Tag: Center for Effective Philanthropy

For some, disparities in access to work benefits

A new study from the Center for American Progress finds dramatic disparities in African American and Latino workers’ access to flexible work schedules, paid leave, and vacation in comparison to their white counterparts. (HuffPo, 4/27)

[…]  when you compare a Latino worker with a white worker who is otherwise identical when it comes to educational attainment, type of job and earnings, the Latino worker is still less likely to have access to paid leave.

“This, to me, indicates that it’s not about trying harder, working harder, or going back to school to get a better job,” [report co-author, Sarah Jane] Glynn said. “This is someone’s ethnicity: They can’t work harder to get better access, it appears to be stacked against them.”

– A report from the Downtown Business Improvement District on the state of downtown D.C.’s real estate and economic activity finds that, while the area added jobs, office vacancy rates rose, downtown residency declined, and the number of people experiencing homelessness increased citywide (WCP, 4/27)

– More Funding Needed to End Chronic Homelessness (DCFPI, 4/27)

– The Crimsonbridge Foundation and the Georgetown Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) have launched a new scholarship fund aimed at developing the leadership of Greater Washington region social profit organizations. The Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund will provide scholarships to CPNL’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program for leaders at locally-based and locally-serving organizations. Applications are due by May 2. More information can be found here. Contact the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership with any questions at npmcert@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-5541.

– The DC Trust has announced their FY16 Summer Strong DC grant competition. High-performing, social profit youth development organizations in D.C. that serve youth between the ages of 5 and 24 with programming that addresses key developmental outcomes can apply for summer program funding.

– Brian Castrucci, Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation, candidly shares his personal health challenges and progression in order to shed light on the privileges that afford some people the opportunity to improve their circumstances, while others have very limited options. (HuffPo, 4/26)

Whitman-Walker releases details on 14th Street project (WBJ, 4/27)

MASS INCARCERATIONWhen Parents Are in Prison, Children Suffer (NYT, 4/26)

ARTS | A global art movement is headed to D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood, featuring murals by local and international artists. (Washingtonian, 4/27)

– Center for Effective Philanthropy president Phil Buchanan writes about the five most pressing issues he sees facing U.S. foundation leaders and their boards. (CECP, 4/28)

–  A New Website Serves Up 500 Years of Philanthropic History (Chronicle, 4/26) Subscription required.

A professor wants to make you feel better about yourself through his non-traditional CV.

– Ciara

Foundations should improve transparency, survey says

A new study by the Center for Effective Philanthropy analyzing survey data from 145 foundation CEOs and more than 15,000 grantees on the transparency of foundations reveals that most believe that grantmakers could become more effective and credible if they were more open to the public about their failures and shortcomings. A shortage of staff and resources to focus on such efforts were cited as deterrents to full transparency. (Chronicle, 2/23) Subscription required

Ninety-four percent of the foundation leaders surveyed said transparency is important. However, three-fourths say their organizations are not open enough. Even though 61 percent of the leaders say being more candid about how they assess their own performance would help them become more effective, only 35 percent say they share their self-assessments.

The level of openness online was even skimpier. Just 5 percent of foundation websites contained information on unsuccessful projects. However, the researchers found no correlation between information provided on a foundation website and a grantee’s perception of a grant maker’s openness.

The full report from CEP is available here.

– Independent Sector, a coalition of charities and foundations, has named a new chief executive. Dan Cardinali, head of Communities in Schools, will take over in July for Diana Aviv, who left the organization to head Feeding America. (Chronicle, 2/23) Subscription required

COMMUNITY | The 15th annual Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards, honoring the best in public service, are coming up! Five winners will be honored with a cash prize and, this year, a group will be honored with a new Team Innovation award. Click here to view the eligibility requirements and awards criteria. The application deadline is March 31.

DISTRICT/WORKFORCE | Abstract abilities and skills are the best predictors of high wages in the District (District, Measured, 2/23)

– The Quiet Revolution in Homeless Policy (HuffPo, 2/22)

– In light of Black History Month, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty elevates the issue of the deep connections between race and homelessness.

EDUCATION/POVERTY | More and more college campuses across the U.S. have been seeing students protest in the name of gender and racial inequality. Now, a greater number of schools are seeing students ban together and organize in protest of socioeconomic inequality at their institutions. (Atlantic, 2/24)

The streets of Staten Island just got a little bit…greedier.

– Ciara

Carolynn Brunette joins Prince Charitable Trusts as Managing Director

The Prince Charitable Trusts is pleased to announce that Carolynn Brunette (formerly Carolynn Mambu) will assume the role of Managing Director for the Washington, D.C. office and Co-Director of Rhode Island Programs on January, 1, 2016. Carolynn also served as WRAG vice president from 2008 to 2011. View this announcement for additional details on this exciting news.

