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Friday roundup – June 13 through June 17, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– The Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation has made a $500,000 investment in Our Region, Your Investment. (Daily, 6/16)

– The Putting Racism on the Table learning series may be over, but the lessons will endure. In this blog post, Julie Wagner of CareFirst and Terri Copeland of PNC shared some of their deepest insights and major takeaways from the series. (Daily, 6/13)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Natalie Wexler, trustee of the Omega Foundation, explained how schools can better teach kids to read. (Hint: it’s not by teaching reading comprehensive strategies.) (Daily, 6/14)

– Some Alexandria City Public School students are alleging  “excessive, discriminatory and reckless approach[es] to discipline” from the school system. The Kojo Nnamdi Show explores those claims and the supporting research behind the students’ argument. (WaPo, 6/3 and WAMU, 6/16)

THIS WEEK IN LGBT NEWS/THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers will be co-hosting a national teleconference for funders on Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00 am ET, for funders concerned about the Orlando tragedy and how best they may respond. Register for the call co-hosted by ABFE, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

– WRAG’s colleague organization, the Florida Philanthropic Network, posted a list of resources for those who want to provide financial assistance to those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando.

Wells Fargo announced a donation of $300,000 toward victims and community recovery through the OneOrlando fund, set up by the City of Orlando and administered by the Central Florida Foundation.

– The Council on Foundations shared a resource guide created by Funders for LGBTQ Issues featuring Orlando’s local LGBTQ social profit organizations and fundraising efforts for victims.

– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has also shared resources for those who want to help.


JOBS

Senior Manager, Programs | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations | Deadline: 06/17/2016
Program Officer | Washington Area Women’s Foundation | Deadline: 06/19/2016
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
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.


This just may be the sweetest Internet search ever conducted.

– Ciara

Six policy recommendations to preserve affordable housing in the District

HOUSING
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “Housing Preservation Strike Force” has released six new recommendations for preserving affordable housing units in the city to keep them accessible for lower-income residents (WCP, 6/13):

According to the mayor’s office, the strike force’s six recommendations are:

  • Establishing a preservation unit within a D.C. agency to identify specific affordable-housing opportunities, and to create a database of affordable-housing units
  • Funding a “public-private preservation fund” to “facilitate early investments in preservation deals”
  • Launching a program to renovate affordable housing in “small properties” of between five and 50 units
  • Drafting additional regulations for the District Opportunity to Purchase Act, which allows D.C. to purchase properties that risk losing their affordable-housing subsidies
  • Incentivizing residents and developers to take advantage of the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act through “predevelopment activities, legal services, third-party reports, acquisition bridge financing,” and data-collection
  • Creating programs designed to benefit seniors, such as “tenant-based vouchers or other rental assistance”

– The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has launched a new pilot program to preserve affordable housing in ward 8, as neighborhoods east-of-the river expect economic development over the next several years. (WCP, 6/10)

PUTTING RACISM ON THE TABLE | While the Putting Racism on the Table learning series has drawn to a close, the lessons learned will linger on in the minds of the attendees. In this blog post, WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland asks Julie Wagner of CareFirst and Terri Copeland of PNC to share their deepest insights and major takeaways from the full series. (Daily, 6/13)

EQUITY
– DC Fiscal Policy Institute discusses the importance of approving the Improving Access to Identity Documents Act that would allow District residents with incomes below 200 percent of poverty to obtain birth certificates, driver’s licenses, or ID cards at no charge. (DCFPI, 6/10)

– The Hell of Applying for Government Benefits (Atlantic, 6/12)

LGBT/DISCRIMINATION | In light of Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Orlando, The Atlantic takes a look at how, despite the advances in LGBT rights throughout the years, many still find themselves subject to violence at alarming rates. (Atlantic, 6/13)

PHILANTHROPY 
– Nonprofit Quarterly presents a two-part series authored by president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, Clara Miller, in which she discusses how they’ve worked to build a foundation that continues to evolve and engage with the larger economy. Check out part 1 and part 2. (NPQ, 6/8 and 6/9)

– Funding Infrastructure: A Smart Investment for All (SSIR, 6/10)

ECONOMYWhich U.S. Cities Suffer the Most During a Recession? (City Lab, 6/9)


Tonight is Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Which team are you rooting for? Can it be the Cavs? Please!?

– Ciara

Putting Racism on the Table: How I was affected

After each session in the Putting Racism on the Table series, I asked a participant (or sometimes two) to reflect on the session and its more personal meaning for them. This time, I wanted two folks – one white, one African American – to reflect on the overall series. While no one person can speak for the entire group, I thought it would be illustrative to know if both people felt like they benefited from attending. Did they both have “aha” moments, moments in which they had greater clarity, or did they gain a totally new perspective?  Will this have lasting benefit for the attendees? I appreciate Julie Wagner of CareFirst and Terri Copeland of PNC sharing their views below.

– Tamara Lucas Copeland


by Julie Wagner
Vice President, Community Affairs
CareFirst

Could there have been a better time for WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series? With tragic events across the country highlighting racial bias and injustice, and national political discourse rife with bigoted remarks – it’s clear that conversations about racism and how to address it must continue at every level.

I appreciate this opportunity to thank and congratulate Tamara Lucas Copeland and the dedicated foundation and corporate leaders who developed the series. As Tamara reminded the group at each session, “the first step of leadership is understanding.” The series ended this month with an inspiring presentation by Dr. Gail Christopher of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Christopher’s presentation on the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation work she leads was the perfect ending for the series, and a natural pivot to take attendees from learning to action.

On a personal level, I feel fortunate to have been able to attend all six sessions. I have always considered myself a progressive woman, but the series made me reconsider whether the glasses through which I view some important issues are, in fact, a little more rose-colored than I thought. Many issues were elevated, including the racial bias and devastating affects behind mass incarceration: one out of three black men will face incarceration in their lifetime. Wow. While I wasn’t naive to bias and injustice in the criminal justice system, James Bell’s presentation gave me a much clearer view. The importance of feeling a sense of belonging to achieve success was also brought up. What makes someone successful? I thought I understood. I believed that if a student went to a good school, they would thrive with the right supports. But as Professor john a. powell noted in a University of Texas at Austin example, graduation rates were low when students felt that they were the “other” and did not belong, and they dramatically increased when the school addressed these issues. While I had “aha” moments, I recognize that these were “of course” moments to many series participants. For example, I didn’t appreciate how rarely children of color have teachers that look like them. During our discussions, fellow attendees noted high school and college as the first time they had a teacher of their same race. I was also struck by the blatant media images that reinforce the “white as the ideal” narrative discussed by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. A poignant example included a print ad for a line of handbags that both literally and figuratively placed minority women in the background.

The gatherings spurred conversations at work, and with my family and friends. I find myself scrutinizing advertising, television, news, and my initial interpretation of events and the interactions of others more closely and with a more informed interpretation. So, I think the view through my rose-colored glasses is in a little better focus. I am still optimistic, but that optimism is informed by a clearer view of the systemic barriers which our grantees face in their work to eliminate health disparities.


by Terri Copeland
Senior Vice President and Territory Executive
Community Development Banking, East
PNC Bank

WRAG’s six-part series, Putting Racism on the Table, has sought to shine a light on the key elements of racism – including the unconscious biases and structural nature of racism that can often be found deeply embedded in individuals, companies, the justice system, and governments at every level. The series has  made me focus more intensely on both the far-reaching intended and unintended consequences of racism. Putting Racism on the Table has also made me think more deeply about the role that I play.

The series has not only given me a new lens with which to view the world as it pertains to my work, it has also impacted me personally. A few weeks ago, I had an unexpected overwhelming experience as I sat in the Pittsburgh airport waiting for my flight to depart. I’d purchased the book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, figuring I’d use the time to catch up on some reading. I was not prepared for the emotional response it produced, as I read the author’s account of how he dealt with his son’s pain when the verdict came back not guilty in the Michael Brown case. I cried uncontrollably at that young boy’s pain and, more importantly, his sudden disillusionment.

I think I was just reacting to all of the pent up emotion that has come to the surface with the multiple police incidents that have occurred across America, and also due to the laser focus that the Putting Racism on the Table series presented on topics that have been hidden and unexplored for so long. A friend recently described her own anxiety as she watched her 7-year-old nephew running, as most children at this age are prone to do. She began raising her nephew a year or so ago, and she experienced firsthand what most African American mothers and fathers all over the country live with on a daily basis – the fear that his actions could someday be misinterpreted  by law enforcement – an instance of running- while-black, perhaps. She talked about the pain of knowing she will soon have to explain to him why he must stop immediately if ever confronted by the police. He’s seven. Is this the America we want to live in?

Still, I can’t let go of the notion of a world in which all men and women are created equal. My soul cries out for a different America. While I know this vision will take time, I know there is a role for me to take on in bringing it to life. As a crusader. As an advocate. As one who will talk about the racism that affects our region and country, and take part in addressing it. I’m glad that so many of my counterparts in the region have also taken on this role. Putting racism on the table is only the beginning.


Although the learning series has ended, let’s keep the conversation going. Please tweet me @WRAGPrez if you have thoughts on how to broaden the learning and build on the momentum. Stay tuned for the release of the remaining videos in the series.

Do More 24 in full swing!

COMMUNITY/REGION 
Today marks the United Way of the National Capital Area‘s annual Do More 24 event – a 24-hour online giving campaign that kicked off at midnight and will end at 11:59 pm. Local, regional, and national social profit organizations with a presence in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are participating in the focused day of giving to create maximum impact as a community. The award winners will be announced tomorrow. Click here to remain up-to-date on the total raised – and to give!

CSR
– The Chronicle of Philanthropy presents a special report and interactive database on giving from America’s biggest companies. Bank of America, Citi, Capital OneJPMorgan Chase, PNC, and Wells Fargo are among the companies highlighted for their corporate giving and social good efforts. (Chronicle, 6/1) Subscription required

– Socially Responsible Companies Are Big Draw for Workers, Study Says (Chronicle, 6/1) Subscription required

PHILANTHROPY
Exponent Philanthropy has launched a new blog series in honor of their 20th anniversary that will focus on reflections of founders, early board members, and others with extensive careers in the field of philanthropy. In this blog post, Exponent Philanthropy founding member, former board chair, and executive director of The Americana Foundation Marty Fluharty discusses why it is so imperative for foundations to break down silos. (PhilanthroFiles, 6/2)

– Demanding That Nonprofits Not Pay For Overhead Is Preventing Them From Doing Good (Co.Exist, 6/1)

DISTRICT
– The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has announced the launch of a new initiative, the “June Housing Bloom,” aimed at increasing the number of affordable housing units in the city (WCP, 6/1):

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is […] putting out solicitations for the development of 25 District-owned properties in Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 to get the month-long initiative started. The offerings are part of a five-pronged strategy to reduce neighborhood blight, according to DHCD: producing affordable housing, preserving affordable housing, boosting homeownership, ending homelessness, and making use of currently vacant properties. DHCD will hold an informational meeting about the sites at its HQ on June 22, with a proposal deadline of Sept. 1.

– In Search of TANF Reform (CHF, 5/27)

VIRGINIA | VideoWhy Virginia’s Restoration of Voting Rights Matters (Atlantic, 5/31)

MENTAL HEALTH/IMPLICIT BIAS | For many people of color struggling with their mental health and seeking the aid of psychotherapy, roadblocks to access can often prevent them from getting much-needed help. A new study suggests that implicit bias on the part of psychologists’ offices may be the main barrier to some people receiving proper mental healthcare. (Atlantic, 6/1)


Do you have any strange reading habits? You are not alone in the Greater Washington region.

