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Weekly Reader August 9, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1.Madam C.J. Walker: past philanthropy and current impact

By: Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr.Tyrone Freeman

"Madam C. J. Walker’s philanthropy is typically presented as having started with her 1911 pledge of $1,000 to the Colored YMCA of Indianapolis and culminated with the charitable provisions of her estate finalized weeks before her death in 1919. These gifts have intrigued the intellectual curiosity of scholars, captured the imagination of the public, and stolen the hearts of storytellers across generations; however, Walker’s generosity began earlier when she was a poor migrant in St. Louis and included many lesser-known gifts. The celebrated gifts, despite their boldness, do not demonstrate the depth and breadth of giving across Walker’s nearly 52 years of life, nor their origins. As the woman called the “first self-made female millionaire,” she made many gifts as an individual, but they all had their origins in Black women’s traditions of collective giving. Within one year of the New York Times Magazine’s 1917 reporting on Walker’s wealth, the “self-made” title took over, officially stamping her place in history."

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2. Cyntoia Brown, sentenced to life at 16, released from prison. Here's what you need to know

By: USA Today, Mariah Timms & Natalie Neysa Alund

"The case garnered national attention and drew support from high-profile celebrities such as Rihanna and Kim Kardashian-West.

In the years leading to her release, Brown's complicated story also has served to rally lawmakers, juvenile justice reformers and critics of Tennessee's unusually harsh life sentences for teens, those working to expose child sex trafficking and others highlighting racial inequities in the justice system. "

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3.How To Prepare For These 5 Grantmaking Challenges

By: Forbes, Kris Putnam-Walkerly

"As a philanthropist, your ultimate goal is to make the world a better place. To put ideas into action and create change where it is needed. One way to achieve this impact quickly and effectively is to be prepared for the expected.  Problems will arise—that’s a guarantee—so you might as well be ready to deal with them. Here are five common challenges you can expect as a donor and what you can do to prepare for them:"

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4. Rental Market Leaves Many Minimum Wage Workers Without Affordable Options

By: KERA News, Courtney Collins

"Vice President for Research Andrew Aurand breaks down the numbers...

On how long Texas minimum wage earners ($7.25 p/h) must work to rent an apartment: "We estimate that a full-time worker on average in the state of Texas needs to earn about $16.51 per hour to afford just a modest one bedroom apartment at the fair market rent. So what that means if you're a minimum wage worker, you need to work about 91 hours a week. So that's more than two full time jobs every week out of the year to afford that one bedroom apartment."On how Texas measures up to other states: "Texas ranks 20th in terms of its cost of housing, but I need to point out that even places that have cheaper rental housing, those places tend to have lower incomes and so the lowest wage workers struggle almost everywhere to afford rental housing."On what types of jobs don't pay enough to rent an apartment: "We found a number of the largest occupations in Texas are low wage occupations, so like teacher assistants, nursing assistants, security guards, people working in food service, retail. Those jobs do not pay a median wage that's high enough for a full time worker to afford a rental home at the fair market rent. Beyond just minimum wage workers there's a lot of low wage workers who cannot afford rental housing in their market.On the picture in Dallas and Fort Worth: "A full-time worker [in Dallas County] would have to earn $19.02 per hour to afford a modest one bedroom apartment, and they'd have to earn $23.10 an hour to afford a two bedroom apartment. Tarrant County rental housing is a little bit cheaper. It's still not affordable to low wage workers, but a full time worker would need to $16.40 an hour for a one bedroom, and $20.54 an hour for a two bedroom."

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5. A new hope has emerged for Dallas children in state custody

By: Dallas Morning News

"It’s hard to find a place where heartache and hope are braided together so tightly as in Delia Gonzales’ courtroom.

It is a room tucked away on the fourth floor of the George L. Allen Sr. Courts Building where children in the custody of the state’s Child Protective Services agency come three days a week seeking lives with deeper roots, so they can know where they will sleep tomorrow, the next day and a year from now.

It is a new court, called the Permanency Court. It was approved by county commissioners in December and funded in the last legislative session."

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6. Exploring The Connection Between Violent Crime And Poverty

By: KERA News, Courtney Collins

"On the link between feeling safe and school attendance in children: Exposure to violence can create trauma, and responses to trauma in the brain and throughout the body that impacts someone for a lifetime. But you know, some of the most remarkable work has been done by sociologist Pat Sharkey, and he really shows that trauma caused by exposure to violence in childhood can really have a direct impact on a child's ability to concentrate focus and perform in school. And if they can't perform in school, that really impacts their future earnings later on in life. And so exposure to violence can really limit poor children's ability to escape from poverty."

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7. 20 staggering facts about human trafficking in the US

By: Business Insider, James Pasley

"Children are more vulnerable than adults. They're easier to control, cheaper, and less likely to demand working conditions, researchers explained. More than 300,000 young people in the US are considered "at risk" of sexual exploitation.

Children raised in foster care have a greater chance of becoming victims. In 2013, 60% of child victims the FBI recovered were from foster care. In 2017, 14% of children reported missing were likely victims of sex trafficking, and 88% of those had been in child welfare, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported.

The most human trafficking cases have been reported in California, Texas, and Florida, according to the hotline. Las Vegas is also a hot spot due to the city's culture and high rates of homelessness. But every state in the US has reports of human trafficking."

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8. Strengthening the child sex trafficking safety net in Texas

By: Polaris Project

"It has been almost a year since the state of Texas teamed up with the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline to ensure the most robust possible response to child sex trafficking in the Lone Star State and, by all possible measures, this unique partnership is already making a difference in the lives of children and families. 

The numbers alone tell a compelling story. One of the goals of the partnership was to help stakeholders across Texas understand how best to utilize the National Hotline to protect vulnerable and victimized children. They listened and they called for help when it truly mattered. Preliminary data shows that between September 2018 and May 2019, the National Hotline saw a jump of 42 percent in substantive “contacts” - that is, calls, emails, web forms, chats and texts - from Texas over the same time the year before. That outreach resulted in the identification of 151 likely trafficking cases referencing minors - a nearly 19 percent increase over the previous year.  In the course of handling those cases, the National Hotline reached out to work directly with the Texas Abuse Hotline of the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services 294 times."

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