PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ COO J. McCray says that with increasing demand and decreasing funding, local nonprofits are frequently hindered by “red tape and restrictions” from funders.
[T]here are lessons that anyone who supports nonprofits can apply: Streamline requirements and remove restrictions on funding to give nonprofits the flexible capital they need to innovate and thrive, and listen to what they say would make the biggest difference to their success.
McCray highlights the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation as foundations that are working to streamline the funding process to ease the burden on grantees and help them be more efficient. (WaPo, 3/19)
GIVING | A survey from the Chronicle of Philanthropy paints a “Gloomy Picture for Foundation Giving” in 2012. The article requires a subscription, but the graphic to the right illustrates findings, and the authors say (Chronicle, 3/19 – subscription):
Seventy-one percent of foundations told The Chronicle their giving would be flat or would drop this year. That’s largely because their assets slipped last year by 3.5 percent and are still far from returning to pre-recession levels.
YOUTH/MENTAL HEALTH | A special District juvenile court aims to help youth “with mental health problems avoid the harsh consequences and limited rehabilitation opportunities in the juvenile system.” (WaPo, 3/19)
EDUCATION | D.C. schools create panel to tackle bullying (Examiner, 3/19) “It’s a first for Washington, which remains the only ‘state’ besides South Dakota not to enact anti-bullying legislation.” And that might be the first time I’ve ever seen South Dakota mentioned in the news.
HEALTH | Virginia Could Miss Deadline For Health Care Exchanges (WAMU, 3/19) “If Virginia fails to create a health care exchange, the federal government will step in and create one.”
WORKFORCE | A survey of 51 major metropolitan areas with the fastest growing job markets puts the Greater Washington region…at number 29. The Atlantic even takes a jab at us by mocking “all the talk of [our] resilience.” (Atlantic, 3/19) Ouch, Atlantic. Ouch.
LOCAL | To raise money, Virginia is selling naming rights for bridges and roads. It hopes to make $273 million from sales over the next 20 years. (Examiner, 3/19) Endless possibilities! One would be to buy all of the naming rights and name every road and bridge the exact same thing.
Happy Monday, folks. For any movie lovers, I highly recommend watching this incredibly cool new trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Prometheus. The mysterious movie takes place in the same universe as Scott’s masterpiece Alien – and might have a more explicit connection than the director is letting on. I can’t wait for this one.
And in case you have no interest in science fiction, here’s a neat 360 degree panorama of the world’s tallest waterfall.