Policy & Advocacy
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2/20/2018

Sweden has been moving away from cash and toward digital or mobile payments for some time, but the pace of the change is causing problems. Elderly people and others without access to digital payments have been negatively affected by banks, shops, restaurants and other businesses that refuse to accept cash.

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2/20/2018

An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that the majority of Americans say that President Donald Trump and Congress are not doing enough to keep mass shootings from happening. Of those surveyed, 77% think improved mental health monitoring would have prevented the Florida school shooting, and 58% think stricter gun laws would have helped.

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2/20/2018

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has issued an annual letter answering 10 "tough questions" about their strategy and responsibility as philanthropic leaders. The letter indicates that the foundation listens to the public and is aware of trends such as growing distrust for nonprofits and concerns about income inequality, writes Jena McGregor.

2/20/2018

A condo owner whose unit fails to get adequately warm in the winter due to the building's poor radiant heating system should approach the board about resolving the issue before selling the unit or taking legal action against the board, author Ilyce Glink and attorney Samuel Tamkin advise. Because associations are responsible for providing common services to all owners equally, the board might opt to pay for the installation of baseboard electric heaters.

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2/20/2018

Two families are suing their former HOA in Carlsbad, Calif., to make the bylaws family-friendly, stating that they were harassed because they have children. The families allege they were constantly warned that their kids were prohibited from playing in the property's common areas and fined when their kids made too much noise.

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KGTV-TV (San Diego)
2/20/2018

Budget challenges are prompting a number of US museums to explore new admission pricing models in order to maximize revenue without limiting access. Philippe de Montebello, director of Acquavella Galleries in New York, says many museums in tourist areas follow the lead of major institutions.

2/20/2018

One Acre Fund, a nonprofit that provides training to small African farms, attributes its successes over the past decade to its board. Managing Director Matthew Forti writes that by keeping the board to a maximum of six members and removing term limits, the nonprofit has built a board capable of offering strategic insight and governance support.

2/20/2018

YWCA Clark County in Washington state plans to launch the Women's Leadership Center, which will work to combat inequality in the workplace. Through a series of workshops, the nonprofit will train women on issues like asking for a pay increase.

2/20/2018

Africa-based Christian Charity of People in Distress has been named the 2018 winner of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize for its efforts improving drinking water and stopping cholera's spread in a village in the West African nation of Togo. Judges touted the nonprofit use of ecological toilets in place of pit latrines.

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Reuters
2/20/2018

Christy Wise, an Air Force captain and pilot, had her right leg amputated above the knee after a speedboat ran her over while she was paddleboarding, but she is back in the cockpit and may be the only female Air Force pilot to have returned after a leg amputation. Wise and her twin sister, a general surgeon who volunteers in Haiti, founded One Leg Up on Life to help amputees in Haiti purchase or repair prostheses.

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