[News 8/2] Funders get creative with media

“Online contests in which organizations open up their grant programs to let the public play a role in selecting the winner are growing in popularity.” (onPhilanthropy, 8/1)

Report from The Conference Board: “Seventy-seven percent of the companies surveyed cited ‘aligning more closely with business needs’ as the single most critical factor affecting their corporation’s giving.” (Newswire, 8/1)

Local papers cover WG member The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book:
> Va. (ranked 14th) – “Lofty rankings mean little if you’re a child who fits into one of the handful of categories where Virginia is not doing well.” (Virginian-Pilot, 8/2)
> Md. (ranked 24th) – “There are 8.4 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in Maryland, a figure that grew 11 percent between 2000 and 2004.” (WaPo, 8/2)

[Va.] A deficit looms in Virginia, according to the Commonwealth Insitute for Fiscal Analysis. (The Institute’s Michael Cassidy spoke to WG members at the Regional Budgets Briefing in April.) 

…will reopen Aug. 25 in a temporary shelter funded by the city. “The Capitol Hill Community Foundation has raised about $400,000, and Home Depot… has provided $30,000 in gift cards so vendors can buy cleaning supplies that they lost in the fire.” (WaPo, 8/2)