[News 6/27] Helping area families escape poverty


POVERTY
Wider Opportunities for Women introduces the D.C. Metro Area Self-Sufficiency Calculator, an online career and financial counseling tool for helping the region’s most vulnerable families escape poverty and gain financial independence. Created with a grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation (WG member), the site features info on “available, high-wage, local jobs which don’t require a 4-year degree and will support families.”

PHILANTHROPY
“Charity made efficient” (Forbes, 6/25) – New technologies and service providers are changing the sector. Forbes profiles Foundation Source, a company that runs back-office tasks for small foundations.

HIV/AIDS
Today is National Aids Testing Day. The blog Fight HIV in DC links to local events.

DC VOTING RIGHTS
Ilir Zherka and the DC Vote team “blitzed 21 Senate offices last week (WaPo, 6/27) and found a few additional Republicans ‘leaning yes.'” DC Vote’s editorial outreach is bearing fruit (LATimes, NYTimes).

NONPROFIT TOOLS
Google is giving nonprofits free licenses for the Google Earth Pro mapping tool, “making it easier for non-profits to use Google Earth to tell compelling stories about their work.” (ITwire, 6/27)  I’ll try this out soon and report back.