Fight for Children founder passes away…Racial income gap huge in D.C., narrow in suburbs…Promise Neighborhood faces uncertain future [News, 12.8.11]

IN MEMORIAM | Joseph E. Robert Jr., founder of Fight for Children and its signature fundraiser, Fight Night, passed away last night at the age of 59 after a battle with brain cancer. Robert went from being a homeless college drop-out to a billionaire real estate mogul who dedicated his wealth and influence to philanthropy in our region, especially around children’s education and health. (WG Daily, 12/8)

REGIONAL EQUITY | New data show that the average income for white District residents is more than three-times that of black residents. That massive disparity is isolated in our region, however, as the racial income gaps in the suburbs “have become some of the nation’s narrowest.” (WaPo, 12/8)

PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS | The D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative in Parkside-Kenilworth didn’t receive the $6 million federal grant it had hoped for. Now its organizers are facing an uncertain future, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy says that “private fund raising could make or break the quest to pepper the nation with Harlem-inspired efforts, given the pressure on Congress to slash federal spending.” (Chronicle, 12/5)

YOUTH | For the Community Foundation’s blog, Julia Irving of the Metropolitan Police Department talks about Giving D.C. Youth a Chance (CFNCR, 12/7)

GIVING | NPR’s Marketplace takes a look at how charities are using Groupon to raise money. (NPR, 12/7)

Related: Earlier this year, the Community Foundation partnered with Groupon to raise money for the Neighbors in Need Fund. (WG Daily, 4/25)

EDUCATION | DCPS cancels promised arts magnet middle school (GGW, 12/8)

HOUSING/ENVIRONMENT | D.C. Affordable Housing Complex Gets Solar Panels (WAMU, 12/8)

PEOPLE | The Kennedy Center’s Michael Kaiser will serve as the “volunteer chairman” of the U.S. arm of Prince Charles’ Prince of Wales Foundation. (WaPo, 12/8) Blimey! I wonder if he’ll raise money for the foundation in dollars or pounds?


Another big loss today. Musician Dobie Gray died from cancer at 69. Here’s his most famous song – a genuine classic.

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