Tag: Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties

Economists predict the rise of inequality and the end of retail

ECONOMY | The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its 10-year forecast for the future of the United States’ labor market. The predictions include an increase in jobs for healthcare workers as our population grows older, the decline of retail as online shopping grows, and the rise of inequality as a result of jobs typically associated with the middle class declining. (Atlantic, 10/26)

These 10-year-forecast reports—the products of two years’ work from about 25 economists at the BLS —document the government’s best assessment of the fastest and slowest growing jobs of the future. On the decline are automatable work, like typists, and occupations threatened by changing consumer behavior, like clothing store cashiers, as more people shop online.

The fastest-growing jobs through 2026 belong to what one might call the Three Cs: care, computers, and clean energy. No occupation is projected to add more workers than personal-care aides, who perform non-medical duties for older Americans, such as bathing and cooking. Along with home-health aides, these two occupations are projected to create 1.1 million new jobs in the next decade. Remarkably, that’s 10 percent of the total 11.5 million jobs that the BLS expects the economy to add. Clean-energy workers, like solar-panel installers and wind-turbine technicians, are the only occupations that are expected to double by 2026. Mathematicians and statisticians round out the top-10 list.

HOMELESSNESS | The “war on sitting,” a trend across the United States to remove benches from public spaces, is negatively impacting homeless individuals and older citizens. (Citylab, 10/20)

POVERTY | Wells Fargo co-hosted an event for the Faces of Loudoun campaign, which WRAG worked on with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, to bring awareness to the challenges faced by low-income families in Loudoun County. (Loudoun Times, 10/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Timothy McCue, director of grant programs for Potomac Health Foundation, discussed his organization’s grantmaking strategy with Faith Mitchell, president of Grantmakers In Health, in GIH’s podcast series, “Fresh Perspectives: Voices from the Field“. (GIH, 7/31)

EDUCATION | As DACA winds down, 20,000 educators are in limbo (WaPo, 10/25)

PUBLIC SAFETY | The District’s new Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will work with community members that live in under-invested wards to prevent violence. (WaPo, 10/25)

NONPROFITS | Asking What’s Next and Encouraging Offbeat Ideas: Essential Ingredients for Innovation (Chronicle, 10/3 – Subscription needed)


The Blair Witch Project celebrates 20 years with a special screening at the Library of Congress this weekend.

– Kendra

Two endangered species met on the Anacostia River and life bloomed

ENVIRONMENT | Cleaning up the polluted Anacostia River in order to reintroduce wildlife to the area saved many of the youth who participated in the Eagle Conservation Corps in the 90s from leading the lives that took many of their peers in Southeast DC. (NPR, 5/20)

In the first three months, a team of seven young men and two women waded into the creek and dragged out everything from car engines to sofas, bikes — and 5,000 tires. “They cleaned every scrap out of that creek,” [creator of the Eagle Conservation Corps Bob] Nixon says.

It was hard work with no prestige, and their friends in Valley Green [housing project] gave them a hard time. But “we started feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride,” says Anthony Satterthwaite, another of the original volunteers.

That sense of accomplishment was key.

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS | The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for its 2017 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. Congratulations to the many WRAG members nominated! (Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 5/15)

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business)

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

CSRA, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente

PNC Bank

WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Wells Fargo Bank

Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Executive Leader of the Year

Adrian Chapman, WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Todd Yeatts, The Boeing Company

Emerging Influential of the Year

Ben Ingham, Northrop Grumman

NOVAForward Award

Eileen Ellsworth, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Non-Profit of the Year

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in partnership with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties

– Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, said this about the nomination: We are honored to be nominated with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties. Since 2015, when WRAG hosted the first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, we have been working with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties and a robust cross-sector steering committee to identify and address top needs in the county. On March 1, we launched the “Faces of Loudoun” marketing campaign designed to highlight the often hidden needs in Loudoun and encourage increased and more effective philanthropic investments from residents and the larger philanthropic community across the region.

WORKFORCE | This Chesapeake Bay company, and the island where it is located, need Mexican guest workers to keep its business afloat. (WAMU, 5/21)

HEALTH | District policymakers passed a bill to raise the smoking age to 21 last year, but there are no funds set aside in the current FY18 budget proposal to implement the law. (DCFPI, 5/19)

HOUSING | The Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights area is now the third most expensive neighborhood in DC. (WTOP, 5/19)

POVERTY | A new study explores why some children who grow up in poverty are able to become economically successful adults. (Citylab, 5/19)

NONPROFITS | Nonprofits anxiously await the new administration’s first budget request. (Chronicle, 5/19 – Subscription needed)


These puppets do not want to harm you. 

– Kendra

Shining a light on need in Loudoun County

Editor’s note: WRAG’s staff are heading next week to Indianapolis, to attend the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers’ annual conference. The Daily will return on Tuesday, July 26. Stay cool!


