Nonprofits can help bring more people to the polls this election season by sharing information about the voting process, encouraging people to return ballots and tying the election to their organization's mission, writes Lauren Cristella of the Committee of Seventy. "Nonprofits are the backbone of every community, which is why your leadership is so critical to our democracy," Cristella writes.
The Ms. Foundation for Women is focusing on investing that more broadly supports women and girls of color in the workplace after conducting a strategic review. "We want to make sure as we think this through, we are leaning into safety, health and economic-justice portfolios, plans, strategies -- to make sure we are not working at any one issue, but we are looking at the complex issues," says President and CEO Teresa Younger.
The Community Foundation of Louisville in Kentucky will work with 15 Black professionals from its community to overhaul how the organization distributes grants through the Fund for Louisville. "An essential starting point of our new strategy is to actively engage Black voices in decision making," says President and CEO Ron Gallo.
Susan G. Komen Philadelphia will close operations Friday as part of the national organization's plan to consolidate affiliates. "I'm sad that the office is closing but that doesn't mean that the message of early detection, the support of survivors is going to stop," says President and CEO Elaine Grobman.
The pandemic has exacerbated racial and economic disparities in the US, but is also an opportunity for organizations to create awareness about the issue and help communities come back stronger, says retired Better Family Life founder and CEO Malik Ahmed. "I'm hoping the pandemic serves as an incentive for businesses and organizations to finally come together and form a collective plan to generate resources within our communities," says Beloved Streets of America founder Melvin White.
Ensuring that women and girls of color are empowered is critical to US economic growth and national security, write Girl Security CEO Lauren Bean Buitta and board member Camille Stewart. "Empowering and giving voice to women and girls of color will be essential to reimagining and building a futureproof national security workforce able to confront the ways in which systemic racism impedes our ability to effectively secure our homeland and engage on the world stage," they write.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to increase in several regions of the world, and containing outbreaks may require people to make sacrifices and live temporarily with lockdowns and other restrictions, says World Health Organization Emergencies Program Director Dr. Mike Ryan. The WHO reports a record 2.8 million new cases have been confirmed since Tuesday of last week.
Construction has commenced on an underground centrifuge assembly plant near a nuclear facility in Iran, and the country continues to increase low-enriched uranium stockpiles, International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi confirmed today. Grossi says authorities in Iran had informed his agency of the construction, and IAEA inspectors continue to have access to the country's nuclear sites.
Approximately 98,000 children in Yemen are facing life-threatening malnutrition and over 500,000 more are seriously malnourished, a report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says. "If the war doesn't end now, we are nearing an irreversible situation and risk losing an entire generation of Yemen's young children," says UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande.
Developing countries that invest in efforts to keep girls in school could see their GDP bolstered by $2.80 for every $1.00 spent, says a report from Plan International and Citi Global Insights. UNESCO data shows that 130 million girls were already missing out on formal education before the pandemic began, and the agency advises that number could increase by 11 million post-pandemic.
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