Tag: inclusion

Next steps for the District’s ambitious clean energy law

SUSTAINABILITY | The Clean Energy Act DC passed in January of 2019, and climate activists are now focused on how the law will be implemented, and funded to ensure that it will benefit all residents. (GGWash, 5/8)

The Clean Energy Act DC aims to transition the District to run on 100% renewable electricity by 2032, making it the country’s most ambitious renewable electricity standard … the law also aims to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2032. Activists and experts say it’s important to pay attention to how the law is implemented and funded and that scrutiny is needed regarding equity and accountability regarding the main components of the Clean Energy Act: the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF), the Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS), Transportation Emissions, and in particular, the Green Bank.

HOUSING | The Washington Housing Initiative has announced its first Impact Pool closing, where investors – leading local developers and banking institutions, including JBG SMITH, Bank of America, PNC Bank, SunTrust, JPMorgan Chase, BB&T, United Bank,Wells Fargo, Bernstein Management, Buchanan Partners, and Bob Buchanan – have committed more than $78 million to support the creation and preservation of affordable workforce housing across the region. (Yahoo Finance, 5/8)

RACIAL EQUITY/PHILANTHROPY | The Consumer Health Foundation not only incorporates racial equity into their grantmaking, but intentionally recruits people most impacted by structural racism onto their board of trustees to deploy those resources. (CHF, 5/7)

HOMELESSNESS | Data from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments finds that the number of people in Arlington County experiencing homelessness has decreased. (ARLNow, 5/6)

GENTRIFICATION/DC | Go-go’s fight against gentrification is just getting started. This is what it sounds like. (WaPo, 5/8)

ENVIRONMENT | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a report yesterday that says the waters of the Potomac River are getting cleaner but there’s still more work to do. (WTOP, 5/8)

PUBLIC SAFETY | New bills are trying to make District streets safer. (dcist, 5/8)

INCLUSION | How One Non-Muslim Is Working To Make Restaurants More Inclusive During Ramadan (WAMU, 5/8)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington – New!
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – New!
Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation

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Community Calendar

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A picture says a thousand words – 24 magazine covers about climate change

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DC officials take steps to protect unpaid federal workers during shutdown

– The DC Council passed emergency legislation on Tuesday to expand the safety net for unpaid federal employees and contractors during the partial government shutdown, and the Bowser administration is providing $2 million in emergency funds to help food stamp recipients. (WaPo, 1/23)

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser also announced she was introducing legislation to give the city authority to grant unemployment benefits to essential employees who must show up to work without pay, such as TSA airport screeners and special police. The U.S. Labor Department denied her request to authorize such benefits last week. “They are deemed essential, they are required to go to work, and they are not getting paid,” she said at a news conference at a warehouse for the Capital Area Food Bank, one of the charities ramping up services during the shutdown. “They provide some of the most vital services for us.”

– ‘Barely Treading Water’: Why The Shutdown Disproportionately Affects Black Americans (NPR, 1/14)

RACIAL EQUITY | The DC Council voted on Tuesday to override Mayor Muriel Bowser’s veto of its legislation decriminalizing fare evasion on Metro, arguing that Black residents are disproportionately impacted by fare evasion enforcement. (WaPo, 1/22)

HEALTH | Maryland could become the first state to put a cap on prescription drug costs by creating a state board tasked with limiting what people pay for prescriptions. (WAMU, 1/22)

EDUCATION | The Kirwan Commission approved a $3.8 billion increase in spending on public schools to make Maryland’s public schools some of the “best in the country.” (Sun, 1/18)

ENVIRONMENT | DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a sweeping clean energy law, requiring all of DC’s electricity to come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2032. (GGW, 1/22)

LGBTQIA | The Supreme Court has reinstated President Trump’s ban on transgender military service during a lower-court appeals process. (NPR, 1/22)

Equal Rights Amendment Proposal Fails To Advance In Virginia Legislature (WAMU, 1/22)

– Virginia lawmaker proposes legislation to help youth in foster care. (Inside Nova, 1/21)

– United Philanthropy Forum members are working to eliminate racism and advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy.

– A new Urban Institute report validates the recent Chronicle of Philanthropy findings that ranks greater DC as a place of exceptional giving, but also shows that there is considerable variation among giving patterns within the region. (Urban Institute, 12/21)

To help stem population decline, small towns around the world are offering homes to newcomers at almost no-cost – hellloooooo Australia!

