Tag: 11th Street Bridge

Continued population growth in Montgomery County

Though the rate of growth remains low, Montgomery County saw the largest population increase in Maryland last year, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. (Bethesda, 5/19)

The county’s estimated population as of July 1, 2015, was 1,040,116, meaning a population boost of 9,640 since 2014.

– In this thoughtful blog post available in both English and SpanishConsumer Health Foundation board member Silvia Salazar reflects on the Putting Racism on the Table series and shares how the sessions have had a meaningful impact on her life by providing her with new ideas for viewing the world around her. (Daily, 5/19)

COMMUNITY | On Tuesday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m., The Lois & Richard England Family Foundation will host an opportunity to learn more about the 11th Street Bridge Park. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to Irfana Noorani (irfana@bridgepark.org) to be added to the guest list.

– Through a partnership with the D.C. Department of Health, the public health group HIPS has begun distributing naloxone to in an effort to fight opioid drug overdoses in the District. (WCP, 5/18)

– For the third year in a row, the Washington region was named as the fittest metro area in the U.S. (WBJ, 5/18)

– America’s Health Segregation Problem (Atlantic, 5/18)

– A growing number of grantmakers are moving beyond the “overhead myth” to provide general operating grants and funding for administrative expenses for social profit organizations. WRAG’s colleague organization in Illinois, Forefront, shares some of their efforts to contribute to the shift in practices within their community. (Chronicle, 5/18) – Subscription Required

Opinion: Billionaire Manoj Bhargava shares his personal approach to philanthropy and why he thinks other philanthropists should consider an “attitude shift.” (Chronicle, 5/2)

– Program-Related Investments: Will New Regulations Result in Greater and Better Use? (NPQ, 5/12)

– Based on the new Department of Labor regulations expanding overtime benefits to full-time, salaried employees who make up to $47,476 a year, an estimated 4.2 million workers will be impacted – many of whom work at social profit organizations. (Chronicle, 5/18) – Subscription Required

– As more and more of the baby boomer generation retires out of the workforce, the generation’s business owners are being encouraged to transfer their company’s ownership to workers in order to improve communities and promote wealth distribution. (Co.Exist, 5/18)

TRANSITMetro Releases Finalized Long-Term Maintenance Plan. See How Your Commute Will Be Affected. (WCP, 5/19

Will you be biking to work tomorrow?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – May 2 through May 6, 2016

– WRAG announced the launch of our new and improved job board! This service is available to the region’s philanthropic and nonprofit community. Job postings are free for WRAG members and $60 for non-members. As a benefit for using WRAG’s job board, each posting will be included in a weekly roundup (below) of job opportunities right here in the Daily WRAG. For any questions about using the job board, contact Rebekah Seder, seder@washingtongrantmakers.org.

– We released the third video in the Putting Racism on the Table series! The video features Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, speaking on implicit bias. After you’ve had a chance to view the video, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the series or on the specific topic via Twitter using the hashtag #PuttingRacismOnTheTable, or by commenting on WRAG’s Facebook page. We also suggest checking out the viewing guide and discussion guide to be used with the video. Both can be found on our website.

– Congratulations to WRAG members BB&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wells Fargo for being nominees for the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. See what they were nominated for here. (NVCC, 4/29)

– The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties hosted their Give Choose Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign for 60 area social profit organizations, with 1,402 donations that raised $180,204.33!

– Washington City Paper offered a glimpse into some of  D.C.’s low-rent units, where many tenants live in constant fear of losing their homes and have few options but to deal with unresponsive landlords who neglect properties. (WCP, 4/29)

– Report: Low-Income Residents Moving Out of Silver Spring at Highest Rate in the Country (Bethesda, 4/29)

– Local Initiatives Support Corporation made a $50 million commitment toward ensuring that residents living in the area surrounding the highly-anticipated 11th Street Bridge Park would not be displaced once it opens. (WaPo, 5/3)

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– D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership

– Communications and Development Associate | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

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Netflix knows how to get you to watch everything.

– Ciara

Assessing a $15 minimum wage

A new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute explores what a $15 minimum wage could mean to workers in the District. A number of local groups remain divided over the long-term impact of raising the minimum wage (WAMU, 5/4):

The organization’s assessment buttresses the arguments made by groups and elected officials pushing the $15 minimum wage: In an area that’s growing increasingly expensive and unequal, giving low-wage workers a pay raise is a needed step towards helping them stay afloat.

