Tag: HAND

An uptick in fatal shootings by police so far this year

RACIAL JUSTICE/POLICING
– According to data from the Post, which tracks police shootings, there has been a 6 percent increase in such shootings so far in 2016, compared to 2015 (WaPo, 7/7):

Blacks continued to be shot at 2.5 times the rate of whites. About half of those killed were white, and about half were minorities. Less than 10 percent of all those killed were unarmed. One-quarter were mentally ill.

But there are notable differences: More of the shootings were captured on video, 76 in the first half of 2015 and 105 in the first half of this year. And the number of fatal shootings of black women, such as that of Jessica Nelson-Williams in San Francisco in May, has risen. Nearly the same number of black women have been killed so far this year as in all of last year — eight this year, compared with 10 in all of 2015.

Black Nonprofit Leaders Share Grief in Wake of Police Shootings (Chronicle, 7/8)

Learn, Vote, And Get In The Streets: What You Can Do Today To Help End Police Violence (FastCo, 7/8)

HOUSING
– A new affordable housing development in Mt. Vernon Triangle in downtown DC will be one of the few in the nation that provide homes specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren. (WaPo, 7/8)

– In the latest in their Matters@HAND series, sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND asks, “Can we predict gentrification?” (HAND, 7/7)

VIRGINIA | In Virginia, A Battle To Give Former Felons The Right To Vote (WAMU, 7/6)

EDUCATION | Teaching Traumatized Kids (Atlantic, 7/7)

ARTS | Capital Fringe Transformed the City’s Theater Scene—Now It’s Attempting the Same for Its Music Scene (WCP, 7/7)

EVENT | Funders Together to End Homelessness is hosting their 4th Annual Funders Institute on Monday, July 25th. Click here to learn more about the event, focused on how philanthropy can work strategically to end homelessness.


Jobs
Administrative Assistant (part time) | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers | Deadline: 7/18/2016
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Associate Director (Conservation Focus) | Arabella Advisors

Visit WRAG’s job board to for the latest openings in the region’s social sector.


WRAG’s Community Calendar
Click the image below to access WRAG’S Community Calendar. To have your event included, please send basic information including event title, date/time, location, a brief description of the event, and a link for further details to: seder@washingtongrantmakers.org.


I would give just about anything to be invited to this pool party.

– Rebekah

New report examines Northern Virginia’s disparities in life expectancies

VIRGINIA/HEALTH
A new report from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation and the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health looks at the disparities in life expectancy among Northern Virginia’s richest and poorest residents. While the area often tops rankings for happiness, health, etc, many residents are falling behind based on factors like education, income, and race. (WaPo, 6/7)

In Fairfax County alone, life expectancy ranges by as much as 10 years between western Lorton and eastern Lorton census tracts separated by four miles. In western Lorton, where the median household income is $133,413 and 12 percent of the population is black, the life expectancy is 89. In eastern Lorton, where the median income is $77,901 and 37 percent of residents are black, life expectancy drops to 79, according to the report.

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“It’s about city planning, zoning and transportation issues,” said Patricia Mathews, the president of the health foundation.

Read the full report, A Study in Contrasts: Why Life Expectancy Varies in Northern Virginia.

HOUSING | In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND shines a spotlight on the Roadmap for the Region’s Future Economy and efforts toward regional collaboration on affordable housing. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/6)

EDUCATION
– The U.S. Education Department has released the latest data from the Civil Rights Data Collection survey covering the 2013-2014 school year for more than 95,000 public schools. Check here for a quick glance at the numbers. (NPR, 6/7)

Related:  This data reveals deep racial inequities in the education system, including in how discipline is administered (for instance, that black preschoolers are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white preschoolers). Education funders are invited to join us for the next session in our Public Education Speaker Series on July 7, which will focus specifically on racial and gender disparities in school discipline and strategies for addressing them. More information can be found here.

