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Weekly Reader September 20, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer 1. An Office Space of One’s Own By: SSIR, China Brotsky, Sarah M. Eisinger & Diane Vinokur-Kaplan

"Adequate office and program space are serious problems for today’s nonprofits. Rising real estate costs in major cities across the United States and Canada are creating an affordability crisis and displacement for many important community-serving nonprofits. New US tax laws have created serious disincentives for individual and corporate charitable giving. And across North America, many nonprofits operate in inefficient, rundown space not equipped to meet the technology and collaboration-oriented needs of today’s programs. One answer is shared resources, especially shared space, and shared back office services, with the powerful benefits that stem from it. For individual organizations, shared space has been shown to create improved efficiency, effectiveness, and opportunities for collaboration along with operating cost savings and stability. Communities benefit from improved direct services, cultural spaces, hubs for civic engagement, and contributions to community-centered development. But real estate is rarely a core competency for nonprofits." Read the full article here: 2. North Texas Giving Day Hauls In Record $50 Million for Nearly 3,000 Nonprofits By: FWDDFW, Loyd Brumfield

"The 11th annual donation drive gathered more than $50 million for nearly 3,000 nonprofits, topping last year’s total of $48 million. This year, a record 169,380 gifts poured in from 50 states and 25 countries, event organizers said. “The heart and soul of North Texas truly shined today as one of the most generous and charitable cities in the world,” said Dave Scullin, president and CEO of the Communities Foundation of Texas, which organized the event. The foundation had set a goal of reaching the $50 million by 7 p.m., but no one complained when it was achieved at 11:58 p.m." Read the full article here: 3. Serving Up Opportunity By: America Working Forward "The idea here is to create an ecosystem of support for the kids on all the issues and barriers that have prevented them from achieving their full potential in life,” founder and chef Chad Houser says. The program started in 2009 when Houser taught some kids in detention to make ice cream for a competition. The enthusiasm of the teens he taught inspired him to launch Café Momentum. Between 60 and 70 percent of the restaurant’s workers at any time are young people with juvenile records. Houser says 751 kids so far have come through the program and only a handful have gotten into trouble with the law again. One of the biggest lessons Houser has learned is how to win the trust and respect of kids who are often labeled “throwaways.” Changing old habits is tough. “Of the kids I’m dealing with, 62 percent are homeless,” Houser says. “When we first opened, some would just walk away from their stations, walk out of the restaurant, and go around the corner to a taqueria or 7–Eleven to get food; then they’d come back, sit down, and eat.” He lectured the kids about it, but they kept doing it. “I felt defeated,” he says."

Read the full article here: 4. Why Meaningful, Personal Relationships Can Ward Off A Certain Kind Of Poverty

By: KERA, Courtney Collins

"What social poverty is: “People in our lives can be helpful to us financially with that loan, with that sofa to crash on. But that's different than the way that those relationships matter to us interpersonally. So, having a shoulder to cry on, having somebody who you can trust, who you can be vulnerable with and who you know will show up for you, who will be there, time and again when you need them. Those dependable, high-quality trusting relationships that persist over time are really important. And those people don't have to be in the room with you for them to be in your lives. Knowing that they exist, that you could pick up the phone; that can be enough to ward off social poverty. So it's not about having people in the room with you. It's about making sure that those relational resources exist in your life when you need them.”

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