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Undocumented students face challenges heading to college

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For many students preparing to graduate from high school, figuring out how to pay for college can be challenging. For undocumented students, being ineligible for federal loans or grants can make those challenges seem insurmountable. (WaPo, 4/11)

It’s an uncertainty that many undocumented students confront during their senior year in high school as they are crossing over from one world to the next. They are moving from a childhood when they had a right to attend public school, where teachers promised that they could achieve anything with enough hard work, to an adulthood where their legal status stands directly in the way of opportunities, including not just federal student loans but also driver’s licenses, certain academic fellowships and jobs.

– Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive? (Atlantic, 4/6)

COMMUNITY/WRAG/ENVIRONMENT | In an update to WRAG’s Beyond Dollars report originally published in 2009, former managing director Kristin Pauly of The Prince Charitable Trusts shares the latest on their efforts to help protect a cultural and environmental asset in Virginia, and presents a new documentary on the fight, When Mickey Came to Town. (Daily, 4/13)

In their final annual report on the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy, the D5 Coalition shares the voices of leaders in the field and their stories of progress in the struggle to create a more equitable sector. (D5, 4/12)

Opinion: In light of the Council on Foundations’ 2016 annual conference addressing a lack of diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, Council president and CEO Vikki Spruill and Hispanics in Philanthropy president Diana Campoamor recommend strategies for addressing underrepresentation in the sector. (NPQ, 4/7)

Opinion: Pablo Eisenberg, senior fellow at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University, discusses why he believes that philanthropy further exacerbates wealth inequality in America, and what he sees as a “culture of silence” in the philanthropic community. (Chronicle, 4/11) – Audio

CHILDREN/DISTRICTWho Pays the Price When Child Care Assistance Is Too Low? (CCN, 4/9)

VIRGINIA/ECONOMYWhy Virginia is shaking up its economic development strategy (WBJ, 4/12

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– Ciara

How funders can advance equity in and through the arts

By Rebekah Seder
Senior Program Manager
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

As the United States undergoes dramatic demographic shifts, there is a growing urgency for addressing historic racial inequities within our society. This is no different in the sphere of arts and culture. Research showing that more than half of the total philanthropic dollars for the arts flow to institutions with budgets of over $5 million – organizations predominantly focused on Western European artistic traditions and that often primarily serve white, wealthy audiences– reveal a need for a more equitable approach to funding the arts. This is an issue that funders nationally and here in our region are increasingly prioritizing.

Recently, local public and private arts grantmakers, gathering under WRAG’s Arts and Humanities Working Group, considered their own efforts to support the arts among diverse communities across the region. A number of strategies for addressing inequities rose to the top:

Reconsider application and report format: Extensive application and reporting processes can be an extra burden on organizations with few staff and resources. Allowing performances, events, portfolios, etc., to replace traditional written reports can help make the grant process more accessible to small organizations and for those that don’t have a lot of experience working with institutional funders.

Don’t get stuck on quantitative measures of impact: Impact is always a tricky question in the arts, and using typical metrics might not tell you much about how effectively an organization engages its audience or serves its community. For instance, a show at a big, sold-out venue might entertain a lot of people, but a performance in a more intimate setting might deeply impact a small audience. Getting out in the community and seeing organizations in action is a good way to witness impact first hand. (The importance of qualitative assessment will be further explored by David Grant, author of the Social Profit Handbook, at WRAG’s next Brightest Minds event on March 10.)

Be intentional about language: Words matter. Being intentional about the language used in application forms can help make funding opportunities more inclusive. If funding is limited to a particular jurisdiction, consider, for instance, the difference in meaning between “resident” and “citizen:” one of those words is much more exclusive than the other. Terms like “underresourced,” “underrepresented,” and “underserved” are often used to define communities that funders are seeking to support, but those descriptors don’t necessarily resonate with individuals in those communities.

Provide support beyond dollars (and project grants): General operating, capacity building, and multi-year support are critical for enabling organizations to grow and thrive. Besides providing financial support, however, funders can be of service to arts organizations as thought partners and as catalysts for new collaborations and partnerships.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the ways that philanthropy can support more diverse artistic communities and cultural practices – indeed, they are really just starting points for creating a more equitable arts ecosystem that reflects the incredible cultural diversity of our region.