Tag: Capital One

D.C. Council approves expanded summer jobs program

YOUTH/DISTRICT
The D.C. Council reluctantly approved Mayor Bowser’s plans to expand the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program. This comes amid some differing ideas in the Council as to how the program should be shaped (WaPo, 5/5):

The Council approved Bowser’s request to expand the District’s Summer Youth Employment Program. But along the way, the debate exposed deeper fault lines over the program’s effectiveness as well as the larger question of how best to deal with the high levels of poverty and unemployment that affect the predominantly black communities living in the city’s poorest wards.

The jobs program has been among the city’s most popular initiatives among disadvantaged families. After [Mayor] Barry’s death last year, many of the thousands who turned out to remember him credited the program with helping them start their careers.

But for some D.C. politicians, the program has remained a yearly headache, with questions about the management, effectiveness and ever-growing cost.

On Tuesday, Bowser’s plan to expand the program — including offering jobs to residents up to 24 years old, from the current cap of 22 — became a new flash point in a budget battle between Bowser and the Council, including whether the city should increase the sales tax to fund her initiatives.

DC schools may be too quick to expel and suspend students (GGW, 5/5)

PHILANTHROPY
– Managing Director at Prince Charitable Trusts, Kristin Pauly, shares why they are thrilled about “getting on the map” and sharing their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 5/6)

Foundation Source has introduced a new podcast series aimed at providing the philanthropic community with advice and insights from experts and next generation philanthropists in the field. Click here to access the podcasts.

CSR | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. Last year’s winners include WRAG members PNC and Capital One.  Be sure to get your nomination in by the May 29 deadline!

ECONOMY | What Does ‘Middle Class’ Even Mean? (Atlantic, 5/6)

TRANSIT/MARYLAND | A new report by Transportation for America examines the potential economic benefits of the proposed light rail systems in Maryland – the Purple Line in the suburbs surrounding D.C., and the Red Line in Baltimore. According to the study, though the costs of the projects would be very high, the expenses would be well worth it in the short- and long-term. (WAMU, 5/5)


Here’s a good reason to stay on the phone the next time you think someone is prank calling you.

– Ciara

Caring for a growing population of seniors

WORKFORCE/AGING
By the year 2030, about one-in-four U.S. adults will be seniors age 65 or older. As the population ages, the need for quality home-care workers is growing, while their salaries and training requirements are not. (Atlantic, 4/27)

[…] the resources to help seniors stay at home are shrinking. Many seniors are finding that their boomer children are staying in the workforce longer than they did, and are unable to care for them. Demand for direct-care workers is expected to grow 37 percent between 2012 and 2022. Demand for personal care aides alone—the entry-level workers in the field—will grow 49 percent. There are currently 3.5 million direct-care workers in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seven years from now, there will be 1.3 million more.

[…]

On average, home care aides work 34 hours a week, and make an average of $17,000 a year. One in four live in households below the federal poverty line, and one in three doesn’t have health care because their employer doesn’t offer it or because they can’t afford it.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the field has a high rate of turnover—some estimates put it as high as 60 percent.

Of the ten occupations that added the most new jobs in 2012, personal-care aides earned less than all except for fast-food workers, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.

Related: In 2013, WRAG published an edition of What Funders Need to Know about the challenges facing this critical workforce. (Daily, June 2013)

CSR 
– Ashley Williams, a UMD graduate student who has been working at Capital One since September through WRAG’s Philanthropy Fellows program, reflects on what she has learned during her fellowship about building partnerships between corporate and nonprofit organizations and aligning business strategy and community need. (Daily, 4/27)

WRAG Members: WRAG’s Philanthropy Fellows program is an exclusive partnership with the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Through the program, WRAG connects our member organizations with UMD students studying philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at the School of Public Policy. Applications to host a Philanthropy Fellow are due by Friday, May 8. Learn more about the program and how to participate here.

– Last week, WRAG held the first Fundamentals of CSR workshop – a two-day event for individuals wanting to better understand the field of corporate responsibility, corporate philanthropy, and corporate community involvement. Here’s a special thank you to those who helped make the event a big success!

