April 9, 2021
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How to entice more women to give to higher education
Harvard University (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Women account for a relatively small but growing share of Harvard University's individual contributors, and nonprofit leaders are wondering whether higher education institutions should do more to engage this emerging donor segment. Women are earning more and initiating more charitable contributions, yet many institutions don't try to attract their support due to misconceptions about women's giving habits, said Debra Mesch of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Full Story: The Harvard Crimson (4/9) 
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The MacArthur Foundation has awarded Community Solutions a $100 million 100&Change grant to support its work fighting homelessness nationwide. Community Solutions takes a data-driven approach to ending homelessness through an initiative known as Built for Zero, which is active in 85 cities and counties.
Full Story: Inside Philanthropy (subscription required) (4/8),  The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model) (4/8) 
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The Crayon Initiative in California diverts crayons from landfills and supports children in hospitals by collecting used crayons, melting them and distributing new packs of crayons. "Our crayons to the pediatric patients are more than just a crayon, it is an escape," said founder Bryan Ware.
Full Story: WLS-TV (Chicago) (4/8) 
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Nonprofit Digital Transformation in the New Normal
Download this e-book to learn how 7 inspiring nonprofits successfully digitized their missions and strategies throughout 2020 to remain resilient during a tumultuous year.
Boards in Action
Feeding Denver's Hungry is being forced to move out of the 40,000-square-foot warehouse it has occupied for two years, and finding a new location has been challenging, says founder Jim Scharper. The nonprofit is giving its food supplies to other nonprofits, but is concerned it won't be able to continue addressing food scarcity in the Denver area, Scharper says.
Full Story: KDVR-TV (Denver) (4/8) 
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Strategic Leadership
Virtual meetings can be challenging because every participant has a different set of preferences and expectations, although some mitigating tactics include surveys, breakout rooms, asynchronous communication and meeting-free time blocks, write University of North Carolina at Charlotte researchers. "While navigating a paradox of sometimes contradictory preferences, leaders can still make a difference," they write.
Full Story: MIT Sloan Management Review (tiered subscription model) (3/30) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
High-schoolers act globally with nonprofit
High-school students in Texas have launched a nonprofit, Hygiene For All, to help support hygiene and health in India. They created a business plan for the nonprofit, which has raised over $1,000, and enlisted volunteers.
Full Story: The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (4/1) 
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Nonprofit Leaders in the News
Turtle Mountain Community College in North Dakota received an $8 million unrestricted grant from philanthropy MacKenzie Scott and is using it to expand its educational programming and staff, says President Donna Brown. In this interview, Brown discusses how her organization secured the grant and how the funding will help the college continue its mission-related work of supporting Indigenous communities.
Full Story: Slate (4/9) 
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BoardSource News and Notes
Five Tips for Chief Executives and Board Chairs Working to Build a Strong Partnership
Chief executives and board chairs should serve as each other's chief champions -- and critics. But giving and taking criticism is hard for many of us. Here are some tips to help you build this critical skill into your partnership from day one. Read more.
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