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Weekly Reader September 13, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. Encourage Your Friends to Become Philanthropists on North Texas Giving Day

By: FWDFW , Nicole O’Reilly-Barash

"Giving is not a solo act. When we give it touches so many people — more than we might even realize. And every gift makes a difference. In 2018 alone, North Texas Giving Day garnered 157,000 gifts, totaling $48 million to benefit 2,700 local nonprofits.

“Our goal behind North Texas Giving Day is to grow the power and spirit of giving,” says Susan Swan Smith. Chief Giving Day Officer at the Communities Foundation of Texas. “We like to say that on North Texas Giving Day, everyone can be a philanthropist. It doesn’t matter how big or how small your gift is—it makes a difference.”

And the benefits of giving reach far beyond the recipients themselves. The act of giving also offers measurable benefits to the giver. The feeling of fulfillment that comes with doing something good for others, sometimes called a “helper’s high,” comes with both mental and physical health perks. Doing vol­unteer work also opens access to different social networks. boosting social skills and creating connections and friendships that can last far beyond the volunteer hours."

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2.Philanthropy’s Superpowers of Convening

By: CEP, Andy Ho

"Philanthropic foundations and their donors have the freedom to direct their donations and social investments in any way they see fit. There is tremendous power in this freedom: it gives them the ability to take risks and support projects, issues, and organizations that others cannot or will not. To achieve their missions, foundations can take risks with both their financial capital and their unique ability to convene people together. Through engaged learning and candid conversation, convenings can spark new insights and partnerships that lead to coordinated and clearly communicated effective action."

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3.Four Law Schools Launch Collaboration to Support Human Trafficking Survivors

By: University of Arizona News, Tracy Mueller, James E. Rogers College of Law

"Students and faculty from the law schools at the University of Arizona, University of San Diego, Duke University and Harvard University are partnering to explore new legal solutions, conduct in-depth research and develop community resources and possible policy changes to support human trafficking survivors.

Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit by means of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. The second largest criminal industry in the world, human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states in the U.S. Victims of human trafficking include foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, adults and minors, and all genders and identities. This collaboration will engage students from multiple disciplines across the country in understanding the needs of the human trafficking survivors in their communities and applying innovative problem-solving skills to meeting those needs."

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4. The Dallas Foundation’s Matthew Randazzo on the Role of Philanthropy in Solving Dallas’ Problems

By: D Magazine , Shawn Shinneman

"So a big part of our role is to really understand some of the on-the-ground realities. One in three kids in this community live in poverty. There are between 3,000 and 6,000 kids every single night who don’t have a safe place to lay their head, who are couch surfing, in hotels, in cars, or in homeless shelters. We know that if you are low-income or are a student of color, your access to youth mental health services is critically low and it just sets those kiddos on a trajectory to not be able to reach their full potential.

But ultimately, we recognize that our donors have a host of interests and passions that may be well beyond child poverty or access to really high quality early learning. So, how do we help them make the most impactful gift if they really care about animal companion welfare or they really care about the arts? One of the superpowers of the Dallas Foundation is the ability to meet donors where they are, to help them develop a strategy to execute against their philanthropic wishes, but concurrently to sort of draw them into this discussion about what’s holding Dallas back and how they can be part of making this an even better community where every person can thrive."

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5. Prostitution Is on the Verge of Being Legalized — These Women Want it to Stop

By: InStyle, Shalayne Pulia

"Earlier this year, when a bill calling for full decriminalization of prostitution was introduced in New York, eyes across the nation turned to the Empire State. Supporters think the bill and others like it would create a safer environment for people exploited in the sex trade and empower them to have agency over their bodies. But Alexi Ashe Meyers, an attorney at Sanctuary for Families (SFF) and co-chair of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, insists this is not the case. Ashe Meyers, who has dedicated her career to supporting survivors of gender-based violence, says full decriminalization would more than likely lead to an increase in sex trafficking, which is currently an estimated $150 billion-a-year global industry. “If you remove any impediments to buying sex and normalize it, there’ll be an increase in that act. People from the most impoverished and marginalized communities then get trafficked in to meet that demand,” she explains. “I want people to understand how regressive and antifeminist it would be to decriminalize an industry in which women are bought and sold for the pleasure of men.”

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