"The Giving USA 2019 report by the Giving USA Foundation and the University of Indiana Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has just come out. The good news? American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave $427 billion to U.S. charities in 2018, according to Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018. We Americans are very generous to our churches and charities. In good times, we give a bit over 2 percent of our national GDP to charities. The bad news? 2018 was a down year. Adjusted for inflation, total giving declined 1.7 percent.
Frankly, we have been expecting this news ever since the U.S. tax overhaul went into effect in early 2018. All is not lost, though. At TechSoup, we of course follow technology closely, and we have some ideas on how you can use digital fundraising techniques and tools to thrive in recessionary philanthropic times.
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"Alien vegetation still poses a significant threat to Cape Town's water supply. Clearing the water-guzzling invasive alien trees is the most cost-effective solution to help with the City of Cape Town’s water resilience plan. This is according to Louise Stafford, the Nature Conservancy's water fund project director for South Africa. While city officials consider spending R8-billion on engineered solutions to boost Cape Town's water supply, Stafford says alien plant clearing will guarantee the most water return for the least cost. According to Stafford, a total of 50 billion litres (two months' water supply for Cape Town) could be harnessed if 54 000 hectares of identified alien vegetation is cleared around the Cape's dams."
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- In a comparative study among 50 countries, South Africa placed last in the measurement of the reading skill set of Grade 4 learners.
- 702/CapeTalk host Eusebius McKaiser said that the young are being set up for guaranteed failure, and democracy in itself is in trouble if our children cannot read with comprehension.
- Stephen Taylor, Director of Research at the Department of Basic Education:
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"Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed that nearly half of South Africa's children have never read a book with a parent, raising questions about whether or not there has been a culture of reading harnessed in the country. Puku Foundation executive director Elinor Sisulu has provided context to the problem, with a look at the history of the migrant labour system which has lead to the absence of parents."
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"Around 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine have been unloaded in Mozambique to help stave off a possible epidemic, in the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. The immunisation programme will start immediately in unison with an awareness campaign on local radio stations. So far, two cholera deaths and 1,428 cases of the water-borne disease have been confirmed, Aljezeera reports."
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"Five years after a deadly protest in a North West over water cuts, one family who lost their loved one say that they feel that all their efforts were in vain. Osiah Rahube was one of four people who died in January 2014 when Mothutlung residents protested for days, demanding that the troubled Madibeng municipality restore water supply to their homes."
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"The rate of unemployment in South Africa rose to 27.6% at the end of the first quarter (Q1) of the year. It’s the worst figure since Q3/2017, a nearly 15-year high. About 237 000 fewer people had jobs in Q1/2019 compared to Q4/2018. There are now 6.2 million South Africans who are actively looking for a job but can’t find one.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Kevin Lings, Chief Economist at Stanlib Asset Management."
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"The Cape Town water crisis was averted, temporarily, but taps in other parts of South Africa have run dry.To grapple with the country’s ongoing water problems, we need to understand structural failure in the system. The infrastructure of our cities is based on the outdated notion that there is plenty of water for all uses, including flushing our sewage to the waste treatment works. While some retooling has been done, the fundamental structural problem remains: the design of water systems assume there is enough sustainable water for them to continue functioning."
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