Tag: Community Foundation for Prince George’s County

Friday roundup – March 30 through April 3, 2015

– WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared how a regional call to action for business and government leaders came to include the funding community. (Daily, 4/2)

– WRAG announced an upcoming conference on the needs of Loudoun County. The Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference will take place on Thursday, May 14 and is sponsored by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and the Middleburg Community Center. (Daily, 4/1)

– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia‘s Eileen Ellsworth and Jen McCollum shared why they’re excited to “get on the map” and use the interactive tool that allows them to share their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 3/30)

– The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County is inviting the funding community to visit nonprofit organizations that are moving Prince George’s County forward through safety-net, education and workforce development services. Guests will spend approximately one hour touring facilities, observing programs in action, and conversing with the organization’s leadership team. Those interested in going on a site visit should email Alicia Barrett at abarrett@cfncr.org to register at least one week in advance.

– D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser got things in full swing this week. After a little bit of March Madness, Bowser delivered her State of the District address outlining plans to create “pathways to the middle class,” and later released her proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016. (WCP, 3/10, WaPo, 3/31, DCist, 4/2)

– Some residents and party leaders in Fairfax County are concerned with the lack of diversity among candidates for public office, as demographics there have seen quite a shift in the last 15 years. (WaPo, 3/29)

– Prince George’s officials shared their 2020 Strategic Plan for the school system with five main areas for improvement – academics, workforce development, safe and modernized facilities, community engagement, and organizational effectiveness. (Gazette, 4/2)

– Attorney General Karl Racine approved the plan for an all-boys school for minority students east of the Anacostia as part of the “Empowering Males of Color” initiative. (WCP, 3/30)

Healthy Communities Working Group: A Conversation with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, D.C. Department of Health (WRAG members)
Monday, April 6, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar 
Thursday, April 9, 2015  2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Take a look at this year’s best Peeps dioramas!

– Ciara



How income inequality can also be bad for health

Research from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute found evidence supporting that living in an area with high income inequality can be bad for health, much like living in a poor community. The researchers found that the effects of inequality came out to a difference of about 11 days of life between high- and low-inequality places, and that for every increment that a community became more unequal, the proportion of residents who died before reaching the age of 75 went up. The cause for the drop in life expectancy has two potential theories (NYT, 3/30):

One theory is that while money does tend to buy better health, it makes a bigger difference for people low on the income scale than those at the top. That means that having fewer very poor people in a community will improve average health more than having fewer very rich people will diminish it.

But another, more sociological theory, has to do with the communities themselves. The researchers think that places where wealthy residents can essentially buy their way out of social services may have less cohesion and investment in things like education and public health that we know affect life span. There is also literature suggesting that it’s stressful to live among people who are wealthier than you. That stress may translate into mental health problems or cardiac disease for lower-income residents of unequal places.

– Attention WRAG members – have you signed up to “get on the map” yet? The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has! Eileen Ellsworth and Jen McCollum share why they’re excited about the new mapping tool that will help members see who is funding what and where in our region. (Daily 3/30)

The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County invites the funding community to visit nonprofit organizations that are moving Prince George’s County forward through safety-net, education and workforce development services. Guests will spend approximately one hour touring facilities, observing programs in action, and conversing with the organization’s leadership team. Those interested in going on a site visit should email Alicia Barrett at abarrett@cfncr.org to register at least one week in advance.

– Applications for the Diverse City Fund’s eighth grant round are due by midnight on Tuesday, March 31. The Diverse City Fund makes grants of $5,000 or less to grassroots projects/organizations led by and organized in communities of color in the District. Applications and information on how to apply are available here.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | When cheap housing isn’t really a good deal (WaPo, 3/26)

– In Fairfax County, as races for public office begin, many residents and party leaders are concerned with the lack of diversity among candidates in an area that has seen significant changes in demographics over the last 15 years. (WaPo, 3/29)

– Households earning at least $200K Are Now Biggest Group in Arlington (ARLnow, 3/27)

EVENTS | On April 23-24, 2015, the annual policy briefing of the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships will take place at the Public Welfare Foundation. The event addresses opportunities to advance economic justice and security for all. Click here to find out more and to register for the event.

Do you know the history behind Anacostia’s Big Chair?

