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Homelessness survey in the District points to need for regional cooperation

HOMELESSNESS | A new survey released this week shows that one-third of people currently experiencing homelessness in DC used to have homes in Maryland, Virginia or another state. (WAMU, 6/12)

The question of where DC’s homeless come from isn’t new — and it is often politically fraught. The survey won’t be used to try and limit homeless services to DC residents, according to Kristy Greenwalt, the director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness … she hopes it will spur better regional coordination on tackling homelessness which has been a topic of conversation among local leaders for some time … “We just wanted to learn a little more about people’s experience and what’s driving their decision-making. Were they originally from the District and lost housing and left and are returning to a support network? Are they from somewhere else and are coming here because they couldn’t get help in their jurisdiction?” Greenwalt says.

–  Why’s everyone talking about upzoning? It’s the foundation of green, equitable cities. (GGWash, 6/11)

– DC’s affordable housing is extremely inequitably distributed across the city, according to this image from the DC Office of Planning. (GGWash, 6/5)

FOOD | In Farm-to-Table 2.0, Local Farmers Are Partners Not Purveyors (CP, 6/12)

ENVIRONMENT | The Anacostia River suffered after the region’s wettest year on record, which has brought trash, waste and dirt that is harming the river. (WAMU, 6/11)

HEALTH | Absence Of ‘Harris Rider’ Could Put D.C. One Step Closer To Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries (WAMU, 6/12)

EDUCATION | DC Charter School Leaders Campaign For More Space (WAMU, 6/12)

ART/CULTURE | The Smithsonian Institution has picked a 10-story building by the L’Enfant Plaza Metro in Southwest DC for its new headquarters, which sets the stage for the institution’s larger planned South Mall campus renovation. (WBJ, 6/11)

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebirth of 100 Resilient Cities (CityLab, 6/12)

– Assets at Small Foundations Declined 3.5% Last Year, Study Shows (Chronicle, 6/12)

ANNOUNCEMENT | WRAG is excited to introduce our newest team member, Carmen Rodriguez, Director of Communication, Technology, and Administration! With Carmen on board, I am closing out my time as WRAG’s communications consultant responsible for producing the (Almost) Daily WRAG. It has been a true pleasure bringing you the (Almost) Daily over the past six months as WRAG builds its new team.

This summer, the Daily will go on “vacation” as WRAG assesses its communications strategy and needs going forward. We will continue to bring you occasional updates using this platform, but we will not produce a regular news roundup. In the meantime, we would love to hear from readers: What have you valued about the Daily WRAG? What would you like to see more of from WRAG? Less of? We welcome your thoughts via this quick survey.

We look forward to sharing with you our new communications strategy later this year!

Social Sector Job Openings 

Institutional Development Manager | Martha’s Table – New!
Director | Open Society Institute-Baltimore
Director, School Partnerships Coach | Flamboyan Foundation
Senior Director of Development, Research & Innovation | Children’s Hospital Foundation
Senior Program Manager | Rising Tide Foundation
Development Manager | Mikva Challenge DC
Foundation Director | Venable LLP
Development Associate | Sitar Arts Center
Grants Manager | Arabella Advisors
Institutional Development Officer | Martha’s Table
Development Manager, Washington, DC | Reading Partners
Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | 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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An app to find the best happy hour in DC? Yes, please – cheers to a great summer!

– Buffy

#CountDMVIn kicks off to mobilize a complete 2020 Census count in the Greater Washington region


– Last week, WRAG and 14 partner organizations convened Interventions that Work: 2020 Census & Hard-to-Count Communities, a forum that kicked off a regional get-out-the-count effort, especially among immigrant communities, communities of color, and other populations that are at risk of being undercounted in the census. Check out the #CountDMVIn hashtag on Twitter for conversation highlights, and watch the kickoff video below, produced by the United Way of the National Capital Area, and featuring Dr. Madye Henson (WRAG), Rosie Allen-Herring (UWNCA), Chuck Bean (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments), and other community leaders.

Related: The Resilience Fund, a funding collaborative at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, has released a new RFP for the 2020 Count DMV In Census Project, a pooled fund to support projects focused on the 2020 Census, including education, outreach, and direct assistance focused on hard-to-count communities. Learn more here.

Related: Read a message from the co-chairs of WRAG’s 2020 Census Working Group calling on their philanthropic colleagues to invest in nonprofit partners with deep connections to those communities – especially communities of color – most at risk of an undercount. (WRAG members: The next working group meeting is Monday, June 17. Register here.)

