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August 16, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Helping Victims of the Long Branch Explosion in Silver Spring, MD

DISASTER PHILANTHROPY | Last Thursday morning a gas explosion leveled an apartment complex in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD. At this time 6 people have died, numerous are injured, and several people are still missing. Over 100 people have been left homeless. Our community’s nonprofits are coordinating with County agencies to help those affected by the tragedy, and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is accepting gifts to the Neighbors in Need Disaster Relief Fund. (CFNCR, 8/16)

We’re grateful that our nonprofits sprang into action immediately, coordinating with County agencies to help those affected by the tragedy. If you would like to get involved, please check out the nonprofit partners below who are providing support. Or, if you can’t pick just one, make a gift (or grant from your fund) to the Neighbors in Need Disaster Relief Fund. The Community Foundation will coordinate with the County to steward those dollars once the greatest needs are identified.

Click here to learn more and see the full list of nonprofit partners providing support.

Related: Schools Work to Help Kids Affected by Silver Spring Apartment Fire (WTOP, 8/16)

FOOD | Children in some of D.C.’s most challenged neighborhoods could soon have more access to fresh produce if the Bainum Family Foundation’s plan works. Focusing on distributing produce to early childhood centers and schools, the foundation hopes to show that there is a demand for healthy food in poor urban areas of the city. (WaPo, 8/15)

EDUCATION
The Best Schools in The World Do This. Why Don’t We? (NPRed, 8/9)

Education Department Stops For-Profit College from Sidestepping Federal Rules (WaPo, 8/11)

RACE | Soul-Searching in Baltimore Over Racial Underpinnings to Police Problems (Baltimore Sun, 8/10)

HOUSING | Head of D.C. Agency Responsible for Building New Homeless Shelters to Step Down (CP, 8/11)

COMMUNITY | Crimsonbridge Foundation Welcomes Caitlin Furey as its New Program Officer. Furey will help develop the foundation’s grantmaking programs in education, leadership development, and capacity building. (Crimsonbridge Foundation)

CORPORATE GIVING | The value of corporate philanthropy extends far beyond the financial benefits and tax deductions. But are you marketing your company’s philanthropic efforts well enough? 6 tips for you when promoting your philanthropy to your constituents. (Forbes, 8/1)

HEALTHCARESpeak(easy) Howard Kicks Off Conversations About End-of-Life Care Before It’s Too Late. Led by The Horizon Foundation, Speak(easy) is designed to encourage residents to take two critical first steps in planning for end-of-life care. (Business Monthly, 8/1)

NEXT GEN | Millennials Top Poll in Favoring Charitable Companies. Eighteen- to 34-year-old respondents to a Fortune survey were more concerned than older generations about working for and buying from businesses they view as giving back to society. (Chronicle, 8/12)


Today is my first Daily WRAG publication as your new co-Editor! I have cultivated news and information for grantmakers for years as the Communications Director at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and I look forward to working with, and for, all of you for the next few months.

Love the White House, but never had the chance to see the inside – except in movies? Check out this cool virtual tour through Google Street View – Buffy

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