“Food banks are living on the edge of catastrophe” [News, 4/8]


HUNGER/NUTRITION
“Hunger Pains: As Economy Slows, Charities Face Tall Order to Feed Needy” (WaPo, 4/8) – an update on our area’s major food banks. “Some charities that have operated primarily as private, donation-funded nonprofit groups are turning to state and local governments for help.” [However, a leading hunger scholar recently noted that policymakers aren’t much help these days.]

TELEVISION
New NBC Series: The Philanthropist – Winter 2009 – This is awesome: “…the world’s first vigilante philanthropist — a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need. He’ll do anything to achieve his goals…” – Yes, but what of evaluation, measuring impact, metrics, ‘mmm? There are many questions, Grasshopper.
Idol Gives Back” (NYTimes, 4/7) – The show raised $76M last year.

NONPROFITS
“The most successful fundraising programs have a sustained emphasis on building relationships and cultivating and maintaining major gift donors.” Big ticket galas and events? Apparently not so useful. (wire, 4/7)

ENVIRONMENT
Marriott, Inc.
(WG member) has a new environmental initiative which includes giving hotel customers the opportunity to contribute to the rain forest fund. (WBJ, 4/7)

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@ WG:
– April 10: SCWG: Green Competition Planning Meeting
– April 15:
CYF: East of the River Task Force