Tag: Next Week at WRAG

An update on poverty among women and girls in the region

There’s lots of news to share, so here’s your regular Daily WRAG edition instead of the Friday roundup. Please note, there will be no post on Monday, February 16th due to Presidents’ Day. Enjoy your weekend!

The Washington Area Women’s Foundation has released the first in a series of research briefs this year that will provide updates on key data from their 2010 publication, A Portrait of Women and Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area. This edition, with support from Capital One, provides a look at the impact of poverty on women and girls in the Washington region. (WAWF, 2/2015)

The determinants of poverty are complex and multidimensional. Regional averages hide important disparities by geography and by groups of different women. Key characteristics increase the likelihood that a woman will be poor, including: parental status, disability, race and ethnicity, age and immigration status.


Data reveals that in our region, an estimated 47,200 families with children under 18 had incomes below the poverty level in 2013. About three in five of these families (62.5 percent) were headed by single women.

– In this guest post for the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Rebecca Filla discusses why oral health is such an essential part of overall health – particularly for pregnant women who run the risk of passing bacteria to their child – and how health advocates and professionals are working to better educate individuals on what is available to them. (NVHF, 2/11)

Why Isn’t Health Care More Like Starbucks? (Forbes, 2/12)

D.C. Mayor sets sight on clearing backlog of homeless in city shelters (WaPo, 2/12)

– The District is no longer seeking city-owned properties to replace the D.C. General homeless shelter, as the search for affordable options that could be converted into proper facilities came up short. (WCP, 2/12)

The myth that there are more black men in prison than in college, debunked in one chart (Vox, 2/12)

– Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey spoke at Georgetown University on the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities in America. Areas of concern he addressed were the need to realize unconscious biases and acknowledge the past. (WAMU, 2/12)

COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced the winners of its 2015 Community Investment Grants. The organizations provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia and have received grants that will further their impact on the health, education, and general well-being of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. (CFNOVA, 2/11)

– The House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act of 2015, allowing important provisions to charitable organizations. Next, the bill will go to the Senate for voting. (COF, 2/12)

– Opinion: Two foundation co-presidents discuss how to put the love back in philanthropy, and why it’s so important right now. (Chronicle, 2/12)


CEO Coffee & Conversation: The Nonprofit Quarterly’s Rick Cohen (WRAG member CEOs/CEO-equivalents)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Do you have any idea what your state song is

– Ciara 

An emergency motion to place the District’s homeless

There’s lots of news to share, so here’s your regular Daily WRAG edition instead of the Friday roundup. Enjoy your weekend!

This winter has been so cold that the District has seen 66 days of hypothermia alerts. There are still seven weeks left in hypothermia season. With policies in place to house homeless families in private rooms during nights that turn brutally cold, the city has found itself in a difficult situation as the Bowser administration has filed a motion to begin placing the homeless in makeshift shelters. (WaPo, 2/6)

The development offered the latest sign of the depth of this year’s homelessness crisis in the District, which has accepted an average of 12 new homeless families – often single mothers with young children – into shelter each night the temperature has dipped below freezing.


The District is one of the country’s rare jurisdictions with a legal right to shelter on freezing nights. It is also among the most rapidly gentrifying urban cores in the nation, with an estimated 5,000 families teetering on the brink of homelessness amid rising living costs and escalating home prices.

The city on Thursday was within a day of running out of motel space for more families, and it has yet to find another operator willing to lease additional rooms for the homeless, the District argued in its motion. If no other option becomes apparent, D.C. is within days of having to resort to some lesser form of shelter, it said.

Volunteers fan out in the wee hours to count homeless in Montgomery (Gazette, 2/2)

EDUCATION/DISTRICT | At-risk funding in the District: A-school-by-school breakdown (WaPo, 2/6)

NONPROFITS | Now that President Obama has laid out his proposed 2016 federal budget, Rick Cohen gives us a glimpse at what nonprofits can anticipate if the proposals pass through Congress. (NPQ, 2/4)

Related: WRAG CEOs are invited to a coffee and conversation session with Rick Cohen on February 18th at 9:00AM where he’ll be discussing his 10 predictions for nonprofits and foundations in 2015. For more information, click here.

– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has released its 2013-2014 Annual Report, “A Year of Community Leadership,” highlighting its work in the region. (CFNOVA, 2/5)

FOOD | Are Farmers Market Sales Peaking? That Might Be Good For Farmers (NPR, 2/5)


Healthy Communities Working Group: February Meeting (WRAG members) 
Monday, February 9, 2015  12:00PM – 2:00PM

A Morning With The Mayor: A Funder Conversation With Mayor Muriel Bowser (WRAG members)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar (WRAG members)
Thursday, February 12, 2015  2:00PM – 2:45PM

Valentine’s Day is approaching. Which city in the region was named one of the “most romantic” cities in the nation?

– Ciara

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

Friday roundup – Oct. 20 through Oct. 24, 2014

Remember when we mentioned that October seemed like it was Food Month? Well, today is Food Day, and there are a number of ways you can get involved.

But don’t stop there! If you missed the Funding Greater Washington’s Food System: Opportunities Available through the 2014 Farm Bill event held by the Washington Regional Food Funders last week, you can get a full recap by clicking this link.

The Washington Business Journal released its third annual Power 100 list, featuring the region’s most influential power players. In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out who made this year’s list. (WBJ, 10/23) Spoiler alert: you’ll definitely find some leaders from WRAG member organizations in there :) Meanwhile, another very influential leader in the region, Michael Smith, was named as director of the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.” (Chronicle, 10/21)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that points to a rise in nonprofit sector employment. In 2012, nonprofit organizations comprised more than 10% of all private sector employment in the country, and accounted for 11.4 million employees. You can read more about the interesting research here. (BLS.gov, 10/17)

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region was on hand to help city officials open the D.C. Youth ReEngagement Center, a hub for disconnected youth in the District. (CFNCR, 10/21 and WaPo, 10/20)

How to Make a Healthier Community (WRAG members and invited guests)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Brown Bag Discussion: A Look at LGBTQ Funding – National and Local (WRAG members)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

CEO/CFO Coffee & Conversation: The Impact of the ACA on You as a Small Employer (WRAG member CEOs, CFOs, and equivalents)
Thursday, October 30, 2014  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Could you tell the difference between fancy, high-end hors d’oeuvres and fast food? These “foodies” could not.


Friday roundup – Oct. 6 – Oct. 10, 2014

Exponent Philanthropy discussed seven unique and innovative funding initiatives ahead of the D.C. Innovation Fair – including the Washington AIDS Partnership and the Washington Regional Food Funders – with a word from WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore (Exponent Philanthropy, 10/10):

The Greater Washington, DC, region is one of the wealthiest areas of the country. Yet the local foundation community is not as large as in other major metropolitan regions. And, to complicate matters, we do not have any “mega” foundations to “lead the way.” As such, the local philanthropic community has had to work very collaboratively over the years to affect change in our region. This unique philanthropic ecosystem has resulted in a vibrant, innovative, and well-connected funding community that has sparked some really exciting philanthropic solutions.

The Urban Institute released their latest study on the dramatic shifts in affordable housing in the District over the last decade with some surprising data. (WCP, 10/7) Mayor Gray also announced that the city is expected to exceed its goal of 10,000 affordable housing units by 2020. (DC.gov, 10/8)

Mayor Gray accepted the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge,” and the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation  was asked to lead the effort to develop the city’s boys and men of color strategy to support improved outcomes for youth in the District of Columbia.

The D.C. Council unanimously voted for special education reform that will now allow students with special needs to be evaluated earlier and will increase parent engagement efforts in DCPS. (WAMU, 10/8)

We learned how the technology sector can effectively use its tools in the world of corporate social responsibility. (SSIR, 10/3)

You can also see what the WRAG community has been up to this week in tweets by clicking here!

Funding Greater Washington’s Regional Food System (WRAG members, nonmembers)
Friday, October 17th 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

There are at least 89 ways to sign off on an email. I think I prefer “Stay Gold.”


Friday roundup – Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014

We’re trying something new this week on the Daily! On Fridays, instead of your regular summary about what’s going on in the region that day, we’ll bring you a roundup of the biggest happenings this week, along with the things you may have missed. And with that, here’s your Friday weekly roundup:

– Tamara Copeland, WRAG president, was named an honoree for the 11th annual Women Who Mean Business Awards by the Washington Business Journal! Honored individuals will be profiled in the November 14, 2014 edition of the publication. Don’t miss it!

– WRAG’s Lindsay Smith, consultant for the Washington Regional Food Funders, provided an answer to the question: Is October Food Month? (Daily, 10/1) Basically, it is.

– A growing number of education advocates signed on to support recommendations for the next mayor and city council to focus on once they take office. (DCFPI, 10/2)

– WRAG board member, Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisors, shed light on juvenile justice reform and the great need for more funding in this area. (HuffPo, 9/30)

– The city wants to do more about the infant mortality rate, but cuts in federal funding may make that difficult. (WaPo, 9/29)

– The New Communities Initiative (to revitalize public housing in the Barry Farm, Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings, Northwest One, and Park Morton communities) needs at least $200 million to be completed. (DCFPI, 9/30)

– Arts & Humanities Working Group Meeting (WRAG members, and invited nonmember arts funders)
Tuesday, October 7th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

– CEO Coffee & Conversation on The Meyer Foundation: Looking to The Future (WRAG member CEOs)
featuring Nicky Goren, President at The Meyer Foundation
Friday, October 10th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The key to success? It may all depend on the shape of your face.

Enjoy your weekend,