[News 6/8] The new Congressional Philanthropy Caucus has co-chairs


domeReps. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) and Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) will co-chair the Congressional Philanthropy Caucus. The now-official Caucus “will focus on increasing communication and dialogue between government and the foundation community.”  (Newswire, 6/7) The two are recruiting other House members interested in legislation that affects philanthropic organizations. (Observer, 6/4)

Mainstream Media Discovers Philanthropy: How you can Take Advantage of the Spotlight (OnPhilanthropy, 6/6)

“The New Activist Givers” (Forbes, 6/1) – the “Give Now” movement

INCOME SUPPORTS
[Md.] Gov. O’Malley announces additional $5 million to help low-income residents pay energy bills. Maryland’s largest electric company recently hiked rates 50 percent. (WaPo, 6/8)

HIV/AIDS
Channing Wickham, director of WG’s Washington AIDS Partnership, quoted on  allowing public funding for needle exchange programs: “This is not a pro-drug move; it’s a public health move…”  (StoptheDrugWar.org, 6/8)

HOME RULE
[D.C.] Congress Looks at Giving Up Review of D.C. Laws (WaPo, 6/8)

HUNGER/NUTRITION
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is hungry! Her food budget for this week is $21 — that’s the amount of the average food stamp allocation. (Nonprofits mentioned: Bread for the City; Capital Area Food Bank; D.C. Hunger Solutions)