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Re-defining 'racial equity' may increase donations for it

Sep. 15, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Though last year's racial justice protests unleashed an avalanche of donations for minority causes, the philanthropic community remains divided about which donations should be counted as advancing racial equity. Candid, a leading philanthropy research organization, told...

Gates, Rockefeller warn leaders about pandemic’s impact

Sep. 14, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

Just ahead of the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly that opens on Tuesday, leaders of the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations — grant makers that have committed billions of dollars to fight the coronavirus — are warning that without larger government and philanthropic investments...

Shrine to replace church destroyed on 9/11 nears completion

Sep. 08, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

The domed sanctuary rising in Lower Manhattan, where workers are busy installing translucent Greek marble in time for a ceremonial lighting on Sept. 10, bears little resemblance to the modest parish church that John Katsimatides had discovered years ago. He often visited...

9/11 Day co-founders plan CNN special to generate good deeds

Sep. 08, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

For years, David Paine and Jay Winuk have wanted to turn 9/11 into something positive, as counterintuitive as that might sound. The two co-founders of 9/11 Day, who successfully lobbied the government to officially rename the day September 11 National Day of Service &...

Shrine to replace church destroyed on 9/11 nears completion

Sep. 08, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

The domed sanctuary rising in Lower Manhattan, where workers are busy installing translucent Greek marble in time for a ceremonial lighting on Sept. 10, bears little resemblance to the modest parish church that John Katsimatides had discovered years ago. He often visited...

Mutual aid groups give personalized help after Hurricane Ida

Sep. 04, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

The day after Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana, Delaney Nolan spent hours biking around New Orleans, handing out money to people who needed to pay for supplies or for the hotel rooms where they'd taken shelter. Once the cash ran out — banks were closed, and ATMs were...

US faith groups unite to help Afghanistan refugees after war

Sep. 01, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

America’s major religions and denominations, often divided on other big issues, have united behind the effort to help receive an influx of refugees from Afghanistan following the end of the United States’ longest war and one of the largest airlifts in history. Among...

Indianapolis group wants sections of I-65, I-70 underground

Aug. 29, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The construction of Indianapolis’ “Inner Loop” of Interstates 65 and 70 displaced 17,000 residents and demolished 8,000 buildings, The Indianapolis Star reported when the final leg was completed in October 1975. It tore apart once-vibrant historically Black...

How Instagram star helped rescue dozens from Afghanistan

Aug. 28, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

Dozens of desperate Afghans who had been trying to flee the Taliban before Tuesday's deadline for the U.S. withdrawal from Kabul made it to safety with help from an unexpected place: Instagram influencer Quentin Quarantino. Quarantino is the alter ego of 25-year-old Tommy...

Asian, Black Americans more likely to give to racial justice

Aug. 25, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donations to racial and social justice causes ticked up to 16% of American households in 2020, as donors raced to provide support to affected communities in a year marked by protests and increased attention on racism in America, according to a report released Wednesday. ...