Opinion: Two experts discuss how constant stress placed on children in poverty can take a toll on their mental and physical health, creating a need for better collaboration between schools and health providers. (WaPo, 6/6)

–  Homework Inequality: The Value of Having a Parent Around After School (Atlantic, 6/6)

WORKFORCE/LGBT | With more than 90 percent of transgender people experiencing some form of harassment in the workplace, the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force have created a first-of-its-kind guide for employers for making work environments more accommodating. (WCP, 6/6)

SOCIAL PROFITS | The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is accepting nominations for the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2016 EXCEL Award until Friday, July 15, at 5:00 pm. The award recognizes outstanding leadership among Washington-area social profit organization chief executives.


Quiz time! How much do  you know about Africa?

– Ciara

Assessing a $15 minimum wage

WORKFORCE
A new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute explores what a $15 minimum wage could mean to workers in the District. A number of local groups remain divided over the long-term impact of raising the minimum wage (WAMU, 5/4):

The organization’s assessment buttresses the arguments made by groups and elected officials pushing the $15 minimum wage: In an area that’s growing increasingly expensive and unequal, giving low-wage workers a pay raise is a needed step towards helping them stay afloat.

But it also marks the start of what is likely to be a spirited debate over the merits of raising the minimum wage, with local business groups standing at the ready to unveil their own studies arguing that while a higher wage may help workers get by, it will also mean that employers either create fewer jobs or [move] to jurisdictions — like Virginia — where the minimum wage remains much lower, at $7.25.

JOBS | WRAG is pleased to 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 of job opportunities right here in the Daily WRAG. For any questions about using the job board, contact Rebekah Seder, seder@washingtongrantmakers.org.

HOUSING/REGION
– In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND looks at some of the emerging innovations surrounding the creation of local funding resources for affordable housing in the region, including one that WRAG is involved in (Helping Hands Blog, 5/4):

In our region, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers has teamed up with Enterprise Community Partners to develop a new approach to generating resources to invest in local affordable housing.  Individuals and organizations can invest in the Enterprise Community Impact Note and those investments will be used to help finance the creation of affordable housing. Investors will receive a fixed-rate of return and will also receive regular statements about the social impact of their investments.  The goal of the new fund is to raise at least $5 million to help build affordable housing throughout the region, and will reflect a truly innovative way of raising capital.

Washington City Paper offers a glimpse into D.C.’s low-rent units, where many tenants live in constant fear of losing their homes and must deal with unresponsive landlords who neglect properties. (WCP, 4/29)

– D.C. At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds has introduced a bill aimed at landlords who “purposely neglect their buildings and put their tenants’ health and safety at risk.” (WCP, 5/3)

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

PHILANTHROPY
–  Opinion5 Issues Foundations Must Confront to Stay Relevant (Chronicle, 5/3)

– Close Up Shop and Go Elsewhere? A Case Study for Philanthropy on What to Do When We Win (NPQ, 4/29)

ARTS/VIRGINIA
– The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) plans to display bike rack designs as public works of art later this year. IPAR issued a call for artists from the region to submit their designs that reflect five sites in the surrounding area. (Reston Now, 5/2)


Anyone know the number to a really fancy plumber?

– Ciara

Protecting the future of arts spaces

ARTS 
Washington City Paper examines the controversial conversion of 411 New York Ave NE, the home of Union Arts and a long-time DIY arts venue in D.C. that provides affordable space for organizations, visual artists, and underground musicians, into a luxury hotel that, as currently planned, will have a limited supply of studio space available to artists. The organized pushback against the development highlights the severe shortage of affordable space for artists and musicians to live, practice, perform, and work in D.C. (and elsewhere in the region) – and the irony that robust arts and culture scenes contribute to the rising real estate values that push artists out (WCP, 4/1):

[The] hotel project might fit into Mayor Muriel Bowser’s stated goal of “support[ing] and expand[ing] the District’s creative economy,” but for many of the artist tenants of 411 New York Ave. NE and members of the broader arts community, it dissolves a cherished, vibrant, and important arts space. To them, it’s cultural displacement.

To them, this isn’t a struggle to save a building, but a fight to save the future of D.C.’s underground arts communities.

When few question the value of the creative economy to the overall vibrancy of our region, this situation raises important questions about how government, businesses and developers, artists, and funders can preserve and create spaces for artists.

COMMUNICATIONS | On the heels of Twitter’s recent 10th birthday, I ask the question, “What’s the fuss about Twitter?” and explain why you (or the leader of your organization) should start tweeting now. (Daily 4/4)

HOUSING | In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND explores the realities of mixed-income housing in the region and the benefits these strategies have actually had for the area’s low-income residents. (Helping Hands Blog, 4/1)

REGION/WORKFORCE | As National Harbor in Prince George’s County continues to grow into an employment core and regional destination, a transit line linking the hub to Alexandria remains absent. The adjacent communities have yet to compromise on a specific route or funding for a transit project, further underscoring the need for regional cooperation in order to avoid hindering the economic potential of the area and service workers’ ability to commute. (WaPo, 4/1)

COMMUNITY 
– The CareFirst open grant application deadline for 2016 is June 13 at 11:59 PM. 501(c)(3) organizations can submit their online applications in support of health-related services or innovative programs. Find out more here.

– The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is one of 10 organizations from across the U.S. selected administer a three-year USDA initiative called FoodLINC (Leveraging Investment for Network Coordination) to strengthen the region’s local food business sector, while expanding consumer access to healthy, local food. Agua Fund and Prince Charitable Trusts are philanthropic partners. Read more here.

EQUITY | Lately, due to a number of incidents in the news, many voices are calling for more police officers to be required to wear body cameras. But even with camera footage, there is often debate as to what the videos actually portray. The New York Times presents an exercise in a phenomenon known as “camera perspective bias.” (NYT, 4/1)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Now or Forever: Rethinking Foundation Life Spans (Chronicle, 3/30)

JOBS | Arabella Advisors seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Associate Director, Consulting Services for their Good Food team.


Are you ready for some baseball? Test your knowledge of the sport with this quiz.

– Ciara

Lowering the price of produce may save both money and lives

FOOD
At an American Heart Association epidemiology meeting this week, researchers are sharing a new food policy computer model that demonstrates how the pricing of healthy foods affects health outcomes (NPR, 3/2):

Researchers from the [U.K.’s Imperial College] and Tufts University created a tool called the U.S. IMPACT Food Policy Model that included projections of U.S. demographics and cardiovascular death rates to 2030. They then combined the data with current and projected fruit and vegetable intake figures. The model allowed the team to simulate the effects of different policies on eating habits.

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So far, no national studies have been done looking at how financial incentives drive healthy eating, the researchers say. But a smaller study conducted in Massachusetts between 2011-2012 mirrored the findings of the modeling done at Tufts and Imperial College.

Most Urban Farmers Aren’t Making a Living (City Lab, 3/1)

DISTRICT/POVERTY
– Last month, panelists from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s Law Center, DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and So Others Might Eat, spoke to WRAG members about the impact of proposed changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program on D.C. families. Now, Ed Lazere, executive director of the DCFPI, shares with Daily WRAG readers just what legislation to extend TANF could mean to so many households in the District. (Daily, 3/3)

– In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND looks at the demographic and income data of newcomers to the District, and explores whether or not the city is currently able to accommodate those new residents. (Helping Hands Blog, 3/3)

HOUSING
America’s Insidious Eviction Problem (Atlantic, 3/1)

– A growing number of major U.S. cities are looking to micro apartments to bring about more affordable housing options, but not without some criticism. (New Yorker, 3/2)

TRANSIT/REGION
– Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced a winning bid to build and operate the Purple Line project. The light-rail line is expected to begin service in the spring of 2022. (WBJ, 3/2)

