Policy & Advocacy
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11/15/2018

The number of Americans without health insurance has dropped to about 28.5 million in the first six months of 2018, 20.1 million lower than in 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was signed, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Uninsured Americans make up about 8.8% of the population in the latest data, which the CDC says is "not significantly different" from 2017's 9.1%, despite Democratic and analyst concerns that Trump administration actions may cause the uninsured rate to rise.

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11/15/2018

Historically, Asians have been mostly overlooked at the Oscars, but if "Crazy Rich Asians" star Michelle Yeoh is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award, she will become one of only six women of Asian descent to ever be nominated. Yeoh said, "I'm so glad I get to see it in my lifetime, and I'm very happy that I've been part of that movement as well, because we have been fighting to get to today."

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Deadline Hollywood
11/15/2018

"Here and Now" star Sarah Jessica Parker says her production company, Pretty Matches, was started with the idea of wanting to create more opportunities for women. "We've always wanted women in front of, and behind, the camera and continue to pursue that idea and I know that we're not alone in that and we're not singular," Parker said.

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Forbes
11/15/2018

Getting more women into tech and specifically product management -- where they account for just 5% of the workforce -- requires mentorship from others who are already in the field, says Nancy Wang, co-founder of Advancing Women in Product. AWIP offers workshops and training that empower women in the workplace and help them find relevant mentors.

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Fast Company online
11/15/2018

Facebook's fundraising tools have generated more than $1 billion for nonprofits worldwide since 2015, drawing on contributions from more than 20 million people. The platform is preparing to introduce the features in Canada and Australia, and says it will work with PayPal to match up to $7 million worth of contributions made on Giving Tuesday in the US on Nov. 27.

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Facebook, PayPal
11/15/2018

GiveMN's Give to the Max Day online fundraiser has raised more than $150 million over the past 10 years and has become a critical support mechanism, as individual gifts have become a higher proportion, compared with foundation grants than they used to be, says Executive Director Jake Blumberg. "The right strategy and messaging can grow the available funds in a community," he says.

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GiveMN
11/15/2018

The Austin, Texas, chapter of GirlForward offers free programming for millennial refugee high-school-age girls in its community that may lack education and other resources needed to become self-sufficient. Texas is home to the second-largest refugee population in the country, and data shows it takes an average of seven years for them to become fully self-supporting.

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Politico
11/15/2018

Nonprofit organizations pursuing a merger should start by making sure their goals and values are aligned, say Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, and Chevese Turner, who founded the Binge Eating Disorder Association and became NEDA's chief policy and strategy officer after the two merged. Mysko and Turner also recommend trial runs of working on joint projects and maintaining continuity by retaining elements of both organizations.

11/15/2018

Direct Relief has converted its medical-supply distribution center in Santa Barbara, Calif., to a solar-powered microgrid that will maintain stability and keep vital medicines cold in the event of a natural disaster. The nonprofit says the shift will allow it to continuously support other nonprofits and clinics in need, and urges its partners worldwide to follow suit.

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11/15/2018

Citadel Investment Group founder and CEO Ken Griffin has donated $10 million to Success Academy Charter Schools to build more middle schools in New York City's Brooklyn and Queens boroughs. "Success Academy has driven extraordinary outcomes for students and created an outstanding model for other schools to follow," Griffin says.