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February 20, 2018
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Museums explore admissions pricing strategies
Museums revisit admission pricing strategies
Budget challenges are prompting a number of US museums to explore new admission pricing models in order to maximize revenue without limiting access. Philippe de Montebello, director of Acquavella Galleries in New York, says many museums in tourist areas follow the lead of major institutions.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/19) 
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One Acre Fund finds success with small board
One Acre Fund, a nonprofit that provides training to small African farms, attributes its successes over the past decade to its board. Managing Director Matthew Forti writes that by keeping the board to a maximum of six members and removing term limits, the nonprofit has built a board capable of offering strategic insight and governance support.
Stanford Social Innovation Review (2/2018) 
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Gates Foundation highlights need for transparency in annual letter
Gates Foundation highlights need for transparency in annual letter
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has issued an annual letter answering 10 "tough questions" about their strategy and responsibility as philanthropic leaders. The letter indicates that the foundation listens to the public and is aware of trends such as growing distrust for nonprofits and concerns about income inequality, writes Jena McGregor.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/16),  CNBC (2/13) 
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Wash. YWCA chapter combats sexism in the workplace
YWCA Clark County in Washington state plans to launch the Women's Leadership Center, which will work to combat inequality in the workplace. Through a series of workshops, the nonprofit will train women on issues like asking for a pay increase.
The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (2/19) 
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Food4Kids focuses on school-meal equity
The founder of nonprofit Food4Kids is seeking to provide funds to help students access school meals regardless of ability to pay. In December, the organization raised enough money to clear student meal debt at eight schools.
The Valley News (Fulton, N.Y.) (2/19) 
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African nonprofit wins international water award
Africa-based Christian Charity of People in Distress has been named the 2018 winner of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize for its efforts improving drinking water and stopping cholera's spread in a village in the West African nation of Togo. Judges touted the nonprofit use of ecological toilets in place of pit latrines.
Reuters (2/19) 
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Air Force pilot starts foundation to help Haitians obtain prostheses
Christy Wise, an Air Force captain and pilot, had her right leg amputated above the knee after a speedboat ran her over while she was paddleboarding, but she is back in the cockpit and may be the only female Air Force pilot to have returned after a leg amputation. Wise and her twin sister, a general surgeon who volunteers in Haiti, founded One Leg Up on Life to help amputees in Haiti purchase or repair prostheses.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/19) 
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