Judge orders D.C. to relocate homeless families

HOMELESSNESS | A judge ordered D.C. officials to move families out of recreation centers and into private rooms, arguing that the experience of staying at the rec centers with little to no privacy was potentially traumatizing for children (WaPo, 3/7)

A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 50 families placed in the two makeshift shelters since late January said children, parents and sometimes grandparents had been unable to shower for days and got only cots in big, noisy rooms, illuminated all night. Flimsy partitions exposed unrelated families to one another.

“The court finds that they, particularly the children, incur increased risk of communicable disease, are denied adequate privacy and physical security, are likely to experience emotional trauma and stress, hence are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of a restraining order,” [Judge Robert S.] Tignor wrote.

Reminder for WRAG members: Tomorrow we’re hosting a brown bag discussion at noon for WRAG members on homelessness in the region. It’s not too late to register.

EDUCATION 
- The Peterson Family Foundation has pledged $1 million to Teach for America to expand their program in Prince George’s County public schools. As the article notes, this announcement follows a pledge from Venture Philanthropy Partners to invest up to $1.95 million in a program that works with young people in the county at risk of dropping out of high school. (WaPo, 3/10)

- New superintendent outlines plans for Alexandria schools (WaPo, 3/7)

NONPROFITS | Between 2001 and 2011, the nonprofit sector grew much faster than the business sector, according to data from the Urban Institute. (NY Times, 3/8)

Why have nonprofits multiplied faster than for-profit businesses? One reason is that as the population ages, greater demand for health care services drives growth in hospitals and health care organizations, many of which are nonprofits. Another factor is that charities focused on the needs of poorer Americans have experienced higher demand after the Great Recession. In addition, family foundations have grown in popularity, providing a convenient repository for untaxed wealth that often remains under the control of the donor.

WRAG | Last week Michael Smith, director of the Social Innovation Fund, met with CEOs of WRAG member organizations to update them on the Fund. Here’s a re-cap from Tamara. (Daily, 3/10)

FOOD
– D.C. leads the country in the number of students receiving free breakfast at school. (WaPo, 3/6)

- The recently passed farm bill increased support for organic farmers, fruit and vegetable growers, and programs to support the growth of organic farming, reflecting the growing interest in healthy eating and farm-to-table initiatives across the country. (NY Times, 3/8)

Related: These topics are of growing interest among local philanthropy as well. Last week WRAG released What Funders Need to Know: The Food System to share funders’ learnings about our region’s food system and ways to improve it.

MENTAL HEALTH | Mental-health advocates fear fundamental problems in Virginia have been left to fester (WaPo, 3/9)

HIV/AIDS | Women focus of Virginia AIDs campaign (WTOP, 3/10)

DISTRICT
- Jeffrey Thompson, alleged ‘shadow campaign’ funder, is charged in federal court (WaPo, 3/10)

- D.C. is one of only a handful of major cities that still have partisan, winner-take-all primaries. The result is that the mayoral election could be determined by a very small number of residents. (AP, 3/9)


In honor of International Women’s Day, which was Saturday, here’s a lovely portrait series of mothers and daughters from all over the world.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Wednesday.

- Rebekah

Promoting STEM to minority students in Montgomery County

EDUCATION
- In an op-ed, two Montgomery County-based business leaders explain why, in a region that has become a hub for STEM companies, it is critical to boost interest in science, technology, engineering, and math among the county’s rapidly growing population of minority youth (WaPo, 1/6):

Unfortunately, the scientific and technology potential for [minority] students is being left largely untapped. Only 11 percent of Maryland’s African American eighth graders and 18 percent of Hispanic eighth graders are deemed proficient in science, according to the National Assessment for Educational Progress.

This must change — for the benefit of these students and, more broadly, for the future of science and technology companies within the region. We need a minority-based youth movement to push Montgomery County and our region forward in STEM education. Our collective challenge is to attract more students to STEM-related subjects through engaging, accessible and innovative platforms that appeal to the youth on their terms. Doing so fosters goodwill with our students, benefits our communities and advances the critical products and technologies that can make a meaningful difference to the health and welfare of the broader population.

- Improving middle schools will be a priority for schools chancellor Kaya Henderson in 2014-15, but first DCPS will seek community input on how best to do so. (WaPo, 1/6)

YOUTH | Students are pushing for officials at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria to implement a restorative justice program in response to the disproportionately high rates of suspensions among African American and Latino students. (WaPo, 1/5)

CSR | The American Express Foundation’s Tim McClimon explains five trends to watch in the field of corporate social responsibility in 2014. (CSR Now, 1/6)

Related: Tim McClimon is the lead faculty member for the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, which kicks off January 23. There are still a few seats remaining. CSR professionals: click here to find out more about this new professional development offering from WRAG and Johns Hopkins University.

