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How the Greater Washington region is helping imprison the children taken from their parents at the border

– Although the administration reversed its policy of separating children from their parents at the border, the children still remain isolated in cages in facilities across the country, including the Greater Washington region. Now, many worry about how, and if, the children will be reunited with their families. (WAMU, 6/20)

Nithya Nathan-Pineau, the director of CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s program, says her group has personally interviewed “dozens” of detained children who are being held at public and private facilities in Maryland and Virginia.

“The majority of them have no contact with their parents,” Nathan-Pineau says.

Though Trump reversed course and signed an executive order ending the policy that separates children from their parents at the border, the fate of these children remains unclear.

– Before the administration reversed their policy of separating families at the border, David Biemesderfer, president and CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, wrote a blog urging an end to the policy. (United Philanthropy Forum, 6/19)

HOMELESSNESS | The number of laws criminalizing those who are homeless has increased in the US, but researchers say we should be trying to address the underlying causes of homelessness. (Citylab, 6/20)

HEALTHCARE | Reproductive rights advocates and healthcare clinics in Virginia have filed a lawsuit in hopes of overturning the state’s old anti-abortion laws. (ThinkProgress, 6/20)

PHILANTHROPY | A new report analyzing grants made to journalism programs from 2010 to 2015 found that only a small percentage of funding went to organizations operating at the local or state level. (Chronicle, 6/18)

RACISM | White Supremacists Plan To Demonstrate In D.C. On Anniversary Of Charlottesville Rally (DCist, 6/20)

Happy first day of summer!

Can you tell what these cooks were trying to make?

– Kendra

Why increasing police presence won’t lead to less gun violence

PUBLIC SAFETY | As new laws meant to address gun violence in the US are being proposed and passed, such as increasing police presence in schools, some argue that lawmakers and others have not considered the potential impact on people of color, especially since police officers have shot and killed Black individuals, and continue to, with virtually no consequences. (Atlantic, 4/6)

The guiding principles of American gun-control advocacy are that there are simply too many guns, that those guns are too capable of mass carnage, and that if fewer people—especially people who exhibit a proclivity to use them for violence—had those guns would likely make everyone safer. This is undeniably so in some black and brown neighborhoods, where homicides have spiked or remained elevated, bucking national long-term trends.

But many of those with little direct experience of such neighborhoods fail to understand how the ubiquity of guns everywhere becomes a rationale for police to employ lethal force in some places, and why a turn towards confiscation will inevitably lead to a cascade of more people killed the way Stephon Clark was. Advocates also generally fail to grapple with their role in empowering heavily armed citizens with a proclivity to use those arms—on themselves, against intimate partners, and against black and brown persons—to go on patrol.

DEVELOPMENT | The Montgomery County Planning Board has created an interactive tool to help residents and others track development in Bethesda, MD. (Urban Turf, 4/2)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Virgina schools will now include education on how to recognize and prevent child abuse in its family life education curriculum. (InsideNOVA, 4/5)

GIVINGCorporate Giving Is Tax-Exempt Lobbying, Report Suggests (PND Blog, 4/6)

ENVIRONMENT | A survey conducted by the Bloomberg Philanthropies found that mayors and city managers view climate change as one of their biggest concerns. (Citylab, 4/5)

RACISMHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today. (Slate, 4/2)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed a bill to create a  reinsurance program for Maryland’s health insurance marketplace, which will stop healthcare premiums from spiking. (WAMU, 4/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Assistant to the President | Public Welfare Foundation – New!
Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
Grants Management Assistant | Intentional Philanthropy
2018 Summer Intern | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Council on Foundations
Development Director | Critical Exposure
Director, Washington, DC Community | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Director, Engineering Initiatives | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Operations & Grants Manager | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Strategic Partnerships Consultant, Children’s Opportunity Fund | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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– Kendra

The world remembers MLK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination

RACISM | On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His death caused uprisings across the country that led to the destruction of Black neighborhoods, including DC’s own U Street. On this anniversary we remember what he fought for and against, and the fact that we’re still fighting 50 years later. (NYT, 4/4)

We see him standing before hundreds of thousands of followers in the nation’s capital in 1963, proclaiming his dream for racial harmony. We see him marching, arms locked with fellow protesters, through the battleground of Alabama in 1965.

