UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging all parties in Afghanistan to respect the electoral process as he encourages the country's citizens to exercise their right to vote, even as security concerns increase. The UN Security Council has condemned several attacks on election-related targets, saying that attempts to disrupt the election process are "unacceptable."
A New York City Halloween dog parade benefiting the Tompkins Square Park dog run's nonprofit that was almost canceled due to insurance complications will be held on Oct. 28. The Good Old Lower East Side organization will insure the event, and ESPN donated $10,000 to the City Parks Foundation to help it proceed.
Nonprofit funders bring diversity and equity to their mission by working alongside grass-roots leaders and learning about the specific needs of various communities, writes Alison Corwin of the Surdna Foundation. "Together, by learning from and growing with these various philanthropic and frontline communities, we funders can shift the culture of philanthropy so that we are part of -- rather than in control of -- social movements and systems-change work," she writes.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ripple Labs and Coil are reportedly working together to advance the Interledger Protocol, a cryptocurrency-based financial system used by the Gates Foundation's Mojaloop tool. Mojaloop is an open-source payment system designed to ease the flow of cross-border payments to impoverished areas that have weak banking mechanisms.
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.
Subway is focused on menu innovation and other improvements as it seeks to give franchisees and customers "more of what they want," said Chief Advertising Officer Chris Carroll. Working with franchisees is a key part of the company's approach, with Carroll noting that it is the company's "practice to work with franchise owners in each market around the world and get their input and feedback on tests, price promotions and more."
Some attorneys have differing opinions on whether the Labor Department has the authority to make a legally binding rule governing joint-employer liability. Tammy McCutchen of Littler Mendelson argues that it does, noting that the department "has authority to issue regulations on joint employment to better define very ambiguous definitions in the [Fair Labor Standards Act]."
Some policy groups are joining together to support association health plans, which, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability, could help self-employed individuals to access coverage. Rules issued by the Trump administration could allow groups of businesses to either contract with an insurance company or underwrite plans themselves.