THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, shared the two surprising things all foundation staff should know when it comes to excise tax rules – the topic of a recent Foundation Finance Affinity Group meeting. (Daily, 6/22)
THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– We saw two new reports on the urgent need for collaboration to invest in solving the region’s affordable housing crisis: Call the Question: Will the Greater Washington Region Collaborate and Invest to Solve its Affordable Housing Shortage?– sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, Citi Foundation, and WRAG; and The Greater Washington Region’s Future Housing Needs: 2023 – sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners. Both reports were supported by the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group (GWHLG), who hosted a plenary session at the 2015 Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) Annual Meeting this week. GWHLG is comprised of nonprofit, public, philanthropic, and business leaders concerned about the affordable housing in our region, and is convened by WRAG. Check out the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HANDAM2015.
THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
– Maryland governor Larry Hogan announced plans to move forward on the Purple Line light-rail with a few conditions. (WaPo, 6/25)
– The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill requiring all employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and paid time off. The bill will go into effect late next year. (Bethesda Magazine, 6/23)
THIS WEEK IN WORKFORCE
– The Montgomery County Council also voted to freeze the minimum wage for tipped workers at $4. (WAMU, 6/24)
THIS WEEK IN EQUITY
– The Office of the Chief Financial Officer used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to show that income disparity in the District is bigger than in any state in the country. (WaPo, 6/24)
– An interactive map displaying the concentration of race within the District’s neighborhoods was released. (DCInno, 6/23)
Pop quiz! Can you identify these cities just by looking at their skylines?