A New State By State Index of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the US is Launched

Social Innovation market intelligence platform provider, X4Impact, has collaborated with Concordia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cross-sector partnerships for social impact, to launch the State-by-State Index of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the US. Each state is ranked from 1-50 based on leading indicators for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and the number of related NGOs in each state.

For each state details for 17 key indicators related to each of the UN SDGs, including how each state ranks against the other states on each indicator, as well as a tailored list of the top state-wide nonprofit organizations working on issues related to human services, climate change & clean energy, social justice & inequality are provided. The states are ranked from 1-50, with 1 being closest to the goal for each indicator. For NGOs, 1 is the highest rank, indicating the state with most organizations.

For example, for my state, Nevada ranks highly for these goals:

1 for SDG 4 – Quality Education, with average student debt as the indicator

1 for SDG 5 – Gender Equality, with gender gap pay as the indicator

5 for SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals, with percent of population with access to broadband Internet as the indicator

And not as positively for these:

36 for SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, with food secure households as the indicator

38 for SDG 3 – Good Health and Well Being, with hospital beds per 1,000 people as the indicator

34 for SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, with value of groceries wasted per capita as the indicator

44 for SDG 15 – Life on Land, with forest coverage as indicator

In addition to the Index, there is a great deal of valuable information.

For a deeper dive, the companion interactive reports cover each UN Sustainable Development Goal in more detail. You can also read about other indicators, such as minimum wage, mental health, natural disasters, and gender equality. Included is information on over 480,000 organizations working on UN SDG related issues and the “2.9T of annual income reported by these organizations.” Market Pulse reports, such as “Social Innovators in the US,” which covers the Tech for Good Sector are open access and helpful.

The Tech Solution Directory “showcases 2,500+ innovative Tech for Good organizations supporting social impact and the public sector, addressing challenges related to food waste & plastic pollution, homelessness & food insecurity, endangered species, education, and much more.”

X4Impact Founding Partners include Ford Foundation, Giving Tech Labs, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Microsoft, and The Rockefeller Foundation, with Allen Institute for AI, Concordia, CWILabs, SDGacademy, USA Facts, and WE Communications as collaborators.

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