Tag: Prince Charitable Trusts

Facing eviction in a gentrifying neighborhood

HOUSING
– At a massive apartment complex that is up for redevelopment in a changing DC neighborhood, low-income tenants are facing eviction proceedings over such infractions as owing $25 in outstanding rent and walking dogs without leashes. In perhaps the most egregious case, the property owner moved to evict a woman whose teenage son used a gun to commit suicide in her apartment (WaPo, 8/9):

District housing lawyers…see eviction lawsuits over small lease violations as one in an arsenal of quiet but aggressive pressure tactics landlords use to clear buildings before redevelopment; another is allowing units to deteriorate so people want to move out on their own.

Lawsuits alleging extremely small debts in particular illuminate what they call a little-known but reoccurring phenomenon in gentrifying Washington. […]

Eviction lawsuits at Brookland Manor rarely led to actual evictions…But in a digital age when court information is easy to access and cheap to acquire, lawsuits over small money can cause big problems, even when tenants aren’t forcibly removed. This is especially true in quickly developing areas such as the District, where the competition for affordable housing has already pushed 1,500 families into homelessness.

Related: The experiences related in this article reflect how many systems and institutions in American society perpetuate racial inequities, which john powell explained in his talk on structural racism earlier this year as part of WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series.

DC’s affordable housing fund isn’t doing enough for low-income residents, an audit says (GGW, 8/9)

HOMELESSNESS | Amanda Andere of Funders Together to End Homelessness calls for more public-private partnerships to advance solutions to homelessness across the country. (HuffPo, 8/9)

JUSTICE/RACE | The Justice Department has released a scathing report on racial discrimination and the use of excessive force within the Baltimore police department. (WaPo, 8/9)

FOOD | A local film executive produced by Prince Charitable Trusts and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking called “The Culture of Collards” is up for an award for best food video from Saveur Blog. Click here to watch the film and, if you like it, vote for it to win.

Related: The film stars someone who should be familiar to the WRAG community: Michael Twitty, who spoke as part of WRAG’s 2014 Brightest Minds series about culinary justice and building a more inclusive food movement. (Daily, April 2014)

PHILANTHROPY | Giving Circles’ Unique Role in Philanthropy to Marginalized Communities (NPQ, 8/9)

REGION | A study finds what we probably all already knew – this region is not the place to live if you’re looking for the most bang for your 100 bucks. (DCist, 8/9)


Apparently, the Olympics used to be much nerdier.

– Rebekah

HUD proposes changes to federal housing vouchers in major markets

HOUSING/EQUITY
The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently shared a proposed new rule that would adjust the maximum value of federal housing vouchers in several markets in order to account for variations in what it costs to live in certain neighborhoods (WaPo, 6/17):

Instead of setting “fair market rent” standards at the metropolitan level, in about 30 major metros including Washington, New York and Chicago, HUD will set them by ZIP code instead. That shift will mean significant change for a program that serves 2.2 million households, more than live in public housing projects.

The policy is designed to enable low-income families to use their housing aid to move to neighborhoods with less poverty, lower crime and better schools — an opportunity that research has shown can boost prospects for poor kids. Until now, the voucher program that was supposed to give families a chance to move out of deeply poor housing projects has largely concentrated them instead in deeply poor neighborhoods. In cities such as the District, a voucher just isn’t worth enough to afford entry into truly “high opportunity” places.

–  A radical idea to compensate black homeowners harmed by racial bias (WaPo, 6/17)

WRAG/WRAG COMMUNITY
– WRAG’s summer intern Hudson Kaplan-Allen reflects on the key takeaways from the first session of WRAG’s 2016 Nonprofit Summer Learning Series, “Dos and Don’ts of Working with Grantmakers,” and the importance of cultivating authentic relationships among funders and grantees. The event featured keynote speaker Rick Moyers of the The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and panelists Julia Baer-Cooper, consultant with the England Family Foundation and Prince Charitable Trusts, Ben Murphy of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Tracye Funn of Washington Gas. (Daily, 6/21)

– Daniel Solomon of the Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation will be leading DC Vote as the interim executive director. Solomon is a founder and board member of the organization.

EDUCATION/DISTRICT | Neurological research on child brain development following traumatic experiences has inspired some educators to rethink past approaches to zero-tolerance discipline. Schools in the District are investing in better strategies to help students overcome persistent stress. (WaPo, 6/18)

VIRGINIAMeasure to improve police trust, transparency up for vote in Fairfax (WaPo, 6/21)


A glimpse at public libraries across the country.

