Tag: Friday Roundup

Friday roundup – November 9 through November 13, 2015

THIS WEEK IN CSR/VETERANS
– Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and head faculty member for the Institute for CSR, shared how his organization supports the Veterans Empowerment Movement. (American Express, 11/9)

THIS WEEK IN FOOD/EDUCATION
– Schools in the region, particularly in Prince George’s County, are getting their hands dirty by taking the classroom experience outdoors in learning gardens. (WTOP, 11/10)

– Though research has often suggested that most low-income individuals find it difficult to maintain healthy nutritional habits because of food deserts, recent studies say poor eating habits have less to do with proximity and much more to do with income. (Atlantic, 11/9)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS & HUMANITIES
– The Nonprofit Finance Fund released two reports – one for grantmakers and another for arts organizations – summarizing lessons learned about capitalization in the arts sector. (NFF, 10/2015)

– Nonprofit theaters are attracting more donors, but audiences keep shrinking, report says (LA Times, 11/5)

 Harvard Medical School joins an emerging trend among institutions encouraging their students to take part in arts and humanities courses in order to improve their skills in empathy and observation. (Boston Globe, 11/2)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Rejoice, cat owners! As it turns out, your cat is unlikely sitting at home plotting your demise – research be darned.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – June 8 through June 12, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– This week, WRAG president Tamara Copeland critiqued a recent NY Times op-ed on the lack of oversight of philanthropy. (Daily, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Studies show that many of the fears that residents of more affluent communities sometimes have over building affordable housing in close proximity to their homes never become reality. (Atlantic, 6/2)

– Data from the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer explored why people move in and out of the District. Not surprisingly, housing issues were a major factor in choosing to move out. (WSJ, 6/9)

– A much-needed affordable housing facility specifically geared toward LGBT seniors will soon break ground in the District. (Elevation, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS/IMMIGRATION
– A new film explores the stories of undocumented youth in D.C., sharing the challenges they have faced as immigrants. (WCP, 6/10)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Developing Your Point of View on Philanthropy – Presented by Exponent Philanthropy and Wells Fargo Private Bank in partnership with WRAG (Open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; members of giving circles)
Tuesday, June 16   9:30 am – 12:00 pm (At Wells Fargo – 1300 I Street NW, 11th Floor)

Foundation Finance Affinity Group: Navigating Private Foundation Excise Tax Rules (WRAG member/prospective member CFOs and finance staff)
Thursday, June 18   10:00 am – 12:00 pm (At WRAG)


Can you match these presidential candidates to the number one song that topped the charts when they announced?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Oct. 20 through Oct. 24, 2014

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
Remember when we mentioned that October seemed like it was Food Month? Well, today is Food Day, and there are a number of ways you can get involved.

But don’t stop there! If you missed the Funding Greater Washington’s Food System: Opportunities Available through the 2014 Farm Bill event held by the Washington Regional Food Funders last week, you can get a full recap by clicking this link.

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
The Washington Business Journal released its third annual Power 100 list, featuring the region’s most influential power players. In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out who made this year’s list. (WBJ, 10/23) Spoiler alert: you’ll definitely find some leaders from WRAG member organizations in there :) Meanwhile, another very influential leader in the region, Michael Smith, was named as director of the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.” (Chronicle, 10/21)

THIS WEEK IN NONPROFITS
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that points to a rise in nonprofit sector employment. In 2012, nonprofit organizations comprised more than 10% of all private sector employment in the country, and accounted for 11.4 million employees. You can read more about the interesting research here. (BLS.gov, 10/17)

THIS WEEK IN YOUTH
Community Foundation for the National Capital Region was on hand to help city officials open the D.C. Youth ReEngagement Center, a hub for disconnected youth in the District. (CFNCR, 10/21 and WaPo, 10/20)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
How to Make a Healthier Community (WRAG members and invited guests)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Brown Bag Discussion: A Look at LGBTQ Funding – National and Local (WRAG members)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

CEO/CFO Coffee & Conversation: The Impact of the ACA on You as a Small Employer (WRAG member CEOs, CFOs, and equivalents)
Thursday, October 30, 2014  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM


Could you tell the difference between fancy, high-end hors d’oeuvres and fast food? These “foodies” could not.

-Ciara 

Friday roundup – Oct. 6 – Oct. 10, 2014

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
Exponent Philanthropy discussed seven unique and innovative funding initiatives ahead of the D.C. Innovation Fair – including the Washington AIDS Partnership and the Washington Regional Food Funders – with a word from WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore (Exponent Philanthropy, 10/10):

The Greater Washington, DC, region is one of the wealthiest areas of the country. Yet the local foundation community is not as large as in other major metropolitan regions. And, to complicate matters, we do not have any “mega” foundations to “lead the way.” As such, the local philanthropic community has had to work very collaboratively over the years to affect change in our region. This unique philanthropic ecosystem has resulted in a vibrant, innovative, and well-connected funding community that has sparked some really exciting philanthropic solutions.

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The Urban Institute released their latest study on the dramatic shifts in affordable housing in the District over the last decade with some surprising data. (WCP, 10/7) Mayor Gray also announced that the city is expected to exceed its goal of 10,000 affordable housing units by 2020. (DC.gov, 10/8)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Mayor Gray accepted the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge,” and the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation  was asked to lead the effort to develop the city’s boys and men of color strategy to support improved outcomes for youth in the District of Columbia.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
The D.C. Council unanimously voted for special education reform that will now allow students with special needs to be evaluated earlier and will increase parent engagement efforts in DCPS. (WAMU, 10/8)

THIS WEEK IN CSR
We learned how the technology sector can effectively use its tools in the world of corporate social responsibility. (SSIR, 10/3)

You can also see what the WRAG community has been up to this week in tweets by clicking here!


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Funding Greater Washington’s Regional Food System (WRAG members, nonmembers)
Friday, October 17th 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM


There are at least 89 ways to sign off on an email. I think I prefer “Stay Gold.”

-Ciara

Friday roundup – Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014

We’re trying something new this week on the Daily! On Fridays, instead of your regular summary about what’s going on in the region that day, we’ll bring you a roundup of the biggest happenings this week, along with the things you may have missed. And with that, here’s your Friday weekly roundup:

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– Tamara Copeland, WRAG president, was named an honoree for the 11th annual Women Who Mean Business Awards by the Washington Business Journal! Honored individuals will be profiled in the November 14, 2014 edition of the publication. Don’t miss it!

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
– WRAG’s Lindsay Smith, consultant for the Washington Regional Food Funders, provided an answer to the question: Is October Food Month? (Daily, 10/1) Basically, it is.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– A growing number of education advocates signed on to support recommendations for the next mayor and city council to focus on once they take office. (DCFPI, 10/2)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– WRAG board member, Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisors, shed light on juvenile justice reform and the great need for more funding in this area. (HuffPo, 9/30)

THIS WEEK IN YOUTH
– The city wants to do more about the infant mortality rate, but cuts in federal funding may make that difficult. (WaPo, 9/29)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– The New Communities Initiative (to revitalize public housing in the Barry Farm, Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings, Northwest One, and Park Morton communities) needs at least $200 million to be completed. (DCFPI, 9/30)


NEXT WEEK AT WRAG
– Arts & Humanities Working Group Meeting (WRAG members, and invited nonmember arts funders)
Tuesday, October 7th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

– CEO Coffee & Conversation on The Meyer Foundation: Looking to The Future (WRAG member CEOs)
featuring Nicky Goren, President at The Meyer Foundation
Friday, October 10th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


The key to success? It may all depend on the shape of your face.

Enjoy your weekend,

Ciara