COMMUNITY | In case you missed it, late last month the Greater Washington region’s philanthropic community was highlighted on an edition of NBC4’s Viewpoint. WRAG’s Tamara Copeland, Celeste James of Kaiser Permanente, and Leanne Posko of Capital One discussed the impact of philanthropy in our region, funders’ priorities and practices, and some of the other findings detailed in the 2014 edition of Our Region, Our Giving. You can view the full Viewpoint episode here.
DISTRICT | Bowser to appoint Alexandria’s Rashad Young to D.C. city administrator post (WBJ, 12/9)
– There is a “renewed sense of urgency and optimism about place-based initiatives,” thanks in part to the increase in poverty over the last decade, and new research and insights into how best to increase opportunities for people living in impoverished areas. (SSIR, 12/4)
– Collective impact initiatives aimed at addressing entrenched social problems are underway in cities throughout the country, but whether or not the data-driven approach is showing results is yet to be determined. (Chronicle, 12/8, subscription required)
CSR | A Fast Company op-ed writer explains why corporate social responsibility should be more than just a fad – and can be if CSR is baked into management practices through “positive business” principles. (FC, 12/8)
Related: The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, WRAG’s partnership with Johns Hopkins University that allows CSR professionals to earn a professional certificate in less than one year, is still accepting applications for the 2015 class. More info here.
EQUITY | The Nonprofit Quarterly suggests that the “nonprofit sector has a Ferguson problem,” reflected in the racial disparities in staff and board leadership. (NPQ, 12/5)
EDUCATION | Holder, Duncan outline educational rights for juvenile offenders (WaPo, 12/8)
TRANSIT | It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the streetcar along H Street NE in D.C. will start carrying passengers in 2014. (WAMU, 12/8)
Would you be willing to take a one-way trip to Mars? Me neither.