Policy & Advocacy
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11/21/2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook will match up to $2 million in donations on #GivingTuesday, which will take place Nov. 28. Each will contribute $1 million.

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Adweek
11/21/2017

More than 50% of the visitors to the Humane Society of the United States' website come from mobile devices, yet 80% of the online gifts it receives come from desktop computers. "We've optimized all our forms for mobile but still getting desktop mostly," acquisition director Joanne Wilson said.

11/21/2017

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has kicked off a $25 million fundraising campaign through the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, and the proceeds will be used to preserve black historic sites in the US. The trust is working with The Ford, Open Society and JPB foundations, and aims to support restoration costs, community outreach and research about the impact preservation would have on black communities.

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ColorLines
11/21/2017

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is in the process of dissolving and will distribute "its remaining assets at the earliest possible time to aid numerous worthy charitable organizations," a spokesperson said. At the end of 2016, the nonprofit controlled $970,000 in assets.

11/21/2017

Many millennials are finding new outlets for their philanthropy thanks to Resource Generation, a nonprofit that encourages wealthy millennials to donate. Executive Director Iimay Ho says one of the organization's key principles "is to address the root cause of the issue," noting, "There's lots of ways to get at it."

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The Atlantic online
11/21/2017

The number of nonprofits in the US has increased 23% over the last 10 years while the number of households giving money has declined by 7%, meaning more organizations are vying for less money. Nonprofit leaders say funding shortfalls are a major driver for mergers taking place across Cape Cod, Mass.

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11/20/2017

A 1982 time capsule installed at Seattle's Space Needle was supposed to be opened in 2002, but as staff turned over and the plaque marking its placement disappeared, the capsule was forgotten. It was discovered last week and opened after 35 years, revealing original sketches of the Space Needle, photos of elevator operators, a menu from the building's restaurant and more.

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Space Needle, time capsule
11/20/2017

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has refused to accept "blue slips" signaling home-state senators' objections to the judicial nominations of David Stras and Kyle Duncan, respectively. The "blue slip" process acquired more power in 2013 when filibusters were eliminated as a means of objecting to judicial nominations.

11/20/2017

The number of individuals registered for federal disaster aid increased 10 times over during 2017, from 480,000 people to around 4.7 million, after the US experienced a series of major natural disasters. The White House has requested an additional $44 billion from Congress to help FEMA fund the increased number of assistance claims.

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11/20/2017

Showing vulnerability as a leader can reveal an authentic and human side of your personality that resonates with team members, writes Mary Jo Asmus. By showing your softer side and admitting you don't know all the answers, you can build team connections and trust.

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