But it also marks the start of what is likely to be a spirited debate over the merits of raising the minimum wage, with local business groups standing at the ready to unveil their own studies arguing that while a higher wage may help workers get by, it will also mean that employers either create fewer jobs or [move] to jurisdictions — like Virginia — where the minimum wage remains much lower, at $7.25.

JOBS | WRAG is pleased to announced the launch of our new and improved job board! This service is available to the region’s philanthropic and nonprofit community. Job postings are free for WRAG members and $60 for non-members. As a benefit for using WRAG’s job board, each posting will be included in a weekly roundup of job opportunities right here in the Daily WRAG. For any questions about using the job board, contact Rebekah Seder, seder@washingtongrantmakers.org.

– In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND looks at some of the emerging innovations surrounding the creation of local funding resources for affordable housing in the region, including one that WRAG is involved in (Helping Hands Blog, 5/4):

In our region, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers has teamed up with Enterprise Community Partners to develop a new approach to generating resources to invest in local affordable housing.  Individuals and organizations can invest in the Enterprise Community Impact Note and those investments will be used to help finance the creation of affordable housing. Investors will receive a fixed-rate of return and will also receive regular statements about the social impact of their investments.  The goal of the new fund is to raise at least $5 million to help build affordable housing throughout the region, and will reflect a truly innovative way of raising capital.

Washington City Paper offers a glimpse into D.C.’s low-rent units, where many tenants live in constant fear of losing their homes and must deal with unresponsive landlords who neglect properties. (WCP, 4/29)

– D.C. At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds has introduced a bill aimed at landlords who “purposely neglect their buildings and put their tenants’ health and safety at risk.” (WCP, 5/3)

– Local Initiatives Support Corporation has made a $50 million commitment toward ensuring that residents living in the area surrounding the highly-anticipated 11th Street Bridge Park will not be displaced once it opens. (WaPo, 5/3)

–  Opinion5 Issues Foundations Must Confront to Stay Relevant (Chronicle, 5/3)

– Close Up Shop and Go Elsewhere? A Case Study for Philanthropy on What to Do When We Win (NPQ, 4/29)

– The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) plans to display bike rack designs as public works of art later this year. IPAR issued a call for artists from the region to submit their designs that reflect five sites in the surrounding area. (Reston Now, 5/2)

Anyone know the number to a really fancy plumber?

– Ciara

Weathering the winter months on a low income

POVERTY/HOUSING | For many lower-income residents in the region, the colder winter months are a struggle to navigate as poor-quality, deteriorating housing can be the only affordable option and paying utilities often comes after taking care of other basic needs. (WaPo, 1/23)

Living in poverty means constantly balancing competing necessities. Every month, rent is due. Then there are food costs and transportation expenses. The last item on that list is usually paying utilit[y] bills […].

10 Cities Where the Middle Class Can’t Afford Rent Anymore (Cheatsheet, 12/2015)

DISTRICT | The highly-anticipated 11th Street Bridge Park is closer to becoming a reality. Residents and those involved with the project hope that once it is completed, the surrounding area will be an inclusive, equitable place to live and work. (Bridge Park, 1/22)

FOOD/PHILANTHROPY | The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a $130 million initiative to tackle hunger by cutting global food waste. The plan ranges from reducing food waste from discarded crops to reducing food waste in people’s homes. (NYT, 1/22)

RACIAL EQUITY/GENDER EQUITY | A new report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development finds 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 counterparts. The study also found that there is nowhere in America where women-owned businesses outperform male-owned businesses. (WSJ, 1/25)

No one enjoyed the snow more than the animals at the National Zoo.

– Ciara


An “equitable development plan” for the 11th Street Bridge Project

You can read the newly-released plans for D.C.’s upcoming 11th Street Bridge Park that aim to bring greater economic development and equity to the project’s surrounding neighborhoods. (WCP, 11/11)

An “equitable development plan” released today by a collective of local organizations and government officials outlines eight strategies for job creation, small business growth, and housing opportunities focused on residents in the immediate area of the bridge. The (relatively) short-term strategies include hiring residents who live in Wards 6, 7, and 8 to help construct the park as well as preserving existing affordable housing near the bridge since home values will almost certainly rise as the park nears completion. On the longer-term side, the plan recommends creating a kiosk-based food service model that permits D.C. entrepreneurs to sell their goods in the park and improving walkability between the bridge and both sides of the river to move people to surrounding commercial corridors.

