Friday, Feb. 16 – In the News…


HEALTH
[DC] 250,000 Condoms for HIV Awareness, Prevention (WaPo, 2/16)
A great step forward for public health…but did the package’s slogan miss the mark? (Two nonprofits mentioned, Us Helping Us and HIPS, are funded in part by the Washington AIDS Partnership, a project of Washington Grantmakers.)

ARTS
[DC] Donors Brave Weather to Attend Fundraiser (WashTimes, 2/16)
“The arts contribute about $1.4 billion to the city’s economy, which is more than the combined ticket sales from all sports events,” said Dorothy McSweeny, chairman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. [WG member]

PHILANTHROPY
This morning, Slate.com goes with the headline: “Are Foundations Evil?” (2/16)

Charity needs a better foundation (Financial Times, 2/15)
The author argues that “preferential tax treatment should be contingent on performance measures…” [Anyone noticing a trend in media coverage?]

Corporate Philanthropy Inspires Trust: Does It Also Prompt Higher Profits? (Wharton School Publishing, 2/16)