THIS WEEK AT WRAG
Exponent Philanthropy discussed seven unique and innovative funding initiatives ahead of the D.C. Innovation Fair – including the Washington AIDS Partnership and the Washington Regional Food Funders – with a word from WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore (Exponent Philanthropy, 10/10):
The Greater Washington, DC, region is one of the wealthiest areas of the country. Yet the local foundation community is not as large as in other major metropolitan regions. And, to complicate matters, we do not have any “mega” foundations to “lead the way.” As such, the local philanthropic community has had to work very collaboratively over the years to affect change in our region. This unique philanthropic ecosystem has resulted in a vibrant, innovative, and well-connected funding community that has sparked some really exciting philanthropic solutions.
THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The Urban Institute released their latest study on the dramatic shifts in affordable housing in the District over the last decade with some surprising data. (WCP, 10/7) Mayor Gray also announced that the city is expected to exceed its goal of 10,000 affordable housing units by 2020. (DC.gov, 10/8)
THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Mayor Gray accepted the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge,” and the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation was asked to lead the effort to develop the city’s boys and men of color strategy to support improved outcomes for youth in the District of Columbia.
THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
The D.C. Council unanimously voted for special education reform that will now allow students with special needs to be evaluated earlier and will increase parent engagement efforts in DCPS. (WAMU, 10/8)
THIS WEEK IN CSR
We learned how the technology sector can effectively use its tools in the world of corporate social responsibility. (SSIR, 10/3)
You can also see what the WRAG community has been up to this week in tweets by clicking here!
WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Funding Greater Washington’s Regional Food System (WRAG members, nonmembers)
Friday, October 17th 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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