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Philanthropy is about more than giving money — it is about pursuing goals of great personal importance. Whether you wish to establish or continue your tradition of giving, unite your family around a common purpose or contribute your own experience in new ways, philanthropy can provide a unique opportunity to enrich your life.

At U.S. Trust® Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions (Philanthropic Solutions), we are committed to making your philanthropic endeavors more fulfilling and effective. Drawing on our deep resources and experience in philanthropy, we can help you design and implement a philanthropic strategy that allows you to focus on what is important to you. Leveraging a range of philanthropic vehicles including donor-advised funds, charitable trusts and private foundations, you and your family can choose the degree to which you rely on our philanthropic specialists and their giving experience to help you make your philanthropic vision a reality.

Red Lines, Black Lives

When Ta-Nehisi Coates’s made his influential “Case for Reparations” in the pages of the Atlantic in 2014, his focus, perhaps surprisingly, was not on slavery. It was on housing discrimination—all of the measures that, from the 1870s on, prevented former slaves and their descendants from getting their “forty acres and a mule,” from owning land and building wealth. While rooted in Jim Crow and the lost promise of Reconstruction, this disadvantage fully flowered in the middle years of the twentieth century—an era in which federal programs opened new opportunities for white families, but allowed the southern Congressional veto and local discrimination in both North and South to shut out most black families. It was an era, as Ira Katznelson and others have shown, “when affirmative action was white.”

An Investment Opportunity: A Bold New Vision for Housing Policy in the U.S.

This report lays out Enterprise’s long-term policy platform, which offers a set of federal, state and local policy changes to address America’s growing rental housing crisis and create communities of opportunity across the country. The platform includes 23 discrete policy recommendations built around four strategies for reform: (1) ensure broad access to high-opportunity neighborhoods; (2) promote comprehensive public and private investments in low-income neighborhoods; (3) recalibrate our priorities in housing policy and target scarce subsidy dollars where they're needed most; and (4) improve the overall financial stability of low-income households.

Trouble in the Land of Early Childhood Education?

A recent evaluation has roiled the field of early childhood education with the finding that by the me they reached third grade, children who participated in Tennessee’s statewide pre-K program had worse attitudes toward school and poorer work habits than children who didn’t. Why should this be, and how do we square it with decades of studies showing that other early childhood programs produce positive impacts that last into adulthood? The short answer is that we don’t yet know. As the push for pre-K accelerates, with strong support from policymakers and the public, we need a research agenda designed to tell us how pre-K programs can best support children’s long-term academic success.

Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade

Across the nation, more and more people want to see children receive quality education before kindergarten. Public opinion polls suggest that 70 percent of adults favor such programs, partly because of the irresistible idea that “starting early,” and ensuring that children arrive in school ready to learn, is the best way to generate happy, healthy, and productive adults.1 The notion of starting early resonates. Head Start, the federally funded prekindergarten program for children from low-income homes, was a cornerstone of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Even then it was believed that students can’t fully bene t from an elementary education if they don’t arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Presidents with views as disparate as those of George W. Bush and Barack Obama have called for strengthening early childhood education in their budgets and State of the Union addresses.

Straight Talk About Big Data

The revolution isn’t coming—it’s already under way. In the science of management, the revolution in big data analytics is starting to transform how companies organize, operate, manage talent, and create value. Changes of this magnitude require leadership from the top, and CEOs who embrace this opportunity will increase their companies’ odds of long-term success. Those who ignore or underestimate the eventual impact of this radical shift—and fail to prepare their organizations for the transition—do so at their peril.