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Do More 24 in full swing!

Today marks the United Way of the National Capital Area‘s annual Do More 24 event – a 24-hour online giving campaign that kicked off at midnight and will end at 11:59 pm. Local, regional, and national social profit organizations with a presence in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are participating in the focused day of giving to create maximum impact as a community. The award winners will be announced tomorrow. Click here to remain up-to-date on the total raised – and to give!

– The Chronicle of Philanthropy presents a special report and interactive database on giving from America’s biggest companies. Bank of America, Citi, Capital OneJPMorgan Chase, PNC, and Wells Fargo are among the companies highlighted for their corporate giving and social good efforts. (Chronicle, 6/1) Subscription required

– Socially Responsible Companies Are Big Draw for Workers, Study Says (Chronicle, 6/1) Subscription required

Exponent Philanthropy has launched a new blog series in honor of their 20th anniversary that will focus on reflections of founders, early board members, and others with extensive careers in the field of philanthropy. In this blog post, Exponent Philanthropy founding member, former board chair, and executive director of The Americana Foundation Marty Fluharty discusses why it is so imperative for foundations to break down silos. (PhilanthroFiles, 6/2)

– Demanding That Nonprofits Not Pay For Overhead Is Preventing Them From Doing Good (Co.Exist, 6/1)

– The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has announced the launch of a new initiative, the “June Housing Bloom,” aimed at increasing the number of affordable housing units in the city (WCP, 6/1):

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is […] putting out solicitations for the development of 25 District-owned properties in Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 to get the month-long initiative started. The offerings are part of a five-pronged strategy to reduce neighborhood blight, according to DHCD: producing affordable housing, preserving affordable housing, boosting homeownership, ending homelessness, and making use of currently vacant properties. DHCD will hold an informational meeting about the sites at its HQ on June 22, with a proposal deadline of Sept. 1.

– In Search of TANF Reform (CHF, 5/27)

VIRGINIA | VideoWhy Virginia’s Restoration of Voting Rights Matters (Atlantic, 5/31)

MENTAL HEALTH/IMPLICIT BIAS | For many people of color struggling with their mental health and seeking the aid of psychotherapy, roadblocks to access can often prevent them from getting much-needed help. A new study suggests that implicit bias on the part of psychologists’ offices may be the main barrier to some people receiving proper mental healthcare. (Atlantic, 6/1)

Do you have any strange reading habits? You are not alone in the Greater Washington region.

– Ciara

New bill would prevent just-in-time scheduling for District workers

Under a new bill introduced to the D.C. Council,  certain retail establishments and restaurants would be required to provide employees with work schedules at least three week in advance in an effort to prevent on-call scheduling practices that can often leave workers with unpredictable shifts and few options to tend to family obligations. (WCP, 12/1)

The “Hours and Scheduling Stability Act”—endorsed by labor advocates including United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 and DC Jobs with Justice—would also require these employers to compensate employees whose shifts have been changed thereafter. The employee would receive one hour of pay after the change and four hours of pay if the change happens within 24 hours of a scheduled shift.

COMMUNITY | The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders Program is accepting applications for 2016. The program helps juniors and seniors in high school gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through an eight-week paid internship with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington and the all-expenses paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply is January 29, 2016. Click here for more information.

POVERTY | Though the percentage of children living in single-parent homes continues to rise, assistance for their single parents – mostly mothers- is not keeping up. Many families must find creative ways to get by, like making trade offs and relying on their social networks. (Atlantic, 12/1)

ARTS | A growing number of American museums are working to include more works by black artists from the 20th Century in their exhibitions after years of overlooking their significant contributions to fine arts. (NYT, 11/28)

MENTAL HEALTH | A new study finds that accessibility to transit and dense surroundings contribute to a reduced depression risk, particularly for women and the elderly. (City Lab, 12/1)

ECONOMY/INEQUALITY | Is Innovation to Blame for Inequality? (City Lab, 12/1)

PHILANTHROPY |  Mark Zuckerberg Philanthropy Pledge Sets New Giving Standard (Bloomberg, 12/1)

It’s holiday cookie time. Think outside the gingerbread “box” with these options

– Ciara

How misdemeanors can lead to homelessness

Washington City Paper provides a firsthand account of the ways in which misdemeanors can often come back to haunt those convicted, particularly when it comes to obtaining necessities like housing. (WCP, 11/13)

[…] even minor brushes with the law leave ripple effects lasting far beyond when a fine was paid or sentence served, making it hard to get a job, housing, and other necessities. Public and assisted housing providers are allowed to screen applicants for their criminal histories, but […] it’s over-enforced and frequently far beyond the legal guidelines laid out in the Fair Housing Act.

– In D.C., members of a homeless tent community face being pushed out after their 14-day notification period has ended. Some cite encampments as a preferred option to potential safety threats while staying in shelters. Officials and health specialists are working to provide them with supportive services and permanent housing. (WTOP, 11/16)

ECONOMY/REGION | In their biannual survey of small business owners in the Greater Washington Region, Bank of America found that the small business market is hiring faster than any other it surveyed, and that 81 percent expect to grow their businesses over the next five years – a positive outlook for the local economy. (WBJ, 11/17)

COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has announced that they will honor The Horning Family Fund with the 2016 Civic Spirit Award at their Annual Celebration of Philanthropy on March 14, 2016. Since 1990, the fund has helped to build communities where families thrive and children are nurtured to achieve their greatest potential. For more information about the event, contact Jenny Towns.

FOOD/VIRGINIA | In Loudoun County’s “transition area” (the area between suburban subdivisions and rural land) a 4,000-acre development is making the idea of farm-to-table a high priority for the community. (WaPo, 11/16)

– According to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal, men’s weekly median earnings  have increased twice as much as women’s weekly median earnings in the first three-quarters of 2015. Researchers hope that trends from this year don’t point to an ever-widening gap. (Atlantic, 11/17)

For Women, Income Inequality Continues into Retirement (NPR, 11/17)

IMMIGRATION | The Brookings Institution recently explored whether or not the lives of Hispanic immigrants and their families are economically better off once settling in the U.S. The data reveal mixed results about the upward mobility of immigrants and their children. (Atlantic, 11/16)

Can you name these North American cities based solely on their night sky views?


WRAG launches new “Fundamentals of CSR” workshop

By Katy Moore
Director of Corporate Strategy
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

In the fall of 2013, WRAG, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, launched the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility – an exciting new professional development program designed specifically for CSR professionals. Since then, WRAG has received more than 30 requests for information about the Institute from business students, aspiring CSR professionals, fundraising consultants, and nonprofit leaders seeking to better understand CSR for the purposes of, for example, launching a CSR career, identifying and building new corporate relationships, or strengthening existing corporate partnerships.

WRAG heard these requests and is proud to announce the launch of The Fundamentals of CSR: A Two Day Workshop. The inaugural class will be held on April 23-24, 2015 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery and will feature more than 15 speakers and panelists from some of the largest and most respected companies in the Greater Washington region.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from CSR professionals about topics such as the history, key components, and recent trends in CSR; the breadth, depth, and variety of CSR disciplines; how corporate philanthropy and community involvement fit within a company’s overall CSR strategy; what it’s REALLY like to be a CSR professional; understanding a company’s community investment resources; how to think like a corporate funder; and best practices for building strong corporate partnerships.

There will also be a number of interactive sessions where participants engage with each other, stretch their thinking, and apply their learnings, including sessions on “Learning to make the CSR Business Case” and “Designing a Community Investment Strategy.” Each of these sessions is designed to help registrants think like a corporate funder and understand – from the inside out – what motivates CSR professionals and a company’s overall CSR strategy.

We’re proud to offer this new opportunity and would like to thank the members of our curriculum design committee for making this new program a reality:

Naomi Smouha (Capital One)

Pam Holman (Pepco)

Tracye Funn (Washington Gas)

Kelly Waldron (United Way Worldwide)

Lori Vacek (Freddie Mac)

Jeannan Peterson (Bank of America)

To learn more about the workshop or to register please click here. For questions about the program, please contact Katy Moore at moore@washingtongrantmakers.org.

Post-Election Day edition

DISTRICT | Election Day 2014 is behind us and the numbers are in. You can get detailed breakdowns of area election results here and here.

The D.C. Council saw some big changes, as three new members were elected with a fourth coming on through a special election next year, after the victory of mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser. The new members will replace 41 years of lawmaking experience combined. (WaPo, 11/5)

The new members could give a distinctly progressive tilt to a council that within months will be faced with hashing out a $300 million soccer stadium deal, tackling a housing affordability crunch and passing a $6 billion city budget. [Charles] Allen, [Brianne] Nadeau and [Elissa] Silverman campaigned on good-government platforms, positioning themselves as change agents in the John A. Wilson Building.

COMMUNITY/CSR | Congrats to WRAG members Wells Fargo, ExxonMobil, and Bank of America for being named in a list of the 10 Companies Donating the Most Through Corporate Giving. (Causecast, 10/6)

FOOD | Research from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences found that there are extreme differences in the dietary habits of babies from varying socioeconomic classes. The study found that babies from poor and less-educated households tend to eat high fat, high sugar diets while babies from rich, well-educated households usually consume foods that closely followed infant feeding guidelines. (WaPo, 11/4)

– Setting up spend-down foundations, aka “giving while living,” is growing in popularity in the philanthropic community. The New York Times takes a look at how the Atlantic Philanthropies plans to spend down $1 billion, making their final grant in 2016. (NYT, 10/31)

– As a number of large and small victories have been won in the fight for LGBTQ equality, donors contemplate how the movement and its priorities will shift in the near future without losing momentum. (Chronicle, 11/3)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | The Next Housing Crisis May Be Sooner Than You Think (CityLab, 11/4)

REGION | Prince George’s County will soon roll out a new advertising campaign in an effort to increase investment and lift public opinion of the area. Prepare to “Experience. Expand. Explore.” (WaPo, 11/4)

What will Google think of next?

– Ciara

A further look inside D.C. General

Problems abound at the D.C. General homeless shelter. Here is a very in-depth look at the multiple issues residents may face on any given day, including assaults,  lack of support and infestations, just to name a few. (WaPo, 7/12)

City officials and homeless advocates say D.C. General has never been properly maintained because most saw it as a Band-Aid for the city’s homelessness problem. The city began using the facility as a temporary shelter on cold nights in 2001, when the family shelter, D.C. Village, became overcrowded.

Fenty closed D.C. Village in 2007 amid complaints that it was infested with mice, roaches and other vermin unsuitable for children. His administration shifted families to D.C. General until a replacement could be found.

But the city never found one. During the winter months, almost 600 children were living in the former hospital.

– Another issue families may face staying at the D.C. General shelter is the lack of programming to offer their children a break from reality. (WaPo, 7/12)

Families Moved Out of D.C. General, But Advocates Worry About Pace of Progress (WAMU, 7/11)

– Tomorrow, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region invites you to the release of a landmark new study, “Housing Security in the Washington Region.” The event will include two sessions  – a public briefing on the study, followed by a private briefing for funders co-sponsored by WRAG. Find out more here.

– New residential buildings built on former public land may soon be required to include 30 percent affordable units in an effort to expand mixed-income housing in the District. (DCFPI, 7/10)

COMMUNITY │ Yesterday, The Chronicle of Philanthropy released their list of “10 Companies That Gave the Most Cash in 2013.” Kudos to WRAG members Bank of America and Wells Fargo for making an appearance on the list. (Chronicle, 7/13)

WRAG VOICES │ WRAG president, Tamara Copeland, recently wrote an article that was published by the American Society of Association Executives blog.  In the article, that uses the medium of a Twitter post, she reflects on the value of a member association and the impact it can have. You can read the article here.

EDUCATION │ The D.C. Council plans to introduce a bill today that would ban the District’s traditional and charter schools from suspending pre-K students. The proposed bill comes about after it was found that pre-K students in D.C. were suspended 181 times during the 2012-2013 school year. (DCist, 7/14)

REGION/ECONOMY │ Will 2014 be ‘a lost year’ for the greater Washington economy? (WaPo, 7/13)

 The world debates – fresh coffee versus instant coffee. See? I didn’t post anything about Lebron James!


Equity reports compare D.C. traditional and charter schools for the first time

– For the first time, D.C. education officials yesterday released “equity reports” with stats on every traditional public and charter school in the city, including metrics such as attendance rates, standardized test scores, demographics, suspensions, and other indicators. One of the insights from the reports is the high rate of “churn” – or student turnover – at schools in the lowest-income parts of the city. (WaPo, 12/12)

Related: Here is the full report.

COMMUNITY | At their annual meeting yesterday, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments honored the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with the 2013 Regional Partnership Award, commending the foundation for their work with the Urban Institute on housing, as well as their work with the city to set up The City Fund and the Navy Yard Relief Fund. (MWCOG, 12/11)

HOUSING | A group of developers, with backing from Citi, and in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, is purchasing an apartment building in Southwest D.C. with the intention of keeping at least half of the units affordable to low- and middle-income renters. (WaPo, 12/11)

CSR | The National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light, and Bloomberg recently released their annual list of the 50 most “community-minded” corporations, including WRAG members Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, and IBM. (NCOC, 12/5)

Related: Check out the new Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. Registration for the inaugural class is now open.

VETERANS | Veterans who left the military with “bad paper,” or less-than-honorable discharges, are disqualified for VA benefits, even when the cause of their discharge is related to PTSD. These vets most often turn to nonprofit organizations for services that would otherwise come from the government.

The money quote from an expert (NPR, 12/11):

“In many of these cases, there’s a very good justification for giving bad paper,” he says. “But at a strategic level, the government has to take the long view and ask whether they want to deprive these people of support for their lifetime, and shift the burden of care from the immense and very capable resources of the VA to communities and nonprofits across the country who don’t have those resources. There’s a very, very large cost to society by giving bad paper.”

EQUITY | While bike-share systems are hugely popular in a number of cities, especially in D.C., ridership among low-income people is “pitifully low.” This is due in part to the location of bike stations, as well as the membership fees, which require a credit card. (NPR, 12/12)

TRANSIT | Silver Line Officials Take Pass On Guessing When Trains Will Roll (WAMU, 12/12) Sigh.

GIVING | A D.C. woman is raising money by crowdfunding to help an elderly neighbor with dementia who is in danger of losing his apartment. The story underscores the myriad challenges facing elderly residents. (WaPo, 12/12)

PHILANTHROPY | Three Pillars of Significant Impact (Arabella, 12/12)

If you want to see how far the Internet has come in the last fifteen or so years, check out this 90s-era website promoting Columbia Heights, which City Paper linked to this morning. Click on the ‘Voices’ tab for recorded interviews with neighborhood residents, which were apparently funded by a Meyer Foundation grant. A lot of the links are broken, but there is still come cool stuff on the site.

And here’s another cool history nugget, via the Ghosts of DC site: a panoramic photo of DC from 1905.

There won’t be a Daily tomorrow, but we’ll be back on Monday. Enjoy your weekend!

– Rebekah

$2.3 million funding increase for public art in the District

BUDGETS/ARTS | Mayor Gray’s proposed FY 2014 budget includes a $2.3 million increase in funding for public art, which is administered by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Says executive director Lionell Thomas in a press release (DC.gov, 3/29):

The mayor’s $2.3 [million] budget increase is a significant investment in making the District of Columbia a world-class arts and culture destination… Investing in the aesthetic qualities of this city provides for an improved quality of life, creates cultural attractions as well as develops a sense of place in our neighborhoods.”

