Tag: 2030 Group

Rebranding the region

REGION
As part of the Roadmap effort, the 2030 Group has announced the hiring of global brand consultant Interbrand to develop a marketing campaign for the region that is expected to launch in early 2017 with the help of a rebranding working group (WBJ, 5/12):

The marketing campaign is part of a larger effort by the 2030 Group to identify weaknesses in the region’s economy and come up with ways to boost growth in a time of federal austerity. The organization has spearheaded working groups to explore affordable housing and how area colleges and universities can work more closely with the business community. A working group exploring a regional transportation authority has been suspended as Metro embarks on its yearlong effort to fix major problems, [2030 Group’s Bob] Buchanan said, although he still hopes to restart that conversation in the future.

Related: Last year, the 2030 Group’s Bob Buchanan and the Center for Regional Analysis’s Stephen Fuller undertook an extensive research project called, The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy, to recommend ways the region can reposition itself to remain competitive in the global economy. WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland also shared how philanthropy in the region might respond and collaborate with other sectors to meet challenges facing our communities. (Daily, 1/15)

COMMUNITY
– In light of the coming dissolution of the DC Trust, WRAG has submitted a letter on behalf of the region’s philanthropic community to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, calling on the Council to maintain funding for out-of-school and summer programming for D.C.’s  children and youth in the FY17 budget. Funders and advocates for children and youth will be watching closely as the DC Council votes on the proposed budget this month.

– BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) recently named Consumer Health Foundation president and WRAG board member Yanique Redwood as one of 36 leaders in their 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship. In this blog post, she discusses why she looks forward to working with other members of her cohort and continuing along a path toward community transformation. (Be a Localist, 5/12)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced plans to create a $500,000 endowment for its Innovation Fund, following a $250,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. They’ve also announced the launch of a new online-fundraising platform, Granted. (WBJ, 5/13)

FOOD 
– Prince Charitable Trusts presents a short film in their series about farming and food, titled The Culture of Collards, which recently  premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival. The film traces the cultural heritage of collard greens from Portugal, to Africa, to the American south during the slave trade, up to their current state as a popular staple in many kitchens today. The 9-minute film features culinary historian Michael Twitty; owner of Three Part Harmony Farm in Northeast D.C. Gail Taylor; and City Blossoms co-founders Rebecca Lemos and Lola Bloom.

Related: In 2014, Michael Twitty kicked off WRAG’s Brightest Minds series with a discussion about building a more inclusive food movement. Check out this post that followed his talk, then take a look at the exciting lineup for WRAG’s Brightest Minds programs for the rest of the year. Brightest Minds programs are open to the public.

– The Ongoing Need for Healthy Food in Corner Stores (City Lab, 5/12)

EDUCATION
– As the acknowledgment of the importance of quality pre-k education in a student’s future success picks up steam across the country, some states continue to struggle with making these programs accessible to millions of children. Locally, D.C. made progress by serving more 3- and 4-year-olds than ever during the 2014-2015 school year. (WaPo, 5/12)

– The troubling shortage of Latino and black teachers — and what to do about it (WaPo, 5/15)


Which of the seven deadly sins do some of the most popular social networks represent? Pinterest is spot-on!

– Ciara

Another year of decline in domestic migration

REGION/ECONOMY
A new report from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis looks at the migration trends of the region’s population. According to the report, the region experienced its second straight year of decline in domestic migration. (WBJ, 3/28)

Domestic migration was responsible for a loss of 25,200 people from 2013 to 2014, according to the report. The last time the region had positive domestic migration was from 2013 to 2014, when 25,200 moved here.

[…]

People are leaving the region for a combination of factors that also includes overall affordability — child care and housing are the biggest — and the growth and opportunities in other areas of the country. Some U.S. regions had sluggish economies themselves right after the Great Recession but have recently seen stronger growth.

Center director Terry Clower also cites research from The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy for its recommendations on ways the economy can improve.

