In this week's Washington Snapshot, you'll find: Springtime in DC, at long last; Ways and Means Hearing on Tax Extenders; Lois Lerner in More Hot Water; 501(c)(4) Regulations on Slow Track; Grassley Prods IRS on Nonprofit Hospitals; Volunteerism Rates Hit Record Low; Survey Finds Many Nonprofits Still Struggle

The Council on Foundations is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first community foundation by shining a spotlight on the myriad ways these important institutions are making a difference – and discussing how these vital institutions will serve their communities during the next 100 years.

The Council is issuing a Call for Sessions to leading civil and social innovators. We are looking to you for well-developed sessions that offer diverse perspectives, concrete solutions, and fresh insights into our Spotlight Issue: The Role of Philanthropy in an Increasingly Polarized Society.

This past Sunday, December 1st, marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We know that private philanthropy has played a catalytic role in the response to HIV/AIDS, increasing from a mere $216,000 in 1983 to roughly $500,000,000 annually today, and helping to scale up public and private investment in HIV research, prevention, care, treatment and human rights protections.

Last week, The Merck Company Foundation launched a new three-year, $3 million initiative, the HIV Care Collaborative for Underserved Populations in the United States, to help the local health departments in Atlanta, Houston, and Philadelphia connect more people living with HIV/AIDS to the care they need to stay healthy.

Here are some interesting facts: * Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States. * Sixty-nine percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. * Thirty-two percent of children in the United States are overweight or obese. * Twenty-four million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes.

With the 100 year anniversary of the community foundation field next year, The Alaska Community Foundation reflects on its individual work over the last 16 years and what it can accomplish over the next century as part of the larger field in the latest Community Foundation Week blog on Re: Philanthropy.

Remember the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? Applying the same concept to every single person on the planet shows we are all part of one global neighborhood – never far removed from anyone else. Today’s Re: Philanthropy blog shows how people can use these connections to maximize social good through global giving.