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AP African American studies class debuts in 60 US high schools Action News Jax [Video]

AP African American Studies will introduce a new generation of students to the amazingly rich cultural, artistic and political contributions of African Americans, said Trevor Packer, the College Boards senior vice president of AP and instruction.

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Some smaller news outlets in swing states can’t afford election coverage. AP is helping them WSB-TV Channel 2 [Video]

The Associated Press says it will provide free campaign and election night coverage to dozens of small and independent newsrooms located in swing states, through a program funded by a Knight Foundation grant

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Disability Advocacy and Mindset (Meet a Trailblazer) [Video]

Community Options empowers individuals with disabilities through innovative programs, person-first language, and meaningful employment opportunities. Learn about the transformative impact of inclusive living environments and the future potential of people with disabilities in the workforce with Robert Stack, President and CEO of Community Options, as he shares insights on disability advocacy and inclusive housing solutions in this enlightening interview. Robert begins by sharing the compelling journey and mission of Community Options, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing housing and employment for people with disabilities. Community Options, founded in 1989, arose from the pressing need to provide sustainable living solutions for individuals with disabilities who were either living in institutions or with aging parents unable to care for them. Robert explains, “We saw a need for this because there were so many thousands and thousands of people with disabilities living in institutions and living with mom and dad. And now mom and dad are getting older. They’re no longer able to care for them, and they didn’t know where to turn.” This mission drives the organization’s innovative approach of buying small homes and creating inclusive living environments where individuals with disabilities can lead independent lives, equipped with the necessary skills and support. Robert reflects on the progress made over the years in disability advocacy. “I think we’ve made tremendous progress, but we still have a long way to go,” he states. Highlighting the importance of evolving language and societal attitudes, he emphasizes the shift from labels like “the disabled” to “people with disabilities,” underscoring the importance of person-first language. The conversation, with host Julia Patrick, digs into the practical aspects of Community Options’ work. Robert shares a poignant story of Bernard, an individual who found meaningful employment and a better quality of life through the organization. “Bernard was blind and had intellectual disabilities, but he knew that what he was doing was meaningless,” Robert recounts. Community Options provided Bernard with a job as a receptionist, where he thrived, living independently and retiring after a fulfilling career. Looking ahead, Robert envisions a future where people with disabilities play a vital role in the workforce. “We still need somebody to carry our luggage up the stairs. We still need somebody to clean our office. We still need somebody who can help us change the tire on our car. People with disabilities will be those people,” he predicts, highlighting the untapped potential of this community. This compelling discussion sheds light on the transformative power of inclusive practices and the ongoing journey toward equality and dignity for all individuals with disabilities. Community Options stands as a testament to the positive impact of dedicated advocacy and innovative solutions in the nonprofit sector.#nonprofitorganizations #disabilityempowerment #disabilityadvocacy

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EP36 | The 100% Funding Model: The foundation for New Story’s team, mission, and vision [Video]

