LOUDOUN | Loudoun County has the highest median household income in the U.S. yet its average household charitable giving is just 1.98% – a full 1% behind the national average and nearly 2% behind neighboring Montgomery County, MD. Yesterday, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties launched a new campaign to raise awareness of county needs and foster increased giving among county residents. Faces of Loudoun features the stories of real Loudoun residents who’ve struggled with the lack of basic resources. (Loudoun Tribune, 3/1) WRAG is proud to have been the catalyst for this work!
Loudoun’s giving is “lackluster” said [Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties] Executive Director Amy Owen, in large part because many of Loudoun’s most disadvantaged go unnoticed in the county with the highest median household income. That’s why the Community Foundation partnered with a steering committee of business, community, education, faith and government leaders to put together a profile of giving in Loudoun.
That helped develop Faces of Loudoun, which will feature a web site, social media engagement and a traveling display highlighting stories of Loudoun residents that benefited from charitable giving and services. Along with an increase of volunteer hours, Owen said the program’s aim is to put Loudoun’s giving percentages in line with other jurisdictions. If Loudoun raises its current donation rates of 1.98 percent of discretionary income to the national average of 3 percent, Owen said Loudoun charitable groups will see an annual increase of $70 million dollars.
HEALTH | Maryland governor declares state of emergency for opioid crisis (WaPo, 3/1)
HUMAN RIGHTS/ANTISEMITISM | After two Jewish elementary schools in Maryland received bomb threats earlier this week, community members came together to support them in a rally called “Bagels Not Bombs.” (WTOP, 3/1)
ECONOMIC SECURITY | Northern Virginia Novant Health workers will soon receive raises as the company moves to implement a new living wage policy. (WBJ, 3/1)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | DC’s Arena Stage theater received a $2.5 million gift to support its Power Plays project, which will include stories about power and politics from various perspectives. (WaPo, 2/27)
HOUSING | Mayor Bowser orders review of all properties operated by controversial D.C. landlord (WaPo, 3/1)
– A class action lawsuit has been filed against PayPal’s Giving Platform. The charges allege that donations made were not directed to the correct charities. (Nonprofit Quarterly, 3/1)
– New Twitter App Transforms Anger into Instant Social Good (Nonprofit Quarterly, 3/1)
EVENT | Board Match, an event that provides an opportunity for nonprofits to connect with prospective board members, will be held on Thursday, May 11th. The deadline for nonprofit registration is March 8th.
Cherry blossoms are already (kind of) here.