Freddie Mac Foundation: “Our grantmaking for this year won’t change.” [News, 7/21]

“Nonprofits fear Fannie, Freddie giving could dry up” (WBJ, 7/18)  -The article notes that the Freddie Mac Foundation “controls an endowment of about $180 million [that] cannot be taken from the foundation.” CEO Ralph Boyd: “The foundation is a separate corporation …Our grantmaking for this year won’t change.” Stacey Stewart, executive vice president for Fannie Mae’s Office of Community and Charitable Giving (and WG Board member) recently stated: “We will not abandon our commitment to be philanthropic and to serve particularly our hometown, but we’ll have to be realistic around what we’re able to do.”

D.C. neighborhoods plagued by youth violence are the same neighborhoods where birth rates among teenagers are highest. (WaPo, 7/19) – See for yourself.

– Profile:
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (FT, 7/19)
Fairfax lags on Medicaid for mentally ill, report says (Examiner, 7/21)

“Union Chief Sets Meetings, Says Talks at ‘Very Critical Stage'” (WaPo, 7/19)

The federal definition of poverty is challenged by local government (Economist, 7/17)
Obama endorses new poverty measure (CQPolitics, 7/18)

Peacoholics holds event to put rest fear of “snitching” (WaPo, 7/20)

About those higher test scores in Md…
“Skepticism Greets Big Gains” (WaPo, 7/19) – “This year, the state dropped questions from the national exam. Instead, students answered similar questions that were written by state educators.” Good luck figuring this out, since the experiment seems to have lacked a control group. Is the future of education going to be test score controversy?