Related: Last year, the 2030 Group’s Bob Buchanan and the Center for Regional Analysis’s Stephen Fuller undertook an extensive research project called, The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy, to recommend ways the region can reposition itself to remain competitive in the global economy. WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland also shared how philanthropy in the region might respond and collaborate with other sectors to meet challenges facing our communities. (Daily 1/15)

– Both D.C. and Montgomery County are eyeing a minimum wage increase to $15. (WAMU, 3/25)

HOUSING
– In their latest blog post, the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis explores how rents in the city are so high despite many residences being subject to rent control. (District, Measured, 3/23)

NPR takes a glimpse into the courtrooms of D.C.’s Landlord and Tenant Branch where mostly low-income renters and their landlords squabble over issues of rent payments and substandard living conditions. (NPR, 3/28)

ARTS
– In Reston, officials are revisiting the allocation of funds for public art. (Reston Now, 3/25)

– D.C.’s Fillmore Arts Center will be saved for another year (WaPo, 3/25)

PHILANTHROPY
A recent survey looks at the philanthropic activity predictions of 400 leading private bankers and wealth advisors who manage around $500 billion in assets for ultra-high net worth individuals. (NPQ, 3/24)

– Have a look at Fortune‘s 2016 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders in philanthropy, arts, business, government and more. (Fortune, 3/2016)

CSR/SOCIAL PROFITS | Audio: How Nonprofits and Corporations Can Join Forces (Chronicle, 3/25)

EDUCATIONHow to Graduate More Black Students (Atlantic, 3/23)


Do you live in a paper napkin, cloth napkin, or paper towel household?

– Ciara

How will philanthropy respond to the Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy?

By Tamara Copeland
President
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

 

It was just last January that WRAG said “count us in” to Bob Buchanan and Stephen Fuller as the 2030 Group joined with the Center for Regional Analysis to develop a roadmap for the region’s future economy. Today, that roadmap was released.

It identifies seven industrial clusters in which Fuller and his team believe our region has a competitive advantage:

  • Advocacy
  • Information and communications technology
  • Science and security technology
  • Biological and health technology
  • Business and financial services
  • Media and information
  • Business and leisure travel

It is on these industries that he recommends we focus our economic development efforts. But before we do that, the regional leaders who Buchanan and Fuller convened over the last year cautioned that we must address three regional deficits: 1) transportation and housing affordability; 2) the lack of a shared regional brand; and 3) insufficient collaboration between the academic and business communities to foster an entrepreneurial culture.

Philanthropy is already making progress on housing affordability. Just last week, WRAG announced a major philanthropy-led initiative, Our Region, Your Investment, to address the housing affordability challenges in our region. And following the presentation by Jennifer Bradley, co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution, at WRAG’s 2015 annual meeting, philanthropists in the region are ready to learn more about what their colleagues did in Northeast Ohio when that region suffered a devastating loss of manufacturing jobs.

Locally, philanthropic leaders have been primed for this conversation for some time. They recognize that they must continue their efforts on workforce development, but it seems that philanthropic leaders are now ready to go deeper into economic development than ever before. Why? Because they know that the stakes are very high when you consider what contributes to the vitality of our region.

Perhaps Stephen Fuller’s presentation at WRAG’s 2012 annual meeting was a turning point. He cautioned his audience of philanthropists that declining federal procurement spending in our region needed to be acknowledged and addressed. Then in 2013, that admonition became very clear as local social profit organizations[i] and their clients struggled with the impact of sequestration and the 16-day shutdown of the federal government. People whose incomes were tied to the federal government were without wages, and as more people live paycheck-to-paycheck, the impact of that revenue loss was immediate. Social profit organizations were doubly affected. The demand for their services was increasing at the same time that they were laying off their own staff because they, too, were reliant on the federal government through federal grants. This was no longer theoretical. This was real.

Now, we have a plan and the work of philanthropists in Northeast Ohio may be a model. To Fuller and Buchanan, I say maybe the third deficit should note “insufficient collaboration between the academic, philanthropic, and business communities to foster an entrepreneurial culture.” The philanthropic community is ready to roll up its sleeves and be an engaged partner in broadly shifting the economic reality of our region. So, once again I say, “Count us in.”


[i] Just a reminder that I try to use the term “social profit organization” instead of “nonprofit” to celebrate the fact that these organizations provide value to society, turning this into a positive term.

Friday roundup – October 19 through October 23, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
 – WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland was profiled on the 2030 Group’s blog and discussed WRAG’s supportive role in the Roadmap Initiative. (2030 Group, 10/14)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION 
– Enrollment is up in D.C. public schools for the seventh year in a row after decades of steady decline, signaling a possible shift in parent confidence in the school system. (WaPo, 10/20)

– New data show a four percent increase in D.C. public school graduation rates. (DCist, 10/19)

– A study measuring efforts of U.S. high schools in teaching financial literacy gave each state a grade. Virginia earned an “A”; Maryland earned a “B”; and the District received an “F”.  (WBJ, 10/20)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT
– Montgomery County is set to launch its biggest-ever solar initiative. (WBJ, 10/19)

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
 As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food in the Trash (NPR, 10/20)


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It’s Friday! Before you get out there and put on your dancing shoes, see if you can identify these moves.

