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The American Red Cross's CEO, Gail McGovern, has spelled out the organization's promise to donors repeatedly in recent years.

"Ninety-one cents of every dollar that's donated goes to our services," McGovern said in a speech at Johns Hopkins University last year. "That's world class obviously."

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Ross Reynolds interviews Carolyn Anderman, director of international programs for One By One, a Seattle-based group helping women in Africa recover from a devastating birth complication called obstetric fistula.  Affected women are often shunned in their communities for a condition that can be fixed with a $500 operation.

A volunteer for the iconic Salvation Army Christmas bell ringing campaign.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Liahann Bannerman, director of the volunteer center at United Way of King County, about where people can volunteer this Thanksgiving, and how volunteers dry up after the holidays.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Slate writer Katy Waldman about the new trend in activism called clicktivism.

From DESC's Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of Downtown Emergency Service Center, about how his organization would implement the $15 minimum wage and why he's advocating that the city help.

This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds.

Five hundred of the world's top innovators in global health have gathered for the Global Health Product Development Forum, an annual event in which scientists, engineers, policymakers and activists work to develop new tools for fighting diseases.

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A Seattle group seeking a $15 minimum wage has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters. The move aims to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass a measure this year.

The phrase Boston Strong emerged almost immediately after last year's marathon bombings as an unofficial motto of a city responding to tragedy. But now some are wondering whether the slogan is being overused.

The words are everywhere: Boston Strong is plastered on cars, cut into the grass at Fenway, tattooed on arms, bedazzled on sweatshirts and printed on T-shirts (and everything else).

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A Seattle Human Services Coalition survey says increasing the minimum wage to $15 would hurt critical services for low-income families. Out of the 29 nonprofits surveyed, 21 said they would have to cut services if forced to raise wages to that level.

White-collar crime often occurs in the very profitable realms of Wall Street and big business. But financial fraud also takes place in the nonprofit world. A Washington Post investigation out this week found more than a thousand nonprofit groups have reported their money going missing in recent years.

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The Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park is in financial trouble. Now the United Indians of All Tribes board is trying to raise enough money to stay open through the end of the year.

Vital Voices Comes To Seattle

Oct 3, 2013

Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright founded the NGO Vital Voices in 1999 to nurture women into leadership positions. Their hope was to create an organization that supported women who wished to become political, economic and social leaders around the world.

Vital Voices Global Partnership opened a Northwest branch of their organization on October 4. Sally Field, Academy Award winning actress and board member of Vital Voices was in town to help open the Vital Voices Northwest Council. She and chief executive officer Alyse Nelson explained why they got involved in the organization.

The Business Model Of Foreign Aid

Aug 2, 2013

Seattle’s Gates Foundation has lead the charge to push foreign aid organizations to be more efficient and effective — more like businesses. But critics say that when it comes to helping poor people, a return on investment can’t be the only measure of success. 

So how is the push to become more business-like changing the world of aid, development and philanthropy?  Ross Reynolds hears from Tom Paulson, the founder and editor of the news blog Humanosphere. He writes regularly about global development and aid.

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Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-plus meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. This accomplishment came with a price. Her 2010 attempt to summit K2 — her last peak — ended when her good friend and partner slipped and fell to his death. A year later, she tried again and was rewarded with a view like she’d never imagined. She said, “I had the feeling that I was one with the universe." We’ll talk with National Geographic's 2012 explorer of the year.

Do You Volunteer?

Feb 1, 2013
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According to the Federal Agency for Service and Volunteering, 34 percent of Washington residents volunteer. Are you one of those people? Today, Ross Reynolds hears stories about the ups and downs of volunteering.