Western countries' decisions to wind down peacekeeping efforts in Africa and the Middle East will ease pressure on terrorist groups that are posing a growing threat in many regions, United Nations experts report. Declines in attacks by terror groups in Western countries are only temporary, and caused by limitations on travel and target identification amid the pandemic, the experts advise.
The 10-year, $220 million Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, an initiative created by philanthropist and sports team owner Clara Wu Tsai in conjunction with six institutions, aspires to achieve developments against diseases by studying elite athletes and other examples of prime human functioning. The alliance plans to research predictive modeling, how genes express themselves and how tissue regenerates.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository began collaborating with other community organizations during the pandemic when it saw overlaps with people it serves. The food bank now holds pop-up food distribution sites with a group that works to prevent youth violence, helping broker peace between gangs and using members to get deliveries to people who are homebound.
Percent, a startup API that makes it easy for donors to contribute to causes, has raised $5 million to expand from the UK and Australia into the US. "This will be the foundation for a better, fairer future of capitalism in which every financial transaction has social and environmental good built into it," says founder and CEO Henry Ludlam.
The General Assembly Big Band in Michigan registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit last year to help protect its instruments, trailer and 400 songs in its music library. The band, which has been around for 50 years, will also now be able to get sponsors for its free summer concert series.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a report on impact investing, and it suggests several ways to reach investor advisers, including educating them on the many nonprofit models and making sure they include community investment into portfolios. The report also features case studies on the Black Economic Development Fund and the Boston Ujima Fund, a grassroots investment effort.
The nonprofit Helping Mamas in Norcross, Ga., received 136,000 diapers after a Twitter follower pointed out that the child on the Hello Bello packaging looked just like a toddler-sized version of NBA player Trae Young. Hello Bello and Walmart followed up by donating 2,000 diapers each for every point the Atlanta Hawks star scored in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals -- and he scored 34.
Public radio stations have partnered with FreeWill, a B Corp, to offer supporters the opportunity to prepare their wills for free and to designate some of their bequest to the stations if they choose to. The partnerships have increased the stations' planned-giving amounts while also easing discussions with people who made the bequests about other opportunities to give.
A recent update to the Tricare health manual states that active-duty US service members now can receive COVID-19 vaccines wherever they are available without pre-authorization or a referral. The update does not apply to US troops serving overseas.
University of Nebraska athletes, other college athletes and supporters have formed a nonprofit, United College Athlete Advocates, to elevate their message, and UCAA is partnering with the university's Minority Student Athlete Collective and Student Athlete Advisory Committee to promote the group #WeAreOne Nebraska. The coalition's primary focus right now is a petition, which has amassed more than 1,300 signatures, against a plan by the state Board of Regents to eliminate any references to critical race theory in academic curriculum.