– Ciara

A growing number of people living in high-poverty neighborhoods

POVERTY
The number of Americans living in high-poverty areas has steadily risen for years. According to a new analysis of Census data, the number of individuals living in those areas nearly doubled from 7.2 million in 2000 to 13.8 million in 2013 – and the effects are likely to last for years to come. (Atlantic, 8/9)

Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the number of Americans living in slums is rising at an extraordinary pace.

The number of people living in high-poverty areas—defined as census tracts where 40 percent or more of families have income levels below the federal poverty threshold—nearly doubled between 2000 and 2013, to 13.8 million from 7.2 million, according to a new analysis of Census data by Paul Jargowsky, a public-policy professor at Rutgers University-Camden and a fellow at The Century Foundation. That’s the highest number of Americans living in high-poverty neighborhoods ever recorded.

[…]

A child who grows up in a high-poverty area is likely to be poor when he grows up. Research out this year from Harvard shows that children who moved from poor areas to more affluent areas had higher incomes and better educational achievements than those who stayed in poor areas. Without dramatic changes, today’s children who live in high-poverty areas are going to grow up to be poor, too.

Related Event: On September 18, sociologist Dr. Karl Alexander of Johns Hopkins University will discuss findings of a groundbreaking 25-year study on the life-long consequences of being born into povertyThis Brightest Minds event is sponsored by the Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation. The event is open to the public.  Click here to learn more and to register.

CSR | Congratulations to WRAG members Accenture, Citi, and IBM for being named finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2015 Corporate Citizenship Awards! Click here to learn more about why these companies have been chosen as nominees for this competitive award.

HOMELESSNESS/VETERANS | Housing for Homeless Veterans Is Planned For Ex-Walter Reed Site (NYT 8/10)

COMMUNITY | The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy shares a positive experience in collaboration from a recent event held by the Association of Black Foundation Executives in partnership with DC Trust and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, focused on improving circumstances for black males. (NCRP, 8/7)

AGING | D.C. received high marks on a list ranking the best cities for aging in place based on the availability of technology-assisted services for things like meals, medical care, and transportation. (WBJ, 8/11)


This week, when Google announced its new parent company, the news went wild. Unfortunately, so did this unsuspecting man’s Twitter notifications.

– Ciara

D.C. Council approves expanded summer jobs program

YOUTH/DISTRICT
The D.C. Council reluctantly approved Mayor Bowser’s plans to expand the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program. This comes amid some differing ideas in the Council as to how the program should be shaped (WaPo, 5/5):

The Council approved Bowser’s request to expand the District’s Summer Youth Employment Program. But along the way, the debate exposed deeper fault lines over the program’s effectiveness as well as the larger question of how best to deal with the high levels of poverty and unemployment that affect the predominantly black communities living in the city’s poorest wards.

The jobs program has been among the city’s most popular initiatives among disadvantaged families. After [Mayor] Barry’s death last year, many of the thousands who turned out to remember him credited the program with helping them start their careers.

But for some D.C. politicians, the program has remained a yearly headache, with questions about the management, effectiveness and ever-growing cost.

On Tuesday, Bowser’s plan to expand the program — including offering jobs to residents up to 24 years old, from the current cap of 22 — became a new flash point in a budget battle between Bowser and the Council, including whether the city should increase the sales tax to fund her initiatives.

DC schools may be too quick to expel and suspend students (GGW, 5/5)

PHILANTHROPY
– Managing Director at Prince Charitable Trusts, Kristin Pauly, shares why they are thrilled about “getting on the map” and sharing their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 5/6)

Foundation Source has introduced a new podcast series aimed at providing the philanthropic community with advice and insights from experts and next generation philanthropists in the field. Click here to access the podcasts.

CSR | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. Last year’s winners include WRAG members PNC and Capital One.  Be sure to get your nomination in by the May 29 deadline!

ECONOMY | What Does ‘Middle Class’ Even Mean? (Atlantic, 5/6)

TRANSIT/MARYLAND | A new report by Transportation for America examines the potential economic benefits of the proposed light rail systems in Maryland – the Purple Line in the suburbs surrounding D.C., and the Red Line in Baltimore. According to the study, though the costs of the projects would be very high, the expenses would be well worth it in the short- and long-term. (WAMU, 5/5)


Here’s a good reason to stay on the phone the next time you think someone is prank calling you.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, 2015

THIS WEEK IN CSR
– Rachel Tappis, the associate director of community impact for The Advisory Board Company, gave us some insight into what she has learned so far as a participant in the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, and why she can’t wait for the next session. (Daily, 2/19)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– The Washington Business Journal features a profile of each of this year’s Minority Business Leader Awards honorees. Congratulations to Rosie Allen-Herring of United Way of the National Capital Area, Terri Copeland of PNC, and WRAG Board member, Debbi Jarvis of Pepco, on a well-deserved honor! (WBJ, 2/20)

– In her latest post, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared some great news concerning the Community Wealth Building Initiative (Daily, 2/18)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
High-poverty schools need better teachers, but getting them there won’t be easy (GGW, 2/20)

– A new map was released showing the changes in reading proficiency for third graders in the District from 2007-2014 (WCP, 2/19)

– Upon his departure from Montgomery County Public Schools, former Superintendent Joshua Starr gave his thoughts on his time with the district in this exit interview. (WAMU, 2/15)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
Metro failed to notify fire officials that radio alarms weren’t working (WaPo, 2/19)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT
– A government advisory committee has developed new recommendations for American diets that includes eating less processed and red meats to reduce the negative impact on the environment. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department may use the recommendations to inform the next version of their Dietary Guidelines later in the year. (WaPo, 2/19)

Maryland Environmentalists Want to Get Serious About Rising Sea Levels (WAMU, 2/19)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Brown Bag Discussion: Financial Capability, Financial Literacy, and Economic Asset Building (WRAG members)
Monday, February 23, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Funders’ Roundtable of Montgomery County: Investing in Our Neighbors With Special Needs from Cradle to Career (The Funders’ Roundtable is a networking group exclusively for donors, foundations, and companies interested in giving in Montgomery County, MD)
Thursday, February 26, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Find out who police in one city have issued a warrant for in connection with the cold weather. 

– Ciara

 

At-risk DCPS students receiving varied amounts of funding

EDUCATION
A data tool developed by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and Code for DC reveals wide gaps in spending for at-risk students in the District – students who are in foster care, homeless, receiving welfare or food stamps, or at least one year behind in high school. Despite the D.C. Council passing legislation ensuring funding would be distributed equally among at-risk students, DCPS did not have time this year to comply (GGW, 2/10):

Mann Elementary in Ward 3, for example, spent over $15,000 on each of its at-risk students. That’s partly because there are only two such students there, making up just 1% of the school’s total enrollment, according to the data tool.

By contrast, Ballou High School in Ward 8 spent only about $5,000 on each of its 470 at-risk students, which represent 72% of the school population. And Beers Elementary in Ward 7 spent a mere $168 on each of its 259 at-risk students, 60% of its enrollment.

WRAG | Yesterday, WRAG had the pleasure of hosting Mayor Muriel Bowser and a number of local funders for a special conversation on issues of importance to the region’s philanthropic community. WRAG president Tamara Copeland reflects on the Mayor’s remarks in this new post. (Daily WRAG, 2/11)

COMMUNITY | Mike Harreld, regional president of PNC Bank for the Greater Washington Area, has joined the Meyer Foundation‘s board of directors for a three-year term. Harreld also serves on the board of the United Way of the National Capital Area, the Federal City Council, Fight for Children, and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. (WBJ, 2/10)

Related: Mike Harreld will again join the Institute for CSR as a guest speaker for the session focused on Sustainability & Ethical Behavior of Corporations.

