Miles4Migrants has received donations for more than 28 million frequent flyer miles after a Twitter user posted about their gift on Aug. 6. Founder Andy Freedman says the nonprofit is developing a strategy for using the miles, and hopes to work with other organizations and airlines.
Almost a quarter of nonprofit emails end up in spam folders, costing the average nonprofit nearly $30,000 per year in lost donations, according to an EveryAction report. "Despite expanding email programs and list sizes, diminished engagement and soaring spam rates are significantly weighing down nonprofit fundraising potential," the report says.
Chris Pratt, John Krasinski and other celebrities are participating in the push-up challenge on social media. Pro Football Hall of Fame member Michael Strahan is expected to donate one piece of sporting gear to Merging Vets and Players for every 25 push-ups.
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Hollywood doubled the number of female leads in family films from 2014 to 2017, says Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, citing research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Davis spoke about the encouraging numbers during the "Funny Ladies: Serious Business" panel on Tuesday and laid out her plans for getting even more studios to follow suit. "Every weekend when I go to the movies and I see what's coming out, there are so many times where I go 'Ahhh, if only I had talked to them beforehand they wouldn't have made all the teapots male. I would have asked, why are they male? And they would have said 'I don't know,' and they would have changed it. So, that's what we have to put on our bulletin boards -- 'No more missed opportunities.'"
Warner Bros. is actively seeking a woman to direct the new "Supergirl" movie and is developing several female-centric projects with women at the helm: Ava DuVernay will direct an adaptation of "New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle;" production is underway for Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman 1984;" and director Cathy Yan is set to helm "Birds of Prey," making her the first Asian woman to direct a superhero film. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is also set to direct the sci-fi crime thriller "The Juliet," and Tracy Oliver is writing and directing the horror-thriller "Survive the Night."
Bloomberg Philanthropies will invest $20 million in Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products over the next three years to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco. "STOP will protect consumers by shining a spotlight on the tobacco industry's underhanded tactics, including marketing directed at children," Michael Bloomberg says.
Nonprofit mergers can help organizations expand their reach and ensure financial stability, but proper steps must be taken to protect all parties, writes Bhakti Mirchandani. She recommends using a third-party consultant and only considering organizations with similar missions.
Socially minded for-profit companies are an asset to charities because together they can create enough momentum to drive major change in the world, writes Kate Adams. "However, for charities to operate successfully in the new purpose-led landscape, it will involve a change in mind-set with a focus on sharing long-term goals alongside corporate partners," she writes.
Donor relationships and a "culture of gratitude" help the Art Institute of Chicago attract major gifts from board members and families, say Eve Jeffers, senior vice president of external affairs, and other leaders. It's also important to understand a donor's timeline and what they want to accomplish with their contribution, adds Jennifer Moran, executive director for development.