– The Urban Institute has released a new interactive data resource looking at the potential for census miscounts under different risk scenarios. (Urban, 6/4)

– Wells Fargo has pledged to invest $1 billion from its business and foundation into affordable housing. (Chronicle, 6/5)

For better or worse, opportunity zones abound in Greater Washington. Here’s where the money is likely to flow. (WBJ, 6/7)

D.C. Budget Thrown Into Turmoil After City’s CFO Objects To Funding Ploy To Pay For Public Housing Repairs (WAMU, 6/10)

Against The Backdrop Of Barry Farm’s Demolition, The Goodman League Returns (WAMU, 6/10)

EDUCATION | Virginia Tech Will Be Amazon’s Neighbor With Construction Of New $1B ‘Innovation Campus’ (WAMU 6/10)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Residents in Ward 8 say it’s time to broaden the definition of safe streets to include both car and gun violence. (GGWash, 6/7)

GENTRIFICATION | London and San Francisco have legislation that protects live music venues from consequential noise complaints. Could DC be next? (CP, 6/5)

Missed the Tony’s on Sunday?  Here are the highlights

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back this week on Wednesday and Thursday!

– Buffy

The District is preparing for the future through a new resilience strategy

– Washington, DC is one of a number of cities developing ‘resilience strategies’ to prepare for future threats like extreme heat, economic downturn, cyberattacks, automation, carbon pollution, health disparities and violence. The Resilient DC strategy, released Monday, also includes two focus areas: equity in government and resilient rivers. (WAMU, 4/30)

In the year 2080, the sea level on the Potomac River and Anacostia River will be more than three feet higher than it is currently. There will be twice as many heat emergency days as there were in 2018 — meaning nearly the entire summer will feature days with a heat index over 95 degrees. What’s known as a “hundred-year” storm will happen every 20 years… Besides climate change, the resilience strategy contains a broad range of goals — from closing the educational achievement gap, to building more housing, to hiring hundreds more police officers and deploying them on foot, bike, Segway and scooter.

Click here to read the Resilient DC strategy.

Related Op-ed: The nation’s capital is focused on efforts to thrive in the face of climate change, inequality and technological disruption (US News, 1/3)

HOMELESSNESS | Homelessness has dropped for the third straight year in the District, led by a reduction in family homelessness. Homelessness has also decreased in Montgomery County, but risen in Fairfax County and Falls Church. (WaPo, 5/1)

EDUCATION/YOUTH | Rodney Robinson, this year’s National Teacher of the Year, has been teaching for 19 years, including at a juvenile detention center in Richmond, and says his “kids are in survival mode”. (NPR, 4/30)

MARYLAND | Del. Adrienne Jones becomes first African American, first woman to serve as Maryland House speaker (WaPo, 5/1)

VIRGINIA | Fairfax moves toward more affordable housing, pay raises with new budget (WaPo, 4/30)

RACISM | A brief history of the enduring phony science that perpetuates white supremacy (WaPo, 4/30)

ART 4,026 Straws Were Collected In One River Cleanup. Now, They’re Art! (WAMU, 4/29)

TRANSIT | Neglecting the region’s bus system may hurt the local economy. (WTOP, 4/29)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers – New!
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers – New!
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – New!
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute – New!
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health 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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This is fun – how to find edible plants and mushrooms in urban places

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!

– Buffy

Dr. Madye Henson announced as new WRAG President and CEO

WRAG | Following a highly competitive national search and vetting process, the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Madye Henson as President and CEO. She will take the helm on April 15.

Madye steps into this role with over 20 years of cross-sector leadership and a distinguished reputation for building strong relationships. She is known as a visionary and strategic thinker with capacity-building and organizational management skills that have enhanced the teams she’s led within the business, education, and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, she has tackled effectively the significant and complex challenges facing the organizations she led with a blend of strategic, operational and cultural expertise admired by staff and stakeholders alike. Modeling leadership resiliency and courage, Madye has engaged in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and developed lasting partnerships as cornerstones for mission success.

DC Plans To Phase Out Overflow Motels For Families Experiencing Homelessness By The End Of 2020 (dcist, 3/22)

– A new study shows that those who are poor are more likely to be overcharged on their rent. (CityLab, 3/21)

– A congregation in Ward 4 built affordable housing for their community. (GGW, 3/21)

RACIAL JUSTICE | Arlington County May Take Another Avenue To Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway (WAMU, 3/25)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | DC residents with disabilities face many barriers when looking for housing. (WaPo, 3/20)

–  How College Admissions Stack the Deck against Low-Income Applicants (NPQ, 3/19)

– The Prince George’s County budget proposal that has been submitted by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is focused on education. (Prince George’s Sentinel, 3/21)

HISTORY | African American History Museum Unveils Previously Unknown Harriet Tubman Photo (dcist, 3/25)

Yesterday, March 25th, was Maryland Day – a legal holiday in the state.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Wednesday and Thursday this week!

– Buffy

Would making DC public transit free have multiple benefits?

TRANSIT | Opinion: Evidence of discrimination in enforcement catalyzed the DC Council recently to decriminalize transit fare evasion. But, should DC take it a step further and consider making public transportation free? Advocates say such a measure would boost usage, alleviate fare enforcement discrimination, and be another step toward Universal Basic Mobility. (CityLab, 2/6)

Civil rights tensions over fare collection alone probably aren’t enough to spur a costless public transportation movement, but they could be a catalyst. Removing fares could [also] trigger ridership gains … creating a virtuous cycle where better service attracts more riders. Ending transit fare collection could bring other benefits as well … [including] removing a major impediment to universal basic mobility (UBM), which grants every citizen a right to travel to a job, school, or wherever else they need to go. Given the concentration of low-income residents on public transportation, providing costless rides would be a major step toward UBM.

– The Consumer Health Foundation has reintroduced the WeARE initiative, designed to change the popular narrative that undergirds racial inequities in the Greater DC region. (Video)

Opinion: Take down the Confederate statues now (WaPo, 2/7)

– The Montgomery County Council president Nancy Navarro has asked school officials to rename a Silver Spring Middle School comprised primarily of students of color. The school is currently named after Colonel E. Brooke Lee, a man known to have a disturbing racist history. (WaPo, 2/7)

DC residents call for a new chancellor to build trust and stability in schools (WaPo, 2/6)

ENVIRONMENT | Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm (NPR, 2/8)

SHUTDOWN | Rocky restart after government shutdown: Many workers still haven’t received back pay (WaPo, 2/7)

ART/RACE | An exhibit at the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University, “To be a Negro in this country is really never to be looked at,” which takes its title from a James Baldwin essay, explores the timely question of who the National Mall is for. (CP, 2/7)

PHILANTHROPYShutdown, Philanthropy, and the Frail Economics of Working Families (NPQ, 2/5)

Social Sector Job Openings 

USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace – New!
Grant Writer | Framingham State University – New!
Operations Manager | Diverse City Fund – New!
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward – New!
Controller | Meyer Foundation
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
CSR Internship | Gannett Inc., USAToday /Gannett Foundation
Vice President for Donor Relations | Community Foundation of Howard County
Senior Communications Officer | Gill Foundation
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Foundation and Government Relations Officer​ | ​Shakespeare Theatre Company
Grants & Communications Officer​ | ​The Crimsonbridge Foundation
Executive Director​ | ​VHC Medical Brigade
Director of Development​ | ​DC Bar Foundation
Senior Supervising Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform​ | ​Southern Poverty Law Center
Director of Development​ | ​The Barker Adoption Foundation
Executive Assistant​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer 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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“We lost two great Americans today – Frank Robinson and John Dingell – citizens who inspired me and so many others by leading on the civil rights issues of our time, opening doors to others, and leaving it all on the field.” – President Obama

Next week we’ll publish the (Almost) Daily WRAG on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

– Buffy

Funding for home visiting program for low-income families set to expire

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Research has shown how important home-visiting programs where nurses or social workers provide support to parents during the first years of a child’s life are to the success of children and their families. The legislation that funds this program is set to expire at the end of the month. (WaPo, 9/22)

Federal dollars funded home visits for 1,175 families in Maryland in 2015 and 1,449 families in Virginia. They make up the bulk of funds for home-visiting programs in the District. In a city where nearly a quarter of children under age 5 live below the poverty line, advocates say home visiting is a promising — and already underused — strategy for addressing inequality early.

A report released by the D.C. auditor this summer estimates there are 6,300 households with children under 5 that would benefit from home-visiting programs, based on risk-factor data including poverty levels, access to prenatal care and developmental delays. In fiscal 2015, just over 1,300 families — about a fifth of that number — were served.

