Greater Twin Cities United Way reported $77 million in revenue in 2017, marking the third consecutive year of declining donations. The organization notified more than 100 nonprofits that it will restructure its grant-making process beginning in 2019 to focus on education, employment and income, and shift away from independent living and legal support.
A coalition of Portland, Ore., nonprofits including the NAACP Portland Branch and Verde has introduced the Portland Clean Energy Fund, a ballot measure that would require companies to pay for clean-energy projects in low-income, diverse communities. The effort was designed to help locals stay in their homes amid the city's growing gentrification.
Juicy Fruit Party Dragon -- a New Jersey-based nonprofit formed by three friends earlier this year -- has raised $200,000 for hurricane disaster-relief efforts in North Carolina. The organization plans to arrange for donated hurricane-relief supplies to be transported to North Carolina, and has also participated in toy drives and food banks since it began.
The US will use its military to close the southern border if Mexico does not stop the flow of migrants from Central America into the country, said President Donald Trump via Twitter today. "The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA," he wrote.
An email invitation sent by the US Embassy in Australia for a cat pajama-jam -- featuring a cat in a Cookie Monster outfit -- was a training error, State Department spokesman Gavin Sundwall said. "Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pajama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he notes.
Natalie Portman addressed the challenges women face in an ongoing battle for equality inside and outside the entertainment industry while speaking at Variety's Power of Women event, offering several steps that can be taken to improve women's representation. "Light a woman's torch," she said. "The light will multiply and the heat will intensify for all of us."
The Disney Channel and the DisneyNOW app will air the fifth season of "Doc McStuffins," the Disney Junior's Peabody Award-winning animated series, beginning Oct. 26. The series has been celebrated for its positive influence on young children and noted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in its recent study about the positive effect of seeing female STEM characters on screen has on girls as they age.
Elle Magazine's Women in Hollywood event honored women working in media and entertainment fighting for change, including Anita Hill, Mia Farrow, Shonda Rhimes, Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron, Lena Waithe and Angela Bassett. Mindy Kaling hosted the night, which saw a room filled with game-changing voices.
Lionsraw and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation have launched 26x26, a $30 million project to stimulate interest in North American soccer by 2026 -- the year the US, Canada and Mexico will co-host the World Cup. The organizations plan to build 26 soccer fields -- 20 in the US and three each in Mexico and Canada -- along with undertaking efforts to ensure player diversity and to provide options for children from low-income families.
A lawsuit filed by PEN America against President Donald Trump alleges he has "violated the First Amendment and his oath to uphold the Constitution" through such actions as criticizing Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. "There is widespread concern that the president is actually extracting reprisals on the media for coverage he considers unfavorable," adds CEO Suzanne Nossel.