New report explores how philanthropy can foster an equitable regional food system

FOOD/ EQUITY | A new report, Funding the Foodshed: An Assessment of Funding Levels, Priorities, and Opportunities in the Chesapeake Region, by Arabella Advisors provides an analysis of the state of food funding in the region and uncovers trends, gaps, and actionable opportunities for funders. (Arabella Advisors, 7/26)

The first step to attract funding to address the regional food system holistically is communicating a vision of success to other funders—both regional and national, food-focused and non-food-focused. Providing resources for the creation and distribution of such a message will be crucial to fostering collaboration and holistic thinking throughout the foodshed. The narrative would outline actionable goals for the future and indicators to track and report progress, and it would elevate needs and tailor messages in a way that resonates with the most critical individuals, groups, and funders within philanthropy and other funding sources in the region.

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released a statement in response to the president’s recent anti-transgender statements. Read it here

WORKFORCE | A Montgomery County council member has introduced new legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. (Bethesda Beat, 7/26)

YOUTH | Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color (Atlantic, 7/27)

– The House appropriations committee has approved a bill to continue financing the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and other cultural agencies. (NYT, 7/20)

– How public art can strengthen a community (GGWash, 7/19)

HEALTH CARELosing Obamacare Could Leave Tens of Thousands of D.C. Residents Without Insurance (Street Sense, 7/26)

The Smithsonian’s Asian-American Literary Festival is happening this weekend.

– Kendra