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7/20/2018

Livestock farms are responsible for around the same percentage of global emissions -- 14.5% -- as transportation, according to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The UN has predicted that meat consumption around the world will rise by 76% by the middle of this century.

7/20/2018

Officials in Djibouti have asked the United Nations Security Council to help facilitate peace talks with Eritrea following the recent cessation of hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia. There is "an urgent need for a new dispute settlement mechanism," said Djibouti's UN ambassador, Mohamed Siad Doualeh.

7/20/2018

Seventy percent of nonprofit CEOs view overall diversity as important for staff but just 64% view it as important for board members and 60% see it as important for senior leadership, according to a study from The Center for Effective Philanthropy. Meanwhile, 82% of nonprofit CEOs say racial diversity is important for their cause.

7/20/2018

The House has passed a minibus spending packaging with language that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from denying tax exemptions to churches that engage in political activity, thereby curtailing the Johnson Amendment. The measure is expected to face resistance in the Senate.

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7/20/2018

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services has turned down a $250,000 donation from Salesforce, citing Salesforce's contracts with US Customs and Border Protection. "Your software provides an operational backbone for the agency, and thus does directly support CBP in implementing its inhumane and immoral policies," said Jonathan Ryan, RAICES executive director.

7/20/2018

The Cape and Islands United Way in Massachusetts will work with 38 different organizations for 2018-19 and distribute grants totaling $400,000. The organization will continue to focus investments in four areas: education, financial stability, health and housing, and this year a community impact team focused on Martha's Vineyard will give grants to five nonprofits on the island.

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7/19/2018

The onePULSE Foundation has issued a request for design ideas for a memorial to the 49 people who died in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. Ideas will be accepted through August.

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The Associated Press
7/19/2018

Donor-advised fund account holders at Schwab Charitable distributed almost $2 billion through more than 420,000 grants in fiscal year 2018. The organization says Feeding America, American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood, The Salvation Army and Doctors Without Borders received the most.

7/19/2018

World Relief, Catholic Charities in Minneapolis and other nonprofits are refocusing their missions due to a major decline in the number of refugees being admitted into the US. World Relief and several other groups have closed their offices in Southern California, suspended operations, reduced hours or laid off staff.

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7/18/2018

Asking for feedback and ideas, genuinely listening and being supportive are three of 12 ways to build better relationships and credibility with those you lead, writes John Stoker. "Setting clear expectations and providing feedback will allow the person to learn and take responsibility for their results," he writes.

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