D.C. ranks high among the worst cities for commuting (WBJ, 3/3)


In Milwaukee, a potentially dark, sordid tale of a baseball-loving dog named Hank.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – September 28 through October 2, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland presented her third quarter report to the community where she discussed how WRAG is working to address some of the most entrenched issues in our region. (Daily, 9/30)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION/YOUTH
– D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie proposed an unconventional approach to curbing violence in the city – offering job training, mentoring and cash stipends to at-risk youth. (WAMU, 9/29)

–  Why wealthy Loudoun County does not have universal full-day kindergarten (WaPo, 9/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS/HUMANITIES
 D.C.’s secret export: theater (WaPo, 9/24)

– This week, the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, which created both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (WAMU, 9/28)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING 
In their Matters@Hand thought-leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND explored some of the most innovative affordable housing policies from around the country. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/1)


Community Calendar
WRAG will be testing out a new feature on the blog each Friday  – the WRAG Community Calendar. Tell us about your upcoming event, and we will share it through the calendar below. To have your event included on the calendar, please send basic information including event title, date/time, location, a brief description of the event, and a link to further details to: myers@washingtongrantmakers.org.


Can you recognize these cities based solely on their aerial views? 

– Ciara

Addressing some of the real issues that plague our region | A third quarter report to the community

by Tamara Copeland
President
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

WRAG’s mission statement reads, “The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers promotes increased, effective and responsible philanthropy to improve the health and vitality of the region and all who live here.” In other words, we utilize the tool of philanthropy to make our region better. There are multiple challenges that plague our region, multiple areas on which we might focus. WRAG has made the decision to focus on housing, education, and employment, and now we are adding the overarching issue of racism and racial equity to this listing.

Affordable housing – In 2011, the WRAG Board of Directors voted unanimously to concentrate a large segment of our work on this issue. Without question, there is a momentum building in our region – as evidenced by the powerful panel of leaders that convened in June to discuss this topic at the annual conference of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers. This session was coordinated by the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group, a collective that WRAG was instrumental in establishing. And just last month, Leadership Greater Washington announced that affordable housing will be its priority in 2015-2016. We believe that WRAG’s voice has been important in moving this conversation and soon, we will announce a new initiative that we anticipate will have even greater impact.

Racism/Racial Equity – Since the death of Michael Brown in August 2014, the country has been challenged to look at the issues of racism/racial equity.  Not just in other parts of the country, but also in our region, the impact of racial inequity and racism surround us in ways that are sometimes open and easily seen, and at other times are invisible to many. We believe that philanthropy must elevate a conversation on this topic. A group of WRAG members is currently discussing how to move forward on this important topic. But for now, as part of that elevation, Dr. David Williams will speak on ”The House that Racism Built” on  November 19th at WRAG’s Annual Meeting. More exciting announcements on this work will be forthcoming later this year.

Education – Several years ago, the longstanding WRAG Public Education Working Group ended due to a lack of funding. I am delighted that Natalie Wexler of the Omega Foundation has expressed interest in rekindling this group. This month, a very preliminary meeting was held with a small group of interested WRAG members. Next month, that group will grow and a learning agenda for education funders will be developed to be launched in 2016.

Disadvantaged Youth – In September, Dr. Karl Alexander was WRAG’s Brightest Minds presenter. A Johns Hopkins sociologist, he studied almost 800 disadvantaged youth in Baltimore over 25 years. His research, presented in his book, The Long Shadow, is sobering with its message that, essentially, where we start in life is where we’ll finish.  To change that, he urged the philanthropic community to focus its investments on early education, summer learning programs, and keeping kids in school.

Employment/Economic Empowerment – Finally, WRAG was a part of a group that hosted a briefing on the Community Wealth Building Initiative in the spring. Since that conversation, interest is evolving around ways to grow and invest in the first business, the Clean Water Management Group. Also other ideas are emerging to morph the project in directions that respect both its core of employee ownership and its attachment to an anchor institution, while still looking at the work with new eyes.

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P.S. WRAG’s third quarter report would not be complete without acknowledging that the 2015-2016 cohort of Philanthropy Fellows began their fellowships with WRAG members this month!

You can catch up on the first and second quarter reports here.

Housing Affordability: It’s About Political Will

by Gretchen Greiner-Lott
Vice President
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

For over two years, I’ve been learning about affordable housing. I now understand some of the financing mechanisms, the developer’s need for bridge loans as they await certain approvals, and the often spoken NIMBY cry in some neighborhoods. But after last week’s HAND conference, I had an “aha” moment. The biggest challenge facing our region’s ability to address the housing crisis is none of these. The biggest challenge is the need for political will. This is not just about the desire and commitment of elected officials to meet this need. Political will is also about the necessary support of those officials by the people who elect them. The people – the constituencies of these elected officials – must understand and appreciate the need for affordable housing across our region. Political will must be deep and pervasive.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said that, currently, the community’s political will is missing around the affordable housing conversation. Mary Hynes, Chair of the Arlington County Board, commented that it is important to build a case for affordable housing and that we have to win over the “heads, hearts, and wallets” of elected officials, as well as voters. They all need to understand that having housing that is affordable to everyone in our region positively affects the viability and sustainability of our region. These sentiments were echoed by Alexandria’s Mayor Bill Euille and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

Josh Bernstein of Bernstein Management Corporation agreed that “the whole community needs to embrace this [issue].” But, the broader community doesn’t know the reality of the need. As Hynes suggested, and others underscored, we need a public service campaign on this issue. By educating the business community, as well as the broader community, on the impact of housing affordability on the economic competitiveness and quality of life for our region, we can generate critical movement on this issue.

These comments about the need for political will were made during a panel discussion at last week’s HAND annual meeting plenary session, “Regional Strategies to Increase Affordable Housing Development & Preservation in the Greater Washington Area.” The concept was presented in the companion report, “Call the Question: Will the Greater Washington Region Collaborate and Invest to Solve Its Affordable Housing Shortage?” In it, the author outlines the many available tools for increasing the availability of affordable housing, and observes that “it has been the willingness of multiple sectors to coalesce around the need and mobilize an effective constituency to promote affordable housing” that has actually made a difference in other regions.

HAND’s plenary session was designed and hosted by a number of groups, including WRAG, under the auspices of the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group – a collection of more than a dozen public and private sector leaders concerned about housing affordability. In the coming months, this group will strategize on how to move forward on some of the ideas and recommendations raised at the plenary session, as well as in the report. I look forward to the challenge of working with this group to build this much needed political will.

New reports on the critical need for affordable housing in the Greater Washington Region

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/REGION
In response to alarming data surrounding housing affordability in the region, the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group (GWHLG) presents a new report by Nonprofit Quarterly columnist Rick Cohen. The report – supported by Enterprise Community Partners, Citi Foundation, and WRAG – highlights the need for collaboration to invest in solving the region’s affordable housing crisis. Click here to access the full report, Call the Question: Will the Greater Washington Region Collaborate and Invest to Solve its Affordable Housing Shortage? 

Since June 2014, the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group – a collection of more than a dozen public and private sector leaders concerned about housing affordability – has been meeting to examine: 1) the nature of the affordable housing shortage in the greater Washington area; 2) the relationship of housing affordability to economic growth; and 3) strategies to increase affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households in the region.

In July 2014, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region released new research, Housing Security in the Washington Region, prepared by the Urban Institute and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments based on 2011 data, the most recent available. A key finding of the study concludes that, currently, 250,000 households (including 147,000 renter households) making less than 80 percent of the area median income are paying more than half of their gross income on housing costs.

