GIVING | Giving USA’s annual yearbook of American philanthropy finds that charitable giving barely grew last year. The report suggests that the country’s continuing economic struggles are causing serious, long-term damage (Chronicle, 6/19):
“If we continue to grow at this rate, it will take more than a decade to get back to where we were in total giving in 2007,” said Patrick Rooney, executive director of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, which compiles “Giving USA.”
Last year Mr. Rooney predicted that a recovery in giving could occur by 2016; now, given current conditions, he says it will more likely be 2022.
Related: Sources of Giving in America: How They Are Recovering From the Recession (Chronicle, 6/19)
- House leader John Boehner and Senator Joe Lieberman announced that they have reached an agreement with the Obama administration to fund and slightly expand the Opportunity Scholarship Program (school vouchers). (WaPo, 6/19) I am unfamiliar with the political concept of “agreement.” Is this something new?
- Last year, two DCPS principals left their jobs to start what has become a very successful cupcake bakery. It sounds like an uplifting story of entrepreneurship, but the former principals’ motivations were as much from disillusionment with the state of school reform as their love for sweets. (WAMU, 6/15)
- Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks about the importance of parent involvement in a child’s education – and how responsible fatherhood is a thing of increasing rarity in our country. (HuffPo, 6/19)
Related: Fathering Court helps fathers and mothers be better parents (WaPo, 6/17)
- A change in the District’s child welfare laws aimed at eliminating as a subsidy discrepancy has cut funding to 142 children with guardians. (WaPo, 6/19)
COMMUNITY | Council on Foundations Vice President Andrew Schultz is heading to a new position as Executive Vice President & National Director of Community and Legal Relations at Foundation Source. (FS, 6/19)
HOUSING | After resigning from the D.C. Housing Authority under the Fenty administration, Michael Kelly will return as the new director of the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The Post calls Kelly’s appointment, which needs to be confirmed by the D.C. Council, an “unexpected shake-up.” (WaPo, 6/19)
BUDGETS | Report: Maryland, Virginia pension underfunding ’cause for serious concern’ (Examiner, 6/19) I’m pretty sure that I could accurately write “cause for serious concern” next to any given budget news item.
Has anyone seen Ridley Scott’s brilliant sci-fi movie Prometheus? At the beginning, Scott runs his panoramic camera over some of our planet’s most beautiful landscapes for a creation sequence. The images are stunningly beautiful. In the same vein, here are ten natural wonders that you might not know about – including a terrifying “Gate to Hell” in Turkmenistan. Wouldn’t want to fall in there!