What does philanthropy look like in the Greater Washington region?

NONPROFITS | As foundations and other grantmaking institutions in the Greater Washington region become more strategic with their funding, area nonprofits are forced to adapt to a new, more competitive normal. Members of the WRAG community, including WRAG’s president Tamara Lucas Copeland, the Greater Washington Community Foundation‘s president and CEO Bruce McNamer, and the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation‘s president and CEO Nicky Goren, commented on the changing field in this article. (WBJ, 11/14)

“When the recession hit, the philanthropic community was very mindful of their resources and how to target their resources more effectively,” says Tamara Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Copeland, whose association works with more than 100 Greater Washington foundations and corporate giving programs, says she heard many conversations within the WRAG community about who was funding which organization, and which organizations needed the most support.

“At that time, there was a lessening of support to new organizations and more of a laser focus,” Copeland says.

Related: WRAG recently released Our Giving, Our Region 2017, which dives into our members’ 2016 giving in the region. Read the report here.

Related:  Taratibu Youth Association, a resident arts organization at Joe’s Movement Emporium (mentioned in the article), was featured at WRAG’s 2017 annual meeting.

FOSTER CARE | A national study has found that many states fail to offer services that support youth who are aging out of foster care. (Richmond Times, 11/14)

PHILANTHROPYFor Big Philanthropists, Advice From Family and Peers Is Still Key to Giving, Study Finds (Chronicle, 11/14 – Subscription needed)

– The District has announced that it will help green-card holders who work for the city government to become citizens. (WaPo, 11/14)

– How NOVA, Prince William County Landfill are working together to create a pipeline of new construction workers for the region (Potomac Local, 11/13)

HEALTH | The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have updated the blood pressure guidelines, which may cause more people to be labeled as having hypertension. (NPR, 11/14)

REGION | The Greater Washington Board of Trade has named its new CEO. (WBJ, 11/14)

Today is National Philanthropy Day! Will you celebrate?

– Kendra