Welcome to the Kleinert Foundation Weekly Reader! Each Monday, we deliver a variety of resources to help keep our community informed and engaged.
Articles, Blogs, & Reports
How the D-FW community can remove barriers to fundraising for Black philanthropies and propel the sector forward By: FWDDFW, Allison Hatfield
“You’ve said that women of color are not well-represented in D-FW’s philanthropy and nonprofit sectors. What needs to happen for that to change?
First, institutions need to invest in Black and brown women who are already running nonprofit programs by giving them equitable pay and benefits. Additionally, they need to invest in training and development to help those women hone their skills beyond programmatic services and/or to assess what transferable skills they already have that will put them on a trajectory for higher-paying job opportunities as directors, VPs and CEOs.” Read more here.
‘Alarming Rise' in Homelessness in Dallas: Pastor By: NBC 5, Ben Russell
“The coronavirus pandemic has contributed heavily to an “alarming rise” in the number of homeless people living in the city of Dallas, according to a homeless outreach organization.
“We have seen more homeless encampments in the last 30 days than we have in any 30 day-period ever before,” said Pastor Wayne Walker, CEO of OurCalling, a faith-based organization that operates primarily in Dallas.
“Poverty is not new to Dallas. Homelessness is not new. The number of people experiencing it is new,” Pastor Walker said.” Read more here.
Choosing Impact: Uber or Lyft? By: Cause Consumer, Robert Jones
“Being a Cause Consumer is all about awareness and choice: Awareness that spending can be a tool for positive change, and the choice to spend with companies that are doing the most good.For most of us, that doesn’t come naturally. When we look at two competitors in the market, we’re just not conditioned to ask, “I wonder which one is doing the most to make the world a better place?”Take ridesharing, for instance. How many times have you opened both Uber and Lyft apps to compare which driver is the closest or which one can get you to your destination the cheapest?
Those are valid concerns, of course. But if any given ride is basically a wash in terms of cost and travel time, isn’t it also worth considering where your transportation spending could do the most good?” Read more here.
Transformational Capacity Building By: SSIR, April Nishimura, Roshni Sampath, Vu Le, Anbar Mahar Sheikh & Ananda Valenzuela
“Grassroots organizations in communities of color are creating and implementing solutions to the most pressing issues that disproportionately affect their communities. From incarceration to gentrification, racial profiling to the climate crisis, nonprofits led by and for people of color consistently respond to these systemic inequities in sophisticated and effective ways that are rooted in their lived experiences and community networks.
Yet, despite this work, nonprofits of color continue to be underresourced and often struggle to survive. This struggle is more often than not interpreted as an individual failing of one nonprofit or leader, and attributes failure to the lack of skilled management or an inability to compete for grants. A broader look at the nonprofit sector, however, shows that the failure to support nonprofits of color is part of this chronic and systemic disparity—one that undermines the positive social change that nonprofits of color can create in the United States” Read more here.
“After meeting a sex worker in India, Dr. Vanessa Bouche decided to take some action, by co-founding a company called Savhera Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Products, in order to tap into a market indigenous to India, which honored Indian culture and heritage and to be based on a wellness product. Vanessa and her co-founders wanted to find a marketplace that would continue to grow in the next ten years.” Listen here.
“The entertainment industry has become an important partner to the nonprofit sector, inspiring people to become active around social issues such as climate, poverty, and human rights. What can campaigns for change learn from narrative storytelling experts? How can nonprofit leaders successfully partner with entertainment companies?” Listen here.
September 2, 2020 | 11:30 am CST
“To ensure the safety of our staff, supporters and the community as a whole, we are excited to announce that we are moving the Genesis Annual Luncheon to a VIRTUAL event! If you haven't yet bought a ticket, you can still tune in to hear actress Nicole Kidman, who received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award and SAG Award for her portrayal of Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies. Kidman played a former attorney turned stay-at-home mom with a seemingly perfect life, but whose husband was abusive behind closed doors - effectively opening audiences' eyes to the fact that domestic violence can happen to anyone. Don’t miss your chance to tune into this event… purchase your ticket now!” Learn more here.
September 25, 2020 | 11:30 am
“Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer, Leslie Odom Jr. will take the stage as the keynote speaker at Austin Street Center’s annual Humble Beginnings luncheon.
