United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a letter to the UN Security Council the 3,700-member peacekeeping force must remain in the special administrative status Abyei area for now rather than exiting. Initiating an exit strategy would require "good neighborly relations between ... Sudan and South Sudan and the parties reaching an agreement on the final status of the Abyei area with the support of the region, the African Union and the United Nations," said Guterres.
Comic Relief US shifted Red Nose Day 2020 into a scaled-down, virtual event during the pandemic but has decided to bring it back bigger and better as a year-round fundraising campaign featuring a combination of virtual and in-person events. "For us, it was just a matter of really anchoring our commitment to serve children, regardless of the circumstances," said executive Lorelei Williams.
The Ford Foundation in January will begin distributing $1 billion worth of five-year grants under its Building Institutions and Networks program to nonprofits led by women and people of color. "We will continue to work in lockstep with our partners by giving them the resources and the flexibility they need to carry out their important work, without the burden of restrictive frameworks that may limit their capacity to make real change in times of need," executive Hilary Pennington said.
This month is National Autism Awareness Month, but the Arc Southeast Mississippi works year-round to support people with autism and other intellectual disabilities through programming geared toward inclusivity. The organization's facility features a movie theater, sensory building and other spaces where clients can have real-world experiences.
The Tampa Bay Symphony in Florida is preparing to resume limited in-person performances and is looking forward to getting back to its mission of sharing orchestral music with diverse audiences after the pandemic. "We're a big family of people who love to make music together," said President Susan Rhein.
Nonprofit Social Finance is working to get more low-income and diverse people into the US workforce through a pay-for-success model for skills training. Under the model, the organization provides financing for training and makes participants' repayment contingent on job placement and ongoing employment.
Limited access to laptops made it difficult for some students from the Bronx borough of New York City to continue their education during the pandemic, so Hawk Newsome of the Peoples Food Program and the Greater New York Chapter of Black Lives Matter decided to do something about it. The result was a social media campaign and the formation of the WonderKey Collective, a nonprofit that refurbishes old or purchases new technological equipment for disadvantaged communities.
A mobile clinic project between Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington School of Medicine is using a $1 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to increase coronavirus vaccine distribution in vulnerable communities. "As vaccination availability turns the tide in this pandemic, the foundation continues its commitment to improving and expanding equitable access to COVID-19 resources," said the foundation's Lara Littlefield.
The Children's Defense Fund, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Robin Hood and the leaders of companies such as Starbucks and Goldman Sachs have formed the NinetyToZero initiative with the goal of eliminating the estimated 90% wealth gap between white and Black Americans. Doing away with the racial wealth gap could add $1.5 trillion to the US GDP within 10 years, per McKinsey.
The All Stars Project in New York City created its eight-week fellowship program for recent college graduates in 2010 with a focus on diversity and goals of teaching fundraising and program management skills. The program, which lasted nine years, was a way to "to lessen the distinction between how we relate to our staff and potential staff members versus how we relate to young people and families coming up through our programs," says President Chris Street.