Tag: Kaiser Permanente

Housing tops reason for moving out of the District

New data from the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer examines why people opt to move in and out of the District. For many, the choice to leave comes directly down to housing (WSJ, 6/9):

Between 2000 and 2014, about 165,500 people moved into the District either because of a new job or a job transfer. Attending college and wanting an easier commute are also top reasons for moving into the District.

By contrast, nearly 494,000 people moved out of the District between 2000 and 2014 for housing reasons, like better housing or a better neighborhood, to buy a home, or for cheaper housing expenses.

Of those who moved out of the District between 2000 and 2014, 42 percent moved to Maryland or Virginia.

– In many areas, Housing Choice Vouchers – meant, in part, to break up concentrations of poverty and create more mixed-income neighborhoods – have yet to diversify neighborhoods as intended. (Atlantic, 6/8)

Popped: D.C. Restricts Pop-Ups, Condo Conversions In Residential Neighborhoods (WAMU, 6/9)

COMMUNITY/CSR | Congratulations to WRAG members Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente for being named finalists in this year’s Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards in the category of Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business). Booz Allen Hamilton took home the honor at last week’s ceremony.

AGING/LGBT | Many LGBT seniors face uncertainty over housing when it comes to finding safe, supportive options. Soon, a nonprofit in D.C. will provide just that with a new development. Very few like it exist in the country. (Elevation, 6/8)

Opinion: With no shortage of shocking new data in the media about the plight of black families in America, one long-running narrative is that black fathers are more than likely absent from the lives of their children. In this op-ed, one writer seeks to break down the common rhetoric with a different take on the numbers. (NYT, 6/8)

How to Tell a Lie With Numbers: Racial Mythologies (NPQ, 6/8)

PHILANTHROPY/NONPROFITS | After launching an initiative that sought to shift relationships between foundations and nonprofits, The Chronicle of Philanthropy shares some of the challenges involved in that project, and provides recommendations for each group to undertake in order to further improve communications. (Chronicle, 6/8)

MARYLAND | Montgomery County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Point in Seven Years (Bethesda Beat, 5/8)

In Virginia, an unintentional monument, you can’t visit just yet

– Ciara

Health care systems ramp up efforts to assist hardest-to-help patients

For many Americans, health issues are further complicated by the effects of addiction, homelessness, and poverty. For that reason, a number of health systems across the country – including Kaiser Permanentehave begun experiments in providing more comprehensive care for those in poverty, in an effort to curb the high costs of care. (NYT, 3/22)

What is [the health care system’s] role in tackling problems of poverty? And will addressing those problems save money?

“We had this forehead-smacking realization that poverty has all of these expensive consequences in health care,” said Ross Owen, a county health official who helps run the experiment here [in Hennepin County, Minnesota]. “We’d pay to amputate a diabetic’s foot, but not for a warm pair of winter boots.”

Now health systems around the nation are trying to buy the boots, metaphorically speaking. In Portland, Ore., health outreach workers help patients get driver’s licenses and give them essentials, such as bus tickets, blankets, calendars and adult diapers. In New York, medical teams are trained to handle eviction notices like medical emergencies. In Philadelphia, community health workers shop for groceries with diabetic patients

– Foundations of every size are “getting on the map!” Lori Jackson, executive manager at the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, shares why they’re joining a growing list of funders in e-reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center. (Daily, 3/23)

What becomes of an initiative once funders have ended support and hand the program over to the community? Results may vary greatly, but there are ways to continue moving forward and increase the odds of sustainability. (SSIR, 3/13)

Urban Institute Gets $8.4 Million to Help Measure Pay-for-Success Programs (Chronicle, 3/18)

CSR | On April 1, 2014, the India Companies Act went into effect. The new law requires companies meeting certain criteria to spend 2 percent of rolling average net profits from the past three financial years on specific CSR activities. WRAG member and 2015 Institute for CSR class member, Anita Whitehead, from KPMG LLP gives a succinct overview of the new rule and how it affects companies working in the country. (TCB Blogs, 3/3)

VIRGINIAAttorney General appoints NOVA community outreach coordinator (Fairfax Times, 3/20)

DISTRICT | Ahead of Mayor Bowser’s first State of the District speech and budget proposal, this week will be dedicated to offering a preview of key themes that are expected to be discussed as part of the “Pathways to the Middle Class” agenda. (WaPo, 3/23)

ARTS | Brentwood Arts Exchange looks to move beyond walls in next five years (Gazette, 3/19)

FOOD | Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs to Change. But How? (NPR, 3/20)

A beautiful, extraordinary, and priceless work of art…or just a generic print from Ikea?

