HUNGER | I don’t want to start Thanksgiving week on a gloomy note, but Robert McCartney’s latest column should be on all of our minds. He talks with Lynn Brantley, the retiring co-founder of the Capital Area Food Bank, about her life’s work fighting hunger in our region. Her parting thoughts about our region are alarming (WaPo, 11/17):
“I can say now that the problem seems 10 times worse than it did when I started out. It’s a terrible way to be leaving, to be thinking that people are worse off than when we began,” Brantley said in an interview Thursday.
“It’s the economy; it’s what’s happening with the middle class. That’s who’s coming to our agencies now,” she said. “These are people who are maybe working two and three jobs, and can’t make ends meet. These are people who’ve been laid off.”
- The Washington Ethical Society tried a neat experiment – giving ten randomly selected congregants $100 each to be used to “make a difference in a person’s life.” The task proved to be challenging as the ten searched for ways to maximize impact with limited funds. It’s the story of the philanthropic sector on a microcosmic level. (WaPo, 11/19)
- The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation has announced its 2012 Impact Award winner – Dance 4 Peace (D4P), a “a global peace education nonprofit that transforms conflict in communities through dance and creative movement.” D4P works with youth in the District, Baltimore, Newark, NYC, and a number of international locations. The Lehrman Foundation shared this announcement with us, and you can read more about the award here and more about Dance 4 Peace here.
- A new report finds that the Greater Washington region is among the worst in the entire country for ensuring that low-income children have access to good public schools. (Examiner, 11/19)
- What will happen to the District public school buildings that are slated to close? (WaPo, 11/19) Hopefully they will be converted into headquarters for a rag-tag group of nerds who are trying to protect us from the supernatural.
- Henderson aims to avoid mistakes of prior D.C. school closings (WaPo, 11/19) Good thing she isn’t aiming to repeat them? Must be a slow news day.
HOMELESSNESS | Last week, a group of local executives spent the night in a sleeping bed on a concrete sidewalk to experience a typical night for homeless individual. The experience was shaped as a fundraiser, and the executives raised nearly $60,000 to fight youth homelessness. (WaPo, 11/19)
NONPROFITS | Half of Nonprofits Face Fundraising Troubles in 2012 (Chronicle, 11/19)
I think I posted this last year, but with the holiday shopping season fast-approaching (actually, it seems to have started last December 26th), it is worth a re-post. If you want to laugh until your sides hurt, watch this great prank.