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Friday roundup – April 11 through April 15, 2016

– We released the second video in the Putting Racism on the Table series, featuring Dr. Robin DiAngelo, former professor of education and author of What Does It Mean to be White?, speaking on white privilege. After viewing, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the series or on the specific topic via Twitter using the hashtag #PuttingRacismOnTheTable, or by commenting on WRAG’s Facebook page. We also suggest checking out the viewing guide and discussion guide to be used with the video. Both can be found on our website.

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

Opinion: Public Welfare Foundation president and WRAG Board member Mary McClymont shed light on the need for long overdue reforms to the civil justice system, and the need for more foundations to support civil legal aid for vulnerable citizens. (Chronicle, 4/8)

– Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) president and WRAG Board member Yanique Redwood, and administrative and communications assistant Kendra Allen, shared how CHF has used learning journeys to further connect with their grantees and view their work from a different perspective. (NCRP, 4/7)

– Editorial: The Washington Post took a look at recent violent crime occurring in the District’s wards 7 and 8, and the importance of tackling social issues that are often factors in crime. (WaPo, 4/11)

– Why Virginia is shaking up its economic development strategy (WBJ, 4/12)

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How did you know when you were officially an adult?

– Ciara

Income, geography, and shorter life expectancies

A new study, based on the tax and Social Security records of everyone in the U.S. between 1999 and 2014, examines how income and geography profoundly affect life expectancies for Americans (WaPo, 4/11):

Overall, the new study offers the most exhaustive account yet of the rich-poor gap in American life expectancy. The data reveal that life expectancies continuously rise with income in America: The modestly poor live longer than the very poor, and the super-rich live longer than the merely rich.

A new divide in American death (WaPo, 4/10)

Opinion: In this op-ed, Public Welfare Foundation president and WRAG Board member Mary McClymont sheds light on the need for long overdue reforms to the civil justice system, and the need for more foundations to support civil legal aid for vulnerable citizens. (Chronicle, 4/8)

Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) president and WRAG Board member Yanique Redwood, and CHF Administrative and Communications Assistant Kendra Allen, share how their organization has used learning journeys to further connect with their grantees and view their work from a different perspective. (NCRP, 4/7)

– Congratulations to Washington Area Women’s Foundation president Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat and her team for receiving Leadership Greater Washington’s 2016 Innovative Community Partner of the Year award! The award was sponsored by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

CSR | The Advisory Board Company has released their 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing their investments in their CSR program, Community Impact, over the past two years.

INCOME INEQUALITYIs America Having the Wrong Conversation About Income Inequality? (Atlantic, 4/6)

HOUSINGDoes job growth strengthen a region’s housing market? (GGW, 4/8)

Exponent Philanthropy seeks a Chief Program Officer

Wellspring Advisors is currently hiring for a Children’s Anti Poverty Program Officer.

 In what may be the coolest science project ever, a toy dog goes where no toy dog has ever gone before

– Ciara

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


2014 Annual Meeting a big success

Yesterday was WRAG’s 2014 Annual Meeting. It was a great event with memorable art, performances, and speakers. Be sure to check out some of the highlights from the day on our Facebook page. Thank you to all who helped make this year’s event a success!

Additionally, the following Board members were unanimously re-elected to WRAG’s Board of Directors. We are so pleased to have them back!

Re-elected for a second two-year term:
Diana Meyer, Citi Community Development
Mary McClymont, Public Welfare Foundation

Re-elected for a third two-year term:
Anna Bard,  Wells Fargo
Carol Thompson Cole, Venture Philanthropy Partners
K. Lynn Tadlock, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

COMMUNITY/CSR | Congratulations to PNC and Capital One for taking home big wins at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2014 Corporate Citizenship Awards last night! (USCCF, 11/21)

IMMIGRATION | On the heels of President Obama’s big speech addressing immigration reform, hundreds of area immigrants gathered outside of the White House to celebrate. (DCist, 11/20 and WAMU, 11/21)

In a 15-minute speech, Obama said undocumented people who have been in the country for more than five years, have children who are citizens or legal residents, and register, pass a criminal background check and pay taxes will be allowed to stay in America at least temporarily.

