From time to time, the staff at Aurora Grants will find a great nonprofit resource – usually for free – that we are pleased to share with our readers. Here are some of our favorites. Be sure to check back frequently, and see what we have uncovered since your last visit!

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Data on Children by State

The Children’s Defense Fund grew out of the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman, who dedicated her early career to defending the civil liberties of people struggling to overcome poverty and discrimination. In 1973 Mrs. Edelman founded the Children’s Defense Fund, which today hosts an online Research Library of over 70 reports and state-by-state fact sheets on issues facing today’s children including poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk. Click Here.


Food Deserts

Do your clients live in a food desert, i.e. a low income neighborhood with high concentrations of people who live far away from a grocery store? If so, what implications does this have for their health and for the services that you provide? To help you find out, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has created an online Food Desert Locator. Simply plug in your service area on a map and see if it falls within a designated food desert. Click here.

An additional resource recently came to our attention. It’s an infographic about “What People Eat in Food Deserts” produced by the online Masters of Social Work program at University of New England. Please note that there is also a brochure advertising the program that can be uploaded. Both can be accessed at This Link.


Pictures that Tell Your Story

While at the AFP International Conference in Vancouver, we learned about this incredible organization that matches nonprofits with “highly skilled, socially conscious photographers”. Take one look at the photo essays on their website and you’ll immediately see that these aren’t cellphone shots. The best part is, they give credit to the artist behind the lens. Their name is PhotoPhilanthropy, and they are a nonprofit, too. Click here.


U.S. Health Rankings by County

In April 2012, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published online the third edition of their County Health Rankings. Thanks to this remarkable, interactive website, you can zero in on the comparative health status of over 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia. The Rankings are based on important, key factors that influence population health such as education rates, income levels, access to healthy foods, and medical care availability. The factors are divided into four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. This year’s Rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and the level of physical activity among residents. Graphs illustrating premature death trends over 10 years are new this year as well. To access this wealth of information, Click Here.




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