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12/3/2021

Nonprofits can encourage donors to make larger contributions by giving them choices, using descriptive nouns instead of verbs, and leveraging "you" as a call to action, writes Jonah Berger of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, citing various studies. "An analysis of thousands of branded social media posts, for example, found that the presence of 'you' or its variants ('your,' 'you'll' etc.) was associated with around a 10% increase in engagement," Berger writes.

12/3/2021

Advancement staffers and potential donors frequently struggle as higher-education institutions try to diversity their donor base, since "we can't get away from the fact that where money is held in the US is in the hands of white, wealthy, heterosexual men, who have the vast majority of wealth," said Noah Drezner of Columbia University. "If we think in the here and now, then we're not going to get there," Drezner said about why giving plans need to be more long-term than current models.

12/3/2021

People with disabilities are often unemployed or underemployed, but Bridgewell in Peabody, Mass., is working to change that by helping its clients find rewarding, well-paying jobs that suit their interests. The organization partners with local businesses to help them recognize the value people with disabilities can bring to their organization, then offers coaching and other services to help new hires succeed.

12/3/2021

Grant Oliphant will step down as president of Heinz Endowments in early 2022 after working with the organization for years to amplify the organization's voice and restructure its grant-making process. "When Grant shared his decision, my first thought was to wonder how the Endowments and Pittsburgh would get on without such a cherished leader and true friend," said Chairman Andre Heinz.

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12/3/2021

The pandemic and social justice movement revealed inequities in Boston's arts and culture sector and prompted the Barr Foundation to "interrogate our own practices and work to more explicitly communicate our focus on racial equity," says trustee and President Jim Canales. Canales discusses how the Barr Foundation is addressing racial equity internally and helping to build a more representative arts sector in the city.

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12/3/2021

The United Nations Accreditation Committee this week delayed a decision on whether or not to recognize representatives from Afghanistan's Taliban and the junta in Myanmar at the UN General Assembly. Taliban authorities have decried the decision, which they say deprives the Afghan people of their rights to representation, while a spokesperson for the military in Myanmar says the "decision does not reflect the reality on the ground and existence of our country."

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12/3/2021

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that travel bans implemented against southern African countries to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are unfair, ineffective and punish the region for alerting the global community about the new variant, a move World Health Organization Africa director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says "bought the world time" to respond. WHO officials say safety measures used against the Delta variant should work against Omicron, but WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautions that low global testing and vaccination rates are increasing the likelihood that new variants will emerge.

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12/3/2021

The United Nations estimates the number of people dependent on humanitarian aid will rise 17% to hit a record 274 million next year and is seeking a record $41 billion for aid operations, although the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs anticipates funding shortfalls similar to this year, when the global community provided less than half of the $37.7 billion needed. Meanwhile, the Food and Agriculture Organization reports that food prices continued to trend upward in November and remain at the highest level in 10 years.

12/3/2021

The United Nations Populations Fund's "bodyright" campaign -- which highlights disparities between online protections for copyrighted content and those for people -- kicked off this week in an effort to curb digital gender-based violence such as online stalking, doxxing and nonconsensual publication of private images or information. A recent UN Women study warns that increasing gender-based violence amid the pandemic is hampering women's participation in public life and harming both their mental and physical well-being.

12/3/2021

Concerns about a renewed increase in COVID-19 cases and travel restrictions prompted by the recently discovered Omicron variant of the virus have prompted officials to delay the second half of the United Nations COP15 biodiversity summit, which was scheduled to take place in Switzerland next month. UN Convention of Biological Diversity Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema is hopeful the event can go ahead once pandemic concerns ease.

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