ARTS/EQUITY | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, reflects on the use of satire in “Native Gardens”, a comedy at Arena Stage that looks at how issues of gentrification, implicit bias, and inequity play out between an older White couple and their new, young Latinx neighbors. (Daily, 9/27)

– Most states will begin measuring student success and school quality by looking at chronic absenteeism in their school districts. (NPR, 9/26)

– Report: Six Out of 10 MCPS High School Seniors Met College, Career Readiness Targets (BethesdaBeat, 9/26)

HEALTH CARE | Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, discusses what a healthcare bill compromise would look like. (NPR, 9/27)

WORKFORCE/ IMMIGRATIONWhat DACA Means to Food Industry Workers (Civil Eats, 9/26)

– This neighborhood activist group has successfully delayed most of the new developments set to begin construction in the Union Market area of the District. (Bisnow, 9/21)

– The new, colorful buildings with murals and other designs you’ve seen in Hyattsville, Maryland are part of a new “Fight the Blight” campaign. (WAMU, 9/26)

POVERTYNew lunch policy in Fauquier County eliminates ‘substitute meals’ for students who can’t pay (Fauquier Times, 9/27)

An Arlington, VA middle school teacher made it to “The Voice”.

– Kendra

Investing locally to address the region’s affordable housing crisis

HOUSING | Foundations, residents, banks, and businesses in the greater D.C. area are addressing the region’s housing crisis by investing in it locally. (Housing Horizon, 11/1)

Since Enterprise Community Loan Fund launched Our Region, Your Investment with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in January, $7 million has been invested to preserve the affordability of more than 200 homes —protecting families from potential displacement at Fort Stevens Place in Washington, D.C., Clarendon Court in Arlington, Virginia, and the Crest Apartments in Capitol Heights, Maryland. […]

Local investors [include] the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), TD Bank, the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, and the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. […]

WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott said “WRAG is pleased to be working with Enterprise Community Loan Fund on Our Region, Your Investment. We are extremely excited about the great progress the initiative has made thus far. Our region’s affordable housing crisis requires more creative solutions like this.”

Related: The Meyer Foundation recently announced a $1 million investment in Our Region, Your Investment, bringing WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund even closer to the goal of raising $10 million by the end of the year.

RACE | Racial diversity is at issue in a new lawsuit filed by an applicant for a license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland. (WTOP, 10/31)

– Local health experts discuss health disparities in the greater D.C. region and the challenges in addressing and reducing them, on the Kojo Nnamdi show. (WAMU, 11/1)

 D.C. Region Will Fare Better Than Average Under The Affordable Care Act Next Year (WAMU, 10/31)

EDUCATION | Schools in lower-income areas across our country lack resources that are standard in wealthier areas, which has a real impact on the future of these children. (TEDx, 11/1)

YOUTH/JUSTICENew Report Recommends Actions to Replace the Youth Prison Model (Annie E. Casey, 10/21)

REGION | Seventy miles of bike trails are now officially linked between Maryland and D.C. (dcist, 10/31)

PHILANTHROPY | Six ways donor advised funds are changing the philanthropic landscape. (CP, 10/27)

Even though we may all be on pumpkin overload, there are some compelling reasons to eat more of it – Buffy

Proposed Metro changes would disproportionately burden communities east of the Anacostia

TRANSPORTATION/EQUITY | WMATA is facing a challenging budget shortfall and has discussed proposals for fixing it, including fare hikes, benefit cuts, and potential service reductions. Cutting services may help address the budget issues, but the region will pay a big price in terms of social equity. (City Lab, 10/12)

As 11 of the stations targeted for cuts are located in Ward 7, Ward 8, and Prince George’s County, the proposal would disproportionately hamper D.C.’s poorest and blackest communities. As…noted previously, Metro’s own data show that Metrorail passengers who make less than $30,000 a year are more likely to ride during off hours. For that story, [the reporter] was anticipating the burden that riders would feel from the temporary station closures imposed by WMATA’s “SafeTrack” program. The burden would of course be steeper if these stations were closed during off-peak hours altogether.

HOUSING | The government has utilized public housing as a tool to create and preserve affordable places to live, but many today are threatened. (GGW, 10/12)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTWard 8 Ex Furniture Store To House Busboys and Poets, Nonprofits (City Paper, 10/6)

EDUCATION | According to a new study, discrimination faced by kids at school has an effect on learning and contributes to the achievement gap. (Atlantic, 10/11)

ART | D.C.’s First Creative Time Summit Asks How Art Can Influence Politics (WAMU, 10/12)

NONPROFITSVoices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs (NP Quarterly, 10/12)

PHILANTHROPY#GivingTuesday Donations Have Risen Steadily, Study Finds (CP, 10/12)

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung …
May you stay forever young.

