Update on Share Our Strength Activities–July 08

Got a message from Billy Shore regarding news about the Share Our  Strength community, including:

Wynton Marsalis agreed to be honored guest and speaker at the Autumn Harvest dinner hosted by Danny Meyer and the Union Square Hospitality Group in NY.

McCormick & Schmick’s committed their restaurants to Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out this September, bringing our total participating restaurants to 3045!

Cleveland chef and restaurant owner Michael Symon, who won the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” competition, hosted A Tasteful Pursuit dinner in Cleveland with 8 female chefs from around the country.

The New York Times reported that the number of American children who are under 18 and live below the poverty line increased by almost 9% between 2000 and 2006.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) announced that, along with co-investors,  it would be investing $120 million in three nonprofits: Youth Villages,  Nurse-Family Partnership, and Citizen Schools.  The investment is comprised of $39 million from Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and $81 million from 19 co-investors.    It is nearly unprecedented in philanthropic circles to see this amount of capital pooled on behalf of such a select number of nonprofits.  It signals an  important new approach in philanthropy.