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The Consumer Federation of America released new research on payday loans marketed, delivered and collected online. The research includes a survey of 100 Internet payday lenders, and information on state regulation of these lenders and problems caused by electronic lending.
Dr. Robert Ardinger, one of the nation’s top trainers and consultants specializing in civil rights compliance, has written The Fair Housing Workbook. The Workbook is a comprehensive learning tool for individual study or for use as a workshop component. www.ardinger.org.
“Changing Priorities,” a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, provides an overview of HUD budget trends from 1976 through 2005 as measured in inflation-adjusted dollars. The report also looks at assisted housing as a proportion of HUD’s budget authority, addresses spending trends for a number of major HUD programs and shows who benefits from federal housing subsidies. Through graphs and text, “Changing Priorities” provides advocates with a comprehensive picture of the federal commitment to affordable housing. (PDF.)
Progressive Technology Project has published a report, “From Exclusion to Inclusion: Strengthening Community-led Organizations with Effective Technology.” It explores the problems community-led organizing groups face as they grapple with technology use. To receive a copy of the report, send an e-mail or download.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s State of Philanthropy 2004 is a collection of analyses on the accomplishments and shortcomings in the grantmaking field, with a focus on the social justice arena. It presents diverse perspectives from nonprofit, academic, foundation and advocacy leaders, and discusses how philanthropic institutions can assist the nonprofit sector in securing social and economic justice for the nation. www.ncrp.org.
The Fannie Mae Foundation’s James A. Johnson Fellowships Program recognizes and rewards urban and rural affordable housing and community development professionals for their years of service to the field. Each year, the foundation selects up to six seasoned professionals as Johnson Fellows to design and pursue development plans that can include research, travel, study, self-designed internships and other activities that enhance their skills and knowledge. The Johnson fellowship provides a $70,000 grant and a stipend of up to $20,000 for travel and education-related expenses. Deadline: December 31.
Nominations are open for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s National Achievement Awards. There will be a recipient for each of the following five awards: The Hon. James A. Leach Award to the rural nonprofit that has made the most outstanding contributions to economic justice and community development; The James Rouse Award to the national urban nonprofit organization that has made the most outstanding contributions to economic justice and community development; The Hon. Henry B. Gonzalez Award to the for-profit organization, government official or government entity that forges the most effective community partnership to protect consumer rights and foster community economic development; The “Color of Money” Award for the best documentary, news reporting, book, published research or public information campaign on economic justice issues; and The National Community Reinvestment Award presented to the individual who has contributed the most to the cause of economic justice. Deadline: January 20, 2005. Contact Larry Broadwell at 202-628-8866. Or download forms.
The Rural Housing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is sponsoring the Rural Community Development Initiative to support private and public intermediary organizations that will provide grants and technical assistance for community and economic development. The grants would go to nonprofit community-based housing and development groups and low-income rural communities to develop their capacity to improve housing, community facilities, and other projects in rural areas. Deadline: January 25, 2005. Contact: William Kenney, 202-720-1506.
Norman Foundation, Inc. supports efforts that promote economic justice and development through community organizing; work to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice; and promote civil rights by fighting discrimination and violence and working for equity. The deadline for letters of inquiry and/or applications for economic justice, March 15; and for civil rights, July 15. Send E-mail. www.normanfdn.org/guidelines.html.
Grants.gov contains information on more than 800 available grant programs. It is a collaborative effort by Health and Human Services, and the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and Transportation, and the National Science Foundation.