The shutdown and the limits of philanthropy

SHUTDOWN | Could the government be on the verge of reopening? As of this morning, the Senate seems to have a plan in place that would kick the can down the road for a few months, but at least get things up and running again. The House seems to be developing an alternative plan that could cause problems with the Senate’s plan though. Big surprise. (WaPo, 10/15)

– As things have dragged on, many of our local nonprofits have been slammed hard by financial troubles. This has led to important conversations about the role of philanthropy in emergency situations like the shutdown. WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, writes that, by design, philanthropy cannot substitute for the government (Daily, 10/15):

Philanthropy was intended to seed ideas, to catalyze innovation, to test boundaries for change. When any crisis occurs, we look to philanthropy to be a part of the response. This time is no different and philanthropy is responding. Philanthropy cannot, however, replace government, even in a stopgap manner.

Opinion: On a similar note, the University of Indiana’s Beth Gazley writes about The Dangers of Shutdown Philanthropy. (Chronicle, 10/14)

Shutdown Watch: A Testing Ground for Philanthropy Replacing Government? (Chronicle, 10/14)

SMART GROWTH? | When we talk about growth in our region, access to public transportation is one of the key elements. The good news, according to Capital Business, is that the vast majority of new office development is near Metro. The bad news is that Metro doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate the oncoming surge (WaPo, 10/14):

This building renaissance will add thousands of new riders to the Metro system’s already overwhelmed tracks. Stemming the overflow may require not just changes to the system but to how the region makes land use decisions.

Of the 5.5 million square feet of office space under construction in the region, about 4.6 million of it, or 84 percent isn’t just near a Metro station but within a quarter mile of one….

WORKFORCE
– A new 50,000 square-foot workforce development facility has opened in Northeast D.C. Housed at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, it will serve more than 500 low-income District residents a day. (WaPo, 10/14)

– Walmart’s newly opened hiring centers for its planned D.C. stores have attracted more than 11,000 applicants. To put that in perspective, there are only 1,800 jobs available. (CP, 10/15)

Marriott job training program gives District residents a chance (Elevation DC, 10/15)

HEALTH | A Mixed Bag of State and Federal Health Exchange Enrollment Results (NPQ, 10/15)

HUNGER | The Post’s Valerie Strauss featured an important testimonial about how going to school hungry affects school performance. (WaPo, 10/15)


Drones are practically synonymous with military strikes, but they have other applications, too. For example, a fleet of small drones was used to fly around the Matterhorn in Switzerland and create a highly-detailed 3D map of the mountain. So cool!

Also, Sir Paul McCartney’s new album dropped today and is getting great reviews. Here’s the lead single – New.