Last week, WRAG held our 2015 Annual Meeting, Philanthropy All In, at the National Press Club. We made several big announcements during the event.
- WRAG Board of Directors
The following leaders were elected for a two-year term on the WRAG Board of Directors:
David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners
Rose Ann Cleveland, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Nicky Goren, The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
The following Board Members were re-elected for a second two-year term on the WRAG Board of Directors:
Lindsey Buss, World Bank Group
Desiree Griffin-Moore, The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County
Yanique Redwood, The Consumer Health Foundation
- Putting Racism on the Table
We announced a six-part learning series for CEOs and trustees to explore various elements of racism and develop a greater understanding of how racism contributes to disparate outcomes in our region. An experience recently shared by WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland highlights why such learning opportunities are so necessary.
- Get on the Map
Members can now explore this new resource for accurate, timely, and quality data on philanthropy in the region.
- Brightest Minds
We announced our exciting 2016 lineup for the Brightest Minds series. These events are open to the whole community. Registration is now open!
- Taproot report on the work of WRAG
We shared a report from the Taproot Foundation that analyzed WRAG’s impact and value in the region.
HEALTH | For the first time, the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) has awarded $125,000 to five organizations in the region that are working to address social determinants of health. Traditionally, NVHF has centered its grantmaking on organizations providing health care and other health services to low-income and uninsured residents. (NVHF, 11/19)
COMMUNITY | The Lever Fund has announced the hiring of their first executive director, Gregory M. Cork, along with their inaugural board of directors.
– According to a Washington Post poll of D.C. residents, there is a strong racial divide in the attitudes Washingtonians have about redevelopment in the city and who benefits from it. The number of African American residents who were polled about whether or not they see redevelopment as negative for “people like them” has grown a great deal over the last several years. (WaPo, 11/20)
– The Urban Institute takes a moment to ponder what a more equitable D.C. might look like. (Urban Institute, 11/19)
EDUCATION/WORKFORCE | A report from the Washington Area Boards of Education finds disparities in the salaries of teachers in the region from district to district. The report highlights the challenges facing some districts in hiring and retaining talent. (WaPo, 11/22)
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