“SingleStop”–a smarter way to address poverty? [News, 6/3]


DC SCHOOLS
Carnegie Institution starts upgrading math education in D.C. (Examiner, 6/3) – Carnegie’s partnership with Math for America comes to DC. Participating students at American U. commit to four years in DCPS.

NONPROFITS
The Best Poverty-Fighting Bet (Slate.com, 6/2) – In less than nine months, SingleStop USA, a poverty-fighting startup out of New York, “has raised $35 million from some of the smartest philanthropic investors.” “With a Turbo Tax-like software and legal and financial counseling, it helps people tap into public benefits …that they’re eligible for but aren’t using.” Here’s the PND write-up of Atlantic Philanthropies’ $5.5M grant to the organization. From the org’s website: “For every dollar invested, the program immediately returned to its clients at least $3 in benefits; $4 to $13 in legal counseling; $2 in financial counseling; and $11 in tax credits.” Currently expanding to four states including Maryland.

Police Investigate Threatening Calls to nonprofit Casa de Maryland (WaPo, 6/3) – “when hate turns to violence, we have a problem.”

CHILD WELFARE
D.C. Social Workers Remove More Kids (WaPo, 6/3) – “abundance of caution” “is straining the overburdened foster care system”

HUNGER/NUTRITION
 Local Effects of Rising Global Food Prices (Kojo, 6/2) – featuring Bread for City, others.

WG MEMBERS
The Prince George’s Community Foundation helps send Oxon Hill HS band to Olympics (wire, 6/2)