Originally shared 03.04.21EPISODE SUMMARYBrett Hagler · CEO and Co-founder, New Story | Brett has spent his career in both the startup world and the nonprofit sector, mixing the two to achieve success in both, and to that end, Brett is a vocal supporter of the 100% model of nonprofit funding that’s used by New Story, charity: water, and other high-performing charitable organizations.EPISODE NOTESBefore we start the conversation, let us give you a little context: about a month ago, in January 2021, Funraise CEO and Co-founder, Justin Wheeler, put up a relatively controversial post on his LinkedIn page talking about the 100% model. Specifically, he wrote, “This won’t be popular, but the 100% model charities adopt is broken.At best, it makes a donor feel good about giving to you.At worst, it perpetuates the idea that overhead spend is bad.In reality, the reason why nonprofits that have adopted this model are growing fast is that they are spending MORE on overhead, not less.”While Justin stands by that perspective, he also loves open and productive discourse between passionate people, so when Brett and the team at New Story (an awesome team, btw) responded to that post with some solid counterpoints and a suggestion that we bring the discussion here, to the Nonstop Nonprofit podcast, Justin was all about it.Normally, this is where we’d sum up the episode in a sentence or two, but today we’re going to ask that you listen to Justin’s conversation with Brett as they discuss his take on the 100% funding model and Brett shares why it’s the foundation for New Story’s team, mission, and vision. Afterward, Justin would love to hear your take on these ideas—don’t be shy! Hit him up on his LinkedIn page or email him directly at justin@funraise.org and get your voice heard!—For all Nonstop Nonprofit Podcast episodes:https://nonstopnonprofitpodcast.com/— Subscribe to Our Channel: @Funraiseplatform Funraise provides exceptional, friendly digital fundraising technology. Built with innovation and nonprofit experience, Funraise’s state-of-the-art donation management tools centralize fundraising management in one platform, making it easy to create lasting impact with nonprofit-first technology. Experience why organizations like United Nations HCR and National Wildlife Federation trust Funraise to power their fundraising. Because your cause is our cause.—-For more for your nonprofit, find us online:Website: https://www.funraise.org/Strategy & Inspiration: https://www.funraise.org/resourcesMore Resources: https://www.funraise.org/blog

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How a Strategic Audience Journey Doubled the California Symphony’s Attendees & Quadrupled Donors [Video]

I'd love to hear from you! Send me a text message here and let me know what you thought about the episode. 🙂 (https://www.buzzsprout.com/twilio/text_messages/1927203/open_sms) Is it time to reimagine your donor pipeline? With a track record of doubling crowds and quadrupling donors for the California Symphony, Aubrey Bergauer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/aubreybergauer/) has been likened to the Steve Jobs of classical music. In her tenure from 2014-2019 as Executive Director, she walked into the role during a state of financial crisis and alarming churn rates. Why were 80% of first-time donors not renewing and 90% of first-time buyers not coming back to see another show? There had to be a better way. My conversation with Aubrey is a MASTERCLASS in change management. We cover how she created a systematic customer journey for the symphony (without over soliciting), including her secrets to turning first-time attendees into lifelong patrons. Plus, we talk through her tech stack and how data was her most persuasive partner in piloting new fundraising ventures. Aubrey's vision doesn't rest on data alone–it's about creating an all-encompassing experience for every symphony-goer. From UX overhauls to copy changes on their website, she details the subtle, yet powerful shifts in the user experience that helped increase their ticket sales by 20%. Let’s hear how she made it all happen! Resources & Links Connect with Aubrey on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/aubreybergauer/) and through her website (https://www.aubreybergauer.com/) . You can also check out her new book Run It Like a Business: Strategies for Arts Organizations to Increase Audiences, Remain Relevant, and Multiply Money – Without Losing the Art (https://www.aubreybergauer.com/book) . Want to make Missions to Movements even better? Take a screenshot of this episode and share it on Instagram. Be sure to tag @positivequation so I can connect with you. Can we meet in Nashville? The 8th annual Raise fundraising conference, hosted by OneCause, will be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, TN September 9-10, 2024. Use code MISSIONS200 to receive $200 off: https://bit.ly/4bNqihi Let's Connect! • Send a DM on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/positivequation/) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/danarsnyder/) and let us know what you think of the show! • Head to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Fg6ATRUYyvgxx3IwY0JWA?sub_confirmation=1) for digital marketing how-to videos and podcast teasers • Want to book Dana as a speaker for your event? Click here! (https://positiveequation.com/speaking)

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These Are the Worst Phone Plan Providers [Video]

The big three providers that dominate the market—AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon—aren’t in the top 5 when it comes to value, customer support, data service, or cellular reception. Learn more at https://www.consumerreports.org/electronics-computers/cell-phones-services/best-and-worst-phone-plan-providers-a7549256764/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YTJoin CR at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization.