Tag: minimum wage

D.C. Council approves $15 minimum wage

Yesterday, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour (and the tipped minimum wage to $5 an hour) by July 2020. Additionally, an amendment to conduct a study on the minimum-income system’s feasibility was also passed. (WCP, 6/7)

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt estimates that raising the minimum wage would directly benefit approximately 127,000 workers, [D.C. Mayor Muriel] Bowser said, adding that it would put “more money in the hands of our working families.”

COMMUNITY | Catherine Foca, vice president for programs and operations at the Capital One Foundation, has been named president. Carolyn Berkowitz, who announced her departure from the role in April, will remain as an adviser until October. (WBJ, 6/7) Carolyn has also served as a faculty member for the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility.

PHILANTHROPY | Barbara Harman, founder and president of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington and executive director of the Harman Family Foundation, talks giving (and considers a new name for the publication) in this fun interview. (WaPo, 6/2)

IMPLICIT BIAS/ECONOMY | A new study looks into the spending habits of black and white Americans at various income levels, and finds a number of differences – some of which, according to the study’s authors, could be attributed to discrimination or implicit bias. (Atlantic, 6/7)

YOUTH/WORKFORCE | The Brookings Institution looks at some of the challenges and opportunities ahead for the economic security and employment prospects of young people. (Brookings, 6/7)

HEALTHScientists Seek Genetic Clues To Asthma’s Toll On Black Children (NPR, 6/7)

– At some universities, master’s and Ph.D. students are providing much-needed counseling services to new immigrants to America who are often uninsured and have experienced high levels of trauma. (NPR, 6/7)

– How to Fix a Broken Mental-Health System (Atlantic, 6/8)

If you’re anything like me, you love a good road trip. Here’s how you can visit 48 state capitals in just over a week.

– Ciara

Report explores growth in women’s giving

The Daily will return on Tuesday, May 31. Enjoy the long weekend.

A new report by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) explores the growth in women’s giving, along with trends in the demographics and motivations of those who give. (Inside Philanthropy, 5/24)

WPI has released a study showing for the first time that women are motivated by personal experience to give to causes that benefit women and girls specifically.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, it’s actually significant, useful information. Women’s tendency to donate money to specific causes based on experiences like having a child or discrimination suggests that philanthropy might take off in new directions as women become primary asset-holders in society and further increase their giving.

Inside Philanthropy recently highlighted the tremendous work and evolution of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation as they strive to improve the lives of women and girls in the Washington region. (Inside Philanthropy, 4/28)

– Report: The Tipped-Minimum Wage Leaves D.C. Women Behind (WCP, 5/24)

RACIAL EQUITY/YOUTH | In a follow up to their cover story investigating the views of American teenagers fifty years ago, Newsweek is back with another extensive look at the major social concerns of U.S. teens in 2016. According to their survey, “the most compelling findings show that race and discrimination are crucial issues for teens today.” (Newsweek, 5/2016)

HEALTHWhere Is All the Autism Funding? (Atlantic, 5/26)

TRANSIT | A major lack of investment in infrastructure is apparent in many ways lately – particularly in relation to aging public transit systems. Areas of the northeast continue to struggle with finding the resources to keep this vital component of many people’s lives efficient and safe. (NYT, 5/2016)

ARTS/EDUCATION | A growing number of educators in the District are looking toward integrating more of an arts focus in lessons in an effort to close the ongoing achievement gap among public schools. (USA Today, 5/25)

POVERTYHidden Camera Reveals How Little People Really Know About Poverty (HuffPo, 5/24)

Let’s say you really want to go to a museum, but you really don’t have the time to do that. Just look at these things and walk past everything else.

– Ciara

Assessing a $15 minimum wage

A new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute explores what a $15 minimum wage could mean to workers in the District. A number of local groups remain divided over the long-term impact of raising the minimum wage (WAMU, 5/4):

The organization’s assessment buttresses the arguments made by groups and elected officials pushing the $15 minimum wage: In an area that’s growing increasingly expensive and unequal, giving low-wage workers a pay raise is a needed step towards helping them stay afloat.

