The Walton Family Foundation is giving Rogers, Ark., a $547,000 grant for a trail that will be part of renovations at the city's Railyard Park. "The Railyard Loop Trail offers an opportunity to complete the connection of downtown Rogers to the Razorback Regional Greenway," says spokesman Luis Gonzalez.
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis shares with People how a sudden interest in archery at age 41 lead to her nearly qualifying for the 2000 Olympic Games. She also takes note of how media has the power to increase female participation in sports, as it did with archery after the release of "The Hunger Games" and "Brave." "Girls left the theater and bought a bow. It was absolutely instant ... but that's the kind of impact that images can have," Davis says.
Director Olivia Wilde will be bringing the story of Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug to the big screen with "Perfect." Searchlight Pictures secured the rights to the project for $15 million, Deadline reports.
Use the time you've been given when life takes an unexpected turn to create goals that further your skills and craft a plan to achieve them, writes Ken Downer. "[W]hatever the new 'normal' becomes, we have a unique opportunity to shape it," he writes.
Modern philanthropy and the Dallas philanthropic sector, in particular, were made for responding to major crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, writes The Dallas Foundation CEO Matthew Randazzo. The funding community must mobilize to assist those in need and can do so by making sustaining donations, maintaining giving and supporting a diverse group of organizations, he writes.
Remote conferencing platform Zoom should help nonprofits by lifting its 40-minute cap on meetings for the free version, writes Josh Sattely of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. "Not doing so will exacerbate inequities and waste countless hours of those on the front lines of this crisis," he writes.
Venture Cafe St. Louis issued a call for $250,000 in contributions last week to prevent the nonprofit from shuttering, and an undisclosed foundation and businesses have responded with a $2,500 donation and pledges to match gifts. "If we factor in the two matching gift campaigns with what has been given online to date, we're anticipating to reach more than 20% of goal as of this week," says Executive Director Tyler Mathews.
Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and the Buffalo Bills Foundation are directing at least $1.2 million to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, FeedMore WNY and other community-focused groups in New York. "While we don't yet know the scope of the pandemic, we wanted to ensure that we were able to give some immediate assistance to those in need and those fighting on the front lines," says Kim Pegula, president of both teams.
The current pandemic is affecting women and men differently, write Gender Intelligence Founder and CEO Barbara Annis and Dr. Jeannette Wolfe, with men appearing to be at a higher risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19. This may be due to a variety of physiological factors, like a highly inflammatory response in men and how their immunity is suppressed by testosterone, as well as differences in gender behavior that include women taking less health risks and sanitizing their hands more often than men. No matter the differences, Annis implores all people to heed the warnings from the health community by taking the necessary precautions and staying at home.
Members of Hollywood's costume design community are addressing the shortage of masks for healthcare workers by committing to sewing the protective gear in the fight against the coronavirus. The Hollywood Costumers Local and Costume and IATSE's Theatre Wardrobe Locals are leading the initiative.