Tuesday, April 17 – In the News…


April 15-21 is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, a service of the Points of Light Foundation [WG member] [toolkit; local volunteer opportunities]

> New report: “Volunteering Strong in America, But 1 in 3 Volunteers Dropped Out in 2006”


EDUCATION
[Va.] Recent college grads make great guidance counselors (WaPo, 4/17) – Kudos to the Post for covering this wildly successful Jack Kent Cooke Foundation [WG member] initiative. In 2004, the Foundation was looking for nonprofits to work directly in schools, but Nicole Hurd, an assistant dean at U-Va. said her college students would be perfect for the job. They were: College enrollment at high schools participating in “College Guides” is up 15 percent. Now the Cooke Foundation is expanding the program to other states.

VOTING RIGHTS
[D.C.] Thousands rally for representation (WaPo, 4/17) – “Free D.C.”

HEALTH
[Md.] If hospital closes, Pr. George’s will lose only neonatal intensive care unit. Washington and Baltimore have several each. (WaPo, 4/17)

American Legacy Foundation [WG Member] Extends “truth” Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign to 17 Additional Markets (PRWire, 4/16)

PHILANTHROPY
Family foundations are opening–and closing–in record numbers (WSJ, 4/17 – subscription)

Are Donor-Advised Funds in Jeopardy? (WSJ, 4/17 – subscription) 

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
[Va.] “Some affordable housing is on the way for police, firefighters, other municipal employees and teachers employed by Prince William County.” (PotomacNews.com, 4/15)