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Sep 19 2019

C-SPAN: Hearing on Improving Budget and Appropriations Process

Matt Owens, Executive Vice President of the Association of American Universities, and a stakeholder in our Building a Better Budget Process Project, testifies before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress about the group’s proposals.

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Aug 26 2019

Medium: Investing in Relationships to Repair our Democracy

For foundations and philanthropists committed to addressing the challenges facing our democracy, there is a long list of pressing priorities. From reforming campaigns and elections to strengthening Congress; from protecting the rule of law to combatting disinformation; from sparking local civic action to reasserting a shared national story — there is varied and vital work to be done. Yet amidst heightened polarization in a more diverse, disconnected, and fragmented society, repairing our democracy must also include a focus on how we see and relate to one another across our differences.

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Aug 5 2019

The Washington Post: Women Returning from Incarceration Should be a Priority | Letter to the Editor

“I was delighted to read Piper Kerman’s July 26 op-ed, “Too many women are still behind bars.” She accurately pointed out that most of these women will return to their communities ill-prepared for life at home. Without a place to live, a job or access to health and mental health care to address any trauma they suffered before and during incarceration, too many women are at risk of returning to jail or prison.”

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Jul 24 2019

Market Watch: Opinion: America’s Long-Term Care Crisis is Worsening

“The out-of-pocket costs of such assistance can be catastrophic, and few people have the necessary resources…to meet this need,” concluded the report of a nonprofit working group called the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative.”

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Jul 23 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Amid Widening Inequality, How Can Jobs Restore Social Mobility? | Opinion

“A good job. A decent income. A path to upward mobility and the sense that if you work hard, it shouldn’t all hang by a thread. These are all bedrock American ideals grounded in work that have become unattainable for far too many — especially for people starting at the lower end of the economic ladder.”

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Jul 10 2019

Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity: Bridging the Gap to Increase Economic Mobility: A Conversation with Working Up

Spotlight spoke with Russell Krumnow, Director of the Economic Mobility and Poverty Project at Convergence, and Kate Griffin, Vice President for Programs at Prosperity Now, about the project and how it is facilitating opportunities to create work for those most in need.

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Jul 1 2019

Convergence Reentry Ready Press Release

The Convergence Reentry Ready Project announces the release of their plan for transforming incarceration and reentry systems to maximize the successful integration of individuals back into society. The report was released on June 26, 2019.

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