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Weekly Reader June 14, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

1. These Entrepreneurs Take a Pragmatic Approach to Solving Social Problems

By: Harvard Business School, Dina Gerdeman

"Stevenson says the research team found that alumni tend to take a pragmatic approach to figuring out their own best ways to contribute.

“Our people feel a moral imperative to act, but they don’t go out and try to solve world hunger,” he says. “They identify a problem where they think their skills and resources can make a difference, and they dive in with an optimism that they can do it, rallying others to their cause as they go.”

Dina Gerdeman: We talk about corporate social responsibility (CSR) today, yet it’s clear from the book that this emphasis on business solving social problems isn’t new. Do you think readers might be surprised to learn that these efforts date so far back?"

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2. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Raises Over $61.5 Million To Support North Texans

By: Dallas Innovates, Natalie Le

"By the time the fiscal year ends on June 30, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will reach a financial milestone: raising $61.6 million in its annual Unite Forever endowment campaign. Two-thirds of the funds will go to support United Way’s work in the “building blocks of opportunity”—education, income, and health—with the rest to nonprofits designated by donors. 

Funds invested in United Way will not only ensure families in need have basic resources, but also drive social innovation and equip people with the necessary skills for success."

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3. Let’s Look At How Complicated Funding Homeless Housing Really Is

By: D Magazine, Shawn Shinnenman

"He says the facility would charge a monthly rent of about $150 to $200, utilities included. “The product diet needs to match the tenant,” says Ware. “It’s that simple.” He says candidates for residency could be funneled through the Austin Street Center, which he recently built a place to do laundry. He’d enroll a nonprofit to run the development."

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4. Putting Communities in the Driver’s Seat

By: The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Brenda Solorzano

"First, the conference reminded me how important it is to listen to and learn from those on the ground because, almost two decades after my mentor told me so, communities still know best. The conference also reminded me that grantees should be the voice, the heart, and the soul of our work — and that foundations have to remember to never stop asking ourselves what we can do to ensure we are continuously being accountable to our communities."

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5. Helping Homeless Youth Means Counting Them When School Is Out

By: KERA, Courtney Collins

"We know anecdotally that a lot of times youth's housing status changes in the summer after school gets out," Bay said. "So we know that from stories from youth and working with them, but we want to see if the data supports that."

For several years, homeless people age 24 and younger were tallied each January. Next week, though, brings the first ever June counts.

Bay said sometimes young people crash with a friend during the school year, but over summer the friend's parents may be uneasy about an unsupervised guest at the house all day. So the kid who was able to lay low from August to May might suddenly be out on the streets in June."

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