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50 years after the march, much has changed and much hasn’t

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it’s important to celebrate progress. But it is perhaps more important to take stock of what hasn’t improved in the last half-century. When it comes to the economic division between black and white Americans, the needle hasn’t really moved (WaPo, 8/28):

When it comes to household income and wealth, the gaps between blacks and whites have widened. On other measures, the gaps are roughly the same as they were four decades ago. The poverty rate for blacks, for instance, continues to be about three times that of whites.

“The relative position of blacks has not changed economically since the march,” said William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy, economics and African American studies at Duke University. “Certainly, poverty has declined for everybody, but it has declined in a way that the proportion of blacks to whites who are poor is about the same as it was 50 years ago.”

This should be especially troubling to all of us in the social sector, since we know the impact of economic disparities on every single issue we’re concerned about. We’ve made a lot of progress, but not enough.

Related: Next month, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will speaking on this issue and discuss how the context of our country’s history is affecting current realities. [More info.]

Terri Freeman, president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and chair of WRAG’s board, reflects on the same issues mentioned above with a philanthropic lens (CFNCR, 8/26):

I think it says we need to work a lot harder to use philanthropy to help those who need it the most. Not simply by funding individual projects and programs, but by also working to change the social service delivery systems that touch real people’s lives through the funding of advocacy and public policy. We must get out of our comfort zones, both literally and figuratively, to find out where the biggest bang for our buck will be.

Fifty years and we are still largely fighting the same fight. But are we really in the ring fighting, or are we simply standing in front of a mirror shadow boxing?

Lisa Hall, president and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, writes about how social impact investing is helping to realize Dr. King’s dream (Calvert, 8/27):

Four days before his assassination in 1968, King delivered a sermon on poverty entitled “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution” at the National Cathedral…I firmly believe that impact investing will endure as a transformative mechanism to advance the dream. In another 50 years from now we will have succeeded in using the resources at our disposal to eliminate poverty and its detrimental effects, exercising our will as King called on us to do.

DEMOGRAPHICS | Aging Boomers could have huge impact on suburbs (GGW, 8/28) The ones who aren’t aging will have no impact whatsoever.

WORKFORCE | It looks like D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson finally found the living wage bill that was passed almost two months ago. At a rally to support the legislation yesterday, Mendelson said that residents can’t live on $8.25 an hour, which is very true. But the legislation does absolutely nothing for the vast majority of the city’s hourly workers. Now the bill goes to Mayor Gray for approval or veto. (WaPo, 8/28)

EDUCATION | DCPS tries to bring a writing revolution to the District (GGE, 8/28)

VIOLENCE | Here’s the third and final part of Lessons unheeded, or how not to repeat a history of violence, from guest contributor Linda Bowen of The Institute for Community Peace. (Daily, 8/28)

I’m following in the steps of my old friend Jimmy this weekend and heading to Fog City. Rebekah will hold down the fort until I get back.

I’ll leave you with a classic example of a Japanese TV show using a fake dinosaur to prank an unsuspecting passerby.

The Community Foundation goes “beyond dollars” to support emerging artists

By Rebekah Seder
Program Manager

At WRAG, we talk a lot about how philanthropy goes “beyond dollars” in reference to the creative ways that grantmakers have an impact beyond simply cutting checks. As we document in our report of the same name, going beyond dollars can be as complex as creating funding collaboratives or launching public-private partnerships.  But sometimes, going beyond dollars can be as simple as displaying beautiful art on your office walls.

This is what the staff at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) recently discovered. Last year, the foundation redesigned their office, which created several broad expanses of blank white walls in serious need of some color. This led to the idea for the foundation’s “Gallery for Good” –  a rotating exhibit of works of art by emerging visual artists from throughout the region. While many of the Community Foundation’s donors support the arts, CFNCR doesn’t directly fund the arts and humanities through their discretionary grantmaking. The Gallery for Good, however, provides them with a non-grantmaking approach to supporting new artists and promoting the region’s vibrant arts and culture sector.

The gallery is managed by Ayann Johnson Bailey, executive assistant and office manager, who selects the artists and artworks for display. The current exhibit is the second for the Gallery, and Ayann anticipates having three shows per year, with each show featuring the work of several artists. Affiliate organization the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County is taking a similar approach as well, with a rotating exhibit that features the work of one Prince George’s artist at a time. Says Ayann, “Our main goal is to build recognition for the importance of the arts in improving the quality of life in our region, and bringing awareness of the power of the arts in contributing to community engagement. I’m so happy to connect emerging artists with an audience that they would otherwise not be exposed to.  The experience has been rewarding for all those involved.”

