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

– 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)

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.”

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.

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

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

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.