Tag: public safety

Upcoming Kirwan Commission recommendations to address educational inequality in Maryland

MARYLAND/RACIAL EQUITY
– Hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding may soon bolster Maryland schools if lawmakers can agree on how to divide the money. The Kirwan Commission, or the State’s Commission on Educational Excellence, will soon present its final recommendations for the new school funding model to lawmakers in Annapolis. (WAMU, 2/25)

In 2016, Governor Hogan called for the formation of the 25-member Kirwan Commission to address the gap in funding for public schools. This comes at a time when one study said Maryland is the 15th worst state in terms of regressive education funding … “meaning that districts with high proportions of low-income students receive less funding than schools serving wealthier communities” said William Kirwan, chair of the commission.

 

– With the release of a new report on equity in Prince George’s County solutions have been proposed to move the county toward equity and equality for communities of color. (Prince Georges Sentinel, 2/20)

VIRGINIA/RACIAL EQUITY
Confederate flag incident at Virginia high school sparks concern of racist behavior (WaPo, 2/24)

– Virginia state superintendent says schools must address racism in light of recent scandals. (WTOP, 2/25)

–  Swastikas have been found at three sites in past week in Virginia, in what appears to be three separate hate crime incidents. (WaPo, 2/26)

HOUSING
– The Virginia General Assembly recently passed hundreds of bills, including one that gives residents an extra two weeks to pay rent that is past due and one focused on eviction reform. (WAMU, 2/22)

 – There’s No Such Thing as a Dangerous Neighborhood (CityLab, 2/25)

GUN VIOLENCE | Maryland lawmakers heard from family members affected by gun violence as well as gun-rights supporters in Annapolis on ‘gun day’ in Annapolis. (WTOP, 2/25)

BUSINESS | The proposal to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $15 has different opinions among the business community. (WAMU,  2/22)

PHILANTHROPY
– “Donors InVesting in the Arts,” or “DIVAs,” is a giving circle managed by the Greater Washington Community Foundation that is promoting civic engagement through the arts. (GWCF, 2/21)

– Funder support for media research has been growing as evidenced by the Knight Foundation’s recent commitment of $300 million to support local journalism. (Chronicle, 2/19 – Subscription)


“Plant-based” is so the new vegan.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday!

– Buffy

DC Housing Authority board considers how to deal with housing code violations

HOUSING
– Commissioners on the D.C. Housing Authority board voted this week to explore a plan to address thousands of “nearly uninhabitable” public housing units—a plan that some advocates believe essentially amounts to privatization. (CP, 1/17)

The resolution asserts that DCHA should consider applying, through the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, for demolition or disposition of more public housing properties. The resolution also asked the board to affirm that some of “the most effective, available tools for addressing immediate conditions, and insuring longer term financial and physical viability” would include spending money on housing vouchers rather than subsidizing public housing complexes themselves. That decision would shift the burden to find housing to tenants, who would have to look for apartments on the private market. Advocates for low-income families frequently complain that landlords illegally discriminate against voucher holders by refusing to rent to them.

– Who’s hit hardest by the affordable housing shortage? (GG Wash, 1/10)

RACISM | In a new essay, Robin DiAngelo explains why white people being nice won’t end racial inequity. (Guardian, 1/16)

Related: Robin DiAngelo spoke on the topic of white privilege as part of WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series in 2016, as well as last year when we partnered with Leadership Greater Washington on Expanding the Table for Racial Equity. You can watch her talk here, and download discussion and viewing guides that accompany the video.

PUBLIC SAFETY | D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser intends to see the District’s police department grow over the next four years by adding about 150 officers in order to combat crime and better connect to the community. (WaPo, 1/16)

TRANSIT
– In a letter to Virginia and Maryland senators, Metro said that it is losing approximately $400,000 per day during the government shutdown. (WaPo, 1/17)

– If they know where and how to look for ways to improve, cities could get more people walking, biking, and riding transit, according to a new report and interactive tool released by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. (CityLab, 1/17)

DISTRICT | A Stumble for Statehood? The federal shutdown brands D.C as just a government town. (CP, 1/14)

