Donor Anger at Sexual Harassment Hurts Charities — Even Where Abuse Didn’t Happen

Those who have heard about abuse punish charities by withholding gifts, but most of the public thinks harassment is more widespread in government and business. Half of charity workers have witnessed an incident.

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Bridging and Bonding: Disentangling Two Mechanisms Underlying the Diversity–Performance Relationship

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Ahead of Print. Although extensive research has examined whether diversity hinders or improves organizational performance, the aggregate results remain inconclusive. Social bridging theories argue that diverse organizations perform better than homogeneous organizations, while social bonding theories argue that diverse organizations perform worse. When scholars test these competing theories, they often specify bridging and bonding as the inverse of one another. This study instead specifies them as distinct mechanisms and measures them independently using data from a national study of organizations containing information on the race, class, gender, and religion of each organization’s leadership team and the frequency, type, and content of their interactions. The analysis indicates that both bridging and bonding are positively associated with an organization’s performance; however, their respective performance benefits depend on the type of task being performed. The results suggest that social diversity facilitates performance related to accessing external resources and social interaction facilitates performance related to internal coordination.

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Gates Foundation awards $5 million for COVID-19 therapeutics research

The grant to Kleo Pharmaceuticals will support efforts to advance development of a COVID-19 hyperimmune globulin mimic therapeutic that could provide a synthetic, homogenous, readily available replacement for convalescent serum, which has shown promise as a treatment for COVID-19….

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At least one in ten billionaires have donated for COVID-19 relief

A report from Wealth-X found that global billionaires who made a philanthropic commitment in support of COVID-19 response and relief efforts between January and May were more likely than other billionaire philanthropists to be in the tech industry….

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Records Reveal Nonprofits That Received Paycheck Protection Loans

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Wildlife Federation, Mercy Corps, the New York Botanical Garden, American Youth Hostels, and the San Francisco Symphony were among the nonprofits the federal government said on Monday received loans of $5 million to $10 million through the Paycheck Protection Program. 

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IBM commits $20 million to Notre Dame to launch tech ethics lab

The Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab will conduct applied research and promote models for the ethical application of technology — including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing — in the tech, business, and government sectors….

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An Experimental Laboratory Examination of the Psychological and Physiological Effects of Civic Empowerment: A Novel Methodological Approach

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Ahead of Print. Civic engagement can be empowering and might promote well-being, especially for individuals from marginalized backgrounds. This study uses a novel experimental approach to simulate civic engagement in a laboratory study and to test whether this approach engenders civic empowerment and buffers psychological and physiological reactivity to stress and social rejection. Young adults, primarily experiencing low socioeconomic status (N = 128), were randomly assigned to deliver a speech about a civic or a neutral issue. Giving a civic speech leads to higher feelings of empowerment compared with giving a neutral speech. Delivering the civic speech buffers sympathetic nervous system reactivity to stress (measured through the pre-ejection period) and leads to higher identification with social class background. This is one of the first studies to use an experimental approach and psychophysiological methods to examine the effects of civic empowerment on civic, psychosocial, and physiological reactivity outcomes.

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Volunteering and Self-Assessed Health Within EU28 Countries: Evidence From the EWCS

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Ahead of Print. The effects of voluntary activities on individual well-being have been investigated extensively in the literature. In this study, the relationship between self-assessed health and volunteering is examined from a cross-country perspective by considering respondents’ characteristics and other voluntary liabilities, employing the Sixth European Working Conditions Survey. This data set allows us to explore, by implementing an Ordered Probit model, the association of self-assessed health status with charity activities performed specifically by workers. Among the working population in the European Union, our results show that, although volunteering—as well as other unpaid tasks, such as informal helping—are statistically significant, voluntary activities do not seem to be strongly associated with individual perceived health status.

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