Nonprofits see post-recession rebound…Region’s construction focused on livable, walkable communities…Interview with Kaya Henderson [News, 3.12.12]

NONPROFITS | A new survey from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement finds that local nonprofits are beginning to see the post-recession light. More than half of the nonprofits surveyed said that their donors will maintain or increase giving this year. (Gazette, 3/9)

“This is the start of something different,” O’Gilvie said. “It’s good to start a different conversation about the strength and capacity of nonprofits to serve the people and communities in a more robust way.”

EDUCATION | Bill Turque interviews Chancellor Kaya Henderson on subjects including charter schools and the IMPACT evaluation system. (WaPo, 3/12)

REGION
- New construction projects across the region are focused on creating dense communities where residents “can live and work within steps of supermarkets, recreational centers and restaurants.” (WaPo, 3/12) Will somebody please build a legitimate mini-golf course downtown? And more bowling alleys? Thank you.

Related: Ted Leonsis shares his thoughts on the article above and identifies six things that define urban living. (Ted’s Take, 3/12)

- National parks generate more than $1B for local economy (WTOP, 3/12) That revenue also supported more than 22,000 local jobs.

TRANSIT | With a pulse-pounding score, Metro GM Richard Sarles gives a virtual tour of the system’s new 7000 series rail car. Sarles says that the completely redesigned cars include “more standing room so you aren’t as crushed as you might be in older cars.” (MetroFoward) Does he mean our bodies or spirits?

EVENT | On March 26, Venture Philanthropy Partners, in partnership with the World Bank Group, will host a briefing on the Social Innovation Fund’s youthCONNECT initiative. The briefing will feature the executive directors of the initiative’s partners – College Summit, KIPP DC, LAYC, Metro TeenAIDS, Urban Alliance, and Year Up NCR – as well as VPP Partner Marc Schindler and special guest Paul Carttar, director of the Social Innovation Fund. Open to funders and nonprofits – contact VPP’s Michael Everhart to register.


Slow news day. Maybe everyone is reporting an hour late because of Daylight Savings? 

I was leaving a concert at the Verizon Center on Friday night when the big news hit. The Redskins traded up in the draft for the second pick – meaning that we will most likely be drafting Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III. Within minutes, everyone around me was talking about the trade. Whether or not RGIII is the savior that everyone expects him to be, it sure is nice to have something exciting happening for the Redskins! HTTR!

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