– Ciara

Regional cooperation needed for future of Metro

Washington City Paper has an extensive look at the current state of the beleaguered Metro system and asks the question on many rider’s minds: will it ever get better? The outlook is bleak without a regional vision for the future of transit in the area. (WCP, 2/4)

The trouble […] is that there are considerable structural impediments to expanding the Metro system in step with the District’s needs. No matter how big the city gets, how maxed out its roads, how high the demand, how keen the desire for expansion to underserved neighborhoods, Metro won’t be able to keep up.

Partly, it’s the unwillingness of suburban jurisdictions to sign on to (and help pay for) any new stations or lines. If they’re getting grumpy about funding the operating expenses needed to maintain the meager status quo, good luck getting a green light for expanded service in the District.

COMMUNITY | Today WRAG announced the launch of Get on the Map, a major new initiative to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of data for and about funders in the Greater Washington region. By e-reporting grants data to the Foundation Center, funders will populate a custom version of Foundation Maps, a highly interactive, searchable mapping platform that will visualize grantmaking in the Greater Washington region. WRAG members, click here to learn more.

HEALTH | Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation delves deep into the similarities between our nation’s bridges and the public health system. They’re more alike than you may think! (HuffPo, 2/3)

ARTS |  A plan for a contemporary art museum at the District’s Franklin School building, that would be known as the Institute for Contemporary Expression, may be put on hold as officials and proponents clash over fundraising and timelines. (WaPo, 2/5)

POVERTY | A writer shares his experience going through a memorable poverty simulation exercise supported by Kaiser Permanente during the recent New Partners for Smart Growth conference that proved to be – in a word – sobering. (City Lab, 2/5)

FOOD/AGING | With many older adults in the District living in poverty and on their own, nonprofits and officials in the area are working together to find unique ways to fight against senior hunger. (WaPo, 2/4)

DISTRICT | D.C., where blacks are no longer a majority, has a new African American affairs director (WaPo, 2/4)

HOMELESSNESS | Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets (Vox, 2/4)

From now on, I will think of Lulea, Sweden every time I’m about to complain about winter weather.

– Ciara

A difficult recovery of wealth for once thriving black families in Prince George’s County

The Washington Post presents a multi-part series (part 1 and part 2) on the rise and fall of Prince George’s County’s black middle class. The community’s residents, once a majority of affluent black families, experienced a great deal of loss as a result of the housing crisis fueled by subprime loans – losses that have proven to be extraordinarily difficult to recover from. (WaPo, 1/24 and 1/25)

African Americans for decades flocked to Prince George’s County to be part of a phenomenon that has been rare in American history: a community that grew more upscale as it became more black.


But today, the nation’s highest-income majority-black county stands out for a different reason — its residents have lost far more wealth than families in neighboring, majority-white suburbs. And while every one of these surrounding counties is enjoying a strong rebound in housing prices and their economies, Prince George’s is lagging far behind, and local economists say a full recovery appears unlikely anytime soon.

REGION | Lately, our region has been challenged with urgent calls to action from leaders concerned about the area economy. In this letter to the editor printed in The Washington Business Journal, WRAG president, Tamara Copeland, writes about why she applauds this call, and pledged philanthropy’s support of their effort. (WRAG, 1/26)

WRAG | Community service is often handed out by judges in a court of law as punishment, but shouldn’t it be viewed as a high calling? WRAG board member Wilton Corkern, trustee of the Corina Higginson Trust, recently wrote a letter to the editor printed in The Washington Post, where he shares his thoughts on the heels of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s sentencing. (WaPo, 1/8)

– Today, the Washington Regional Food Funders (WRFF) publish their policy brief, An Equitable Regional Food System For Greater Washington: The Imperative and Opportunity for Change. In this high-level overview of the range of work underway to transform our region’s food system, WRFF urges our region’s political leaders to become more deeply engaged in ensuring that everyone in our region has equitable access to good food.

– On Wednesday, January 28th, WRAG members Celeste A. James (Kaiser Permanente) and Yanique Redwood (Consumer Health Foundation) will be leading panels at the New Partners for Smart Growth preconference workshop entitled, Healthy Food Systems: Opportunities to Grow Resilient, Equitable Communities 2.0. Information on registration for this workshop at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel can be found here.

