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TED raises $280M to help nonprofits battle climate change, online sex abuse and more

April 17, 2019 |

TED is unveiling the eight participants in the second year of The Audacious Project, a program aimed at helping nonprofits pursue their most ambitious goals.

TED’s Chris Anderson told reporters yesterday that this is “an attempt to solve one of the most annoying things about the nonprofit world” β€” the fact that organizations have to raise money “one bloody meeting at a time.” And since often they can’t get all the money they need, “they end up cutting back their dreams.”

So The Audacious Project (which TED runs with support from social impact advisor The Bridgespan Group) asks nonprofits to lay out their “biggest dream” on the TED stage. Comparing this to an IPO, Anderson said this is an “Audacious Project Offering designed to attract β€” not investment to make money out of shares, but investment to make change.”

Anderson also contrasted this approach with traditional philanthropy, which has been criticized with the question, “Why should rich people get to decide what to do about the world?”

“You can argue about that topic all day, but The Audacious Project has been specifically designed from the ground up to avoid that criticism,” he said. “This is a scenario where anyone in the world can apply” to participate, with the winners selected based on “what actually has a chance of working” and “how effective are the leaders.”

TED says the eight recipients were chosen from more than 1,500 applications. And even before taking the stage tonight, The Audacious Project helped them raise $ 280 million in funding.

Anderson said he doesn’t expect the funding to increase “massively” after the nonprofitstake the stage, “but we think that in terms of the number of people engaged, it will increase a lot.” And that could also translate into more fundraising down the road.

Here are this year’s recipients:

  • The Center for Policing Equity plans to use data capture technology to bring measurable behavior change to police departments.
  • Educate Girls is partnering with 35,000 volunteers to persuade parents and elders in remote Indian communities to register girls who are out-of-school and to support them so they stay enrolled.
  • The Institute for Protein Design is trying to design new proteins to create new medicines and materials.
  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is working to make plants more effective at capturing and storing carbon in their roots.
  • The END Fund plans to bring treatment for parasitic worms to 100 million people, while also providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.
  • The Nature Conservancy aims to protect 4 million square kilometers of the ocean by buying up the debt of 20 island and coastal nations β€” in exchange for government commitments to protect their marine areas.
  • Thorn is building tech products to fight child sexual abuse online, for example by making it easier to locate the victims.
  • Waterford UPSTART aims to help 250,000 children prepare for kindergarten by providing proactive family coaching and personalized learning.

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Vatican tightens laws on sexual abuse

March 30, 2019 |

The Vatican issued tougher, comprehensive laws Friday governing the sexual abuse of minors within the Vatican City State, Vatican offices and its diplomatic embassies abroad.
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Star Gymnast on Abuse: ‘I Denied It … Buried It’

March 30, 2019 |

Simone Biles said she wanted to be seen as a top gymnast, not as a victim. She hesitated to tell anyone that she’d been sexually abused β€”or to confront the matter herself. “And so I denied it, and I buried it,” the athlete told actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas in an…
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Former Vatican No. 3 Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

March 13, 2019 |

The most senior Catholic ever convicted of child sex abuse is on his way to an Australian prison, and a judge acknowledged Tuesday that there is a strong chance Cardinal George Pell will die there. Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd sentenced the 77-year-old to six years in…
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In Interview, R. Kelly Sobs, Denies Abuse Allegations

March 6, 2019 |

R. Kelly was tearful and angry in his first interview since pleading not guilty to sexual abuse charges . In excerpts from an interview with CBS This Morning scheduled to air in full Wednesday, the singer told Gayle King that allegations he has been abusing women and girls for decades are…
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Pope’s Abuse Stance Leaves Some Disappointed

February 26, 2019 |

Pope Francis strongly condemned sexual abuse but offered no specific solutions, disappointing clergy and laypeople who had hoped for a breakthrough at an unprecedented global summit to address the crisis in the Catholic Church.
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Top Catholic cardinal admits church destroyed documents on clergy sexual abuse

February 24, 2019 |

In a remarkable admission, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Saturday that documents that could have contained proof of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were destroyed or never drawn up.
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US ambassador to the Vatican meets with abuse survivors and urges ‘renewed commitment’ to ending clergy abuse

February 23, 2019 |

The US ambassador to the Vatican met Friday with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, saying she hopes a historic summit at the Vatican this week will lead to a “renewed commitment” in the Catholic Church to end the scourge of clergy sexual abuse.
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R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse

February 22, 2019 |

Years of accusations appear to have caught up to R. Kelly. Prosecutors in Illinois’ Cook County charged the R&B star Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, reports the Chicago Sun-Times . The move comes after a grand jury had been convened to examine new allegations and after high-profile…
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French women ‘silenced about church abuse’ speak out

February 21, 2019 |

Lucie was just 16 when she became involved with a Catholic religious community after attending a holiday camp in Switzerland. At the time, she told CNN, she was “very, very, very alone” and looking for friends and affection.
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