The Indianapolis Urban League and the African American Coalition of Indianapolis have secured a $100 million Lilly Endowment grant to start an initiative that will support Indianapolis' Black community and the nonprofits that serve them. The initiative will work with residents, nonprofits and local officials to identify and solve problems facing the Black community and will learn from the experiences of other cities that have had successes.
The pandemic has generated about $13 billion worth of donations, according to Candid data, but some nonprofit leaders are concerned the contributions being directed toward relief organizations while social service charities are also struggling financially. The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society expect to see multimillion dollar declines in fundraising this year due to event cancellations, according to a Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum survey.
The Open Road Alliance has released Emergency Funding: a Quick Start Guide, a tool designed to help foundations accelerate the grant-making process while minimizing risk. The guide recommends using different criteria to evaluate emergency grant requests and developing a special committee that can vet and approve grants faster.
Forward Together New Orleans, a nonprofit founded two years ago by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, is seeking donations to help thousands of vulnerable renters avoid evictions. "We know from firsthand experience that we can't wait on the cavalry -- our community has to be the cavalry," says Cantrell.
Companies can attract socially conscious millennials, build a reputation for doing good and help nonprofits weather the pandemic by giving more to charity during this time of crisis, writes Bruce DeBoskey of The DeBoskey Group. Monetary donations are important, he writes, but companies should also consider employee gift-matching programs and initiatives that allow employees to donate time and skills.
Philanthropist Doris Eleanor Buffett died last week and will be remembered for a multidecade legacy of empowering people in need through the Sunshine Lady Foundation and her private philanthropic activities. Over her lifetime, Buffett donated tens of millions of dollars to uplift survivors of domestic violence, as well as incarcerated people and individuals with mental illnesses.
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on indigenous communities around the world that lack access to clean water, sanitation and adequate health care facilities, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an address marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on Sunday. "In the face of such threats, indigenous peoples have demonstrated extraordinary resilience," Guterres said as he urged governments to respond to the needs and respect the rights of indigenous populations.
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed appealed to donors to act quickly and reduce human suffering at a virtual conference convened on Sunday to raise funding for recovery efforts in Beirut, Lebanon. The UN has not yet received an official request to probe the cause of last week's deadly explosion, but says it is willing to consider such a request if received.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has voiced concern over the arrest of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai under new security laws imposed by China. "We repeat our calls for the authorities to monitor and review the operation of the security law and to amend it if necessary to ensure there is no scope for its misuse to restrict human rights guaranteed by international law and the Basic Law of Hong Kong," a spokesperson said.
Representatives from the United Nations Population Fund and UNICEF are asking traditional cultural leaders in the Nigerian state of Imo to use their positions to help end the practice of female genital mutilation. Dr. Ibrahim Conteh, head of the UNICEF Field Office, says the UN does not wish to dictate cultural traditions, but to "support the crusade against FGM mainly through meaningful dialogue and consultations."