Pr. George’s schools chief Deasy to become deputy director of the Gates Foundation [News, 9/30]


Pr. George’s schools chief Deasy to become deputy director of the Gates Foundation (WaPo, 9/30) – “His effort seemed to make a difference. The county’s results on this year’s Maryland School Assessment… improved at every grade level.”

ECONOMY
Economy Expected to Take a Toll on Charitable Giving (NYTimes, 9/29)
Shelters, food banks see rise in numbers served (Examiner, 9/30) – At Manna Food Center in Montgomery Co., a “25 percent increase in clientele from 2007 to 2008.” … “Arlington Food Assistance Program provided food to 918 families last week, compared with 542 in the same week two years ago…”

PHILANTHROPY
Social circles with a square deal for charity (FT, 9/30) – “Giving circles are like a book club meets an investment club,” says Nicole Cozier, philanthropy education officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

ENVIRONMENT
Smartbike off to a good start in DC (Examiner, 9/30)
The country’s first cap-and-trade auction for greenhouse gas reduction raised nearly $40 million for Northeastern states to spend on renewable energy technologies. Maryland, a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, participated in the auction.

DC SCHOOLS
Cash incentive program begins at 15 D.C. middle schools (WaPo, 9/30) – They’re calling it “Capital Gains.”

HEALTH
Howard Health Initiative Ready to Enroll Uninsured (WaPo, 9/30) – “This is access, not insurance.” WG member Horizon Foundation has contributed $500,000 to the program. CEO Richard Krieg: “It’s one of the most innovative program set up to date in the country to pool resources from a variety of different organizations…”
Immigrant Groups Receive $1.8 Million to Create Media About Community Health (wire, 9/30)