Policy & Advocacy
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9/18/2018

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development bans sexual harassment within housing accommodations, including HOAs, and now California has authorized regulations requiring HOAs to protect residents from sexual harassment from other residents, suppliers and management. The new state Fair Housing regulations will become effective by April 1.

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Department of Housing
9/18/2018

The leaning Millennium Tower HOA in San Francisco has secured a cracked window on the 36th floor, thereby avoiding having the building being labeled unsafe by city inspectors. The HOA also paid $150,000 to install city-mandated scaffolding around the sinking building to protect against falling glass.

9/18/2018

The Timber Lake HOA in Virginia took steps last week to prepare its private lake's dam for heavy rains connected to Hurricane Florence. It lowered the lake level about 12 inches and put matting, gravel and soil around the dam's main spillway to help prevent soil erosion.

9/18/2018

Members of the Sea Palms West HOA in Georgia recently voted to acquire the Sea Palms Resort's nine-hole West 9 Golf Course, which was almost deserted, and turn it into a green space.

9/18/2018

Colleagues shouldn't hesitate to turn to their teammates if they need more time on a project due to personal reasons, writes Sara Saddington. People who show their vulnerable side "inspire loyalty, foster engagement, and truly activate those around them," she writes.

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Thin Difference
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Sara Saddington
9/18/2018

Facebook, with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, used donation matching, new tools and a targeted approach to raise $45 million for 46,000 nonprofits on Giving Tuesday in November 2017. Facebook's efforts accounted for 15% of the total raised that day, and were especially effective for small and midsize organizations.

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Fast Company online
9/18/2018

Workers and leaders in the nonprofit sector benefit from unions because they protect the interests of staff and facilitate open communication, write Kayla Blado and John Schmitt of the Economic Policy Institute and the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union. "Having a union also allows for greater problem-solving capacity and creates a collaborative culture," they write.

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The Hill
9/18/2018

Springboard to Opportunities will launch Magnolia Mother's Trust, a 12-month basic-income pilot project in Jackson, Miss., in December. The program will provide $1,000 in monthly income to 15 black women living in poverty, hoping to later expand to include 100 families.

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Fast Company online
9/18/2018

The Chicago chapter of GiGi's Playhouse has moved into a new 4,000-square-foot location in the city's Tinley Park community, where it will focus on teaching nutrition, exercise and other life skills to those with Down syndrome. The nonprofit strives to provide families with resources "for their children to be successful and thrive as an adult," says chapter founder Diane Husar.

9/18/2018

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program provides Texas inmates with training and resources to start new careers after being released, and only 7.5% of graduates reoffend, compared with the national average of 60%, PEP graduate Bryan Kelley says. Kelley is working to extend the program to other states.