Congratulations to Bob Dylan on winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature – Buffy

Where you live in DC determines the availability of medical care

– Where people live in D.C. affects their access to non-emergency medical care. In addition to emergency vehicles taking longer to get east of the Anacostia River, fewer clinics, pharmacies, and vaccination centers means access to non-emergency medical care is more difficult there as well. (GGW, 10/4)

No urgent care or retail clinics have opened in Wards 4 or 8 since 2010, and nearly 70% of all D.C.’s clinics are in Wards 2 and 3. This gap is partially filled by community health centers. Community health centers receive federal funding to provide primary care to underserved populations. One such clinic, Unity Health Care, operates a community health centers in all wards except 2, 3, and 4, with varying degrees of walk-in services.

– ‘An act of kindness’: Medical aid-in-dying legislation advances in the District (WaPo, 10/6)

TRANSPORTATIONMontgomery’s new bus rapid transit system will make the county more equitable (GGW, 10/5)

– Study finds 10 percent of Virginia schoolchildren are chronically absent (WaPo, 10/5)

– Although it hasn’t been discussed much on the campaign trail, education is on the minds of the electorate. (Atlantic, 10/1)

LGBT | For D.C.’s LGBT Community, A Police Liaison Who Can Relate (WAMU, 10/6)

NONPROFITS Corporate America Emerging Source for Nonprofit CFOs (NPQ, 10/5)

ENVIRONMENT | The James River in Virginia at Jamestown, where America’s first permanent English settlement was founded in 1607, was just cited as being among America’s “most endangered” historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (WTOP, 10/5)

MARYLAND | Two months after a flood ravaged downtown Ellicott City, Maryland, killing two people and ruining businesses and houses, Main Street will reopen on October 6. (WTOP, 10/5)

ARTOne Photographer Chronicles 30 Years of Life in Our City (City Paper, 10/6)

– Hurricane Matthew, the decade’s most powerful Atlantic tropical storm, has devastated parts of the Caribbean and is now expected to have a significant impact on the East Coast of the United States the next few days. Here’s how funders can help. (Center for Disaster Philanthropy, 10/6)

– Philanthropy and Social Innovation in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter (Invested Impact, 10/3)

 – How Philanthropy Can Help Bridge America’s Political Divide (SSIR, 9/30)

Social Sector Job Openings
Director, Community Affairs – NCA | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital
Senior Program Manager, Community Benefits | Kaiser Permanente
Nonprofit Financial Planning and Analysis Manager | Arabella Advisors
Education Finance and Policy Analyst | DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Communications Director | Grantmakers In Health
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
Analyst | Arabella Advisors
Grants Coordinator | City of Takoma Park

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So much to learn about the tunnels under Capitol Hill.

The (Almost) Daily will be back on Tuesday!

– Buffy

Philanthropy has become a focal point of the 2016 presidential election

– Nonprofits are concerned about the impact the 2016 presidential election may be having on how the public views nonprofits and charity. Discussion about the candidates’ foundations and giving has been primarily negative, which may skew the public’s perceptions about the nonprofit sector. (CP, 9/27)

Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, worries that this election will “create the impression that nonprofits and foundations are places of scandal and conflicts of interest, which I don’t think is, in fact, generally true.” Both candidates have been accused of excessive secrecy, and investigative journalists have found unusually rich fodder to explore in Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s charitable enterprises, which must file publicly available tax documents. The result: a level of interest in the major party candidates’ philanthropic affiliations that is unprecedented, experts say.

  President Obama has said he will engage in the causes he cares about after he leaves the White House, and the nonprofit world is waiting to see where he will make a difference. (CP, 10/4)

– As the Latino population in our region has grown, so has the number of organizations that provide services to Latino communities. Child Trends Hispanic Institute and the Crimsonbridge Foundation have just released a new guide with recommendations for how service providers and educators can effectively engage with Latino communities.

– Kendra Allen from the Consumer Health Foundation discusses the Racial Equity Workshop Series for Community Health Workers it recently hosted. (CHF Blog, 9/29)

HOUSINGD.C. Breaks Ground on $11 Million Affordable Housing Project in Ward 5 (City Paper, 10/4)

EDUCATION | Millions of dollars were provided to Montgomery County Public Schools to narrow the achievement gap and improve student performance by cutting class sizes – but some schools haven’t changed. (WTOP, 10/4)

POLITICS | Have a question you want to ask the candidates? The second presidential debate will be held on Sunday, October 9 in a town-hall format and the Commission on Presidential Debates is inviting potential questions. Search and vote for questions about issues that are important to you here.

DIVERSITY/ART | The Women’s Museum’s ‘No Man’s Land’ Is A Corrective To Art World Gender Disparity (dcist, 10/3)

IMMIGRATIONHow U.S. Immigration Judges Battle Their Own Prejudice (NYT, 10/4)

What?! I’ve been wearing and using my Fitbit religiously for 2 years … I don’t believe it : ) – Buffy