PHILANTHROPY | Two Loudoun County food pantries will receive $10,000 a week, funded by Easterns Automotive Group, for the duration of the shutdown to help aid federal workers and contractors who are impacted. Approximately 4.1 percent of federal workers and contracted employees reside in Loudoun County, according to a recent Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments report. (Loudoun Times, 1/14)

RFP: Holy Trinity Catholic Church has allocated $150,000 in grant funding for up to three local nonprofits with the potential to bring about significant and lasting benefits to people who have been or could become the victims of sexual abuse or human trafficking. The deadline to submit the stage 1 application is February 22, 2019. Details can be found here. If you have questions, contact Kate Tromble at ktromble@trinity.org or (202) 903-2809.


Social Sector Job Openings 

President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation – New!
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation – New!
Foundation and Government Relations Officer​ | ​Shakespeare Theatre Company – New!
Grants & Communications Officer​ | ​The Crimsonbridge Foundation – New!
Executive Director​ | ​VHC Medical Brigade – New!
Director of Development​ | ​DC Bar Foundation – New!
Program Manager​ | ​Weissberg Foundation – New!
Senior Supervising Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform​ | ​Southern Poverty Law Center
Director of Development​ | ​The Barker Adoption Foundation
Grant Reviewer​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Executive Assistant​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


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What a great way to embrace the upcoming MLK weekend: 6 Opportunities To Reflect On Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Around The D.C. Region

Next week we’ll publish the (almost) Daily WRAG on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

– Buffy

Virginia’s economy has recovered from the recession, according to a new report

ECONOMY | A recent report from Old Dominion University has found that Virginia has finally recovered from the 2008 recession. The report cites the state’s dependence on federal government spending, like other jurisdictions in the region, as a major reason why it took so long. (WaPo, 12/15)

Virginia’s gross domestic product, a measure of all goods and services, has grown for five consecutive quarters since March 2017, the ODU report found. That’s a surge of strength for an economy that had been stubbornly anemic. Once a powerhouse state, Virginia lagged the nation as a whole in economic growth for six years in a row, with some quarters tumbling into contraction.

A big reason the state took so long to recover from the recession is that government spending was slow to ramp back up. Sequestration — the trick Congress used in 2013 to impose automatic government spending cuts — has hamstrung Virginia’s economy ever since.

WRAG ANNOUNCEMENT | Yanique Redwood, president and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation and chair of WRAG’s board of directors, has announced her decision to resign from WRAG’s board. Nicky Goren, president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation and current vice chair of WRAG’s board will move immediately into the position of Chair. Read more here (WRAG, 12/17)

CSR | Katy Moore, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, presents the business case for corporate community involvement in a new blog. (Daily, 12/17)

PUBLIC SAFETY | I’m a Trauma Surgeon and a Shooting Victim. I Have Every Right to Speak Out on Gun Violence. (Atlantic, 12/15)

REGION | For the first time, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has nominated board leaders who are all Black. It has also approved all women for its 2019 Corporate Officers. (WTOP, 12/15)

CHARITABLE GIVING | Why You Shouldn’t Donate Angry: Pitfalls of Rage Giving (YES! Magazine, 12/12)

FOOD | The new farm bill includes funding for grants that specifically help farmers of color and indigenous communities. (Atlantic, 12/16)


Hey all! I’ve really enjoyed my time here at WRAG and creating the Daily WRAG for two years, but I’m writing to say Wednesday will be my last day. Thanks to everyone who’s engaged with the Daily or have left a comment or an email. Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, who served as Daily WRAG editor before, will take over writing the Daily – on a modified schedule- in the new year.

– Kendra


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Here’s something to make you smile on this Monday:

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– Reader’s Digest

How DC is interrupting violence in neighborhoods without police reliance

PUBLIC SAFETY
– Here’s the story of one of DC’s Violence Interrupters, a position created to be an alternative to policing. This person’s job is to try to de-escalate neighborhood disputes before someone is seriously hurt, especially after a shooting. (WaPo, 12/14)

Similar initiatives have been started in Baltimore, Chicago and some other cities. The hope is fellow residents, those who understand what it is like to live in a violent neighborhood, can convince others to join a jobs program, stay in school, stop selling drugs. Lower a gun.

The impact is hard to measure — a dispute quieted, anger channeled elsewhere, retaliation that is never carried out. But city leaders hope small success stories eventually will show up in the broader violent crime numbers, which for now are trending the wrong way.

Death sentences and executions continue falling across Virginia and U.S. (Richmond Times, 12/14)

BUSINESS | Anna Powell Bard, senior vice president of community affairs for Maryland, Virginia and DC at Wells Fargo, is profiled in Riveting Women’s latest blog post. (Riveting Women, 12/12)

YOUTH | Eric Braxton, executive director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, discusses why funders should be invested in youth leadership development. (PND Blog, 12/13)

ENVIRONMENT | 3 things the federal farm bill funds besides farming: Chesapeake Bay cleanup, food stamps and renewable energy (Baltimore Sun, 12/13)

TRANSIT | Metro’s board has voted to charge riders peak fares for special events and to hold a public hearing on expanding rush-hour service hours. (WaPo, 12/13)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation– New!
Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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Are you going to Arlington National Cemetery for “Wreaths Across America” tomorrow? Virginia has these tips for you.

– Kendra

How these queer youth became entrepreneurs

LGBTQIA/BUSINESS | Last month, a local nonprofit, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, hosted a panel discussion with four LGBTQIA youth who have experienced homelessness. The youth cited challenges they experienced, but also talked about how they became entrepreneurs. (GGWash, 12/12)

Unsurprisingly, employment opportunities are frequently among the highest-ranked needs homeless LGBTQ youth report. Panelists said the work they find is often part-time and isn’t sustainable. Chris noted that workplaces can be unwelcoming to LGBTQ people, and that they have experienced prejudice on the job, both intentional and unintentional.

Panelists created small businesses to supplement their income and, in some cases, to feel comfortable being at work. Some of their enterprises include house cleaning, catering, jewelry making, and makeup design.

PHILANTHROPY | Tenneh Kemah, a  WRAG/UMD Philanthropy Fellow with The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a student in UMD’s Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program, discusses how her experience with the foundation is helping her gain valuable skills for her work at her own organization. (Daily, 12/13)

IMMIGRATION | This is what sanctuary means for a woman who is undocumented in Virginia. (WaPo, 12/12)

ENVIRONMENT | Big company, big dollars, small community: Dominion deal sparks dissent in community facing gas project (WaPo, 12/9)

WORKFORCE | A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled that elections officials failed to follow proper procedure when they allowed supporters of the Initiative 77 referendum to collect signatures. (WAMU, 12/12)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Prince George’s County Police Officers of Color File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit (WAMU, 12/12)

TRANSIT | A few weeks ago, the DC Council voted to decriminalize fare evasion, which would stop the targeted arrests of youth of color and Black men. This week, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission wrote a letter to DC’s mayor expressing its disappointment with the passing of the legislation. (InsideNOVA, 12/12)

HOUSING | Arlington County has released a new report analyzing the progress of its affordable housing master plan. The report found that although it was able to create or preserve 515 homes guaranteed to remain affordable to low-income renters this year, the number is short of the county’s goal. (ARLnow, 12/12)


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Would a robot take your job? Find out here.

– Kendra

How important healthcare access is to personal financial health

HEALTH CARE
– A new paper analyzing the link between personal financial security and access to health insurance found that the Affordable Care Act has helped boost the financial health of low-income citizens. (Citylab, 12/4)

Health insurance helps people avoid huge out-of-pocket medical costs. And preventative care helps people avoid lost wages from missing work, a big part of the benefit for low-income households. But health insurance also helps prevent the cascade of financial damage that unpaid medical bills can inflict, by preserving credit scores.

