawing attention to unmet needs in this area. The NIH Revitalization Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, requires that both women and minorities be included in NIH-funded clinical research. In 1996, the NIH established its Pain Research Consortium with representatives from all NIH divisions. While most of the conference talks focused on basic understanding of the pain process, some offered insight into specific illnesses that patients and physicians can use today. More information: Conference highlights written by Lynne Lamberg.
Nonprofits The nonprofit sector has been growing steadily, both in size and financial impact, for more than a decade. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits has increased 25 percent; from 1,259,764 million to 1,574,674 million today. The growth rate of the nonprofit sector has surpassed the rate of both the business and government sectors. In 2010, nonprofits contributed products and services that added $779 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product; 5.4 percent of GDP. Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy The UI Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy celebrated 15 years with a series of 15th Anniversary events to bring into focus the big issues facing society and the nonprofit sector. Featured Links Tax Policy & Charities Project - analyzes the many interactions between the tax system and the charitable sector. Related Policy Centers Publications on Nonprofits Innovations in NYC Health and Human Services Policy: Early Learn NYC(Research Brief)
PhotoVoice : photography charity Center for Civil Society Studies Mice trained to detect terrorists at airports A unit of mice trained to thwart terrorists at airports has undergone a successful trial in Israel. BioExplorers, the company behind the idea, say that the little critters are even better at detecting bombs that full-body scanners or security pat-downs. The idea of the rodent-based security unit came to Eran Lumbroso while he served in the Israeli navy, according to a report in New Scientist. He founded BioExplorers with his brother Alon, and built a device that looks like an airport metal detector that could revolutionise airport security. A total of 24 mice are housed inside it, in three separate concealed cartridges. Passengers pause above them while air is pumped past them to the mice. The creatures, which have an even better sense of smell than dogs, are conditioned to run into another compartment if they sniff explosives. Eran says: ‘It’s as if they’re smelling a cat and escaping, We detect the escape.’
Poverty, Assets, and Safety Net Government safety net programs aim to protect families during tough times—before they fall into poverty. But rising unemployment, foreclosures, and economic distress are putting pressure on a system already in need of updates and repairs. Urban Institute experts, building on decades of welfare reform research, evaluated public safety nets and proposed new initiatives to bolster work supports and help families gain a stable financial footing. Read more. Featured Links Data Tools NICC—Net Income Change Calculator TRIM3— program and poverty analysis model Welfare Rules Database — tables on TANF data from each of the states and Washington D.C. Related Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services & Population Income & Benefits Policy Center Publications on Poverty and Safety Net Financial Burden of Medical Spending by State and the Implications of the 2014 Medicaid Expansions(Research Report) Innovations in NYC Health and Human Services Policy: Early Learn NYC(Research Brief)
Coasters promote safe drinking in Portsmouth PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth police are hoping to spread the message about drinking responsibly through unconventional means: the coaster underneath your beer. The police department launched a new public service campaign Wednesday to promote responsible drinking by distributing thousands of orange coasters printed with safety messages to bars and restaurants in the city. The coasters also bear rectangular, black-and-white graphics called QR codes. The site, available at thinksmartdrinksafe.org, is loaded with advice to help people make smart decisions about alcohol consumption. Some 50,000 coasters printed with the QR codes will be distributed among 20 restaurants and bars in Portsmouth within the next three months. The campaign was developed by Adam Gaudreault, a graduate student in justice studies at the University of New Hampshire who has been working as an intern at the Portsmouth Police Department this year. In addition to information about responsible drinking, the "Think Safe.
Infographic: Give Local America 2015 Results—the Bigger Picture | Kimbia $68.5 million raised. 375,000+ gifts received. 9,000+ nonprofits benefited. By now you’ve probably heard about the impressive results from the second annual Give Local America, a nationwide, Kimbia-powered crowdfunding event held on May 5, 2015; but when did donors give and to which causes? Which ten nonprofits raised the most? What are some examples of how this year’s event impacted local communities? This Give Local America 2015 infographic takes a deeper dive, showing detailed results as well as what made this year’s event so special. Mark your calendars—the third annual Give Local America will be held May 3, 2016!