But it also marks the start of what is likely to be a spirited debate over the merits of raising the minimum wage, with local business groups standing at the ready to unveil their own studies arguing that while a higher wage may help workers get by, it will also mean that employers either create fewer jobs or [move] to jurisdictions — like Virginia — where the minimum wage remains much lower, at $7.25.

JOBS | WRAG is pleased to announced the launch of our new and improved job board! This service is available to the region’s philanthropic and nonprofit community. Job postings are free for WRAG members and $60 for non-members. As a benefit for using WRAG’s job board, each posting will be included in a weekly roundup of job opportunities right here in the Daily WRAG. For any questions about using the job board, contact Rebekah Seder, seder@washingtongrantmakers.org.

– In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND looks at some of the emerging innovations surrounding the creation of local funding resources for affordable housing in the region, including one that WRAG is involved in (Helping Hands Blog, 5/4):

In our region, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers has teamed up with Enterprise Community Partners to develop a new approach to generating resources to invest in local affordable housing.  Individuals and organizations can invest in the Enterprise Community Impact Note and those investments will be used to help finance the creation of affordable housing. Investors will receive a fixed-rate of return and will also receive regular statements about the social impact of their investments.  The goal of the new fund is to raise at least $5 million to help build affordable housing throughout the region, and will reflect a truly innovative way of raising capital.

Washington City Paper offers a glimpse into D.C.’s low-rent units, where many tenants live in constant fear of losing their homes and must deal with unresponsive landlords who neglect properties. (WCP, 4/29)

– D.C. At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds has introduced a bill aimed at landlords who “purposely neglect their buildings and put their tenants’ health and safety at risk.” (WCP, 5/3)

– Local Initiatives Support Corporation has made a $50 million commitment toward ensuring that residents living in the area surrounding the highly-anticipated 11th Street Bridge Park will not be displaced once it opens. (WaPo, 5/3)

–  Opinion5 Issues Foundations Must Confront to Stay Relevant (Chronicle, 5/3)

– Close Up Shop and Go Elsewhere? A Case Study for Philanthropy on What to Do When We Win (NPQ, 4/29)

– The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) plans to display bike rack designs as public works of art later this year. IPAR issued a call for artists from the region to submit their designs that reflect five sites in the surrounding area. (Reston Now, 5/2)

Anyone know the number to a really fancy plumber?

– Ciara

New video is live – Putting Racism on the Table: Implicit Bias

The third video in the Putting Racism on the Table series is now live! The video features Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, speaking on implicit bias. After you’ve had a chance to view the video, 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.

WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland had this to say of the new release:

We are halfway through the video releases from WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series! We appreciate you continuing to share your thoughts from the Professor john a. powell installment on structural racism, and the Dr. Robin DiAngelo installment on white privilege. We hope you’ll keep the conversation going with this latest release, as Julie Nelson highlights the ways in which bias and racism play out at the individual, institutional, and structural levels.

– The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier CountiesGive Choose day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign for 60 area social profit organizations, is in full swing!

– The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking advisory review panelists for its upcoming grant season. D.C residents can nominate themselves or their peers to serve. Find out more about the opportunity here.

– The Healthcare Initiative Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Mobile Medical Care, Inc. (MobileMed) and Aspire Counseling to support a collaborative program providing integrated behavioral health services for underserved Montgomery County residents.

A recent study by Stanford researchers finds that students in school districts with the highest concentrations of poverty score an average of four grade levels below their more affluent peers in the richest school districts. The study also finds large achievement gaps between white students and their African American and Hispanic classmates, especially in places where there are large economic disparities. (NYT, 4/29)

– AudioLocal D.C. STEM Careers Are Soaring – But For Whom? (WAMU, 5/3)

– A new report looks at the links between higher hourly wages and lower rates of crime. According to projections in the report, “raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would result in a 3 to 5 percent crime decrease (250,000 to 510,000 crimes) and a societal benefit of $8 to $17 billion dollars.” (Atlantic, 5/3)

Want to learn how to prepare cuter, faster (and I do mean very cute and very fast)  meals? This is the cooking show for you.

– Ciara

Another year of decline in domestic migration

A new report from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis looks at the migration trends of the region’s population. According to the report, the region experienced its second straight year of decline in domestic migration. (WBJ, 3/28)

Domestic migration was responsible for a loss of 25,200 people from 2013 to 2014, according to the report. The last time the region had positive domestic migration was from 2013 to 2014, when 25,200 moved here.


People are leaving the region for a combination of factors that also includes overall affordability — child care and housing are the biggest — and the growth and opportunities in other areas of the country. Some U.S. regions had sluggish economies themselves right after the Great Recession but have recently seen stronger growth.

Center director Terry Clower also cites research from The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy for its recommendations on ways the economy can improve.

Related: Last year, the 2030 Group’s Bob Buchanan and the Center for Regional Analysis’s Stephen Fuller undertook an extensive research project called, The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy, to recommend ways the region can reposition itself to remain competitive in the global economy. WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland also shared how philanthropy in the region might respond and collaborate with other sectors to meet challenges facing our communities. (Daily 1/15)

– Both D.C. and Montgomery County are eyeing a minimum wage increase to $15. (WAMU, 3/25)

– In their latest blog post, the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis explores how rents in the city are so high despite many residences being subject to rent control. (District, Measured, 3/23)

NPR takes a glimpse into the courtrooms of D.C.’s Landlord and Tenant Branch where mostly low-income renters and their landlords squabble over issues of rent payments and substandard living conditions. (NPR, 3/28)

– In Reston, officials are revisiting the allocation of funds for public art. (Reston Now, 3/25)

– D.C.’s Fillmore Arts Center will be saved for another year (WaPo, 3/25)

A recent survey looks at the philanthropic activity predictions of 400 leading private bankers and wealth advisors who manage around $500 billion in assets for ultra-high net worth individuals. (NPQ, 3/24)

– Have a look at Fortune‘s 2016 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders in philanthropy, arts, business, government and more. (Fortune, 3/2016)

CSR/SOCIAL PROFITS | Audio: How Nonprofits and Corporations Can Join Forces (Chronicle, 3/25)

EDUCATIONHow to Graduate More Black Students (Atlantic, 3/23)

Do you live in a paper napkin, cloth napkin, or paper towel household?

– Ciara

New report on investing in the good food system

Arabella Advisors has released a new report, “Investing to Strengthen the Good Food Supply Chain,” and accompanying graphic, “On the Road to Good Food,” identifying areas where they believe capital investments can yield powerful investment returns and significant impact in expanding access to good food.

Developing the infrastructure to supply good food will require more than philanthropy alone can deliver. Most of the solutions we need must come from private-sector commitments—specifically, from investments in companies across the food supply chain that can bring more sustainable, healthy, and affordable food to market

CSR | The deadline to apply for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards is Friday, April 1. Hint for Nonprofits: Nominating your corporate partners is a great way to show your appreciation and deepen your relationship!

Related: Interested in learning how to build new, stronger, and more mutually beneficial corporate partnerships? Join WRAG and more than 20 CSR professionals from some of the region’s top companies for the 2016 Fundamentals of CSR workshop on April 14-15.

HEALTHGrantmakers in Health, with support from the Aetna Foundation, recently released a supplement on health equity innovations, published in the spring 2016 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The supplement highlights promising strategies and emerging approaches for building healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. (SSIR, spring 2016

EDUCATION/INFRASTRUCTURE | A new report looks at the conditions of school buildings across the country, and finds that many are in dire need of maintenance to the tune of an estimated $112 billion to ensure they are safe spaces in good condition. (WaPo, 3/22)

DISTRICT/WORKFORCE | D.C. mayor calls for raising minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 (WaPo, 3/22)

– A new interactive exhibit, “In it Together: Service Members, Community and Dialogue Through Art” at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, showcases artwork from service members and veterans. (Inside NOVA, 3/22)

–  D.C. Artists Protest Washington Post No-TYA-Review Policy (AT, 3/22)

– Have you been wondering what happened to those plastic white balls from last year’s “The Beach” exhibit at the National Building Museum? Look no further than the forthcoming Dupont Underground. (WaPo, 3/22)

Sometimes, this is what happens when you ask the Internet to name things.