ECONOMY | Local leaders offer the Post their predictions for the D.C. region’s economy in 2014. The overall gist, per the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Jim Dinegar: “It won’t be good, but it will be better.” (WaPo, 1/5)

WORKFORCE | Maryland legislators are seeking to raise the state’s minimum wage this year, which would impact 466,000 workers. (WAMU, 1/6)

POVERTY | 50 Years Later, War on Poverty Is a Mixed Bag (NY Times, 1/4)

HIV/AIDS | A Resisted Pill to Prevent H.I.V. (NY Times, 12/30)


This guy’s Facebook friendship with an Applebee’s franchise is pretty hilarious.

Christian will be back writing the Daily tomorrow. In the meantime, stay warm out there!

- Rebekah

Nicky Goren of the Women’s Foundation puts the minimum wage in perspective

WORKFORCE | In a Huffington Post op-ed, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation‘s Nicky Goren applauds the D.C. Council’s decision to raise the minimum wage as a step in the right direction – but reminds us that the hourly wage required to ensure economic security in D.C. is over twice what the proposed minimum wage would be (HuffPo, 12/4):

We live in a region that consistently makes “best” lists — 50 Best Cities, Best Cities to Find a Job. The truth is, those lists only apply to some of our community’s residents. For others, this has become an increasingly difficult place to live with resources that are always just out of reach.

Related: Since the federal poverty line hasn’t changed much over the years, the minimum wage increase doesn’t even come close to lifting a family of four out of poverty. This chart puts it in pretty scary perspective. (Atlantic, 12/4)

GIVING | A local Salvation Army office had $10,000 stolen after Thanksgiving. In response, they’ve received over $35,000 in pledges, including $10,000 from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. (WaPo, 12/5)

HIV/AIDS | The New York Times looks at some of the reasons why the HIV/AIDS epidemic has become concentrated among young black and Hispanic gay men. (NY Times, 12/4)

EQUITY | A new Pew report finds that economic mobility in urban metropolitan areas is linked to economic integration. Not surprisingly, relative to many other regions, the Washington area ranks high in economic segregation and low in economic mobility. The study also makes policy recommendations for addressing the issue (Atlantic, 12/4):

Public policies aimed at addressing economic segregation and mobility fall into two categories – housing assistance and education and skill upgrading. Both must be a part of any successful fix to this pernicious problem.

On the housing front, the study notes the need for more affordable housing. But the authors also point to the need for more innovative mixed-income development, inclusionary zoning, and metro-wide transportation and economic development.

YOUTH | Teen pregnancy rates have declined significantly throughout the United States, including in D.C. – although they are dropping much faster in some parts of the city than others. (WaPo, 12/4)

PHILANTHROPY | Philanthropy expert Lucy Bernholz’s annual Blueprint report is out, detailing her forecast for the social economy in 2014. (Grantcraft, 12/5)

NONPROFITS
- Loudoun to allow nonprofits to apply for tax exemptions (WaPo, 12/5)

- Nonprofit Government Contractors Still Face Late Payments, Says New Study (Chronicle, 12/5)

REGION
- No Shock Here: Lots Of Jobs In Maryland And Virginia Tied To Government (WAMU, 12/4)

- Federal Transit Benefit Could Be Cut In Half, Worrying Advocates And Metro (WAMU, 12/5)


I have two seasonally appropriate videos for you today. The first, a flash mob performance at a Smithsonian museum by the Air Force Band. Second, a spot-on Lego re-creation of the mall chase scene in Blues Brothers (you know, because it’s shopping season). Enjoy!

- Rebekah

New HIV/AIDS report card shows both gains and losses

Yesterday, D.C. Appleseed and Mayor Gray released the eighth HIV/AIDS Report Card, which measures the District’s progress combating the disease against various benchmarks. This year’s report card revealed improvements in some critical areas, but lost ground in others.

In particular, public education, grants management, and monitoring/evaluation slipped. At the release event yesterday, D.C. Appleseed’s Walter Smith said:

While 718 new HIV cases reported last year is an improvement, it’s still too many. It is a reminder that we still have a long way to go to end the epidemic. D.C. government, service providers, and the community need to work together as partners now more than ever.

