Tag: aging

Study finds community banks discriminate against communities of color

EQUITY | A new study released yesterday found that community banks are just as likely as traditional banking institutes to discriminate against communities of color, especially when looking at the fees associated with opening, maintaining, and closing checking accounts. (Citylab, 6/21)

For example, the study finds that overdraft fees are higher in banks located in predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhoods when compared with the overdraft fees assessed in white communities. Not only that, but banks in Black and Latinx neighborhoods are more likely to use credit-screening agencies for opening accounts than they are in white neighborhoods.

Other findings from the report:

Banks in predominantly African-American neighborhoods require higher opening deposit charges for starting a basic checking account.

EDUCATION | The Office of the State Superintendent of Education has discovered that about 1,000 teachers in DC Public Schools lack certification the city requires to teach. (WaPo, 6/21)

YOUTH | Eshauna Smith, CEO of Urban Alliance, has announced that Nathaniel Cole will step down as the DC executive director after eight years and Monique Rizer will step into this role. (Urban Alliance, 6/21)

LOUDOUN | Phyllis Randall, corporate vice president of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Board Chair of Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, was selected to the Women in Government Leadership Program hosted by Governing Magazine. (Loudoun Tribune, 6/19)

AGINGBill before D.C. Council would block assisted living facilities from taking new dementia patients (WaPo, 6/21)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Development Manager | Young Playwrights’ Theater– New!
Senior Research Analyst | Job Opportunities Task Force
Sr. Social Innovation Specialist | Washington Gas
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Wolf Trap Foundation
Foundation Coordinator | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Senior Manger of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Grants Associate | Democracy Fund
Contract Grant Writer | Project HEAL
Program Associate| Case Foundation
Grants Manager | Public Welfare Foundation
Program Manager | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Grants Program Analyst | Legal Services Corporation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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Would you drive this tiny car?

– Kendra

Delayed retirement isn’t possible for some aging residents

AGING/WORKFORCE | As the cost of living increases, more aging citizens are forced to delay retirement and find work to support themselves, but those who are low-income or have health problems find it more difficult to find employment. An Urban Institute report suggests strengthening Social Security’s disability program to protect these individuals. (Urban Institute, 2/1)

Income for workers ages 62 to 64 is increasingly tied to their health status, which deepens income inequality at older ages. Moreover, older adults with limited education and income, who stand to gain the most from working longer, are more likely to have health problems than their higher-earning counterparts.

When adults ages 62 to 64 who have health problems face income slumps, the shortfalls persist throughout their later lives because of permanently smaller monthly Social Security benefits and a diminished ability to accumulate wealth.

COMMUNITY | We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Oramenta Newsome, vice president and executive director of LISC DC.

PHILANTHROPYOpinion: Steps Foundations Can Take to Give Women and People of Color a Chance to Build Great Nonprofits (Chronicle, 1/22 – Subscription needed)

HOUSING | Residents in the District’s Deanwood neighborhood discuss the growing evidence of gentrification in their community. (AFRO, 2/1)

ARTS & HUMANITIES
– Yesterday, advocates went to Virginia’s capitol in hopes of influencing legislators to support more funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. (Richmond Times, 2/1)

– What happened when D.C. chose a white artist to create the official Marion Barry statue (WaPo, 2/1)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director, Finance & Administration | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation – New!
Executive Director | Fairfax Futures – New!
Program Officer – Education | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Development Associate | Society for Science & the Public
Knowledge Services Specialist | United Philanthropy Forum
Associate Director of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Associate | New Endeavors by Women
Executive Director | My Sister’s Place
Philanthropy Officer | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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If you’re in the market for some old or new albums, make sure you check out Mount Pleasant’s record sale this weekend.

– Kendra

How the Greater Washington region is dealing with the government shutdown

WORKFORCE
– Today marks the third day of a government shutdown due to Congress not agreeing on a spending bill. Perhaps no other area will be more impacted than the Greater Washington region, as our workforce is almost 25% government workers, and 25% to 30% of the region’s economy is dependent on federal payroll or procurement spending. (WaPo, 1/21)

“If you viewed this as a company town, it’s like the factory shut down, and we don’t know when it’s going to reopen,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said.

