PRINCE GEORGE’S | The Post’s Robert McCartney says that the result of yesterday’s primary election for the Prince George’s County Council demonstrates that “reform-minded” executive Rushern Baker’s “political organization, which aided Davis’s campaign, continues to get stronger.” One particular area of strength is Baker’s relationship with funders:
Amina Anderson, senior program officer at the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, said philanthropic leaders have been impressed that the Baker administration has consulted with them and streamlined procedures for obtaining grants.
“He and members of his staff really spent a lot of time listening to folks in the county in the nonprofit sector about what their concerns were, what their needs were, how the county should be responding,” she said. The new grant process “is modeled on some of the best practices” in the field, she said.
NONPROFITS | The Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers has a new post up at his Against the Grain blog- Five Ways Foundations Can Strengthen Nonprofit Boards (Chronicle, 9/22)
HOUSING | New Study Redefines Affordable Housing (WAMU, 9/22) A D.C. Office of Planning study that says mortgage companies should look at more than just payments, insurance, and taxes.
– Education finance commission finally forming (WaPo, 9/22)
–Obama prepares to revamp ‘No Child Left Behind’ (WaPo, 9/22)
COMMUNITY | Lots of announcements from the WRAG community:
– Big news from the Consumer Health Foundation (WRAG’s neighbors down the hall). After more than 12 years, Julie Farkas will be leaving the foundation. Fun fact – she was the first program office hired by the foundation! Rachel Wick has been promoted from program officer to Director of Policy, Planning and Special Projects. Nivo Razafindratsitohaina has been promoted to Executive Assistant to Margaret O’Bryon. And, Ria Pugeda, formerly of the Public Welfare Foundation, has joined CHF as a program officer. Congratulations to all, and we’ll miss you Julie!
– The Washington Area Women’s Foundation has named four new members to its board of directors, including Julie Rogers, president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. The other new members are Audrey Bracey Deegan, managing director of OMG Center for Collaborative Learning; Alex Orfinger, publisher of the Washington Business Journal, and Sonal Shah, former director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
– Crystal Townsend is the new president of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation. Welcome to the WRAG community, Crystal!
VOLUNTEERING | New data shows that states in which there is a high rate of volunteerism and civic participation have had better joblessness rates during the economic downturn. (Chronicle, 9/22) But the study doesn’t seem to point out why this is the case. Curiouser and curiouser.
MENTAL HEALTH | Mental health study tries Capital Bikeshare as therapy (WaPo, 9/22) Not to sound like a broken record, but Capital Bikeshare is awesome.
REGION | Business Week ranks Arlington and D.C. as two of the best cities in the country. (WaPo, 9/22)
METRO | This isn’t news, but I snapped this picture at a farecard machine at Capitol South last night. I’m glad they tried to clarify things with a marker.
Is there anyone funnier than Steve Martin? Eddie Murphy has been announced as the host of the next Oscars, so Martin – who has hosted the ceremony before – wrote Murphy a letter. It starts off, “I heard you’re hosting this year’s Oscars. First of all, CONGRATS. Even though you didn’t ask for my advice and specifically said, ‘please, no advice,’ here are a few tips!” It only gets better.
Hope you all enjoy the last weekend of September (how did that happen?) – Rebekah has the Daily covered tomorrow.