HEALTH | For a number of Arlington residents the only chance at much needed medical care is through a lottery system. (WaPo, 11/20)

TRANSIT | What does nixing the long planned Arlington streetcar line potentially reveal about class divisions in the county? Some feel it is quite obvious. (WaPo, 11/19)

Lower-income, racially diverse South Arlington has been counting on the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects to deliver a jolt of growth. Residents there hoped the new transit lines would lead developers to rebuild aged apartment buildings and spruce up dreary strip malls.

Instead, the county’s abandonment of the streetcar has instantly created major doubts about the area’s future and made it less competitive.

PHILANTHROPY | How the Other Half Gives: Philanthropy From High Net Worth Individuals (NPQ, 11/18)

ARTS | DCist highlights some of the best galleries and art collections in the District. (DCist, 11/20)

FOOD | Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat? (Slate, 11/19)

REGION | The Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations (ACHSO) is updating its 2008 Alexandria Needs Assessment.  The assessment describes the human services needs and resources in the city’s communities to provide information about issues affecting residents and recommendations for how public and private sector organizations can better address those issues. Anyone who lives and/or works in Alexandria can complete the survey here by December 5th.

Are you leaving the region for Thanksgiving next week? There’s two things to keep in mind: 1). here are the best and worst times to travel, and; 2). you can bring back a pumpkin or sweet potato pie for me…I’m not picky.


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

Success of school reform in the District is a mixed bag

– As always, the state of the District’s schools are front and center in the mayoral campaign. An overview of the Gray administration’s school reform efforts shows that progress has been decidedly mixed (WaPo, 3/14):

Enrollment is growing, test scores are improving and — six years after Gray authored a bill expanding access to early childhood education — the city leads the nation in the proportion of preschoolers in public pre-kindergarten.

But the city’s long-struggling schools are still below par by many measures, leaving room for criticism on multiple fronts: the state of middle schools and special-education services, inequities in the funding of charter and traditional schools, and the enormous — and in some cases growing — gaps in academic achievement between needy and well-to-do children.

Related: One more piece of Gray’s education record: OSSE (WaPo, 3/14)

– D.C. Council member David Catania has introduced three bills that would improve special education. (WAMU, 3/18)

– A Greater Greater Education contributor explains why improving the socioeconomic diversity of D.C.’s middle schools should be front and center in education reform proposals. (GGE, 3/14)

– A report on issues facing the Prince George’s County school system recommends that officials increase their focus on Latino students, re-brand the school system to improve its image, and reduce duplication in the central office. (WaPo, 3/13)

COMMUNITY | On the Association of Small Foundation‘s blog, Mary McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation (and a member of WRAG’s board) explains why civil legal aid is a strong ally for philanthropy (ASF, 3/13):

For funders, civil legal aid can serve as a significant tool in their toolbox, similar to community organizing, advocacy, or research. It adds value to their grantmaking programs, such as affordable housing, access to health care, education reform, economic development, income security, domestic violence, or children and families.

For funders concerned about creating broader impact or ensuring that policies are implemented and sustained, legal aid lawyers are likewise terrific partners. These lawyers see the problems low-income people face every day, and they use that knowledge to build broader advocacy strategies in a variety of social policy areas in which funders are engaged.

YOUTH | The New York Times‘ “Room for Debate” series takes on some of the assumptions that underlay the Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. (NY Times, 3/12)

Related: WRAG members are invited to a funder-only discussion on new strategies to support boys and young men of color. More information here.

WORKFORCE | D.C., Maryland and Virginia shed jobs in January as their unemployment rates fall (WaPo, 3/17). According to Stephen Fuller, you can blame the weather for this phenomenon.

