Weekly Reader February 21, 2020
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
1. Governor Abbott Establishes Customized Clemency Application For Survivors Of Human Trafficking And Domestic Abuse
By: Office of the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott
"Governor Greg Abbott today established a customized clemency application specifically for survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence in coordination with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP). The application will include a section that affords the applicant an opportunity to provide a statement to BPP about their human trafficking or domestic violence victimization.
Human trafficking and domestic violence often lead victims down a path of offenses that entraps them in a vicious cycle of abuse and associated crime. This announcement coincides with the launch of a new public awareness campaign that educates survivors that they can submit an application for BPP to review and consider recommending to the Governor for a full pardon for crimes committed while under the grips of a trafficker or an abusive partner."
Read the full press release here:https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-establishes-customized-clemency-application-for-survivors-of-human-trafficking-and-domestic-abuse?fbclid=IwAR1OZisZ71F2gBP34WK3giJAdew_ZiDQ6jK7H-x2DjsHA3Nc_WLxou68oH4
2. Communities Foundation Of Texas Reaches $2 Billion In Lifetime Grants
By: KERA News, Courtney Collins
"The foundation manages more than a thousand charitable funds. It took more than 50 years for the organization to hand out its first billion dollars — and just 10 to grant the next billion.
President and CEO Dave Scullin said the milestone sets a high bar for the future.
"We were kidding about 'well at that growth rate we only have two more years to get to the next billion,’” Scullin said. “ And although I think that that's improbable, who knows what the future holds, and we are on a run."
The last billion in grants was spread among different focus areas. The most money went to education — 26% overall. Health and scientific research came next at 19%.
In 2019, the Communities Foundation issued $118 million in grants. Scullin said this success is not about the foundation, but the philanthropic individuals and organizations they work with."
Read the full article here: https://www.keranews.org/post/communities-foundation-texas-reaches-2-billion-lifetime-grants
By: Fast Company, Adele Peters
"Almost all retailers run background checks on prospective employees—one of the many obstacles for people who were formerly incarcerated and are now trying to find a job. For other job seekers, a drug screening for marijuana might cost them a position even in states where recreational use is legal. This summer, the Body Shop will become the first large retailer to embrace a different approach, called “open hiring.” When there’s an opening, nearly anyone who applies and meets the most basic requirements will be able to get a job, on a first-come, first-served basis.
The company piloted the practice, which was pioneered by the New York social enterprise Greyston Bakery, in its North Carolina distribution center at the end of 2019. “We’re not asking for your background check,” says Andrea Blieden, the general manager of the Body Shop for the U.S. “We’re not asking for you to be drug screened. And there’s only three questions to get a job. It’s, ‘Are you authorized to work in the U.S.? Can you stand for up to eight hours? And can you lift over 50 pounds?’ If those three questions are answered, then we will give you a chance to come work in our distribution center.”
At Greyston, this approach to hiring is a fundamental part of the business, which sells baked goods to customers such as Whole Foods and Ben & Jerry’s. “At the heart of it, Greyston’s mission is to impact people facing barriers to employment,” says CEO Mike Brady. The social enterprise’s slogan reads, “We don’t hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies to hire people.” When there’s an opening, the job is filled from a list of people looking for work. New hires start as apprentices and get training in both how to do the job and basic life skills; those who decide to stay after the apprenticeship get an entry-level job and the opportunity to advance. The system works well enough that the company sold 8 million pounds of brownies in 2019, making $22 million. This year, Greyston launched a nonprofit, the Center for Open Hiring, in 2018 to help other businesses implement the same process."
Read the full article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/90462746/the-body-shop-will-start-hiring-the-first-person-who-applies-for-any-retail-job?fbclid=IwAR2P0O5TNUSGNdkc0IP0q7u5_c6wHjLp-mbNDlw4be92B8tNG3QAb_SAdxk
4. How Donor Engagement Benefits from Corporate Gifting
By: Marie Mae Co.
"Wait. Giving corporate gifts to your donors? We can’t afford that at my non-profit.
Or should you? Maybe you can’t afford not to disregard gifting. Gifts are perhaps the best way to show gratitude, and the right gifts are easily the most appreciated. If your goal is engage your top donors and stay on their donation lists, here are four reasons why donor gifting gives back in a big way!"
Read the full article here: https://mariemae.com/blog2/donorengagement
5. Narrow the Power Gap: Deeper impact through mutual trust, respect, transparency, and partnerships
By: PEAK Grantmaking, Elly Davis
"About a year ago, I was asked to present to an association of grant writers about current trends in philanthropy. I talked a great deal about the importance of respectful and trusting relationships, and how grantmakers are recognizing that true, long-term impact requires developing partnerships with grantees. More listening and less dictating. More grace and less punishment. More transparency, humility, and genuine engagement of diverse perspectives to spark meaningful collaboration, mutual understanding, and positive change.
One of the attendees asked me, “How do we as grantees start to build that trusting relationship with our funders?” And my honest answer was, “You can’t. Change in philanthropy cannot come from the outside. It must come from within.” The cycle of trust- and relationship-building must begin where the power currently resides – with grantmakers."