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December 9, 2011 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

The Community Foundation honors Vicki and Roger Sant’s contributions to the region [News, 12.9.11]

Last night the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region honored Vicki and Roger Sant with the 2011 Civic Spirit Award in recognition of their commitment to the Greater Washington region and generous philanthropy through the Summit Fund and Summit Foundation.

In addition, CFNCR recognized four “unsung heroes” with the 2011 Linowes Leadership Awards. This year’s recipients include a high school student, a community activist, an HIV/AIDS advocate, and a community liaison with the police department. You can read more about these impressive individuals here. (CFNCR)

Related: Earlier this year, Vicki Sant spoke with WRAG family foundation members about the strategies that have helped her achieve results through her giving.

HOMELESSNESS | Residents are fighting a plan to create a new homeless shelter in an office building in Arlington. (WaPo, 12/7)

TECHNOLOGY | D.C. Becomes the First 100-Gigabit City (WAMU, 12/8) Officials hope that D.C.’s new high-speed, fiber optic network – the fastest and largest city network in the world – will bridge the “digital divide” and attract technology companies to the city.

AGING | Cruising past ‘retirement age,’ some enjoy their jobs enough to work into 70s, 80s, 90s (WaPo, 12/6)

NONPROFITS | After only two organizations applied for it in two years, D.C. has discontinued a property tax abatement it had offered to nonprofits. (WBJ, 12/9, subscription)

GIVING | This is interesting, though not very encouraging: Research from various social scientists has shown that when people think rationally about the impact of donating to a charity, they are less likely to give at all. (Boston Globe, 12/4)

Presented without comment: Mayor Gray’s dance moves.

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