Roundup Reel: Week of Nov. 7

November 11, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

It’s time for FA’s weekly roundup of grant-related news and commentary from the week.

From the Maryland grants community: good tips from The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ (@ABAGrantmakers) site on how to “Use Social Media to Support Philanthropy.”

As a writer and unabashed book lover I can’t help but link to this, via @MDGrantsOffice on Monday afternoon. Fast Company’s Co.Design site ranked the least popular fonts in the world! (Resisting the urge to start playing with font types in all my posts.)

In case you haven’t seen it, Half In Ten has a useful info graphic about food insecurity issues that breaks the data down state by state. Generally speaking (although there are exceptions) food insecurity issues seem to be worse in some of the country’s southern states.

More on poverty: the Urban Institute released a fact sheet on Monday defining “low-asset, low-income families,” check it out here. From the report, written by Maurizio Soto, “more than a quarter of U.S. families are dealt a double whammy—they are in the bottom 40 percent of both the net worth and the income distributions. On average, these families have annual incomes of $20,900 and their net worth is $9,400…” In general these families are younger, less educated, less healthy, more likely to be minority and often headed by a single parent, the report found.

Creative problem solving by FEMA in Vermont to get the word out about disaster relief in the wake of this summer’s hurricane: hay wagons as billboards. This was a fairly common sight on many of the farms near where I grew up in Vermont for things like farm stands and pick your own produce (any other rural area dwellers see the same thing?), but it’s nice to see the agency take a local mindset to make sure communities get the help they need.

And for this week’s human interest angle, there was a great story this week about a young philanthropist on Spark Action’s youth action focused site.

See you next week!

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