Tag: MacArthur Foundation

Region tops areas for entrepreneurship

According to a new report, Washington, D.C. takes the top spot in the country for entrepreneurial cities. Maryland and Virginia ranked high at the state level (DC Inno, 6/3):

This is actually the second year in a row that the D.C. area has been top ranked in entrepreneurship, but the overall growth of entrepreneurship in the U.S. is notable, with only four cities earning a lower score than last year, and some cities dropping in rank despite higher scores only because others jumped ahead. And while D.C. was the center of entrepreneurship in terms of city rankings, Virginia and Maryland were numbers one and two respectively when it came to comparisons by state, no doubt aided by the gravitational pull of the D.C. metro area, along with some impressive numbers out of Baltimore.

CHILDREN/POVERTYThe Families That Can’t Afford Summer (NYT, 6/4)

SOCIAL JUSTICE/MASS INCARCERATION | Despite research showing that employment leads to lower rates of recidivism, many returning citizens are met with endless barriers to joining the workforce. (Atlantic, 5/31)

Related: Following the Putting Racism on the Table session on mass incarceration, Graham McLaughlin of the Advisory Board Company and returning citizen and business owner Anthony Pleasant discussed their personal insights into the justice system and the many challenges facing returning citizens. (Daily, 4/25)

– MacArthur to Give $100 Million to 1 Group to Solve 1 Big Problem (Chronicle, 6/2)

– Could the future of philanthropic giving lie within a mobile app? (Co.Exist, 6/3)

ENVIRONMENT/RACISM | For some African Americans, a long history of racial discrimination has prevented them from feeling as though they can fully embrace the U.S. park system. (City Lab, 6/2)

– WAMU takes a look at how Metro’s SafeTrack plan will impact the District’s 8,500+ public school students throughout the summer and early fall. (WAMU, 6/6)

–  Metro’s SafeTrack Is Underway: Here Are Your Transportation Alternatives (WCP, 6/3)

Dear middle school pen pal from Turkey whose letter I never got around to responding to – I failed you miserably.

– Ciara

A quarter of D.C. students ‘on track’ for college and careers

According to newly-released results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams in English and math administered last spring, just a quarter of D.C. public and charter schools’ third-eighth graders are considered “on track” for college and careers. The results confirm an achievement gap that persists well into high school and beyond. (WaPo, 11/30)

White students had a proficiency rate of 79 percent in English and 70 percent in math. For Hispanic students, the proficiency rate was 21 percent in English and 22 percent in math. Black students had a 17 percent proficiency rate in both English and math.


The achievement gap also was stark in high school, with 52 percent of white students scoring proficient or better on the geometry test, compared with 8 percent of Hispanic students and 4 percent of black students. Eighty-two percent of white students met the college-ready target in English, compared with 25 percent of Hispanic students and 20 percent of black students.

When school, county officials meet in Fairfax, talk is all about budget cuts (WaPo, 11/24)

– The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has announced a new, long-term Philanthropy Initiative and display titled “Giving In America,” providing a look at how philanthropy has shaped American culture throughout the years. The announcement was made during the Smithsonian’s first annual philanthropy symposium, and coincides with today’s international day of giving, known as #GivingTuesday. (PR Newswire, 12/1)

– Opinion: As climate change continues to be a hot-button issue in the U.S. and worldwide, some foundations like the MacArthur Foundation and the Robertson Foundation are ramping up efforts to support a national climate and clean energy plan, and are urging other organizations to do the same. (Chronicle, 11/30) *Warning: This post contains a graphic image.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Ever wonder what it might be like to play alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra? Thanks to the Google Cultural Institute and participating arts organizations, experiences like these are available to a broad audience through 360-degree videos that place you right in the midst of stunning performing and visual arts. (NYT, 12/1)

– In honor of #WorldAIDSDay, here are 7 facts about where the world stands on HIV/AIDS today. (USA Today, 12/1)

– New Diabetes Cases, at Long Last, Begin to Fall in the United States (NYT, 12/1)

Get out of here, Daylight Savings Time. Or maybe we should all just head to Hawaii?

– Ciara


Despite higher education, a persistent racial and ethnic wealth gap

A new study finds that, despite being known as “the great equalizer” for economic mobility, a college degree rarely protects black and Hispanic graduates from an ever-present wealth gap. (NYT, 8/17)

“The long-term trend is shockingly clear,” said William R. Emmons, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and one of the authors of the report. “White and Asian college grads do much better than their counterparts without college, while college-grad Hispanics and blacks do much worse proportionately.”


There is not a simple answer to explain why a college degree has failed to help safeguard the assets of many minority families. Persistent discrimination and the types of training and jobs minorities get have played a role. Another central factor is the heavy debt many blacks and Hispanics accumulate to achieve middle-class status.

– Prince George’s celebrates better economic numbers, but county still lags (WaPo, 8/17)

– The Chronicle of Philanthropy takes a look at how two major foundations – The Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation – are taking very different new approaches to their grant making. (Chronicle, 8/17)

Exponent Philanthropy explores some of the difficulties funders often encounter when honing in on a giving focus and ways they can work to break through the barriers. (Philanthrofiles, 8/17)

ARTS | Opinion: As the world of American ballet grows more diverse, one writer ponders why the audience for productions continues to be so homogeneous. (WaPo, 8/17)

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– Ciara