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October 20, 2011 / Christian Clansky

Ted Leonsis’ vision for philanthropy in our region…Health affected by your neighborhood…We’re revising the Common Grant Application [News, 10.20.11]

Yesterday, Ted Leonsis hosted family philanthropists at the Verizon Center for WRAG’s Philanthropist to Philanthropist luncheon sponsored by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Above, Leonsis shares his vision for philanthropy in our region:

We’ll have a full recap with some cool pictures. In the meantime, here’s Tamara’s tweet and a picture from the event:

At WRAG’s Philanthropist2Philanthropist, #TedLeonsis advice: the thrust must be social, local and mobile #RegionForward

NONPROFITS | WRAG is revising its Common Grant Application. Before we make final changes, we want to give our nonprofit readers the opportunity to weigh in. (WG Daily, 10/20)

HEALTH | A new medical study confirms that living in wealthier neighborhoods makes you healthier. (WAMU, 10/20)

Related: The Consumer Health Foundation’s Margaret O’Bryon talks about Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, a documentary that explores the social determinants of health. (WG Daily, 6/7)

Related: In 2009, WRAG and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a report called Community Health Status Indicators for Metropolitan Washington. It includes the graphic to the right which illustrates life expectancy by geographic location in our region.

HOMELESSNESS | As part of a week of community service, Montgomery County held Homeless Resource Day yesterday, where homeless and transitional individuals were offered services ranging from medical care to legal help. (WAMU, 10/20)

WEALTH | The Greater Washington region is the wealthiest in the nation, according to census data. (Bloomberg, 10/19)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | Follow up to last week’s article on the Youth Court of the District of Columbia – “Why does it work? One theory is that anything would do better than the juvenile justice system, the worst place to send an angry or confused teenager.” (NY Times, 10/20)

ARTS | Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, considers possible answers to the question, “[W]hy, given so much social progress, have we failed to produce more leading arts organizations of color?” (HuffPo, 10/19)

TRANSIT | More Than 200 Area Bridges “Structurally Deficient” (WAMU, 10/20) Meaning that we’ll see a major increase in drivers wearing life jackets.

When Paul Simon played at Constitution Hall this year, he pulled up an audience member to help him sing the song Gumboots. The guy was clearly thrilled, and Simon seemed to really enjoy it. It was a nice moment. When Beyonce similarly gave a fan the mic recently, well…the result might be a good feature for a haunted house.


  1. Nick / Oct 20 2011 10:49 pm

    Well said, Ted!

    …and the video *looks* great, too. Really enjoying the Daily lately. Great stuff. Miss you guys.

    • christian clansky / Oct 24 2011 10:05 am

      Glad you’re enjoying it. Criticism is welcome, too!

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