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4/9/2021

Women account for a relatively small but growing share of Harvard University's individual contributors, and nonprofit leaders are wondering whether higher education institutions should do more to engage this emerging donor segment. Women are earning more and initiating more charitable contributions, yet many institutions don't try to attract their support due to misconceptions about women's giving habits, said Debra Mesch of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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The Harvard Crimson
4/9/2021

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded Community Solutions a $100 million 100&Change grant to support its work fighting homelessness nationwide. Community Solutions takes a data-driven approach to ending homelessness through an initiative known as Built for Zero, which is active in 85 cities and counties.

4/9/2021

The Crayon Initiative in California diverts crayons from landfills and supports children in hospitals by collecting used crayons, melting them and distributing new packs of crayons. "Our crayons to the pediatric patients are more than just a crayon, it is an escape," said founder Bryan Ware.

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WLS-TV (Chicago)
4/9/2021

Feeding Denver's Hungry is being forced to move out of the 40,000-square-foot warehouse it has occupied for two years, and finding a new location has been challenging, says founder Jim Scharper. The nonprofit is giving its food supplies to other nonprofits, but is concerned it won't be able to continue addressing food scarcity in the Denver area, Scharper says.

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KDVR-TV (Denver)
4/9/2021

Turtle Mountain Community College in North Dakota received an $8 million unrestricted grant from philanthropy MacKenzie Scott and is using it to expand its educational programming and staff, says President Donna Brown. In this interview, Brown discusses how her organization secured the grant and how the funding will help the college continue its mission-related work of supporting Indigenous communities.

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Slate
4/9/2021

The United Nations has made progress toward eradicating improvised explosive devices from 215 square miles of land, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Thursday, but "challenges have intensified." Guterres urged the 33 member states that have not yet ratified the international treaty against land mines introduced in 1997 to do so.

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The Associated Press
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4/9/2021

United Nations special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, called for dialogue on Friday after arriving in Bangkok and being denied entry to Myanmar. An undetermined number of people were wounded and at least 10 killed the same day by troops firing rifle grenades at protesters in Bago.

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4/9/2021

The World Health Organization's COVAX program has begun dispersing COVID-19 vaccinations to 100 of the world's poorest countries and has delivered 40 million vaccine doses so far across six continents. "COVAX has given the world the best way to ensure the fastest, most equitable rollout of safe and effective vaccines to all at-risk people in every country on the planet," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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4/9/2021

Dr. Ademola Olajide, the United Nations Population Fund Representative for Kenya, says the UNFPA is modifying how it delivers services to adjust to COVID-19 restrictions. UNFPA is working with Amref and the Kenya Red Cross Society to set up referral systems for obstetric emergencies and also partnered with the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority and Coca-Cola Beverage Africa through its last-mile assurance program to provide supplies related to sexual and reproductive health nationwide.

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4/9/2021

Japan may change its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target, which had been set at 26% of fiscal 2013 levels, to 40%, says a Kyodo news agency report. The country had planned to finalize the goal by the November Climate Change Conference, but now plans to firm things up by the G-7 summit in June.

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Reuters