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October 29, 2013 / Christian Clansky

As the Summit Fund winds down giving, Federal City Council steps up support of Anacostia River health

For the last 15 years, the Summit Fund of Washington has been a driving force in efforts to improve the health of the Anacostia River. As Summit winds down its philanthropic activities, the Federal City Council – under the leadership of former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams – has announced that the Anacostia is a new and significant priority (WaPo, 10/29):

The group has hired Doug Siglin — a veteran of clean-water advocacy, most recently at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation — to manage its Anacostia efforts. His first task, he said, has been to meet with other groups involved in the river’s well-being to stake out areas of common ground.

“We’ve had very good conversations with almost all the players,” Siglin said. “We’re going to try [create a] new source of funding….There is anxiety because a lot of the groups are very small operations, and the Summit Fund has been a big part of their funding for a long time.”

Funders, do any of you plan to increase support for restoration of the Anacostia as the Summit Fund winds down?

HOMELESSNESS | As winter approaches and temperatures have begun to significantly drop, the District is growing concerned about options for its homeless population. Shelters are at capacity, the city expects an increase in the number of homeless families, and the Rapid Rehousing program is operating at half the speed it was designed to. (WaPo, 10/29)

FOOD | A provision of the stimulus act is set to expire on Friday. The result? A massive $5 billion cut to the current SNAP budget. To make matters worse, PBS points out that for every $5 of food stamp spending, $9 of economic activity is generated. So, the cuts will likely affect more than just the people receiving food aid. (PBS, 10/29)

Related: The Post adds in the possibility that Congress will cut food stamp funding even more. (WaPo, 10/28)

– According to the New York Times, “60 percent of blacks or whites in metropolitan areas across the United States would have to relocate to achieve racial integration.” That’s a huge number. The Times posted a poignant op-ed on the topic, focused on race, place, and opportunity. (NYT, 10/26)

– Could a microfinance model started in Bangladesh be an ideal model for low-income Americans? (NYT, 10/29)

– Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr has proposed a $1.55 billion capital campaign aimed at meeting the needs of the county’s quickly growing student population. (WaPo, 10/29) When it comes to typing “superintendent” correctly on the first try, I have a zero percent success rate.

DCPS begins to redraw school boundaries (GGE, 10/29)

If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you spend nine minutes watching this brilliantly choreographed Ohio State marching band tribute to Hollywood. It is absolutely one of the coolest things you’ll see all year! The one they did last week honoring Michael Jackson is pretty nifty, too.

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