– Ciara

Study: The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future

COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY/WRAG
Earlier this year, the 2030 Group – an organization of business leaders focused on regional issues and solutions – commissioned The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future, a study to better understand growth trends and their resulting impacts that will affect the region by the year 2030. WRAG is working alongside business and civic organizations in the area to encourage regional cooperation and effective economic growth. The Washington Post shares some of the findings about the future of millennials in the region and next steps for the group revealed at a gathering last week (WaPo, 10/17):

Founded by the 2030 Group, a business organization, the Roadmap has 12 other sponsors, including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, Fairfax and Montgomery chambers of commerce, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

The study’s results provided fresh arguments for the Roadmap to use in pressing local political leaders to set aside parochial differences and work together on behalf of the region as a whole.

To further that effort, the Roadmap leaders set up working groups Thursday to discuss proposals such as creating strong centralized regional authorities to oversee policy and raise funds for transportation and housing.

– On the 2030 Group’s blog, WRAG president Tamara Copeland took part in a Roadmap Sponsor Profile, in which she discussed WRAG’s supportive role in the Roadmap Initiative. (2030 Group, 10/14)

Related: The philanthropic community didn’t always have a seat at the table in this effort. Last spring, Tamara shared how business and philanthropy became valuable partners in this regional economic initiative. (Daily, 4/2)

– Joe and Lynne Horning of the Horning Family Fund have been involved in philanthropy for nearly 60 years. In The Chronicle of Philanthropy, they share what has inspired their giving in Washington throughout the years, and offer some tips for new family foundations. (Chronicle, 10/5) – Subscription required

Washington Area Women’s Foundation president and CEO Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat appears on the Washington Business Journal‘s Power 100 2015: Connectors list. Congratulations! (WBJ, 10/12)

ARTS EDUCATION
– Theatre Forward, an organization providing funding and other resources to leading nonprofit theatres, has released a new publication, “Unmasking Business Success: Executive Perceptions of Arts Engagement and Workforce Skills.”

More schools are working to integrate the arts into classroom learning (WaPo, 10/14)

WORKFORCE/IMMIGRATION | More Evidence That Immigrants Don’t Steal American Jobs (City Lab, 10/16)


What expenditures are people in the Washington region splurging on each year?

– Ciara

The persistent crisis of homelessness

HOMELESSNESS
Over the past winter, the District anticipated a rise in the number of homeless families that would be seeking shelter and laid out ambitious plans for solving the crisis. In this cover story, Washington City Paper takes an in-depth look at why this winter was still challenging for many homeless families. (WCP, 4/2)

This winter, the city saw the crisis coming. A September report commissioned by the city government anticipated a 16 percent increase in the number of families requiring shelter. The administration of then-Mayor Vince Gray had been preparing. It launched an initiative to move families more quickly out of shelter and into housing. It tried to toughen up its requirements for families to get into shelter and to stay there. Administration officials confidently predicted that things would be under control by the time winter rolled around.

Instead, the crisis has grown even worse. The September report predicted that 840 families would enter shelter this winter, up from 723 last winter. By early March, the actual number had already eclipsed the forecast, as families continued to pour into the shelter system. As of March 13, the figure stood at 904—and climbing. The city has only 369 permanent units of family shelter.

Those 904 families have entered what’s known, figuratively, as the front door to shelter, the one families pass through when they have nowhere else to go. There are things the city can do to manage the front door, but there are also factors out of its control, primarily the lack of affordable housing and of decent-paying jobs for residents without a college degree.

The bigger problem this winter, however, has been the back door. The city has fallen well short of its targets for moving families from shelter to housing. And the families who do secure housing often discover it’s not so secure after all, and find themselves at risk of slipping back through the front door into shelter again.

– As part of her newly released budget, Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed an increase to the city’s sales tax in order to fund the transformation of the District’s troubled homeless services. (WaPo, 4/2)

– On Monday, April 13, WHUT, the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates will host a screening of the documentary, Homestretch, that takes a look at youth homelessness in D.C. A panel featuring young people who have experienced homelessness themselves will follow. Click here to find out more.

