April 28, 2015

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Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood by the Stats

NewsAs in Ferguson, the reaction in Baltimore to the death in custody of Freddie Gray reveals a much broader set of issues.

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In the Internet Era, Anyone Can Be behind the Code

CodingGirls Who Code was established in 2012 with the goal of closing the gender gap in the fields of technology and engineering.

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SF Making Progress on Vow to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness by 2016

 

HomelessThe effort by San Francisco with the support of a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mirrors that of Los Angeles and a dozen-plus other cities.

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Creating “Permanently Affordable” Rental Housing in New Orleans

New Orleans HousingUsing a variety of tools and techniques, a nonprofit is working to establish a model of affordable housing in New Orleans, preserving a neighborhood’s legacy of diversity.

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Engaging in an Unlikely Manner: Artists as Environmental Stewards

LA River An arts collective is helping to foster a sense of public ownership around the long-neglected Los Angeles River. Other rivers and broader environmental concerns also benefit from artist-activists.

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5-Star Hospital Ratings May Not Tell the Whole Story

ERLast week, CMS published on its Hospital Compare website rating results from a patient satisfaction survey conducted in 3,500 hospitals nationwide. This is the latest effort to facilitate better consumer decision-making when it comes to choosing a hospital.

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Debates Diverge over Public, Private & Charter Schools in the Carolinas

NewsIn North Carolina, a legislative committee rejects funding for charter capital expenditures, while in South Carolina, the state attorney general says local school districts must treat private and charter schools the same as public ones.

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Documentary Probes Search for Student Wrongly Accused of Marathon Bombing

NewsA new documentary looks into the life and death of the allegations that erroneously linked missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi to the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Acting Out in Detention: Using the Arts to Connect Young People

News@ct Risk No More Theater interprets stories from the Slate Canyon Youth Center in Provo and Salt Lake Valley Detention Center.

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In 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study, Online and Monthly Giving Are Up

Fundraising StudyThis year’s M+R Benchmark Study surveyed 84 nonprofit organizations on their fundraising metrics through social media, email marketing, and online revenue.

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Alabama’s Justice Moore Wins MLK-Themed Award for Work against Gay Marriage

MooreIt’s troubling to find a group of African-American pastors giving Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore an award for his strident opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage.

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California Legislation Would Redefine Community Benefit at Nonprofit Hospitals

Nonprofit HospitalsU.S. nonprofit hospitals are expected to provide “community benefit” services to fulfill their role as local charities. But the law has been inexact on what that responsibility means.

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An Unusual Employee Onboarding Requirement—Or Is It?

Holocaust MuseumNonprofits might want to think about this values-laden example of an employee onboarding process and consider what they themselves can do.

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Immigration Brings Economic Benefits to Rural America

Immigration to rural areas is correlated with economic growth, according to U.S. Census and other economic and population indicators. That’s no surprise to us, but it means immigrant rights advocates should be sure to focus attention on more than urban centers.

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A Suicide, Federal Tax Policy, and Wealth Inequality

NewsA man commits suicide while holding a “tax the rich” sign. The House chooses to do the exact opposite, letting the nation’s top 0.2% out of estate tax liabilities.

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Philadelphia Food Desert Study: Dramatic Increase in Healthy Food Options

VegetablesEfforts to shrink the city’s food deserts have been successful, with a 48 percent net increase in full-service groceries from 2005 to 2013. Lessons learned may prove helpful elsewhere.

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Tolkien Director Peter Jackson Helps History Come Alive in New Zealand

 

Peter JacksonHobbit director Peter Jackson, a retired army general, and a collection of wargamers combined forces to create this museum exhibit.

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The Big Get Bigger: Dynamics of the Wealth Gap of Universities and Colleges

UniversityThe richest universities, even though they did lose assets during the recession, did not have to pinch pennies in their moneymaking capacities and so hit the ground running as the recovery started.

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Will New York’s “No Catcall Zones” Put a Dent in Street Harassment?

CatcallingDoes our society take street harassment seriously?

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Unprecedented Opportunities for Philanthropists

Rights for people with disabilitiesThere is not a single country on earth where people with disabilities don’t face stigmas, challenges, and massive gaps in workforce participation. If you want your philanthropy to help those who are marginalized, isolated, and face discrimination, this is the place to be.

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Pew Research Study Examines Teens’ Online Habits—Nonprofits Should Pay Attention

Mobile livesNonprofits looking to engage with youth should make sure they are incorporating mobile devices and the most popular social networks into their communication strategies.

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Prison Healthcare—Should There Be a Profit Motive in the Mix?

On Tuesday, D.C. councilmembers voted down a $66M contract to bring in a new for-profit prison healthcare provider with a poor record on human rights. Score one for the nonprofits.

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Emotional Geography and One Dickens of a Crowdsourcing Project

NewsIncreasingly, scholars in the humanities are applying digital technologies to cultural analysis. For example, generating a map of Victorian London’s “emotional geography” through a crowdsourced textual analysis of 1,402 novels.

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White House and Nonprofits Come Out in Support of Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Minors

 

News40Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn tragically left us too soon, but her death has led to a massive victory for LGBTQ rights.

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Grassroots Campaign Saves MO Library Funding

LibraryIn the face of statewide revenue shortfalls, library advocates in Missouri led a successful grassroots campaign, which now needs to be extended.

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For Discussion: Ukrainian Pianist Dropped from Toronto Symphony for “Offensive” Tweets

Toronto Symphony memberIs asking a prominent figure in a public-facing institution to restrain her political tweets legitimate, or a violation of her free speech rights?

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GoFundMe Rejects Crowdfunding Campaign for Officer Arrested in Walter Scott Murder

 

Police brutalityAnother white police officer is being charged for an unarmed black man’s murder, but this case feels different.

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A “Shocking” Pink Stiletto in Utah Causes a Stir: The Purpose of Art

 

StilettoA bright pink piece of art has caused quite a stir in the small Utah town of St. George. But what is art for, after all?

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Should the Profit Motive Figure into Prison Healthcare?

MoneyAre some fields just better served by nonprofits? If so, prison healthcare might be a prime example.

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DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch

Detroit SymphonyThe Detroit Symphony Orchestra launches an app to engage the public and create a unique Detroit sound.

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