COMMUNITY | The Center for Nonprofit Advancement has announced its 22nd annual call for applications for the AIM (Advancement in Management) Award from social profit organizations in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The AIM Award is presented by Pepco, with additional support form Capital One, and Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.  The deadline to submit applications is January 22, 2016. Click here to learn more.

– As D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson marks her fifth year in the role, she and other education advocates reflect on the progress that has been made. (WaPo, 11/11)

 Want to Make a School Better? Get Kids to Show Up (NPR, 11/12)

HEALTHCARE | D.C. has the fourth highest rate of individuals enrolled in health insurance, according to a recent analysis comparing the highest and lowest rates across the country. Among D.C.’s uninsured, however, ethnic and racial disparities persist. (DCist, 11/11)

HOUSING | A recent report on the price of housing finds that, while rental costs for all renters are increasing, rent for high-income tenants in luxury developments is rising at a slower pace than for those who earn low incomes. (Atlantic, 11/11)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: How Offering an Innovation Prize Energized Our Grantmaking (Chronicle, 11/12)

POVERTY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE | The civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a closer look at the challenges low-income defendants in criminal cases face, especially when they are represented by court-appointed lawyers who do not always have their best interests in mind. (NPR, 11/12)

Is D.C. really the snobbiest East Coast city? Some people think so!

– Ciara 

‘Standing strong’ to elevate the immigration crisis

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, WRAG vice president, recently had the opportunity to attend a special White House briefing on the topic of immigration. Gretchen had this to say about her key takeaways and how the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers plans to take further action on this urgent matter:

On Monday, I attended a White House briefing on immigration. The audience was exclusively the leaders of Regional Associations of Grantmakers from around the country. Given the high level of immigration to our region, WRAG knew how important it was to be represented at this gathering. We heard from a number of speakers, including, Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy; Leon Rodriquez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Co-Chair, Task Force on New Americans, and other experts in immigration policy and philanthropy.

The key takeaways were that immigrants and their children make up 25 percent of the U.S. population. Currently, there are 13.3 million legal permanent residents in the U.S., and almost 9 million of them are eligible to become citizens. Because there are so many benefits to citizenship – such as higher wages and work benefits, health coverage, and access to college education – the Obama Administration has just launched the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign to encourage eligible immigrants to commit to citizenship. The Administration wants to engage funders at the local level on the main parts of the campaign: strengthening pathways to  citizenship; building welcoming communities; supporting skill development, fostering entrepreneurship, and safeguarding workers; and expanding language integration and education.

Based on this meeting, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers will work with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees to elevate this topic for funders. Specific information such as state/regional data reports and speaker suggestions will be provided to regional associations to distribute to their members. WRAG will keep our members posted on these resources.

Event: WRAG’s colleague organization, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, has generously invited WRAG member funders to participate in an upcoming program called, Vulnerable Immigrants in Maryland: Responding to Unaccompanied Children and Undocumented Adults on Tuesday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Click here for details on how to attend in person or register to join remotely.

COMMUNITY/WRAG | WRAG president Tamara Copeland presents her third quarter report to the community where she discusses how WRAG continues to work to stay true to its mission. (Daily, 9/30)

DISTRICT | The 11th Street Bridge Park project, which aims to create a more connected District, has received its first seven-figure donation from the Kresge Foundation. The donation brings the total capital campaign funds to more than $11 million of the project’s $45 million goal. (WBJ, 9/29)

YOUTHCould Paying At-Risk Youth Help Curb Violence? D.C. Lawmaker is Willing to Try (WAMU, 9/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Scientists are finding evidence that climate change is affecting more than just those who currently live in the world. Research is mounting that it also contributes to low-birth weights in babies, leading to a host of other problems down the road. (City Lab, 9/30)

GENDER EQUALITY/WORKFORCE | The Wall Street Journal has a special report on women in the workplace including some interesting data on how career trajectories for men and women tend to diverge over time. (WSJ, 9/30)

How much do you love your pet? A lot, I’m sure. But do you love him/her this much?

– Ciara 


D.C. principals ponder how much school choice is too much school choice

With changes to boundaries and new charter schools popping up, many D.C. students may find themselves at a different school in a short period of time.  Recently a panel of D.C. principals gathered to discuss some of the unique challenges students in the city often face when there may be too many school choices. (WaPo, 9/15)

“People look at these like two separate systems, but we have so many students that are shared,” said Scott Cartland, principal at Wheatley Education Campus in Ward 5.  “Unfortunately, we have a lot of students who will be in four or five different schools in a five- or six-year period.” He said that if students are struggling in one school and then just move on to another school, their challenges go unaddressed.