– Ciara 


Why buying a home is out of reach for many millennials in the Greater Washington region

Despite a continuously growing population and relatively strong economy, one writer explores why it remains so difficult for workers – particularly millennial workers – to afford homeownership in the Greater Washington region. (WaPo, 1/4)

In the Washington region, officials are always lobbying to bring large companies and their workforce to the area — often with great success — leaving us in what seems like a regular housing shortage and subsequently an overwhelmed infrastructure that hasn’t been adequate for our population since the early 1980s.  On top of that, I can rattle off the names of 10 large universities in the area that supply a huge 20-something-year-old population year after year — many of whom stay put after graduation and get apartments.  Oh, I haven’t even mentioned the federal government or the military, which, as everyone knows, is a huge and stable (sans a government shutdown) slice of the workforce.

So that means we need housing — lots of housing. But the influx of new construction has not led to a great rise in the home ownership rate in Washington. So what gives?

VIRGINIA | Alison Silberberg will be sworn in as the new mayor of Alexandria with plans to limit development in the jurisdiction. (WaPo, 1/3)

– A new primary care office in D.C. aims to offer its patients dietary prescriptions in place of medication to cure what ails them. (WBJ, 12/2015)

Construction projects to dominate Greater Washington health care news in 2016 (WBJ, 12/2015)

–  2016  is gearing up to be an exciting year for museums in the city. Check out what’s on the horizon for the new year. (WaPo, 12, 2015)

With millennial philanthropy money flowing, arts groups miss out (Seattle Times, 12, 2015)

WORKFORCE | As we usher in a new year, more than a dozen states will also be ushering in higher minimum wages. Advocates and skeptics alike will be on the lookout for how the changes affect workers. (Atlantic, 1/1)

Though 2015 is long gone, take this quiz to test your knowledge of the year in D.C.

– Ciara

How a disadvantaged start contributes to a growing gender gap

Social science researchers have been studying a growing gender gap across the U.S. in which boys (particularly minorities and those in poverty) have been lagging behind their female counterparts in education and in the workforce. Studies have found that young boys react more negatively to circumstances than young girls when they come from disadvantaged homes.  (NYT, 10/22)

New research from social scientists offers one explanation: Boys are more sensitive than girls to disadvantage. Any disadvantage, like growing up in poverty, in a bad neighborhood or without a father, takes more of a toll on boys than on their sisters. That realization could be a starting point for educators, parents and policy makers who are trying to figure out how to help boys – particularly those from black, Latino and immigrant families.

IMMIGRATION/YOUTH | School districts in the region, like Montgomery County, have experienced a recent influx of unaccompanied minors from South America. In Oakland, CA,  a school system once challenged by the number of incoming students has found effective ways to meet students’ needs. (NPR, 10/20)

AGING/HOUSING | When assisted living facilities and nursing homes suddenly close, many seniors are left with few options for affordable, supportive housing. (City Lab, 10/20)

– Closing The Loopholes On A Living Wage In Montgomery County (WAMU, 10/21)

– Many contracted workers at National Airport earn as little as $6.75 per hour and struggle to make ends meet in an expensive region. Workers recently rallied there for better benefits and higher wages. (WaPo, 10/21)

PHILANTHROPY | The Grants Managers Network is looking for your ideas, experiences, successes or research about ways to streamline any and all philanthropic processes to publish in their journal GMNsight. Submit article abstracts now through October 31.

There’s still time to get into some peak fall foliage in the Greater Washington region.

– Ciara

Minimum wage increases take effect in D.C. and Maryland

Starting today in D.C. and Maryland, another round of minimum wage increases take effect. In the District, the minimum wage will see an increase from $9.50 to $10.50. In Maryland, the minimum wage increases a quarter up to $8.25. Advocates for increasing the minimum wage are still hoping for greater change that mirrors that of a growing number of cities in the U.S. (WAMU, 7/1):

“It’s just a start. It’s not nearly where we should be. As you look around the country, you see cities quickly moving from $10.10 an hour being a goal to $15 an hour being a goal,” says [Director of Maryland Working Families, Charly] Carter.