COMMUNITY | Next year, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties will launch a community awareness campaign to raise the profile of poverty in Loudoun and encourage residents to support local nonprofit organizations that serve their neighbors in need. (Loudoun Now, 7/14)

Leading up to the campaign’s launch in March of 2017, nonprofit leaders will hold focus groups to identify how best to let the public know what local charities exist and what services they provide.

America Gives’ most recent report shows that, in 2012, Loudoun County residents donated, on average, 1.98 percent of their discretionary income to charities. That’s well below neighboring jurisdictions.

“This is a chance to change people’s knowledge and behavior toward nonprofits in Loudoun County,” said Caroline Toye, associate director of Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. “We want to empower residents to be engaged, however they want to, whether through volunteering, serving on a board or donating.”

The campaign grew out of WRAG’s 2015 Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, and additional funding has been provided by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Related: WRAG’s Katy Moore and Amy Owen, executive director of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, take a closer look at poverty in Loudoun County – a place typically portrayed as having great wealth –  and explain the need for this campaign. (Daily, 7/15)

LGBTQ | The Fairfax County School Board is considering regulations to safeguard the rights of transgender students that would ensure access to restrooms that align with their gender identity, and require teachers to use students’ preferred pronouns. (WaPo, 7/15)

HOUSING
– Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says he is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing for seniors in the county, a population that is growing rapidly. (Bethesda Beat, 7/13)

Nonprofit seeks to revitalize Anacostia one blighted house at a time (WaPo, 7/7)

RACISM | Scientists are trying many different experiments to try to counteract implicit bias. Most interventions, but not all, haven’t been shown to be very effective. (Atlantic, 7/14)

RFP | EventsDC is accepting grant proposals from nonprofits supporting children through sports, performing arts, or cultural arts in the District of Columbia. More information is available here.

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Think Giving to Groups That Support Nonprofits Is a Waste? You’re Wrong. (Chronicle, 7/6)


Jobs

Administrative Assistant | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar


Note to self: When in the woods, always look inside your car before opening the door.

– Rebekah

Inspiring Philanthropy in Loudoun County, for Loudoun County

by Katy Moore, Managing Director, Corporate Strategy, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
and Amy Owen, Executive Director, Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties

Meet Susan. She represents the average donor in Loudoun County and the type of resident that a dedicated, cross-sector group of county leaders is actively working to reach and influence. We want Susan to invest her time and philanthropic resources in Loudoun and encourage her neighbors to do the same.

Here’s the challenge:

Like 53 percent of her fellow residents, Susan leaves Loudoun County every day for work, loosening her ties to her community. Like a substantive majority of other households in the county, Susan’s income is about $120,000 – a good quality of life in one of the “happiest” counties in the U.S. Unfortunately, like many of her fellow residents, Susan doesn’t think much about charitable giving. She donates about 2 percent of her discretionary income – a full 1 percent behind the national average – partly because many of Loudoun County’s needs are “hidden” from Susan:

• Although there were 134 county residents experiencing homelessness at the last Point in Time study, Susan has never met one and rarely, if ever, hears about the challenges of homelessness in the county.

• Susan doesn’t see hungry people as she dines at the county’s many restaurants and shops at the many farmers markets, even though Loudoun Interfaith Relief – the county’s largest local food pantry – served more than 17,000 people last year.

• Loudoun Cares, the local information and referral hotline, processed more than 4,000 referrals in 2015 from people seeking help in rent and utility assistance, clothing, and more. But, those folks don’t call Susan.

• 315 low-income households receive supplemental day-care support from Loudoun County Department of Family services, and, as of last November, more than 500 families were on the department’s waiting list. Susan doesn’t think she knows those people and she doesn’t see or hear about them in the media.

Susan’s situation – strong household income, but moderate charitable giving – is a common combination across America. Those who don’t see or come into immediate contact with “need” tend to give less. But, WRAG and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties are working to change that pattern in Loudoun.

Since WRAG’s 2015 Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, an impressive group of cross-sector leaders has been working together to identify needs and gaps in the county and explore strategies to tackle them. The group is currently working on a robust community awareness campaign to elevate the face of need in Loudoun and encourage increased and more effective philanthropic investments from residents. The campaign is currently set to launch in early 2017. This collaborative effort is generously supported by the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

If you’d like more information or want to get involved, please contact Amy Owen at amy@communityfoundationlf.org.

Friday roundup – May 2 through May 6, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG announced the launch of our new and improved job board! This service is available to the region’s philanthropic and nonprofit community. Job postings are free for WRAG members and $60 for non-members. As a benefit for using WRAG’s job board, each posting will be included in a weekly roundup (below) of job opportunities right here in the Daily WRAG. For any questions about using the job board, contact Rebekah Seder, seder@washingtongrantmakers.org.

– We released the third video in the Putting Racism on the Table series! The video features Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, speaking on implicit bias. After you’ve had a chance to view the video, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the series or on the specific topic via Twitter using the hashtag #PuttingRacismOnTheTable, or by commenting on WRAG’s Facebook page. We also suggest checking out the viewing guide and discussion guide to be used with the video. Both can be found on our website.