The report card has been supported by the Washington AIDS Partnership since 2003. Executive Director Channing Wickham was at the release event yesterday and observed:

With a few minor variances, this year’s report shows that the city is continuing to do excellent work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. As always, there are areas where we need to improve.

I am very encouraged that the District’s experienced new leadership team – Mayor Gray, Department of Health Director Garcia, and HAHSTA Director Kharfen – is well positioned to quickly bring about these improvements.

Related: Latest HIV/AIDS report card is mixed bag for D.C. leaders (WaPo, 11/14)

HEALTHCARE
- Two big bits of news today. First, President Obama has announced a temporary solution to the problem of people losing insurance plans that they like. A one-year renewal will be called for, though House Democrats are apparently also planning different legislation to address this problem. (CNN, 11/14)

- October enrollment numbers were released yesterday and they fall short of projections. The Post breaks down the numbers. (WaPo, 11/14)

SHUTDOWN | Gallup just reported that Congress has the lowest approval rating on record at 9%. That’s not surprising when you consider, for example, that some of the lowest-wage workers for the government weren’t granted back pay after the shutdown ended. The Post looks at the continuing struggle of these workers, who are trying to make up for the weeks of lost income. (WaPo, 11/14)

HOMELESSNESS | As winter approaches – and shelters remain overfilled – local homeless advocates are doing their best to plan for the elements. (WaPo, 11/14)

REPORTS
- Last week, the Center for American Progress released a report called Social Finance: A Primer. It explores the concepts of innovation funds, social bonds, and impact investing. (CAP, 11/5) Now we just need somebody to start an impact innovation bond.

- Donor-Advised Fund Assets Reached $45-Billion in 2012, Study Finds (Chronicle, 11/11)


I linked to a cool series of ads yesterday. Here are two more. First, Russia has a brilliant and utilitarian way of promoting the 2014 Olympics. The application of this idea could go far beyond a one-time promotion.

Second, Volvo and Jean-Claude Van Damme thought of a very clever way to showcase vehicle steering stability. This makes me want to rewatch the under-appreciated, brainless action movie Sudden Death. Don’t judge me! I like all kinds of movies!

Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, so I’ll see you on Monday. – Christian

New study highlights the importance of housing quality to children’s well-being

HOUSING
- A new study finds that the quality of a home – the actual physical conditions of housing, rather than the social context of a home – can impact children’s development (Atlantic, 10/24):

Controlling for other factors like a parent’s employment status and income, [the] co-authors concluded that the poor quality of housing more strongly and consistently predicted a child’s well-being than all of those other housing characteristics (including whether the home was considered “affordable” to the parents or not). Children in more derelict housing had lower average reading and math skills. They had more emotional and behavioral problems. And as families moved over time into worse housing, the children functioned less well, too.

- SOME details its plans for Benning Road Metro project (WBJ, 10/24)

FOOD | In today’s Daily, Lindsay writes about a special gathering earlier this week at which funders, government representatives, policy experts, and advocates examined the potential role of of food hubs in larger efforts to improve equity within the Greater Washington region’s food system. (Daily, 10/25)

EDUCATION
- The two candidates for governor of Virginia have very different plans for the educational system in the state. (WaPo, 10/25)

- A new report from CLASP looks at the structural inequities in the educational system that hinder college preparation for African American boys. (CLASP, October 2013)

HIV/AIDS | D.C. celebrates progress, prepares for future in city’s fight on HIV/AIDS (WTOP, 10/25)

ARTS | The Post profiles Carla Perlo, founder of Dance Place. (WaPo, 10/25)


Thank goodness the government is back in business so NASA could release this cool video of what happened on the sun a few weeks ago. 

- Rebekah

How can we grow our nation’s sense of civic responsibility?

Our country always unites around tragedy. Shortly after, it shatters back into partisan bickering with a focus on the things that divide us. So, how can we capture and nurture that sense of unity in a more permanent (and positively-driven) way? A fantastic op-ed in Politico suggests a viable possibility (Politico, 6/20):

To make citizens, we must facilitate the shared experiences that cultivate civic pride and responsibility.

This should mean a period of full-time national service as a rite of passage for every young American, ages 18 to 28. Such service could be military or civilian. Young adults could choose the Army or Peace Corps, Marine Corps or AmeriCorps, the Navy or VISTA. National service would be optional, but expected. Every college admissions officer or employer must start to ask, “Where did you serve?”