Education, public safety dominate Leggett’s proposed 2015 Montgomery budget (WaPo, 3/17)

Prince George’s executive proposes $3.41 billion spending plan for fiscal 2015 (WaPo, 3/13)

DEMOCRACY | WAMU has a great voter guide (supported by the Bernstein Family Foundation) for the various races underway in D.C.

FOOD | Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who’s Been There (NPR, 3/13)

RFP | UMD’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership’s TERPhilanthropy Fund is seeking proposals from programs that work with the childhood cancer community. More information is available here.

If you’re as sick of the snow as I am, you might appreciate this – urban jungle (Google) street view.

– Rebekah

Northern Virginia Health Foundation asks, “How Healthy is Northern Virginia?”

HEALTH | A new report from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) reveals some startling facts about the health and wellness of northern Virginians. While the area is home to some of the most affluent counties in the country, and many people are in very good health, people of all income levels across the area are affected by issues including obesity, lack of dental care, depression, and other mental health problems.

Among the more concerning findings: over a half of adults are obese or overweight; over 25 percent of adults haven’t seen a dentist in two years; and more than 25 percent of youth “reported feeling sad or hopeless for two or more weeks in a row.”

Says Patricia Mathews, NVHF president and CEO (and vice chair of WRAG’s board),

This is a call to action for the region…Improving access to medical care is important, but it’s not enough to make meaningful change in people’s lives. We must work together to address the socioeconomic factors that we know influence how healthy we are, such as improving access to high-quality education, job opportunities, safe neighborhoods, healthy foods, and regular opportunities for physical activity.

Here’s the full report, and coverage from the Post.

LEGAL AID | On the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy blog, Mary McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation (and a WRAG board member), writes about why grantmakers concerned about justice and equity should fund civil legal aide. (NCRP, 5/28)

Related: Mary McClymont on how funders can help the low-income population fight injustice (Daily, 4/1)

BUDGETS | Prince George’s County Council passes budget with no furloughs, education reductions (Examiner, 5/31)

EDUCATION | The Gray administration is working to create a unified lottery process for both charter and traditional public schools for the 2014-15 school year. (WaPo, 5/31)

DISTRICT | This is why you stand in line so long to buy lunch downtown. (Examiner, 5/31)

PHILANTHROPY | Small Foundations Increased Assets and Grants Last Year (Chronicle, 5/29)

I wonder why this never caught on?


$2.3 million funding increase for public art in the District

BUDGETS/ARTS | Mayor Gray’s proposed FY 2014 budget includes a $2.3 million increase in funding for public art, which is administered by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Says executive director Lionell Thomas in a press release (DC.gov, 3/29):

The mayor’s $2.3 [million] budget increase is a significant investment in making the District of Columbia a world-class arts and culture destination… Investing in the aesthetic qualities of this city provides for an improved quality of life, creates cultural attractions as well as develops a sense of place in our neighborhoods.”

HEALTHCARE | Officials in Maryland have proposed a “nationally significant” plan to rein in hospital spending. (WaPo, 4/1)

REGION | Building boom fuels region’s economic rebound (Examiner, 4/1)

– Opinions vary throughout Prince George’s County about Rushern Baker’s attempt to take over the public school system. (WaPo, 3/30)

Related: The Post‘s Jay Mathews is one of the nay-sayers, pointing out that county schools have been improving for a while. (WaPo, 4/1)

COMMUNITY | Public Welfare Foundation president (and WRAG board member) Mary McClymont makes the case for philanthropic support of civil legal aid in a powerful op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy last week. (Daily WRAG, 4/1)

WRAG | From now until May 10, WRAG is accepting applications from our members for students through our Philanthropy Fellows program. Tobi Printz-Platnick of the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation recently shared with us a bit about the work her fellow has done over the past year and how it has benefited Cafritz. (Daily WRAG, 4/1) [More information.]