– In the Washington region, around 15 percent of the adult population lack basic literacy skills. The Washington Area Women’s Foundation writes about the importance of building literacy and numeracy skills in adults – both strongly linked to economic security. (WAWF, 9/15)

Charter school enrollments increased by 13 percent nationally (WaPo, 9/16)

POVERTY/WORKFORCE | Low-Income workers and those who have not completed high school, are shown to be far more likely to get less than seven hours of sleep each night, increasing the risk for irreversible damage to the body and brain. (City Lab, 9/15)

ENVIRONMENT | On Tuesday, September 23rd, The Chesapeake Bay Funders Network (CBFN) will host a discussion about threats to community drinking water supplies with funders and other experts familiar with this summer’s incident in Toledo, Ohio. WRAG members are invited to participate in this discussion from 9 AM to 3 PM at the New Venture Fund, 1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 300 in Washington, DC. Please contact Megan Milliken, Interim Coordinator of CBFN at megan@chesbayfunders.org by this Thursday, September 18th to RSVP or request more information. The morning session will be devoted to the topic,”Making the Public Health Connection:  Lessons from Other Regions.” Presenters include Dr. Don Scavia, Director of the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, Scott Miller, President of Resource Media, and Molly Flanagan, Great Lakes Program Director at the Joyce Foundation.

Elevation DC, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, will hold a panel discussion on the ever-changing District, the affordable housing crisis, some potential solutions, and how newcomers and long-time residents are finding ways to live in harmony. The discussion, titled “Gentrification, Revitalization or Renaissance?” will take place Tuesday, October 21st at 6:00 PM at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th St NW. Register here.

– Every year, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNV) holds its Sweet Home Virginia Gala to support its work to grow philanthropy to help meet the most critical needs of the community. On Friday, October 10th, business leaders, philanthropists, and community organizers will gather to participate in the gala, supporting the Community Foundation’s work in Northern Virginia. Richard Duvall, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in the Government Contracts and Litigations practices, and the Holland & Knight firm, will be recognized by the CFNV for their philanthropic leadership in the Northern Virginia area with the 2014 Community Leadership Award. Find out more here.

DISTRICT | No matter which 11th Street Bridge Park design is chosen, DC wins (Elevation DC, 9/11)

Do you call yourself a Washingtonian? Apparently, you can’t if you’ve never tried one of these ten dishes. I’ve got some homework to do!

– Ciara

DCPS announces new career ladder for top teachers…The possible future of the 11th Street Bridge…Don’t miss CFNCR’s Invest2Compete event on September 13 [News, 9.5.12]

– The Post has an interesting Q & A with the public school chiefs of D.C., Alexandria, and Montgomery, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties about how they approach teacher evaluation and training, class sizes, and other issues in their respective districts. (WaPo, 9/2)

– D.C. Public Schools announced a new program yesterday that will allow high performing teachers in high poverty schools to receive salary raises at a much faster rate. The goal is to attract quality teachers and reduce turnover. (WaPo, 9/5)

Northern Virginia schools open; surging enrollment projected (WaPo, 9/5)

ARTS | The Old Town Theater in Alexandria, which was going to be redeveloped into retail shops, will remain a theater and reopen in November. (WAMU, 9/3)

DISTRICT | Here’s a look at the effort to redevelop the 11th Street Bridge in southeast D.C. as a park that would link Navy Yard with Anacostia. (WAMU, 9/4) Needless to say, this would be very, very cool.

– Paul Carttar, the head of the Social Innovation Fund, will be leaving his post at the end of September. (Chronicle, 9/4)

– Opinion: Foundations Are Wise to Offer Grants and Management Coaching (Chronicle, 8/19)

COMMUNITY | Nicky Goren, of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, reflects on her experience watching the women athletes at the 2012 Olympics. (WAWF, 8/3)

EVENT | To unveil their new report, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Invest2Compete Initiative is hosting a briefing and panel discussion on how area employers are supporting their workers through tuition assistance programs, and why these programs are critical for our region. More information will be available soon on www.cfncr.org.

When: September 13, 8:30am – 10:30am | Where: The University Club, 1135 16th Street NW| RSVP to bmurphy@cfncr.org. 

Cutest. Animal attack. Ever.