For nearly two decades, the Washington AIDS Partnership has fielded an AmeriCorps team in the District. The participants supplement the staffs of the Partnership’s grantees. Executive Director Channing Wickham says that the program works exactly as the Politico piece suggests it would:

The AmeriCorps experience is unquestionably transformative for the twelve young people who pass through our program each year. Team members develop a deep sense of social justice, and a personal responsibility to serve others and to give back to society. We stay in touch with our alumni, and we’ve seen those qualities continue to thrive. The vast majority of former Washington AIDS Partnership AmeriCorps members are now working as physicians, nurses, social workers, public health professionals, teachers, or front-line workers in poverty, housing, or health.

HEALTH | A new study from Pew Research Center finds that the portion of healthcare being administered by family caregivers has jumped from 30% to 39% in just one year. This trend reflects a number of things, including the high cost of healthcare in a bad economy and rising rates of life expectancy. (USA, 6/20)

Related:
- Next week, WRAG will release its newest edition of What Funders Need to Know. This one looks at our local direct care workforce.

- Obamacare behind schedule as Oct. 1 rollout nears (CSM, 6/19)

AGING | In a program that could have been the brainchild of Todd Rundgren and Ron Howard, local seniors are using drum circles to fight through symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. (WaPo, 6/20)

FOOD | The SNAP Challenge – living on food stamps to build awareness of the hardships faced by those who rely on the program – has become quite trendy among politicians. The politicians advertise a $1.50 per meal budget and post pictures of the meals they can afford through social media outlets. It’s hard to tell what the challenge seeks to prove. Amidst budget debates, nobody is actually arguing in favor of food insecurity or claiming that being hungry is easy.

Anyhow, the Post’s Fact Checker has a great look at SNAP and whether or not the $1.50 per meal budget corresponds with the realities of the program. The bottom line:

[B]uying food based only on the average SNAP benefit for a single person [$1.50 per meal] gives a misleading impression of the program and its intended impact. The SNAP program is intended as a supplement; it is not expected to be the only source of income for food.

NONPROFITS | Why does the media tend to ignore the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors? It hurts our feelings! The Stanford Social Innovation Review writes on the subject. (SSIR, 6/20)

HOUSING | Mayor Gray Opens New Mixed-Use Apt. Building in NE (NBC, 6/19) The building includes 70 affordable housing units.

LOCAL | An ursine creature was seen bearing down Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg. It’s not clear where it came from – or whether it was just searching for forest fires. (WaPo, 6/20)


David Bowie once asked if there is Life on Mars. He’d probably be interested in these 1.3 billion pixel images from the Red Planet’s surface. Also, have you ever wondered why Bowie’s eyes look different? The answer is because of teenage love. Seriously!

Meyer Foundation’s Julie Rogers announces plans to step down

After a deeply impactful 28 years at the helm, Julie Rogers has announced that she will step down as president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation next June. The foundation has more than quadrupled its assets under her leadership, which has led to more than $153 million in grantmaking during her time there.

Among her innumerable accomplishments, Julie was the founder of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and the Washington AIDS Partnership, and a co-founder of our former funding collaborative, the Community Development Support Collaborative.

WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, says of Julie:

Our philanthropic community is fortunate to be filled with bold leaders who are wisely and generously guiding their foundations to improve the lives of our region’s residents. Julie is unquestionably among the best of these leaders. But more than that, her career is distinguished by the ways in which she has permanently transformed our region’s philanthropic culture to be more collaborative, connected, and intentional. That’s a truly impressive legacy.

Channing Wickham, executive director of the Washington AIDS Partnership, reflects:

When the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our region is written, Julie Rogers will stand out as a visionary and a hero. She pioneered the idea of local funders pooling their resources to maximize impact by starting the Washington AIDS Partnership. Without her leadership and the Meyer Foundation’s support, our region simply could not have made the huge progress that we have in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Related:
- The Post’s article on Julie features praise from many local funders. (WaPo, 6/12)

- In celebration of WRAG’s 20th anniversary last year, Julie shared memories about WRAG and WAP’s founding.

- Here’s the official announcement from Meyer’s Board Chair, Joshua Bernstein.

HEALTH | The Affordable Care Act is a couple of thousand pages long. Obviously Members of Congress read the entire thing before voting on it, but a law that long is sure to be confusing for the rest of the country.

