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A Video Game Game Can Help Kids Make Sense Of Post-Election Chaos

Originally posted on Forbes.com. Article By Jordan Shapiro

Could video games be the cure for our political ails? In the past few months, election themed educational games by iCivics are approaching the popularity commercial games. They’ve reported 2.2M game plays in October, and 1.8M November 1-13. That’s a lot of learning through digital play. And it is encouraging because many of the parents, teachers and caregivers that I talk to are struggling to figure out how to talk to their kids about the results of the election. Here’s a solution: play video games with your kids—specifically a game about the presidency called Executive Command from iCivics.org.

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The Urban Alliance

2016 Year In Review: Urban Alliance

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Fresh Talk For Change

Tune in to this page to watch live-streaming and recorded FRESH TALKs, the signature program series of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative. The next event will take place on March 29, 2017, FRESH TALK: Ann Hamilton and Emily Pilloton.

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Why And How We Give

By Kyle Caldwell

The giving season in the last months of the year is a time when nonprofits can increase transactional gifts that may lead to relational opportunities throughout the next year. As a sector, it is important to understand how and why people give.

We value individual and collective action in the United States. Giving feeds the immediate response to a call to action. As highlighted in the 2017 Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy, faith based giving is the largest form of giving — people want to be a part of something large.

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WE Capital: Leveraging the Power of Female Investors

A new consortium of women investors seeks to break barriers and fund social change.

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NPC Luncheon with Education Secretary John B. King

Education Secretary John B. King will appear at Oct. 19 National Press Club luncheon to discuss civic engagement as a cornerstone of democracy and the role of schools in preparing students to be active citizens.

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Trust for the National Mall

Completion of the National Mall Turf Project

This fall marks the completion of the decade-long turf restoration project on the National Mall. The project successfully restored and improved 18-acres of treasured space between 3rd and 14th streets. Underneath now lies a modern marvel in science and turf care: engineered soil, custom seed, drainage that will allow excess moisture to collect in underground cisterns, and smart irrigation that waters according weather patterns.

Read the Washington Post coverage for more information.

Confronting the 4 myths of impact investing

Editors Note: This piece was originally published on medium.com in conjunction with their Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Myth #1: You need to sacrifice profit for purpose

“It’s great to invest in companies that want to create social impact, but by taking away a sole focus on making a profit, aren’t you always making some concessions when it comes to returns?”

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Eshauna Smith

Eshauna Smith Receives Honor from Washington Business Journal

Urban Alliance CEO, Eshauna Smith has been honored as one of  the 25 Women Who Mean Business by The Washington Business Journal . Each honoree is photographed holding a photo of their most inspiring mentor. Eshauna is pictured with Rubie Coles, her mentor of over 15 years. Eshauna is celebrated for her impact and service in the community by providing internship job experience to underserved youth and leading The Urban Alliance Foundation.

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