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4/14/2021

Growing Entrepreneurial Mindsets in School is bringing workshops designed to help Black students prepare for college and careers to a number of locations around the country, including Rochester, N.Y. The virtual sessions include guidance on topics such as college applications, resume building and financial literacy, founder Kevin Bradford said.

4/14/2021

Nearly half of all Americans who make contributions through crowdfunding platforms have used such mechanisms to support nonprofits, according to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Americans who had previously made donations through crowdfunding also increasingly turned to crowdfunding platforms to support personal causes and charities during the pandemic, the survey found.

4/14/2021

The Rockefeller Foundation is working to increase access to coronavirus vaccines in underserved communities through the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative, a $20 million project in which the foundation will help five organizations take a community-led approach to vaccine outreach in five cities. The two-part initiative will help the organizations get established in each city, then help them distribute information and resources developed by national organizations.

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4/14/2021

Michael Sorrell is succeeding Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt as chair of The Dallas Foundation's Board of Governors. "Michael brings a distinguished track record of success on issues facing Dallas and we look forward to his thought partnership and board leadership as we build a community where everyone can thrive," said foundation President and CEO Matthew Randazzo.

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4/14/2021

Families can practice strong philanthropy and make a difference in the world by focusing on a few carefully chosen causes and by being willing to take risks, writes Bruce DeBoskey of The DeBoskey Group. DeBoskey shares six other best practices for family philanthropy, including the importance of creating a "table" where families can discuss their charitable priorities.

4/14/2021

Dan and Jennifer Gilbert have donated $30 million to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan to help more students from diverse backgrounds access the educational institution. "It's this whole idea of increasing the diversity of voices on campus, bringing in kids, really good students, really talented artists, who couldn't study at Cranbrook (in the past) because of our tuition model," said Cranbrook Educational Community President Dominic DiMarco.

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4/14/2021

The deliberate attack against one of Iran's nuclear power facilities on Sunday constitutes nuclear terrorism and a war crime, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The country plans to escalate uranium enrichment to 60% in the wake of the attack, the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed.

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4/14/2021

The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported around the world continues to rise, despite established methods for slowing the spread of the disease, warns World Health Organization technical lead for coronavirus response Maria van Kerkhove. "We are at a critical point in the pandemic now, the trajectory of this pandemic is growing for the 7th week in a row," van Kerkhove said, noting that global case counts climbed for the seventh consecutive week last week.

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4/14/2021

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging governments around the world to implement a "wealth tax" on people or businesses that have significantly profited amid the pandemic, in an effort to limit the increasing gap between rich and poor. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health and the UN Environment Program are calling for a ban on the sale of live wild mammals, warning the animals could account for 70% of new infectious diseases humans face.

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4/14/2021

Close to half of women in 57 developing countries lack the autonomy to make decisions about health care, contraception and sex, while 20 countries still allow rapists to escape criminal prosecution by marrying their victims, a report from the United Nations Population Fund warns. "The denial of bodily autonomy is a violation of women and girls' fundamental human rights that reinforces inequalities and perpetuates violence arising from gender discrimination," said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem.