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Friday roundup – June 6 through June 10, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY 
Today is Deloitte Impact Day – a nationwide day of service in celebration of Deloitte’s year-round commitment to local communities. See how they are making an #ImpactThatMatters on this #ImpactDay over on Twitter.

THIS WEEK IN VIRGINIA
– The Northern Virginia Health Foundation and the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health released a new report examining the disparities in life expectancy among Northern Virginia’s richest and poorest residents. While the area often tops rankings for happiness, health, etc, many residents are falling behind based on factors like education, income, and race. (WaPo, 6/7)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
 In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND put a spotlight on the Roadmap for the Region’s Future Economy and efforts toward regional collaboration on affordable housing. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/6)

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE
– With more than 90 percent of transgender people experiencing some form of harassment in the workplace, the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force created a first-of-its-kind guide for employers for making work environments more accommodating. (WCP, 6/6)

– On Consumer Health Foundation‘s blog, former board member Liz Ben-Ishai interviewed Ron Harris of the the Twin Cities-based group Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and discussed the intersections of race and the growing fair job scheduling movement. (CHF, 6/9)

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

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY/CHILDREN
 Opinion: Two experts discussed how the constant stress placed on children in poverty can take a toll on their mental and physical health, creating the need for better collaboration between schools and health providers. (WaPo, 6/6)

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

– The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor (WaPo, 6/8)


JOBS

Senior Manager, Programs | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Program Officer | Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc.
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc.
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Community Impact Director | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente
Part Time Bookkeeper/Accountant | ACT for Alexandria
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Director, Corporate Philanthropy | Council on Foundations
D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership

Visit WRAG’s Job Board for the latest job openings in the region’s social sector.


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Click the image below to access WRAG’S Community Calendar. To have your event included, please send basic information including event title, date/time, location, a brief description of the event, and a link for further details to: myers@washingtongrantmakers.org.

 


Here’s a guide to kick off your summer reading.

– Ciara

New report examines Northern Virginia’s disparities in life expectancies

VIRGINIA/HEALTH
A new report from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation and the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health looks at the disparities in life expectancy among Northern Virginia’s richest and poorest residents. While the area often tops rankings for happiness, health, etc, many residents are falling behind based on factors like education, income, and race. (WaPo, 6/7)

In Fairfax County alone, life expectancy ranges by as much as 10 years between western Lorton and eastern Lorton census tracts separated by four miles. In western Lorton, where the median household income is $133,413 and 12 percent of the population is black, the life expectancy is 89. In eastern Lorton, where the median income is $77,901 and 37 percent of residents are black, life expectancy drops to 79, according to the report.

[…]

“It’s about city planning, zoning and transportation issues,” said Patricia Mathews, the president of the health foundation.

Read the full report, A Study in Contrasts: Why Life Expectancy Varies in Northern Virginia.

HOUSING | In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND shines a spotlight on the Roadmap for the Region’s Future Economy and efforts toward regional collaboration on affordable housing. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/6)

EDUCATION
– The U.S. Education Department has released the latest data from the Civil Rights Data Collection survey covering the 2013-2014 school year for more than 95,000 public schools. Check here for a quick glance at the numbers. (NPR, 6/7)

Related:  This data reveals deep racial inequities in the education system, including in how discipline is administered (for instance, that black preschoolers are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white preschoolers). Education funders are invited to join us for the next session in our Public Education Speaker Series on July 7, which will focus specifically on racial and gender disparities in school discipline and strategies for addressing them. More information can be found here.

Opinion: Two experts discuss how constant stress placed on children in poverty can take a toll on their mental and physical health, creating a need for better collaboration between schools and health providers. (WaPo, 6/6)

–  Homework Inequality: The Value of Having a Parent Around After School (Atlantic, 6/6)

WORKFORCE/LGBT | With more than 90 percent of transgender people experiencing some form of harassment in the workplace, the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force have created a first-of-its-kind guide for employers for making work environments more accommodating. (WCP, 6/6)

SOCIAL PROFITS | The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is accepting nominations for the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2016 EXCEL Award until Friday, July 15, at 5:00 pm. The award recognizes outstanding leadership among Washington-area social profit organization chief executives.


Quiz time! How much do  you know about Africa?

– Ciara

Exploring the financial lives of Americans

POVERTY
A recent project explores the financial lives of poor and middle-class Americans and the barriers they face toward economic stability and upward mobility. Research finds that the policies, products, and programs that exist to help many struggling Americans have to change in order to continue to meet their needs. (SSIR, 1/5)

The new barriers to economic stability and upward mobility are not trivial. Recent data show that wages are stagnant for a wide swath of earners, annual income volatility has risen markedly since the 1970s, economic mobility varies widely, wealth inequality is increasing, and the middle class is shrinking. That’s in addition to the long-standing, deep inequalities of race and class that have stubbornly resisted efforts to abate them.

But those data illuminate only macro-level changes. Households don’t make financial decisions—or other important decisions that affect or are affected by finances—based on annual averages or national trends. Financial lives are made up of day-to-day choices.

How to Help Kids in Poverty Adjust to the Stability of School After Break (NPR, 1/7)

DISTRICT | The D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has launched a new website that will serve as a one-stop-shop for basic facts and government data about the city’s economic development. (DCist, 1/6)

PHILANTHROPY
The New Yorker dives deeper into Darren Walker and the Ford Foundation’s big decision to move their focus toward tackling inequality. (The New Yorker, 1/4)

– In case you missed it, the IRA charitable rollover provision, which shifts millions of dollars from IRAs into charity, was made permanent, retroactive to January 1, 2015. (MarketWatch, 12/2015)

JOBS
A few of our members are hiring! Be sure to share these exciting positions within your networks:

– The Northern Virginia Health Foundation is seeking an Operations and Program Associate.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is hiring for the roles of Philanthropy Assistant and Philanthropy Officer.

Exponent Philanthropy is seeking candidates for the roles of Program Associate and Program Director.


Take a peek at these renderings of the architecturally impressive school building that may be coming to Rosslyn. And while you’re at it, take a look at some of these other impressive buildings that already exist in the region.

– Ciara

Achievement gap begins as early as infancy for D.C. children

DISTRICT/YOUTH
Despite being a national leader in providing universal preschool access to four- and five-year-olds, children in the District face an achievement gap that begins as early as infancy. According to a new study by Child Trends commissioned by the Bainum Family Foundation, there are significant disparities that persist in the lives of children in D.C. across neighborhood, racial, and class lines. (WaPo, 12/10)

The report, which draws on several years of local and federal data, describes “a tale of two cities” in the District — with children in the poorest neighborhoods, in Wards 7 and 8 east of the Anacostia River, born a world apart from those in the wealthiest neighborhoods, in Ward 3.

COMMUNITY | Grantmakers in Health has announced their newly-elected board members. Congratulations to WRAG Board Chair and president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation Patricia N. Mathews on being among one of the new board members! (GIH, 12/9)

WORKFORCE | Mayor names Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal to key jobs post (WaPo, 12/14)

HEALTH
– A recent analysis by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute reveals that technical problems with D.C.’s Medicaid application system have created a backlog that may leave many low-income residents without health coverage. (WCP, 12/14)

Opinion: Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of AIDS? (NYT, 12/11)

POVERTY | When Government Tells Poor People How to Live (City Lab, 12/14)

PHILANTHROPY | What role does philanthropy play in fostering social movements? Here’s a brief history of how philanthropy found its place in joining the movement for school discipline reform. (Inside Philanthropy, 12/8)

SOCIAL PROFITS | Should social profit organizations model themselves to be more like businesses? To those that say, “absolutely,” one author presents a brief list of demands that social profit organizations will need from everyone else in order to do so. (NWB, 12/14)


A day in the life of Darth Vader.

– Ciara 

Big announcements from WRAG’s 2015 Annual Meeting

WRAG
Last week, WRAG held our 2015 Annual Meeting, Philanthropy All In, at the National Press Club. We made several big announcements during the event.

 

  • WRAG Board of Directors
    The following leaders were elected for a two-year term on the WRAG Board of Directors:

David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners
Rose Ann Cleveland, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Nicky Goren, The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

The following Board  Members were re-elected for a second two-year term on the WRAG Board of Directors:

Lindsey Buss, World Bank Group
Desiree Griffin-Moore, The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County
Yanique Redwood, The Consumer Health Foundation

  • Get on the Map
    Members can now explore this new resource for accurate, timely, and quality data on philanthropy in the region.