HEALTHCARE | Officials in Maryland have proposed a “nationally significant” plan to rein in hospital spending. (WaPo, 4/1)

REGION | Building boom fuels region’s economic rebound (Examiner, 4/1)

– Opinions vary throughout Prince George’s County about Rushern Baker’s attempt to take over the public school system. (WaPo, 3/30)

Related: The Post‘s Jay Mathews is one of the nay-sayers, pointing out that county schools have been improving for a while. (WaPo, 4/1)

COMMUNITY | Public Welfare Foundation president (and WRAG board member) Mary McClymont makes the case for philanthropic support of civil legal aid in a powerful op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy last week. (Daily WRAG, 4/1)

WRAG | From now until May 10, WRAG is accepting applications from our members for students through our Philanthropy Fellows program. Tobi Printz-Platnick of the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation recently shared with us a bit about the work her fellow has done over the past year and how it has benefited Cafritz. (Daily WRAG, 4/1) [More information.]

GIVING | Last week, we featured a press release about the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Neighborhood Builders grant. We mentioned that the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing was awarded a grant. But we didn’t note that Samaritan Inns also received a $200,000 grant that will be used to establish and support a new program called Residential Treatment of Women with Dependent Children. Learn more about that program here. (Samaritan Inns, 3/22)

On April 10, the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership  is hosting the second annual Do Good Challenge, in which student groups compete “American Idol”-style before celebrity judges for funding for projects that make an impact locally and around the globe. [More information and registration.]

A number of local organizations are hosting a briefing on April 17 with David Berns, director of the D.C. Department of Human Services, on the FY 2014 DHS budget. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kate Coventry of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute at coventry@dcfpi.org.

Speaking of public art, I hope this artist comes to D.C. 


New study from Bank of America finds that women are primary philanthropic decision makers in wealthy households [News, 12.13.11]

GIVING | A new study released yesterday by Bank of America on high net worth individuals finds that women are the primary decision makers when it comes to philanthropy. Highlights from the report include (MarketWatch, 12/12):

– Women spend more time than men on due diligence before making decisions about giving to a charitable organization.

– Women expect a deeper level of communication with the organizations they support and place greater importance than men on the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization and hearing about the impact of their gift.

– Women want to be actively involved with an organization and its mission, with volunteering being among the most important motivations for women to give.

– Women are more likely than men to stop giving to an organization they had previously supported whereas men tend to support the same causes year after year.

Related: Why Wealthy Women Give: to Influence the Young (Chronicle, 12/13)

WORKFORCE | In September, District Mayor Vincent Gray announced a program that would match 10,000 unemployed D.C. residents with private-sector jobs. A thousand residents have been matched so far, and private businesses have lined up to participate. But now the city is having trouble finding more unemployed candidates for the program, so it is planning to try new tactics to identify them – including using Twitter, Facebook, and text messaging. (WaPo, 12/13)

So despite the fact that parts of the city are experiencing “depression level” unemployment, the government can’t find them? Well, here’s a map of where the unemployed people are -just roll your mouse over each ward!

HOUSING | Low-Income Housing Advocates Upset Over Cuts (WAMU, 12/12) “[T]he District cut $18 million from its Housing Production Trust Fund, which many low-income families depend on for their housing.”

REGION UNITED | Richard Hall, Maryland’s Secretary of Planning, writes about how the state’s PlanMaryland effort – a comprehensive sustainable growth and development plan – aligns well with the Region Forward plan. (RF Blog, 12/12)

Washington Gas to clean Anacostia riverbank under new agreement (WaPo, 12/13)

D.C. mayor planning environmental initiative (WaPo, 12/13) “[A]n environmental initiative [Vincent Gray] thinks will one day make the city a national model for clean energy, urban farming, green space and car-free transportation options.”

EDUCATION | DCPS is cracking down on enrollment fraud, and some cases are being taken by federal prosecutors. (WaPo, 12/13) I hate situations where kids get stuck paying for their parents’ mistakes, but parents also shouldn’t have to feel like their local public school options aren’t good enough for their kids.

Scientists claim that they are getting closer to being able to directly inject knowledge (in layman’s terms) into a human brain. What would our world look like if that comes to pass? Exciting and scary to think about!