Nostalgia and pride are powerful motivators for philanthropy, which are how college endowments at the nation’s elite universities got as large as they are today. While thinking back fondly of your alma mater is common enough, now an ambitious new fundraising initiative is testing whether the same attitudes be harnessed to raise money for an institution that needs the cash even more: the New York City housing projects. advertisement advertisement “I take great pride in the fact that I’m a wonderful American dream story,” says Jeff Levine, a wealthy real estate developer who lives on Long Island with his wife and kids–a far cry from where he grew up. Recently, he got to take his children on a field trip to his stomping grounds as a child: his old apartment at Linden Houses in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood. Public housing is very different today than it was in the late 1950s and early 1960s when Levine resided there. At the time, … [Read more...] about Will Housing Project “Alumni” Give Back To A Crumbling System?
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In the past, police officers on neighborhood beats might be able to rattle off some names if you asked them who is most likely to be involved in a future shooting. But today in Chicago, this is now a computer’s job. advertisement advertisement Since 2013, computer software has crunched crime data to spit out what is known as Chicago’s “strategic subject list,” now a list of 1,500 people who are most likely to either be assailants or victims in a shooting. The Chicago Police Department’s goal is to have both police and social workers visit people on the list to try to prevent tragedies before they happen. This seems laudable on the surface, but it also raises many questions for civil rights, civil liberties, and technology policy groups, who issued a statement and report calling out the flaws with these kinds of “predictive policing” programs. Some programs, like Chicago’s pinpoint people, others are meant to target hotspot … [Read more...] about Civil Rights Groups Say Predictive Policing Isn’t Doing Much Predicting Or Policing
The Trump administration’s efforts to deregulate industry, enforce Muslim bans, oppose abortion, and deny climate change have inspired a new charitable term. It’s dubbed “rage philanthropy”–when you’re giving is aimed at protecting whatever basic rights and values the president trivializes. advertisement advertisement Here’s one example: When Trump announced his Muslim travel ban in late January, rage philanthropists countered by donating $24 million to the ACLU in a single weekend, a sum that grew to $79 million during the first three months after the inauguration, according to Newsweek. There are plenty of others. After Trump’s first 100 days in office, nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator reported a huge increase in donations to progressive groups including the ACLU (up 8,000%), Southern Poverty Law Center (up 1,400%) and Planned Parenthood (up 1,000%) along with the American Refugee Committee and Environmental … [Read more...] about Philanthropy In 2017 Saw The Rise Of Trump-Powered Giving
Whether you’re gearing up for a triumphant return to the workforce or grappling with the best way to explain a recent gap in your employment history, addressing time away from the professional world can be a daunting task. Given that a glaring hole on your resume will likely be a red flag to prospective employers, you’ll want to take steps to proactively answer questions they may have. advertisement advertisement Balancing your need to provide a reasonable explanation with your right to privacy might be a bit tricky, but it’s far from impossible. Employment gaps can easily be addressed directly on a resume, mentioned in a cover letter, or discussed during an interview. Read through the approaches below to determine the strategy (or strategies!) that’ll work best for you. Addressing Gaps Directly On Your Resume When it comes to a gap in employment on your resume, it’s best not to leave recruiters guessing. Including a brief blurb about your time … [Read more...] about How To Talk About The Gap In Your Work History
Charitable giving has been on the decline since the onset of the recession. Total US gifts and pledges decreased 5.7% on an inflation-adjusted basis to $308 billion in 2008 according to Giving USA Foundation. More than half of charities are experiencing a downturn in contributions so far this year compared to the same time in 2008, according to an informal poll by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In the face of these challenges, nearly three in ten of the leaders of the nation’s biggest charities and foundations have taken pay cuts in the past year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. advertisement advertisement Given overall challenges, non-profits are increasingly searching for new ways to grow the impact of their organizations. In 2009, there have been several social causes successes in the digital world, led by the Twestival phenomenon. Allison Jones reports, “Last year people in over 150 cities used Twitter to raise money and awareness … [Read more...] about Introduction to the Digital Influence in Social Cause Report