Fields of Grace procures fresh produce for nonprofits in the Tri-Cities area of Washington by heading to local farms, orchards and residential properties to harvest excess and imperfect crops, such as blueberries. "Otherwise they sit here and perish on the bushes, and we're going in and gleaning them for the food bank and that's a treat for people who don't normally get that kind of thing," said Executive Director Lisa Williams.
Few Latinx individuals hold leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, but organizations could change that with relative ease by tapping existing grassroots leaders within the communities they serve, writes Joshua Delfin of the Common Counsel Foundation. Delfin discusses how the sector can recruit and support Latinx leaders and why doing so is important for inclusivity and addressing issues at the local level.
The internet presents many engagement, fundraising and professional development opportunities for smaller organizations, writes Gary Grant of the Florida Institute of Technology. Grant discusses how Hope for the Destitute has used internet-based tools to gain visibility and find new donors and recommends organizations with similar goals try platforms such as LinkedIn Sales Navigator, BatchGeo and Prezi.
Ryan Turner has been named founding executive director of the GreenLight Fund's operations in Baltimore. Turner will partner with the community and local leaders "to bring social innovations to Baltimore that fill community-identified unmet needs, help break down entrenched barriers, and address deep-rooted racial disparities in order to create opportunities for children and families to thrive," said GreenLight officials.
The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has awarded $5.1 million in climate grants to 79 arts institutions across the US in a push to help the sector reduce its carbon emissions and become more sustainable. The foundation has expanded its Climate Initiative from $5 million to $10 million and plans to distribute the remaining $4.9 million over the next two years.
British racing driver Lewis Hamilton has started Mission 44 with a personal contribution of $27.5 million and the support of Mercedes-Benz to pursue diversity and inclusion in motor sports while also supporting nonprofits serving underrepresented youth in the UK. "Diverse workforces are not only more successful but are also the morally correct approach for any industry," Hamilton said.
Public schools nationwide will be able to serve free meals in the new school year, but that service should be made permanent, write Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting director of the CDC, and Jamie Bussel, a senior program officer at the foundation. In this commentary, Besser and Bussel describe how universal school meals would support students' health and overall well-being.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is distributing a total of $540,000 in grants to nonprofits, such as Hartford Interval House, that are focused on advancing the social and economic mobility of people of color and breaking down systemic racism in the Hartford, Conn., region. The grant round is part of the foundation's Access Grants initiative, which it developed to engage the community in long-term solutions to local issues.
The MacArthur Foundation raised $125 million through a bond offering last year and is using $80 million to provide grants to recipients across four categories, including racial justice and coronavirus relief. The Bush Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation are pursuing similar strategies.
Unrestricted funding is important for the longevity and effectiveness of nonprofits because it enables organizations to pay for overhead costs and other expenses that may be burdensome otherwise, write Genevieve Shaker and Pamala Wiepking of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Multiyear unrestricted funding "increases their (nonprofits') ability to respond when crises arise or situations change, while making it easier for them to innovate and take risks," they write.
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