A growing number of foundations are launching with a "time-limited" strategy that requires them to spend down and close at a specified date, because many donors today want to see the outcomes of their contributions, says Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors President and CEO Melissa Berman. One of these foundations, the Robina Foundation, launched in 2004 with plans to spend down $150 million over 20 years and is closing four years earlier than anticipated.
Nonprofits that operate globally are most successful when leaders are passionate about their work, surround themselves with like-minded individuals and stay strong even when challenges arise, says Maureen Forrest, founder of The Hope Foundation. The foundation has helped about 66,000 children access education and connected 2.8 million people in Kolkata, India, with health care services since its launch in 2000.
Apple helped generate $100 million for charity in 2019 through its employee-giving programs, which include paying employees for volunteer hours and matching contributions. "We share a deep commitment to our local communities and doing what we can to cause more good," says executive Lisa Jackson.
The Cumberland Community Foundation in North Carolina set a goal in 2010 to increase its assets of around $48 million to at least $100 million by the end of 2020 and says it has surpassed that target, says President Kelly Puryear. Next, she says, the foundation's board will meet in March to start setting goals.
Ending food insecurity is a priority for Chobani and the company works on multiple fronts to address the issue, including helping pay off lunch debts in a Rhode Island school district and partnering with Feeding America and the Food Research & Action Center to advance their agendas, says President Peter McGuinness. "We can't eradicate this by ourselves, but if we can inspire others to act that is a good thing," he says.
Global economic growth slowed to 2.3% last year -- its lowest for the decade, and ongoing geopolitical tensions and global conflicts could hamper growth further in 2020, according to the United Nations' annual World Economic Situation and Prospects report. UN chief economist Elliott Harris says world leaders should focus on improving their citizens' well-being by "prioritizing investment in sustainable development projects to promote education, renewable energy, and resilient infrastructure."
Health officials in China have confirmed a second death related to the outbreak of a mysterious new coronavirus, cases of which have also now been confirmed in Japan and Thailand. The World Health Organization has found no clear evidence of transmission between humans, but says the fact that some cases appear unrelated means the possibility can't be ruled out.
Drought and other disasters have affected all but one growing season in the last five years across 16 countries in southern Africa, leaving a record 45 million people facing severe food shortages, the World Food Programme warns. "While our most pressing priority is the millions in need of immediate support, building the resilience of the many more threatened by increasingly frequent and destructive droughts and storms is absolutely essential," says WFP regional director Lola Castro.
Activists with the Women's March Global are calling for all United Nations member states to enshrine their rights to bodily autonomy, voicing their disappointment with 19 countries who released a statement denying a woman's right to abortion last fall. "If women receive the needed education and information, have access to appropriate services and commodities, and benefit from a conducive policy and programme environment, their ability and right to make decisions concerning their own bodies will be enhanced which will benefit their health and well-being," says UNFPA deputy executive director Purnima Mane.
Extreme weather events are likely to continue to occur around the world in the coming years, fueled by temperatures that continue to rise, even after the last decade was declared the hottest on record, experts at the World Meteorological Organization say. The agency also noted that the world's oceans experienced record temperature increases in 2019, a strong indicator of the pace of global warming.
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