– Amid news of the upcoming Dupont underground arts space, The Kojo Nnamdi Show explores what it takes to create more development for the arts in the region. (WAMU, 1/22)

– Though there are hubs for art in a number of areas across the District, one area lacking space for artists is Ward 7. There, some artists are looking to change that. (East City Art, 1/22)

DISTRICT | 3 Ways DC Could Be a Very Different Place by 2030 (DCInno, 1/23)

– Facing a steadily rising population boom, Arlington officials grapple with how to accommodate an unprecedented rise in the student population – and quickly. (WaPo, 1/23)

Full day kindergarten, specialty busing, all on chopping block at Prince William schools (Potomac Local, 1/23)

POVERTY | Study: Poor Boys Are More Likely to Fight, Lie, and Steal if They Live in Mixed-Income Housing (New Republic, 1/22)

Forget player stats and averages…let’s breakdown Super Bowl Sunday by the numbers that really matter – like how many chicken wings will people eat?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Dec. 8 through Dec. 12, 2014

Congratulations to Nicky Goren, president and CEO at the Meyer Foundation, for being named one of Washington Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in the CEO of the Year Awards!

Nicky Goren is one of those quiet leaders, the kind who doesn’t burst upon the scene but who gradually, and powerfully, makes her presence felt as she effects change. She did that during her tenure at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she led the philanthropic group’s growth and efforts since 2010. But 2014 saw the beginning of a new chapter as she rose to the top of hundreds of other applicants and assumed the role of president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation, one of the region’s largest and most philanthropic foundations. Goren succeeds longtime regional leader Julie Rogers, who retired after 28 years at the helm. Goren’s new challenge is a vital one to our region, given Meyer’s importance to both the nonprofit sector and the community as a whole.

Kim Horn, of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid Atlantic States, Inc. is also a recipient of the big honor!

– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Raise DC’s Youth Employment Change Network, and the DC Workforce Investment Council are undertaking a survey of local funders to begin to map investments in youth workforce development programming. The completed map will then illustrate the fullest possible scope of the local youth workforce development system, mapping providers, funding levels, types of services offered, and the overall number of youth served through these programs. Funders of youth services in the District can find more information and access the survey.

– WRAG’s Tamara Copeland, Celeste James of Kaiser Permanente, and Leanne Posko of Capital One appeared on NBC4’s Viewpoint and discussed the impact of philanthropy in our region, funders’ priorities and practices, and some of the other findings detailed in the 2014 edition of Our Region, Our Giving. You can view the full Viewpoint episode here.

– The holidays lend themselves to great displays of public art across the region. A number of eye-catching exhibits are currently up, including one by the Floating Lab Collective at Washington Harbour, that uses a number of tiny houses to make up a 10-foot tall tree and serves as a “sculptural reflection of the housing crisis.” (WaPo, 12/11)

– Montgomery County Schools and the county council prepared to spar over school budget spending. The debates over spending are expecting to continue at least until next spring. (WAMU, 12/9)

Arlingtonians grapple with costs, revenue in annual budget hearing (WaPo, 12/10)

– A Fast Company op-ed writer helps us understand why corporate social responsibility should be more than just a fad – and can be if CSR is baked into management practices through “positive business” principles. (FC, 12/8)

4 ways to boost employee volunteerism (WBJ, 12/11)

Each new year seems to bring about new buzzwords that permeate the foundation and nonprofit world and spread like wildfire. Here’s a list of buzzwords you may be hearing a lot in 2015.

– Ciara

ICYMI: Local philanthropy featured on NBC4’s “Viewpoint”

COMMUNITY | In case you missed it, late last month the Greater Washington region’s philanthropic community was highlighted on an edition of NBC4’s Viewpoint. WRAG’s Tamara Copeland, Celeste James of Kaiser Permanente, and Leanne Posko of Capital One discussed the impact of philanthropy in our region, funders’ priorities and practices, and some of the other findings detailed in the 2014 edition of Our Region, Our Giving. You can view the full Viewpoint episode here.

DISTRICT | Bowser to appoint Alexandria’s Rashad Young to D.C. city administrator post (WBJ, 12/9)

– There is a “renewed sense of urgency and optimism about place-based initiatives,” thanks in part to the increase in poverty over the last decade, and new research and insights into how best to increase opportunities for people living in impoverished areas. (SSIR, 12/4)

– Collective impact initiatives aimed at addressing entrenched social problems are underway in cities throughout the country, but whether or not the data-driven approach is showing results is yet to be determined. (Chronicle, 12/8, subscription required)

CSR | A Fast Company op-ed writer explains why corporate social responsibility should be more than just a fad – and can be if CSR is baked into management practices through “positive business” principles. (FC, 12/8)

Related: The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, WRAG’s partnership with Johns Hopkins University that allows CSR professionals to earn a professional certificate in less than one year, is still accepting applications for the 2015 class. More info here.