But on the 50th anniversary of his death, it is worth noting how his message and his priorities had evolved by the time he was shot on that balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968. Dr. King was confronting many challenges that remain with us today.

CENSUS 2020D.C., Maryland and Virginia join states and cities in lawsuit to block citizenship question from 2020 Census (WaPo, 4/3)

The Atlantic has produced a seven minute documentary on the maternal health care crisis impacting DC’s women of color. (Atlantic, 3/26)

– A count of the number of people who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act marketplace in 2018 found a small decrease: about 400,000 fewer people than last year. (NYT, 4/3)

EDUCATION | Last week, Howard University students began occupying an administrative building to demand reforms, including the resignation of the school’s president. This week faculty members will participate in a “no confidence” vote targeted at the school’s president. (WaPo, 4/3)

BUDGET | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute has released a report analyzing Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. (DCFPI, 3/22)

IMMIGRATIONTensions over immigration heat up between Trump administration and Virginia’s largest jurisdiction (WaPo, 4/3)

Today would have been Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday. Check out Google’s new animation honoring her.

– Kendra

Maryland study estimates Amazon would add $17 billion to the state’s economy

ECONOMY | Maryland’s Department of Commerce has released a study estimating the economic impact on the state if Amazon chose to locate its second headquarters there. The study found it would contribute $17 billion to the economy and add $7.7 billion in wages. (Bethesda Beat, 2/28)

The study determined the ancillary effects of Amazon would result in about 101,000 total jobs and produce about $280 million in additional annual county tax receipts and $483 million in annual state tax receipts.

“Amazon’s HQ2 is the greatest economic development opportunity in a generation, and this study confirms just how transformative this project could be for Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement about the study. “From the construction phase, to when the headquarters is fully operation, Maryland would reap unprecedented benefits.”

– Local activists and a DC councilmember are concerned the mayor’s proposal that attempts to stop legal challenges to new developments will harm low-income residents and lead to more gentrification. (WaPo, 2/8)

– A local journalist looks into the recent fight about the volume of street performers and others in Chinatown. (Washingtonian, 3/1)

TAX REFORMMost D.C. Residents Will See Lower Taxes Overall From GOP Tax Law (WAMU, 2/27)

VETERANS | Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen has formally requested a review of the Washington DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. (NBC4, 3/1)

GIVING | A new study found that individual donors giving through donor-advised funds give more to education and less to religion. (Chronicle, 2/28 – Subscription needed)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | The Environmental Protection Agency released a report that found people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. (Atlantic, 2/8)

RACISMKKK lawyer warns Loudoun Co. against blocking constitutional rights (WTOP, 3/1)

You can now take a water taxi from the Wharf to National Harbor.

– Kendra

The administration has proposed an overhaul of SNAP benefits

FOOD INSECURITY | Instead of giving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants their cash benefits and allowing them the autonomy to use that money to buy the foods they know will sustain their household, the administration has proposed the government pick the food it believes these families should be eating and send them a “Harvest Box”. (NYT, 2/13)

The proposal seemed like a radical overhaul of the country’s core food assistance program — once called food stamps but now commonly known as SNAP. The idea was to shave about $21 billion a year from the federal deficit over the next 10 years. But the reaction was immediate, and largely negative.

Democrats claimed the plan shackled the poor while business groups, led by big food retailers, would stand to lose billions of dollars in lost SNAP business. The head of one trade association typically supportive of President Trump’s economic policies accused the administration of reneging on its pledge to cut “red tape and regulations.”

– A Virginia farm with a history of displaying signs with social justice messages is responding to the backlash they recently received from a “resist white supremacy” message. (WaPo, 2/14)

Howard University Joins Digital Effort To Celebrate Frederick Douglass Bicentennial (WAMU, 2/14)

HEALTH | New research suggests that the rise of the opioid epidemic is not primarily caused by economic distress. The study’s author argues that the increase in access to illegal opiods is the biggest contributor. (Citylab, 2/14)

IMMIGRATIONWhat a Question About Citizenship on the U.S. Census Could Mean (Yes! Magazine, 2/12)

PHILANTHROPY |  Rick Moyers, former vice president for programs and communications at Meyer Foundation, argues that we need both strategic and checkbook philanthropy to support the nonprofits and communities we are seeking to help. (CEP, 2/13)

ECONOMYReport: Data centers worth $10.2 billion to Virginia economy (InsideNOVA, 2/14)

A Wakanda-themed pop-up bar is coming to U Street this weekend to celebrate the opening of the Black Panther movie.