INEQUALITY 
– Income inequality is not just a problem for those in poverty; it’s a growing problem that affects everyone. Economic experts weigh in on some possible ways to begin tackling the widening gap. (The Baltimore Sun, 4/26)

– Forcing Black Men Out of Society (NYT, 4/25)

TRANSIT | Greater Greater Washington has released some new, interactive graphs that show the accessibility of the region’s metro stations to jobs and living spaces. (GGW, 4/24)

IMMIGRATION | Opinion: Think of Undocumented Immigrants as Parents, Not Problems (NYT, 4/27)


Do you communicate through emojis on your smartphone? Find out which ones are being used the most around the world.  

– Ciara

Philanthropy Fellows in the Field: Aligning Corporate Strategy and Philanthropy at Capital One

By Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams is a 2015 Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Maryland. Through WRAG’s Philanthropy Fellows program, she has been working at Capital One since September 2014.

She shared with us the new insights into corporate philanthropy that she gained during her time so far at Capital One.


As the academic year draws to an end, students turn a critical eye toward the trajectory of their career paths. Whether new job-seekers or experienced career-changers, more and more graduates are evaluating job prospects not only by salary, work-life balance, and potential for advancement, but also by the prospective employer’s social impact. As corporate social responsibility comes to play a larger role in attracting and retaining talent, companies must think critically about whether and how their philanthropy is benefiting the community in meaningful ways.

During the past year, I served as a Philanthropy Fellow with Capital One’s community affairs team. The experience afforded me valuable insight into the strategies that a major company employs to meet this challenge. Corporate philanthropy is structured around a dual focus: creating positive change and supporting the company’s brand. The most effective corporate philanthropy is a balancing act – it requires aligning the business’s value propositions to both customers and to the broader community in a way that is sincere and organic.

Though Capital One has traditionally done this by providing financial literacy education to individuals, it recently embarked into new territory: digital skill-building. As Capital One works to become both a financial leader and a digital leader, it is adjusting its philanthropy to stay business relevant. Capital One’s new Future Edge initiative focuses on expanding opportunities in low- and middle-income (LMI) communities to build digital- and technology-related skills by supporting community partners that provide IT training, increase computer literacy, and teach children programming after school, among other activities. Future Edge also helps those entering technology-related fields to develop complementary soft skills, such as critical thinking, decision-making and collaboration.

This strategy fills a critical community need – nearly 8 in 10 middle-skill jobs require digital skills, and the number of digitally intensive middle-skill jobs has grown at double the rate of other middle-skill jobs in the past decade. However, it also addresses one of Capital One’s key business strategies: improving customer experience through innovative new digital technologies. Supporting nonprofits that focus on building digital skills in LMI communities helps to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to opportunities that make them competitive in these job markets. And, it also strengthens and broadens the digitally-skilled workforce, from which Capital One is able to recruit new talent to support their long-term digital strategy.

This type of strategic thinking helps to ensure that corporate philanthropy and foundation giving align with both community need and business goals. For Capital One, its digital-center partnerships enables its community affairs team to advance the conversation in the philanthropic community around the future of workforce development and how to expand career opportunities in a growing digital economy. These partnerships also encourage nonprofits to think about how new technologies have the potential to transform the way in which social services are delivered and create opportunity for their clients.

My experience at Capital One has provided me with a useful framework for building natural, mutually beneficial partnerships between corporate and nonprofit organizations. As I move forward in my own career, this learning experience has provided me with new tools for thinking creatively about the natural connections between business strategy and community need, and about how grant-making can increase effectiveness by using a systems-approach to address important social issues.


WRAG Members: WRAG’s Philanthropy Fellows program is an exclusive partnership with the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Through the program, WRAG connects our member organizations with UMD students studying philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at the School of Public Policy. Applications to host a Philanthropy Fellow are due by Friday, May 8. Learn more about the program and how to participate here.

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.

