Have you contacted your members of Congress? [News, 10.23]

* Grantmakers: Don’t miss two great events on Nov. 12!

* Have you contacted your members of Congress about the need to preserve Fannie and Freddie’s charitable giving? Please report any contacts by sending us a quick note (copeland@washingtongrantmakers.org).

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Emergency grants help local charities (WBJ, 10/22) – The Community Foundation announces 40 emergency grants to social service providers (find grants list here). “The Community Foundation, itself a grantee of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has been surveying grantees about how the down economy is affecting them. Of the first 72 respondents, 49 (68 percent) said they had experienced a decrease in funding, whether from government sources, corporations, foundations or individuals.”

One man’s experience with D.C.’s Housing First program (WaPo, 10/23)
Homeless numbers ‘alarming’ (USAToday, 10/22) – “More families with children are becoming homeless”

New nonprofit to launch community indicators project
(Gazette, 10/22) – “The Silver Spring/Takoma Park Community Indicators Project will measure data collected against other communities and report the findings to government officials.”