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Archive for 2008

Stepping Stones Research Update: December 2008

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

As part of our ongoing commitment–in partnership with The Urban Institute–to providing information and resources related to the goals of Stepping Stones, please find below a summary of recent research on issues of economic security and financial independence for women and their families.

Weekly Round-Up: News and Analysis on Women and Poverty (Week ending December 19, 2008)

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a national foundation-led initiative, is excited to collaborate with The Women’s Foundation to bring you the latest news and analysis on women and poverty.

Spotlight is the go-to site for news and ideas about fighting poverty. And every Friday, look for our weekly rundown of the top news stories on women and poverty.

Arts are an important investment, even when resources are tight.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Looking at the recent grants issued by our two giving circles, they may seem a bit counter-intuitive given the current economic climate.

Some have asked me why I believe funding the arts for girls is so important when there are many other pressing issues and priorities in our city, and funds are so tight.

College Essay Day inspires far beyond what’s put on paper.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Tia’s post about College Essay Day at Urban Alliance inspired me to take a minute to jot down some of my thoughts on the experience.

Help from community inspires improvement in college essays.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Last Friday, several District of Columbia students, myself included, filed onto the 8th floor of the Watergate building.  We were all interns with The Urban Alliance Foundation, and were there to get professional help from newspaper editors, lawyers, and other successful people, including my mentor Lisa Kays, on our college essays.

Washingtonian: 64 ways to do good this holiday season, locally.

Monday, December 15th, 2008

If you’re looking for creative, different ways to give this holiday season, don’t miss this month’s issue of the Washingtonian, with their cover article, "64 Ways to Do Good."

The article features a lot of different ways to make your local community here in Washington, D.C. a better place, from volunteering virtually to coaching a kid.

Weekly News Round-Up: News and Analysis on Women and Poverty (Week ending December 12, 2008)

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a national foundation-led initiative, is excited to collaborate with The Women’s Foundation to bring you the latest news and analysis on women and poverty.

Spotlight is the go-to site for news and ideas about fighting poverty. And every Friday, look for our weekly rundown of the top news stories on women and poverty.

This is a time for strategy, smart investing and sacrifice on the part of foundations.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Last week, I had to inform my staff of two decisions—that will be the first of more, I am sure—that I never would have expected to make when I took this position almost a year ago.

Weekly Round-Up: News and Analysis on Women and Poverty (Week ending December 5, 2008)

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a national foundation-led initiative, is excited to collaborate with The Women’s Foundation to bring you the latest news and analysis on women and poverty.

Spotlight is the go-to site for news and ideas about fighting poverty.  And every Friday, look for our weekly rundown of the top news stories on women and poverty.

Tough economic times don’t have to turn you into Scrooge.

Friday, December 5th, 2008

This is a cool Friday afternoon find.  Allison Fine and Marnie Webb have started an online project that is quickly catching on, asking people for ideas about how to give during this holiday season without spending a dime.