‘Tis the season, ’tis a recession [News, 12.9]


HAPPY HOLIDAYS?
Salvation Army Toy Program Reports Donations are Down (WAMU, 12/9) – Toy drive donations accepted at 2626 Pennsylvania Ave until Dec. 15th. And, Toys for Tots has a bunch of drop-off points throughout the region (click through for Md. and Va. locations)
Some companies donate their holiday party budget to charity (USAToday, 12/8) – “Food banks benefit from scrapped celebrations”

HUNGER
Interview:
Roxanne Rice, executive director of  Food for Others, the “largest direct distributor of free food to people in Northern Virginia.” (Examiner, 12/9) – “We used to average about 50 families a day [seeking food at the warehouse] and now it is 90 a day.”  … “people are very generous in November and December and that is when we get most of our food.”

PHILANTHROPY
World Bank gives $150K to Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (WBJ, 12/8)

CORPORATE
The Future of Corporate Philanthropy (BusinessWeek, 12/8) – “more pragmatism?”

HIGHER EDUCATION
Gates Foundation Grants Aim to Help Low-Income Students Finish College (NYTimes, 12/8) – the new grants represent its first major push in the area of postsecondary reform.

HARLEM CHILDREN’S ZONE
 Geoffrey Canada spotted on the Colbert Report (12/8). (Thanks, reader Clansky)