Carolynn is well known in the foundation and non-profit community of Washington, DC through her work as a Program Officer at The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation from 2000 to 2006 and as the Vice President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) from 2008 to 2011.  Carolynn was also co-chair of the Sustainable Communities Working Group at WRAG.  She recently returned from Africa where she spent four years doing capacity building work with community health organizations as a Peace Corps Volunteer and consultant.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Masters Degree in Music and worked in the local arts community for several years.  Her experience in philanthropy and the non-profit sector combined with her knowledge of the arts, public health, and the environment make Carolynn a good fit with the variety of programs funded by the Trusts.

Carolynn is succeeding retiring Managing Director, Kristin Pauly, who has been with Prince Charitable Trusts since 1998.

– The Center for Effective Philanthropy has released a new report, Benchmarking Foundation Governance, that shares data on topics related to foundation boards – including composition, member expertise, structure, involvement, and characteristics of meetings based on survey responses from CEOs at 64 private, U.S.-based foundations giving at least $10 million annually. (CECP, 10/26)

Some Reasons Behind Societal Neglect of Rural Poverty – And Rural America (NPQ, 10/26)

EQUITY/WORKFORCE | A new study on restaurant workers finds a correlation between their skin color and the amount of wages they bring in. There were also found to be wage disparities among men and women restaurant workers, regardless of skin color. (NPR, 10/22)

– According to researchers, we’ve become so good at inequality, we can do it in our sleep. (Atlantic, 10/27)

– With 14 percent of American households considered food insecure, pediatricians are being urged to dive deeper into the socioeconomic circumstances of their patient’s families. (Atlantic, 10/26)

DISTRICT | A spike in violent crime has left many newcomers and longtime residents of D.C.’s transforming neighborhoods with constant fear for their safety. (WaPo, 10/26)

How much would you pay for a 103-year old English biscuit?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – September 21 through September 25, 2015

– WRAG president Tamara Copeland examined how homeownership, once the American dream that promised greater financial stability, is no longer accessible to many in the Greater Washington region. (Daily, 9/22)

– We introduced the 2015-2016 Philanthropy Fellows, nine students from the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership working at WRAG member organizations this year. (Daily, 9/21)

– On the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s blog, Maggie Osborn, head of WRAG’s colleague organization, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, shared some important lessons that philanthropy can learn from jazz music. (CEP, 9/22)

– The release of new data from the Centers for Disease Control may dispel some myths about what we think we know about low-income families and their relationship to fast food, and show how obesity affects various racial groups in America. (WaPo, 9/18 and NPR, 9/23)

– We were also able to see how prevalent obesity has become in certain D.C. neighborhoods. (DC Inno, 9/18)

Basically, the moon is going to get really weird on Sunday. Don’t miss it. 

– Ciara


Troubling projections for severely cost-burdened renters over the next 10 years

New research from Enterprise Community Partners and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies looks at the trends on the horizon for severely cost-burdened renters. Low vacancy rates and stagnant wages are projected to make the rental market even less affordable as more Americans opt out of homeownership. (Atlantic, 9/21)

The researchers estimate that the current rental crunch—the one where vacancies are around 7 percent, about half of renters spend more than 30 percent of their salaries on housing, and one quarter spend 50 percent or more—is only going to get worse over the next decade. Even if housing prices and income rise as quickly as inflation (about 2 percent annually) the number of severely rent-burdened Americans (those paying 50 percent or more) would increase by 11 percent over the decade, to over 13 million people in 2025.

The full white paper, Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters: 2015-2025, can be found here.

– In her latest blog post, WRAG president Tamara Copeland examines how homeownership, once the American dream that promised greater financial stability, is no longer accessible to many in the Greater Washington region. (Daily, 9/22)

– David Bowers, vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, goes further to address the Washington region’s need for a major response to the affordable housing crunch affecting homeowners and renters at various income levels. (GGW, 9/21)

PHILANTHROPY | On the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s blog, Maggie Osborn – head of WRAG’s colleague organization, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, asks, “What does the music of philanthropy sound like?” (CEP, 9/22)

AGING/HEALTH | Opinion: While the nation’s fastest-growing age group is over 65-years-old, the number of geriatricians in practice continues to dwindle. Some are warning of an impending crisis if the problem is not addressed. (NYT, 9/22)

– Va.’s August unemployment rate sees decrease (Loudoun Times, 9/18)

– We often hear about a skills shortage in today’s workforce in the news, but when it comes to finding a root cause, it’s often a blame game. (Atlantic, 9/22)

According to recent research, we’re all walking around in a little cloud of “personal dust” á la Pigpen.

– Ciara

D.C., Maryland come out strong in study of the best states for women

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) recently released the last of a series of reports exploring the state of women across the United States. D.C. and Maryland emerged among the top places for women in a few different areas (WaPo, 5/20):

The best state for women to rise above poverty:
Women fighting to move out of poverty are better off in Maryland than their peers in any other state, according to IWPR’s analysis of poverty and economic opportunity. The report looked at the share of women who: live above the poverty line; own a business; have health insurance; and earned a bachelor’s degree.

