Tag: Herb Block Foundation

Friday roundup – June 20 through June 24, 2016

– Marcela Brane, Herb Block Foundation president and CEO, shared this year’s winner of the Foundation’s annual Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Be sure to check out the winning cartoon, “Racist EZCash,” by Mark Fiore(Daily, 6/20)

– The latest video in the Putting Racism on the Table series is live! The video features Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, on the experiences of non-black racial minorities in the United States. While you’re at it, stop by our website to find the viewing guide and discussion guide that accompany the video.

– WRAG’s summer intern Hudson Kaplan-Allen offered the key takeaways from the first session of WRAG’s 2016 Nonprofit Summer Learning Series, “Dos and Don’ts of Working with Grantmakers,” and the importance of cultivating authentic relationships among funders and grantees. The event featured keynote speaker Rick Moyers of the The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and panelists Julia Baer-Cooper, consultant with the England Family Foundation and Prince Charitable Trusts, Ben Murphy of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Tracye Funn of Washington Gas. (Daily, 6/21)

– PwC took home the Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business) award at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards.

– Unemployment rates in D.C.’s ward 7 and 8 are at the lowest levels in several years, according to recent federal data from the Department of Employment Services. (WCP, 6/17)

– Officials in Fairfax County are striving toward a more supportive community for the homeless with the opening of a new center. (WaPo, 6/22)

– According to data, more than 1.3 million U.S. students were homeless in 2013-2014. Advocates are looking to bring greater awareness and support to youth experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty, and a new report surveying homeless youth reveals that many schools may be failing to help students. (WaPo, 6/17)


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Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente
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Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Director, Corporate Philanthropy | Council on Foundations

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So today is apparently #TakeYourDogToWorkDay. Brace yourself for cuteness overload and click the hashtag to see some dogs hard at work.

– Ciara 

First citywide program for connecting black women with HIV prevention drugs coming to DC

A $1 million investment from the MAC AIDS Fund will go toward making D.C. the first major city to get a program that will connect black heterosexual women (the second-highest group of new HIV infections) in the District with pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. (Slate, 6/17)

In 2009, D.C. declared an HIV epidemic that rivaled those in many African nations, with around 3 percent of the city’s residents living with HIV. In some areas and age groups, it was closer to 5 percent. Though targeted prevention efforts have cut D.C.’s new-diagnosis rate by almost 60 percent since then, the city still has an HIV rate nearly twice as high as the state with the next highest rate, Louisiana, and nearly 4 percent of black residents are infected. In D.C. and across the country, HIV is a racialized epidemic among women: As of 2012, 92 percent of D.C. women living with HIV were black.

Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership, which is at the forefront of these efforts, had this to say:

The Washington AIDS Partnership is excited to be at the center of Washington, D.C.’s goal to “end HIV” through the soon-to-be released “90/90/90/50 by 2020” plan, and innovative HIV prevention strategies such as  Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for women. Stay tuned for a major announcement with more details on June 30!

RACISM/INEQUALITY | Marcela Brane, Herb Block Foundation president and CEO, shares with WRAG this year’s winner of the Foundation’s annual Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning, and the enduring impact and significance of the political cartoonist in society. Check out the winning cartoon, “Racist EZCash,” by Mark Fiore(Daily, 6/20)

REGION | Leaders of Washington’s former bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are said to be keeping up the momentum of their efforts by continuing to meet to discuss objectives for further regional cooperation, even without the possibility of the summer games. (WBJ, 6/17)

Unemployment rates in D.C.’s ward 7 and 8 are at the lowest levels in several years, according to newly-released federal data from the Department of Employment Services. (WCP, 6/17)

– A report by the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis examines the gender pay gap among the city’s workforce. While men make more than women for the same work in most industries, D.C.’s nonprofit sector is shown to be one area where women often make more than men in similar positions. (WBJ, 6/17)

–  This Is The Insane Amount of Money it Takes To Be Considered “Wealthy” in DC (Washingtonian, 6/17)

Montgomery County schools have adopted a new budget officials hope will narrow the school system’s achievement gap and lower class sizes. (WaPo, 6/17)

– Data show that more than 1.3 million U.S. students were homeless in 2013-2014. Advocates are looking to bring greater awareness and support to youth experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty, and a new report surveying homeless youth reveals that many schools may be failing to help students. (WaPo, 6/17)

– According to estimates, there are still 37 million homes in the U.S. that contain lead-based paint and 6 million that recieve drinking water through lead pipes. With children shown to absorb more lead than adults, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging physicians to be more proactive about testing children for exposure. (NPR, 6/20)

Video: Can the U.S. End Teen Pregnancy? (Atlantic, 6/14)

Just in case you haven’t heard, Clevelanders are very, very happy today.