And while such a move would be a tough sell across Maryland, it may come to pass in D.C. by next year. That’s when a group of labor activists hope residents will vote on a measure that would see the minimum wage continue rising to $15 by 2020.

Wages for tipped workers would also rise until they hit $15 by 2025, ending the existing discrepancy between tipped and other workers. Language for the ballot initiative will be considered by the D.C. Board of Elections on Wednesday.

REGION | In an effort to increase private-sector involvement to grow the county’s economy, the Montgomery County Council has voted to privatize the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, making it a nonprofit corporation. (WaPo, 6/30)

Foundation Heads Call on Peers to Publicize Diversity Data (Chronicle, 6/29)

Opinion: Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Arcus Foundation, looks at the role of philanthropy in helping the LGBT community cross the next hurdles after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on marriage equality. (Chronicle, 6/26)

– IRS Plans to Begin Releasing Electronic Nonprofit Tax Forms Next Year (Chronicle, 6/30)

PEOPLE | Diana Aviv Leaving Independent Sector for Feeding America (Chronicle, 6/30)

ARTS | In Bethesda, Montgomery County planners contemplate what to do when public art isn’t exactly “public.” (WaPo, 6/30

– Now that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has given the ok to move forward with a revised plan for the Purple Line’s development, the next phase is to figure out how to fund it. (WAMU, 6/30)

– As confidence in the Metro system wanes and reliance on the system holds steady in our region, Greater Greater Washington explores some of the most pressing issues that need reform to ensure growth in the area and safety for commuters. (GGW, 6/29)

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft will soon get some competition at Nats Park


A look at court-ordered outpatient treatment for the mentally ill

As a number of states, including Maryland, have yet to pass legislation on assisted outpatient treatment for the mentally ill, a new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center seeks to help lawmakers decide whether court-ordered outpatient treatment is worth the cost. (WaPo, 2/18)

Money. State and local governments never seem to have enough to meet the demand for mental health services.

For years now, a much-touted solution to that problem has been mandatory outpatient treatment, also known as assisted outpatient treatment, or AOT. Such programs have typically targeted a small portion of the seriously mentally ill – sometimes less than two percent – who are frequent fliers in state hospitals and local jails, and thus responsible for a disproportionate chunk of public spending on those services.

Many lawmakers around the country have been persuaded of mandatory outpatient treatment’s effectiveness. Only a handful of states, including Maryland, have either not adopted or not implemented mandatory outpatient treatment laws.

Opinion: A hospital psychiatrist explains why she sides with a recent article that asserts that the key to improving long-term care for psychiatric patients lies in a return to asylums. (NYT, 2/18)

CWBI | As we wait for this week’s heavy snowfall to melt, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shares some exciting news involving stormwater management, Prince George’s County, and nearly four years of hard work. (Daily, 2/18)

VETERANS | Obama Signs Act Designed To Prevent Suicide Among Veterans (NPR, 2/12)

– A bill may soon allow for the sale of junk food at Virginia schools at fundraisers. Advocates say that allowing less nutritious foods to be sold can provide schools with much-needed money. (WAMU, 2/17)

– Breakfast is still considered to be the most important meal of the day, but according to a new study from the Food Research and Action Center, the School Breakfast Program continues to be “seriously underutilized.” (WaPo, 2/18)

EDUCATION/EQUITY | Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School (WAMU, 2/13)

PHILANTHROPY | Best-selling author and philanthropist, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, discusses the world of giving through a Silicon Valley-based lens. (WaPo, 2/12)

– Since the recovery from the Great Recession became evident, a number of economists have claimed that income gains have been largely unequal when comparing the nation’s wealthiest with the middle class. But have those claims been blown out of proportion? A new study suggests they have. (NPR, 2/17)

The 25-cent raise: What life is like after a minimum wage increase (WaPo, 2/17)

Arlingtonians – just how Arlington are you (or aren’t you)?

– Ciara