A combination of traditional grant-making and impact investing remain central to the Omidyar Network's strategy to drive change, says managing partner Mike Kubzansky, whose organization restructured in 2018. Pursuit of policy changes for more equality is part of the organization's new core philosophy, as is an effort to "reimagine" capitalism, writes David Callahan.
Fidelity Charitable's donor-advised funds distributed a record $5.2 billion in 2018, up 17% from the year prior. Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army were among the most popular organizations supported by DAF members.
J.M. Smucker Co. has pledged $500,000 in support of the Akron Children's Hospital's Reach Out and Read literacy program, which distributed more than 60,000 books in 2018. "We know that this early intervention is crucial in preparing our children for success in school and beyond," says hospital President and CEO Grace Wakulchik.
"Carmen Sandiego," "Hilda" and "She-Ra and The Princess of Power" are three recently debuted series on Netflix that feature females in the lead role. "While a program can have an excellently depicted female side character, placing them as core protagonists definitely makes them appear more important and therefore, worth more attention and influence in the mind of younger viewers," writes Daniel Troy. HeadStuff (2/4)
The Geena Benchmark Report: 2007-2017 from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found that family films that feature women in lead roles perform better in terms of revenue at the box office. These films are more likely to feature a white male in a lead role than a woman or a person of color, which is not representative of our culture, the study found. "When the stories we tell don't reflect the intersectionality in our society, children learn that people of marginalized identities simply matter less in our culture," Institute founder Geena Davis said.
Glenn Close likes the idea of a remake of "Fatal Attraction" from a female perspective, saying, "I do think it would be interesting to take the exact story basically, and do it from her point of view." Close, who recently won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Joan Castleman in "The Wife," has spent her career fighting "to bring nuance and complexity to onscreen women," writes Antonia Blyth.
Community Compassion Outreach is in the early stages of developing a 40-home village and campground in Durango, Colo., that would create housing for homeless residents. "We want to bring real-time solutions to the problems," says board President Jon Alsdorf.
The Morgan Library & Museum will spend $12.5 million to renovate the facade of its McKim building. "We can try to bring attention on 36th Street to this historic architectural treasure," says the museum's director, Colin Bailey, noting the design will be based on the original architect's intentions.
Lawyer Richard Hamburger of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., launched the Van Wyck-Lefferts Tide Mill Sanctuary to manage a historic grist mill previously overseen by the Nature Conservancy. "It's all upon private parties to see what they could do because this mill deserves -- after being there 225 years -- somebody to love it and protect it, just because it is what it is," says Hamburger.
Leadership coaching and workshops equip women with the skills and confidence to move into leadership positions at nonprofits, writes ICF Executive Director and CEO Magdalena Nowicka Mook. Nonprofit leaders also tend to hire similar people, so getting more women in leadership roles can have a trickle-down effect, Nowicka Mook writes.