The 100kPledge tracks and encourages individual and corporate pledges of at least $100,000 toward racial justice and the empowerment of Black people. The platform, which has recorded more than $45 billion in pledges, also increases accountability by tracking how corporations plan to put their contributions into action, says co-founder Vijay Chattha.
The River Valley United Way in Arkansas and Imagination Library have donated at least 100,000 books to students in the last six years. Kristy Williams of the River Valley United Way says increasing literacy rates "lifts the average of almost everything" else within the community, including rates of high-school graduation, employment and college enrollment.
Physical and cyberthreats are a growing concern for nonprofits focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration rights and other progressive issues, says Rajasvini Bhansali of the Solidaire Network. The organization introduced a security fund in September that helps nonprofits strengthen protections through $2,000 to $100,000 grants.
The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham in Alabama is preparing to distribute $800,000 worth of pandemic relief grants, building upon the $2.3 million it has already given grantees. "Based on the applications that we've been getting we know that there is a lot of need in the community and among organizations," says Vice President of Programs Gus Heard-Hughes.
Women in Alaska's nonprofit sector earn 21% less, on average, than their male counterparts, according to a Foraker Group report citing Alaska Department of Labor data. Diverse boards, family-friendly policies and pay transparency can help nonprofits close the gap, says Laurie Wolf, president and CEO of Foraker.
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband, Michael Doyle, have donated $2 million to the institution's nursing school to create new scholarship opportunities. "Serving on the front lines of healthcare, [nurses] are heroes in the effort to contain and defeat the COVID-19 virus," Gutmann said.
Ford will donate some proceeds from every 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport sale to the Bronco Wild Fund to support Outward Bound USA, the National Forest Foundation and other nonprofits focused on outdoor activities, reforestation and environmental education. "Through this alliance, we'll also help people reconnect with the wild in a responsible manner to encourage stewardship of our public lands and help protect America's national forest resources," says National Forest Foundation CEO Mary Mitsos.
Hacker organization DarkSide recently donated about $10,000 in stolen Bitcoin funds to Children International and The Water Project. The Institute of Fundraisers has advised nonprofits to reject stolen money, and Children International has confirmed it doesn't plan to keep the gift, although the nature of the contribution makes it virtually impossible to return.
The Friday Foundation has given nine Seattle-based arts organizations a total of $9 million in grants, with $6.5 million of that total to be used for creating new works. The remaining funds will be unrestricted or committed to mitigating losses due to the pandemic.
The Early Learning Institute will become a subsidiary of The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh while remaining a separate 501(c)(3) entity overseen by the 118-year-old special-needs organization. The organizations have been working together for years, and the arrangement will allow them to offer more cohesive services, says The Children's Institute President and CEO Wendy Pardee.
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