– Ciara

Authentic relationships are key to fundraising success

by Hudson Kaplan-Allen 
WRAG’s 2016 Summer Intern

How important is it for funders and grantees to have authentic relationships? Very important, according to the “Dos and Don’ts of Working with Grantmakers,” the first session of WRAG’s 2016 Nonprofit Summer Learning Series. Keynote speaker Rick Moyers of the Meyer Foundation, and panelists Julia Baer-Cooper, consultant with the England Family Foundation and Prince Charitable Trusts, Ben Murphy of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Tracye Funn of Washington Gas shared advice ranging from how to initiate a partnership with a grantmaker to how to craft an effective proposal.

Nonprofits often view funders as if they were an ATM machine, trying to figure out the right pin, Moyers said. It is a game of cracking the code with the hope that the prize will be a blank check. Fifteen years ago, Moyers was an eager nonprofit leader looking to increase support from his biggest funder. Moyers found himself at a reception with the executive director of the foundation. His first instinct was to approach the E.D. and get straight to the point – and that is exactly what he did. Fast forward to the present, Moyers has, on occasion, found himself in his former funder’s shoes. Interactions like these are never authentic. Conversations should not be about a transaction, but about cultivating a common vision for the future. It’s important, too, to be a good listener.

Moyers and others addressed the question that every nonprofit leader has contemplated: what is the most common reason grant requests get turned down? Funn responded that if a funder truly believes in a program, they will find the money or try to connect the applicant with another potential funder. Murphy pointed out that if there is a great project hidden behind a poor proposal, it deserves a chance. Baer-Cooper noted that requests are frequently turned down by small family foundations because they don’t have enough resources to fund everything that comes their way.

Participants asked about strategies and practices for approaching grantmakers. Nonprofits should have an idea of what the foundation is looking for, the panelists said. No one wants to receive a generic cookie-cutter email. It’s frustrating to sit down with someone who hasn’t done his or her homework.

Moyers concluded where he began, with a discussion of authentic relationships between funders and grantees. To Murphy, authenticity is about reaching a point in the relationship where he and his grantees can have honest conversations and work hand-in-hand to effectively address organizational and societal challenges. Baer-Cooper defines authenticity as transparency and honesty. Funn emphasized the importance of being true to your values. “Don’t change who you are, just bring me into your world,” she said. Ultimately, programs that connect authentically are the ones that will succeed.


To learn more about the 2016 Nonprofit Summer Learning Series, please check out our recent announcement in The Daily WRAG. To register for the next two events in the series (July 14 and August 19), please visit WRAG’s online event calendar.

Rebranding the region

REGION
As part of the Roadmap effort, the 2030 Group has announced the hiring of global brand consultant Interbrand to develop a marketing campaign for the region that is expected to launch in early 2017 with the help of a rebranding working group (WBJ, 5/12):

The marketing campaign is part of a larger effort by the 2030 Group to identify weaknesses in the region’s economy and come up with ways to boost growth in a time of federal austerity. The organization has spearheaded working groups to explore affordable housing and how area colleges and universities can work more closely with the business community. A working group exploring a regional transportation authority has been suspended as Metro embarks on its yearlong effort to fix major problems, [2030 Group’s Bob] Buchanan said, although he still hopes to restart that conversation in the future.

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)

COMMUNITY
– In light of the coming dissolution of the DC Trust, WRAG has submitted a letter on behalf of the region’s philanthropic community to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, calling on the Council to maintain funding for out-of-school and summer programming for D.C.’s  children and youth in the FY17 budget. Funders and advocates for children and youth will be watching closely as the DC Council votes on the proposed budget this month.

– BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) recently named Consumer Health Foundation president and WRAG board member Yanique Redwood as one of 36 leaders in their 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship. In this blog post, she discusses why she looks forward to working with other members of her cohort and continuing along a path toward community transformation. (Be a Localist, 5/12)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced plans to create a $500,000 endowment for its Innovation Fund, following a $250,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. They’ve also announced the launch of a new online-fundraising platform, Granted. (WBJ, 5/13)

FOOD 
– Prince Charitable Trusts presents a short film in their series about farming and food, titled The Culture of Collards, which recently  premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival. The film traces the cultural heritage of collard greens from Portugal, to Africa, to the American south during the slave trade, up to their current state as a popular staple in many kitchens today. The 9-minute film features culinary historian Michael Twitty; owner of Three Part Harmony Farm in Northeast D.C. Gail Taylor; and City Blossoms co-founders Rebecca Lemos and Lola Bloom.