EQUITY | The Nonprofit Quarterly suggests that the “nonprofit sector has a Ferguson problem,” reflected in the racial disparities in staff and board leadership. (NPQ, 12/5)

EDUCATION | Holder, Duncan outline educational rights for juvenile offenders (WaPo, 12/8)

TRANSIT | It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the streetcar along H Street NE in D.C. will start carrying passengers in 2014. (WAMU, 12/8)

Would you be willing to take a one-way trip to Mars? Me neither.

– Rebekah

Introducing the BUILD Health Challenge

Your regular Daily WRAG edition today, as we have lots of great news to share.

HEALTH | This week, the Advisory Board Company, de Beaumont Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the launch of the BUILD (Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, and Data-Driven) Health Challenge, a collaboration to improve community health and promote health equity across the country. (CBS, 11/12)

The BUILD  Health Challenge is designed to encourage communities to build meaningful partnerships among hospitals and health systems, community-based organizations, their local health department, and other organizations to improve the overall health of local residents.

The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are collaboratively issuing a call to action and inviting communities to take part in this nationwide effort. These four partners hope to identify, accelerate, and spotlight best practice models and innovative approaches that reorient the field toward upstream factors that influence health.

COMMUNITY | Mary McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation and WRAG Board Member, received the Justice Through Philanthropy Award on behalf of the Foundation this week by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Congratulations! (Public Welfare Foundation, 11/13)

The Foundation was recognized for its special initiative to increase access to civil legal aid for the poor as well as its ongoing efforts to strengthen the ability of low-wage workers to promote policy and systems reform and its work to achieve reforms in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

WRAG | This week, we celebrated WRAG president, Tamara Copeland, for being named one of Washington Business Journal’s 2014 Women Who Mean Business. You can take a look at her interview and read more about the well-deserved honor. WRAG members Capital One, Kaiser Permanente and MedImmune were sponsors of the awards ceremony that took place Thursday evening.

– With the IRS now accepting a more streamlined version of the application for 501(c)(3) status, known as Form 1023-EZ, there are a few things for funders to consider. Exponent Philanthropy has you covered. (Philanthrofiles, 11/12)

– In a study by Foundation Source,  it was found that small and mid-size foundations have recovered steadily since the recession. From 2008 to 2013, assets grew by 48 percent. (Chronicle. 11/14)

FOOD/NONPROFITS | Fare & Square, the first nonprofit grocery store in the United States (NFF, 11/12)

It’s almost Annual Meeting time!

Annual Meeting VIP Reception (WRAG member CEO’s, trustees, and senior staff)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

2014 Annual Meeting: Setting a Bigger Table (WRAG members)
Thursday, November 20, 2014  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

If you’re a bad dancer, it’s not your fault! It may actually be a diagnosable condition.

– Ciara

District income inequality level higher than at least 66 countries

According to new data released by the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the city’s level of income inequality is higher than that of at least 66 countries. Although the measures used to calculate the data (the Gini coefficient, for the more math-literate among us) are somewhat controversial as they compare a large city with U.S. states and whole nations, there is still enough data to support D.C. as having inequality levels that are much too high. (WaPo, 10/29)

[…] there is evidence that the District’s performance is notable among global cities. A 2008 United Nations report concluded that major American cities “such as Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Miami, and New York, have the highest levels of inequality in the country, similar to those of Abidjan, Nairobi, Buenos Aires, and Santiago.” A Gini of 60 or more puts D.C. above the average seen in selected cities of Latin America and the Caribbean (0.55), Africa (0.54) and Asia (0.4) in the past decade — though well below the 70-plus Gini figures seen in some South African cities.

World Bank research also found that D.C. income inequality levels were higher than 66 countries who reported data.

– With  Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits steadily shrinking, and currently set to end on September 30th, 2015 for more than 6,000 D.C. families, many are stuck waiting for officials to come up with a plan for real welfare reform that will meet a number of urgent needs. (WaPo, 10/29)

– Unbanked households decline slightly in Greater Washington (WBJ, 10/29)

COMMUNITY | Congratulations to Kaiser Permanente for being recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality. (Kaiser, 10/20)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | On Tuesday, the D.C. Council passed a bill requiring future development deals on city-owned land to include a minimum affordable housing requirement, in which 30 percent of all housing units in development projects will have to be affordable for the long-term if the site is near reliable transit, and 20 percent if the site is elsewhere in the city. The bill, considered an important step toward increased affordable housing in the city, closely matches 2012 policy recommendations by the Coalition for Smarter Growth. (WCP, 10/28)

– According to a report from insurance company USAA, Bethesda is among the top ten best places for mid-career veterans to find employment. The report also found that 53 percent of veterans entering the civilian workforce described the transition as “difficult.” (WBJ, 10/29)

– The Washington, D.C. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has produced a series of seven oral stories highlighting the rich history of District neighborhoods and the residents who inhabit them. (LISC, 10/2)

Welcome to basketball season. I’m almost positive I won’t see you at a game!