HEALTH | For the first time, the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) has awarded $125,000 to five organizations in the region that are working to address social determinants of health. Traditionally, NVHF has centered its grantmaking on organizations providing health care and other health services to low-income and uninsured residents. (NVHF, 11/19)

COMMUNITY | The Lever Fund has announced the hiring of their first executive director, Gregory M. Cork, along with their inaugural board of directors.

DISTRICT/EQUITY
– According to a Washington Post poll of D.C. residents, there is a strong racial divide in the attitudes Washingtonians have about redevelopment in the city and who benefits from it. The number of African American residents who were polled about whether or not they see redevelopment as negative for “people like them” has grown a great deal over the last several years. (WaPo, 11/20)

– The Urban Institute takes a moment to ponder what a more equitable D.C. might look like. (Urban Institute, 11/19)

EDUCATION/WORKFORCE | A report from the Washington Area Boards of Education finds disparities in the salaries of teachers in the region from district to district. The report highlights the challenges facing some districts in hiring and retaining talent. (WaPo, 11/22)


Have you read any of these picks for the best books of 2015?

-Ciara

 

Friday roundup – September 14 through September 18, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
 Consumer Health Foundation president and CEO Yanique Redwood discussed how foundations and social profit organizations can transform communities by spending in them. (CHF, 9/16)

Exponent Philanthropy shared how thinking more like a designer may be a great method to apply to the field of philanthropy. (PhilanthroFiles, 9/17)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– Dr. Alvin Crawley, Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent, explained why integrating health and wellness goals into the day-to-day activities at schools is so important for staff and students over on Northern Virginia Health Foundation‘s blog. (NVHF, 9/16)

 Proportion of Americans without health insurance dropped in 2014 (WaPo, 9/16)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE/RACIAL JUSTICE
– Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates explored African American families in the age of mass incarceration. (Atlantic, 10/2015)

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE/REGION
– Washington Business Journal compiled a list of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs in the region. Personal care aides topped the list with a 29% average annual rate of change in the number of jobs available in the region from 2009-2014. (WBJ, 9/15)


Can you guess whether these crazy menu items are real or fake?

– Ciara

Washington AIDS Partnership honored for their work in the fight to end AIDS

HIV/AIDS
Last night, the Washington AIDS Partnership (WAP) was recognized by DC Appleseed for their work in the fight to end AIDS in the District. Beginning in 2015, WAP embarked on a new initiative with DC Appleseed, local experts, and the D.C. government to create a plan which would identify barriers to end HIV/AIDS, gaps in services and infrastructure, and capacity needs among community-based organizations. At the event, both D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institutes of Health spoke to the need for D.C. to set the example for the rest of the nation and end the epidemic in the city. Within the District, 80 percent of individuals are linked to care within three months of testing positive for HIV, 62 percent are retained in care, and 40 percent are virally suppressed. These numbers are above the national averages for HIV care; however, WAP, DC Appleseed, and the D.C. government are committed to bringing the number of individuals linked and retained in care to 90 percent by the year 2020. WAP will continue to fund and support innovative programs that look to treat, prevent, and educate individuals in D.C. about HIV in an effort to bring the epidemic to an end in the city.

POVERTY/WORKFORCE
– New data on income and poverty in 2014 by the Census Bureau finds income growth, wage growth, and poverty rates remained unchanged from 2013. (NPR, 9/16)

– Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living (City Lab, 9/10)

HEALTH/YOUTH | In a new blog post for the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) superintendent Dr. Alvin Crawley  explains why integrating health and wellness goals into the day-to-day activities at schools, just as ACPS plans to do beginning this fall, is so vital for staff and students alike. (NVHF, 9/16)

PHILANTHROPY | Check out how thinking more like a designer may be a great method to apply to the field of philanthropy over at Exponent Philanthropy‘s blog. (PhilanthroFiles, 9/17)

EDUCATION/VIRGINIA | Opinion: As Fairfax County Public Schools face severe budget cuts, officials of the nation’s 10th largest school system with 190,000 students, discuss what under-funding could mean for the very near future. (WaPo, 9/17)

FOOD | A study from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity examines the dietary habits of Americans and finds that there is a growing gap in the dietary quality of wealthier people and people in poverty. (WaPo, 9/17)

DISTRICT/ECONOMY | D.C.’s ward 8 will soon see a big public investment in the form of a new sports and entertainment complex on the St. Elizabeths East campus. (WBJ, 9/16)


When it comes to autumn, Denali Park just “gets it.”

