In the News – Wednesday Round-up [10.8]

Uncertainty is the enemy of philanthropy (USAToday, 10/8) – “The number of donors fell a median 3.8% in the first half of 2008 from a year earlier, while revenue declined a median 2.4%,” See Bernholz for other articles from USAToday’s philanthropy spread.

Red Cross to Get $100M in Emergency Funding From Congress (WaPo, 10/8)

Could a social network influence corporate giving decisions? (NYTimes, 10/8) – Virgance, a new startup, brings us “Lend Me Some Sugar”, “which will allow individuals to redistribute the money that big corporations give to charity, and “CarrotMob,” a sort of offline business competition that rewards corporations for making sustainable choices by organizing “buycotts”.

Poorer D.C. Residents Lacking Legal Services (WaPo, 10/8) – Commission chairperson suggests “more District law firms could step in” for pro bono work.