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Thursday, July 16, 2020 | Volume 5

Welcome to the fifth Newspark newsletter.

We cannot believe we are already at newsletter number five. Maybe it's just because this summer has been flying by (every day kind of seems the same in quarantine), but it doesn't feel like long ago that we were just starting to sign up with charities and get the word out about Newspark. Now, as we reported last week, we're live on the Indiana Daily Student site and have signed with dozens of charities worldwide.

It also wasn't long ago that our social media feeds were flooded with fundraisers for community bail funds and organizations fighting racial injustice, at the peak of this summer's Black Lives Matter protests. Let's not let that momentum slow — donating should not be a one-off event. Set aside some money this week and donate to one of the causes below.

This week, all the charities in our newsletter are Newspark partners. If you are a charity and would like to be featured in our next edition of the Newspark newsletter, shoot us an email at

You're one click away from making a difference.

Until next week,
The Newspark team
Here are the stories we're following this week.

Virus limits in-person visits between
inmates and families

The story:
It has become more difficult for incarcerated people and their families to stay connected with one another during the pandemic because many correctional facilities have shut down their in-person visits, reports North Carolina Health News.
The relevant organization:
POPS the Club provides a supportive space for kids and teenagers with loved ones who are incarcerated. "In the sacred space that is a POPS club meeting," the organization's website reads, "members create community, share their stories, and to listen others'." Donate here.

NYC's 2021 budget deals blows to art education

The story:
New York City leaders voted this month for a 2021 budget that incorporates 11% cuts to cultural affairs programs. Budget cuts were made across the board to account for coronavirus-related losses, reports the New York Times. $15 million of those cuts affect arts education services.
The relevant organization:
Arts for All brings artistic opportunities to New York City kids — check out their seven reasons to donate and then do so here.
Newspark is also partnered with the National Guild for Community Arts and Education through Music — Los Angeles. Donate here and here.


The story:

We are loving CORONA #IRL — a video series by GlobalGirl Media that centers the lived experiences of 16 GlobalGirl alumna. There are stories from the U.S. (L.A. and Chicago), the U.K., Kosovo, Guatemala, Afghanistan and South Africa. The videos, produced over the last two months, are equal parts heart-wrenching and hopeful.

The relevant organization:

GlobalGirl Media is one of our partner organizations, and CORONA #IRL is testament to the excellent work they do. According to their website, a $10 donation pays for one reporter kit and a $25 donation pays for one blog. Feeling generous? $3,000 sponsors one GlobalGirl's training for a year. Donate here.
Newspark news
  • We're continuing to connect with charities and have signed several nonprofits that are based in Indiana, so our featured charities can be as local to the content as possible. If you know of any charities with which you'd like us to partner, shoot us an email at
  • We've been reading this great article for Nonprofit Quarterly by Dr. Danielle Moss Lee about how nonprofits can do a better job of lifting up Black women. If you run a nonprofit, this piece should be essential reading.
Note: POPS the Club, Arts for All, the National Guild for Community Arts, Education through Music — Los Angeles, and GlobalGirl Media are the Newspark partners mentioned in this article. All other news outlets mentioned above are unaffiliated with Newspark.

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