“Help eliminate poverty – invest in women” [News, 10.17]

Help eliminate poverty – invest in women (CSM, 10/17) – “In Washington, programs funded by the Washington Area Women’s Foundation have helped low-income women in and around the area collectively increase their assets by $17 million in 2-1/2 years.” It’s the Women’s Foundation’s 10th anniversary–give before Oct. 30 and double your impact.
Life’s Basics More of a Stretch (WaPo, 10/17) – “Workers are more productive than ever, as the output per person has hit new highs in the past eight years” … “The decline in income during the past eight years… is one of the most troubling mysteries of the new economy.” Mysterious!

America’s Most Generous Corporations (Forbes, 10/16) – Wal-Mart (WG member) gave away $301 million in 2007.
MicroEdge Expands Strategic Relationship with Foundation Center (wire, 10/15) – will promote Foundation Center’s “eGrant Reporting Program, which enables funders to electronically submit a wealth of valuable giving data to the Center for inclusion into FDO’s grants database of 1.2 million recently awarded grants.”

MacArthur Foundation “plans to spend $68-million in grants and low-interest loans through 2009 to help prevent Chicago neighborhoods from being devastated by the national foreclosure crisis.” (Chronicle, 10/15)

X Prize now aims to improve healthcare (AP, 10/16) – X Prize Foundation teams with WellPoint Inc. to “improve healthcare cost and quality.” $10M to winner.

Public Spaces Meant to Heal (10/15) – WG member TFK Foundation in the NYTimes.

Area school systems “Haul Out the Budget Ax” (WaPo, 10/16)
Debate Brings National Attention To D.C.’s School Reform Efforts (WaPo, 10/17)

The Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations has named Darryl Jones chief executive. (WBJ, 10/13)