The Johnson Amendment has survived a repeal threat as part of negotiations on a final tax legislation deal, with Republicans agreeing to leave the repeal measure out of the final bill. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he would "continue to fight all attempts" to eliminate the measure, as President Donald Trump is expected to continue repeal efforts after pledging in February to "totally destroy" the amendment.
The Hewlett Foundation has increased its commitment to climate action by 20% and will invest $600 million in the cause through 2023. "There's a window now, where we think if we get it right, we can really avoid some pretty significant damages going forward," said Jonathan Pershing, environment program director.
The Girl Scouts launched an awareness campaign and is expanding its Think Like a Programmer initiative in elementary schools with the goal of preparing at least 2.5 million girls for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by 2025. The campaign includes a video in which five Girl Scouts play the roles of current and past female STEM icons.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will invest $300 million in a new initiative to help small farmers in Africa and Asia prepare for the effects of climate change. The funds will be used to research crops that can tolerate rising heat, drought, new weather patterns, and new pests and diseases.
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Since assuming her post as the New York Philharmonic's new president and CEO a few months ago, Deborah Borda has helped the organization raise $50 million to offset its ongoing budget issues. Borda, who has also made new executive appointments and delayed costly renovations, said the money gives the institution the stability it needs to focus on new programming and welcome its new music director.
Reframing involves deliberately changing how we think about a negative situation, write Linda Bloom and Charlie Bloom. "Through an understanding and trust of this transformative process, we come to have faith that periods of decline, whether they last for minutes or months, can become periods of vibrancy," they write.
Women accounted for 51% of all charitable contributions over a 20-month period, and 63% of all donations made on #GivingTuesday 2016, according to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Women's Philanthropy Institute attributed the trend to several possible factors, including that women are solicited more often, use social media more and are more likely to support giving circles.
Fighting neglected tropical diseases has become a global initiative and nonprofits have joined with government agencies and other entities to treat more than 1 billion people worldwide, but more action is needed, says Katey Owen, director for neglected tropical diseases at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. While Guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness and other diseases are down, Owen said, they will come back if the sector lets up on its work.
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