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8/7/2020

Nonprofit industry leaders can easily get hung up on thinking they need to do more planning and evaluation when the truth is they need to act rapidly right now, writes Vu Le, former executive director of RVC. "Learn to accept and embrace failure in an iterative process where we learn stuff as we go along," Le writes.

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8/7/2020

It is essential for board members to stop thinking that they are prohibited from being advocates because there is an appropriate way to interact with government officials on behalf of their organizations, says Judy Reckelhoff of BoardSource. With appropriate onboarding and support, board members can help provide staff with access to policymakers and educate them about the cause, says Reckelhoff.

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Leading Well
8/7/2020

Officials in Union County, Pa., are hoping to help local nonprofits and small businesses weather the ongoing pandemic with grants of up to $15,000 to help offset financial losses. The program has a total budget of $2.5 million and will be distributed through the Union County Cares Small Business/Nonprofit Recovery & Sustainability Fund.

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Sustainability Fund
8/7/2020

Traditional models for nonprofit executive transition often perpetuate a bias toward white leadership, Cyndi Suarez writes. She recommends boards look into a Pathway Planning model that focuses more closely on internal candidates to fill executive director vacancies.

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Nonprofit Quarterly
8/7/2020

Warner Henry, a philanthropist who supported many classical music organizations in Los Angeles, died Saturday at the age of 82. The Henry family made crucial donations to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera, among other organizations.

8/7/2020

The World Health Organization, the World Food Programme and UNICEF are mobilizing humanitarian assistance to support Beirut in the wake of a deadly blast that damaged five hospitals and the country's primary wheat storage silo while displacing as many as 100,000 children. The United Nations Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting next week to discuss the crisis and the UN High Commission for Human Rights is urging an independent probe into the explosion.

8/7/2020

Three more countries -- Ireland, Nigeria and Niue -- ratified the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week, bringing the convention closer to the 50 signatures required for it to enter into force. "Seventy-five years is far too long not to have learned that the possession of nuclear weapons diminishes, rather than reinforces, security," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a virtual address marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

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United Nations
8/7/2020

The World Health Organization is urging global leaders to cooperate on the development and eventual distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, warning that countries cannot hope to stop the virus if they don't share the vaccine with others. The agency has also voiced alarm over the spread of coronavirus in Africa, where the disease has spread to rural areas and cases have surpassed one million.

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8/7/2020

Women in Turkey saw their workloads -- both paid and unpaid -- increase dramatically during pandemic-related lockdowns while work for men in the country decreased, a United Nations Development Programme report shows. "The findings are evidence of the stark reality of the incremental burden of unpaid household and care work borne by women, in addition to the jobs they do," says UNDP representative Claudio Tomasi.

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Reuters
8/7/2020

Terror groups around the world are exploiting the pandemic to launch attacks, spread hatred and fear and recruit new followers, warns United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov. Cybercriminals are targeting hospitals and health care facilities, and phishing attacks have increased 350% in the first quarter of this year, Voronkov says.

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