Tag: budget

Should traditional public schools and charters have to follow the same rules?

– A proposal in DC to force charter schools to make data and information more public has catalyzed the debate about traditional public schools and charters following the same rules. The debate in DC, which has over 100 charter schools and where almost half of the city’s public school students attend them, is focused on how much access the public should have to information about and from charter schools. (WaPo, 2/4)

“They are public schools, and they should be equally public and accountable,” said Scott Goldstein, executive director of EmpowerEd, a teacher advocacy group that is circulating a petition calling on charter schools to be more transparent. “The community wants to engage and be part of the conversation.”

– Mayor Bowser has asked the DC Council to use $54.9 million in funds earmarked for the renovation of the one public ice rink in the city and use it for emergency fixes on 21 schools, and the community is pushing back. (WAMU, 2/1)

RACE | A recent Black History Month panel discussion in Prince George’s County focused on ways African Americans have influenced the country and the world, and delved into a local twist to black cultural rebirth during the Great Migration. (WTOP, 2/2)

HEALTH | In 2015 DC had promising results through an innovative program working to get those who overdosed on opioids into treatment for a two-month period, and then it stopped. (City Paper, 1/31)

– The population growth in DC is slowing down. (WAMU, 1/31)

– The DC Fiscal Policy Institute recommends DC budget considerations focus on affordable homes, strong schools, good roads, and quality jobs, and highlights the budget as a key tool for addressing the racial and economic inequities the city. (DC Fiscal Policy Institute, 1/31)

HOUSING | America’s Housing Affordability Crisis Only Getting Worse (Forbes, 1/31)

NONPROFITS/RACIAL EQUITY | Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector, just released by the Building Movement Project, highlights the intersection of barriers facing women of color in nonprofits.

– The Foundation Center and GuideStar have announced they have joined forces, and will now operate as a single new nonprofit organization called Candid.

– “It’s Very Empowering.” Latino Giving Circles Are on the Rise (Inside Philanthropy, 1/31)

Harvard’s top astronomer won’t stop talking about aliens possibly being among us.

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

– Buffy

How important healthcare access is to personal financial health

– A new paper analyzing the link between personal financial security and access to health insurance found that the Affordable Care Act has helped boost the financial health of low-income citizens. (Citylab, 12/4)

Health insurance helps people avoid huge out-of-pocket medical costs. And preventative care helps people avoid lost wages from missing work, a big part of the benefit for low-income households. But health insurance also helps prevent the cascade of financial damage that unpaid medical bills can inflict, by preserving credit scores.

School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction (NPR, 12/5)

RACIAL EQUITY | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, shares with a new audience, Washington Monthly readers, the origins of the Putting Racism on the Table Series and its impact on philanthropy. Read it here. (Daily, 12/5)

MARYLAND | Nancy Navarro, who was recently elected for a second term as president of Montgomery County Council, outlines her priorities for the county. (WaPo, 12/4)

– The Heising-Simons Foundation, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and Foundation Center are launching an effort to map the last ten years of philanthropic giving in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. (PND Blog, 12/4)

Report: 60 percent of graduates sampled in Md. school system excessively absent (WaPo, 12/4)

PUBLIC SAFETY | How the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s outreach team is working to address the K2 epidemic the city is experiencing. (WAMU, 12/4)

BUDGET | In Battle Over The Funds From Online Sales Taxes, Cutting Commercial Property Taxes Wins Out Over Homeless Services (DCist, 12/4)

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– Kendra

Do More 24 offers a chance to give back today

GIVING | Do More 24 starts today! Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area, discusses why you should support the Greater Washington region’s largest 24-hour online fundraiser, which begins at noon today and ends at noon tomorrow. (Prince William Living, 5/16)

We are hearing from our nonprofit partners on a daily basis about the overwhelming demand for services for the area’s “at-risk” populations, including those benefiting from programs that support school success, financial empowerment and access to health support services.

On Thursday, May 17, more than 270 Prince William County nonprofits will join other organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to take part in United Way of the National Capital Area’s Do More 24. This is the region’s largest online giving day, expected to raise nearly $2 million for local nonprofits.

IMPACT INVESTING | The Urban Institute and Mission Investors Exchange have partnered on a report to explore emerging approaches to collaborative placed-based impact investing in philanthropy. The report mentions Enterprise Community Loan Fund and WRAG’s Our Region, Your Investment initiative. (Urban Institute, 5/15)

– A new hiring platform that helps individuals find temporary work in the region’s restaurants worries labor experts. (WAMU, 5/17)

– It’s not just Amazon: Apple quietly explores Northern Virginia campus for 20,000 jobs (WaPo, 5/16)

BUDGET | DC Fiscal Policy Institute reports that DC’s recently approved budget for next year does not ensure equitable access to health care or fund critical affordable housing needs in the city. (DCFPI, 5/16)

TRANSPORTATION | Greater Washington Partnership, an alliance of CEOs from major companies around the region, have released a report arguing that tolls are the solution for traffic congestion between Baltimore and Richmond. (WBJ, 5/16)

A new debate has taken over the internet, but instead of a dress, it’s an audio clip that says either ‘laurel’ or ‘yanny’. What do you hear? 

(Clearly, it’s laurel.)

– Kendra

The world remembers MLK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination

RACISM | On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His death caused uprisings across the country that led to the destruction of Black neighborhoods, including DC’s own U Street. On this anniversary we remember what he fought for and against, and the fact that we’re still fighting 50 years later. (NYT, 4/4)

We see him standing before hundreds of thousands of followers in the nation’s capital in 1963, proclaiming his dream for racial harmony. We see him marching, arms locked with fellow protesters, through the battleground of Alabama in 1965.

But on the 50th anniversary of his death, it is worth noting how his message and his priorities had evolved by the time he was shot on that balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968. Dr. King was confronting many challenges that remain with us today.

CENSUS 2020D.C., Maryland and Virginia join states and cities in lawsuit to block citizenship question from 2020 Census (WaPo, 4/3)

The Atlantic has produced a seven minute documentary on the maternal health care crisis impacting DC’s women of color. (Atlantic, 3/26)

– A count of the number of people who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act marketplace in 2018 found a small decrease: about 400,000 fewer people than last year. (NYT, 4/3)

EDUCATION | Last week, Howard University students began occupying an administrative building to demand reforms, including the resignation of the school’s president. This week faculty members will participate in a “no confidence” vote targeted at the school’s president. (WaPo, 4/3)

BUDGET | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute has released a report analyzing Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. (DCFPI, 3/22)

IMMIGRATIONTensions over immigration heat up between Trump administration and Virginia’s largest jurisdiction (WaPo, 4/3)

Today would have been Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday. Check out Google’s new animation honoring her.

– Kendra

The Senate has passed a spending bill that doesn’t include DACA

– Yesterday, the Senate has passed a spending bill that keeps the Johnson Amendment in tact and includes funding for the administration’s border wall, the opioid epidemic and other programs. The bill does not include a legislative replacement for DACA, which leaves many undocumented youth with few options. (WaPo, 3/23)

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are 120,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children who would turn 15 and become eligible for DACA protections over the next four years.

Immigrant advocates say that pool of people illustrates the need for a legislative replacement for DACA, an idea that has stalled multiple times in Congress and was left out of the spending deal reached on Capitol Hill on Thursday to avoid a looming government-shutdown deadline. Lawmakers appear unlikely to focus again on the issue anytime soon.

– Here’s what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill (WaPo, 3/22)

NONPROFITS | After reports of Facebook user data being compromised to influence the 2016 election came out this week, fundraising professionals are advising nonprofits about their use of the website to solicit donations. (Reuters, 3/22)

PUBLIC SAFETYWhat Gun-Control Activists Can Learn From the Civil-Rights Movement (Atlantic, 3/23)

EDUCATION | The District has created plans to help students who are not on track to graduate this year due to excessive absences, but teachers and students are not sure if they are enough. (WAMU, 3/22)

TRANSPORTATION | Maryland lawmakers commit $167M for Metro, completing regional funding puzzle (WBJ, 3/23)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners – New!
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
Grants Management Assistant | Intentional Philanthropy
2018 Summer Intern | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Council on Foundations
Corporate Partnerships Associate | Miriam’s Kitchen
Development Assistant | Miriam’s Kitchen
Information Technology Specialist | Bright Beginnings Inc.
Development Director | Critical Exposure
Director, Washington, DC Community | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Director, Engineering Initiatives | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Operations & Grants Manager | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Strategic Partnerships Consultant, Children’s Opportunity Fund | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Director, Finance & Administration | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Development Associate | Society for Science & the Public
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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It’s your chance to see Hamilton at the Kennedy Center! Tickets go on sale on Monday. 

– Kendra



The possible end of a protected immigration status worries many

– Temporary protected immigration status is granted to individuals from a another country when their country becomes extraordinarily unsafe for them. Part of the Haitian and Salvadorian population in our region have this status and a recent Department of Homeland Security decision has caused them to worry that they will be forced to return. (WTOP, 5/29)

Many see an ominous sign in the Department of Homeland Security’s May 22 decision to grant only a six-month extension of “temporary protected status” for nearly 60,000 Haitians instead of the standard 18 months.

The administration said it needed more time to decide whether Haiti had sufficiently recovered from its devastating 2010 earthquake. But officials suggested Haitians in the program should get their affairs in order so they would be ready to return home.