GIVING | Last week, we featured a press release about the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Neighborhood Builders grant. We mentioned that the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing was awarded a grant. But we didn’t note that Samaritan Inns also received a $200,000 grant that will be used to establish and support a new program called Residential Treatment of Women with Dependent Children. Learn more about that program here. (Samaritan Inns, 3/22)

On April 10, the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership  is hosting the second annual Do Good Challenge, in which student groups compete “American Idol”-style before celebrity judges for funding for projects that make an impact locally and around the globe. [More information and registration.]

A number of local organizations are hosting a briefing on April 17 with David Berns, director of the D.C. Department of Human Services, on the FY 2014 DHS budget. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kate Coventry of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute at coventry@dcfpi.org.

Speaking of public art, I hope this artist comes to D.C. 


Mary McClymont on how funders can help the low-income population fight injustice

In an op-ed for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, WRAG Board member and Public Welfare Foundation president Mary McClymont makes a compelling case for why funders should support civil legal aid. As she points out, it’s an issue that philanthropy is overlooking. It is equally one through which the lives of low-income individuals and families can be dramatically improved.

Here’s an excerpt. You can read the full piece on at the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website (Chronicle, 3/24):

Imagine that your spouse abuses you and your children. Or that a bank is about to foreclose on your home, even though you are up-to-date in making your payments. Or that you are a wounded veteran struggling to obtain government disability benefits.

You have suffered an injustice, and you want an opportunity to go to court to make things right. You need a lawyer, but you are poor. You think that someone will say, as you’ve seen on countless television shows, “If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you.”

But that constitutional guarantee of a lawyer does not apply to people fighting civil injustices, such as unlawful evictions, denial of benefits, or access to health services—essential matters of personal safety, economic security, and family support that can threaten basic survival.

Not surprisingly, these dilemmas become even more common and acute during challenging economic times.

Related: Last September, Mary spoke with Tamara about this issue from a framing standpoint. Frequently and unfortunately, the idea of legal aid is conflated with criminal behavior.

Public Welfare Foundation’s Mary McClymont on legal services…Billionaires convene to discuss philanthropy…Over-reliance on urgent care could cause problems [News, 9.18.12]

PHILANTHROPY | The concept of “legal services” is a frequently misunderstood one in philanthropy. People hear the term and immediately equate it with crime, but the term actually relates to the civil needs of people living around the poverty line – serious needs related to housing, healthcare, family services, and income security, among other things.

Mary McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation, sat down with Tamara Copeland, WRAG’s president, to debunk misconceptions and explain why legal services are a critically important area for funders to support.

See the full video here and visit the Public Welfare Foundation’s website for more information and resources on legal services.

GIVING | In June, Forbes convened 161 billionaires and near-billionaires for a symposium on philanthropy. My invitation was lost in the mail, but Forbes magazine has just published extensive recaps, interviews, and photos from the event. (Forbes, 9/18)

HEALTH | Since 2008, our region has seen a huge increase in the number of urgent care centers. While the facilities offer quick access to care, their popularity is problematic (WaPo, 9/18):

Some physicians groups warn that the overreliance on the centers can complicate efforts to improve health through better coordination of care.

NONPROFITS | Executive Pay Increased by Median of 3.8% in 2011, Chronicle Survey Finds (Chronicle, 9/17) Which isn’t much better than the 3% rate of inflation.

Related: Here are the top 20 places for raises between 2006 and 2011. Our region led the pack with an average of $10,460. (Atlantic, 9/18) If sequestration happens, we’ll probably lead the list of top 20 places to get laid off. Speaking of which…

SEQUESTRATION | The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward says that we should all be scared out of our minds about the “fiscal cliff” that we’re about to fly off. The bottom line, he says, is that our political leaders in both parties are refusing to cooperate with each other in an unprecedented way. (WTOP, 9/17)

Here’s a relaxing song for a rainy day – a live version of Paul Simon’s Afterlife. And here is a little history quiz to keep you alert.

See you all tomorrow.