– Kendra

These returning citizens are getting the chance to grow their DC businesses

WORKFORCE | John Legend, a Grammy award-winning artist, has partnered with New Profit, a venture philanthropy fund, and Bank of America‘s charitable foundation to help eight returning citizens grow their businesses. Three of the entrepreneurs, with businesses ranging from a landscaping and event support company to a nonprofit that supports returning citizens, are based in DC. (WBJ, 2/7)

The team hopes the effort will help eliminate the stigma and barriers to re-entry the incarcerated face when they return home.

“Entrepreneurship creates opportunities for people with a criminal record to live with dignity, realize their potential and return to their communities and families as positive leaders,” John Legend said in a statement to the Washington Business Journal. “Self-employment is a pathway for individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system to earn a family-sustaining income, build a career, and give back to their communities.”

Related: Last year, Anthony Pleasant, an entrepreneur and former worker at Clean Decisions (one of the businesses mentioned in the above article), discussed the barriers that exist for returning citizens and encouraged funders to take more risks. Check it out

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, sat down with Leadership Greater Washington to discuss her leadership journey, and the role of LGW and WRAG in the Greater Washington region’s future. Read it here. (LGW, 2/7)

– Last week we announced the passing of Lois Hechinger England, trustee of the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation. We hope you’ll read her obituary here.

Meyer Foundation has named Terri Wright, former program director for health policy at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, as its vice president for program and community. (Meyer Blog, 2/6)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Chris Jarvis, co-Founder of Realized Worth outlines three big trends he’s seeing in corporate volunteering and employee giving.

If you’re a nonprofit leader looking for ways to design high-impact volunteer opportunities that will WOW your corporate partners, then join WRAG for the Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility workshop on April 26-27. Hear directly from Chris and more than other 20 CSR professionals from major companies across the region. (Realized Worth, 2/6)

POVERTY| Column: A revival of the “Poor People’s Campaign” was announced on Monday and activists say they are still grappling with how to address racism and poverty. (WaPo, 2/6)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/YOUTHTeens sentenced to life in prison say Maryland’s parole system is unconstitutional (WaPo, 2/6)

The Hirshhorn museum plans to project images relating to 1980s social issues on its building this month.

– Kendra

How the Greater Washington region is dealing with the government shutdown

– Today marks the third day of a government shutdown due to Congress not agreeing on a spending bill. Perhaps no other area will be more impacted than the Greater Washington region, as our workforce is almost 25% government workers, and 25% to 30% of the region’s economy is dependent on federal payroll or procurement spending. (WaPo, 1/21)

“If you viewed this as a company town, it’s like the factory shut down, and we don’t know when it’s going to reopen,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said.

Connolly cited statistics showing the region could lose an estimated $200 million per day in economic productivity, including the losses for small businesses catering to government employees.

“You know if you were running a lunch shop near the IRS and 80 percent of the IRS workforce is not going to work, you’ve lost a lot of your business for the duration of the shutdown,” he said. “They really have no recourse. That’s what so very sad, and some of these are family-run businesses.”

– Parents Scramble For Childcare With Federal Buildings Closed For Shutdown (WAMU, 1/22)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | The fact that DC is steadily becoming too expensive to live in isn’t news, but how the community and other sectors are dealing with it is newsworthy. Read about how these Chinatown residents were able to buy their building and renovate it using DC’s TOPA law, and other tools groups are using to make housing affordable here. Although not mentioned by name, the article also refers to Our Region, Your Investment – an impact investing initiative of both Enterprise Community Loan Fund and WRAG – as a way philanthropy and other partners are collaborating to preserve affordable housing in the region. (NextCity, 1/19)

Gretchen Greiner-Lott,WRAG’s vice president, says, “WRAG is pleased to be working with Enterprise to provide an important tool to bring much needed capital to our region’s housing affordability issue. To learn more about how you, too, can make a difference, go to Our Region, Your Investment.”