– Ciara

WRAG members named to WBJ Power 100 list

The Washington Business Journal has released its third annual Power 100 list, featuring the region’s power players with the most influence in the community. Congratulations to the leaders of WRAG member organizations who made this year’s list! (WBJ, 10/23)

  • Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Carolyn Berkowitz, Managing vice president/community affairs, Capital One Financial Corp.
  • Chet Burrell, President and CEO, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Wes Bush, Chairman, president and CEO, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Nicky Goren, President and CEO, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
  • Mike Harreld, Regional president, PNC Bank
  • Kim Horn, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States Inc.
  • Bill Marriott, Chairman, Marriott International Inc.
  • Robert Musslewhite, Chairman and CEO, The Advisory Board Co.
  • Chris Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton Worldwide
  • Joe Rigby, Chairman, president and CEO, Pepco Holdings Inc.
  • Stu Solomon, Managing director for the Washington region, Accenture
  • Gary Tabach, Regional managing director for the Southeast, Deloitte LLP

DISTRICT | Here’s a rundown of the master development bids for the impending project at St. Elizabeths east campus. The winning bid is expected to be announced at the end of the year. (WBJ, 10/22)

– While a plan for changing the way homeless families are sheltered across the city is very necessary, could the recently-announced strategy for closing the D.C. General Homeless Shelter be overly ambitious? (WCP, 10/22)

More Cities Are Making it Illegal to Hand Out Food to the Homeless (NPR, 10/22)

NONPROFITS | We’re already aware of the importance of annual reports to convey an organization’s past, present and future, but here’s a great case for making those reports digital to expand their reach. (Chronicle, 10/23)

FOOD | Given how important good food and nutrition are to early childhood development, we’re excited to start hearing about efforts to bring healthy food and nutrition education to our youngest residents of the region. Next stop farm-to-preschool? (Gazette, 10/22)

EDUCATION | According to figures from Prince George’s County school system officials, the average SAT scores of students continue to decline. Scores in the county have dropped 77 points in the last two years. (WaPo, 10/23)

WORKFORCE | Labor Group Pushing for $15 Minimum Wage, Including for Tipped Workers (WAMU, 10/22)

In case you were wondering, D.C. has 98 toilets per 100 people.

– Ciara

Pockets of poverty still a problem in affluent Montgomery County

A nationwide trend in which poverty has become more suburbanized than ever before, is hitting Montgomery County especially hard. Though the county can be described as affluent, there are areas where income disparities continue to grow. (WaPo, 9/6)

Pockets of need have long existed amid great wealth in Montgomery, where the $97,000 median household income is 12th-largest in the nation. But the pockets are getting wider and deeper, part of a suburbanization of poverty that demographers say is happening nationwide.


Poverty was actually declining in Montgomery at the turn of the century — dipping to 5.1 percent — until two recessions swept away those gains. The countywide poverty rate is now 6.5 percent.

– Students in D.C. face the unique challenge of preparing for high school in the same way that most students must prepare for college – applications, essays, and an intense selection process. For this reason, a number of middle schools are increasing efforts to help students make the transition after eighth grade. (WaPo, 9/5)

– As more and more schools in the region see an increase in undocumented children from Central America, many are struggling to find the capacity to address both educational and psychological needs of the new students. (WaPo, 9/7)

– Introducing The Healthy Communities Working Group (HCWG) – formerly known as the Health Working Group. Director of Safety Net Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente and HCWG Chair, Mindy Rubin, and president of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation and HCWG Vice Chair, Crystal Townsend, share the group’s exciting vision for the future and the reason for the name change in this post. (Daily, 9/8)

– Through Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Plant a Row program, vendors are able to donate fresh produce leftover from the day’s farmers market to local food pantries. Volunteers help to get thousands of pounds of produce to pantries and shelters each week to the benefit of patrons and farmers alike. (WaPo, 9/7)

AGINGD.C. Cops Say They Were Ousted Because of Their Age (WAMU, 9/5)

– As early as October a number of uniformed police officers in the District  may start wearing body cameras in a pilot program to test their effectiveness. While police in Laurel have been wearing cameras for some time, the idea has gained in popularity due to national debates surrounding alleged racial profiling and the threat of violence between officers and offenders. (WaPo, 9/7)

Commentry: Report on Relisha Rudd Misses the Big Picture (WAMU, 9/8)

In case you haven’t heard, Prince George will be a big brother!

– Ciara