[News 9/21] Marriott Foundation funds “Hospitality High”

“New Hospitality High opens in D.C.” (WBJ, 9/20) – “The $3.2 million renovation at Roosevelt was made possible through $2.2 million contribution from the J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation [a Washington Grantmakers member]The hotel association will continue to provide $100,000 each year — as it has since 1999 — for operating costs.”

“United Way of the National Capital Area changes methods… by trimming overhead and granting donors more say over where their money goes.” (WBJ, 9/21)

National Philanthropic Trust will hold its “Legacy 2007” conference for philanthropists in Philadelphia on Fri., Sept. 28. (Wire, 9/17)

[Md.] “National Harbor Hits Snag Over Alcohol” (WaPo, 9/21) – Seems the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is having a heck of a time obtaining a liquor license in Prince George’s County, “in part because… legislators who represent the National Harbor area refused to back the bill largely because it was sponsored by a delegate from a different part of the county.” Okay! None of this changes the fact that the Gaylord is scheduled to host the Council on Foundations’ “Philanthropy’s Vision: A Leadership Summit,” May 4-7, 2008.

Since D.C. has no state university system, the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program exists to give financial aid to college-bound D.C. residents. Seems fair–but not to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who has single-handedly changed the legislation to “bar families earning more than $1 million from participating in the program” (WaPo, 9/21). And THAT seems fair, too–until you realize that A) wealthier families living in states (including Oklahoma) still get the in-state tuition discount, and B) part of the reason this program was created was to encourage people to stay in D.C. Now wealthier families have a brand new incentive to leave D.C. (in addition to the incentive of, you know, wanting voting representation in Congress.)