Charity: Water uses live video from Ethiopia to inspire gala attendees | UK singer, domestic violence nonprofit join for music video | Google.org focuses $50M block grant on developing nations
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March 22, 2017
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Charity: Water uses live video from Ethiopia to inspire gala attendees
Charity: Water inspired donations at its annual gala by giving each attendee an electronic profile of a specific person in Adi Etot, Ethiopia, and requesting donations in their honor. The charity also played a live video of those same people celebrating the start of a well installation in Adi Etot, ultimately bringing in nearly $3.2 million during the ball. "There is no question this was a fantastically successful event," said Anne Wallestad, BoardSource's president and CEO.
Fast Company online (3/20) 
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UK singer, domestic violence nonprofit join for music video
UK singer Frances has teamed with domestic violence nonprofit Refuge to develop a new music video showing the experience of one of Refuge's clients. The video for Frances' single "Grow" portrays the woman's struggle with abuse and isolation, which comes to an end when she meets a staff member from Refuge.
Advertising Age (3/21) 
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Google.org focuses $50M block grant on developing nations
Google.org has agreed to donate a $50 million block grant to nonprofits focused on providing children around the world with equal access to education. The funds will be used to improve education resources, including teacher training, in developing nations.
TechCrunch (3/21) 
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Craigslist-style approach could help nonprofits locate leftover food
New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal believes restaurants and supermarkets can better share leftover food with nonprofit organizations that support the hungry by utilizing a website fashioned after Craigslist. Espinal has proposed a bill that would allow the Sanitation Department to work with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to develop the site.
The Daily Meal (3/17) 
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Strategic Leadership
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The Boston Consulting Group (3/17) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
After-school snack program expanded in Ohio
Ohio nonprofit Children's Hunger Alliance is expanding its after-school snack program to five additional sites in Cincinnati. Healthy snacks through the program are available at 50 locations.
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (3/21) 
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Nonprofits use play to help vulnerable children
The Life is Good Kids Foundation, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and PICA Head Start are training staff to use play to teach children resiliency and compassion after traumatic experiences. Brain development in children is guided by interactions with caregivers, which can help youths "respond to adversity and thrive," a Harvard University study shows.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/21) 
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Nonprofit Leaders in the News
Gates project to give free satellite data to problem solvers
Bill and Melinda Gates have teamed up with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar to help finance Radiant Earth, a project that seeks to make data from Earth's satellites available for free to help solve humanitarian and environmental problems. "(Radiant) will help build the 'who, what, where, when or why' for the planning and management of issues such as land tenure, global health, sustainable development, food security and disaster response," said CEO Anne Hale Miglarese.
Fortune (3/20) 
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BoardSource News and Notes
Last chance! Submit an application to present a session at the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum
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The BLF 2017 call for sessions is now open. Speakers and presenters at our past conferences have been among the most dynamic, influential, and knowledgeable leaders in the nonprofit sector. We are looking for the very best and most innovative thinkers in nonprofit leadership and governance to share their knowledge in Seattle, October 19-20. If you think you have what it takes and are interested in presenting this year, please submit your proposal by March 24th!
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