LegiStorm has released weighted data on federal lawmakers with the highest staff turnover. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, had the House's biggest annual turnover, on average, between 2001 and 2016, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., led the Senate.
The entertainment industry is at a watershed moment "that will create some lasting change," says Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, who recently spoke with Kat Mustatea for Forbes. Davis talked about the need to see different types of female characters on screen and her focus on inclusion. "It's making content that reflects the world as it is, which is half female and diverse. With every sort of sexual identity, and different abilities."
Director Miranda Bailey announced plans to launch CherryPicks, a review platform written by women to rival Rotten Tomatoes and highlight women-centric projects throughout media. Bailey says the site will launch in the fall and allow studios to access data to boost female representation in the industry.
Actor and activist Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy for governor of New York with her first ad on YouTube this week. Nixon will challenge incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. "This is a time to be visible," Nixon said. "This is a time to fight."
Recent Facebook privacy issues are raising concerns among nonprofits that use the platform for fundraising. "We don't know if we're potentially exposing their financial data by asking someone to give it to Facebook," said Amy Peyrot, social media specialist with M+R.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats have agreed on a $1.3 trillion spending bill for fiscal 2018 that leaves the Johnson Amendment intact. It would also increase funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities to $152.8 million each, marking a year-over-year increase of $3 million.
Donations are pouring into the March for Our Lives Action Fund ahead of a rally that will take place across more than 800 affiliated locations Saturday. Celebrities and business leaders alike are supporting the march, including philanthropist Eli Broad, who has donated $1 million to nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety on behalf of the movement.
The foundation of Consolidated Foods Founder Nathan Cummings, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, has pledged 100% of its $443 million endowment to impact investments related to its mission of fighting inequality and climate change. "We believe this is the future of philanthropy," said President and CEO Sharon Alpert.
Terry Fergus, president of FSM Capital Management and a Cleveland State University board member, has endowed an accounting chair at CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business with $1 million. "Through this professorship I hope to enhance education and scholarship in the field while giving back to an institution that was so important in my own career success," said Fergus.
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