Connolly cited statistics showing the region could lose an estimated $200 million per day in economic productivity, including the losses for small businesses catering to government employees.

“You know if you were running a lunch shop near the IRS and 80 percent of the IRS workforce is not going to work, you’ve lost a lot of your business for the duration of the shutdown,” he said. “They really have no recourse. That’s what so very sad, and some of these are family-run businesses.”

– Parents Scramble For Childcare With Federal Buildings Closed For Shutdown (WAMU, 1/22)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | The fact that DC is steadily becoming too expensive to live in isn’t news, but how the community and other sectors are dealing with it is newsworthy. Read about how these Chinatown residents were able to buy their building and renovate it using DC’s TOPA law, and other tools groups are using to make housing affordable here. Although not mentioned by name, the article also refers to Our Region, Your Investment – an impact investing initiative of both Enterprise Community Loan Fund and WRAG – as a way philanthropy and other partners are collaborating to preserve affordable housing in the region. (NextCity, 1/19)

Gretchen Greiner-Lott,WRAG’s vice president, says, “WRAG is pleased to be working with Enterprise to provide an important tool to bring much needed capital to our region’s housing affordability issue. To learn more about how you, too, can make a difference, go to Our Region, Your Investment.”

PHILANTHROPY | The Community Foundation in Montgomery County is now accepting applications for the 2018 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year. (Community Foundation, 1/19)

AGING | Watch as Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation, shares the foundation’s vision – a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable – and discusses how they are fighting senior poverty. (WJLA, 1/19)

RACISM | In a powerful example of how philanthropic leaders can use their voices, Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, and Maxwell King, president & CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, co-wrote an article condemning the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for attempting to paint the president’s racist words as non-offensive. (Heinz Endowment, 1/15)

HEALTH CARE/INCOMEThe American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality (Atlantic, 1/19)

HOMELESSNESS | On Sunday, DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that DC General will be closed by the end of the year. (WaPo, 1/21)


These suggestions may seem irrelevant now, but when winter comes back on Wednesday you might want to read about where to get the best hot chocolates in the region.

– Kendra

Allowing Virginia DACA recipients to pay in-state tuition is good investment for the state, according to new report

EDUCATION
– In 2014, Virginia made a decision to allow residents that are DACA recipients to pay in-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities. Due to the current uncertainty surrounding the DACA program, the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has released a brief report detailing how extending in-state tuition to DACA recipients in Virginia is an investment for the state. (TCI, 1/2)

The availability of in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities for Virginians provides a pathway to better jobs and opportunities that benefit students and the state economy. And looking at Virginia’s experience over the last three years, it’s clear that allowing Virginia students who have deferred action immigration status to pay in-state rates does not create a cost burden to the state or result in overcrowded classrooms.

During the 2015 legislative session, Virginia’s General Assembly recognized the importance of providing access to college for all Virginians and rejected a proposal that would have singled out a group of Virginians — those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status — and barred them from being able to pay in-state tuition rates.

– Prince William County schools population grows, and so does the debate over trailer classrooms and school overcrowding (Potomac Local, 1/4)

ECONOMY | In an effort to address Montgomery County’s $120 million operating budget shortfall, County Executive Ike Leggett has proposed cuts to the school system, Montgomery Cares community health program and others. (Bethesda Beat, 1/3)

AGINGWhen Nursing Homes Push Out Poor And Disabled Patients (KHN, 12/20)

DISCRIMINATION | The Justice Department has rescinded 25 legal guidance letters that provided explanations of federal laws related to civil rights protections. (NYT, 12/21)

WORKFORCE | The Gig Economy May Strengthen Men’s ‘Invisible Advantage’ at Work (CityLab, 1/3)

ENVIRONMENT
– Prince George’s County is updating a zoning ordinance and has proposed requiring developers to build with a minimum level of environmentally-friendly standards. (GGW, 1/3)

– Dominion Energy plans to permanently bury 4 million tons of coal ash in Prince William County. Legislators plan to introduce bills to stop them. (InsideNOVA, 1/4)


There is an American Ninja Warrior-inspired gym in Maryland!

