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October 8, 2021

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A weekly update with the latest news from PND

Funder collaborative launches effort to build more equitable economy
October 7, 2021
The funder collaborative Families and Workers Fund has announced the launch of a five-year initiative to help build a more equitable economy by reimagining the systems that drive economic security, opportunity, and mobility.

Launched in April 2020 initially as a short-term, rapid-response effort to aid those disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, FWF will work to advance jobs that sustain and uplift families and invest in the development of a more inclusive, effective public benefits system, with a focus on unemployment insurance.
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Top social issues for young Americans shifting, survey finds
October 7, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, young Americans are once again becoming engaged in social issues they were interested in before 2020, a report from Cause & Social Influence finds.

Based on a survey conducted in late September of a thousand Americans between the ages of 18 and 30, the report, Influencing Young America to Act: Fall 2021, found that for the first time since the spring of 2020, gun safety was among the top five social issues of interest, which were animal welfare (33 percent), gun safety (21 percent), civil rights, racial discrimination, and social justice (20 percent), climate change (17 percent), healthcare premiums and healthcare reform (17 percent), and mental health and social services (17 percent).
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$5.4 million Chadwick A. Boseman Scholarship launched at Howard
October 6, 2021
Howard University and Netflix have announced the launch of a $5.4 million endowed scholarship in honor of the late actor, director, writer, and producer Chadwick A. Boseman, a Howard alumnus.

The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship will provide incoming students in the College of Fine Arts with a four-year scholarship to cover the full cost of tuition.
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Only eight on 2021 Forbes 400 list receive top philanthropy score
October 6, 2021
Even as the cumulative net worth of the four hundred richest Americans on the 2021 Forbes 400 list soared by 40 percent last year, to $4.5 trillion, only eight of those billionaires received the top philanthropy score, down from ten in 2020.

Those who received the top score of 5 this year, meaning they have given away at least 20 percent of their wealth over their lifetimes, included Warren Buffett (net worth: $102 billion; #8 on Forbes 400), who is estimated to have given a total of $44 billion to charity, and George Soros ($8.6 billion; #92), who has donated $16.8 billion, or about two-thirds of his fortune, and is America's biggest giver as a percentage of net worth for the second year in a row.
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Tags: higher education; Novel coronavirus (COVID-19); Equity