Opinion: On the day after the election, philanthropy must be defended

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Henry Berman, head of Exponent Philanthropy, looks at how philanthropy took a big hit throughout the 2016 Presidential Election as both candidates’ giving was questioned and cast in a negative light – and the nonprofit world largely stayed silent. (CP, 11/9)

Never in our history have the roles of two candidates’ giving records and foundations been so prominently in the spotlight, as reporters uncovered allegations of possible wrongdoing at both the Trump and Clinton foundations and grappled with basic questions about just how generous — or self-interested — they were. History was made when those topics became part of the televised presidential and vice-presidential debates this fall.

Amid all this, most of us in the nonprofit world kept silent in our public discussions about the campaign. We didn’t rise to challenge the incorrect perceptions about philanthropy or seize this opportunity to shine a light on our good work, our outsize impact, and the difference we are making across the nation and around the globe.

Locally, Fairfax County votes down the meals tax, Montgomery County says yes to term limits, and the council is expanded in Prince Georges County. (WaPo, 11/8)

D.C. Votes Overwhelmingly For Statehood Referendum, Future Remains Uncertain (WAMU, 11/9)

FOUNDATIONS | The “Ban the Box” movement, that asks job applicants to indicate whether they have criminal records, is gaining steam in philanthropy. (CP, 11/3)

JUSTICE‘It’s been beautiful’: With rights restored, 79-year-old felon votes again after 40 years (WaPo, 11/8)

RACEOn Being Latina a Long Way From Home: Moving from L.A. to D.C. taught me a lot about losing and rebuilding my identity. (CityLab, 11/6)

– The Housing Production Trust Fund is a source of money dedicated to finance the production and preservation of affordable housing in DC – here it is explained. (GGW, 11/8)

 – Properties in Anacostia that have been abandoned may have a new owner soon. (WAMU, 11/4)

FOODFood trucks, breweries and bike lanes: How D.C. has changed over the last eight years (WaPo, 11/3)

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