Leap Day News Round-Up Extravaganza [News, 2/29]

[D.C.] Mayor Fenty names new director of Health Department – Pierre Vigiliance, former director of Baltimore County’s health dept… A Child Health Action Plan will be announced today–new public-private partnership to target worst problems facing D.C. youth. (WaPo, 2/29)
The Horizon Foundation (WG member) gives $3.5 million to Howard County General Hospital for its ongoing expansion. (WaPo, 2/28)

The state of corporate philanthropy: A McKinsey Global Survey – “only about a fifth of all respondents say that philanthropic programs at their companies are meeting social goals and stakeholder expectations.” (Feb. ’08 – free registration required)
“Foundations shift investing strategy to weather bad economy” (BBJ, 2/29)

– A new online tool to help Washington-area women start small businesses was funded by a grant from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation (WG member). (WaPo, 2/28scroll down)
National Jobs Initiative Awards Grants to Eight Projects–“second round of grants under “Jobs to Careers,” a four-year, $15.8 million national initiative of RWJF, in collaboration with [WG member] Hitachi Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor.” (wire, 2/29)

Foundations Weigh How to Allay Foreclosures (WSJ, 2/28)
– [Va.] Gov. Kaine announces proposal to stem foreclosures (WaPo, 2/27)

A promising approach? “…straight talk between unemployed residents and employers.” (WaPo, 2/27)

OPRAH! – Will philanthropy experience “the Oprah effect”? The “Big Give” debuts Sunday, March 2. (Denver Post, 2/29)

AND FINALLY… Happy leap day to one and all. If this “extra” day has you twiddling your thumbs, Chuck has some suggestions. (Or, you can read up on leap seconds–fascinating.) In other news, starting on Monday, our daily news round-up will be up online when you get to your desk each morning. So grab your coffee and see what’s new. Have a great weekend! -Nick