One in five children living below federal poverty line in U.S.

According to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education, in 2013 more than one in five school-age children (or 10.9 million) across the country lived below the federal poverty line. (WaPo, 5/28)

Childhood poverty rates were on the rise for every racial group, ranging from 39 percent for African Americans and 36 percent for Native Americans, 32 percent for Hispanics and 13 percent for Asians and whites.

The data, part of an annual report to Congress from the U.S. Department of Education, offers a snapshot of the country’s education system, including information about preschool, higher education and private K-12 school enrollment.

You Draw It: How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances (NYT, 5/28)

PHILANTHROPY | The Center for Effective Philanthropy offers some advice on how to improve the relationship between grantmakers and their grantees. (CEP, 5/28)

WORKFORCE/EQUITY | Just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 have access to broadband internet, compared to 95 percent of households making over $150,000. In response, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman has announced a proposal for the government to subsidize Internet service for low-income homes. The ability to apply for jobs, most of which require online applications these days, was cited as one of many reasons access is so vital. (WAMU, 5/28)

HEALTH | A community health program is tapping into the benefits of parks by “prescribing” time outside as part of an antidote to a number of ailments. (WaPo, 5/28)

NONPROFITS | On Tuesday, June 2, Fair Chance will hold a workshop on using cloud-based technology to increase performance and productivity for nonprofit organizations. The interactive session will take place at the Meyer Foundation. To find out more and to register, click here.


Healthy Communities Working Group: June Meeting (WRAG members)
Monday, June 1  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (at WRAG)

Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group: Shared Value: Exploring Opportunities to Simultaneously Increase Your Company’s Profitability and Social Impact (WRAG members)
Wednesday, June 3  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (at KPMG)

Corporate Discussion: WRAG’s Get on the Map Campaign with the Foundation Center (WRAG’s corporate members)
Wednesday, June 3  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (at KPMG)

Can you guess the names of these popular restaurants in the region based on Emoji characters?

– Ciara