Best known for his breakout role as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the smash hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, Odom Jr. received a 2015 Drama Desk Award nomination and won the Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his performance. He also won a Grammy Award as a principal soloist on the original cast recording. Odom Jr. was most recently seen on the big screen starring alongside Cynthia Erivo and Joe Alwyn in “Harriet”, the story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes responsible for freeing hundreds of slaves. This spring, he released a book – FAILING UP: HOW TO TAKE RISKS, AIM HIGHER, and NEVER STOP LEARNING. In 2018, Odom Jr. released “Mr” – his first album of original songs.” Learn more here.
Wed, Oct 28, 2020, 11:00 AM -Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 12:00 PM
“Building systems that are equitable for women and people of color expands prosperity for everyone. The opportunities for human-centered design, innovation and impact that will take us there are unprecedented. But even as there are growing reasons to hope, we must commit to reform through principles, policies, and practices that level the playing field and create opportunity. bigBANG! 2020 will lift up rightful disruption and its methods to dismantle injustice and intentionally rework and rebuild systems that provide equal opportunity for all people to participate with dignity in the economic life of our society.” Learn more here.
From Dallas Doing good
“As 2020 luncheon co-chairs, Jessica Turner-Waugh and I, along with luncheon Honorary Chairs Elizabeth and Eric Gambrell, are thrilled to support the mission of New Friends New Life, an incredible organization that is restoring and empowering formerly trafficked and sexually exploited women. They also do astonishing work raising awareness of sex trafficking and the changes that need to be made. I think most of us can honestly say that just a few years ago we never knew sex trafficking was happening right here in Dallas. It was something going on overseas, we thought. Thanks to NFNL, we are all more educated, inspired, and empowered to do something about it. This luncheon not only raises critical funding to help victims, but it also supports advocacy work needed to change the laws so that young victims like Cyntoia do not end up spending 15 years in prison. We must keep the conversation going, and we are counting on you to join us!” Read more here.
From The Liberty Line Newsletter
As an underage teen, she was exploited by a sexual predator online. Then he came after her in the real world By: The Boston Globe, Linda Matchan
“When Sarah Cooper was a teenager, Facebook was her best friend.
Dashing off messages to lots of people without actually having to see them was an ideal way for an insecure girl to feel popular. She had multiple Facebook accounts besides the one her protective mother logged on to from time to time, to keep tabs on her. By the time she was 16, she already had more than 1,000 Facebook friends. “It was like a status thing,” says Sarah, now 23. “I would literally go through Facebook and just add random people.”
So when she was 15 and got a Facebook request from a male stranger, she breezily accepted it, guessing he was a friend of a friend or that he’d just found her randomly. She didn’t know his actual name — like many of her online connections, his username wasn’t actually a name. And his profile picture wasn’t actually a picture: He used images of cars or dogs or cartoon characters. He seemed to be around her age, though, judging from everything they had in common. ” Read more here.
August Book of the Month
Anointed By: Aelicia Watson
“Aelicia Watson serves as an Urban Missionary to the women of the Bonton Neighborhood and women all over the greater Dallas metroplex. Aelicia has always had a servant’s heart and a strong desire to serve the Lost, the Least, and the Lonely. She began volunteering every month with several different organizations and ministries that serve the South Dallas – Bonton Community. In 2016 she answered God’s call into full time ministry. During that year, she felt that God was calling her to begin a new ministry, focused on women and their unique needs and problems. In 2017 in response to that call, she established “Redeemed Women”. This ministry will address the pain, suffering, brokenness and obstacles women who are victims of generational poverty face such as: homelessness, hunger, sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, educational deficiencies, transportation, physical and medical needs, unemployment, lack of a viable support system, and exploitation.” Learn more here. To purchase a book, please email email@example.com.
August Product of the Month
Three Designing Women Custom Engraved Tumbler
Three Designing Women is a small but mighty female and minority operated wholesale manufacturer based in Dallas, Texas, that started with a simple yet ambitious objective: To produce the finest personalized goods in the world. Now entering its second decade, Three Designing Women has risen to become The Most Awarded Personalization Company in History! Each month TDW supports one or more non-profit organizations as recipients of their time and resources, and their retailers are integral to this outreach. To learn more please visit www.threedesigningwomen.com. To purchase, please visit Artisan Stamp.
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer