Tag: Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

D.C. Mayor Bowser affirms the District is a sanctuary city

IMMIGRATION| Yesterday, Washington, D.C., the 7th largest destination in the United States for immigrants in 2010, joined many other cities around the nation in declaring it will still be a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. (DCist, 11/15)

“We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus on protecting and serving,” Bowser said in a statement last night. “The values, laws, and policies of Washington, D.C. did not change on Election Day. We celebrate our diversity and respect all D.C. residents no matter their immigration status.”

WRAG COMMUNITY| The Daily WRAG is daily once more! As you all know, we’ve published the Daily almost every day as we’ve looked for a permanent editor, and through a shared partnership with Consumer Health Foundation, we’ve found one; me, Kendra Allen. I look forward to continuing the work of previous Daily WRAG editors and making sure that you get relevant, timely regional news in your inbox every day. Read more about the transition here. (Daily, 11/16)

PHILANTHROPY| Opinion: David Biemesderfer, President of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, discusses how philanthropy can leverage the public’s trust in charities to heal the divisions exposed by the 2016 Presidential Election and to continue creating equitable communities. He also pledges the Forum’s leadership role in this work. (Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers, 11/14)

HOUSING| Ward 8 has the most affordable house prices in the District, but it also holds the title for the lowest homeownership rates at only about 24 percent. The Ward 8 Homebuyers Club is working to change this. (GGW, 11/15)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA| This week Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church elected officials met to discuss how they can work together on transit and other social services that can help their communities save money. (WaPo, 11/16)

HEALTH EQUITY
DC Council passes assisted suicide bill (Washington Examiner, 11/15)

-Maryland has a state medical marijuana program, but few doctors have signed up. As a result, most people in need won’t be able to receive this care from their physician and will have to travel. (Baltimore Sun, 11/14)


Is the little owl on number 9 of these Comedy Wildlife photographs all of us next week leaping to the table when Thanksgiving dinner is ready?

Kendra

Introducing the 2016-2017 Philanthropy Fellows

(Top Row: Anisha Boucher, Anne Wagner, Catie Oidtman; Bottom Row: Delisha Thompson, Kevin Donnelly, Nicole Rodriguez)

The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is excited to welcome the 2016-2017 Philanthropy Fellows! Six students from the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute (formerly known as the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership) are working at five WRAG member organizations this year:

  • Anisha Boucher is supporting communications and development with Amina Anderson at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
  • Anne Wagner is  supporting the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s Safety Net Initiative and grantmaking programs with Silvana Straw.
  • Catie Oidtman is working on grants administration and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation Scholars program with Crystal Townsend at HIF for a second year.
  • Delisha Thompson is a public policy fellow working with Maggie Osborn at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
  • Kevin Donnelly is supporting donor services and grants administration at the Community Foundation in Montgomery County, working with Bridget Hanagan.
  • Nicole Rodriguez is working with Tanya Edelin and the Community Benefit department at Kaiser Permanente.

These students are gaining valuable professional experience in philanthropy, making new connections in the community, and bringing fresh ideas and energy to their host organizations. To learn more about each fellow, click here. Check out our website to learn more about WRAG’s Philanthropy Fellows program.

The New Philanthropic Village

By Tamara Lucas Copeland
President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a popular and often used phrase. Apparently that village isn’t only needed for children. It takes a village to support philanthropy.

Media Impact Funders. Grantmakers for Education. Funders Together to End Homelessness. Exponent Philanthropy. ABFE. Asset Funders Network. And the list goes on and on. There is a rich and varied ecosystem of what are called “philanthropic support organizations,” or PSOs, a myriad of groups that are issue-, type-, strategy-, or identity-focused, all designed to enhance the ability of foundations to more effectively and efficiently support community needs.

While I call them an ecosystem, until recently they had simply been a proliferation of multiple support entities without coordination. Not any more.