– These grantmakers came together to form the New Americans Campaign to help immigrants become citizens. Now they are advising other grantmakers on how to help in an increasingly anti-immigrant world. (Chronicle, 5/30 – Subscription needed)

BUDGET | The DC Council has preliminarily approved a budget that invests in housing and homelessness programs. (WCP, 5/31)

HOUSING | An interactive map shows the cost of rent for housing near metro stations in our area. (DCist, 5/.30)

WORKFORCE | Bridging the Economic Divide: The Black Workers Center in Washington DC (PolicyLink, 5/26)

– Yes, commuting by bike is good for the environment, but it’s also good for your mental health. (Citylab, 5/26)

 MedStar Health no longer in the running for D.C. Medicaid contract (WBJ, 5/26)

TRANSIT | Northern Virginians are mostly in support of a region-wide sales tax to help fund Metro. (Richmond Times, 5/29)

Cicadas aren’t that bad, said none of these people.

– Kendra

Affordable housing must be a priority in Loudoun County

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall gave her second state of the county address yesterday. She discussed many improvements for the county and addressed future issues including housing and transportation. Loudoun County has a housing affordability problem right now and a recent report found that it could be facing a crisis in the future. (Loudoun Tribune, 5/24)

Her first priority was affordable housing, an ongoing problem that has taken greater urgency among the board as the county faces rising house prices and the prospect of an insufficient supply in the future. These same projections say a dearth of affordable housing could curtail future economic growth, and Randall said government and business leaders need to address the issue before it became a crisis.

“Housing affordability is an absolute necessity if we hope to attract businesses and companies to locate to this region,” Randall said.

In the past few weeks, the county Chamber held a discussion, the Board has held a summit and future meetings and actions steps are planned. Randall reminded the hundreds in the government center crowded into the Board room or watching in overflow that many of Loudoun’s public servants, dozens of whom were on hand to listen to her address, couldn’t afford to live in the communities they aid.

JPMorgan Chase is investing in Ascend 2020, a project that helps minority-owned businesses that are often unable to find financing in the District. The project will be supported by Project 500, an effort for which WRAG serves as a fiscal agent. (WBJ, 5/24)

– Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will sign over 200 bills today but paid sick leave may not be one of them. (WaPo, 5/24)

– Susan Taylor Batten, CEO of ABFE, discusses why it’s important to fund Black-led nonprofits, especially now. (Chronicle, 5/2 – Subscription needed)

– Funders Concerned About AIDS is hosting its annual AIDS Philanthropy Summit on September 18 and 19.

IMMIGRATION | Montgomery County has joined a national effort to encourage long-term immigrant residents to become US citizens. (Bethesda Beat, 5/24)

DEVELOPMENT | In a community meeting, Congress Heights residents voiced concerns about the District’s plans to build a sports arena on the St. Elizabeths campus. (DCist, 5/24)

BUDGETRegional memo: Trump budget proposal spells more pain for D.C. region (WaPo, 5/25)

HEALTH | How to design a neighborhood that keeps its residents healthy. (Politico, 5/10)

Need a little 90s nostalgia on another rainy day? Look no further!

– Kendra

The administration’s proposed budget will cut safety net programs

BUDGET | The new administration will release its first budget proposal today. It includes cuts to many programs that benefit low-income and moderate-income families, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known as food stamps), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and Medicaid. (NYT, 5/22)

Mr. Trump also wants to make large cuts to educational programs aimed at helping often low-income students secure federal loans or grants, and he would cut access to disability payments through Social Security.

Taken together, the cuts represent a significant reordering of the social safety net, away from poor families and toward older Americans, regardless of income. Medicare would be untouched, and the main function of Social Security — retirement income — would flow unimpeded.

HEALTHCARE | The Virginia Health Care Foundation has announced a new initiative, Beyond Blue, that is intended to increase access to mental health care for uninsured Virginians and those with little to no access to medical care. (Richmond Times, 5/22)

FOOD | A USDA pilot program to allow SNAP participants to order groceries online will begin in Maryland sometime next year. (NBC4, 5/22)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA | Connect Northern Virginia, a website that connects people to community resources, has revealed its redesigned website with the help of partners: Claude Moore Charitable Trust, United Way of the National Capital Area, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties.

– Public middle schools in the District fail to win over parents as the city plans to revamp them. (WaPo, 5/20)

– Bowie State Remembers Student Killed In Possible Hate Crime (WAMU, 5/23)

– A federal judge has ordered further study on the impact of the Purple Line in Maryland, further delaying construction of the project. (Baltimore Sun, 5/23)

– D.C. taxicabs on route to digital meters by the end of the summer (WaPo, 5/20)

There is beauty in the world

– Kendra