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Stacey Abrams is one of the 2021 honorees for the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award

Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards 2021

December 9th, 2021 marks the 53rd Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award Gala — an event held each year to honor, as the organization notes, “exemplary leaders across the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change and reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, …

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The REFORM Alliance works to right social justice wrongs in America, including parole and probation law reform

Priscilla Chan Joins Executive Board of REFORM Alliance

Dr. Priscilla Chan — philanthropist, pediatrician, teacher, co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and spouse of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — is the newest addition to the executive board of criminal justice organization, REFORM Alliance. She joins a list of notable names in business, entertainment and philanthropy, including Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Michael Rubin, …

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GivingTuesday takes place this year on November 30th and promotes donations to nonprofits

A Brief History of GivingTuesday

Every year, people around the world participate in GivingTuesday, an initiative that declares the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a “global movement for generosity.” One of the biggest days of the year for nonprofit fundraising, GivingTuesday generates billions of dollars in donations to charitable causes. In 2012, the Belfar Center for Innovation and Social in New …

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A screenshot of Vista’s Robert F. Smith with Goalsetter’s Tanya Van Court and Eagle Academy Students ringing the opening bell of the NYSE

Robert F. Smith’s Goalsetter Donation Celebrated as Eagle Academy Students Ring NYSE Opening Bell

Eagle Academy students from New York City and New Jersey Shared an iconic moment with philanthropist Robert F. Smith when they rang the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Opening Bell® on Friday, November 12, 2021. Watch the ceremony in the video, below: Mr. Smith who has for years inspired Eagle Academy students, recently donated nearly …

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Business Roundtable CEOs are helping African American college students via Student Freedom Initiative

Business Roundtable Companies Partner with Student Freedom Initiative

Formed in 1972, Business Roundtable is a non-profit association of CEOs of leading U.S. companies such as Walmart, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, PayPal, Cisco, Apple, Vista Equity Partners and more. The association aims to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expand opportunities for all Americans. These corporate leaders work alongside communities, workers and policymakers …

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An African American man takes a hike on a trail

A Brief History of National Take a Hike Day

November 17 is National Take a Hike Day, an unofficial holiday that encourages people to get outside and onto nature trails across the country to celebrate the day. The event is currently championed by the American Hiking Society, and receives support from other organizations, including the National Recreation and Park Association and Palmetto Conservation Foundation. …

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Honoring the Higher Education Act and the Continued Struggle for Accessible Education

“Higher education is no longer a luxury, but a necessity,” President Lyndon B. Johnson said as he signed the Higher Education Act into law on November 8, 1965. The Higher Education Act was part of Johnson’s Great Society program — a multitude of laws and federal programs dedicated to eradicating poverty in the United States.  …

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Bank of America Makes Record Investment in Closing Home Ownership Gap

Purchasing a home in this country is one of the most effective ways to build wealth. But, when structural racism blocks thousands of Black families from buying a home, it worsens the country’s already fierce racial wealth gap. Efforts like Bank of America’s $15 billion Community Homeownership Commitment provide a variety of solutions to make …

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The 4% Problem and Efforts To Invest in Corporate Diversity

Journalist Jamal Simmons recently joined CBS This Morning to discuss his new Democracy Journal column, entitled “The 4 Percent Problem.” According to the Simmons, Black inclusion stalls at nearly 4% across nearly every leading sector of the U.S. economy, from technology to finance. Although many corporations made impactful commitments to racial justice following George Floyd’s …

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