– Ciara

Revealing truth through art

Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. They are civilization’s radical voice and moral compass.
– Paul Robeson

by Marcela Brane
The Herb Block Foundation

The Herb Block Foundation was asked by Tamara Lucas Copeland to comment on the Foundation’s annual Herblock Prize winner for Editorial Cartooning, specifically on the “Racist EZCash” cartoon shown here. The Herblock Prize is for distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous standard set by Herblock, reinforcing his lifelong fight against abuses by the powerful and the freedom to express it. The prize is awarded to the best portfolio of 10-15 cartoons, and this year’s winner, Mark Fiore, is the first animated cartoonist to win.

Fiore’s cartoons cover subjects like refugees, immigration, xenophobia, and gun violence, as well as politics and other subjects. Whether race, religion, government transparency, or environmental concerns, cartoons use both a sense of humor and a sense of outrage to inform. The cartoon “Racist EZCash” is about how our country profits from structural racism. It lists startling statistics about Ferguson, MO, and how it is representative of other police departments across the country.

One of the three Herblock Prize judges, Kevin Kallaugher, said:

Mark Fiore’s entry contained an engaging and powerful collection of visual commentaries. Fiore demonstrated a great use of parody, adept writing, great visualizations, and solid journalism, to deliver thought-provoking editorials. Like a good Herblock cartoon, Mark’s work displayed a consistent and determined passion to fight against society’s ills and absurdities. It is his skilled and masterful cartoon craftsmanship steeped with determined political convictions that make Fiore’s animations worthy of the Herblock Prize.

When we were asked to comment on why the Foundation and our committee chose a portfolio like Mark Fiore’s with a piece like “Racist EZCash” for recognition, the answer was easy – because for the political cartoonist, it is their role to speak for the other guy or to call out the injustices. As Mr. Block said, “There are no super men or women, there are only you and I and others who believe in democracy, think about the other guy, and do something about it.”

The Putting Racism on the Table series really broadened the scope of our discussions in the office. It connected me with others and presented me with greater awareness of structural racism and implicit bias, presenting the challenge to press this lens within myself, my family, and The Herb Block Foundation. For six months during the series, grantmakers and their trustees gathered to “think about the other guy.” I believe that was a great start. Now, let’s start doing.

District residents call for police reform

At a Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety public oversight hearing, several community members testified before D.C. councilmembers on the need for change in the policies and procedures of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Much of the hearing centered around the need to address racial disparities that exist in the implementation of the law. (DCist, 10/9)

For years, statistics have revealed a great racial disparity in arrest rates in D.C. In 2011, 91 percent of all drug-related arrests were of black people, despite roughly equal reported usage rates among races. And the statistics don’t stop there. Recent studies conducted by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee further cement a disturbing truth: black communities in D.C. are being disproportionately targeted by the Metropolitan Police Department.

While the city has taken measures to help alleviate these statistics—decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana and, most recently, introducing a pilot program that requires some D.C. cops to wear body cameras—many residents agree that a lot more needs to be done.

– Former president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation, Sterling Speirn, has been named to lead the Stupski Foundation in the spend down of their $260 million endowment. Formerly an operating foundation, Stupski ended operations in late 2012 and will now focus on becoming a grant-making organization that helps to improve the options for poor and minority children and on other issues including “end-of-life” controversies. (SBT,10/7)

Related: Sterling Speirn will also be a speaker at WRAG’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 20th. To find out more and register for the event, click here.

