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12/18/2018

Leading The Heritage Foundation was a natural fit for President Kay Coles James, she says, explaining how the board realized she loved the organization, knew its mission and was the ideal candidate for the job during the search process, which she was chairing. "I am one of the people that has had the opportunity to do work worth doing, work that I feel passionately about and feel very equipped to do," Coles James says.

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12/18/2018

The overhead ratio is a flawed measure for evaluating nonprofit efficiency that should be replaced with a science-based approach and data analyses, write Jason Coupet and Jessica Berrett of North Carolina State University. "The biggest flaw is that the overhead ratio assumes that all overhead expenses are a negative," they write.

12/18/2018

Business leaders and organizations in San Francisco's Bay Area must collaborate to offset rising rents and other challenges driving nonprofits out of the region, write Mara Williams Low of the Sobrato Family Foundation and Steve Barton of Northern California Grantmakers. "We need a multi-sector approach to respond to the ongoing threat to nonprofit sustainability from an unprecedented Bay Area real estate market and to support their long-term capacity by creating and preserving affordable, local space," they write.

12/17/2018

The US Supreme Court will likely decide the future of the Affordable Care Act now that a federal district court judge has ruled the Obama-era law unconstitutional. The judge ruled late Friday that the ACA could no longer pass the constitutionality test now that the 2017 tax law has removed the law's individual mandate.

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12/17/2018

Human migration can drive economic growth and understanding while also benefiting the countries migrants leave and the countries they move to, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking International Migrants Day. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, adopted this month, "points the way toward more legal opportunities for migration and stronger action to crack down on human trafficking," says Guterres.

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12/17/2018

United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths is urging all parties in Yemen to respect and implement a cease-fire deal brokered last week after fighting broke out again in the port city of Hodeidah on Saturday. Mark Lowcock, UN aid chief, warns that residents of the city are not yet realizing any benefits from the negotiations.

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12/17/2018

Approximately two million more people are expected to flee the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela in the coming year, making the exodus the largest in modern Latin American history, warns the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration report that around 5,000 Venezuelans flee their country each day.

12/17/2018

The practice of female genital mutilation has continued to evolve in Africa and new methods are needed to gather accurate data on its prevalence, according to United Nations Population Fund representative Ademola Olajide. Representatives from UN Women and 23 African nations are collaborating on ways to end FGM on the continent.

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12/17/2018

The majority of countries at the United Nations climate talks in Poland have agreed to a set of rules aimed at helping implement the 2015 Paris climate accord, although discussions on national carbon markets and acceptance of warnings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been deferred. "Through this package, you have made a thousand little steps forward together," said Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official who chaired the talks.

12/17/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is voicing concerns over recent moves by lawmakers in Kosovo to strengthen its independence and military, and urging all parties to refrain from further escalation of tensions in the region. The Serbian government, which does not recognize Kosovo's independence, has condemned the parliament's decision.