– Kendra

The tax cut bill could hurt some District families

TAX REFORM
– Yesterday DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and DC’s nonvoting Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton responded to Congress’s tax cut bill. They said the bill will increase taxes for some families living in the city and it will hurt the city’s efforts to create and preserve affordable housing. (WaPo, 11/13)

At a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said the proposal to eliminate the deduction for state and local income and property taxes could lead to sharp hikes in the overall tax bill for some District families. The increase could be more than 10 percent in some parts of the city.

Bowser and Norton said the House bill’s effects are particularly jarring in the District, which already has the highest per capita federal tax rate in the nation despite lacking voting representatives in Congress.

– Senate’s Tax Bill Provisions Could Hurt Charities, Nonprofits Say (Chronicle, 11/10)

Related: The Johnson Amendment, which was under threat of being repealed, remains untouched in this version of the bill. Earlier this year, WRAG signed on to the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, an initiative of 10 national nonprofit and philanthropy serving organizations, in support of maintaining the amendment.

TRANSPORTATION | A newly released study of Metro, commissioned by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, includes recommendations to replace Metro’s 16-member board with a five-member board for three years and a bus fare increase to $2.10. (WaPo, 11/12)

AGING | AARP Foundation‘s legal department is suing a nursing home to stop them from illegally evicting residents. (NPR, 11/13)

EDUCATION | Two DC young people advocate for the 2014 Special Education Reforms, which will allow DC students with disabilities to plan for life after high school at 14 instead of 16, on DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s blog. (DCFPI, 10/25)

ELECTIONNAACP legal fund files lawsuit over voter instructions in key Va. House race (WaPo, 11/14)


Can you predict how much snow will fall in our area this winter?

– Kendra

The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation gives $219 million gift to the University of Maryland

EDUCATION | The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation, which recently changed its name from the Clark Charitable Foundation and funds in areas such as engineering, DC education and veterans support, made history yesterday when it announced a $219 million gift to the University of Maryland. (WaPo, 10/4)

The U-Md. gift has been under discussion for about two years. [The daughter of A. James Clark, Courtney Clark] Pastrick said the foundation plans to disburse it over the next decade. “This is our largest investment to date,” she said. “We love the state. We love the school. For my family and my mom, it’s a really exciting time.”

With its gift, U-Md. plans three financial aid initiatives. The “Clark Challenge for Maryland Promise” will help the university raise money through matching funds to support need-based scholarships for a wide spectrum of students. The second will provide scholarships to 40 engineering undergraduates a year, with priority for in-state students. And the third will target help to 40 engineering majors a year who transfer from Maryland community colleges.

WRAG COMMUNITY | WRAG is sad to announce the retirement of Phyllis Kaye from the Healthy Communities Working Group. We are grateful for her years of service and wish her good luck in her new journey. We’re happy to announce that longtime member of the group, Jenny Schitter, principal health planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, will be the new consultant to the group. (Daily, 10/5)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced that the DC government will invest $75 million from DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund to  preserve or create over 500 affordable housing units in the city. (BisNow, 10/4)

CHILD POVERTYAmerica’s Child-Poverty Rate Has Hit a Record Low (Atlantic, 10/5)

WORKFORCE
– The DC Council has proposed legislation to decriminalize sex work in the city. (DCist, 10/5)

– Opinion: Five ways DC rocks (and two ways it doesn’t) at social entrepreneurship (GGWash, 10/4)

AGING | As more residents living in urban areas plan to age in place, cities are trying to find ways to accommodate them. (Citylab, 10/5)


Hopefully, this doesn’t ruin anyone’s day. Archaeologists have finally confirmed that Santa is dead.

