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May 22, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

The transformation of H Street

As very visible changes are underway along H Street, the debate continues as to who will really benefit from the transformation. Many wonder if those who have lived in the area for years will be displaced by wealthy newcomers.(WAMU, 5/22)

If the coming streetcar system accelerates H Street’s transformation as District planners envision, new grocery stores, retail outlets, restaurants and high-rent apartment complexes will rise. Quality of life will improve — for those who can afford to stay. Those who cannot will lose out on the positive changes.

– Many homeless families in the area are getting back on their feet through the rapid rehousing program. But, once they’re on their own some are finding they have an entirely new set of obstacles to face – bad credit and wary landlords, just to name a few. (WCP, 5/21)

PHILANTHROPY │ According to a new study conducted by the firm Foundation Source, assets at small to midsize foundations grew by 14 percent in 2013. (Chronicle, 5/21)

The growth in assets was primarily the result of strong investment performance and new contributions from donors to their foundations, says Andrew Schulz, the firm’s executive vice president and the author of the report.


Among the other findings:

  • More than one third of the foundations distributed 10 percent or more of their assets to nonprofits, double the 5 percent required by law.
  • Of all grants these foundations gave last year, 29 percent ($42.8 million) went to support education, 17 percent ($25.7 million) went to human services, and 12 percent to arts, culture and the humanities.
  • Only 5 percent was directed to the environment and animal welfare and 5 percent to religious groups.

ARTS/EDUCATION | Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus visited Savoy Elementary in Anacostia, which has seen an improvement in test scores, higher attendance, and lower rates of suspension since it fully integrated the arts into its curriculum, as part of a federal program called Turnaround Arts that is run by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. (WaPo, 5/12)

 Related: In September, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, will speak to the community about the transformative power of the arts as part of our Brightest Minds series. More information and registration is available here.

REGION │ Gaithersburg, MD, is among the 15 fastest growing cities in America based on the annual ranking released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Technology businesses and education helped the city grow by 4.4 percent since 2012. (WaPo, 5/22)

Just in case you’ll be awake at 3:20 a.m. on Saturday morning


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