An update on poverty among women and girls in the region

There’s lots of news to share, so here’s your regular Daily WRAG edition instead of the Friday roundup. Please note, there will be no post on Monday, February 16th due to Presidents’ Day. Enjoy your weekend!

POVERTY
The Washington Area Women’s Foundation has released the first in a series of research briefs this year that will provide updates on key data from their 2010 publication, A Portrait of Women and Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area. This edition, with support from Capital One, provides a look at the impact of poverty on women and girls in the Washington region. (WAWF, 2/2015)

The determinants of poverty are complex and multidimensional. Regional averages hide important disparities by geography and by groups of different women. Key characteristics increase the likelihood that a woman will be poor, including: parental status, disability, race and ethnicity, age and immigration status.

[…]

Data reveals that in our region, an estimated 47,200 families with children under 18 had incomes below the poverty level in 2013. About three in five of these families (62.5 percent) were headed by single women.

HEALTH
– In this guest post for the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Rebecca Filla discusses why oral health is such an essential part of overall health – particularly for pregnant women who run the risk of passing bacteria to their child – and how health advocates and professionals are working to better educate individuals on what is available to them. (NVHF, 2/11)

Why Isn’t Health Care More Like Starbucks? (Forbes, 2/12)

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT
D.C. Mayor sets sight on clearing backlog of homeless in city shelters (WaPo, 2/12)

– The District is no longer seeking city-owned properties to replace the D.C. General homeless shelter, as the search for affordable options that could be converted into proper facilities came up short. (WCP, 2/12)

EQUITY
The myth that there are more black men in prison than in college, debunked in one chart (Vox, 2/12)

– Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey spoke at Georgetown University on the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities in America. Areas of concern he addressed were the need to realize unconscious biases and acknowledge the past. (WAMU, 2/12)

COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced the winners of its 2015 Community Investment Grants. The organizations provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia and have received grants that will further their impact on the health, education, and general well-being of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. (CFNOVA, 2/11)

PHILANTHROPY
– The House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act of 2015, allowing important provisions to charitable organizations. Next, the bill will go to the Senate for voting. (COF, 2/12)

– Opinion: Two foundation co-presidents discuss how to put the love back in philanthropy, and why it’s so important right now. (Chronicle, 2/12)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

CEO Coffee & Conversation: The Nonprofit Quarterly’s Rick Cohen (WRAG member CEOs/CEO-equivalents)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Do you have any idea what your state song is

– Ciara 

Legal loopholes threaten the rights of tenants in the District

HOUSING/DISTRICT
Washington City Paper reveals how loopholes and legal jargon in laws designed to protect residents have continuously threatened the rights of tenants in the District. One law, in particular, is often scrutinized to the benefit of property owners, causing some to fear that tenant rights are slowly crumbling. (WCP, 2/12)

The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, passed in 1980, is at the heart of the District’s efforts to protect tenants from landlords who seek to displace them. The essence of the law is simple: Before an owner sells a building, she or he must give the tenants a chance to buy it themselves. The reality is much more complex. Basic questions of definition—what’s a sale? what’s a fair price?—have taken TOPA (as it’s known) to the courts and back so many times that 35 years after the law’s enactment, still no one really knows what it means.

[…]

TOPA isn’t the only area where the city’s well-intentioned housing laws have failed to prevent tenant displacement and rising rents. The core mechanism for fighting these trends is the city’s rent-control law. In theory, it should limit rent increases in apartment buildings constructed before 1975, which comprise the majority of D.C.’s rental housing stock. In practice, due to exceptions built into the law, landlords have capitalized on rising demand by pushing tenants out via lucrative buyouts and replacing them with much higher-paying renters, or by petitioning the city for rent hikes far beyond the usual limits.

But TOPA is the statute whose ambiguities are most routinely plumbed by lawyers, challenged by tenants, and decided by the courts.

PHILANTHROPY
– On their blog, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy explains why the national Get on the Map campaign, in which WRAG is participating, is critically important for the social sector, and especially so for funders who invest with an equity lens. (NCRP, 2/12)

Related: WRAG members looking for more information on how to participate in Get on the Map to contribute to WRAG’s own Foundation Maps platform can join the first of three “how to” webinars today at 2pm.

