[News 11/29] Washington Area Women’s Foundation announces new president

Caldwell
Caldwell

Washington Grantmakers congratulates Phyllis R. Caldwell, former president of community development banking at Bank of America, on her new position as president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. (WaPo, 11/29) [See website]

EDUCATION
Report: Foundations and the School Privatization Movement. “[Y]ou might be surprised at how much money from private foundations has been poured into building the school choice movement in the past few years.” The Walton Family Foundation gave $25 million in 2005 alone. (wire, 11/27)

[D.C.] Some D.C. public schools will have to close because of plummeting enrollment. Fenty and Rhee have announced a proposal to close 24 of them. (WaPo: Fenty makes “hard but necessary calls.”) D.C. Council members became upset because they wanted more notice.

FOSTER CARE
[Md.] “Fixing foster care in Maryland” – by Douglas W. Nelson, president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (WG member) (Baltimore Sun, 11/29)

HIV/AIDS
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) to city officials: Allocate public funds to needle exchange programs. (WaPo, 11/29)

BUDGET
[Md.] A shortfall in Montgomery Co., Md. Leggett: Residents should be prepared for a reduction in public services. (WaPo, 11/29)

HOLIDAY SHOPPING… for the person who has everything.  (Gazette, 11/29)

ENVIRONMENT
Meet Google’s (hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars) new initiative: Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal” – “a quest to lower the cost of producing electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and the sun.” (AP, 11/29)

…[Google] initially hopes to harvest cleaner-burning electricity to meet its own needs and sell power to other users or license the technology that emerges from its initiative…
…”If we achieve these goals, we are going to be in the (electricity) business in a very big way,” Page said. “We should be able to make a lot of money from this.”
…Google.org will invest “hundreds of millions” in companies specializing in renewable energy, Page said. The philanthropic arm, which sits under the umbrella of the Google Foundation, will draw upon its holdings of nearly $2 billion worth Google’s stock.

There’s no telling when it will happen, but eventually the planet will run out of fossil fuels. And when it does, the country that has led the way on renewable energy will be sitting pretty. And it’s looking like that country will be the United States of Google.