Related: In 2014, Michael Twitty kicked off WRAG’s Brightest Minds series with a discussion about building a more inclusive food movement. Check out this post that followed his talk, then take a look at the exciting lineup for WRAG’s Brightest Minds programs for the rest of the year. Brightest Minds programs are open to the public.

– The Ongoing Need for Healthy Food in Corner Stores (City Lab, 5/12)

EDUCATION
– As the acknowledgment of the importance of quality pre-k education in a student’s future success picks up steam across the country, some states continue to struggle with making these programs accessible to millions of children. Locally, D.C. made progress by serving more 3- and 4-year-olds than ever during the 2014-2015 school year. (WaPo, 5/12)

– The troubling shortage of Latino and black teachers — and what to do about it (WaPo, 5/15)


Which of the seven deadly sins do some of the most popular social networks represent? Pinterest is spot-on!

– Ciara

Protecting the future of arts spaces

ARTS 
Washington City Paper examines the controversial conversion of 411 New York Ave NE, the home of Union Arts and a long-time DIY arts venue in D.C. that provides affordable space for organizations, visual artists, and underground musicians, into a luxury hotel that, as currently planned, will have a limited supply of studio space available to artists. The organized pushback against the development highlights the severe shortage of affordable space for artists and musicians to live, practice, perform, and work in D.C. (and elsewhere in the region) – and the irony that robust arts and culture scenes contribute to the rising real estate values that push artists out (WCP, 4/1):

[The] hotel project might fit into Mayor Muriel Bowser’s stated goal of “support[ing] and expand[ing] the District’s creative economy,” but for many of the artist tenants of 411 New York Ave. NE and members of the broader arts community, it dissolves a cherished, vibrant, and important arts space. To them, it’s cultural displacement.

To them, this isn’t a struggle to save a building, but a fight to save the future of D.C.’s underground arts communities.

When few question the value of the creative economy to the overall vibrancy of our region, this situation raises important questions about how government, businesses and developers, artists, and funders can preserve and create spaces for artists.

COMMUNICATIONS | On the heels of Twitter’s recent 10th birthday, I ask the question, “What’s the fuss about Twitter?” and explain why you (or the leader of your organization) should start tweeting now. (Daily 4/4)

HOUSING | In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND explores the realities of mixed-income housing in the region and the benefits these strategies have actually had for the area’s low-income residents. (Helping Hands Blog, 4/1)

REGION/WORKFORCE | As National Harbor in Prince George’s County continues to grow into an employment core and regional destination, a transit line linking the hub to Alexandria remains absent. The adjacent communities have yet to compromise on a specific route or funding for a transit project, further underscoring the need for regional cooperation in order to avoid hindering the economic potential of the area and service workers’ ability to commute. (WaPo, 4/1)

COMMUNITY 
– The CareFirst open grant application deadline for 2016 is June 13 at 11:59 PM. 501(c)(3) organizations can submit their online applications in support of health-related services or innovative programs. Find out more here.

– The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is one of 10 organizations from across the U.S. selected administer a three-year USDA initiative called FoodLINC (Leveraging Investment for Network Coordination) to strengthen the region’s local food business sector, while expanding consumer access to healthy, local food. Agua Fund and Prince Charitable Trusts are philanthropic partners. Read more here.

EQUITY | Lately, due to a number of incidents in the news, many voices are calling for more police officers to be required to wear body cameras. But even with camera footage, there is often debate as to what the videos actually portray. The New York Times presents an exercise in a phenomenon known as “camera perspective bias.” (NYT, 4/1)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Now or Forever: Rethinking Foundation Life Spans (Chronicle, 3/30)

JOBS | Arabella Advisors seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Associate Director, Consulting Services for their Good Food team.


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– Ciara

Moving on too soon?

HIV/AIDS/PHILANTHROPY 
In part two of their in-depth series on housing for HIV-positive residents in D.C., Washington City Paper explores how, after years of major federal and philanthropic funding to support successful initiatives to combat HIV/AIDS in the District, many of those sources are beginning to move toward funding other urgent causes with the false belief that the problem has been solved (WCP, 3/4):

Altogether, the slowed trickle of public and private funds out of the city has spurred concern among advocates and city officials alike. They worry that decreasing funds for HIV initiatives will sacrifice the progress that’s already been made, and that the cuts will take effect just as D.C. hits its stride in patient care.

Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership (WAP), who is quoted throughout the article due to WAP’s continued leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the District, had this to say:

I look forward to the day when the Washington AIDS Partnership can close its doors and declare victory. Until then, I appreciate the local and national funders who participate in our funding collaborative, and encourage funders who haven’t gotten involved or who have moved on to join in our life-saving work.”

