Warren Buffet Will Donate 90 Million To People Of Color

A Buffett family foundation will devote $90 million to supporting girls of color

The NoVo Foundation is making a big commitment.Image: alex wong/Getty Images
By Emma Hinchliffe2017-04-13 15:55:47 UTC

Warren Buffett does most of his philanthropic giving through the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation — eradicating diseases and supporting communities in the developing world. 
A new philanthropic endeavor from Buffett’s son is bringing that giving closer to home. The NoVo Foundation, established by the Omaha billionaire as a charitable trust, will devote $90 million over the next seven years to support young women and girls of color in the United States. 

Peter Buffett and his wife Jennifer Buffett, will distribute the $90 million through the NoVo Foundation. The foundation, which works on advancing adolescent girls’ rights, ending violence against girls and women, helping local economies, supporting Indigenous communities, and researching social and emotional learning, first announced its $90 million commitment a year ago. 
Since then, the nonprofit has talked to advocates and communities about how to ensure the funding is put to its best use. In practice, the money will go to community-based organizations, to communities in the Southeast, and to policy and research groups working on issues related to the lives of women and girls of color. The foundation expects to award about $13 million in its first year. 

The influx of funding for initiatives in the Southeast could be a big deal, since the foundation chose the region after seeing it had often been ignored by philanthropy. 
Community groups, local organizers, and advocates on the policy side can all apply for grants over the next few weeks. 

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Friends take ‘random Joe’ on holiday to Spain after mate pulls out

A group of friends decided to invite a random Joe to go on holiday, just to replace their friend Joe, who pulled out at the last minute.Joe McGrath from Manchester received a Facebook message in March, asking if he “would consider coming on holiday with a group of nine strangers if they had already arranged flights and an all inclusive hotel?”The group from Bristol had arranged a holiday in Spain for April, but later found out their friend Joe McGrath couldn’t go, so decided to contact others with the same name.”I first read the message and I was at a gig in Manchester. I ignored it straight away,” Joe told Sky News.”It wasn’t until the following day that I went back to the message and soon realised this offer might be legit,” he said. Joe ended up driving to Bristol and flying to Majorca, with a Ryanair ticket which had only a name associated with it.”The holiday was mint because the people were so good and welcoming, the weather was lovely and we drank a lot,” Joe told Sky.”Imagine a bar full of old expats singing karaoke, we crashed the bar and stole the show! The old folks didn’t know how to take us at first but by the end, we were all dancing together,” added the 21-year-old. The nine friends got in touch with 15 other people named Joe McGrath before one decided to call back.”I was the only mad enough Joe to say yes!,” he wrote on Twitter.”What a legend for coming away with strangers. We had a ace time,” one of Joe’s travel companions replied.Asked about how they got along and if there were any trips planned with his new friends, Joe said he just wants “to bring them to Manchester and show them a big night out”.

Kindly Old Man Creates ‘Communication Cards’ to Encourage Communication Between Cafe-Goers

In a world of tweets, texts and posts, South Australian Pat Lane is hoping a sweet and simple gesture will do big things.

“We’ve all lost the art of communication,” said 75-year-old Mr Lane, as he sipped a cup of tea at a Mount Gambier cafe.

“It is a very worrying trend; conversation is the most important thing we can have. I mean, family conflicts are usually resolved by chatting.

Confessing that he gets “browned off” seeing people’s heads always angled towards their digital devices whenever he visits cafes and restaurants, Mr Lane set out to do something about it.

Working with Mount Gambier City Council’s Denise Richardson, the pair created a simple card designed to spark conversation between strangers.

Hundreds of cards have been circulated to the town’s cafes for people to request and place in plain view on their table.

The idea sprang from a visit to Broken Hill, when Mr Lane and his wife Olive went to a local cafe to get a coffee.

“We thought maybe we could do something about that. Then I lost Olive.”

In October last year, Mr Lane’s wife passed away before she could see their plan realised.

But Mrs Lane’s memory is there on every card, in the simple border of red roses.

“Olive always loved and worshipped a saint called the Little Flower, Saint Therese,” Mr Lane said with a smile.

