[News 10/25/07] Report: Maryland’s nonprofits are underfunded


Maryland Nonprofits reports that “per capita revenue for Prince George’s nonprofits is the lowest in the region at $8,124 compared with a state average of $18,859,” with county donors largely supporting the county’s “vibrant faith-based sector.” The new report, funded in part by WG member The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, will be released at a community briefing on Oct. 31.

The report draws heavily on the recent Prince George’s County Series sponsored by Washington Grantmakers and Prince George’s Community Foundation. In the wake of that series, Washington Grantmakers is helping to launch the Partnership for Prince George’s County to build the capacity of Prince George’s County’s nonprofits. 

POVERTY
“D.C.’s Two Economies” – D.C.’s poverty rate is the highest in nearly a decade, and “the employment rate for African American adults is at a 20-year low,” reports D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. “Income inequality in the District is greater than in every city in the United States other than Atlanta and Tampa.” (WaPo, 10/24)

PHILANTHROPY
“Hacking Philanthropy: the Emergence of Markets Can Change the Sector” (onPhilanthropy, 10/24)

“New eBay site lets people finance world’s poor” (Reuters, 10/23)

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS
“District Closing ‘Inhumane’ D.C. Village” (WaPo, 10/23) – City promises transitional housing for all 115 families by week’s end

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
[Va.] A student-designed wetlands habitat project at Loudoun Valley High School was made possible by through a public-private partnership between the Newton Marasco Foundation (WG member) and the public schools system. (Leesburg Today, 10/25)

[Va.] “Sprint Foundation Awards $25,000 to Support Equal Footing Foundation Computer Clubhouse Program” (Wire, 10/23)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
[Va.] “Alexandria OKs loan for affordable housing project” (WBJ, 10/24)