Fortunately, The Commonwealth Fund has published an excellent primer on what the law means for the average citizen – particularly with regards to the “medical homes” concept. (CW, 6/12)

EDUCATION
- Though the reasons behind it are unclear, here’s an alarming fact: 86 percent of students who attend closing DCPS schools haven’t re-enrolled in the system. (Examiner, 6/12)

- D.C. superintendent resigns, cites husband’s health (Examiner, 6/12)

- I have no idea where The Atlantic gets it story ideas, but the diversity is really great. Here’s one about how better ventilation in classrooms could reduce student absences. (Atlantic, 6/12)

- A new poll finds that Americans “overwhelmingly oppose” affirmative action. (WaPo, 6/12)

HOUSING | On the other hand, racism is alive and well in the housing market. (Atlantic, 6/12)

DEMOGRAPHICS | City Paper’s Aaron Wiener looks at data on D.C.’s demographics and finds that despite a steady decrease, the city is still majority-black. (CP, 6/12)

LOCAL | According to the Post, a “sweeping federal investigation” is aiming at corruption among elected officials in the District. (WaPo, 6/12) This is unsurprising, considering this.


Do you want to dazzle your friends, family, and colleagues with magic ice tricks? Then watch this chilling video (sorry) about how you can freeze water on command. It’s pretty darn cool! (Sorry again.)

If you perfect this and you happen to be a man, then maybe you can RSVP to your next party by saying, “Yes, I will cometh.” Just don’t freeze up when somebody asks you to demonstrate. (Really, really sorry.)

New legislation proposes ‘aggressive’ overhaul of DC schools. Does it have a chance of passing?

D.C. Council member David Catania, who chairs the education committee, is preparing to announce a legislative package designed as “an aggressive attempt to overhaul” the District’s school system. Catania’s motivations are easy to get behind:

So long as our school system fails, and it disproportionately fails poor people and people of color, it permits a culture of division…If we don’t tackle this issue of the achievement gap, if we continue to relegate this city to a city of haves and have-nots that fall very hard across race lines, we’re never going to be the city we need to be.

The Post reports that Catania has support from other council members – even from his frequent rival, Marion Barry – though certain elements of the package are likely to face opposition. One of the more innovative ideas is to link standardized test performance to student grades so that students care more about them.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. As Council member David Grosso notes, the proposal will, at the very least, “drive needed debate about how to improve the city’s schools.” (WaPo, 6/4)

AGING/MENTAL HEALTH | Suicide rates are sharply increasing among Baby Boomers, but there isn’t significant research available about the reasons. The Post lists a few possibilities, including social isolation, financial burden, and a fear of aging. And the CDC has issued a vague statement on the trend by calling for more research and better prevention techniques. Is this an area where philanthropy can step up? (WaPo, 6/4)

Related: Is Poverty Among Older Americans Undercounted? (AARP, 5/24)

HIV/AIDS | Has a supercomputer discovered a way to stop HIV? (Gizmodo, 6/4)

POVERTY | There are quite a few public programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty including tax credits, SNAP, WIC, and HA (housing assistance, but let’s call it HA). Are they working? New research highlighted by The Commonwealth Institute suggests that they are in Virginia. (CW, 6/3)

NONPROFITS | The Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Boot Camp is coming up later this month, and the Freddie Mac Foundation has funded a number of scholarships to cover the full $595 fee. [More info.]

COMMUNITY | Deloitte’s IMPACT Day is an annual celebration of the company’s community involvement. For one day, tens of thousands of Deloitte professionals volunteer their time and talent to benefit nonprofits at over 800 community service projects organized by Deloitte’s more than 100 office locations nationwide.

In the lead up to IMPACT Day this Friday, Deloitte’s National Director of Corporate Citizenship, Evan Hochberg, is tweeting all week from @lifeatdeloitte. Check out this video where he talks about the impact of skilled volunteerism.

LOCAL | Here are some maps of rivers, creeks, and canals that used to run through the District. It looks like we could have sailed from Union Station to Georgetown. That would have been cool. Thanks a lot developers, or global warming, or whoever totally ruined our dreams. (GGW, 6/4) Speaking of rivers and dreams…


If you want to really stress yourself out, give this rapid-fire trivia quiz a shot. You have to know the answers and be able to type wicked fast. Try to refrain from screaming profanities at the top of your lungs if you finish three short of the goal.

