America’s top charities are still on uneven ground

GIVING | The Chronicle of Philanthropy has released new data on the country’s 400 largest nonprofits. The news? Not so great. (Chronicle, 10/21):

Donations to groups in the Philanthropy 400, the charities that raise the most in America, grew just 4 percent last year, slightly more than half the gain in 2011. And the forecast from 88 groups that provided estimates for 2013 is even more grim: It shows a projected decrease of 1 percent.

WORKFORCE | A new report, commissioned by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, takes an in-depth look at workforce development in Prince George’s County (CFNCR, 10/18):

By some measures, Prince George’s County is thriving. The county has a high labor force participation rate, moderate unemployment, and a high median income. By other measures, the county faces significant workforce challenges. First, opportunity is mixed across different areas of the county…There is a great divide between rich and poor in the county. Despite a high median income, one in ten local residents are living in poverty.

LOCAL | The Post has a series of articles about the impact that millennials are having on our region. In the District, almost all growth in the last decade was due to this generation. (WaPo, 10/21)

EDUCATION | Fairfax County’s superintendent, Karen Garza, will propose major cuts to the school system in order to try to close a $140 million budget gap. The cuts include staff cuts, bigger class sizes, and program reductions. (WaPo, 10/21)

SHUTDOWN | Capital Business has two op-eds about the shutdown. That’s obviously two too many, but both are worth reading.

– First, a local business owner points out that the shutdown reveals how reliant our region is on the government. He suggests that a new focus on entrepreneurship could help make our local economy more resilient. (WaPo, 10/21) But then I’d have to very slowly type “entrepreneurship” while pronouncing it phonetically in my head. That word is impossible to deal with.

– Second, the chief economist for the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce says that “black-owned businesses were hit harder than most” during the shutdown. The factors he suggests caused the extra pain actually seem like they would apply to most businesses – at least in our region. (WaPo, 10/21)

HEALTH | Today, President Obama is expected to discuss a plan to fix (WaPo, 10/21) Clearly the folks at the NSA didn’t build this site.

It’s Monday, so let’s try to prepare our brains for the rest of the week with…African geography! Also, if you’re feeling a bit stressed and too busy (who isn’t?), here is some scientific hope for possibly living forever.