A proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would extend maternity leave rights currently afforded to women serving in active-duty to National Guard and Reserve service members. "We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our all of our service members who make enormous sacrifices to keep the nation secure, and part of repaying that debt means ensuring that women in the National Guard and Reserves get the same paid maternity leave as their active-duty counterparts," says Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
More than $35 million has been set aside by the Air Force to help clean up per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth, N.H. The funds are part of about $66 million that the Air Force has diverted from other cleanup projects to focus on PFAS contamination at Pease, California's March Air Reserve Base and Michigan's Wurtsmith Air Force Base.
The nonprofit PenFed Foundation, which aids veterans and military service members, is putting an emphasis on backing women business owners through its Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program. One resource available through the program is the Women Veteran Fund, which provides access to funding, business boot camps and mentors.
Leaders of the Minnesota National Guard last week outlined a number of new initiatives to address sexual assault in the service. Programs will focus on prevention and response, with Minnesota National Guard adjutant general Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen calling the initiatives a culture change and a "move away from the days of blaming survivors."
Most nonprofits need to become more diverse and inclusive, but the long-term success of conservation and environmental groups is especially reliant on efforts to create equity, Deeohn Ferris writes. Ferris shares 10 core principles for improving equity, including setting organizational goals, making use of data and adding an evaluation component.
Nonprofit CEOs and chief financial officers look at technology, services and staffing from different viewpoints, which can create challenges for their organization's strategy, says BDO's Institute for Nonprofit Excellence. To get on the same page, CEOs must be more realistic, and CFOs need to be more involved.
The nonprofit Relay Graduate School of Education is moving to a new home in downtown New York City where it will be able to offer more training services for teachers. The 40,000-square-foot space, which will be the organization's headquarters, will have offices and classrooms.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a gender equality strategy that aims to empower women economically and encourage equitable decision-making through grants and by sharing knowledge with donors. "Gender inequality leaves half the world behind, keeps women and girls from leading healthy and productive lives, and keeps the foundation from achieving our mission," says executive Sarah Hendriks.
Richard A. Mellon has been named chairman and CEO of the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the R.K. Mellon Family Foundation. "I am proud and honored to serve our region and the priorities of my family's philanthropic mission," he said.
Democrats in the House of Representatives worked late into the night Monday to make changes to a spending package to address the influx of immigrants at the southern border. The changes were made to satisfy the party's progressive wing, but President Donald Trump has promised a veto if the bill reaches his desk.