Refugee-led organizations have a unique ability to address local issues, yet they remain underfunded, says Natasha Freidus of NeedsList. The #RefugeesLead campaign launched on World Humanitarian Day is trying to change that by directing more funding and support services to 10 organizations led by refugees.
Amazon's AmazonSmile has raised more than $215 million for charity since its debut in 2013, with most donors directing contributions to animal, education, health and disaster-relief organizations. "Over the last five years, compassionate AmazonSmile customers have helped generate millions of dollars in donations to help us rescue and protect countless animals in need across the country," says American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals President and CEO Matt Bershadker.
Several studies indicate Black girls are more likely to be disciplined in school than their white peers, resulting in emotional and academic consequences that can hinder their success later in life. Organizations such as Girls Expecting More Success, G!World and Sankofa Outreach Connection advocate on behalf of Black girls and are working to dismantle stereotypes and raise awareness about the fact that systemic racism endangers Black girls and boys alike.
The Rockefeller Foundation is directing a largely unrestricted grant of $1.5 million to Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research to help guide the work of racial data scientists and understand the disproportionate effect of the coronavirus on Black and Latino people. The center's work will help solve systemic issues "that have long restricted BIPOC [Black, indigenous, people of color] from obtaining wealth, and will work toward equity and justice for all," says Otis Rolley of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Building "healthy positive communities, online and off," will be a focus for Archwell, says Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, of her new nonprofit with Prince Harry. Meghan says she and her husband are interested in stopping the spread of misinformation online and working in the areas of women's rights, the environment and veterans' issues.
The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund on Tuesday said it would give grants to 31 Black leaders working toward social justice. Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore, actress Kerry Washington and New Leaders CEO Jean Desravines will co-chair the fund, which aims to give out $10 million.
The Community Foundation of Central New York on Tuesday unveiled its first round of grants geared toward eliminating systemic racism in Syracuse, N.Y., and the Central New York region. The foundation's Black Equity and Excellence Fund plans to distribute a total of $1 million in grants, including $292,695 from the initial round.
The Kinder Foundation is small with only three full-time employees, yet it's able to make a major difference in Houston's public park space, executives Guy Hagstette and Sarah Newbery say in this interview. They discuss how founders Nancy and Rich Kinder's engagement and philosophy of thinking big have allowed the foundation to direct $183 million to projects since 1996.
The Cleveland Foundation is distributing $27.5 million in grants among its nonprofit partners to provide pandemic relief and assist with their programs. "The coming months are sure to bring new developments and evolving challenges as we work with partners to respond to the immediate needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing our work to advance long-term projects for the benefit of Greater Cleveland," says executive India Pierce Lee.
Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy are asking foundations for more information about their pandemic relief grant-making to better understand how much is being distributed and where it's going, writes Grace Sato of Candid. "Having better information means organizations don't have to make important decisions about where their resources are needed most in a vacuum, and that the sum of their efforts can add up to more than the parts," Sato writes.
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