Category: Friday Roundup

Friday roundup – February 29 through March 4, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT/POVERTY
– Ed Lazere, executive director of the DCFPI, shared with us what legislation to extend TANF could mean to a number of households in the District. (Daily, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Following the launch of WRAG’s 2016 Public Education Speaker Series last week with Dr. Matthew Biel, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center, speaking on the impact of toxic stress on children’s development, we shared some of his compelling points. (Daily 2/29)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Executives’ Alliance for Boys & Men of Color announced the ‘Ban the Box Philanthropy Challenge,’ calling for U.S. philanthropic institutions to adopt fair chance hiring policies. Participating and supporting organizations include: Butler Family Fund, Consumer Health Foundation, Council on FoundationsOpen Society Foundations, and Public Welfare Foundation.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– The Theatre Communications Group is taking nominations for D.C. area early-career leaders of color in social-profit theater to participate in their Rising Leaders of Color program, designed to “change the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an inter-generational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.”

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
– Researchers have created a tool, called the U.S. IMPACT Food Policy Model, that demonstrates how the pricing of healthy foods affects health outcomes. (NPR, 3/2)

– Denmark is emerging as a  leader in the fight against food waste. (NPR, 3/1)

– The Instagrams of Food Deserts (Atlantic, 3/1)


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Ever wonder how we’ve come to love certain animals as pets, and turn our noses up at the sight of others?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 22 through 26, 2016

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director of The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a member of the WRAG board, shared her experience of witnessing racial inequality growing up in North Carolina, and how she came to realize that society treated certain people differently. (Daily, 2/25)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
– In light of Black History Month, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty discussed the connections between race and homelessness.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– New data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found that arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013. This was  a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. (National Endowment for the Arts, 2/16)

 Audience Engagement Is All the Rage Among Arts Funders. But What Is It, Really? (Inside Philanthropy, 2/18)

THIS WEEK IN GENDER EQUITY
– Opinion: How Society Pays When Women’s Work Is Underpaid (NYT, 2/22)


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Can you tell the difference between real wildlife and mechanical wildlife decoys used to stop illegal hunting from these photos?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 16 through 19, 2016

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– WRAG board member and trustee of the Corina Higginson Trust Wilton Corkern and wife Mary Bruce Batte shared why they’re investing in Our Region, Your Investment. (Daily WRAG, 2/18)

– The Steady Rise of Renting (City Lab, 2/16)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
 Opinion: President and CEO of The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation (and WRAG Board member) Nicky Goren discussed the need for leaders in business, government, and the social profit sector to break down silos in order to work toward building a more equitable region. She also shared the three interconnected goals in Meyer’s new strategic plan. (WBJ, 2/12) –Subscription required

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– Washington City Paper interviewed D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities executive director Arturo Espinoza, Jr., three months into his tenure, where he shared his plans to enhance the local arts community after taking the reins of the organization. (WCP, 2/17)


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Act like an adult, craft emails like a third grader…according to data.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 8 through 12, 2016

The Daily WRAG will return on Tuesday, February 16.

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland shared why WRAG is pursuing a culture of evaluation and will use your feedback to continue providing quality programming that enhances philanthropy and improves the region. (Daily, 2/11)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: It’s Not Foundation Money, But Culture and Talent That Can Change The World (Chronicle, 2/10)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Officials of D.C. Public Schools announced an overhaul of the district’s teacher training and evaluation system. The changes will take begin this fall. (WaPo, 2/10)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– A growing number of residents in the area are finding housing to be so expensive that they’re considering a move to the Baltimore area – even with long commuting times into the District for work. (WAMU, 2/9) Audio

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– You can take a sneak peek inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Renwick Gallery has reopened to a big audience and even bigger digital success. (Washingtonian, 2/5)


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A simple guide to Valentine’s Day chocolate-buying.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 1 through 5, 2016

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation‘s president and CEO Nicky Goren, and Board Chair Josh Bernstein, shared why the Meyer Foundation is working to address systemic racial inequity through their strategic plan and alongside WRAG through the Putting Racism on the Table series. (Daily, 2/1)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– Brian Castrucci, Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation made the case for pursuing a career in governmental public health in his most recent blog post. (HuffPo, 1/27)

– Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying? (Atlantic, 1/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– The  Smithsonian Institution announced that the National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open September 24, 2016. A week-long celebration is also planned to mark the opening of the new landmark museum. (WBJ, 2/2)

– One of  Ward 8’s “best-kept secrets,” the thriving Anacostia Arts Center brings hope to the area  surrounding it. (WaPo, 1/28)

Opinion: One writer discussed the slotting, tokenism, and dehumanization he witnessed in the nonprofit theater sector. (NPQ, 1/29)

 


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Is this how surgeons eat junk food?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – January 25 through 29, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY 
– David Biemesderfer, the new president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, shared why he is excited to take the helm of the growing organization and to support the work of WRAG and our regional association colleagues in his new role. (Daily, 1/27)

– Exponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy presented a video series called Philanthropy Lessons in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Check out the first two videos in the series and stay tuned for more through June.