And if you’d prefer to read a little history instead of raising your blood pressure, I recommend this article about some truly crazy WWII weapons

A Voice from Philanthropy: The Invisible

By Tamara Copeland
President
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

We charge into every day ready to tackle the next challenge. We are virtually on auto-pilot as our cars almost drive us to work or as we automatically walk down the same streets. We never stop for a conversation with the homeless man who is always beside the escalator at the Metro nor do we really notice the message handsomely engraved on the plaque at the corner as we turn toward our offices.

Earlier this week, I suddenly noticed something that I have walked by literally thousands of times. On the wall in the WRAG office is a quilt commemorating the life of Reggie Blaxton, who lived from 1953 until 2001. It is probably about 7’ X 5’. It is colorful, decorated with poignant quotes, a photograph of a stylish man, and assorted memorabilia recognizing his African roots. It is majestic and not easy to overlook, but somehow I had. After more than six years at WRAG, I finally asked, “Who was Reggie Blaxton?”

I assumed that he had died from AIDS because of the vehicle of a quilt to commemorate his life and because of our work with the Washington AIDS Partnership, but I hadn’t taken the time to learn anything about the man. This week I did.

Reggie Blaxton was a founding member of the Washington AIDS Partnership. He was a native Washingtonian who had graduated from DC public schools before going on to college in Maine, then to Oxford, and then to divinity school to become an Episcopal priest. He was the religious affairs advisor to then-Mayor Marion Barry and author of HIV: Dis-ease of the Church, an essay published in the anthology Dangerous Liaisons: Blacks, Gays, & the Struggle for Equality. Reggie Blaxton was one of the people who pushed us to address the problem that took his life.

Every day we walk a little too quickly by important testaments – living and symbolic – to the issues that we are rushing to address. Behind the issue of homelessness is that homeless man at the top of the escalator. I haven’t taken the time to learn his name, share mine, or begin to know his story. I should. I know that the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS became even more moving to me once they were within the context of Reggie Blaxton’s life. Let’s remember to take a moment to read the plaque, to talk with the homeless man, and to ground ourselves in the real people who populate the challenges that we work to address.

Just a thought.

What sequestration means for nonprofits…Walmart Foundation head nominated to lead OMB…How to fix summer youth programs [News, 3.4.13]

LOCAL | Sequestration might have spared some essential services like food stamps and TANF, but that doesn’t mean our region’s low-income, elderly, and disabled residents aren’t going to be hurt by the budget cuts. The Washington Post looks at what the cuts mean for local nonprofits and the people they serve. Here’s an example (WaPo, 3/4):

[Latin American Youth Center head Lori] Kaplan is facing a loss of between $300,000 and $400,000 in federal grant money, she estimates, forcing some tough decisions at the Columbia Heights center that houses homeless teens and offers domestic violence counseling and job training.

“There’s no question we will be hit,” Kaplan said. “It’s just a question of when, and by how much.” As many as a dozen homeless teens seeking shelter may have to be turned away, she said.

PHILANTHROPY | In her new column, WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, looks beyond the obvious effects of sequestration - like lost jobs, foreclosures, and increased homelessness – to the more personal and hidden effects on needs like mental health. (Daily, 3/4)

COMMUNITY
- Exciting news: President Obama will nominate the Walmart Foundation’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the new head of the Office of Management and Budget. Congratulations, Sylvia! (NPR, 3/4)

- The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s board chair, David Bradt, has been honored with the Outstanding Directors Award from the Washington Business Journal and National Association of Corporate Directors. Congratulations, David! (CFNCR, 3/1)

YOUTH | The District’s summer programs for youth have long been hampered by bad management and poor coordination. The D.C. Alliance for Youth Advocates’ Maggie Riden talks to WAMU about how to fix the system to improve outcomes for the city’s youth. (WAMU, 3/4)

HIV/AIDS | In a potentially game-changing case, a Mississippi toddler who was born infected with HIV appears to have been cured of the virus. (WaPo, 3/4)

LOCAL | Obviously Mother Nature would give us an opportunity to use the term “Snowquester.” It might be March, but I’m just fine with a final (or first) taste of winter before we enjoy the cherry blossoms. I’m not holding my breath for meteorologists to be right for the first time though. We’ll probably get a little drizzle.

EVENT | Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership is hosting an Open House for its Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program on March 13th, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program helps participants develop leadership skills, learn about practices for leading and managing change, and connect to a global network of nonprofit leaders. [More information and registration]


Sure, it’s blatant product promotion. But Oreo’s “separator machine” videos are awesome. The brand tasked a physicist and two scientists with creating devices that would separate the cookies. Pointless, but nifty!

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