Should foundations shift giving strategies to focus on shorter-term needs? [News, 1.14]

 
GIVING IN A RECESSION
– Today, Seattle’s Paul G. Allen Family Foundation “is announcing a shift in strategy to focus on shorter-term needs, such as funding for emergency food banks…” (SeattleTimes, 1/14) – Is this a good idea? What’s your opinion?
Helping even with a thin wallet (WaTimes, 1/14) – “We’re seeing a big increase in individuals who want to give but don’t necessarily have the financial means to do so at this time,” says Madye Henson, president and chief executive of Greater DC Cares.
[Corporate] Next Benefit to Face the Ax: Matching Gifts (WSJ, 1/14) – Some companies “targeting programs that encourage their employees to donate.”

TEXT GIVING
Text Messaging Campaign to Benefit Hungry Kids (PNN, 1/13) – “Between now and March 1, subscribers of all major wireless carriers can donate $5 to Share Our Strength by text messaging “SHARE” to 20222.”
– In a related story, “First Year of Mobile Giving Out Performs First Year of Online Giving” (wire, 12/30) 

HEALTH
Families Seeking Insurance For Kids (WaPo, 1/14) – In DC region, “downturn forcing parents to get aid”
House Set to Pass Child Health Bill (WaPo, 1/14) – “would extend coverage to an additional 4.1 million children”

ARTS
Quincy Jones Leads Chorus Urging a Cabinet-Level Arts Czar (WaPo, 1/14)