Philanthropists raise $28.7M for Capital Area Food Bank expansion [News, 4/30]

Philanthropists raise $28.7M for new facility for Capital Area Food Bank (WaPo, 4/30) – This will double food storage capacity, and give them the ability to prepare hot meals and accept bulk shipments. The list of donors includes several Washington Grantmakers members, including $500,000 each from The Cafritz Foundation, CapitalOne, the Phillip L. Graham Fund, and the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. The largest private donation is $3M from J.W. Marriott, Jr. D.C. government contributed $15M. The campaign’s goal is $36M.

The Year in Philanthropy – 2007 – A collection of the Foundation Center’s ’07 works and some new interviews. Looks like a good read.

Profile: Hispanics in Philanthropy (, 5/1) – (Note: HIP’s 25th anniversary shindig this Sunday.)

Interview with George Jones of Bread for the City (Examiner, 4/29)

Mayor Fenty says that Chairman Gray’s fund transfer plan will put art and after-school programs at risk. (WaPo, 4/30)

How non-profits are using social networking to raise money and awareness (ChiTrib, 4/30) – “We’re not claiming [online networks are] the panacea for philanthropies,” said Ben Binswanger, the Case Foundation’s chief operating officer. “[But] we think it’s way too early to dismiss it as an Internet fad. … We’re going to keep pushing down this path because we see enough spark here to make it interesting.”

Some kind of big policy change last night (WaPo, 4/30)… but after reading this thing twice, I’m not sure exactly what happened. Worst. Article. Evarrr.

HHMI Awards $60 Million to Invigorate Science Teaching at Liberal Arts Colleges (4/22) (via)


@ WG:

– today! Arts & Humanitites Working Group kick-off!
– May 4-7 – Philanthropy’s Vision: A Leadership Summit (Council on Foundations)