Opinion: In an effort to bring greater accessibility and an abundance of opportunities to people around the world, a group of foundations including Open Society, are pledging to become key players in the fight over net neutrality. Here’s why they think more philanthropists should get on board. (Chronicle, 2/11)

COMMUNITY
Capital One has selected two nonprofits in the District to receive grants as part of their dFund initiative that helps nonprofits encourage clients to become successful in the digital economy (WBJ, 2/12):

Per Scholas will receive $25,000 to develop a training program to help low-to-moderate income adults launch and navigate cybersecurity careers. The Mentoring Center is getting a $75,000 to launch a D.C. chapter of BlackGirlsCode, a non-profit organization focused on introducing programming and technology to a new generation.

– Clean Decisions, a new D.C.-based business co-owned by The Advisory Board Company‘s Graham McLaughlin, is helping returning citizens transition from prison to outside life by connecting them with recurring jobs cleaning kitchens at area businesses. (WCP, 2/10)

NONPROFITSThe World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Not-For-Profit (Fast Company, 2/2015)

FOOD | In the ever-shifting landscape of food retail, a recent Washington Post blog reports that some of our country’s largest food makers are selling less packaged, processed foods in grocery stores. They’re selling more of them to low-income consumers in dollar and discount stores at higher per unit prices. At the same time, DC Central Kitchen offers a guide to improving healthy food offerings at corner stores based on their success in the District. (WaPo, 2/7 and DCCK, 2/11)

ARTS | Check out Washington City Paper‘s 2015 Spring Arts Guide that includes recommendations for museums, theater and much more here. (WCP, 2/2015)

TRANSIT | Maryland is #4 in the nation in transit ridership (GGW, 2/11)

EVENTS | Grants Managers Network is celebrating their 10th Annual Conference March 16-18 in National Harbor, MD. More than 60 sessions, plus expanded networking time, are on the agenda, which includes learning tracks on effective practices, outcomes/evaluation, compliance, and data intelligence, among others. To learn more and to register before the early bird rate ends, click here!


This Valentine’s Day, you may just have to save up to buy a box of chocolates.

– Ciara

House to vote on America Gives More Act of 2015 this week

PHILANTHROPY
The Council on Foundations brings attention to an upcoming House vote, scheduled for this Thursday, in which members will vote on the America Gives More Act of 2015. If passed, the series of bills may work to increase the flow of funds to charities (COF, 2/9):

These bills include:

  • H.R. 637, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the rule allowing certain tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts for charitable purposes.”
  • H.R. 640, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the tax rate for excise tax on investment income of private foundations.”
  • H.R. 644, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend and expand the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory.”
  • H.R. 641, “Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2015.”

These provisions have been packaged into one bill, the America Gives More Act of 2015, and a floor vote in the House has been scheduled for this Thursday.

EQUITY | Consumer Health Foundation president and WRAG board member Yanique Redwood thoughtfully weighs in on one of America’s latest divisive debates – #blacklivesmatter versus #alllivesmatter. (CHF, 2/9)

COMMUNITY | DC Trust is celebrating Black History Month by partnering with CBS Radio to deliver the stories and thoughts of young D.C. residents that have been inspired by African American leaders. You can also join in on the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag, #WeHoldTheseTruths.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– A soon-to-be-released report from Capital One and New York University finds that that the District is one of five cities with a more than 20 percent rental population growth from 2006 to 2013. The study also finds that low-income households can afford no more than 11 percent of the available units in the city. (WBJ, 2/9)

Forgotten Lessons From a 1970’s Fight Against Gentrification (CityLab, 2/9)

EDUCATION | D.C. Public School’s recently-announced plans to open an all-boys school addressing achievement disparities among black and Hispanic students is being called into question as to whether or not the school would violate Title IX. (WaPo, 2/9)

VIRGINIA | A bill requiring absentee voters to submit a copy of their photo ID has passed through Virginia’s House of Delegates. Opponents fear the bill is a way to suppress the votes of the elderly and the poor in elections. (WaPo, 2/9)