School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction (NPR, 12/5)

RACIAL EQUITY | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, shares with a new audience, Washington Monthly readers, the origins of the Putting Racism on the Table Series and its impact on philanthropy. Read it here. (Daily, 12/5)

MARYLAND | Nancy Navarro, who was recently elected for a second term as president of Montgomery County Council, outlines her priorities for the county. (WaPo, 12/4)

EDUCATION
– The Heising-Simons Foundation, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and Foundation Center are launching an effort to map the last ten years of philanthropic giving in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. (PND Blog, 12/4)

Report: 60 percent of graduates sampled in Md. school system excessively absent (WaPo, 12/4)

PUBLIC SAFETY | How the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s outreach team is working to address the K2 epidemic the city is experiencing. (WAMU, 12/4)

BUDGET | In Battle Over The Funds From Online Sales Taxes, Cutting Commercial Property Taxes Wins Out Over Homeless Services (DCist, 12/4)

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How many days old are you?

– Kendra

A push for more education on World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS | Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. Metro Weekly spoke with DeMarc Hickson, executive director of US Helping Us, a DC organization committed to reducing HIV infection in the Black community, about the importance of education in fighting stigma. (Metro Weekly, 11/29)

An increase in community education can help to reduce the stigma around HIV, and that it can also, in reducing the stigma, encourage individuals that may have anxiety about coming in to get tested, people who may want to know their status but are scared to know. If somebody hasn’t been tested in the past 12 months, or three months as a transgender individual or a gay and bisexual man, then get tested so that you can know your status.

HEALTHCARE
– A study has found that pregnant women are increasingly dependent on methamphetamine. Doctors are working to address the crisis. (NPR, 11/29)

Enrollment in Virginia’s expanded Medicaid program is beating projections (WaPo, 11/29)

PHILANTHROPY | Why foundations should consider aligning their investments with their mission to create greater impact. (YES! Magazine, 11/27)

PUBLIC SAFETY | What Border Security and Police Violence Have in Common (Citylab, 11/29)

EDUCATION | The DC Council is considering a bill that would require that all individualized education programs of blind and visually impaired students to include braille and require that schools only buy textbooks that can be easily translated to braille. (DC Line, 11/29)

WORKFORCE | Federal workers have been told to avoid workplace talk about impeachment and #resistance until the day after Election Day 2020. (NPR, 11/30)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation– New!
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors– New!
Programs Manager | DC127– New!
Development Manager | DC127– New!
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools– New!
Director of Development | ECHO– New!
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Development Associate | Alliance for Justice
Fellow, Civic Engagement | The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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This quiz can guess your favorite pizza topping based on your choice in puppies.

– Kendra

Prisons fail to provide mental health care

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | The Federal Bureau of Prisons implemented a new policy to provide better care and oversight for incarcerated individuals with mental health issues in 2014. New data suggest that federal prisons have failed to address the mental health needs of incarcerated individuals. (WaPo, 11/21)

A review of court documents and inmates’ medical records, along with interviews of former prison psychologists, revealed that although the Bureau of Prisons changed its rules, officials did not add the resources needed to implement them, creating an incentive for employees to downgrade inmates to lower care levels.

In an email, the bureau confirmed that mental-health staffing has not increased since the policy took effect.

RACIAL EQUITY
– WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group recently adopted an anti-Black racism frame to guide its work. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses why this is necessary as philanthropy begins to explore its role in helping to create a world free of racism. (Chronicle, 11/29)

– Why the under-representation of Black journalists at print and digital outlets which cover DC is a problem. (WCP, 11/29)

HEALTHCARE | A recently released Georgetown University report found that the number of uninsured US children is on the rise. (NPR, 11/29)

PUBLIC SAFETY | MoCo Council Approves Grant Funding To Pay for Additional Security at Faith Institutions (Bethesda Beat, 11/28)

PHILANTHROPY
Hill-Snowdon Foundation has been calling out anti-Black racism and white supremacy and investing in black-led social change work for a while. Here’s how they do it. (PND Blog, 11/28)

– Joe Goldman, president of the Democracy Fund, discusses why he joined other foundation leaders in signing a letter calling for the protection of the special counsel’s investigation, and urges other leaders to stand up for democracy. (Chronicle, 11/28)

MILITARY | Veterans Affairs Dept. tells Capitol Hill it won’t repay underpaid GI Bill benefits recipients (NBC News, 11/28)


Are the realistic Pokemon from the upcoming movie creeping you out?

– Kendra