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2015 Fall Grants Summary

December 22, 2015Over the past year, NCF’s staff and board have made some exciting progress on implementing the Foundation’s new grantmaking strategy focused on Inequality and Climate Change. This fall, we approved $7.8 million in grants that will enable us to deepen our relationships with some current partners, and experiment through partnerships with new groups. These agents of change are working...

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NCF Proxy Access Proposal Wins at Oracle Corp.

November 30, 2015For Immediate ReleaseNovember 19, 2015The Nathan Cummings Foundation, the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust and The Marco Consulting Group today announce a major corporate governance victory for Oracle shareholders.A proxy access proposal submitted by the three funds to Oracle received the support of a majority of votes cast at the company’s annual meeting yesterday. Proxy access allows...

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On-demand economy like 'Wild, Wild West'

October 12, 2015Flexibility, livable wages and room for growth. These are just a few things that make up a "good" job. That's according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which wants to make sure the growing number of on-demand jobs are good jobs. This week, it announced an initiative called the Good Work Code, which aims to set standards for on-demand firms.Read More (Via CNN Money)

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Sharon Alpert Joins NCF as President and CEO

September 25, 2015Sharon Alpert Joins Nathan Cummings Foundation as President and CEOThe Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Sharon Alpert will become the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s fourth president and first female leader in November 2015. Sharon is currently the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the Surdna Foundation.Sharon has more than 20 years of experience at the...

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A White Poet Borrows a Chinese Name and Sets Off Fireworks

September 11, 2015This year’s edition of the anthology “Best American Poetry” has come under criticism for including a poem by a white poet writing under a Chinese pseudonym, touching off intense online debate about diversity, inclusion and racial entitlement in the poetry world.Read More (Via The New York Times)

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NYT Reviews Firelight Media's 'The Black Panthers...

September 2, 2015 "The beginning of 'The Black Panthers,' Stanley Nelson’s excellent new documentary, includes a television news report on tensions between black citizens and the police in American cities. If not for the fuzzy, monochrome images and the voice-over’s unironic use of the word 'Negroes,' the clip could have been broadcast last week, instead of almost 50 years ago. And if Mr. Nelson doesn’t...

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Gap To End On-Call Scheduling For Workers

August 28, 2015Gap Inc. announced Wednesday that it would end on-call scheduling for employees at its stores by the end of September, making it the latest retailer to drop a practice increasingly seen as unfriendly to working families.In a post on a company blog, Andi Owen, global president for Banana Republic, said Gap Inc.'s various brands had been reevaluating their scheduling practices over the...

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Court backs Obama on minimum wage, overtime for home health...

August 27, 2015The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed a victory to the Obama administration on Friday, ruling that the Department of Labor can make home-care providers eligible for the minimum wage and overtime pay.The three-judge panel on the federal court of appeals reversed the decision of a lower court, stating that the administration's move was within the powers of the Fair Labor...

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