“Rhee Details Prescription for Ailing Schools to Donors” [News, 8/4]


Chancellor Rhee “has presented potential donors with a plan that offers significant new details about her vision for transforming the city’s foundering education system” (WaPo, 8/3) …  “Major national donors often look at the level of local contributions before making decisions on grants. On July 17, Rhee went to the World Bank for a meeting of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, an influential network… Its members include organizations that have invested millions in education over the years…” “[Rhee] wants private donations directed to the D.C. Public Education Fund, a nonprofit created by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.”

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS
“Housing First” (WaPo, 7/31) – Reston Interfaith’s Kerri Wilson: “The theory is that people need to be stable and in a home in order for social workers to work with them most efficiently.”  “Reston Interfaith received a $500,000 grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation to pay for the social service component of the outreach.’
D.C. May Cut Ties With 2 Nonprofits Over Troubled SE Housing Projects (WaPo, 8/4) – The developers are East of the River Community Development Corp and the Anacostia Economic Development Corp.

SOCIAL SECTOR
Nonprofit salaries – “How much is too much?” (WBJ, 8/1)
Network for Good merges with ePhilanthropy (WaPo, 8/4)
Bad economy is leading social profit organizations to merge (TheDeal.com, 7/31)…according to some lawyer. Sounds plausible.

PHILANTHROPY
A Circle With a Deep Center (WaPo, 7/31) – “Black Women Pool Resources in Grass-Roots Effort to Alleviate D.C.’s Social Ills” – a front page article on a Washington Area Women’s Foundation giving circle.
Not many speak their mind to Gates Foundation (Seattle Times, 8/3) – “The foundation, which has already worked with the Center for Effective Philanthropy to conduct anonymous surveys of its grantees, is now expanding those efforts to reach the people most affected by the foundation’s programs.”