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11/14/2019

Testimony from US diplomat William Taylor regarding a conversation between President Donald Trump and US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland provided new evidence that the President attempted to push the Ukrainian President to investigate the Bidens. Trump denies asking Sondland about any investigation related to the Bidens, and previously claimed to be barely acquainted with Sondland.

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11/14/2019

"Frozen" director Jennifer Lee shares her journey from working in Random House's art department to becoming the first woman to direct a full animated feature from Disney, which ultimately lead to her ascension as chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lee also recalls first hearing Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis speak about the need for Hollywood studios to produce more gender balanced projects. "The guys I work with now, they do want that change because they see it makes our films better. It challenges the storytelling, makes the days richer," says Lee, who was inspired by Davis' words.

11/14/2019

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie share their experience in making "Bombshell," the back-story behind the demise of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes after two of the network's key hosts, Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, filed allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Theron, who produced the project through her Denver and Delilah company, believes it was heroic for the women to come forward and initiate change in the workplace, but says more is still needed. "That systemic problem is there and it's going to take years for us to undo that power struggle. But that doesn't mean it's impossible," says Theron.

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Deadline Hollywood
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11/14/2019

When she started at Teen Vogue as an intern, now editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner felt like the industry would never give a young black woman an opportunity to excel. But, after being tapped by Conde Nast's Anna Wintour to lead the publication, Wagner has been making bold decisions that include putting Indya Moore, a transgender actor of color, and Lil Nas X,a queer singer, on the cover, as well as bolstering the exposure of diverse designers through the Generation Next initiative. "I'd like to think that if I continue to make these changes and continue to implement these things, and show black girls with cornrows and Afros on covers, that maybe she would feel more included than I did," says Wagner.

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11/14/2019

Donors and organizers have different goals in mind when it comes to nonprofit events, and the latter segment can increase the effectiveness of their fundraising activities by closing the gap, according to GiveSmart. Planners should host different events for different generations, ensure live appeals include storytelling to encourage on-site giving and thank attendees for their participation afterward.

11/14/2019

Gender imbalance is a two-fold issue for Wikipedia and its parent organization, the Wikimedia Foundation, as the organization struggles to increase contributions from women and reflect the diverse viewpoints of women of color and those from developing nations, says CEO and Executive Director Katherine Maher. Wikimedia didn't foresee the issue when launching Wikipedia and has used a variety of initiatives to attract more female contributors, but policing the issue is difficult given Wikimedia's small size, she says.

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11/14/2019

The 10 largest poverty-focused nonprofits in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky are facing challenges due to declines in donations and higher costs, according to an analysis from The Cincinnati Enquirer. The more than $500 million spent on the issue by the organizations has made a difference, nonprofit leaders say, but poverty continues to rise due to growing health issues, an increase in the number of working poor people and the addition of more single-parent households.

11/14/2019

The Hunger Coalition in Idaho is raising $10 million to update a 13,000-square-foot facility that it's preparing to purchase and expand its programs, with plans to provide hunger relief services to twice as many people by 2021. "The goal is to encourage human connection through meals, cooking, education -- to find a happier, healthier way of addressing this thing than handing someone a bunch of canned goods in a box," says communications and development supervisor Kristin McMahon.

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11/14/2019

Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is donating $6.8 million to CARE, an international relief group, through the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. "The challenges being addressed by our Family Foundation -- poverty, human rights, climate change -- are global," he says.

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11/14/2019

The Weill Family Foundation has pledged $106 million to the University of California at San Francisco and UC-Berkeley along with the University of Washington to expand their research and encourage collaboration on understanding neurodisorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy. "If we can align our efforts, big things could happen, far more than one would expect separately," says neurologist Stephen Hauser, who will co-direct the Weill Neurohub.