[News 10/30/07] Teen pregnancy and birth rates plummet in D.C. region

In 1996, D.C.’s pregnancy rate for females age 15 to 19 was 164.5 per 1,000. In 1998, a number of area funders committed to cutting D.C.’s teen pregnancy rate in half by the year 2005. The Summit Fund of Washington was an early leader, making a three-year, $750,000 grant to help launch the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

“The city was remarkably unified,” recalled Brenda Rhodes Miller, executive director of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Advocates vowed to reduce the rate to the mid-70s by 2005. Instead, as statistics released this month show, it plunged to 64.4.” [more] (WaPo, 10/29)

The Campaign’s current supporters include several Washington Grantmakers members. 

“Overall, private support for arts institutions, including libraries, museums and public broadcasting, rose 17.5 percent from 2005 to $2.5 billion. By comparison, U.S. educational institutions, a leading magnet for private philanthropy, saw an 11.3 percent increase in private donations to $17.6 billion,” according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy survey. (Bloomberg, 10/29)

Here in blog-land, the Chronicle ponders a post on Albert Ruesga’s blog, which notes: “Effective board members exist, but they appear to be rare birds indeed.”

“Advisers not confident in guiding charitable dollars” (InvestmentNews, 10/29)

That Gilbert Arenas seems like a good guy, eh? “His unexpected largesse had just cost him $62,000, and he left the Verizon Center the way he came in, giving high-fives and handshakes to each of the kids who lined his path.” (WaPo, 10/30)

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