Besides providing an opportunity to expose emerging artists to potential arts patrons who pass through the CFNCR offices, the Gallery for Good also makes the foundation’s office a much more vibrant, inviting workspace. Terri Freeman, CFNCR’s president and chair of WRAG’s board, says, “Gallery for Good has been an incredible ‘win-win-win’ for us.  Emerging artists get to show their art.  It gives the Community Foundation a reason to host an event for donors and partners to view the art, network, and purchase the art if they desire.  And our staff have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful artwork on a daily basis.”

The current exhibit features local artists Bruce Campbell, Jay Durrah, Cheryl Edwards, J’Nell Jordan, and Yalonda McQuinn. The Community Foundation is hosting a special reception and open house for the exhibit on Wednesday, July 24. More information and registration is available here.

To learn more about the Gallery for Good, contact Ayann Johnson Bailey at ajohnson@cfncr.org.

Remembering Mr. Richard England

We’re truly sad to report that Mr. Richard England passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Mr. England was one of our region’s philanthropic cornerstones. He and his wife of 67 years, Lois, began their philanthropic work in 1948 and founded the Lois and Richard England Foundation in 1990. Mr. England served on the board of more than 30 nonprofits.

What made him especially noteworthy in our community was his hands-on approach. For Veteran’s Day 2011, we interviewed him about both his service in World War II and his philanthropic philosophy. Of the latter, he said:

I am Jewish. The part of the religion which excites me is Tikkun Olam – the Hebrew phrase which means ‘fixing the world.’ I really enjoy helping people who are less fortunate.

He went on to describe how he determined what parts of our local world needed the most fixing:

Read the Washington Post to learn where the problems are. Drive around the city to get acquainted.

Mr. England also had a profound effect on the people around him. These are a few reflections from members of the WRAG community:

Tamara Copeland, President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers:

I always admired Mr. England, not just as a well-respected community leader and philanthropist, but also as a model for aging. In his 90s, Mr. England was always an expected attendee at WRAG events – a lifetime learner, not only listening in the audience, but a participant asking probing questions to further his knowledge and that of his colleagues. He was always clear about his needs – urging a presenter to speak up or coming to the podium to adjust his microphone so he could better hear the remarks.

Mr. England stood tall, not just because of his military experience in World War II. He stood tall because he knew the needs of this community, knew that he had the capacity to address some of those needs and rose up elegantly, purposefully, albeit quietly, to respond to those needs. He was a leader. I will miss him, but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to know him. He will always be a beacon guiding the work of those whose lives he touched. A life well lived.

Terri Freeman, WRAG Board Chair, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region:

[Mr. England] was extremely committed to this community and his support of the sector was unwavering. He was a life-long learner as demonstrated by his participation in so many meetings and forums. We can only hope that younger generations of corporate leaders will be as committed as Mr. England.

Julie Rogers, former WRAG Board Chair, President of The Meyer Foundation:

Dick England was an activist philanthropist. His passion for our city’s young people and his matchless fundraising style created opportunities for so many – through chess, the wonderful campus for Bell MultiCultural and so much more. Dick set an example for us all by his integrity, inquiry and generosity, and I was honored to know him.

George Vradenburg, former WRAG Board member, President of The Vradenburg Foundation

I loved the birthday party for him AND Lois for their joint (like) 180th birthday. Richard told this hilarious story of his going upstairs in his house, getting to the top of the stairs and forgetting why he was going upstairs, turning around and starting downstairs and halfway down forgetting why he was going downstairs, so he ended up sitting on the landing on the steps between upstairs and downstairs until he could figure out where he should go. He told it with such genuineness and honesty that the entire audience was in stitches – obviously recognizing something very human and very shared.

He called me several times a year – for the Federation, for chess, for schools – always a good cause. I always, always returned his calls even when I knew I had to say ‘no’, because he was so committed to our kids, our community, our city. He was a good one, one of the best.

