[News 10/29/07] Case Foundation Names Top 100


The Case Foundation’s Make It Your Own Awards (TM) lets the public help award money by searching out great ideas online. In the end, a whopping 4,641 people submitted applications. A diverse team of reviewers has narrowed the field to 100 semifinalists and 20 finalists will be selected in February 2008.  (Wire, 10/26)

WG member Public Welfare Foundation “Seeks to Make a Greater Impact by Narrowing Its Focus” (Chronicle, 10/27 – subscription) 

Corporate: “How doing the right thing pays off” (WSJ, 10/28)

“The growth rate of donations to America’s largest charities slowed last year after several years of record gains.” (WSJ, 10/27 – subscription)

The Washington Business Journal previews National Capital Philanthropy Day (10/26) 

JUVENILE JUSTICE/YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Colbert King: “A Sad Toll Within Juvenile Justice’s Realm” (WaPo, 10/27)

EDUCATION
WG member National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation will distribute $2.67 million to Geography Alliances across the country through grant commitments announced today. “Young people need to be geographically literate in order to understand and care about our planet. These programs reflect our commitment to prepare teachers and students for an increasingly interconnected world,” said Director of Grantmaking (and WG Board Member) Christopher Shearer. (TVPoint, 10/27)

[Va.] In Virginia, “young adults from high-income families are four times as likely as their low-income counterparts to attend college — the widest gap in the nation.” (WaPo, 10/28)

ENVIRONMENT
“Prince George’s announces Anacostia initiatives” – “The Trash Netting System and Green Street project will significantly improve the water quality in the tributary and ultimately the Anacostia River.” (TWC, 10/27)

NONPROFITS
Two D.C. nonprofits may get big donations resulting from a year-long legal battle between Verizon and Vonage. (WaPo, 10/29)