The full extent of the affordable housing shortage required an analysis of future economic growth and accompanying populations. Research from the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) shows that future growth industries for our region will be in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, and construction sectors – jobs which pay lower wages. Thousands of critical jobs in today’s workforce also fall in the lowerto moderate-income range, including teachers, health care professionals, entry level office workers, and local government employees. In 2015, CRA developed affordable housing need projections based on their latest regional economic outlook projections showing a need for the region to provide 149,000 new low-income housing units between 2011 and 2023 to accommodate projected job growth in the region.

 

– Another newly-released report (mentioned above) by Jeannette Chapman of the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis – commissioned by Enterprise Community Partners, and supported by GWHLG – focuses on regional solutions for Greater Washington’s affordable housing needs by the year 2023. The report titled, The Greater Washington Region’s Future Housing Needs: 2023, can be found here.

– The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) has released a public service announcement campaign to raise awareness about the great need for affordable housing using statistics about the average take-home pay for the professionals who are often very important in our daily lives. Have you seen this PSA around yet?

What’s ‘new’ in affordable housing? Not a lot — yet (Elevation DC, 6/19)

EDUCATION/DISTRICT | After a recent independent evaluation on the state of D.C. schools by the National Research Council, education leaders agree that although the system has come a long way, it still needs a lot of work to get to where it needs to be. (WaPo, 6/22)

POVERTY | A quarter of Americans are one emergency away from financial ruin (WaPo, 6/23)


How’s this for a real Metro map? What do you think?

– Ciara

Affordable housing crisis in every county in America

HOUSING
A new report from the Urban Institute finds that the amount of extremely low-income households has grown nationwide since 2000, while federal housing-assistance programs have not kept up with the need. In fact, according to the study, there is no county within the United States that currently has enough affordable housing for families in extreme poverty. (City Lab, 6/18)

New research from the Urban Institute shows that the supply of housing for extremely low-income families, which was already in short supply, is only declining. In 2013, just 28 of every 100 extremely low-income families could afford their rental homes. [That] figure is down from 37 of 100 in 2000 – a 25 percent decline over a little more than a decade.

Using data from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, researchers built an interactive map to illustrate the nationwide reach of the problem. In no county in the U.S. does the supply of affordable housing meet the demand among extremely low-income households. (Families who made no more than 30 percent of an area’s median household income were considered “extremely low income.”)

You can find the interactive map from the Urban Institute here.

– Tomorrow morning, at the 2015 Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) Annual Meeting, The Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group (GWHLG) will host a plenary session entitled Regional Strategies to Increase Affordable Housing Development and Preservation in the Greater Washington Area. GWHLG is comprised of nonprofit, public, philanthropic, and business leaders, and is convened by WRAG. You can follow the conversation tomorrow on Twitter using the hashtag #HANDAM2015. The event will also coincide with the release of a new report on how to collaborate and invest to solve the region’s affordable housing shortage by Rick Cohen, sponsored by Enterprise, Citi Foundation, and WRAG.

FINANCE/FOUNDATIONS | WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, discusses the two surprising things all foundation staff should know when it comes to excise tax rules – the topic of last week’s Foundation Finance Affinity Group meeting. (Daily, 6/22)

COMMUNITY
– Congratulations to WRAG members Capital One (#1) and MedImmune (#20) for being named top places to work in the DC region by The Washington Post!  (WaPo, 6/19)

– On July 23 at 8:00 am, the United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) will hold their 2015 Annual Community Meeting and Nonprofit Expo at Catholic University of America. Anyone interested in learning about UWNCA, the nonprofit sector, or opportunities to learn and share with community networks should register here.

PHILANTHROPY | New Blog Examines Today’s Philanthropy by Comparing It With The Past (Chronicle, 6/19)

ARTS 
– D.C. has four new public art pieces to check out around the city. (WCP, 6/19)

Working Smarter – not Harder – when Advocating for the Arts (Artsblog, 6/18)

REGION | Higher Unemployment in Virginia (WBJ, 6/19)


The time a cat won an award for being a “Hero Dog.”

– Ciara