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(The Chronicle of Philanthropy)  “Just as the best ideas don’t come from Washington alone, we believe Washington shouldn’t be alone in funding them either,” said First Lady Michelle Obama at an event promoting the White House Social Innovation Fund on May 27.  Various grant-makers have contributed almost $50 million to the White House Social Innovation Fund, a federal initiative designed to remedy social problems.  The money will then match donations to organizations with the same goals–helping communities–in mind.  “The [fund] is not about doing it by itself,” director of the Social Innovation Fund Paul L. Carttar said.  “It’s about being the catalyst for the collaboration of a lot of different parties at a lot of different levels who want the same ambition of improving American communities — and have different capabilities, assets, or resources to bring to bear.”