Should foundations get serious about communications? [News, 3/14]

United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign raised $18 million in 2007; the total includes $3 million in matching funds from another WG member, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (wire, 3/13). Here’s the Rick Reilly Sports Illustrated column that got the ball rolling–an op-ed that changed the world. And here’s a recent PCN report, “Raise Every Voice,” which argues that foundations should increase investments in strategic communications.

WG member Share Our Strength rebrands to tie together its various campaigns (PRWeek, 3/17)

Congress Passes Second Chance Act to Ease Ex-Inmate Reentry (Public Welfare Foundation, 3/13) – “$362 million in grants to state and local government programs, new “reentry courts,” and non-profit agencies to expand mentoring, drug treatment, education, job training and other reentry services” 

Donations requested for Mt. Pleasant Fire Victims (Express, 3/13) – through Neighbors Consejo

Study Notes Economic Ills of Low Graduation Rates (WaPo, 3/14)

Two radical education ideas:
Anti-Union Group Offers ‘Worst’ Teachers $10G to Quit (, 3/12)
New York Charter School to pay teachers $125,000 base salary (NYTimes, 3/14)

Va. BUDGET – Recap of major issues – $22M to improve existing pre-k system; $42M on mental health; foreclosure grace period…

VOLUNTEERING – Internet spurs upswing in volunteerism (USAToday, 3/13) – This just in: The kids are alright. Happy Friday, third sector-ites.

@ WG:
– March 20Washington Grantmakers 101s & New CEO Reception