TRANSIT | 5 Maps You Need to See if You Use Public Transit in D.C. (DC Inno, 2/9)

WORKFORCE | In states like Connecticut and Nevada, a program that assists the long-term unemployed is helping to get people back to work. The program, Platform to Employment, is spreading to other states through federal and private funding. (Atlantic, 2/10)


There’s no doubt that high-end luxury brands can influence consumption. What if they could influence us to eat healthy, too

– Ciara

 

MCPS Superintendent to step down

EDUCATION
Montgomery County Public Schools will soon have a new leader as the current superintendent, Joshua P. Starr, will step down as head of Maryland’s largest school system next month (WaPo, 2/3):

Starr’s tenure also included the revelation that a majority of 30,000 high school students in the high-performing district failed their final exams in key math courses in 2013, a problem that has stymied school officials. The district also has been criticized for its handling of allegations of sexual abuses at county schools. Starr also drew public concern after he shelved a popular proposal to change high school bell times, leading the school board to ask him to come up with low-cost options.

[..]

Starr’s departure leaves the well-regarded school system without a leader at a time of surging enrollment, budget strain and changing academic standards. It also leaves many parents and advocates asking: If Starr was not the answer, what is the system looking for?

– Researchers from Duke University found that access to high-quality early childhood education programs can significantly reduce the number of students who need special education programs by the third grade, which can translate into significant special education savings for the U.S. Typically, special education programs cost around double that of regular classroom education. (WaPo, 2/3)

– Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds (NYT, 2/2)

– Capital One, in partnership with the Center for NYC Affairs, has produced a FAFSA resource guide, intended to provide in-depth, tactical support to low-income students and the adults who help them in managing through the most common hurdles to the FAFSA. The resource guide can be accessed here.

FOOD | Are you a D.C. resident? Ready to roll up your sleeves and improve food security in the city? Applications are being accepted for the District’s first Food Policy Council and the city is seeking diverse representation to make it work. There’s been a flurry of legislation in D.C. in recent years on issues like improving healthy food options for the District’s youngest residents, urban agriculture, and more. A good summary can be accessed here.

Related: For more background on what’s happening in our regional food system, check out Washington Regional Food Funders’ recently released policy brief.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | As part of their 12-part thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners and authored by Dr. Lisa Sturtevant from the National Housing Conference, HAND offers their second installment of Matters@HAND – this time focusing on new housing construction in the region, and the direction it should go in 2015. (Helping Hands Blog, 2/2)

YOUTH/POVERTYOpinion: In response to the national debate regarding “free-range parenting,” Judith Sandalow of The Children’s Law Center offers her thoughts on how we view child neglect and how we can prevent children and families from getting to that point. She argues that the answer may lie in putting more support in place for the struggling families who are most likely to be swept up into the child welfare system by investing in programs such as Head Start, affordable housing, quality day care and more. (WaPo, 1/30)

MARYLAND | Maryland has established its first Latino legislative caucus made up of officials from Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties who will advocate for issues affecting one of the state’s fastest growing populations. (WaPo, 2/2)

CSR | The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for their 2015 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. The awards honor individuals, businesses and non-profits for above-and-beyond business leadership, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility. To find out more and to apply, click here.

NONPROFITS
– Nonprofit Finance Fund is conducting its seventh annual nationwide survey examining the current state of the nonprofit sector. The anonymous nonprofit survey gathers data on challenges and emerging trends in the nonprofit sector. The survey will close on Wednesday, February 18.

– Nonprofits and Government Agencies React to Obama’s Proposed Budget (Chronicle, 2/2)


Maryland’s state flag isn’t just a symbol…it’s also a fashion statement!