This is a sad day – even though he lived a long and fruitful life – sad nonetheless. I will miss him.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mrs. England and the entire England family. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, April 4th, at 11 am, at Washington Hebrew Congregation – 3935 Macomb St., NW, Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Chess Challenge in DC, MCIP (Bell High School in DC), or Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

Predictions for the nonprofit sector in 2013…Gov. McDonnell wants TFA in VA schools…Call for nominations for outstanding foundations [News, 1.4.12]

– In case you missed it, it’s now 2013, which means it’s time for the annual round of predictions for the future of the nonprofit sector. Rick Cohen shares insights on how the sector will change over the next 12 months from a number of nonprofit leaders (NPQ, 12/20):

Terri Freeman of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region (and WRAG’s board chair), says,

“We are looking at a significantly noticeable contraction in charitable giving in 2013…While I think people will continue to give, they will likely give less and be much choosier about who receives their charitable dollars.”

Mario Morino of Venture Philanthropy Partners says,

“The pending cuts in federal spending and tectonic shifts in the U.S. economy, workforce, and demographics will leave our society with less money for services at the very time we will have more demand for services from a broader swath of the population. These forces will hit home in 2013 with leaders in the nonprofit field, prompting them to do more to rethink, redesign, and reinvent their organizations and programs to meet these challenges.”

Related: 5 Things That Will Change the Way Nonprofits Work in 2013 (Chronicle, 1/4)

How Small Nonprofits Can Improve Their Fiscal Health (Chronicle, 1/3)

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has put forth a package of education-related proposals, including allowing Teach for America to place teachers in Virginia public schools. (Examiner, 1/4)

– Across the country, education reform efforts and STEM programs garnered the most support from education funders in 2012. (Foundation Center, 1/2)

DISTRICT | Mendelson Shuffles Committee Assignments On D.C. Council (WAMU, 1/3)

AWARDS | The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is seeking nominations of foundations for four awards: outstanding large private foundations, mid-size/small private foundations, corporate foundations, and grantmaking public charities. The deadline for nominations is February 1. More information available here.

Having finally jumped the bandwagon and started watching The Walking Dead, I found this video particularly interesting/ominous.


Region Forward progress measured…Normal Heart called ‘flawless’…A smart and simple solution to a food desert [News, 6.18.12]

REGION | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has released a Baseline Progress Report for the Region Forward plan. The report breaks down Region Forward’s 28 goals into three categories – major, moderate, and minor challenges. (RF, 6/14)

Following up on the report, Tamara asks, “Is the Region Forward plan making a difference?” It’s too early to tell, she says, but the plan is worth sticking to (WG Daily, 6/18):

WRAG continues to believe that the Region Forward framework affords funders tangible goals around which to align their giving. It provides the community, writ large, with a shared vision for the future.

Related: A former UMD professor writes in the Post that things are looking pretty optimistic for our region. (WaPo, 6/17)

– Today’s Post reviews Arena Stage’s production of The Normal Heart and praises it as “flawless.” (WaPo, 6/17)

On July 23, a special performance of the show will benefit the Washington AIDS Partnership and its fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our region. Tickets can be purchased via this form.

– Aaron Dorfman, executive director for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, looks at the impact of arts and humanities funding and concludes that the economic activity sparked by such funding – $135.2 billion, to be precise – is a benefit to everyone. (HuffPo, 6/15)

– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is accepting nominations for the Linowes Leadership Awards which recognizes “unsung” community leaders region. The nomination form is available here.

– The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation have partnered with CompassPoint and the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to conduct a national research project exploring the role of the development director in nonprofit organizations. If you are a Development Director or an Executive Director, they would appreciate your participation in a brief survey.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Meet Terry Lynch, a District resident who keeps a running list of public problems – trash, graffiti, dead trees, potholes, abandoned bikes – and bugs city officials until the problems are fixed. Annoying? Maybe. But Lynch says that 85 percent of his complaints get resolved, so we should all be thanking him. (WaPo, 6/17)

HEALTH | Washington state provides case study on effects of heath-care reform (WaPo, 6/17)

FOOD | A new, free shuttle service gives Ward 8 residents access to a local farmers market where they can buy fresh (and cheap) produce. (WaPo, 6/17) That’s a smart way to fight food deserts.

Related: In April, Wilt Corkern, a trustee at the Corina Higginson Trust and a WRAG Board member, wrote about the importance of getting rid of food deserts. (WG Daily, 4/30)

POLITICS | The Examiner looks at how the absence of Jeffrey Thompson – one of the most influential donors in District politics – will affect the upcoming race for council chair. (Examiner, 6/17)

HOUSING | Columbia Pike housing eyed (WaPo, 6/16) Arlington residents have “expressed concerns Saturday about whether the planned addition of new apartments will overwhelm their small single-family-home areas.”