– In her latest blog post, WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland further explores the challenges many social profit organizations face when funders decrease giving in a particular issue area. (Daily, 3/7)

HOUSING | The Region Forward Coalition shares details of their first meeting of the year, at which WRAG vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott presented Our Region, Your Investment, alongside Enterprise Community Loan Fund, as a part of the solution to the Greater Washington region’s affordable housing crisis. (Region Forward, 3/2)

FOOD/ENVIRONMENT | On Saturday, March 19 at American University, Farming for the Future will debut new films at this year’s D.C. Environmental Film Festival. Three of the films were done by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, with grant support from the D.C. office of Prince Charitable Trusts. The films include the premiere of The Culture of Collards, featuring culinary historian Michael Twitty; Gail Taylor, owner of Three Part Harmony Farm in Northeast D.C.; and Lola Bloom, Rebecca Lemos, and young people from City Blossoms, an urban farm/youth agricultural program in D.C. Reservations are requested to this popular event. Click here for additional information and to RSVP.

EDUCATION | A new documentary debuting this month, Southeast 67, follows the stories of 67 students from the District’s Anacostia neighborhood who were offered free college tuition as seventh-graders in 1988. Stewart Bainum, Sr.  and Eugene Lang (trustee of the Eugene M. Lang Foundation) were instrumental in establishing the program, as part of the I Have a Dream Foundation. (WaPo, 3/6)

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT | In Georgetown, the homeless can be hidden amid the million-dollar homes (WaPo, 3/6)

TRANSIT/MARYLAND | Here’s a look at what may be in store for the forthcoming Purple Line. (WTOP, 3/4)

ARTS | Before Smithsonian’s opening, smaller African American museums grapple with a behemoth in D.C. (WaPo, 3/2)

JOBS 
– The Coalition for Smarter Growth has an opening for a Development Manager.

– Flamboyan Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant.


A reporter once declared this the worst place to live in America. Now, he’s moving there.

– Ciara

Carolynn Brunette joins Prince Charitable Trusts as Managing Director

COMMUNITY
The Prince Charitable Trusts is pleased to announce that Carolynn Brunette (formerly Carolynn Mambu) will assume the role of Managing Director for the Washington, D.C. office and Co-Director of Rhode Island Programs on January, 1, 2016. Carolynn also served as WRAG vice president from 2008 to 2011. View this announcement for additional details on this exciting news.

Carolynn is well known in the foundation and non-profit community of Washington, DC through her work as a Program Officer at The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation from 2000 to 2006 and as the Vice President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) from 2008 to 2011.  Carolynn was also co-chair of the Sustainable Communities Working Group at WRAG.  She recently returned from Africa where she spent four years doing capacity building work with community health organizations as a Peace Corps Volunteer and consultant.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Masters Degree in Music and worked in the local arts community for several years.  Her experience in philanthropy and the non-profit sector combined with her knowledge of the arts, public health, and the environment make Carolynn a good fit with the variety of programs funded by the Trusts.

Carolynn is succeeding retiring Managing Director, Kristin Pauly, who has been with Prince Charitable Trusts since 1998.

PHILANTHROPY
– The Center for Effective Philanthropy has released a new report, Benchmarking Foundation Governance, that shares data on topics related to foundation boards – including composition, member expertise, structure, involvement, and characteristics of meetings based on survey responses from CEOs at 64 private, U.S.-based foundations giving at least $10 million annually. (CECP, 10/26)

Some Reasons Behind Societal Neglect of Rural Poverty – And Rural America (NPQ, 10/26)

EQUITY/WORKFORCE | A new study on restaurant workers finds a correlation between their skin color and the amount of wages they bring in. There were also found to be wage disparities among men and women restaurant workers, regardless of skin color. (NPR, 10/22)

EQUITY/PUBLIC HEALTH
– According to researchers, we’ve become so good at inequality, we can do it in our sleep. (Atlantic, 10/27)

– With 14 percent of American households considered food insecure, pediatricians are being urged to dive deeper into the socioeconomic circumstances of their patient’s families. (Atlantic, 10/26)

DISTRICT | A spike in violent crime has left many newcomers and longtime residents of D.C.’s transforming neighborhoods with constant fear for their safety. (WaPo, 10/26)


How much would you pay for a 103-year old English biscuit?

