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Subject: Ibram X. Kendi's Antiracism Center and the Responsibility of Donors
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OpinionIf grant makers want to strengthen the racial-justice movement, they need to admit when things go wrong and ensure that better planning and accountability are in place the next time.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionFour philanthropies will spend more than $11 million to attract diverse talent to leadership roles in art museums.
The Face of PhilanthropyOver Orbis International’s 40-year history, volunteer medical professionals have performed more than 500,000 eye surgeries and trained thousands of doctors, nurses, and other health workers.
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Nonprofit News From Elsewhere Online
Three women in Texas, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., have made it their mission to restore local African-American burial grounds, tens of thousands of which lie in ruins across the country. Lisa Fager, Yamona Pierce, and Margott Williams founded nonprofits to raise funds and make their arguments for preservation to local governments, philanthropies, and heritage organizations. They get by on a trickle of money while staving off flooding, development pressure, vandalism, and societal indifference. (New York Times)
A federal judge allowed a grant program run by Atlanta’s Fearless Fund for Black women entrepreneurs to continue while a case against the fund proceeds in court. The lawsuit was brought by the American Alliance for Equal Rights, an organization founded by conservative activist Edward Blum, whose legal challenges culminated in the Supreme Court decision ending affirmative action in higher education. In refusing to issue an injunction, Judge Thomas W. Thrash ruled that the grant program is a charitable endeavor and therefore protected by the First Amendment. AAER has appealed the decision. (Washington Post)
- In a Government Shutdown, Here Are the Nutrition Programs Affected (Washington Post)
- They Are Among Society’s Most Vulnerable — Children With Severe Autism — And yet Many Endure Abuse or Neglect in the State-Licensed Residential Schools That Care for Them. (Boston Globe)
- Calls for Help With Fuel, Utility Bills, and Substance Abuse Rise Dramatically in New Hampshire (Boston Globe)
- For Nearly a Century, This Calif. Camp Has Hosted City Children. Tropical Storm Hilary Destroyed It (Los Angeles Times)
- What’s a Food Forest? Metro Denver Already Has 19 of Them. (Colorado Sun)
- Utah Pride Center Furloughs ‘Majority of Remaining Staff’ (Salt Lake Tribune)
Gifts and Fundraising
- Mackenzie Scott Donates $20 Million to Champlain Housing Trust, a Historic Boost For Affordable Housing in Vermont (VT Digger)
- Report Finds National Animal Welfare Charities Give Little Money to Local Shelters (WXII)
- This Lahaina Fundraiser Quickly Raised $1 million Amid Conspiracy Theories and Questions by Critics (Civil Beat)
- Mass. General Hospital Receives Largest Gift in its History For Cancer Research (Boston Globe)
Arts and Culture
- Juilliard’s Top-Tier Graduate Acting Program is Going Tuition-Free (New York Times)
- Sexual Harassment Allegations, Infighting, Labor Unrest: The Unraveling of Hollywood Legion Theater (Los Angeles Times)
- Milwaukee Public Museum’s New Museum Project Lands a $10 Million Gift From Kellogg (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- Mira Irons Steps Down as Head Of The College of Physicians, Mütter Museum in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- “We Can’t Eat Prestige”: Inside the Unionization of the Science Museum of Minnesota (Workday)
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InterviewHis 2013 TED Talk made him a polarizing figure, sparking changes, debates, and criticism. Now his new film Uncharitable is making the case again.
Government and RegulationThe Ways and Means Committee is looking into whether the nonprofit tax code is rife with abuse, allowing nonprofits to be key players in political races, rather than serving charitable causes.
OpinionIn her introductory column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cora Daniels explores the innovative approaches of Black women leaders and why the sector should follow their lead.