HOUSING | For the first time in two years, Fairfax County will disburse federal housing choice vouchers to 280 of the 831 individuals and families that were wait-listed. Due to federal sequestration cuts, funding for housing programs had been unavailable since 2013. (WaPo, 2/10)

HOUSING/EQUITY | Opinion: As many homeowners in Prince George’s County are facing the reality of living in an area with the highest foreclosure rates in the region, questions arise about how to rebuild equity in a once-thriving market. (WaPo, 2/11)

WORKFORCE/YOUTH | D.C. mayor to expand summer jobs program up to age 24 (WaPo, 2/10)

DISTRICT | D.C.’s Population Growth Is Slowing. This Is Who’s Coming and Going. (WCP, 2/10)

REMINDER FOR WRAG MEMBERS | Learn how to Get on the Map tomorrow at 2pm with a short webinar (register here). This webinar will be repeated on March 12 and April 9. Learn more about the Get on the Map campaign to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grant data for and about WRAG members here.

 

 


Ever had one of your social media accounts send out spam on your behalf? Sometimes it happens…even if you work there.

– Ciara

2014 Annual Meeting a big success

WRAG
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.

-Ciara

Advocates push for better support of pregnant workers

WORKFORCE/EQUALITY
Advocates for women, civil rights leaders and lawmakers joined forces to file briefs in the Supreme Court in support of a former UPS driver who lost a lawsuit against the company after requesting light duty on the job while she was pregnant. Many pregnant women have been forced out of work and onto public assistance programs due to possible misinterpretation by lower courts and employers of laws designed to prevent discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. (WaPo, 9/11)

The American Civil Liberties Union and the nonprofit A Better Balance, which advocates for better policies to support working families, argued in a brief that pregnant workers are the only category of worker routinely denied accommodations, like light duty work, stools, water bottles and bathroom breaks, in order to be able to continue working. The Women’s Chamber of Commerce argued in its brief that providing accommodations to pregnant workers is important to the national economy.

And members of Congress argued that lower courts have misinterpreted a 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act that was designed expressly to protect pregnant workers from discrimination on the job.

– With back-to-school season going strong, organizers are using the opportunity to inform D.C. parents that they no longer have to miss out on a day of pay if their child must stay home sick. The legislation is among one of the stronger paid sick leave policies in the U.S., though many don’t know it exists. (WCP, 9/11)

CSR | Congratulations to WRAG members IBM, PNC, Capital One, and Citi for being named finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2014 Corporate Citizenship Awards!

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– Tenants of an apartment building in Columbia Heights are fighting against a hefty 31.5 percent rent increase as infestations and serious repairs have gone ignored in their units. The building is home to all low-income residents who have united together in protest to refuse paying the rent hike. (WAMU, 9/12)

City Proposes Affordable Housing for Hebrew Home (WCP, 9/11)

COMMUNITY WEALTH BUILDING | The Democracy Collaborative has released their report, “Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources,” highlighting the emerging best practices in state and local policy-making that support community wealth building. On September 25th, WRAG has coordinated a site visit for funders to the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, OH where community wealth building has been underway since 2008.

COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Future Fund (a giving circle of nearly 150 young professionals) has chosen mental health as their 2014-2015 grant focus. Organizations providing mental health services to individuals or families in Northern Virginia who might not otherwise have access to care are encouraged to apply. Funds are intended to benefit individuals aged 13 and up, and may include families. Non-profit organizations can apply for grants of up to $20,000. The total grant pool is $40,000. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, September 22nd, 2014.


Do you recognize any of these mobile devices from the past? Did you own any of them?

– Ciara