GAMBLING | MGM Announces Plans For Casino In Prince George’s County (WAMU, 6/18) Hopefully they will also provide transportation into the District so it becomes easier to actually get to National Harbor. Also, Wayne Newton better books some dates there. With all of that plastic surgery, Newton really doesn’t look a day over 70.

We have two big birthdays to celebrate today. Both Paul McCartney and Roger Ebert are turning the big 7-0.

Here’s a snippet from Sir Paul’s awesome 2009 tour (his FedEx Field stop was one of the best concerts I’ve been to) featuring Beatles classics Get Back, St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The End.

And here’s a pretty inspiring TED talk that Roger Ebert delivered on how his loss of the ability to speak and eat has given him the opportunity to consider the meaning of communication. Fascinating stuff.

Happy birthday to both!

Terri Freeman on key investments to close the income gap…Tamara Copeland reflects on Trayvon Martin’s death…Prince George’s schools are shrinking [News, 3.20.12]

EQUITY | In the Huffington Post, Terri Freeman – president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and chair of WRAG’s board – discusses how investments in three strategic areas can address the region’s increasing income gap (HuffPo, 3/20):

As jurisdictions in the District, Maryland and Virginia weigh tight budget proposals and consistently return to human services and housing for cuts, we recognize that it will take both increases in public revenues and increased investments from philanthropy to assure that all residents have access to our region’s prosperity.

While philanthropy alone cannot address income inequality, it can make a difference. We believe economic security can be achieved by investing in three key areas: education, workforce development and the safety net.

SOCIAL JUSTICE | Tamara Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, shares a personal reflection on the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and how issues of race and racism continue to plague society. (WG Daily, 3/20)

– Most school systems in the region are experiencing either stability or growth, but Prince George’s County schools have seen a consistent decline in enrollment over the last eight years, losing more than 1,000 students annually. (WaPo, 3/20)

Bridging The Gap Between Home And School (WAMU, 3/16) “[M]any school districts, including DCPS, have stepped up efforts to combat truancy the old-fashioned way: by visiting students’ homes and speaking with their parents.”

POVERTY | WRAG’s VP Gretchen Greiner-Lott shared this article on poverty and says, “Although they are talking about why countries are poor, I think the same could be applied to smaller jurisdictions.” (NPR, 3/16)

SOCIAL MEDIA | YouTube Offers Live Streaming Video to Nonprofits (Chronicle, 3/20)

TRANSIT | Lots of Metro stories today.

– Employees in WMATA’s planning department are accused of using agency credit cards to buy expensive items for themselves. Apparently credit card oversight was so weak that nobody even knows who actually used the cards for the illegal purchases – so there won’t be prosecutions. (WaPo, 3/20) The perfect crime!

– Also, two ex-Metro employees plead guilty to stealing $445,000 in coins from the system. They face up to 30 years in prison and might have to pay back twice the amount they stole. (Examiner, 3/20)

– And finally, something that doesn’t make Metro look like it has no idea how to manage its employees. A new system map will debut this summer – preview it here. (Metro, 3/20) Just don’t try to understand rush hour on the Orange, Yellow, or Blue lines, or your head might explode.

CRIME | D.C. police scramble to counter rising number of robberies (WaPo, 3/20) Robberies are up in every ward. Very alarming.

This is so cool. At London’s Hyde Park this summer, Paul Simon will perform his album Graceland in its entirety with original collaborators Ladysmith Black Mambazo – plus other songs from his catalogue with special guests Jimmy Cliff and Alison Krauss. I saw Simon sing “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” with Ladysmith Black Mambazo a few years ago, and it was magical.

I can’t find the video of that performance, so here, instead, is a great version of Kodachrome and Gone at Last from Simon’s tour last year. The transition between songs around the 3:05 mark is fantastic.

D.C. activists call for surplus to go to social services…Plans to shut Fannie and Freddie move forward…Terri Freeman responds to Pablo Eisenberg [News, 2.3.12]

BUDGETS | Community activists want D.C.’s $240 million surplus to go toward programs to support homeless youth and affordable housing, but the officials say the funds may have to go toward replenishing the city’s reserves. (WAMU, 2/3)

HOUSING | The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (WaPo, 2/2)

Related: Last fall, 8 Neighbors released a report looking at Fannie and Freddie’s philanthropy and the impact that their closure will have on the region.

COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region‘s Terri Freeman published a response yesterday to Pablo Eisenberg’s controversial op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. (CFNCR, 2/2)

Related: Christian wrote a response to Eisenberg’s piece last week. (WG Daily, 1/26)

PHILANTHROPY/HEALTH | After a huge backlash, it looks like the Susan G. Komen Foundation has reversed its decision about ending its funding to Planned Parenthood. (WaPo, 2/3)

– An impact study commissioned by the D.C. Office of Planning shows that the planned street car system will spur new development, increase property values by $10 to $15 billion, bring in well over $200 million in new tax revenue per year, create thousands of jobs, draw thousands of new residents, and cure cancer. (Greater Greater Washington, 2/1)

Metro: Red line track work will take 3 more years (Examiner, 2/2)

Prince George’s County is considering a 5 cent fee on plastic bags to help reduce pollution in the Anacostia River. (Baltimore Sun, 2/2)

Embassies Go Green In Partnership With D.C. (WAMU, 2/3)

NONPROFITS | D.C. domestic violence agency WEAVE to close, leaving clients scrambling (WaPo, 2/2)

JOBS | The unemployment rate has dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest it has been in three years. (WaPo, 2/3). I am getting really tired of qualifying that every month with a reminder that the number of long-term unemployed people hasn’t really changed.

Being a huge fan of animal attack movies, naturally I thought The Grey was awesome. Here’s some helpful advice if you, like Liam Neeson, ever find yourself at the mercy of a pack of angry, oversized wolves.


Terri Freeman reflects on King legacy…Virginia youth poverty is highest in more than a decade…Is D.C. illegally underfunding charters? [News, 1.17.11]

COMMUNITY | Terri Lee Freeman, president of the Community Foundation and chair of WRAG’s board, reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King and asks, Where do we go from here? (CFNCR, 1/16)

We can either begin to create economic opportunities that allow a much larger group of people to participate and succeed or we can promote an American caste system that will surely cost more in the long run.

POVERTY | A new study finds that 14 percent of Virginia’s children live in poverty – the highest rate since 1998. The number is still below the national average, but it has been increasing steadily in recent years. (WTOP, 1/17)

YOUTH | Members of local gangs staged a fashion show as a way of creatively expressing their problems and working toward reformed lives. (WaPo, 1/17)

– A new study suggests that the District is “illegally underfunding its charter schools providing additional money and support services exclusively to D.C. Public Schools.” (Examiner, 1/17)

Related: On the flip side, D.C. Ranks High Among States With Charter Schools (WAMU, 1/17) The ranking is based on pro-charter laws.

Editorial: The D.C. Council’s wrongheaded approach to education reform (WaPo, 1/17) “The proposals are not without merit, but the way they were developed — without consultation with those who manage the schools or any regard to the impact — is a troubling sign of a council that seems more interested in sound bites than in providing thoughtful oversight.”

–  In the lastest installment of its Million-Dollar Wasteland series, the Post looks at the high mortgage default rate of the District’s housing loan program. (WaPo, 1/15)

HUD’s Moving to Opportunity study provides long-term analysis of neighborhood effects on residents (Land Use Prof Blog, via GGW, 1/16) “[A]nalyzes what is likely the most detailed, long-term look at neighborhood effects on residents.”

Related: Though it is a few years old at this point, this map of life expectancy across our region is worth revisiting periodically. At the Consumer Health Foundation’s annual meeting this month, Margaret O’Byron shared the shocking fact that residents of Friendship Heights live an average of 17 years more than residents of Capitol Heights.

NONPROFITS/POLITICS | Robert Egger’s CForward political action committee endorses and supports politicians who aim to strengthen the nonprofit sector. As we begin a major election year, he poses the question, “[W]ill we view America’s robust and dynamic nonprofit sector as an essential partner in this process of strengthening communities while rebuilding the economy?” (HuffPo, 1/12)

BUDGETS | Last week, citizens from Northern Virginia shared personal stories with state delegates about the importance of human services – many of which are facing possible funding reductions. (Connection, 1/11)

After getting stuck in a tunnel on Metro for fifteen minutes and then soaked by the rain, I had a serious case of the Mondays when I got to work. Then I realized it was already Tuesday and things started to look up.

