Tag: arts & humanities

How a refundable EITC credit will help Virginia families

POVERTY | The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis discusses why making the EITC credit refundable will make it stronger and benefit all families, including working families with low and moderate incomes, and especially families of color. (TCI Blog, 11/28)

The positive impacts of the EITC are well documented. State EITCs have been shown to reduce poverty in communities of color. Research finds that the average state EITC benefit for non-white- or Hispanic-headed households was $120 greater than for non-Hispanic white households, and state EITCs reduce poverty for a larger share (relative to their share of the population) of the non-white and Hispanic population.

State EITCs also are associated with educational benefits for children of color. Studies show that young children in low-income households who get the state or federal EITC tend to see increased educational achievement and attainment.

RACIAL EQUITY | A new Chronicle of Philanthropy article discusses how nonprofit organizations can ensure that their equity and diversity efforts are successful. (Chronicle, 12/5 – Subscription needed)

Related: The article cites the research initiative Georgetown University undertook to understand how philanthropic and nonprofit institutions are intentionally promoting racial equity and justice in the Greater Washington region. The researchers studied WRAG’s efforts and produced the following reports:

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Impact Assessment of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Putting Racism on the Table Learning Series 

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Case Study of the Horning Family Fund

Advancing Racial Equity Within Nonprofit Organizations

HEALTHCARE | For nonbinary patients, seeking health care can be a painful task (NBC, 12/9)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display the museum’s first gallery focused on the US Latinx experience. (WaPo, 12/6)

TRANSIT | Are women paying more for transit by taking an Uber or Lyft because they feel unsafe on Metro? (WaPo, 12/6)

TECHNOLOGY | Native Americans On Tribal Land Are ‘The Least Connected’ To High-Speed Internet (NPR, 12/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum– New!
Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
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

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

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Can you identify these lies about your waste?

– Kendra

How will DC pay for its Birth-to-Three For All DC bill?

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The DC Council unanimously approved the Birth-to-Three For All DC Act, which will increase investments in health services provided to infants and toddlers, and increase subsidies for early childhood learning to expand access and to increase the wages of low-paid workers. Now the city has to figure out how to fund it. (DCist, 11/19)

This all comes at a steep price: an estimated $500 million over the next decade. So far, just $1.3 million has been earmarked for the Birth-to-Three Act in the 2019 budget, financed by a tobacco tax increase last spring.

This month 18 local organizations—banding together under the umbrella of the “Birth to Three Policy Alliance”—sent a letter to the mayor, requesting she invest $30 million in her next budget for the legislation ($22 million to raise the wages of educators, $6 million to expand home visiting, and $2 million to expand healthcare supports).

– Here’s what DC offered Amazon to locate its second headquarters here. The incentives include DC committing to double its spending on affordable housing through the Housing Production Trust Fund to $200 million a year. (WAMU, 11/19)

– This is how the residents of a historically Black section of Exmore, Virginia created a nonprofit and installed their own indoor plumbing in 1999 after city officials ignored them for years. (YES! Magazine, 11/19)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018, a report honoring the known transgender people killed in 2018. (HRC, 11/19)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Anacostia-based Theater Alliance has named Raymond O. Caldwell as its new artistic director. (WaPo, 11/19)

WORKFORCE | How the economy is impacting the lives of women, especially those who are pregnant or women of color. (Truthout, 11/11)

IMMIGRATION | A federal judge has temporarily blocked the administration from denying asylum to migrants who cross the southern border into the United States. (WaPo, 11/20)

The Daily will be back next Monday!

Here’s a guide to talking with relatives and others you don’t exactly agree with during the holidays.

– Kendra

Mental health care is necessary for restaurant workers

WORKFORCE | Restaurants workers often face high stress environments and low pay, and although this can have a negative impact on their mental health, many don’t have access to mental health resources. Workers in DC discuss their experiences and how they try to mitigate stressful situations within their own restaurants. (WCP, 11/15)

A confluence of factors leaves many hospitality industry workers uninsured, from thin profit margins to the fact that many restaurants chiefly hire part-time workers. Without work-sponsored insurance, low-wage earners can get stuck in limbo, unable to afford individual coverage but just above the income line of eligibility for Medicaid. It’s part of the reason you see GoFundMe pages fundraising for restaurant employees to afford care or time off to recover.

DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Director Mila Kofman confirms that the local restaurant industry has some of the lowest offer rates. She says she’s never met a restaurant operator who didn’t want to offer coverage, but they question if they can afford it year after year.

– Virginia’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring will propose legislation aimed at combating hate crimes and “reining in white-supremacist violence” today. (WaPo, 11/15)

– D.C. Council Pushes Forward Bill to End Statute of Limitations for Prosecuting Sexual Abuse (WCP, 11/14)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | How the Washington Project for the Arts has supported artists who are the main caregivers for their children. (WAMU, 11/15)

TRANSPORTATION | Alexandria City Council has voted to allow shared dockless scooters, joining other cities in the region. (WaPo, 11/14)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM | Should Your Birthday Determine Whether You Are Sentenced to Die in Prison? (Truthout, 11/13)

Happy National Philanthropy Day! Check out the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s philanthropy page to learn more about the history of the sector in the US.