– Ciara 

Meeting unmet needs for a better healthcare system

HEALTH
Over on the Consumer Health Foundation blog, Dr. Rajiv Bhatia discusses how data on the unmet needs (food, employment, housing and transportation) of patients could help the health care system further calculate risk factors in order to provide a more comprehensive experience that would include connecting people with the proper community resources. (CHF, 4/1)

According to a recent national survey, 85% of primary care doctors say that unmet needs for food, housing, employment, and transportation contribute to poor health for their patients. These doctors recognize that they lack the time, tools, and resources to support all of their patients’ health needs and want health care systems to do more. Sadly, few health care systems measure unmet needs as risk factors in the populations they serve or take steps to address these needs.

Quality health care matters a great deal when we are sick, but protecting and maintaining our health requires a foundation of basic human needs. Insecure work, the lack of nutritious food, and unstable shelter are increasingly common experiences in our society that result in high costs for health and healthcare.

PHILANTHROPY | More and more grantmakers are committing to “get on the map!” Foundation president/CEO and chair of WRAG’s board of directors, Patricia Mathews, shares why the Northern Virginia Health Foundation is excited about the interactive mapping tool and sharing their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 4/6)

HOMELESSNESS
Opinion: As the District’s homelessness crisis persists, David Bowers of Enterprise Community Partners offers his thoughts on how the city must use a broader approach to tackle the problem and bring about lasting change. (WaPo, 4/3)

– According to a report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, federal funding for programs to end homelessness in the U.S. is at its highest level ever. The study also found significant declines in homelessness nationally among sub-populations over the past few years. (HuffPo, 4/3)

The unprecedented funding is “probably in part” to credit for a decline in net homelessness: 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2014 — down 2.3 percent from the year before.

What’s more, improvements were tracked within every major sub-population, such as the chronically homeless, families and unsheltered persons. Veteran homelessness, for example, has dropped 33 percent in the past five years.

YOUTH/DISTRICT | In this special film, DC Teens: Progress & Promise, made by Stone Soup Films for the Summit Fund of Washington, District teens and leaders working to lower rates of teen pregnancy speak on what is being done to create a better future for young people in the city and why that work is so vital. Check out the video here.

Related: Dr. Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution, who makes an appearance in the film above, will be the featured speaker of our first Brightest Minds event of the year. On April 30, she will explore the growing trend of unwed and unplanned motherhood, its impact on child poverty and wellness, and how the social sector can effectively support efforts for change. This event is open to both WRAG members and nonmembers. More details here.

NONPROFITS
– On April 15, United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) is offering a free training to support any area nonprofit that will participate in the Do More 24 Day of Giving to be held this year on June 4. Nonprofits interested in participating do not need to be members of UWNCA, but must serve the D.C. metro area. Click here to learn more and to register by April 13.

Opinion: Simple Steps to Promote Diversity at Nonprofits (Chronicle, 4/3)

WORKFORCE
– McAuliffe ‘bans the box’ on state job applications (WaPo, 4/4)


Who’s ready for some baseball?! Take this quiz to see how much you know about the sport.

– Ciara

 

Why We’re Getting on the Map: The Northern Virginia Health Foundation

Lately we’ve been highlighting some of the reasons why WRAG members are committing to “get on the map” by e-reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center. The data will populate WRAG’s Foundation Map, a data mapping and visualization platform that will allow members to explore who is giving to what and where across the Greater Washington region.

The Northern Virginia Health Foundation signed on to this initiative from the start. Says Patricia Mathews, foundation president and CEO and chair of WRAG’s board of directors,

“The Northern Virginia Health Foundation is pleased to participate in this important effort to improve the data infrastructure of the WRAG community. As a health funder, it is critical for us to understand how our investments intersect with our colleagues’ funding toward other issues that impact the health and wellness of Northern Virginians, like housing affordability, education, and the environment. We anticipate that WRAG’s Foundation Map will be an important tool in our efforts to align our grantmaking in support of creating healthier communities across Northern Virginia. We encourage all of our fellow WRAG members to contribute their data to make this tool as powerful as it can be. This could truly be a way to work toward achieving a healthy region.”


