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The Ally: August 2020 – Dr. Cathy Grace

Dr. Cathy Grace Co-Director The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning Thomas Payne’s often-quoted words, “These are the times that try men’s souls”… still resonate today. Many of us may feel we are in the fight of our lives, and we are not sure some days if we are winning. We never dreamed …

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The Ally: August 2020 – Jim McHale

Jim McHale President and CEO Woodward Hines Education Foundation In many ways, COVID-19 has reminded us of what we already knew about education in the State of Mississippi— that there are teacher shortages, that many Mississippians lack access to computers and internet, that the only meals many Mississippi students have access to come from school, …

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The Ally: August 2020 – Kelly Butler

Kelly Butler CEO Barksdale Reading Institute “Back to school” has taken on a whole new meaning as education systems around the globe prepare for teaching and learning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like students everywhere, Mississippi children are depending on digital devices to connect to “school” as never before. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, …

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The Ally: July 2020 – Yousef Abu-Salah

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2394″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text] Yousef Abu-Salah Alliance Intern Vanderbilt University [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Youth Perspective: What We Want and Need from Nonprofits and Philanthropy” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1595371526264{margin-top: -10px !important;}”][vc_column_text]As a person of color, I have had many experiences with nonprofits who came to my community to provide aid. I grew up in some of the …

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The Ally: July 2020 – Jed Oppenheim

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2402″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text] Jed Oppenheim Program Officer W.K. Kellogg Foundation [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”The Path Forward” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1595371565691{margin-top: -10px !important;}”][vc_column_text]If you are from Mississippi, live in Mississippi, work for Mississippians, or have adopted Mississippi as home, as I have, you cannot deny the racial injustice that our Black neighbors have endured for centuries …

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The Ally: July 2020 – Michael Pickard

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2392″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text] Michael Pickard Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Millsaps College [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Allyship v. Partnership: Anti-Racism for White Nonprofit and Philanthropic Staff and Leaders” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1595371378190{margin-top: -10px !important;}”][vc_column_text]I teach English Literature at a majority-white liberal arts college, and I am part of this majority. What can I do …

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The Ally: July 2020 – Vondaris “Von” Gordon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2393″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text] Vondaris “Von” Gordon Youth Engagement Manager The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Moving Past Conversations: Challenging Nonprofits and Philanthropy to Deal with Race” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1595371273447{margin-top: -10px !important;}”][vc_column_text]“Understanding is the greatest thing in the world,” said Mr. Sherman Norwood. In middle school woodshop, learning the value of …

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The Ally: July 2020 – Latisha Latiker

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2391″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text] Latisha Latiker Director of Grant Programming Women’s Foundation of Mississippi [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”What Happens When People of Color Are Not in Leadership Roles in Nonprofits and Philanthropies” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1595371048242{margin-top: -10px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1595371016806{margin-top: 0px !important;}”]Philanthropic organizations and nonprofits have come a long way since their inception.  Within the last five …

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MS Illuminated

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1593117757635{margin-top: 0px !important;background-color: #213a42 !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1593117973194{margin-top: -35px !important;}”]2020 has been a year of challenge. The world has been forced to reflect on our values, beliefs, and practices. Mississippians have taken this time as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to supporting each other. Volunteers have come from far and wide, despite great personal …

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Update from the National Council of Nonprofits: Analysis of COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Legislation

How the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Bill Would Affect Nonprofit Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act  (CARES Act) (S. 748) Congressional and Administration negotiators reached agreement on the Phase 3 COVID-19 economic stimulus bill early Wednesday morning and just released the legislative text this hour. The Senate and House hope to pass the $2 trillion …

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