– Ciara

How much new housing is needed in the region? Lots.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/REGION
During a recent televised appearance, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke on the need for new, affordable housing in the District if the city ever plans to return to peak population levels (800,000 people) reached in the 1950s. Her statements fell in line with a new report from the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis on the growing housing needs of the Greater Washington region, supported by Enterprise Community Partners and the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group. (GGW, 7/23)

The region can certainly accommodate these new people. As Bowser noted, DC once had that many people, though this was in an era when people lived in much smaller spaces and had larger families. The bigger obstacle is the widespread opposition to nearly any growth anywhere.

If that continues, displacement will increase and new jobs and housing will get pushed to the edges of the region. The report suggests, however, that it’s not just poor workers who will lose out: it’s seniors. Baby boomers will retire in great numbers and without jobs, and then make up many of the lower-income households.

DC and the other jurisdictions in the region will need to proactively plan for where this new housing can go, and get community buy-in ahead of time, to make it possible to build the housing the region needs.

– Here’s the Outrageous Dollar Amount You’ll Need to Spend on a Home in DC to Guarantee Your Child Attends a Good School (Washingtonian, 7/20)

PHILANTHROPY/CHILDREN | Last week, WRAG staff attended an informative and thought-provoking annual conference put on by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. During the closing plenary session, Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, discussed the unique role philanthropy can play in shaping public policy and building diverse movements for equality – particularly speaking from her experience in building a movement for women’s empowerment. Younger referenced a recently-released study by the Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women titled, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story, that brings attention to the systemic criminalization young female survivors of abuse are often subjected to. (Common Dreams, 7/9)

Related: In a timely blog post highlighting an area where philanthropy has not stepped in on a broad level, WRAG president Tamara Copeland brought attention to the need for funders to work toward improving circumstances for children by starting with abuse prevention. (Daily, 7/14)

LGBT/HIV/AIDS | A new report from the World Health Organization takes a look at the wide disparities in access to adequate health care for transgender individuals, largely caused by discrimination. Widespread transphobia is cited as a barrier to obtaining proper care and prevention for HIV. (NPR, 7/26)

Related: Children’s National Health Center recently opened a new clinic aimed specifically at providing specialized care and services to LGBTQ youth between the ages of 12 to 22. Youth programming at the center is supported by the Washington AIDS Partnership. (DCist, 7/2)

ENVIRONMENT | The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.’s Low-Income Households (City Lab, 7/24)

JOBS | Prince Charitable Trusts seeks its next Managing Director of its Washington, DC Office/Co-Director of its Rhode Island Program. Check out the full position description here.

NONPROFITS | The Washington Architectural Foundation offers pro bono design services to local nonprofit organizations as part of the Community Design Services (CDS) Program. To find out more about CDS, click here.


Can you take your brand new refrigerator home on the Metro? Yes, you can.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – May 4 through May 8, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– In her latest column, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland shared her thoughts on how good, secure jobs can translate to hope for individuals in communities, and can help prevent the unrest that has played out in cities like Baltimore. (Daily, 5/4)

– The summer 2015 class of Frank Karel Public Interest Communications Fellows was announced. This fellowship, fiscally sponsored by WRAG, places first-generation and minority undergraduate students at area nonprofit organizations to expose them to social change communications. (Daily 5/4)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– Kristin Pauly, Managing Director at Prince Charitable Trusts, shared why they’re excited about “getting on the map” and sharing their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 5/6)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently held their inaugural Chairman’s Breakfast, presented by their Board Chair (and WRAG’s Vice Chair), Lynn Tadlock. Boeing was recognized for being an Outstanding Community Partner in Northern Virginia. (CFNoVa, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– We learned that plans for the Dupont Underground, set to open in July, may need to be pared down a bit due to funding. (WaPo, 5/1)

– We also learned how the upcoming closure of the Artisphere in Arlington County indicates much more about the way cultural institutions are often viewed as “extraneous.” (WCP, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN NONPROFITS
– D.C. continues to change. That’s why, in an effort to continue to provide quality services and effectively reach those who need them the most, two major nonprofits in the city are making big moves. Martha’s Table will move most of its operations east of the river, while Whitman-Walker Health will soon unveil a new, more modern facility. (WaPo, 5/4 and (WaPo, 5/6)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Healthy Communities Working Group: May Meeting and Conversation with Pamela Creekmur, Prince George’s County Health Officer (WRAG members)
Monday, May 11 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (At the Meyer Foundation)

Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference (WRAG members, non-member funders, nonprofits, government officials, community leaders, and anyone else interested in learning about the needs of the county)
Thursday, May 14  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Middleburg Community Center)

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar
Thursday, May 14  2:00 PM – 2:45 PM


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– 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