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10/17/2019

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, died at 68 due to complications from long-term health issues. "He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher purpose," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a statement.

10/17/2019

Lean In partnered with McKinsey & Co. to publish the fifth addition of the annual Women in the Workplace study, which shows the biggest obstacle for women achieving C-suite status does not rest in shattering the glass ceiling, but has more to do with the "broken rung," or women gaining footing into their first managerial position. Largely because of this broken rung, men end up holding 62% of manager-level positions, while women hold just 38%. As a result, there are significantly fewer women to advance to higher levels. Researchers suggest making changes to the hiring protocol, training of women for promotions and goal-setting to address and improve the gender disparity."Done right, diversity isn't about rigging the system so a new group gets an unfair advantage while others get penalized. It's about making things truly fair for everyone," write Lean In's Sheryl Sandberg and Rachel Thomas.

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10/17/2019

Variety hosted the 11th annual Power of Women earlier this month, honoring the many women who harness their power in altruistic ways, including Brie Larson, Jennifer Aniston, Dana Walden, Mariah Carey, Awkwafina and Chaka Khan. Editor-in-chief Claudia Eller also highlighted the importance of activism and the championing of climate-change by Greta Thunberg and Jane Fonda. "I've come to realize that the true power we possess comes through our stories, and how they influence others to believe in their own," said honoree Awkwafina.

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10/17/2019

Kaboom, a nonprofit, has taken a break from building playgrounds in Baltimore to conduct an equity study to make sure it's reaching places with the greatest need. "Racial equity is a big part of what we're trying to achieve," says AJ Pearlman, Kaboom's director of city partnerships.

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10/17/2019

Lever for Change is launching a $10 million grant competition calling for proposals to create upward mobility for low-income people in the US. "Over 40 percent of children born in the bottom quintile of the income distribution will remain in the bottom as adults," says CEO Cecilia Conrad.

10/17/2019

Google.org said it will distribute $1 million among nonprofits in Minnesota "for bold ideas to grow economic opportunity in their local communities" as part of its Impact Challenge Minnesota program. Google will work with local judges to select five winning proposals, each of which will receive $175,000, and then host a public vote to direct the remaining $125,000 to one of the five organizations.

10/17/2019

Forty-two percent of donors prefer email as their point of contact with nonprofits and 21% say emails inspire repeat gifts, whereas 40% of donors say they prefer communication via Facebook, according to Campaign Monitor and Qgiv. The study findings show a disconnect between charities and donors, as almost 75% of nonprofit marketers think Facebook is their audience's preferred method of contact.

10/17/2019

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Janine Woods has exited her post after three months of service and will be succeeded on an interim basis by Board Member Melanie Gefert-Azur. The organization did not provide an explanation for her departure.

10/17/2019

Metro United Way in Louisville, Ky., recently hosted a roast of former Thorntons CEO Matt Thornton, and Thornton ended the evening by donating $1 million to the organization. "Metro United Way has a unique role in our community, and with our pledge, they can continue to grow their mission and programs in order to tackle some of our city's toughest challenges," he says.

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10/17/2019

Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis has been cast as the lead in "Cowgirl's Last Ride," a story about a woman who escapes from her assisted living home in Texas to live life on her terms, all while trying to evade her son who is pursuing her. Davis is set to be honored with the 2019 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award later this month.

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