– Ciara

A six-month update on Helping Families Home

HOMELESSNESS 
Earlier this year, 25 organizations (including eight grantees of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation) gathered to release Helping Families Home: A Roadmap for the District – a community plan outlining their recommendations on what D.C. should immediately do to get to a high-quality homeless services system. Now, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute has a six-month update on the District’s progress, including a full report and report card summary. (DCFPI, 12/9)

There has been progress in some important areas: a new homelessness prevention program is set to be launched this winter, there are new investments in affordable housing for families, and the District is securing additional shelter capacity for this winter. The District has released a plan for a new system of smaller shelters to replace the DC General Family Shelter, but it is not clear if this plan will yield enough shelter capacity to meet the need.

Yet there has been a tremendous lack of progress in several key areas. Many of the problems with DC’s Rapid Re-housing program – the main tool for getting families out of shelter – have not been addressed. Little progress has been made to meet the unique needs of youth-headed households, which make up nearly half of all families seeking shelter. The DC General Family Shelter has received only some of the improved case management and services it needs. Also, the District is planning to fill the gap in the homeless services budget by using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding, and it is not clear whether this will lead to cuts in other vital programs. Finally, DC has made little progress towards the goal of providing access to shelter year-round.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/DISTRICT
– A plan by a developer to put a luxury hotel, condos, and retail in Mount Vernon Triangle, along with an affordable housing component in Anacostia, has left many residents east-of-the-river underwhelmed. In an area with an abundance of low-income housing, residents question why the location of the projects cannot be reversed. (WCP, 12/10)

– A new report from the Washington DC Economic Partnership – with support from Capital One Bank, Pepco, and Washington Gas  says that District developers will add 12,000 new residential units in next three years. (DCist, 12/9)

ARTS | On their blog, Americans for the Arts considers how starting the conversation about diversity in the arts isn’t always easy, but it must be done. This is part of a series of updates on their ongoing Greater DC Diversity Pilot Initiative (supported in part by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation). (Artsblog, 12/9)

EDUCATIONA Battle Expected Over School Spending in Montgomery County (WAMU, 12/9)

TRANSIT | With transit costs taking up nearly a quarter of low-income commuters’ income, why are bike-share, car-share, and ride-share services that promise to save people money mostly used by those who earn more than the median wage? (GGW, 12/9)


Here’s just one way to keep thieves from stealing packages off your doorstep.

– Ciara

ICYMI: Local philanthropy featured on NBC4’s “Viewpoint”

COMMUNITY | In case you missed it, late last month the Greater Washington region’s philanthropic community was highlighted on an edition of NBC4’s Viewpoint. WRAG’s Tamara Copeland, Celeste James of Kaiser Permanente, and Leanne Posko of Capital One discussed the impact of philanthropy in our region, funders’ priorities and practices, and some of the other findings detailed in the 2014 edition of Our Region, Our Giving. You can view the full Viewpoint episode here.

DISTRICT | Bowser to appoint Alexandria’s Rashad Young to D.C. city administrator post (WBJ, 12/9)

PHILANTHROPY
– There is a “renewed sense of urgency and optimism about place-based initiatives,” thanks in part to the increase in poverty over the last decade, and new research and insights into how best to increase opportunities for people living in impoverished areas. (SSIR, 12/4)

– Collective impact initiatives aimed at addressing entrenched social problems are underway in cities throughout the country, but whether or not the data-driven approach is showing results is yet to be determined. (Chronicle, 12/8, subscription required)

CSR | A Fast Company op-ed writer explains why corporate social responsibility should be more than just a fad – and can be if CSR is baked into management practices through “positive business” principles. (FC, 12/8)

Related: The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, WRAG’s partnership with Johns Hopkins University that allows CSR professionals to earn a professional certificate in less than one year, is still accepting applications for the 2015 class. More info here.

EQUITY | The Nonprofit Quarterly suggests that the “nonprofit sector has a Ferguson problem,” reflected in the racial disparities in staff and board leadership. (NPQ, 12/5)

EDUCATION | Holder, Duncan outline educational rights for juvenile offenders (WaPo, 12/8)

TRANSIT | It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the streetcar along H Street NE in D.C. will start carrying passengers in 2014. (WAMU, 12/8)


Would you be willing to take a one-way trip to Mars? Me neither.

– Rebekah