– Kendra

The District’s wards 7 and 8 residents to participate in a ‘grocery walk’

FOOD INSECURITY | Residents in wards 7 and 8 are planning to raise awareness about the lack of grocery stores and fresh produce in their community by participating in a ‘grocery walk’ on October 14. Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White and local organizations such as DC Greens, Bread For the City and others will join them. (WCP, 9/27)

Beatrice Evans has called Ward 7 home for most of her life. Now in her sixties, she remembers a time when there were several nearby grocery stores to choose from—Giant, Safeway, and Murry’s. Of that trio, only the Safeway remains and it’s consistently scrutinized for its empty shelves and the poor quality of its food. Now Evans pays someone to drive her to Maryland to shop for produce and other groceries.

“My mom is from the country, so I like my fresh fruits and vegetables,” Evans says. “That’s why I’m still pretty healthy today. To get that same quality I have to go outside of my neighborhood, but it should be right here.”

BUSINESS | Congratulations to Tamika Tremaglio, managing principal and East regional leader of Deloitte LLP, for being recognized as one of Washington Business Journal’s 2017 Women Who Mean Business honorees! (WBJ, 9/27)

AGING
– LGBTQ seniors in the District want more city services designed for them and greater outreach from the city’s Office on Aging. (Washington Blade, 9/27)

– Why Huge Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Are Likely To Grow If Medicaid Is Cut (NPR, 9/28)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency to force them to take action on upwind air pollution from five other states. (WaPo, 9/27)

ARTS & HUMANITIESMaps: Here’s Where 10 New Murals Are Going Up Around D.C. (DCist, 9/27)

RACISM
– American University’s administration responds after students find posters of the Confederate flag, with cotton attached to them, earlier this week. (WaPo, 9/27)

– Arlington County, VA is hosting workshops, Challenging Racism: Learning How, for residents this fall.


Happy National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

– Kendra

Recent DC job fair offered mock interviews as well as business clothes

WORKFORCE | At the DC Opportunity Fair, which featured employers such as Hilton, Nordstrom, FedEx and U.S. Postal Service, young people who are unemployed or underemployed were offered interview advice, business casual clothes and employment. (WaPo, 9/22)

“Hopefully, I can find a company here that I can grow with,” said 24-year-old, bow-tie-wearing Markiel Jones, who is unemployed after dropping out of college for financial reasons.

The Prince George’s County resident graduated from high school and went on to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After low-paying jobs in the food-service industry that showed little promise for growth, he landed a Starbucks job offer and learned about the company’s tuition assistance for employees seeking a higher education.

HUMAN RIGHTS
– DC has a large deaf community but many of the city’s practices, polices, and even sidewalks are not deaf-friendly. (Urban Turf, 9/21)

– Why It Looks Like Discrimination Cases In D.C. Are Down By More Than 60 Percent (DCist, 9/21)

HEALTH CARE | Virginia, as well as other states, anxiously wait to hear if Congress will reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program by September 30. (Richmond Times, 9/21)

ARTS & HUMANITIESAs The African American History Museum Turns One, Director Lonnie Bunch Looks Back (DCist, 9/21)

LGBTQ/AGING | DC’s Office on Aging will be hosting a townhall for LGBTQ individuals next Tuesday to learn how it can better help the population. (Washington Blade, 9/19)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Opinion: The District is the most policed place in the US, so why do officials keep calling for more cops? (WCP, 9/21)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations | Exelon  – New!
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy  – New!
Content Manager | Exponent Philanthropy  – New!
Director of Development | The Literacy Lab  – New!
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Senior Program Associate, Engaged Practice Division, Healthcare Engagement Program | The Democracy Collaborative
Program Associate, Portfolio Support, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Associate, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Officer, Public Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar
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Please don’t disappoint the pink cube.

– Kendra

This Georgetown University freshman is one of two slave descendants attending this fall

EDUCATION
– Earlier this year, Georgetown University announced it would provide legacy status as a form of reparations to the descendants of the slaves the university sold to pay its debts in 1838. This week, Mélisande Short-Colomb, a 63-year-old descendant of one of those slaves, started her freshman year at the university. (WaPo, 8/30)

She had completed so much of life — she had become a mother, grandmother, professional chef — but increasingly she was feeling like a piece was missing. Did she owe something to the slaves who were sold and the children who followed, and would joining with the university that began it all bring some sense of resolution?

