Coming Up at WRAG

Events listed below are for WRAG members, unless noted otherwise.
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  • CENSUS 2020 – and Beyond
    21 JAN 2019 | 9:00am to 11:30am | United Way of the National Capital Area
    Members of the 2020 Census Working Group, and other funders interested in the topics of civic engagement and civic participation, are invited to this meeting on January 21. The first part of the meeting will be an opportunity to share updates with the working group and consider immediate next steps for the group. Then, we’ll be joined by three special guests to help us consider philanthropy’s role in supporting civic engagement beyond 2020.
  • Racial Equity Working Group | Brown Bag Lunch on Participatory Grantmaking
    23 JAN 2019 | 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Location: TBD
    The Racial Equity Working Group is a group of WRAG members dedicated to continuing to better understand how structural racism manifests in our region – and to collectively take strategic actions toward dismantling it. A survey of working group members in late 2019 revealed a growing interest in exploring strategies for shifting philanthropic practice to advance racial equity. This brown bag lunch is an opportunity to explore one strategy for creating more equitable grantmaking processes: participatory grantmaking. REWG members with experience with, or interest in, participatory grantmaking strategies are invited to this informal brown bag lunch with their colleagues.
  • Healthy Communities Working Group Monthly Meeting
    3 FEB 2020 | 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Location: TBD
    The Healthy Communities Working Group is a collection of WRAG members who come together to learn, network, and take action to make the Greater Washington region a place where all people thrive.
  • 2020 Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy: Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Fund
    27 FEB 2020 | 9:00am to 11:30am | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
    The Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy is an annual event that brings national philanthropic leaders to the Greater Washington region to highlight trends, challenges, and opportunities that will affect our work in the years ahead.
    The Transformational Power of Investing in Women of Color
    As funders grapple with how to advance racial equity and social justice, Vanessa Daniel believes philanthropy is underinvesting in the people and organizations best positioned to bring about transformational social change: women of color-led grassroots organizations. Nationally, only 0.6 percent of foundation giving in 2016 was targeted toward women of color. In her widely-read 2019 New York Times op-ed, Vanessa Daniel observes how common foundation practices and implicit biases create barriers to funding for people and organizations closest to the problems that foundations are trying to address. As the 2020 Cafritz Lecturer on Philanthropy, Ms. Daniel will make a powerful case for why philanthropy must dramatically increase investments in grassroots organizing led by women of color.
    Registration: This event is open to members of the Greater Washington region’s philanthropic community.
    Members: Free. Please login to register online.
    Non-Member Funders: $100/person. Email Rebekah Seder,, to register.
    Non-Member PSO staff: $50/person. Email Rebekah Seder,, to register.