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May 11, 2020
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Free coronavirus testing to expand with $10M donation
A first responder is tested at a site set up by CORE. (Facebook/CORE)
Sean Penn's nonprofit, CORE, has received $10 million from Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey to increase access to drive-thru testing for the coronavirus. The gift comes under Dorsey's #StartSmall project, which seeks to distribute $1 billion for pandemic relief efforts.
Full Story: TheWrap (5/8) 
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One key to supporting grant recipients amid a crisis such as the pandemic is making it easy for them to redirect funds, Walton Family Foundation Executive Director Caryl Stern writes. Stern and the Bridgespan Group say it's also important to engage organizations with existing expertise and to prioritize responses that directly serve communities.
Full Story: The Chronicle of Philanthropy (free registration) (5/8) 
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The Cooking Project, One Fair Wage and DC Central Kitchen founder Robert Egger have partnered to launch High Road Kitchens, a program that helps California restaurants reopen in exchange for fair wages and agreeing to a pay-what-you-can approach to meal prices. The program offers a model for changing the sector in the long run, says the Cooking Project's Daniel Patterson.
Full Story: Fast Company online (5/6) 
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Boards in Action
The Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation have pledged $150,000 to nonprofits in North Texas that provide child care for front-line workers and help survivors of domestic violence. "We know that the nonprofits we've funded are working directly with children and families, and are making Dallas a better place to live for these individuals," says Mavs Foundation President Katie Edwards.
Full Story: Forbes (5/8) 
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Strategic Leadership
Shifting circumstances can mean leaders need to make a quick change in direction, but they must be clear about the changes and the reasons behind them, writes Karin Hurt. "We've seen other leaders who pivot without sharing all the reasons, and their team ends up confused, frustrated and demoralized," she writes.
Full Story: Let's Grow Leaders (5/7) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
The economic slowdown created by the coronavirus could increase the number of people living in extreme poverty by up to 420 million people from the current level of 734 million. Inequality worldwide is growing, reversing decades of progress in reducing extreme poverty, and puts nations with a lack of digital resources at a further disadvantage, observers say.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/11) 
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Nonprofit Leaders in the News
Demand for nonprofit services is outpacing access to funding, but nonprofit leaders are rallying to the challenge and working to meet the needs of their beneficiaries, writes Gregory Bradbard, president of the Hope through Housing Foundation. Nonprofits in Southern California, such as Think Together, are altering the program to meet current needs, protecting communities by wearing personal protective equipment and working long hours to maintain food distribution.
Full Story: The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (5/9) 
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BoardSource News and Notes
Today's featured publication: "Virtual Meetings Untangled"
Virtual board meetings can be an asset for nonprofit boards, but only with careful attention to key considerations. From technological to cultural adjustments, this book helps board members and nonprofit staff effectively utilize virtual meetings. During this time, we are offering this publication as a free, immediate download.
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Join Andy Davis, our associate vice president of member education & outreach, on this webinar by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for a conversation about how to clarify the expectations of management vs. the board during a crisis; ways to manage and communicate with volunteer leaders during this crisis; and how to partner with the board on everything from fundraising to crisis communication, short-term and long-term financial planning, legal issues, and everything in between. Tuesday, May 12, 2:00-3:00 pm. ET | Sign up now.
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