Hoping her experience at Georgetown would help answer this question, she walked into the Walsh Building. The elevators weren’t working, so she climbed the steps beside scores of younger students — “kids,” Short-Colomb described them — before stopping to catch her breath. “I’m not 18 anymore,” she said.

– A recent evaluation found that young men who participated in and completed Urban Alliance’s high school internship program have higher employment and college attendance rates. (EdWeek, 8/29)

TRANSPORTATION
– As part of DC’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries, the DC Department of Transportation has announced it wants residents to help train computers to recognize where crashes are most likely to happen. (DCist, 8/30)

– Loudoun Co. Public Schools’ transportation system brings tears, fears and safety concerns (Loudoun Times, 8/30)

AGING | Older adults are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, disabilities, heart attacks or strokes if they have a sense of purpose and are physically active, studies find. (Kaiser Health News, 8/31)

CRIMINAL JUSTICEPublic Welfare Foundation is hosting “El Color de la Justicia”: Raising Latinx Voices for Criminal Justice Reform, to discuss data gaps in the criminal justice system that undermine attention to the Latinx population and the increasing intersection between immigration and the criminal justice system. The event is on September 21. Register here

WORKFORCEMinority Entrepreneurs Hope To Benefit From Budding Marijuana Industry (WAMU, 8/30)


Social Sector Job Openings 
Communications + Program Coordinator | FCCP
Program Associate, Portfolio Support, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Associate, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Officer, Public Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Business Development Director | Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Operations Associate | ACT for Alexandria
Membership & Marketing Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Membership Development Manager| Exponent Philanthropy
Management Associate | Public Welfare Foundation
Executive Director | Agua Fund
Database Assistant | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Senior Administrative Assistant/Foundation Coordinator | The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation and the Marriott Daughters Foundation
Program Officer | The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar
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Can’t say I’ve heard of any of these but check out the nine best music podcasts in the District over the weekend.

– Kendra

The District has launched a new strategy to end youth homelessness

HOMELESSNESS/ YOUTH | Reducing the homeless population has been a goal in the District for the past couple of years. Now the city has created Solid Foundations DC, a strategy focused on helping unaccompanied teens and young adults before they need to enter shelters. (AFRO, 5/25)

“Ending homelessness in Washington, DC has been a top priority of mine from day one,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “The health, safety, and long-term success of our youth will have an impact on our entire community, and our D.C. values require that we continue finding ways to make homelessness in DC rare, brief, and non-recurring. By working together, we can build integrated systems that provide the support our young people need to stay healthy and succeed in school and life.”

TRANSIT | Many states, including Virginia, are working to comply with the federal Real ID law, which may prove to be costly for the states and its citizens. (WaPo, 5/29)

EQUITYPredatory Penalties: How Late Fees on DC Traffic Tickets Punish the Poor (DCFPI, 5/26)

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT | Opinion: What if we focused on addressing the barriers that prevent people from obtaining and keeping a job? (DC Policy Center, 5/23)

EDUCATION | This school has a high population of students living with trauma. This is how it deals with discipline. (NPR, 5/30)

Related Event for Funders: Join us for Beyond the 3 R’s: Providing Students with the Social-Emotional Skills They Need to Succeed on June 8 to explore how mental health impacts academic performance and how young people’s mental health needs can be most effectively met in school settings.

PHILANTHROPY | JPMorgan Chase is investing $2 million in developing local nonprofit leadership to address racial and financial equity issues. Here’s a look at how it and others are funding efforts to close the racial wealth gap. (Inside Philanthropy, 5/25)

AGINGNew Report: LGBTQ Elders Show Resilience Despite Barriers To Successful Aging (Huffington Post, 5/25)

ENVIRONMENTEnvironmental Nonprofits Lack Diversity, Study Find (Chronicle, 5/25 – Subscription needed)


This is what diversity looks like in Montgomery County schools.

– Kendra