The best state for employment and earnings:
The first report in the series examined how women fared in each state’s labor force, relying on a series of data to arrive at its conclusion: that women in Maryland are best off when it comes to employment and earnings.

Maryland and Massachusetts each earned a B+ on IWPR’s scorecard (The District of Columbia earned an A), though women are far from equal in either state. In Maryland, women earn 87.4 cents for every dollar earned by men, who are also 1.9 times more likely to work in high-paying Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) jobs.

Also worth noting, only 10 states and D.C. improved their scores for women’s health and well-being from 2004-2015.

Black women’s lives matter, too, say the women behind the iconic hashtag (WaPo, 5/19)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | According to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, with support from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., one needs to make $28.04 per hour to be able to afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment in the District. In D.C., the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom unit is currently at $1,458, excluding utilities. (DCist, 5/19)

– The Center for Effective Philanthropy has released their new report entitled. “Investing and Social Impact: Practices of Private Foundations.” The report analyzes responses from CEOs of large private foundations on their current state of operations. (CECP, 5/20)

– Taking a page out of the nonprofit playbook, corporations like Unilever, Starbucks and others have all recently implemented social impact strategies. Not to be confused with cause marking or corporate philanthropy, these strategies are concrete and measurable plans that have quantifiable business outcomes and definitive societal impacts. (Entrepreneur, 3/10)

RELATED: On June 3, WRAG’s Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group is hosting “Shared Value: Exploring Opportunities to Simultaneously Increase Your Company’s Profitability and Social Impact.” Join fellow CSR professionals to learn how to put societal issues at the core of your company’s business strategy and operations.

– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle of young professionals, the Future Fund, recently raised $40,000 to support 2016 grantmaking in Northern Virginia at their annual Future Fund Awards Gala. Two grant-winning organizations – Access Hope and Youth for Tomorrow – received grants of $20,000 to support individuals and families with limited access to mental health care. Find out more here.

ENVIRONMENT | A century of buried toxins in the Anacostia are coming to the surface (WaPo, 5/19)

HEALTH/MARYLAND | A new report shows that the state of Maryland had a significant increase in the number of fatal drug overdoses in 2014. Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties were among the areas with the highest rates of deaths caused by an overdose. (WaPo, 5/19)

EDUCATION | Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say (WaPo, 5/19)

Do you call it the Metro, WMATA, or the subway? Take this poll to see how other people in the region refer to some of the things we come across everyday.

– Ciara 

Aging in place proves difficult when places need fixing

Despite being accepted into a program that rehabilitates the homes of low-income seniors in the District, many who prefer to age-in-place find remaining in their homes difficult as older buildings are falling apart around them. The program out of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has left some feeling neglected. (WaPo, 4/12)

The program can mean fixing leaky roofs, upgrading wiring or installing wheelchair ramps, chair lifts or bathroom fixtures. Homeowners 62 and older can have the first $10,000 of a loan forgiven. Advocates point out that for some low-income residents, the program is more cost-efficient than moving to a retirement home, where expenses are often borne by taxpayers through Medicaid or other programs.

Yet, only a tiny portion of the program’s allocated budget was used last year. The D.C. Council, citing the program’s importance, has increased its budget tenfold to $8 million. The program used only $800,000.

BUDGETS | This week, we’ll bring you commentary from fiscal policy experts on the recently-released FY 2016 federal and state budgets for D.C., Virginia (and soon, Maryland). Today, Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, gives his analysis of the 2016 federal budget. (WaPo, 4/13 and Daily, 4/13)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Fight Over Barry Farm Highlights Fears About Public Housing Redevelopment (WAMU, 4/10)

HEALTH | The growing prevalence of diabetes diagnoses across the U.S. has reached alarming levels. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arlington County is one of only 10 counties in the country that had a decrease in diabetes cases between the years 2004 and 2012. (WaPo, 4/13)

– The Center for Effective Philanthropy has released a new report on the ways in which nonprofits assess performance and what they need from funders to support those endeavors. (CEP, 4/2015)

How Family Foundations Can Pass on the Philanthropy Flame to the Next Generation (WSJ, 4/12)

HOMELESSNESS | D.C. Claims Huge Progress Moving Families Into Housing (WCP, 4/10)

– Many schools in the District are shown to have inadequate libraries, particularly charter schools. In a pilot program, some public schools are partnering with D.C. Public Libraries to increase access to books for District children. (WaPo, 4/12)

– The District is focusing in on expanding the quality of childcare for children from low-income families in the pivotal developmental years before the age of three. (GGW, 4/9)

What if people spoke to each other in real life like they do in emails?

– Ciara