The Black Lives Matter movement evolved from a social media hashtag into a global initiative overseen by the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which has chapters in US cities, as well as the UK, Europe and Canada. The movement is characterized by a decentralized approach that allows each chapter to focus on planning, facilitation and other actions at the local level, says Melina Abdullah, who helped co-found one of the first chapters.
ACT Lawrence in Massachusetts has secured a $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant that Executive Director Ana Luna says will allow the community development association to continue offering financial literacy workshops and secure additional funding. "As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, this award comes to us right on time to continue to help people with financial counseling," says Board Chairman Frank Espaillat.
The Be.org, Mentoring Mentors, B-360 and I AM MENtality, four Black-led organizations focused on local issues in Baltimore, are seeking a shared chief development officer, with the T. Rowe Price Foundation providing grant funding to assist. "They will work with each organization part-time to really help us individually build the revenue to be sustaining over the next three years," says Tonee Lawson of Be.org.
Asking for major gifts during times of need can be difficult, but the process is easier when nonprofit leaders tell donors exactly what they hope to achieve -- and how, writes Joan Garry, former executive director of GLAAD. Leaders should also bring the organization's work to life and show how it's making a difference in times of need by sharing powerful stories with potential donors, she writes.
The Workers Lab partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to pick three workers' rights organizations as recipients of its Spring 2020 Innovation Fund. The organizations, which are focused on issues such helping former inmates secure jobs and showing low-income workers how to balance pay increases with declines in government assistance, will each receive a $150,000 grant.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has created the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund with $700,000 in initial funding to combat hunger in southeastern Ohio. The fund will help the Athens County Food Pantry source food and expand its programming.
The United Nations Security Council remains at an impasse over aid crossings into Syria after a Russian-backed resolution proposing a single crossing point was defeated this week. Russia and China both vetoed a resolution from Germany and Belgium that would have maintained two crossings into the conflict-ravaged country.
The World Health Organization revised its guidance on pandemic protection measures, acknowledging that airborne transmission of the coronavirus -- especially in crowded indoor spaces -- could be possible and that transmission by asymptomatic people may play a significant role in the disease's spread. WHO experts in animal health and epidemiology have traveled to China to probe the origins of the outbreak.
Global divisions and a lack of solidarity against the coronavirus pose a greater threat than the disease itself, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week as he said outbreaks around the world continue to accelerate. The WHO has launched an independent panel, which will be led by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to investigate allegations that it mishandled its pandemic response.
Female journalists -- especially those who are members of marginalized communities -- face disproportionate levels of online harassment and are more likely than their male counterparts to face sexual assault and rape threats, says Dubravka Simonovic, United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women. "Women journalists have become increasingly targeted as visible and outspoken representatives of women's rights", Simonovic says.
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