– Ciara

DC charter board develops new standards for alternative schools

– The D.C. Public Charter Schools Board has adopted a new policy to help the board evaluate the performance of alternative schools, or those that primarily serve students at high risk of academic failure (WaPo, 2/24)

Evaluating such schools has bedeviled charter school authorities across the country because of the tension between acknowledging the difficulty in serving students with such profound challenges and making excuses for schools’ poor performance.

“You have to have a way to distinguish between schools that are doing a good job and turning kids’ lives around and those that are just collecting public monies,” said Nelson Smith, a charter expert who headed a national working group tasked with studying how alternative charter schools can and should be judged.

– A previously unreleased audit of D.C.’s Tuition Assistance Grant program, which helps D.C. students pay for college tuition at schools outside the District, suggests that the Office of the State Superintendent of Education can’t account for millions in spending. (WaPo, 2/23)

As High Schoolers Wait For College Notices, D.C. Fights To Get Students To Apply (WAMU, 2/24)

HOUSING | WRAG and the Aspen Institute recently co-hosted an event focused on impact investing and affordable housing. The national housing experts on the panel offered a number of good lessons learned for foundations considering entering the impact investing space. (Daily, 2/24)

Related: A video of this event can be viewed here.

HOMELESSNESS | Over in the other Washington, a group is taking an interesting approach toward ending chronic homelessness – building a community of tiny houses. (NY Times, 1/19)

VETERANS | Report: Military efforts to prevent mental illness ineffective (USA Today, 2/20)

YOUTH | After Fairfax County student deaths, a renewed focus on mental health (WaPo, 2/24)

AGING | To help meet the goal of making the District an “age-friendly” city by 2017, D.C. is conducting an in-depth survey of practically every block of the city to determine what issues need to be addressed to meet this goal. (DCist, 2/21)

HEALTHCARE | Maryland has achieved its health insurance enrollment goal, thanks to a research error (WaPo, 2/24)

TRANSIT | More delays for the Silver Line. (WTOP, 2/21)

– The D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation is conducting a survey of the city’s youth workers to learn more about their training and professional support needs. More information and the survey are available here.

– The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County is hosting two tours to local high schools to examine successful practices to prepare students to be college and career ready. More information is available here.

It’s been over a week and it still feels like the entire internet is obsessed with House of Cards. The blog Ghosts of DC looks at the history of some of the places included in the opening segment – like this liquor store on North Capitol Street.

– Rebekah

Prince George’s ranks among worst in Maryland for health outcomes…Young parent homelessness on the rise…District’s unemployment disparity examined [News, 12.5.11]

HEALTH | A new report from Maryland Nonprofits, based on data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, finds that Prince George’s County ranks among the worst in Maryland for health outcomes for residents.

Prince George’s County is one of the lowest ranked counties in Maryland for health outcomes, ranking 17th out of 24 counties. One of the driving factors behind this lower ranking is a high rate of premature death, as measured by Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) before age 75 per 100,000 residents. With 8,374 YPLL, Prince George’s County falls behind the national benchmark of 5,564 as well as the state average of 7,537.

The country also ranks poorly for measures of low birth weight, obesity, sexually transmitted infections, and insurance rate. The report was sponsored by the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, the Consumer Health Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente.

HOMELESSNESS | The D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates finds that the number of homeless parents younger than age 24 is rising. In addition to contributing factors like poor education and high unemployment rates, about eighty percent of the surveyed homeless say that they were forced to leave their own parents’ homes for economic reasons – “because of eviction or because their homes had become too crowded with multiple families in one house.” (WaPo, 12/5)

WORKFORCE | Division of Labor: Examining D.C.’s Unemployment Disparity (WAMU, 12/5) “D.C. has more jobs than residents. Yet, large sections of the city… are facing Depression-era unemployment rates.”

GIVING | Forbes interviews Tom Tierney, co-author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, about strengthening donor-grantee relationships. (Forbes, 12/4)

Related: Rebekah read Give Smart last month. Check out her review.

POLITICIANS | As former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson awaits sentencing for being completely corrupt, the FBI has raided D.C. Council member Harry Thomas’ home as it investigates allegations that he funneled city money to himself. (WaPo, 12/5)

LOCAL LEGEND | For at least the last ten years (and probably more), a local man has spread holiday cheer by singing Christmas carols on the Metro. He’s been spotted again this year!

Here’s some  humor to start your week. Two comedians write each other an absurd shopping list. The challenge – ask a store employee for help finding items, and see how many you can get through before the employee walks away.