Tag: Mark Zuckerberg

WRAG Board elects 2016 board officers

WRAG is excited to announce that this week the WRAG Board elected the following members to serve as new and returning board officers beginning in 2016:

ChairLynn Tadlock, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Vice ChairYanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation
TreasurerAnna Bard, Wells Fargo
Secretary – Mary McClymont, Public Welfare Foundation

– DC Action for Children has released a new analysis based on 20 indicators of well-being to determine the state of children in the District’s eight wards. In some wards, children and their families are being left behind in an ever-growing city (WCP, 12/8):

Wards 5, 7, and 8 contain some of the largest numbers of children yet have the lowest median family incomes, even as the median income in D.C. increased by roughly 18 percent between 2010 and 2013. At least one in five children in Wards 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 live in poverty, the analysis reports; the total child poverty rate in D.C. dropped by less than one percent during the same period.

– Another study sheds light on the high costs of child care for parents in the U.S. – and especially D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. As child care costs rival that of sending a young adult to college, the report by Child Care Aware urges Congress to take action. (WTOP, 12/8)

HOUSING | Why it’s so hard to afford a rental even if you make a decent salary (WaPo, 12/9)

ECONOMY/REGION | A recent gathering of three elected leaders from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia show that top leaders are starting to think more regionally. (WaPo, 12/8)

Opinion: Author, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and previous WRAG Annual Meeting speaker Emmett Carson, shares in this open letter why he believes the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector should merge to build a stronger, more integrated network for the social profit sector. (Chronicle, 12/4)

Opinion: 3 Key Ideas on the Power of the Zuckerberg-Chan Pledge (Chronicle, 12/8)

HEALTH/HOMELESSNESS | The Atlantic explores the dynamic of a family in shelter with four young children as the parents participate in a program that aims to strengthen the bonds among homeless families that are often strained due to overwhelming stress. (Atlantic, 12/8)

Here are a few of the books Bill Gates says you should be reading right now.

– Ciara


New bill would prevent just-in-time scheduling for District workers

Under a new bill introduced to the D.C. Council,  certain retail establishments and restaurants would be required to provide employees with work schedules at least three week in advance in an effort to prevent on-call scheduling practices that can often leave workers with unpredictable shifts and few options to tend to family obligations. (WCP, 12/1)

The “Hours and Scheduling Stability Act”—endorsed by labor advocates including United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 and DC Jobs with Justice—would also require these employers to compensate employees whose shifts have been changed thereafter. The employee would receive one hour of pay after the change and four hours of pay if the change happens within 24 hours of a scheduled shift.

COMMUNITY | The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders Program is accepting applications for 2016. The program helps juniors and seniors in high school gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through an eight-week paid internship with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington and the all-expenses paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply is January 29, 2016. Click here for more information.

POVERTY | Though the percentage of children living in single-parent homes continues to rise, assistance for their single parents – mostly mothers- is not keeping up. Many families must find creative ways to get by, like making trade offs and relying on their social networks. (Atlantic, 12/1)

ARTS | A growing number of American museums are working to include more works by black artists from the 20th Century in their exhibitions after years of overlooking their significant contributions to fine arts. (NYT, 11/28)

MENTAL HEALTH | A new study finds that accessibility to transit and dense surroundings contribute to a reduced depression risk, particularly for women and the elderly. (City Lab, 12/1)

ECONOMY/INEQUALITY | Is Innovation to Blame for Inequality? (City Lab, 12/1)

PHILANTHROPY |  Mark Zuckerberg Philanthropy Pledge Sets New Giving Standard (Bloomberg, 12/1)

It’s holiday cookie time. Think outside the gingerbread “box” with these options

– Ciara