Last month, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (the Forum), announced a new vision to expand its scope beyond regional associations like WRAG. Dave Biemesderfer, president of the Forum, announced that the Forum will be “The Place Where Philanthropy Comes Together.” How this aligning of regional and national groups will work isn’t quite clear, yet. But, what is clear is that the Forum has taken the critical first step of welcoming all PSOs under its umbrella. With the guidance of an impressive Vision Design Group to coordinate, this newly interwoven philanthropic sector will be better positioned to share resources, test new models, provide data on the sector, and promptly support the sector’s needs.

“Timely and overdue,” “Amen,” “We can’t do business as usual,” and “It’s time to stop floating in our own orbits” were repeatedly heard following the July announcement at the Forum’s annual conference. This is a new day for the philanthropic sector. I’m excited that WRAG is a member of the Forum and look forward to the heightened benefits of our membership to the WRAG community, our region, and the country.

Friday roundup – May 16 through May 20, 2016

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– Consumer Health Foundation board member Silvia Salazar shared her reflections on the Putting Racism on the Table series and how it has had a meaningful impact on her life in this blog post available in both English and Spanish. (Daily, 5/19)

– Caitlyn Duffy, project associate for Philamplify at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, discussed why she’s challenging philanthropy and other sectoral organizations to talk more explicitly about structural racism, and gave a shout out to WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series. (NCRP, 5/18)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– In light of the coming dissolution of the DC Trust, WRAG submitted a letter on behalf of the region’s philanthropic community to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, calling on the Council to maintain funding for out-of-school and summer programming for D.C.’s  children and youth in the FY17 budget.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers‘ president and CEO David Biemesderfer shared this open letter to foundations he signed as one of 22 nonprofit and philanthropy leaders, thanking foundations that have invested in nonprofit infrastructure. He also provided some examples of the important work Forum members Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Maine Philanthropy Center, and WRAG are doing to strengthen communities nationwide. (Forum, 5/17)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
– Metro Releases Finalized Long-Term Maintenance Plan. See How Your Commute Will Be Affected. (WCP, 5/19)


JOBS
Communications and Development Associate | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc. 
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc. 
Part Time Bookkeeper/Accountant | ACT for Alexandria
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Associate Director (Conservation Focus) | Arabella Advisors
Director, Corporate Philanthropy | Council on Foundations
D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership 

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


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Boston has found a poetic way to beat the rainy day blues.

– Ciara

How segregation leads to shorter lifespans

EQUITY
Yesterday, new County Health Rankings were released with an added measure on racial segregation in America’s counties, in recognition of the fact that segregation has profound effects on an individual’s health outcomes. Evidence shows that racial segregation is making and keeping people sick. (Atlantic, 3/16)

Bridget Catlin, the co-director of the County Health Rankings, said segregation wreaks havoc on the body primarily by stressing it out. In addition to experiencing more violent crime, people in racially segregated pockets might be stranded further from good jobs or the transportation necessary to reach them.

The data might help explain why African Americans fare worse across various health metrics. The average life expectancy for African Americans is still four years shorter than for whites, for example.

– Racism and sexism can present themselves in various aspects of daily life, but the one thing that is probably most expected to be bias-free is surprisingly not – computer programs. Algorithms for computer programs are revealing some unpleasant truths about the ways in which biases persist. (NPR, 3/15)

ARTS | The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Age-Friendly D.C., and the District Department of Transportation have announced a $40,000 grant dedicated to public art with an anti-street harassment message. (DCist, 3/15)

PHILANTHROPY
– President & CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers David Biemesderfer, was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Philanthropy & Social Innovation Experts in the Business of Giving Newsletter, published by Philanthropy Media. Congratulations!

Related: In January, new to his role as president and CEO at the Forum, David shared with our readers why he was excited to take the helm of the organization and to support the work of WRAG and our regional association colleagues. (Daily, 1/27)

What Young Donors Respond to Today (Gelman, Rosenberg, and Freedman, 3/9)

INFRASTRUCTURE
– Opinion: We caused the Metro shutdown when we decided to let our cities decay (WaPo, 3/16)

– Though millennials have flocked to cities in droves for years, history and data show that is likely to change at some point. Here’s a look at how cities can prepare for the inevitable population loss. (City Lab, 3/16)


A missed opportunity has bewildered the region.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – January 25 through 29, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY 
– David Biemesderfer, the new president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, shared why he is excited to take the helm of the growing organization and to support the work of WRAG and our regional association colleagues in his new role. (Daily, 1/27)

– Exponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy presented a video series called Philanthropy Lessons in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Check out the first two videos in the series and stay tuned for more through June.

THIS WEEK IN PRISON REFORM/MASS INCARCERATION
– A task force recommended an overhaul of federal prisons to reduce the number of inmates by 60,000 people in the next 10 years. The federal task force also recommended that mandatory minimum sentences only be issued to the most violent offenders, citing drug crimes as a major reason for overcrowding in prisons. (NPR, 1/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
A report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development found that, despite a narrowing racial gap in business ownership between 2007 and 2012, white-owned businesses continued to be much more successful than those of their black counterparts. The study also found disparities in the performance of  women-owned businesses versus male-owned businesses. (WSJ, 1/25)

– If You Want Clean Water, Don’t Be Black in America (City Lab, 1/26)


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The fascinating history of highway signs and their fonts.

– Ciara

Very few U.S. neighborhoods are balanced

HOUSING
According to a recent analysis, just 14 percent of U.S. neighborhoods are considered “balanced” – meaning that they are both affordable and that they offer good quality public and private services. (WAMU, 1/27)

Across the country, just 14 percent of neighborhoods manage to be at once affordably priced, walkable and near decent schools. And many of those neighborhoods exist in only two cities: Washington and Seattle, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the real estate brokerage Redfin.

The findings suggest a substantial mismatch between the neighborhoods where people say they want to live and the homes actually available to them.

– With a record number of Americans shelling out more than half of their incomes each month for rent, the urgent need for affordable housing is difficult to ignore. Enterprise Community Partners‘ Make Room campaign aims to bring awareness to the struggles of families who rent through private living room concerts, in the tradition of rent parties. (NPR, 1/27)

COMMUNITY
– David Biemesderfer, the new president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, shares why he is excited to take the helm of the growing organization and to support the work of WRAG and our regional association colleagues in his new role. (Daily, 1/27)

– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has released their third edition of GOOD BUSINESS, a publication that celebrates the impact of corporate giving in Northern Virginia and features stories of local businesses that practice corporate social responsibility in ways that benefit the local community. (CFNOVA, 1/26)

EDUCATION 
– Opinion: Natalie Wexler, education blogger/editor of Greater Greater Education and DC Eduphile, and trustee of the Omega Foundation, explores how the British government has been supporting an American education reform theory that has been slow to catch on right here in the U.S. (DC Eduphile, 1/19)

Lowering The Bar For The New GED Test (NPR, 1/27)

RACIAL EQUITY | If You Want Clean Water, Don’t Be Black in America (City Lab, 1/26)


Check out some real ingenuity when it comes to post-blizzard parking.

– Ciara

Leading a New Network for Philanthropy

by David Biemesderfer
President & CEO
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Earlier this month, I moved from Florida to Washington, D.C. to take on a new role as president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. A number of my friends and colleagues have teasingly questioned the wisdom of my decision to move north – particularly during the winter and particularly after the blizzard we just endured. But I am incredibly excited to be a new resident of our nation’s capital city, not just because it’s such a vibrant and growing metropolitan region, but because I have an opportunity to lead a vibrant and growing organization.

The Forum is the largest network serving philanthropy in America, consisting of 33 regional philanthropy associations – including the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) – with more than 5,500 participating organizations. The Forum Network’s greatest strength is that we bring together the dual assets of deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach. No other organization in philanthropy brings these assets to the table in the way that we do.

The Forum supports and advances the work of WRAG and its regional association colleagues in many ways. We offer staff professional development and peer-to-peer networking opportunities to help people be effective in their regional association work. We strengthen philanthropy’s voice in public policy by building regional associations’ capacity to engage in policy work. We provide an effective vehicle to allow regional associations to share data, information, and resources. And we help regional associations pool their resources and expertise to better serve their members.

The Forum operates as a true network that relies on the contributions of all of its regional association members, and WRAG is an active contributor to the network. Some of WRAG’s recent work – like its “Our Region, Your Investment” affordable housing initiative and its “Putting Racism on the Table” lecture series – are shining examples of how regional associations can play an impactful leadership role in their regions, and Forum members will continue to learn a great deal from WRAG’s leadership efforts.

Over the next two years, the Forum will begin implementing a new vision. We plan to broaden our network to bring together the assets of the Forum with the assets of national philanthropy-serving organizations – specifically national issue-based, identity-based, and practice-based affinity groups – to create a “one-stop shop” for philanthropies to find and engage others with similar interests, share knowledge, and advance policy. We will put our new vision into action through an inclusive, collaborative, iterative, and co-designed process with current and new partners, guided by a design team comprised equally of representatives of regional associations and national affinity groups.

I’m honored to be taking over the helm of the Forum at this pivotal moment for the organization and for the philanthropy field, and look forward to being an active member of the Washington, D.C. community (weather challenges aside). Working with wonderful members and partners like our neighbor, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, I am committed to making significant progress in how we support, connect and advance philanthropy in our country.


Note: WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland served on the Forum’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015.

 

Friday roundup – January 19 through 22, 2016

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
In an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Tamara Lucas Copeland challenged the notion of a postracial America and explained why WRAG is working to foster a better understanding among funders about the dynamics of racism. (Chronicle, 1/21)

– The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy partnered to release the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a comprehensive resource to help philanthropy respond to future disasters.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Maryland saw a record high of close to 880,000 students this school year – a 5,000 student increase from the previous school year. Most of the surge in student enrollment was in Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel counties. (WaPo, 1/ 20)

 Recommendations to close or consolidate several schools in Prince George’s County have brought members of the community together to oppose the possible changes. (WaPo, 1/17)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Do you want to celebrate the fact that you are already a part of the “IN” crowd and encourage others, too? You’re already a change agent in the region, right? Now let’s celebrate that. In keeping with the theme of WRAG’s 2015 Annual Meeting, “Philanthropy All In,” where we shared the ways we sought to INfluence, INnovate, and INspire in 2015, we’d like to see how you plan to carry on that theme in the new year and beyond. Take a selfie, group photo, or get creative showing off the buttons we gave out at the annual meeting. Be sure to share where you wore it and how others reacted. Tweet us @WRAGtweets and use the hashtag #theINcrowd to join us in celebrating each other’s work! Check out how WRAG’s staff is already getting IN on the action:

Don’t have a button, but want to get INvolved? Ask for one the next time you see a member of WRAG’s staff at a meeting or event!


 

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Bei Bei recently made his first public appearance. See how much you know about pandas in honor of the occasion.

– Ciara

D.C. expands outreach efforts to homeless adults

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT 
Washington City Paper explores the District’s efforts to conduct outreach to and provide services for homeless adult residents in the city who live in encampments as the temperatures fall. (WCP, 1/15)

As the weather turns dangerous for people sleeping on the streets or in makeshift shelters, the work of these outreach teams becomes even more urgent. But as encampment cleanups for the first time ever continue into hypothermia season—when homeless citizens have a right to shelter—advocates worry that people unwilling or unable to go inside will be left without lifesaving protections.

Ward 3 Without Cold-Weather Shelter For Men (WCP, 1/18)

PHILANTHROPY | The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have partnered to release the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a comprehensive resource to help philanthropy respond to future disasters.

EDUCATION/MARYLAND | Recommendations to close or consolidate a number of schools in Prince George’s County have brought members of the community together to oppose the possible changes. (WaPo, 1/17)

GENDER/INEQUALITY | How to Bridge That Stubborn Pay Gap (NYT, 1/15)

HEALTH
– A new report finds that the average age of first-time mothers continues to climb in the U.S. Researchers contribute the rise in the average age to a decline in the number of teenage pregnancies. (NPR, 1/14)

– According to data, there are correlations between several measures of economic development – such as income, education, and occupation –  and one’s level of fitness. (City Lab, 1/11)


The role of photography in the Civil Rights Movement.

– Ciara