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October 20, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

The other side of D.C.’s housing crisis

As D.C.’s housing crisis continues and new plans to house the homeless emerge, The Washington Post offers a different perspective on the many barriers surrounding affordable housing in the city – from landlords who hold the power to sway D.C.’s housing dilemma in any one direction. (WaPo, 10/19)

During a time when city officials say they need them the most, landlords and property managers are finding themselves at a tenuous crossroad. If they choose to raise rent costs, they could become beneficiaries of the city’s economic renaissance. If they cater to those at lower incomes, they might be able to help those left out of it.

Their small, individual decisions are likely to shape whether the city can save its depleted affordable housing stock, which is believed to be the cause of the continued rise in the number of homeless families.

Is Sheridan Station a sign of change east of the river, or more of the same? (GGW, 10/20)

EDUCATION | How D.C. Became a Leader in Adult Charter Schools (WAMU, 10/20)

CSR | According to the newly released report, Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition, corporate giving increased for 64 percent of companies from 2010 to 2013, but the growth slowed in recent years, with 2013 exhibiting the smallest marginal increases in giving. This year’s report, released by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), in association with The Conference Board, is based on survey data from 261 companies, including 62 of the largest 100 companies in the Fortune 500.

Related: Margaret Coady, Executive Director of CECP, will lead the final session of the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility later this week. The final session is focused on Measuring & Communicating the Value of CSR.

– The D5 Coalition and Guidestar have partnered to launch a new program that sets standards for data collection on diversity within the nonprofit sector. The software will assist nonprofits with better evaluating and tracking diversity data. (D5 Coalition, 10/16)

Without sector-wide standards for how data on diversity is collected, nonprofits and foundations have had difficulty identifying trends, gaps, overlaps, and opportunities. Better diversity information across the sector will help foundations better understand the constituencies they are working to help. Nonprofits will be better able to evaluate of the impact of their work and hold themselves accountable to their goals. The social sector at large will better be able to measure progress and make informed decisions about philanthropy.

– The board-focused “Stand for Your Mission” campaign – a joint project of the Alliance for Justice, BoardSource, the Campion Foundation, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Knight Foundation, and the National Council of Nonprofits – was launched last week to encourage greater advocacy by nonprofit board members. Board members can access a Discussion Guide and other Resources and Tools.

COMMUNITYWells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation are accepting applications through Environmental Solutions for Communities, a grant program designed to help communities in the United States create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. Preference for the program will be given to projects in priority regions and states, with a particular emphasis on urban areas. Click here to find out more. (PND, 10/17)

FOOD | In April, Arlington County will get its ninth farmers market featuring 15-20 vendors from no more than 125-miles away. (WSLS, 10/18)

DISTRICT | You’ve seen the chosen design for the future 11th Street Bridge Park. Now is when people start to wonder if the attraction will actually successfully link two very different communities. (CityLab, 10/16)

Is there anything more appropriate for a Monday morning?

– Ciara

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