Get on the Map is an initiative to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grants data for and about funders. WRAG Members: To learn more about the platform and how to contribute your data, watch this recent webinar or sign up for the next webinar on April 9.

The persistent crisis of homelessness

HOMELESSNESS
Over the past winter, the District anticipated a rise in the number of homeless families that would be seeking shelter and laid out ambitious plans for solving the crisis. In this cover story, Washington City Paper takes an in-depth look at why this winter was still challenging for many homeless families. (WCP, 4/2)

This winter, the city saw the crisis coming. A September report commissioned by the city government anticipated a 16 percent increase in the number of families requiring shelter. The administration of then-Mayor Vince Gray had been preparing. It launched an initiative to move families more quickly out of shelter and into housing. It tried to toughen up its requirements for families to get into shelter and to stay there. Administration officials confidently predicted that things would be under control by the time winter rolled around.

Instead, the crisis has grown even worse. The September report predicted that 840 families would enter shelter this winter, up from 723 last winter. By early March, the actual number had already eclipsed the forecast, as families continued to pour into the shelter system. As of March 13, the figure stood at 904—and climbing. The city has only 369 permanent units of family shelter.

Those 904 families have entered what’s known, figuratively, as the front door to shelter, the one families pass through when they have nowhere else to go. There are things the city can do to manage the front door, but there are also factors out of its control, primarily the lack of affordable housing and of decent-paying jobs for residents without a college degree.

The bigger problem this winter, however, has been the back door. The city has fallen well short of its targets for moving families from shelter to housing. And the families who do secure housing often discover it’s not so secure after all, and find themselves at risk of slipping back through the front door into shelter again.

– As part of her newly released budget, Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed an increase to the city’s sales tax in order to fund the transformation of the District’s troubled homeless services. (WaPo, 4/2)

– On Monday, April 13, WHUT, the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates will host a screening of the documentary, Homestretch, that takes a look at youth homelessness in D.C. A panel featuring young people who have experienced homelessness themselves will follow. Click here to find out more.

PHILANTHROPY | Early this year, economist Stephen Fuller and president of the 2030 Group Bob Buchanan, issued a call for a regional economic summit for business and government leaders to discuss efforts to reinvigorate the economy. Last week, Bob Buchanan stopped by to speak with WRAG member CEOs during an insightful CEO Coffee and Conversation session. Here, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shares how the call to action that originally did not include philanthropy, now has room at the table for the funding community. (WBJ, 1/15 and Daily, 4/2)

HEALTH/YOUTH | The Northern Virginia Health Foundation‘s blog features a new post by Kimberly Durand of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families (APCYF) where she takes a closer look at the health of Arlington youth on the heels of APCYF’s release of its fourth Community Report Card. (NVHF, 3/30)

FOOD | Congratulations to AARP Foundation for receiving a $3 million dollar grant to help SNAP recipients buy more fresh fruits and vegetables in farmers markets and grocery stores in Mississippi and Tennessee. Across the country, including right here in the region, innovative programs like these are improving food security, health, and the local economy. They’re part of a broader trend to change the way we eat for the better. (AARP, 4/2)

Related: Last week, WRAG Board member Eric Kessler of the New Venture Fund and Arabella Advisors, joined a distinguished list of chefs, artists, entrepreneurs, and politicians, at Washington Post Live’s signature event Changing the Menu. Follow this link to hear from Eric, Steve Case, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and others on the trends shaping our food system and the policy changes we need to support improved nutrition, health and wellness for all.

COMMUNITY/EDUCATION | Education blogger, editor of Greater Greater Education, and trustee of the Omega Foundation, Natalie Wexler, has a new blog focused on public education in the District. Be sure to check out DC Eduphile.

WORKFORCE
Making a Good Jobs Program Even Better: How to Strengthen DC’s Project Empowerment (DCFPI, 4/1)

– In a two-part series, NPR dives into the introduction of Walmart stores to urban areas like D.C, and what the openings have meant for workers and nearby residents. You can read or listen to part 1 here, and part 2 here. (NPR, 4/1 and 4/2)

DISTRICT | Bowser names cabinet member to focus on development in overlooked communities (WBJ, 4/1)


If you want to be a more creative person, just book a flight.

– Ciara