PHILANTHROPY | Early this year, economist Stephen Fuller and president of the 2030 Group Bob Buchanan, issued a call for a regional economic summit for business and government leaders to discuss efforts to reinvigorate the economy. Last week, Bob Buchanan stopped by to speak with WRAG member CEOs during an insightful CEO Coffee and Conversation session. Here, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shares how the call to action that originally did not include philanthropy, now has room at the table for the funding community. (WBJ, 1/15 and Daily, 4/2)

HEALTH/YOUTH | The Northern Virginia Health Foundation‘s blog features a new post by Kimberly Durand of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families (APCYF) where she takes a closer look at the health of Arlington youth on the heels of APCYF’s release of its fourth Community Report Card. (NVHF, 3/30)

FOOD | Congratulations to AARP Foundation for receiving a $3 million dollar grant to help SNAP recipients buy more fresh fruits and vegetables in farmers markets and grocery stores in Mississippi and Tennessee. Across the country, including right here in the region, innovative programs like these are improving food security, health, and the local economy. They’re part of a broader trend to change the way we eat for the better. (AARP, 4/2)

Related: Last week, WRAG Board member Eric Kessler of the New Venture Fund and Arabella Advisors, joined a distinguished list of chefs, artists, entrepreneurs, and politicians, at Washington Post Live’s signature event Changing the Menu. Follow this link to hear from Eric, Steve Case, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and others on the trends shaping our food system and the policy changes we need to support improved nutrition, health and wellness for all.

COMMUNITY/EDUCATION | Education blogger, editor of Greater Greater Education, and trustee of the Omega Foundation, Natalie Wexler, has a new blog focused on public education in the District. Be sure to check out DC Eduphile.

WORKFORCE
Making a Good Jobs Program Even Better: How to Strengthen DC’s Project Empowerment (DCFPI, 4/1)

– In a two-part series, NPR dives into the introduction of Walmart stores to urban areas like D.C, and what the openings have meant for workers and nearby residents. You can read or listen to part 1 here, and part 2 here. (NPR, 4/1 and 4/2)

DISTRICT | Bowser names cabinet member to focus on development in overlooked communities (WBJ, 4/1)


If you want to be a more creative person, just book a flight.

– Ciara

Business and Philanthropy: A partnership whose time has come

by Tamara Copeland
President
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Last week, Bob Buchanan, principal of Buchanan Partners, a real estate development company, and president of the 2030 Group, an association of business leaders focused on regional issues and solutions, came to speak to WRAG member CEOs as part of our CEO Coffee and Conversation series. He was invited after he and Dr. Stephen Fuller (of the Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University) called for a regional economic summit.  They suggested that, because the backbone of our region’s economy has been the federal government and that given the changes in our region’s relationship to this hometown employer, we must create a new regional economic reality.  They also underscored the fact that this isn’t a situation to be addressed solely by the District of Columbia or Fairfax, VA, or any other jurisdiction in our region, but a regional problem that should be examined as a whole and addressed by regional leaders using a broad lens and a long-range view.

I invited Bob to speak because, surprisingly, they hadn’t viewed philanthropy as one of the sectors to call to the planning table until I reached out. When asked why philanthropy wasn’t included, Bob responded, “business leaders go to those who can move the needle.”

What a wake up call!  Clearly, philanthropy wasn’t viewed as a change agent.

For years, I have thought that philanthropy doesn’t do enough to highlight the role that it plays in social change. That’s why we produced Beyond Dollars in 2009, featured Philanthropy Factoids in the Daily WRAG throughout 2011, and updated Beyond Dollars with a progress report in 2013. We wanted to showcase all that philanthropy does to improve people’s lives.  Unfortunately, that message hasn’t reached the business community, and part of that responsibility lies with us.  When I look back over the speakers that WRAG has presented over the last decade, I can’t find one business leader who isn’t also a philanthropist.  Until the conversation with Bob Buchanan, WRAG had not invited a business leader to present his or her ideas to philanthropy. We had not explored with business shared views and values toward possible shared action. In retrospect, wow.

So, WRAG is working to change that.  Bob Buchanan underscored the altruistic role that funders can play. He noted that when he speaks up for a particular need, he is often lumped in the category of “greedy developer” just trying to make his project work. Often, yes, he is trying to make a project happen, but it is a project that can improve the lives of many who live in a specific community.  His business identity often obscures the fact that he wants to turn a profit and improve the community.  He challenged the funding community to:

  • Consider how they are perceived as only helping the “un-” and “under-” members of the community. He acknowledged that funders are trying to improve the lives of all who live in a community and that when the “un”served or “under”served are helped, all community members are helped. He feels that the business community doesn’t see the role of philanthropy as helping everybody;
  • Look at how they might support start-up businesses that can improve the viability of communities just as they support start up/innovative, new social profit organizations; and
  • Make financial investments with their assets, not just grants.

He believes that elected officials charged with serving their discrete constituencies and limited by a relatively brief time in office can’t be the sole partners of business, particularly in pursuit of a new regional economic dynamic. He wants philanthropy to play a role.  Now we must determine what that role should be.