“So the little red roses are for her.”

Most cafe owners Mr Lane and Ms Richardson approached said “What a wonderful idea” and were delighted to stock the cards.

Mount Gambier cafe worker Kate Henke said it was a common sight to see solo diners tapping away on their mobile phones or reading a newspaper.

A devoted ‘people watcher’, she thinks the cards are a great social experiment.

“It’s a way for someone to sit down and have a chat with someone they’ve never met before [and] bring conversation back in.”

Mr Lane said it was an amusing few months of discussions to get the design of the small card exactly right to appeal to multiple generations.

The wording, colour and even the font were hotly debated before the final design was decided upon.

“When you see the card you’ll think ‘what the hell have they been doing for six months’,” Mr Lane laughed.

For those who struggle with what to say, the card even has three starter questions inside to kickstart the banter.

“Where do you come from?” is Mr Lane’s favourite conversation-opener because he said it was a question that got the chat flowing.

“It’s not a yes or no answer. You always try to ask the first question that makes people talk,” he said.

As for teenagers and 20-somethings, Mr Lane said he was often confounded by how some valued technology as a means of constant communication.

“I know with my grand-kids, I have trouble talking to them,” he said.

“They always have their heads in their mobile phones or iPads all the time. They even say ‘Shhh, Granddad!’

Mr Lane wants his small movement to have a big impact and is hoping the idea catches on in cafes and eateries across Australia and perhaps one day, the world.

“I would hope we’d get to the stage where we wouldn’t need the cards,” he said.

“We’d walk in, someone would be on their own and I would say to them ‘Would you like to have a conversation?’

“Wouldn’t it be a great world if you could walk in, there were people sitting around at the table, and they accepted you?

“That would be my ultimate.”

4-Day-Old Baby Among Migrants Rescued From Mediterranean Sea

A 4-day-old baby was one of over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships Saturday during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea.

The baby was travelling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from North and Central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen.

The boats were seen drifting some 22 nautical miles north of the Libyan town of Sabratha, the most frequently used departure point currently used by people smugglers in Libya.

A four day-old baby rescued from the Mediterranean Sea Yannis Behrakis / REUTERS

The flow of migrants braving the Mediterranean Sea has not stopped despite the cold weather due to rumors of a potential crackdown on people-smuggling.

In the past migrant crossings have slowed to a trickle during winter months due to bad weather.

Baby and mother are rescued from the boat Yannis Behrakis / REUTERS

But crossings spiked at the end of last year as word spread that Libya’s coast guard is being trained to stop illicit boats setting sail for Italy, a key gateway for migrants into Europe.

So far 27,850 migrants have made the crossing to Europe by sea in 2017 according to the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The rescued baby and mother Yannis Behrakis / REUTERS

Just since the end of last year, 635 people have either died or are missing in the Mediterranean.

Runners help carry fatigued runner to half-marathon finish line

A trio of runners were caught on camera coming to the aid of a fatigued runner whose legs appeared to buckle within sight of the finish line of a half-marathon in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Video shows the unnamed female runner struggling to hold herself up as she nears the end of the Philadelphia Love Run Half-Marathon.

A fellow runner in a long-sleeved green shirt running on the woman’s right stops and grabs her arm while another male runner on the woman’s left stops and grabs her left arm.

The two men and the woman, who all appear to be strangers, then jog together towards the finish line at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

With dozens of runners passing them by, the two men continue to help the female runner as she becomes more and more unstable and nearly unable to run.

Just steps from the finish line, the woman almost collapses. At that point, a third runner, wearing the same long-sleeved green shirt as one of the first two runners who stopped, halts his finish line sprint and circles back to the female runner.

The third runner then picks the woman up and carries her to the finish line, putting her down just inches from the line so she can finish the race on her own two feet.

The clock above the finish line shows the four runners all finished the race in just over two hours.

Ten-thousand runners completed the race on Sunday, Philadelphia Love Run Half-Marathon race director Michele Redrow told ABC News. Race officials have identified the female runner but have not yet released her name.