Will D.C. region have a “big donation void to fill?” [News, 10.28]


PHILANTHROPY
– D.C. has big donation void to fill (NPR’s “Marketplace”, 10/28) – “The mortgage financers handed out about $42 million a year to D.C. nonprofits…Local nonprofits have started lobbying the Federal Housing Finance Agency to continue Fannie and Freddie’s donations.” 
* Have you contacted your members of Congress about preserving Fannie and Freddie’s charitable giving? Please report contacts to copeland@washingtongrantmakers.org.)

– More Needy Are Turning To Clergy for Funds, Faith (WaPo, 10/27)

IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY
Casa de Maryland breaks ground on $33 million multicultural center (Examiner, 10/28) – “Bank of America, Washington Adventist Hospital, PNC Bank, CITGO and the Ford Foundation were also on a lengthy list of major donors.”

DC SCHOOLS
Funds Shift Proposed for New Programs (WaPo, 10/28) – The move would move $6.7 million from central offices into new programs and staff. “The announcement was part of a $100 million transfer of funds,” most of which is to match funding to enrollment at individual schools.

EARLY LEARNING
The Women’s Foundation releases first RFP on early care and education (10/27) – For more info, click here (pdf).

MENTAL HEALTH
D.C. to Close City-run Mental Health Centers (News8, 10/27)

ENVIRONMENT
Plant and Tend A District Tree, Get a Rebate (WaPo, 10/28) – “Casey Trees [is] a nonprofit that aims to improve the District’s tree canopy.” Below is a video with more info on Casey Trees. It was funded by WG member Prince Charitable Trusts.