Give to the Max was a huge success…Richard England on philanthropy…Fannie Mae opens foreclosure center in Prince George’s [News, 11.10.11]

GIVE TO THE MAX | It was an exciting 24 hours yesterday! The final totals are that 17,839 people donated $1,886,584. With additional award money, the grand total raised was $2,034,584. Not too shabby!

Give to the Max organizers Terri Freeman of the Community Foundation and Bill Hanbury of the United Way are proud of the results. Terri says:

“This region continues to demonstrate its ability to unite and rally around a call to action, and the results from our first ever Give to the Max Day prove it.”

And Bill is excited about what participation in Give to the Max reveals about new directions in fundraising:

“In addition to raising $2 million, we are thrilled to see how many of our nonprofit members participated and maximized all the benefits of learning more about online fundraising and putting those skills to good use.”

COMMUNITY | As we prepare to honor our nation’s veterans tomorrow, we asked World War II veteran Mr. Richard England, who lost his hearing at Guadalcanal, to reflect on philanthropy – what it means to him, what advice he has for new philanthropists, and how funders can support our nation’s veterans. (WG Daily, 11/10)

WORKFORCE | A new survey finds that one of every five U.S. employers is looking to hire veterans, but “vets re-entering the corporate workforce don’t always properly market their unique skills.” (WBJ, 11/10)

HOUSING | Fannie Mae opens foreclosure center in Greenbelt (WTOP, 11/10) “Prince George’s County has the highest number of foreclosures in Maryland and [one] of the highest rates in the region.”

EDUCATION
Election pumps new blood into Fairfax school board (Examiner, 11/10) The board has six new members.

DCPS has opened a diagnostic center aimed at identifying children who might need special education. (WaPo, 11/9)

SOCIAL MEDIA | As we wrap-up Give to the Max Day, Tamara Copeland considers how social media is changing philanthropy and how these changes take some adjustment of perspective to appreciate (NPQ, 11/10):

In just the last few years, we’ve seen traditional philanthropy morph in interesting ways. We can give directly to causes all over the world with our smartphones. No intermediaries needed… Forget due diligence. Forget informed program officers looking at logic models, program plans, and evaluation models. Has the head and/or heart philanthropy debate already become a bit passé?

WEEKEND | This isn’t an endorsement, but just something that caught my attention as a movie nerd and Smithsonian fan. Groupon is selling $4 tickets to Smithsonian IMAX movies which can be redeemed starting today. IMAX and a museum visit is a nice weekend activity!


Hope you all enjoy the long weekend. We’re excitedly preparing for our big annual meeting next week at Arena Stage and hope to see you there.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here’s a heartfelt clip from one of my favorite movies.

– christian