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2015 ZSR Grantee Perception Report

In 2015, ZSR commissioned the Center for Effective Philanthropy to produce a Grantee Perception Report. Grantee perceptions provide important indicators of a foundation’s performance. Because grantees are the organizations working on the ground, they are in an excellent position to have informed opinions about a funder’s impact and other aspects of the foundation’s work. The Foundation would like to thank all ZSR grantees who took time to participate in this anonymous survey. ZSR is committed to funder transparency. We have, therefore, posted the following slide deck which highlights the most important survey results. We invite all grantees and applicants to contact us at with suggestions for how ZSR can better use its resources to create more positive impact for the benefit of North Carolinians or how we can better help organizations achieve their missions.

Public Education Messaging

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation recently commissioned a statewide survey on voter perceptions of public education in North Carolina (April 2015) as a follow-up to a 2013 statewide survey on the same subject. The results show that North Carolina voters strongly value local public schools, support greater investments in overall funding and want more investment in teachers. The most recent survey shows great concern that state education policy and funding are undermining the public's desire to ensure that each child is challenged to grow and is prepared for success in college, career and life.

Report: Instead of Suspension: Alternative Strategies for Effective School Discipline

The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and the Children's Law Clinic have published a compendium of alternative strategies that can be used by school districts to replace their reliance on suspending children from school when they violate school rules. From positive behavioral approaches to providing focused training for teachers to threat assessment, the strategies highlighted in the report can be tried by school districts that want to address misconduct in a positive, instructional way rather than a purely punitive way.

Latino Community Building in NC

On April 26-27, 2014, a diverse group of immigrants, activists, advocates, and
allies in North Carolina’s Latino Immigrant Justice Movement came together to talk about how to build better relationships upon a shared commitment to the Latino community, foster unity and trust, and begin developing a broader understanding of what groups and individuals could accomplish together versus separately. This convening summary report shares information about how the convening was organized, how activities were designed, and the ideas that were discussed. English and Spanish versions of the report are available.

Promoting the Value of Public Education: Each Child Prepared for Life.

The first half of this slide deck outlines research findings around why North Carolinians value public education. This includes their expectations and perceptions of strengths, challenges and opportunities. The second half of the deck focuses on developing an effective messaging framework to communicate the value of maintaining and strengthening North Carolina’s public education system, which is dedicated to serving all students well.

Women's Economic Equity Project

The goal of the Women’s Economic Equity (WEE) Project was to support low-income, rural women to move into jobs that pay the Living Income Standard (LIS). Central to the Foundation’s approach is the role of networks -- connecting available resources rather than creating new organizations -- in building economic opportunity for women. Participating sites were asked to identify employment sectors (e.g., high-tech, manufacturing, and health care) that had living income standard jobs in the designated counties or regions.

Report: Racial Wealth Disparity in NC

This study augments and deepens the North Carolina income poverty report. Household income, which refers to “the sum of all cash income received by [an] individual and/or other family members,” is a crucial and pervasive measure of economic wellbeing. Wealth, however, represents the stock of assets and economic resources, accumulated or inherited, owned by such a household at a particular point in time. Wealth, of course, can replicate itself – producing further income and profit. It is a primary source for consumption and investment as well.

Report: Documenting Poverty, Economic Distress and Challenge in North Carolina

This study, broadly speaking, explores economic distress, challenge, progress and opportunity in North Carolina. It employs decennial U.S. Census data; American Community Survey estimates; state-captured economic, health and educational measures; urban and rural demographic and wealth studies; and a variety of other reports and resources to draw its portraits and preliminary conclusions. It explores changes, particularly over the last three decades, in growth and demography, education, poverty, employment, housing and community development.

Report: Strategies to Reduce the Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps in NC

The economic and foreclosure crisis has highlighted the alarming gap in wealth and assets between people of color and whites in the United States. Research has shown that the racial wealth gap, which exists independently of the income gap, was 16 cents to the dollar between people of color and whites in 2007, and has since widened significantly due to the recent and ongoing foreclosure crisis. Policymakers have begun to realize that closing the wealth gap is even more important than addressing the income gap as a way to end poverty and create an
equitable society.


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