NONPROFITS | In his latest Against the Grain column, the Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers analyzes the recent University of Virginia turmoil and says that big mistakes made by the university board offer a lesson for nonprofits (Chronicle, 7/9):
For board members of all types of nonprofits, this episode should serve as a cautionary tale about what can go wrong when a board and its leaders are not clear about their roles. Trouble often erupts when people forget that boards govern, board members do not.
Related: Here’s an old article from the Nonprofit Quarterly about how personalities affect boards. (NPQ, 2003)
ENVIRONMENT | District Mayor Vincent Gray has been chosen as the new chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, a group of the region’s officials dedicated to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. The council is another great example of the power of regionalism. (Examiner, 7/10)
HEALTH | Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius writes a defense of the Affordable Healthcare Act and offers facts to counter three attacks on the bill – about costs, the burden on small businesses, and the impact on Medicare. (WaPo, 7/10)
WEALTH | A new study from Change Maryland – an anti-tax group – finds that a net 31,000 wealthy individuals left the state between 2007 and 2010, when Gov. O’Malley’s “millionaire’s tax” was in effect. The group says that the tax cost the state $1.7 billion in lost tax revenue. On the flipside, the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute says taxes weren’t the drivers of the exodus, and new residents offset most of the exiting ones. (CNBC, 7/10)
POLITICS | It must be pretty easy to be a local politics reporter. All you have to do is recycle the same story and switch the names. This week’s conspiracy, fraud, and campaign finance violation charges go to former Vincent Gray donor/aide Eugenia Harris. (WAMU, 7/9)
LOCAL | Due to damage from the earthquake, the Washington Monument will need to be scaffolded (again) and likely won’t reopen until 2014. (DCist, 7/10) 2014? Who is managing this repair? Metro?
CORRECTION | For those of you who get the Daily via email, I forgot to add the hyperlink to Pablo Eisenberg’s article yesterday. Here it is. Sorry for the confusion.
When Paris ran out of room for cemeteries, officials dug up graves and moved the bones deep underground into the city’s extensive network of catacombs. I had a chance to visit recently, and it was a strange but impressive experience.
Well, it seems that Hong Kong is also facing an overcrowding problem, so designers have suggested unique alternative. Floating graves. Or really, a floating ship of graves – complete with a food court and worship areas. Very innovative.