Knight Foundation Freezes Salaries and Jobs [News, 1.5]


Coming up at WG:
– 1/8 – Family Philanthropy Teleconference – “Creative Grantmaking During Tough Economic Times”
– 1/15 – CYF Quarterly Meeting – “coordinating strategy for out-of-school time programs”
– 1/29 – Thought Leaders”: Americans for the Arts’ Bob Lynch

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SOCIAL SECTOR
Knight Foundation Freezes Salaries and Jobs (E&P, 12/31)
United Way gives back to nonprofits in 2009 (WBJ, 12/24) – “Beginning in February, United Way will reduce administrative fees charged to area nonprofits for fundraising by more than half.”
For Charities, a Season of Need (WaPo, 12/23) – This article mentions Nonprofit 911 and notes that “As bad as this year has been, experts say, 2009 might be worse.”
Opinion: “The Philanthropy Shakedown “Give to ‘minority-led’ charities, or else” (WSJ, 12/30) and the subsequent rebuttal.
Case Foundation’s “Change Begins With Me” contest (Examiner, 1/4) – Learn more here

ARTS
Opinion:
“We need an emergency grant for arts organizations in America, and… Washington must encourage foundations to increase their spending rates during this crisis…” (WaPo, 12/29)

DC SCHOOL REFORM
Rhee Plans Shake-Up of Teaching Staff, Training (WaPo, 1/5)

MADOFF
Foundations With Madoff Gave Away $73 Million in 2007 (Bloomberg, 1/2)

HEALTH
Foundations take active role on health policy (LATimes, 1/5) – Paul Brest, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: “What I’ve seen is foundations… realizing that unless we are going to support organizations to take the research and try to turn it into policy, then the research is going to sit in the bottom of a pile somewhere.”

Happy New Year! There’s an excellent (100%) chance that I have overlooked some noteworthy news over the holidays. Your suggestions are always welcome – send to grantmakers@gmail.com.
-Nick