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10/27/2021

Nonprofits should act now to get the most out of the year-end giving season, Joan Garry writes. Garry shares a last-minute formula for year-end giving success, beginning with gathering the ingredients for a solicitation and writing an initial request for donations.

10/27/2021

The colonial mindset in philanthropy creates a barrier to systemic change and equity when organizations allow foundation funding to steer their work, rather than the communities they aim to serve, says M. Scott Frank of InteRoots. InteRoots' approach involves working with the community to identify a project, then relying on community members to implement the project in a culturally appropriate manner and take ownership of it.

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Next City
10/27/2021

Girls Rock Santa Barbara had to roll back its sleepover camp and other programs during the summer last year, but it is working hard to keep its programs alive because making a difference in just one girl's life is worth it, said executive Jess Sherwyn. The organization is dedicated to helping girls and gender-diverse youths recognize that they can become leaders in music and other spaces, despite whether they see people like themselves in current leadership roles, Sherwyn said.

10/27/2021

The Fair Fight Political Action Committee led by former Georgia state lawmaker Stacey Abrams has donated $1.34 million to RIP Medical Debt to help eliminate medical debt in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. "I know firsthand how medical costs and a broken healthcare system put families further and further in debt," Abrams said.

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10/27/2021

United Nations member countries should back Taiwan's efforts to participate in UN systems, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says, arguing that Taiwan's exclusion undermines UN efforts. A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the US has rejected Blinken's claims, warning that only China has the authority to represent Taiwan in UN forums.

10/27/2021

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, is urging participants at the upcoming UN climate summit to commit to protect and restore natural areas in their climate action pledges, noting that biodiversity and climate issues cannot be addressed separately. "Climate change is becoming an increasingly serious driver of biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation - and that loss threatens to worsen climate change," Mrema says.

10/27/2021

Only 15% of the COVID-19 vaccines promised by wealthy countries to the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative have been delivered, says WHO Health Emergencies Program Executive Director Dr. Mike Ryan, warning that "you can't stick pledges in people's arms." The WHO emergency committee has agreed the virus still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, warning the pandemic is far from being over.

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10/27/2021

Recent updates to climate commitments from countries around the world only reduce expected emissions levels in 2030 by 7.5% over earlier pledges, putting the world on track for a 2.7 degrees Celsius global temperature increase this century, according to an annual report from the United Nations Environment Programme titled "The Heat is On. "[T]he leadership we need is off," says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, urging countries to step up action against climate change.

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10/27/2021

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of Sudan has been permitted to return to his home after being detained as the military seized power in the country amid its transition to civilian rule. The United Nations Security Council met on Tuesday to discuss the crisis, calling for a halt to violence in Sudan but stopping short of condemning military action as a coup.

10/27/2021

Noeleen Heyzer, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, will take over as the Secretary-General's special envoy on Myanmar next week as Christine Schraner Burgener steps down from the role. Schraner Burgener has urged the international community to maintain pressure on Myanmar's junta, warning that acknowledging the military as an official government would not end violence in the country.

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Voice of America, Reuters