September 15, 2021
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NewView Oklahoma on front lines of Western wildfires
NewView employee tests fire hoses. (Instagram/newviewok)
NewView Oklahoma, the state's largest employer of people who have visual impairments, is helping to put out wildfires in California, Oregon, Idaho and other Western states by producing and distributing fire hoses. "What we've done thus far and what's currently in the pipeline is going to equate to about 4,000 miles total," said President and CEO Lauren Branch.
Full Story: KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City) (9/13) 
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Asian American, Black and Hispanic people in the US are more likely to donate to racial and social justice causes than their white counterparts, and they tend to give informally by, for example, making direct donations to members of their community, write Una Osili of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Wendy Chen of Texas Tech University, citing a recent report. The authors discuss how some people of color support charities, noting that "African Americans are the most likely to give to strangers of all racial and ethnic groups, holding other variables constant."
Full Story: The Conversation (9/13) 
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Nonprofit job growth slowed in August, compared with the two previous months, because of the spread of the Delta variant as the sector added 42,131 jobs for the month, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. "[G]iven the continuing impacts of the Delta variant, the return to in-person schooling, and the coming colder weather, it is difficult to predict whether these trends -- and the sector's overall pace of recovery -- will hold in the months ahead," the center said.
Full Story: The NonProfit Times (Morris Plains, N.J.) (9/13) 
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Boards in Action
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth has helped keep thousands of young adults off Las Vegas' streets through emergency shelters and multisite transitional housing, and it recently launched the 20th Anniversary Impact Fund to further its mission-related work. Access to entry-level jobs and a favorable climate make Las Vegas an attractive city for youths, but many relocate from other areas and don't have family to fall back on, Executive Director Arash Ghafoori said.
Full Story: Nevada Public Radio (9/14) 
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Strategic Leadership
When you're faced with a task that is more difficult than expected, be gentle with yourself, write Doug Glener and Dr. Victoria Halsey. This is a learning moment worth fighting through, whether you're the person struggling or whether it's someone on your team.
Full Story: Blanchard LeaderChat (9/14) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
Publix helps nonprofits alleviate food insecurity
(D Coetzee/Flickr)
Publix has donated more than 33 million pounds of produce to Feeding America Food Banks since the beginning of the pandemic and will direct $5.5 million to Feeding America and other organizations as part of its efforts to fight food insecurity. "Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in the number of people turning to Feeding America member food banks for help, many of them for the first time," said Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot.
Full Story: Progressive Grocer (9/14) 
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Nonprofit Leaders in the News
Contributor diversity has been a focus for the Wikimedia Foundation since 2017, and incoming CEO Maryana Iskander said she will continue that work. "I think that trying to increase the diversity of who creates knowledge, who edits knowledge, that's been the long priority of the movement and of the foundation [and it] resonates massively with my own personal values," Iskander said.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/14),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (9/14) 
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