The Museum of Man in San Diego has been renamed the Museum of Us, an action it planned to phase in over a few years but sped up as protests over racial justice gained prominence nationally. Micah Parzen, who has been the museum's CEO for a decade, says the name change is one important move, but the institution has also been taking a broader assessment of its role as a leader in decolonization as it has assessed its collections and its approach.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is planning to invest $130,000 in nonprofit El Centro Hispano to boost Latino community health during the pandemic. "We think [there are] three essential things to do in order to maintain the health of our people: one is health equity, the other one is access to care and of course, information," says Gustavo Bernal, who handles multicultural marketing and sponsorship for Blue Cross NC.
Action plans that seek to nurture economic recovery but don't acknowledge structural inequities are less likely to succeed, write Hanna Love, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, and Jennifer Vey as they share five tips based on their experiences in South Los Angeles. Seek out organizations with strong existing connections to the area and focus on long-term change that is "action-oriented, equitable, and directly responsive," they suggest.
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Investing in Black- and Latino-owned businesses by finding partners for lending and eliminating barriers to resources are vital steps in closing the wealth gap, says Glynn Lloyd, Foundation for Business Equity executive director. Lloyd advocates moving beyond corporate statements espousing equity and "direct[ing] resources into structural changes that get at the root of solving this institutional inequity."
Inviting input from direct reports is good for them and for the business, writes Ken Blanchard. "The positive results are two-fold: The employee has more job satisfaction and the organization benefits from the employee's knowledge," he writes.
Charities are set to lose more than $300 million in funds due to coronavirus-related cancellations of charity athletic events, Harrie Bakst writes. Don't rely solely on a do-it-yourself fundraiser who promises to bring in large sums through a superhuman feat, acknowledge the power of individual donors and don't assume you'll be able to make up revenue lost in 2020 next year, Bakst writes.
Former NFL player Dhani Jones partnered with nonprofit organizations Stand Together and the Family Independence Initiative to help raise more than $100 million to support families facing pandemic-related hardships. The initiative has allowed them to provide $500 payments for 200,000 people so far.
The COVID-19 pandemic's revelation of racial and gender disparities and the nationwide demonstrations about racism inspired by brutal police behavior have produced demands for major changes in our society and its institutions. Many call for new approaches to promote the welfare of a diverse population, including those whose needs have often been denied or neglected.
Currently, the press and public are preoccupied with electing government leaders who can deal with these challenges. Numerous publications have identified women prime ministers distinguished by their effective handling of COVID-19. Articles point to helpful characteristics typically associated with women: being open to listening to advice from others, acting with and expressing compassion, and fostering collaboration.
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