Making virtual lemonade tomorrow…Virginia hits the polls…Mark Bolgiano named VP and CIO at Council on Foundations [News, 11.8.11]

The final countdown! Give to the Max Day starts at midnight tonight. Who can participate? Literally everyone! It’s the perfect opportunity to get your friends to support your favorite nonprofit.

As we get ready, Tamara has a sweet metaphor for Give to the Max Day – “Virtual Lemonade!” Read her post on the Region Forward blog:

The continuing instability of the markets looks like a yo-yo – up and down, up and down. Tightening budgets are leading to significant reductions in government funding. And the expected wind-down of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s local giving is reshaping the corporate grantmaking landscape in our region.

With all those economic “lemons,” now comes a creative effort to make virtual lemonade in metropolitan Washington.

Related editorial: Local nonprofits hope to benefit from one-day, online-only fundraiser (WaPo, 11/8)

VOTE | Virginians – don’t forget to make a quick trip to the polls today to vote for your state senators, state delegates, county supervisors, and school boards. Look up your voting location and ballots here.

COMMUNITY | The Council on Foundations has named Mark Bolgiano as its new vice president and CIO. Read more about Mark.

– New data show that more than forty percent of the District’s public school population is enrolled in charter schools. (WaPo, 11/8)

– Prince George’s schools are looking at a $43 million budget gap next year due to drops in enrollment and tax revenue. (Examiner, 11/8)

YOUTH/MENTAL HEALTH | Safety nets for mentally ill children are full of holes (WaPo, 11/8) “We have all kinds of safety nets in place to ensure that children are able to get vaccinations, annual doctor visits and cold medicine. Yet mental health, in most cases, is an afterthought.”

TRANSIT | Metro will start single-tracking on huge chunks of the Red Line during regular weekday evenings. (Examiner, 11/8) So basically, don’t rely on the Red Line on weekdays or the weekend.

– National Capital Philanthropy Day 2011 is one week from today. The event celebrates the philanthropic leadership of nonprofits, individuals, businesses, and funders. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, and to celebrate they’ve created a video that features former awardees – including The Meyer Foundation’s Julie Rogers! More information here on registration.

So the White House has gone on record saying that it has no evidence that extraterrestrials exist. But as we all know from Independence Day, the president isn’t told about such things. Case in point, Area 51 was kept a secret from the movie’s president!

Just joking around.