Tag: giving

Opioid addiction is growing among aging adults

– According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, between 2002 and 2014, opioid abuse almost doubled among Americans over age 50. Officials say the prescription of opioid painkillers for the various conditions or diseases that this group is experiencing is the biggest contributor to the epidemic. (WaPo, 5/25)

Many elderly get hooked on opiates through prescriptions, rather than street drugs like heroin.

“Older adults are at high risk for medication misuse due to conditions like pain, sleep disorders/insomnia, and anxiety that commonly occur in this population,” said William B. Stauffer, executive director of the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, who is in long-term recovery. “They are more likely to receive prescriptions for psychoactive medications with misuse potential, such as opioid analgesics for pain and central nervous system depressants like benzodiazepines for sleep disorders and anxiety.”

– Study Aims To Show Transplants Between HIV-Positive Patients Are Safe, Save Lives (NPR, 6/1)

CHARITABLE GIVING |  Eileen Ellsworth, president of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and others discuss how tax reform will impact charitable giving in Virginia. (Virginia Business, 5/30)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITYWells Fargo Pledges to Give $400 Million Cash in 2018 (Chronicle, 5/30)

EDUCATION | How the College Park City-University Partnership is collaborating with the government, the private sector and the University of Maryland to make the area more livable for students and longtime residents. (DiamondBack, 5/31)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Dorothy Kosinski, CEO of the Phillips Collection, discusses the reason for the museum’s recent decision to begin intentionally working to diversify the museum. (WaPo, 5/18)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Contract Grant Writer | Project HEAL– New!
Program Associate| Case Foundation– New!
Program Assistant | Weissberg Foundation– New!
Grants Manager | Public Welfare Foundation
Program Manager | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Grants Program Analyst | Legal Services Corporation
Vice President of Strategy | Gill Foundation
Director of Communications and Marketing | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Membership and Program Coordinator | Funders Together to End Homelessness
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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.

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Today is National Doughnut Day! Here’s where to get your free doughnuts.

– Kendra

Do More 24 offers a chance to give back today

GIVING | Do More 24 starts today! Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area, discusses why you should support the Greater Washington region’s largest 24-hour online fundraiser, which begins at noon today and ends at noon tomorrow. (Prince William Living, 5/16)

We are hearing from our nonprofit partners on a daily basis about the overwhelming demand for services for the area’s “at-risk” populations, including those benefiting from programs that support school success, financial empowerment and access to health support services.

On Thursday, May 17, more than 270 Prince William County nonprofits will join other organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to take part in United Way of the National Capital Area’s Do More 24. This is the region’s largest online giving day, expected to raise nearly $2 million for local nonprofits.

IMPACT INVESTING | The Urban Institute and Mission Investors Exchange have partnered on a report to explore emerging approaches to collaborative placed-based impact investing in philanthropy. The report mentions Enterprise Community Loan Fund and WRAG’s Our Region, Your Investment initiative. (Urban Institute, 5/15)

– A new hiring platform that helps individuals find temporary work in the region’s restaurants worries labor experts. (WAMU, 5/17)

– It’s not just Amazon: Apple quietly explores Northern Virginia campus for 20,000 jobs (WaPo, 5/16)

BUDGET | DC Fiscal Policy Institute reports that DC’s recently approved budget for next year does not ensure equitable access to health care or fund critical affordable housing needs in the city. (DCFPI, 5/16)

TRANSPORTATION | Greater Washington Partnership, an alliance of CEOs from major companies around the region, have released a report arguing that tolls are the solution for traffic congestion between Baltimore and Richmond. (WBJ, 5/16)

A new debate has taken over the internet, but instead of a dress, it’s an audio clip that says either ‘laurel’ or ‘yanny’. What do you hear? 

(Clearly, it’s laurel.)

– Kendra

These Virginia students successfully pushed for more mental health resources in their school

MENTAL HEALTH | Teens in a Virginia high school saw how the stress of school and other life factors was impacting their lives and the lives of their peers, and decided to do something to help. They lobbied and successfully helped pass a law requiring mental health instruction for the state’s ninth and tenth graders. (WaPo, 4/23)

The Albemarle County students have their own ideas for what they would like to see emerge from the law. They want to understand the science behind mental health, let students know where they can turn in times of trouble and shed negative connotations associated with talking about mental well-being.

“The problem isn’t that students are doing too much,” said Moreno, a senior at Western Albemarle High School. “The problem is that students are doing too much, and they don’t have individuals in place that can help them deal with the stress and anxiety that come with that. A bad day turns into a bad week and turns into a bad month.”

PHILANTHROPY | Stephanie Areizaga, a WRAG/UMD Philanthropy Fellow at Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, reflects on her experience over the last year and discusses how she gained practical skills for entering the nonprofit sector. (Daily, 4/24)

Related: The Philanthropy Fellows program is WRAG’s exclusive partnership with UMD’s Do Good Institute. WRAG is accepting applications from its members to host Philanthropy Fellows this fall until May 11. Learn more

ARTS & HUMANITIES | What Will The Holocaust Museum Look Like Without Survivors? (WAMU, 4/24)

– Tomorrow, ACT for Alexandria is hosting Spring2ACTion, an online giving day created to support nonprofits working in Alexandria. Learn more here.

– Trump-Fueled ‘Reactive’ Giving Likely to Continue in 2018, Study Says (Chronicle, 4/23 – Subscription needed)

POVERTY | Why workforce development programs are necessary to help low-income communities gains skills and secure better paying jobs. (Urban Institute, 4/13)

HOMELESSNESS | Fairfax County breaks ground on a new homeless shelter, which will have a mix of emergency beds and permanent housing. (Fairfax Times, 4/22)

EDUCATION | The Loudoun County School Board is considering reducing the county’s universal full-day kindergarten. (Loudoun Times, 4/21)

If you had to eat fast food, where would you rather eat?

– Kendra

Why increasing police presence won’t lead to less gun violence

PUBLIC SAFETY | As new laws meant to address gun violence in the US are being proposed and passed, such as increasing police presence in schools, some argue that lawmakers and others have not considered the potential impact on people of color, especially since police officers have shot and killed Black individuals, and continue to, with virtually no consequences. (Atlantic, 4/6)

The guiding principles of American gun-control advocacy are that there are simply too many guns, that those guns are too capable of mass carnage, and that if fewer people—especially people who exhibit a proclivity to use them for violence—had those guns would likely make everyone safer. This is undeniably so in some black and brown neighborhoods, where homicides have spiked or remained elevated, bucking national long-term trends.

But many of those with little direct experience of such neighborhoods fail to understand how the ubiquity of guns everywhere becomes a rationale for police to employ lethal force in some places, and why a turn towards confiscation will inevitably lead to a cascade of more people killed the way Stephon Clark was. Advocates also generally fail to grapple with their role in empowering heavily armed citizens with a proclivity to use those arms—on themselves, against intimate partners, and against black and brown persons—to go on patrol.

DEVELOPMENT | The Montgomery County Planning Board has created an interactive tool to help residents and others track development in Bethesda, MD. (Urban Turf, 4/2)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Virgina schools will now include education on how to recognize and prevent child abuse in its family life education curriculum. (InsideNOVA, 4/5)

GIVINGCorporate Giving Is Tax-Exempt Lobbying, Report Suggests (PND Blog, 4/6)

ENVIRONMENT | A survey conducted by the Bloomberg Philanthropies found that mayors and city managers view climate change as one of their biggest concerns. (Citylab, 4/5)

RACISMHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today. (Slate, 4/2)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed a bill to create a  reinsurance program for Maryland’s health insurance marketplace, which will stop healthcare premiums from spiking. (WAMU, 4/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Assistant to the President | Public Welfare Foundation – New!
Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
Grants Management Assistant | Intentional Philanthropy
2018 Summer Intern | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Council on Foundations
Development Director | Critical Exposure
Director, Washington, DC Community | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Director, Engineering Initiatives | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Operations & Grants Manager | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Strategic Partnerships Consultant, Children’s Opportunity Fund | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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.

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– Kendra

Maryland study estimates Amazon would add $17 billion to the state’s economy

ECONOMY | Maryland’s Department of Commerce has released a study estimating the economic impact on the state if Amazon chose to locate its second headquarters there. The study found it would contribute $17 billion to the economy and add $7.7 billion in wages. (Bethesda Beat, 2/28)

The study determined the ancillary effects of Amazon would result in about 101,000 total jobs and produce about $280 million in additional annual county tax receipts and $483 million in annual state tax receipts.

“Amazon’s HQ2 is the greatest economic development opportunity in a generation, and this study confirms just how transformative this project could be for Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement about the study. “From the construction phase, to when the headquarters is fully operation, Maryland would reap unprecedented benefits.”

– Local activists and a DC councilmember are concerned the mayor’s proposal that attempts to stop legal challenges to new developments will harm low-income residents and lead to more gentrification. (WaPo, 2/8)

– A local journalist looks into the recent fight about the volume of street performers and others in Chinatown. (Washingtonian, 3/1)

TAX REFORMMost D.C. Residents Will See Lower Taxes Overall From GOP Tax Law (WAMU, 2/27)

VETERANS | Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen has formally requested a review of the Washington DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. (NBC4, 3/1)

GIVING | A new study found that individual donors giving through donor-advised funds give more to education and less to religion. (Chronicle, 2/28 – Subscription needed)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | The Environmental Protection Agency released a report that found people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. (Atlantic, 2/8)

RACISMKKK lawyer warns Loudoun Co. against blocking constitutional rights (WTOP, 3/1)

You can now take a water taxi from the Wharf to National Harbor.

– Kendra

While an opioid crisis rages across the US, black men in the District feel the brunt of its wrath

HEALTH | The District endured a heroin addiction epidemic in the 1960s and 70s. A doctor reporting on the epidemic found that 13.5% of the city’s males born in 1953 were addicted and low-income black men were predominantly affected. These men are now in their 50s and account for majority of the city’s opioid-related deaths. (WCP, 10/12)

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid originally used to treat pain, is the substance cut into heroin in recent years that has killed so many across the nation.

“These gentlemen who have been using for many years are teetering on this line of safety,” says Dr. Tanya A. Royster, Director of D.C.’s Department of Behavioral Health. “They know how much to use. They know when to use. They know where to get it.

“Now that these new things are introduced into the opioid supply, like fentanyl and some of the other synthetics, they are much more lethal and much more deadly. So what they have been doing for the last 20 or 30 years is not necessarily safe. That’s our message to them: What you’ve been doing isn’t working anymore because the supply has changed.”

PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is excited to welcome the 2017-2018 Philanthropy Fellows! Read about them here. (Daily, 10/12)

POVERTY | john a. powell of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, discussed why America’s perception of poor people is preventing us from ending poverty. (Citylab, 10/11)

GIVING | Nonprofits Battle to Get Charitable Deduction Extended to All Taxpayers (Chronicle, 10/11 – Subscription needed)

PHILANTHROPY | Tyler Nickerson, co-chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Washington, D.C. Chapter, advises white people in philanthropy on how they can become more bold on social justice issues. (Medium, 10/6)

I will not create a pun for this link because it would be terrible, so here’s a series of puns to brighten your day.

– Kendra

Gentrification and transportation in the nation’s capital

TRANSIT | The ease with which District residents can walk, bike, or access public transportation to get to work has greatly improved over the years, particularly relative to other cities. DC Policy Center takes a look at how these transportation policies have contributed to the city’s social inequity. (DC Policy Center, 6/6)

Policies meant to make the city more walkable and bikable can be perceived to amplify transportation injustices—or, at a minimum, change how these communities function. And the communities at risk for displacement because of gentrification speak out against them. Bike lanes, for example, have been a frequent point of contention, with some of the fiercest resistance coming from churches serving D.C.’s African American communities, who want to maintain Sunday parking for suburban parishioners.

For parishioners, these churches anchored their communities during some the District’s toughest years, and policies like bike lanes can be seen as mechanisms of displacement imposed on these neighborhoods after years of neglect. Proponents argue that all residents can benefit from safer bike lanes and reduced traffic congestion.

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY | Last week, Leadership Greater Washington and WRAG wrapped up their final session in an 18-month long Thought Leadership Series on Housing Affordability in Greater Washington. The series highlighted the housing challenges in our region and participants were able to develop a consensus on ways to move forward. (LGWDC Blog, 6/5)

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, vice president of WRAG, says, “It has been a pleasure to work with LGW on their first Thought Leadership Series, which focused on housing affordability, one of WRAG’s priority areas. Be sure to review the top 10 ways individuals can engage in this issue (see link above) and make your move!”

IMMIGRATION | A District charter school has been awarded an $84,000 grant to offer legal services to its immigrant families. (WAMU, 6/5)

POVERTY | An Urban Institute report found that states with a large Black population are less likely to spend on antipoverty programs than those with a majority White population. (Atlantic, 6/6)

GIVING | Opinion: What if grantmakers focused on longtime results instead of activities when funding organizations? (Chronicle, 5/31 – Subscription needed)

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS| June 23rd is the last day to submit nominations for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards. We’d love to see WRAG members take home top prizes and be acknowledged for the great work you’re doing!

– A new Georgetown Law program intends to teach rookie police officers innovative policing strategies. (WaPo, 6/5)

– Prince William Co. police to start wearing body cameras (WTOP, 6/6)

ENVIRONMENT | The Greater Washington region commits to pledge on climate change as the administration pulls out of the Paris climate pact. (WaPo, 6/5)

Where to watch movies outside this summer

– Kendra