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    Senate inaction jeopardized unemployment benefits

    Senate inaction jeopardized unemployment benefits
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate failed Friday to extend programs for laid-off workers, jeopardizing unemployment benefits scheduled to expire over the weekend. The benefits are part of a larger package of government programs, from highway funding to loans for small businesses, set to expire Sunday because senators couldn't agree on how to pay to keep them going. The House passed a bill ...
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    World Water Day 2010

    World Water Day 2010 from water.org on Vimeo. As you can see from this video (after the jump), some 21,000 women gathered today in Kolakkudipatti village, India, to commemorate World Water Day. They're celebrating improvements in sanitation that have taken place in their villages, rallying to ensure that those improvements continue, and calling attention to the importance of water, sanitation, and ...
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    Where will job growth be in the next 20 years?

    Unemployment may have dipped to 9.7 percent, but job growth is still lacking. Thankfully, this won't be the case forever. Mint.com, my favorite personal finance website, takes a look at where job growth is expected over the next 20 years. As expected, the largest job growth is in urban areas. Atlanta, GA is projected to have the most job growth at ...
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    The U.S. Income Gap

    Though the income gap in the United States has slowly decreased over the last few decades, there still remains a significant disparity in income between genders and across races. The earnings of Black women are much closer to the US average than those of their male counterparts, and the trend is similar for those of Hispanic descent. It is also notable ...
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    Nonprofit Community Sharing Initiatives and Resolutions to Make 2010 Year of Recovery

    Nonprofit Community Sharing Initiatives and Resolutions to Make 2010 Year of Recovery
    The value and impact of America's nonprofit community is immeasurable in terms of the positive impact it has on our culture. There is a tendency to forget that the nonprofit sector makes up an estimated six percent of our gross domestic product, employing millions of people while providing services, information and support to hundreds of millions more. With reports that ...
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    Economists Give KIPP a Passing Grade

    KIPP, the innovative charter school program that's garnered praise for its extended school hours and success in getting its students to nearly double their proficiency in math an reading during middle school, got a big boost from a group of economists affiliated with MIT the National Bureau of Economic Research. The group set out to determine if the magic that ...
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    California Nonprofits Receive More than $4 Million from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to Provide Emergency Services

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 9 - The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced it has provided $4.3 million in grants to California nonprofits this year, as part of its strategic focus on supporting organizations providing critical services to populations disproportionately affected by the economic downturn. Bank of America augmented its focus on basic human services in 2009 as a response to ...
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    Charity: Who Cares?

    Americans lead the world in charitable contributions, giving $300 billion a year to charities. Sounds like a lot right? But this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the over One Trillion Dollars needed to keep US charities in operation, more than the US government collects in taxes. The rest comes from their own assets, government support, and foreign ...
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    First Lady Meets with Lawmakers about Child Obesity

    First Lady Meets with Lawmakers about Child Obesity
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama invited a bipartisan group of lawmakers and Cabinet members to the White House Tuesday to help firm up plans for her national campaign against childhood obesity. The meeting signaled the first lady's intent to be involved not just in talking about the problem, but in crafting specific solutions. She wants to get families, schools, ...
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    Volunteerism Up In 2009: 63 Million Americans Volunteered At Least Once

    Volunteerism Up In 2009: 63 Million Americans Volunteered At Least Once
    WASHINGTON — A million and a half more Americans volunteered to help with such activities as raising money, collecting food and tutoring children during the span of a year ending in September 2009, a period marked by job losses and a lousy economy. About 63.4 million people ages 16 and older volunteered at least once between September 2008 and September 2009, ...
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    Jobless claims fall unexpectedly as layoffs ease

    Jobless claims fall unexpectedly as layoffs ease
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits dropped unexpectedly last week, a sign the job market is healing as the economy slowly recovers. New jobless claims have dropped steadily since September, raising hopes that the economy may soon begin creating jobs and the unemployment rate could decline. That, in turn, would give households more ...
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    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience

    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience
    Resilience. Stick-to-itiveness. Takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’. Just a few thoughts that stay top of mind as I ride the ups and downs of the quest for a new job. Admittedly, it takes a pretty tough coating on your ego to handle the repeated rejections. Not all rejections are an outright, “No, we are not offering you the position.” Rather, ...
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    Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Reflects on a Year of Philanthropy

    Mouli Cohen, Founder and Chairman of Voltage Capital, spoke today about his views on the year 2009 in philanthropy. This has been an extraordinary year for the creation of new-media organizations and web sites, the entrepreneur and philanthropist mentions to us in an interview Thursday afternoon. “A big reason is the money that foundations and wealthy individuals are investing. Thousands of ...
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    How to Make Your Haiti Donations Count

    How to Make Your Haiti Donations Count
    The humanitarian crisis in Haiti has compelled millions of people to pick up their phones. Not because they want to talk about it, but because they want to help. In the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake, pictures of hollow-eyed children outside leveled homes triggered an unprecedented number of text-messaged donations from people who were moved to help. Most of the ...
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    Expert calls for nonprofits to unite to flex their economic and social muscle

    It's time for that to change, starting with strong lobbying efforts in city halls, statehouses and the U.S. Capitol, says Robert Egger, director of the V3 Campaign and an expert in nonprofit management. Egger's address Thursday at the Philanthropy Midwest Conference in Overland Park was a call to move the nonprofit sector beyond practicing charity to make its economic and ...
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    Washington Government Shares Plans for School Reform

    Washington Government Shares Plans for School Reform
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has a long list of education reforms she wants the Legislature to approve to set Washington up to compete for federal Race to the Top dollars, including a plan to put experienced teachers back on probation after several years of poor evaluations. The governor's K-12 education policy adviser, Judy Hartmann, presented her reform plan ...
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    First Whatcom Giveathon in Bellingham to benefit nonprofits

    Dec. 15--BELLINGHAM -- Twenty-two nonprofit organizations will get some holiday cheer this season, thanks to the first Whatcom Giveathon on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave., gathers groups that help others under one roof, providing the public a one-stop shop for charitable gift-giving. It also will give people a ...
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    Haiti judge: Detained Americans should be released

    Haiti judge: Detained Americans should be released
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The Haitian judge deciding whether 10 U.S. missionaries should face trial on charges of trying to take a busload of children out of the country said Thursday he will recommend that they be released provisionally while the investigation continues. Judge Bernard Saint-Vil must now send his recommendation to the prosecutor, who may agree or object, but the ...
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    Recession may be behind rising ranks of volunteers

    Recession may be behind rising ranks of volunteers
    More Americans, especially women, are giving their time and energy to good causes, a new government report says. From September 2008 to September 2009, 63.4 million Americans, 26.8% of the population, volunteered with organizations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of the growth can be attributed to more female volunteers, says Stephanie Boraas, a BLS economist. About 1.2 million ...
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