THIS WEEK IN CSR
– Congratulations to WRAG members BB&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wells Fargo for being nominees for the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. See what they were nominated for here. (NVCC, 4/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties hosted their Give Choose Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign for 60 area social profit organizations, with 1,402 donations that raised $180,204.33!

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Washington City Paper offered a glimpse into some of  D.C.’s low-rent units, where many tenants live in constant fear of losing their homes and have few options but to deal with unresponsive landlords who neglect properties. (WCP, 4/29)

– Report: Low-Income Residents Moving Out of Silver Spring at Highest Rate in the Country (Bethesda, 4/29)

– Local Initiatives Support Corporation made a $50 million commitment toward ensuring that residents living in the area surrounding the highly-anticipated 11th Street Bridge Park would not be displaced once it opens. (WaPo, 5/3)


JOBS
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc.

Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc.

– D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership

– Communications and Development Associate | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Visit WRAG’s Job Board for the latest job openings in the region’s social sector.


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Netflix knows how to get you to watch everything.

– Ciara

New video is live – Putting Racism on the Table: Implicit Bias

PUTTING RACISM ON THE TABLE/WRAG
The third video in the Putting Racism on the Table series is now live! The video features Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, speaking on implicit bias. After you’ve had a chance to view the video, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the series or on the specific topic via Twitter using the hashtag #PuttingRacismOnTheTable, or by commenting on WRAG’s Facebook page. We also suggest checking out the viewing guide and discussion guide to be used with the video. Both can be found on our website.

WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland had this to say of the new release:

We are halfway through the video releases from WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series! We appreciate you continuing to share your thoughts from the Professor john a. powell installment on structural racism, and the Dr. Robin DiAngelo installment on white privilege. We hope you’ll keep the conversation going with this latest release, as Julie Nelson highlights the ways in which bias and racism play out at the individual, institutional, and structural levels.

COMMUNITY
– The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier CountiesGive Choose day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign for 60 area social profit organizations, is in full swing!

– The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking advisory review panelists for its upcoming grant season. D.C residents can nominate themselves or their peers to serve. Find out more about the opportunity here.

– The Healthcare Initiative Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Mobile Medical Care, Inc. (MobileMed) and Aspire Counseling to support a collaborative program providing integrated behavioral health services for underserved Montgomery County residents.

EDUCATION/POVERTY
A recent study by Stanford researchers finds that students in school districts with the highest concentrations of poverty score an average of four grade levels below their more affluent peers in the richest school districts. The study also finds large achievement gaps between white students and their African American and Hispanic classmates, especially in places where there are large economic disparities. (NYT, 4/29)

WORKFORCE/EQUITY
– AudioLocal D.C. STEM Careers Are Soaring – But For Whom? (WAMU, 5/3)

– A new report looks at the links between higher hourly wages and lower rates of crime. According to projections in the report, “raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would result in a 3 to 5 percent crime decrease (250,000 to 510,000 crimes) and a societal benefit of $8 to $17 billion dollars.” (Atlantic, 5/3)


Want to learn how to prepare cuter, faster (and I do mean very cute and very fast)  meals? This is the cooking show for you.

– Ciara

Housing tops list of worries for low-income D.C. residents

POVERTY/HOUSING
In a new report, researchers surveyed more than 600 low-income District residents to examine their most persistent stressors. Survey results revealed that, by far, most poor residents found issues surrounding housing to be their biggest source of anxiety. (WaPo, 4/4)

The main takeaway: Finding and keeping affordable housing is by far the dominant stress among low-income residents — more so than concerns about food, education or domestic violence.

[…]

Sixty percent of respondents said they worried about not having any housing in the future.

– How the Federal Government Plans to Stop the ‘Worst-Case’ Housing Crisis (City Lab, 4/4)

COMMUNITY
– Jeanné Isler of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) shares a recent conversation with WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland on WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series, and NCRP’s enthusiasm about what lies ahead beyond the series. (NCRP, 4/5)

– Congratulations to Amy Owen of the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties on being one of the Loudoun Times-Mirror’s 16 Women To Watch in 2016!

ARTS
– Brookland in northeast D.C. will soon have its own Arts Park, with support from corporations and donors, including  the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities. (WCP, 4/4)

– Following a big revival in 2012, the Howard Theater continues to face struggles with financial woes. (WaPo, 4/4)

– With Studio Space Scarce In D.C., Fillmore School Building To Offer Reprieve (WAMU, 4/5)

SOCIAL PROFITS | Exponent Philanthropy makes the case for funders to invest in social profit sector talent in order to yield greater results on performance and impact. (Philanthrofiles, 4/5)

VIRGINIA | Though Fairfax County remains one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, it has been unable to avoid the pitfalls of a stagnant local economy amid an influx of new, often lower-income, residents. (WaPo, 4/2)

HEALTH/RACISMThe disturbing reason some African American patients may be undertreated for pain (WaPo, 4/4)

JOBS | The Council on Foundations is hiring for the position of Director, Corporate Philanthropy. Find out more here!


Oopsie!

– Ciara