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November 28, 2011 / Christian Clansky

Do’s and Don’ts for nonprofits…Wal-Mart announces jobs-training, $21 million in funding in District…DC Chartered Health Plan joins Positive Pathways initiative [News, 11.28.11]

NONPROFITS | The Wall Street Journal asked philanthropists to help come up with a list of do’s and don’ts for nonprofits soliciting funding. Arabella Advisor’s Eric Kessler, a new member of WRAG’s Board, says (WSJ, 11/28):

An organization that teaches a donor about an issue has a much higher chance of success than one that just “pitches” a donor about the organization’s cause…”A site visit can be a life-changing experience.”

HIV/AIDS | DC Chartered Health Plan is the first managed care organization to participate in the Washington AIDS Partnership’s Positive Pathways initiative, which assists out-of-care HIV-positive African Americans living in Wards 5-8 in accessing HIV medical care. The Partnership’s Channing Wickham says (Informer, 11/26):

We are so pleased that Chartered has joined this groundbreaking effort to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS in the District receive the medical care they need through what research is showing is a highly effective strategy.”

GIVING | Here’s a recap of National Capital Philanthropy Day, where a number of WRAG members were honored for their local giving, including Deloitte, the Agua Fund, and David Whitehead of the AARP Foundation.  (WaPo, 11/28)

DISTRICT | As it gets ready to open a number of stores in the District, Wal-Mart has announced plans to provide a job-training program, open hiring centers, and make $21 million in local grants. The funding will support hunger relief, health programs, education, and job-training. Mayor Gray says, “Wal-Mart is showing what it means to be a good corporate neighbor, and I encourage other firms interested in doing business in the District of Columbia to show a similar level of commitment to our residents.” Well put. (WaPo, 11/24)

ARTS/HUMANITIES | In art, Anacostia hopes to see a new vision (WaPo, 11/28)

SPACE/WORKFORCE | Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell is pushing legislation to grow the state’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which has been named the best commercial spaceport in the country and supports 28,000 jobs. (WTOP, 11/28) Awesome!

HEALTH | Opinion: A grim diagnosis for our ailing health care system (WaPo, 11/28)


I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. I spent Thursday morning laughing so hard that my eyes were gushing tears after seeing the 610 Stompers on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Ordinary men. Extraordinary moves. And, easily the most hilarious thing that has ever been featured in the parade. This is the best quality video that I can find.

Also, did anyone see The Muppets? It was fantastic.

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