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Five Headline Friday (2/9/18)

Happy Friday! Here’s our fifth installment of “Five Headline Friday.” Each week we pull together our top five articles, news stories, and reports and share them here. This week we touch on the impact an Amazon warehouse has on a host city. Waste360 highlights the importance of collaboration and partnerships to do end-of-life management of consumer products.  RecycleForce is helping reduce criminal recidivism with employment in recycling, we get a look at a venture to improve retention and diversity in non-profit management, and a study of how new philanthropists can learn to best donate for impact.

What Amazon Does to Poor Cities

Amazon’s rapid expansion of warehouses is attractive to struggling cities, providing jobs and tax revenue, but comes with costs to workers:   jobs are grueling and high-stress, and few people are able to stay in them long enough to reap the offered benefits.

Manufacturers Slow to Get on Board with Giving Their Products a Second Life

A few industry groups are taking the lead to develop recycling plans for their products when consumers are finished with them.  Some of these include paint, battery, food carton, thermostat and mattress industries. On a smaller scale, a handful of individual companies have set out on their own to address their products at the end of life.

Developing viable models has taken collaboration and trial and error, with many opportunities ahead.

Reducing Recidivism and Strengthening Families

RecycleForce‘s social enterprise mission is to reduce recidivism while improving the environment, local and state economies and communities.  It serves hundreds of formerly incarcerated men and women and their families. The non-profit uses revenue generated from electronic waste recycling and retail returns to provide employment and social services to people with criminal histories, and it’s reducing recidivism.

Innovative Training Program to Improve Non-Profit Manager Diversity and Retention

Kimberley Diaz and Andrew Daub of Teach for America, noticed a trend in their nonprofit work: great teachers and passionate nonprofit employees — especially people of color — kept leaving, depriving the organization and the communities it served of critical talent. This article describes an innovative manager training program as a path toward healthier, sturdier and more diverse organizations.

Tech’s Super-Rich Need A Crash Course In How To Donate For Impact

“What good is all that wealth unless the people wielding it know how to identify the causes and organizations that could benefit most from it?”