Fund Raisers Find Mix of Personal and Professional Support at Local Round Tables

It's a few minutes before noon on an overcast Wednesday, and the chairs in the spare basement conference room of a housing charity here are beginning to fill. Sheets of paper taped to the walls remind people of the meeting's theme: evaluating fund-raising performance.

But the conversation before the session gets started is more personal. There's talk of finishing the last of the course work for a master's degree, and surprise at learning that a friend just got laid off as a