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DID YOU KNOW: It’s legally required to observe a one minute National Moment of Remembrance wherever you are, at 3 p.m. local time.

 

The Civil War claimed more lives than any other conflict in U.S. history. By the late 1860s, Americans began to pay tribute to the countless fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers. This tradition evolved into what we know today as Memorial Day. In addition to honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Military, the holiday's three-day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Whether you're visiting a memorial, attending a parade, or chilling at a poolside barbecue, remember the reason for that extra day off of work. And before you head out for the first sunburn of the season, take a look at these five nonprofit and social enterprise headlines.

1. Tech Giants, Nonprofits, A.I. (...Oh My!)

The Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society, created in 2016, is a consortium of tech giants and nonprofit organizations launching initiatives centered around artificial intelligence as a means to address social issues. As of this week, the Partnership on AI has 14 companies (including Google, Apple and Facebook) and 20 nonprofit partners (including UC Berkeley, UNICEF and Humans Right Watch) that have made a commitment to the cause. Through the collaborative efforts of these organizations, the Partnership on AI hopes to shed light on issues such as ethics, privacy, security and values. Can AI help to safeguard the future? Or are we engineering our own demise? Click on the link above to find out.

2. Friends With Benefits

More and more nonprofits are teaming up with commercial news organizations to form partnerships that are mutually beneficial. While the nonprofits are gaining exposure (and funding) for their cause, the news publishers are receiving expert reporting on issues to which they don't have time to devote their own resources. Many of these partnerships are contractual and include payment to the nonprofit, much like freelancers, for their contributions. Check out the link to learn more about these relationships, how they can benefit your nonprofit and to see sample contracts.

3. Can You Imagine A World Without Any Historical Sites?

As a result of greenhouse emissions, rising water and erosion, some of the world's precious historical sites are being threatened. One shoreline being cut away by the sea, Tasmania's Port Arthur, offers just one of numerous examples of heritage sites and parks that are being affected by climate change. Archeologists, coastal consultants, and the UN's World Heritage Convention alike are trying to address the conundrum of protecting sites without altering their cultural significance. The Italian city of Venice, New York's Lady Liberty, Montana's Glacier National Park and Australia's Great Barrier Reef are just a few of the sites in question. Discover more about what's threatening the historical sites in your community by following the above link. Who knows? Maybe you can help save them!

4. Nonprofits, Unite!

Software platforms, social networks and digital wallets are rich examples of the many ways technology has helped the nonprofit world to connect with donors, organize movements and expand their mission's reach. Since the pace of innovation will not be slowing down anytime soon, nonprofits need to adjust their business models in order to keep up.Collaboration is one way to maximize a nonprofit’s potential through the continual flow of new ideas and the ability to spread the risk among participants. The linked article features nine vital considerations for nonprofits looking to collaborate. Working together achieves far more than working alone. Why not give it a try?

5. Getting Techie With (Ar)t

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced it will be providing grants totaling more than $1.87 million to 12 art museums exploring innovative ways in which technology can encourage museum visitors to connect with art. The Detroit Institute of Art, one of the grant recipients, is using the funding to create 3-D animations of its collection, while the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina is developing an interactive staircase and public art installation. And it doesn't stop there! Ten other art museums are getting techie with it. See the full list of grant recipients by clicking the link above.

That’s all we’ve got for the Friday Five this week! Don't be alarmed if we're as red as tomatoes when you see us back here next week.  

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