– Kendra

DC residents organize to support a Mt. Pleasant grocer

BUSINESS | Residents and community advocates in DC’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood recently organized a benefit concert for a local grocer, BestWorld, after it was rumored that CVS was looking to purchase the property. (Citylab, 10/24)

“On any given day [at BestWorld], you will see brown people, black people, Asian people, rich people, poor people—it’s accessible to everyone,” says Mariel Garcia, the community organizer who assembled the benefit. “I can’t think of anywhere else in D.C. where you can go and buy jackfruit, African fufu powder, Jamaican jerk seasoning, and noodles for your Korean barbecue.”

Residents fear that selling out to CVS would also mean losing the Salvadoran restaurant next door, whose property belongs to the same landlord, Michael Choi. (His decision to lease an adjacent space to a Subway restaurant prompted emoji-filled protests a few years back.) A CVS could spell doom for an independent pharmacy across the street, as well as other spots on the strip. As community organizer Dawne Langford points out, even discounting Mount Pleasant’s existing pharmacy, there’s already another CVS about four blocks east and a different one less than a mile away.

Wells Fargo has announced that it will increase its charitable giving in DC to a total of $1.6 billion over the next five years. (WBJ, 10/23)

– CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will give $2.1 million to eleven community health organizations in the Greater Washington region that are supporting addiction treatment. (Baltimore Sun, 10/24)

– The Immigration Film Festival, the longest continually running festival showing films that highlight the immigrant experience, will begin screening films this weekend. (WCP, 10/24)

– Rain, The First Art Installation At The NoMa Underpass, Is (Finally) Being Unveiled (DCist, 10/24)

EDUCATION | A recent analysis found that the District’s teacher turnover rate is high. Now teachers are speaking out about why they leave. (WTOP, 10/24)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Column: Ruby Corado, founder of CASA Ruby, a drop-in center and shelter for LGBTQIA people in the District, discusses the administration’s plan to erase transgender people. (WaPo, 10/24)

Here’s why there’s a bee mural at the National Zoo.

– Kendra

A new tool aims to show the importance of investing in the arts

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Americans for the Arts has introduced a new online tool that shows how the arts integrate into other sectors and their impact on our overall well-being. They hope it will provide advocates and leaders with the information they need to encourage investment in the arts. (Americans for the Arts, 10/9)

The Explorer is designed as an entry point to the large and growing body of research, projects, and support organizations that exist at the intersection of the Arts and various parts of our community. It creates an experience that can scale from casual surfing to deep exploration of a topic—you can glean a starting set of information in five minutes, or can follow the embedded hyperlinks (up to 20 per subject area) to visit the websites of all the example projects, access the research referenced, and engage directly with the other partners doing this work around the country.

RACIAL EQUITY | David Biemesderfer, president & CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, discusses how WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington’s Civil Rights Learning Journey has inspired him to continue advancing racial equity in his personal and professional life. (United Philanthropy Forum, 10/5)

HOUSING | Opinion: DC’s mayor has introduced two legislative proposals that could escalate economic development and cause displacement in Anacostia and Brookland Manor. (DC Line, 10/9)

NONPROFITS | Venture Philanthropy Partners is co-hosting the 2018 Greater Washington Superstar Award with The Superstar Foundation. The Superstar Award will celebrate an individual who provides direct services to our region’s young people. For more information about the award, eligibility and the nomination process, click here. The deadline is Friday, October 19th. (VPP, 9/14)

FOOD INSECURITYHungry Harvest expands affordable produce concept to D.C., eyes other markets (WBJ, 10/9)

– Three Wilson High School graduates are opening up a cafe and creative space near Union Market. (Washingtonian, 10/9)

– How D.C. Restaurants Are Preparing Now That Political Protests Are On The Menu (WAMU, 10/9)

Today is World Mental Health Day! Here’s some tips on how to prioritize your mental health.

– Kendra

How foundations, teachers and investors are partnering to change education

EDUCATION | Teachers and others in the education field have been working on personalizing learning to ensure that all students are successful in the classroom for decades. Here are some examples of how philanthropy, investors, nonprofits and teachers are partnering to make this happen. (Barron’s, 9/22)

In the U.S., wealthy investors and foundations that agree that the traditional public school system isn’t serving most students have become attracted to personalized learning initiatives because, unlike innovations practiced at a single charter school, approaches to personalizing instruction can be adopted by any school—public, private, or charter.

“It’s scalable and not dependent on any one teacher or school or school system—it’s looking at empowering students to get the skills that they need to be successful in the classroom,” says Nick Tedesco, senior philanthropic advisor at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is excited to welcome the 2018-2019 Philanthropy Fellows! Read about them here. (Daily, 9/26)

ARTS & HUMANITIES‘The Smithsonian can do more and should do more,’ says advocate for a Latino museum (WaPo, 9/25)

ECONOMY | Arlington County’s manager says there will be a gap of $20 million to $35 million in the next fiscal year, and residents should brace for increased real estate taxes and program cuts. (WaPo, 9/25)

GENDER GAP | A new study from GuideStar found that the gender pay gap in large nonprofits persists but is shrinking at the smaller nonprofits. (Chronicle, 9/24 – Subscription needed)

PUBLIC SAFETYD.C. Aims To Crack Down On K2 Suppliers With Emergency Legislation (WAMU, 9/25)

HOUSING | DC Students from the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School have built two tiny houses in Deanwood. (Urban Turf, 9/25)

WORKFORCE | Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan has announced that as of October 1, state employees will get 60 paid parental leave days after their child’s birth or the adoption of a child. (WTOP, 9/25)

How many people in the US have your name?

– Kendra