THIS WEEK IN PRISON REFORM/MASS INCARCERATION
– A task force recommended an overhaul of federal prisons to reduce the number of inmates by 60,000 people in the next 10 years. The federal task force also recommended that mandatory minimum sentences only be issued to the most violent offenders, citing drug crimes as a major reason for overcrowding in prisons. (NPR, 1/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
A report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development found that, despite a narrowing racial gap in business ownership between 2007 and 2012, white-owned businesses continued to be much more successful than those of their black counterparts. The study also found disparities in the performance of  women-owned businesses versus male-owned businesses. (WSJ, 1/25)

– If You Want Clean Water, Don’t Be Black in America (City Lab, 1/26)


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The fascinating history of highway signs and their fonts.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – January 19 through 22, 2016

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
In an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Tamara Lucas Copeland challenged the notion of a postracial America and explained why WRAG is working to foster a better understanding among funders about the dynamics of racism. (Chronicle, 1/21)

– The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy partnered to release the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a comprehensive resource to help philanthropy respond to future disasters.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Maryland saw a record high of close to 880,000 students this school year – a 5,000 student increase from the previous school year. Most of the surge in student enrollment was in Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel counties. (WaPo, 1/ 20)

 Recommendations to close or consolidate several schools in Prince George’s County have brought members of the community together to oppose the possible changes. (WaPo, 1/17)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Do you want to celebrate the fact that you are already a part of the “IN” crowd and encourage others, too? You’re already a change agent in the region, right? Now let’s celebrate that. In keeping with the theme of WRAG’s 2015 Annual Meeting, “Philanthropy All In,” where we shared the ways we sought to INfluence, INnovate, and INspire in 2015, we’d like to see how you plan to carry on that theme in the new year and beyond. Take a selfie, group photo, or get creative showing off the buttons we gave out at the annual meeting. Be sure to share where you wore it and how others reacted. Tweet us @WRAGtweets and use the hashtag #theINcrowd to join us in celebrating each other’s work! Check out how WRAG’s staff is already getting IN on the action:

Don’t have a button, but want to get INvolved? Ask for one the next time you see a member of WRAG’s staff at a meeting or event!


 

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Bei Bei recently made his first public appearance. See how much you know about pandas in honor of the occasion.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – December 14 through December 18, 2015

The Daily WRAG will return on Monday, January 4. We hope you enjoy the holiday season!

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland presented her fourth quarterly report to the community, and shared highlights on how WRAG stayed true to its mission of promoting increased, effective and responsible philanthropy to improve the health and vitality of the region and all who live here in 2015. (Daily, 12/14)

– Videos from WRAG’s 2015 Annual Meeting, “Philanthropy All In,” are now available! You can watch Dr. David Williams’s keynote speech on racism, followed by Holly Bass’s powerful performance piece; Jennifer Bradley’s presentation on the “metropolitan revolution,” followed by a panel of regional respondents; and WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland’s update to the membership.

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE
– Mayor names Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal to key jobs post (WaPo, 12/14)

THIS WEEK IN HIV/AIDS
– In the first part of their series on housing for D.C. residents living with HIV, Washington City Paper explored how housing resources for homeless, HIV-positive individuals can be scarce. (WCP, 12/14)

Opinion: Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of AIDS? (NYT, 12/11)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT/EQUITY
– A new Census report looked at the demographics of Metro-accessible neighborhoods in the Greater Washington region and found that those who live near stations are more likely to be educated, young, and white. (WaPo, 12/17)


 

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How much do you know about Star Wars?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – December 7 through December 11, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION/ECONOMY
– Elected leaders from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia recently gathered and showed that they’re starting to think more regionally. (WaPo, 12/8)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– In Maryland, hundreds of children are still being poisoned by lead paint each year, despite a public pledge to end poisoning by 2010. (WaPo, 12/8)

– When marketing healthy eating campaigns in rural communities, there are often a number of unique challenges that can arise. (City Lab, 12/9)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Why it’s so hard to afford a rental even if you make a decent salary (WaPo, 12/9)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– The Senate approved new education legislation known as the Every Student Succeeds Act that ends No Child Left Behind and gives states and local school districts more power over assessing the quality of their schools. (WaPo, 12/9)

– One way to boost achievement among poor kids? Make sure they have classmates who aren’t poor. (WaPo, 12/8)


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Who says you can’t workout at work?

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – November 30 through December 4, 2015

We are sad to learn of the passing of Catherine Seiferth England, president of the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. In addition to her passion for the arts, she also spent much of her career helping to meet the needs of underserved youth and Jewish residents in the District. Read more about her life here.

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced a long-term Philanthropy Initiative and display titled “Giving In America,” providing a look at how philanthropy has shaped American culture. (PR Newswire, 12/1)

– A new study examined the relationship between the generosity of wealthy people and  the level of inequality in their state. Wealthy people in states where incomes are more evenly distributed are more likely to be generous, according to the study. (Bloomberg, 11/23)

THIS WEEK IN THE ECONOMY/DISTRICT
– More and more developers are rolling out plans to transform Anacostia. Many residents are bracing themselves for what may come. (WaPo, 11/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– The Campaign for Black Male Achievement released a new report that ranks 50 U.S. cities on their efforts to “advance racial progress and black needs.”  D.C. is one of the top three cities with a 97 out of 100 possible points. (WCP, 12/3)

– For the first time in decades, new diabetes cases are declining in the U.S.  (NYT, 12/1)


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Want to win friends and influence people? Talk faster!

– Ciara