Tag: Lori Jackson

Friday roundup – March 23 through March 27, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
New data from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University found that, in the past year, population growth in the region saw a sharp decline. Though the District saw a less dramatic decline compared with the rest of the region, the effects of the trend may still be felt. (City Paper, 3/27)

[…] as economic analysts keep pointing out, the District’s future and the region’s are intertwined. The boom times we’ve enjoyed of late—or perhaps not enjoyed, if we’re feeling the pinch of higher housing costs – came largely because there were more dollars and people flowing into the D.C. area. If those numbers are turning negative, it’s bad for two reasons. First, it’s a symptom of a problem: People come if there are more and better jobs to be had here than elsewhere, and they leave if there aren’t. And second, for the District itself, which relies on gaining residents for its economic bottom line when it’s not allowed to collect taxes from the hundreds of thousands of people who commute here, it could mean an end to budget surpluses and some of the big capital projects to which we’ve become accustomed.

Washingtonian named four major development projects that they expect to have a big impact on the region in the coming years. (Washingtonian, 3/24)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– Lori Jackson, executive manager of the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, explained why they will be joining the growing list of funders “getting on the map.” (Daily, 3/23)

– WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared how we’re working to grow philanthropy throughout the region. (Daily, 3/26)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– Arlington County and Montgomery County topped rankings for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s annual healthiest counties ranking.(WTOP, 3/25)

– A new report revealed that, although the District has made much progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the city’s high rate of other STDs is said to be a “struggle of epidemic proportions.” (DCist, 3/25)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Foundation Finance Affinity Group: Getting Prepared For Your Audit (WRAG member/prospective member CFOs and finance staff)
Monday, March 30, 2015   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Funder Briefing: Immigration Relief and the Impact on the D.C. Region (WRAG members and invited guests)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


What happens when you send one identical twin off into space for a year, and the other remains here on earth? NASA intends to find out.

– Ciara

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

HEALTH/POVERTY
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

PHILANTHROPY
– 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

Why We’re Getting on the Map: The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust

More funders are getting on the map. Last week, Angela Jones Hackley and Ben Murphy explained why the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is sharing their grantmaking data to help build WRAG’s Foundation Map.

One of the latest funders to participate in this effort is the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust.

Here’s why they’re getting on the map, according to executive manager Lori Jackson:

“As the sole staff person of the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, I don’t have a lot of time to meet with colleague funders or do extensive research on the local funding landscape. Having immediate and easy access to my WRAG colleagues’ grantmaking data – and their having access to our data – will help make it easier to find out who else is funding our grantees and potential grantees, and to identify possible new areas of funding alignment or collaboration. We all want be strategic and effective in our giving, and WRAG’s Foundation Map promises to be a tool to help do this. I hope that my colleagues will share their data to make this tool as powerful as possible.”


Get on the Map is an initiative to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grants data for and about funders. By e-reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center, WRAG members will help to build an interactive mapping platform that will allow members to see who is funding what and where in our region. To learn more about the platform and how to contribute your data, watch this recent webinar or sign up for the next webinar on April 9.