– Yesterday, we hosted our biggest event of the year – WRAG’s 2018 Annual Meeting, UNSEEN. Many thanks to the funders and nonprofit leaders who joined us at The Wharf!
Tracie D. Hall, director of the Joyce Foundation’s Culture Program, encouraged WRAG members to envision a region where access to arts is understood as a right, and not a privilege. Ally Theatre Company performed a scene from the play #poolparty, about the history of racism and swimming pools. During the luncheon, Titus Kaphar, artist and newly-minted MacArthur Fellow, discussed the role of artists: to draw back the curtain on ignorance and deception and amplify the voices of those who cannot speak for themselves. Check out the conversation on Twitter and photos on Facebook!
We are pleased to announce that at the business meeting, members elected two new board members. We are honored to welcome:
- Celeste James, Executive Director of Community Health at Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
- Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation
We welcomed back the following board members:
- Tracye Funn, Manager of Corporate Contributions and Supplier Diversity, Washington Gas
- Graham McLaughlin, Managing Director, Social Impact, Optum
And, we recognized the contributions of two outgoing board members:
- Anne Gunsteens, former Executive Director, J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation
- Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of Giving, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Lastly, we thanked Tamara Lucas Copeland, president of WRAG, for her twelve years of amazing vision and leadership.
– The Annual Meeting also marked the release of the 2018 edition of WRAG’s Our Region, Our Giving report on WRAG member philanthropy in the Greater Washington region. The report, which features a special look at how WRAG members are supporting impact investing, represents nearly $217 million in giving to nonprofit organizations that serve the region, and over $3.5 billion in assets.
– The election results are in but some of Maryland’s polling locations experienced issues, such as running out of paper ballots. (WaPo, 11/)
– How Political Ideology Influences Charitable Giving (NYT, 11/3)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING | The Greater Washington Partnership and the Urban Institute have partnered to urge local governments to increase housing capacity, including affordable housing. (GGWash, 11/6)
WORKFORCE/TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Labor Has a Role in Defending Trans People Against President Trump’s Attacks (Truthout, 10/30)
Take a look at these photos of election day around the region.