– On Wednesday, October 15th, the Herb Block Foundation will be honored for their commitment to defending basic freedoms, combating discrimination and improving conditions for vulnerable populations at D.C. Vote’s 2014 Champions of Democracy Gala. You can find out more about the event here.

– As part of their “Unlocking Opportunities” series on the role public schools can play in providing important services to students, the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute discusses how schools can achieve better educational outcomes by first providing help to students in poverty. (DCFPI,10/9)

– In Montgomery County, some school leaders are requesting a two-year delay to the policy that would require high school seniors in Maryland to pass new standardized tests in order to be eligible for graduation. (WaPo, 10/8)

– As Montgomery County schools have recently  placed an emphasis on closing the achievement gap between white and nonwhite students, data shows that the SAT scores of minority students helped to improve scores for the county overall within the class of 2014. (WaPo, 10/7)

Enrollment Up Again in D.C.’s Traditional and Charter Schools (WAMU, 10/8)

TRANSIT | In a ranking of how many jobs a resident can access by transit during the morning rush of 7 AM to 9 AM among the 46 biggest metros in the U.S., the Washington region came in at number four. (CityLab, 10/8)

POVERTY | Three Reasons You Should Be Concerned About the Racial Wealth Gap (CFED, 10/9)

PHILANTHROPY | The Clinton Global Initiative, which recently announced support for D.C.’s efforts to reduce infant mortality, has had 80 percent of their commitments completed or ongoing in the period between 2005 and 2013. But, here’s why it’s more important to focus on the five percent of commitments that have been unsuccessful in order to gain valuable insight into trends in philanthropy. (Forbes, 9/23)

Make sure you get yours, they just might sell out after this


Herb Block remembered…Senate hearing on charitable deductions…Social security benefits rise [News, 10.19.11]

COMMUNITY | On the ten-year anniversary of his death, The Washington Post remembers four-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Herb Block, perhaps better known as Herblock. (WaPo, 10/19)

Donald E. Graham remembers visiting Herblock in the hospital in August 2001. Block was 91 and still drawing five cartoons a week. The publisher gently suggested that the cartoonist, hired by Graham’s grandfather Eugene Meyer in 1946, might want to ease off a little. Block, who had a cartoon in the paper every day when he was in his prime, hated the idea.

“Cutting back on his output just wasn’t in Herb’s nature,” Graham says. “To me, Herblock was the greatest cartoonist who ever lived.”

When he died, Block left $50 million dollars to start a foundation. Among its priorities, The Herb Block Foundation awards scholarships to individuals seeking to attend community colleges in our region.

GIVING | A Senate Finance Committee hearing on the charitable deduction predictably produced “sharp opinions” on the subject. While the debate thus far has seemed to focus on support for or opposition to reducing the deduction limit, yesterday’s hearings began to explore alternatives to the proposal. (Chronicle, 10/19) Score one for reason and rationality!

NONPROFIT MARKETING | If you haven’t already seen it, the Clinton Foundation has produced one of the funniest promotions out there via Will Ferrell’s company. Of course, it helps to have celebrities willing to endorse your brand. Make sure you watch until the end. (Deadline, 10/18)

HOMELESSNESS | Following Monday’s Post article about new housing developments in the District, a UDC law professor has a strongly worded response that suggests that one of the article’s subjects – homeless woman Debbie Gibson – is actually homeless because of the failure of D.C.’s foster care system. (HuffPo, 10/19)

AGING | Social Security recipients to get 3.6 percent raise, first increase in benefits since 2009 (WaPo, 10/19)

EDUCATION | Education makes a political comeback in Washington (WTOP, 10/19)

– John Hill, CEO of the Federal City Council, has announced that he will step down from his current post in August 2012. (WBJ, 10/19)

– Rashad Young has been named as Alexandria’s new city manager. (Patch, 10/19)

– Derrick Leon Davis won the election to fill Leslie Johnson’s former seat on the Prince George’s County Council. (Gazette, 10/19)

FACTOID | Do you know how many family foundations there are in the United States? (WG Daily, 10/19)

I’m a political junkie, so I’ve been savoring the GOP debates (all ten thousand of them). Last night’s was like a circus though – possibly appropriate since it was in Las Vegas?