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Weekly Reader August 23, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. Delta donates more than 100 flights, $2.5 million to help human trafficking survivors

By: USA Today, David Oliver

"Delta Air Lines has given more than 100 flights to help fly human trafficking survivors through mileage donation program SkyWish and has now committed an additional $1.5 million to Polaris, the operator of the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

The funding will help Polaris with human trafficking data analysis aimed at curbing human trafficking in the U.S. and will help ensure the hotline has staff working to answer the 200 to 300 contacts made every day. 

More than 70% of labor trafficking survivors say they travel on planes to the U.S. as part of their recruitment, according to a July 2018 Polaris report. And nearly 40% of human trafficking survivors and traffickers reported flying for the purposes of exploitation.  

Delta has worked on a number of initiatives to help bring awareness to human trafficking, including an in-flight video, giving survivors mentorship and career development opportunities and training employees on how to spot and report human trafficking. Delta had previously donated $1 million to Polaris in 2017. There has been a 36% increase in survivor contacts since then."

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2.Notes from the Field: CEP’s First Innovation Week

By: The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Lisa Knichols

"When I think about the nonprofits I’ve worked for and with over the past decade, it is very hard to imagine an Innovation Week happening at these organizations. The demands of regular programs and services, and expectations from funders, often limit the possibility of working on new ideas outside of the day-to-day scope. The thought of finding the capacity and funding needed to step away temporarily from already demanding workloads, for many nonprofits, is daunting. But beyond funding and staff capacity, there is also the fear among some nonprofit leaders, their boards, and their funders that changing how an organization’s resources are directed — particularly towards something as risky and potentially intangible as “innovation time”— could be a waste of effort and funds, and an irresponsible detraction of resources from the work already being done to meet their mission. However, there is an important difference between mission-creep and the fear of failure. An idea like Innovation Week requires a growth mindset at the individual, organizational, and funder level, where failure and setbacks are signs of learning and improving, and a means to positively impact the organization’s work in the long run."

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3. A Life Jacket and a Home

By: The Human Impact

"It’s been a week now since that day. It’s been a week of Matthew being off the street, a week of Matthew getting to lay his head on a pillow in his own air conditioned space. A week of being in a safe community that deeply cares for him.

“My sleep’s been the best it’s been in years,” Matthew This nonprofit is teaching children philanthropy like it was any other kids’ activity shared.

Matthew needed more than one thing to come together for him at the same time: a job, a safe place to live, stabilizing medication, and most of all a community that will stick with him and help him make this transition. With Bonton Farms, we were able to offer all of this, and he said YES."

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4. This nonprofit is teaching children philanthropy like it was any other kids’ activity

By: Fast Company, Ben Paynter

“When he was presenting the check, I had this aha moment of: ‘What if every kid had the opportunity to use what they love to help a cause that’s important to them,” she says. “Kids want to make a difference. They want to do something to change the world and have an impact, but they often just don’t know how.”To change that, Witzel founded Kids Boost, an Atlanta nonprofit that teaches young people philanthropy just like any seasonal crafts or sports program. Except Kids Boost doesn’t charge participants any money up front. The three-month program gives each participant $100 in seed money and access to a personal coach. The goal is to figure out what cause they want to support and find a way to leverage that funding into a larger contribution. Eighty percent of what they raise goes directly to the cause, while the other 20% is used to enroll more kids."

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5. Lime Announces Partnership with Austin Street Center

By: Preston Hollow People, Bianca Montes

"At Lime, we see our success tied to the successes of the cities where we live and work, so Lime Hero is a way to connect our riders to the community,” said Nick Barber, general manager of Lime Northern Texas. Austin Street Center has been doing remarkable work for more than 35 years, addressing the needs of Dallas’ homeless, and we are inviting our riders to donate to be a hero for others.”

Daniel Roby, Austin Street Center CEO said they are delighted to be a part of the partnership.

“Every donation received through this partnership, no matter the amount, will help us provide and care for Dallas’ most vulnerable (residents),” Roby said."

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