CENSUS | This week a trial began in Maryland that addresses two of seven lawsuits challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which experts believe will produce a less accurate count. (WaPo, 1/25)
Opponents said the late addition of the question without the testing that new questions usually undergo would lead to undercounts among immigrant communities and affect federal funding, apportionment and redistricting. They noted that the bureau’s own analysis found that adding the question could jeopardize the accuracy of the survey … and the question would affect a broad swath of people — including U.S. citizens — living in areas such as Prince George’s County that have a high proportion of immigrants and minorities and are vulnerable to being undercounted.
Related: WRAG’s 2020 Census Working Group is focused on leveraging the resources of local philanthropy to ensure a fair, accurate, and complete census. At the January 31 meeting, we’ll get an update on the status of the citizenship question from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. WRAG members can register for this meeting here.
– Arabella Advisors recently co-hosted a briefing for donors, discussing the near and long-term impacts of the government shutdown on government workers and the most vulnerable in our society, and how philanthropy can help.
– DC is losing $12 million per week during the government shutdown, and stands to lose more than $85 million if it lasts to February 15 – the equivalent of most of the District’s $100 million annual budget for its Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (WAMU, 1/23)
– Black Federal Workers In Prince George’s County Speak Out (WAMU, 1/22)
EDUCATION | Is Lewis D. Ferebee the leader to close D.C.’s achievement gap? (WaPo, 1/25)
– Montgomery County planners say residents are far more diverse, have grown older, and have faced soaring home prices even as their incomes stagnated. (WaPo, 1/24)
– A new report from a nonprofit that advocates for transportation, education reform and economic development in Montgomery County urges a shift in spending priorities by the county. (Bethesda Magazine, 1/22)
– From prison law libraries to paralegal fellowships: DC program helps put returning citizens on path to success (DC Line, 1/23)
– Those involved in bail reform efforts and projects continue to grow, as the movement for reform strengthens. (NPQ, 1/22)
NONPROFITS | Independent Sector just released new research on tax provisions that will require nonprofits to pay a 21 percent tax on the cost of employee transportation benefits – money that will go to the federal government rather than community needs.
PHILANTHROPY | Grant Making Up, Household Giving Will Be Nearly Flat This Year, Projections Say (Chronicle, 1/23 – subscription)
Social Sector Job Openings
Senior Communications Officer | Gill Foundation – New!
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health – New!
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects – New!
Foundation and Government Relations Officer | Shakespeare Theatre Company – New!
President | Virginia United Methodist Foundation – New!
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer | Horizon Foundation
Foundation and Government Relations Officer | Shakespeare Theatre Company
Grants & Communications Officer | The Crimsonbridge Foundation
Executive Director | VHC Medical Brigade
Director of Development | DC Bar Foundation
Program Manager | Weissberg Foundation
Senior Supervising Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform | Southern Poverty Law Center
Director of Development | The Barker Adoption Foundation
Grant Reviewer | Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Executive Assistant | Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Interesting information on “charitable swag” – of which I have a lot.
Next week we’ll publish the (almost) Daily WRAG on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.