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend. I managed to ski for multiple days without falling once! And on an unrelated note, here’s a cool project where famous movies are re-imagined with different casts from an earlier era. Superman with John Wayne? The Terminator with Steve McQueen and Christopher Walken? Very cool indeed.

New D.C. Council legislation would require all students to apply to college [News, 1.4.11]

– Yesterday D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown introduced legislation that would require every D.C. high school student to take the SAT or ACT exam and apply to one college or trade school in order to graduate from high school. (WaPo, 1/3)

– A federal lawsuit in Maryland alleges that the state does not support historically black colleges adequately enough to compensate for past discrimination. (WaPo, 1/3)

Traditional schools blurring District lines (WaPo, 1/3)

HOMELESSNESS | Homeless Shelters Brace for Winter Influx (WAMU, 1/2)

ETHICS | DC Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr., Will Resign in Plea Agreement (WUSA 9, 1/4)

COMMUNITY | On the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region‘s blog, Terri Lee Freeman (Chair of WRAG’s Board of Directors) writes about ever increasing demand for services from the region’s safety net nonprofit organizations.

– The deadline to apply for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s 2012 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management is this Friday, January 6. More information here.

Rick Moyers of the Meyer Foundation (and WRAG’s Board of Directors) writes about the complexities of the board and ED relationship. (Chronicle for Philanthropy, 1/3)

5 Challenges for the Nonprofit World in 2012 (Chronicle for Philanthropy, 1/4)

PHILANTHROPY | Here are some predictions for philanthropy in 2012, from the authors of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World. (Huffington Post, 1/2)

People do a lot of bizarre things to raise money for charities, but these stunts have to be the craziest (especially on a day like today).

– Rebekah

Give to the Max was a huge success…Richard England on philanthropy…Fannie Mae opens foreclosure center in Prince George’s [News, 11.10.11]

GIVE TO THE MAX | It was an exciting 24 hours yesterday! The final totals are that 17,839 people donated $1,886,584. With additional award money, the grand total raised was $2,034,584. Not too shabby!

Give to the Max organizers Terri Freeman of the Community Foundation and Bill Hanbury of the United Way are proud of the results. Terri says:

“This region continues to demonstrate its ability to unite and rally around a call to action, and the results from our first ever Give to the Max Day prove it.”

And Bill is excited about what participation in Give to the Max reveals about new directions in fundraising:

“In addition to raising $2 million, we are thrilled to see how many of our nonprofit members participated and maximized all the benefits of learning more about online fundraising and putting those skills to good use.”

COMMUNITY | As we prepare to honor our nation’s veterans tomorrow, we asked World War II veteran Mr. Richard England, who lost his hearing at Guadalcanal, to reflect on philanthropy – what it means to him, what advice he has for new philanthropists, and how funders can support our nation’s veterans. (WG Daily, 11/10)

WORKFORCE | A new survey finds that one of every five U.S. employers is looking to hire veterans, but “vets re-entering the corporate workforce don’t always properly market their unique skills.” (WBJ, 11/10)

HOUSING | Fannie Mae opens foreclosure center in Greenbelt (WTOP, 11/10) “Prince George’s County has the highest number of foreclosures in Maryland and [one] of the highest rates in the region.”

Election pumps new blood into Fairfax school board (Examiner, 11/10) The board has six new members.

DCPS has opened a diagnostic center aimed at identifying children who might need special education. (WaPo, 11/9)

SOCIAL MEDIA | As we wrap-up Give to the Max Day, Tamara Copeland considers how social media is changing philanthropy and how these changes take some adjustment of perspective to appreciate (NPQ, 11/10):

In just the last few years, we’ve seen traditional philanthropy morph in interesting ways. We can give directly to causes all over the world with our smartphones. No intermediaries needed… Forget due diligence. Forget informed program officers looking at logic models, program plans, and evaluation models. Has the head and/or heart philanthropy debate already become a bit passé?

WEEKEND | This isn’t an endorsement, but just something that caught my attention as a movie nerd and Smithsonian fan. Groupon is selling $4 tickets to Smithsonian IMAX movies which can be redeemed starting today. IMAX and a museum visit is a nice weekend activity!

Hope you all enjoy the long weekend. We’re excitedly preparing for our big annual meeting next week at Arena Stage and hope to see you there.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here’s a heartfelt clip from one of my favorite movies.

– christian