PHILANTHROPY | The Community Foundation in Montgomery County is now accepting applications for the 2018 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year. (Community Foundation, 1/19)

AGING | Watch as Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation, shares the foundation’s vision – a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable – and discusses how they are fighting senior poverty. (WJLA, 1/19)

RACISM | In a powerful example of how philanthropic leaders can use their voices, Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, and Maxwell King, president & CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, co-wrote an article condemning the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for attempting to paint the president’s racist words as non-offensive. (Heinz Endowment, 1/15)

HEALTH CARE/INCOMEThe American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality (Atlantic, 1/19)

HOMELESSNESS | On Sunday, DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that DC General will be closed by the end of the year. (WaPo, 1/21)

These suggestions may seem irrelevant now, but when winter comes back on Wednesday you might want to read about where to get the best hot chocolates in the region.

– Kendra

Homelessness has increased nationwide, according to new report

HOMELESSNESS | The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has released its 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, which is based on data from the nationwide point-in-time estimate that was conducted in January. The report found that while homelessness has increased by 1 percent nationally, it is mostly driven by an increase in the country’s most populous cities. (Citylab, 12/7)

“The commonality in [these places] are rapidly rising rents, with not rapidly rising incomes. This is causing the displacement of a significant number of people,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson during a press call on Wednesday. Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, agreed. “High cost and low vacancy rates are putting more people at risk of entering homelessness, and they’re making it harder and harder for people to find housing as they strive to exit homelessness.”

RACISM / HEALTH | Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why (NPR, 12/7)

TAX REFORM | Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the DC Policy Center, explains how the elimination of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction will impact the Greater Washington region’s population growth. (DC Policy Center, 12/7)

PHILANTHROPY | Vanessa Daniel, founder and executive director of the Groundswell Fund, discusses her organization’s Liberation Fund and the intersection of reproductive justice and racial equity. (PND Blog, 12/7)

– The DC Council has introduced legislation to prevent low-income residents from having their driver’s licenses suspended because they cannot afford to pay fines. (WaPo, 12/5)

– Upset about the I-66 tolls? These Virginia lawmakers are with you. (WaPo, 12/7)

EDUCATION | Southeast Ministry, a nonprofit in DC’s Congress Heights community, is helping adults with and without high school diplomas become more employable by offering training on high school equivalency tests and occupational training qualification exams. (WaPo, 12/5)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Development and Marketing Associate | Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc. – New!
Director of Grants Management | Democracy Fund
Officer, Communications | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Events Assistant | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Vice President, Program and Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Senior Director, Strategy and Racial Equity | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director, Washington, DC Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director, Virginia Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Receptionist (part-time) | Greater Washington Community Foundation
President & CEO | ACT for Alexandria – a community foundation
Assistant Director of Digital Marketing & Communications | The Children’s Inn at NIH
Controller | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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– Kendra


DC residents in wards 7 and 8 walked for food justice on Saturday

FOOD JUSTICE | This past Saturday, DC residents from wards 7 and 8 joined together to participate in a ‘grocery walk’ to bring attention to the lack of grocery stores and healthy food options in their wards. The walk ended with a rally that featured speeches from residents and council members from both wards. (WAMU, 10/16)

The lack of grocery stores makes the weekly task of restocking the refrigerator a challenge for long-time Ward 8 resident Delois McNeal, 70.

“I have to walk across the street to catch the W3 bus,” said McNeal. “It’s a shuttle bus that runs once every half an hour. If you miss that, you have to wait another half an hour to go to the grocery store.”

Like nearly half of all Ward 8 residents, McNeal doesn’t own a car.

NONPROFITS | Nonprofits provide essential services to communities with scarce resources, and as a result, measuring a nonprofit’s impact on its clients and how supportive the philanthropic and government sector is to its mission becomes a secondary concern. Urban Institute and the World Bank Group have partnered to create Measure4Change, a program that seeks to advance measurement and evaluation capacity of nonprofits in the greater Washington area. Learn more here. (Urban Institute, 11/16)

WORKFORCE | DCFPI has released a report that analyzed the potential impact on eligible workers if the developers and businesses connected with the Wharf (the newest development in southwest DC) had worked with unions. (DCFPI, 10/12)

– This Maryland entrepreneur is using her shipping connections to fill eight planes with supplies for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. (WAMU, 10/13)

– Big Donors Favor Tex. Over Puerto Rico in Hurricane Relief, Chronicle Data Shows (Chronicle, 10/12)

– Panelists at a Virginia forum on the state of children’s health reflected on how recent legislative changes have negatively impacted children. (InsideNOVA, 10/16)

– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Friday that showed almost 40% of adults and 20% of adolescents in the US are obese. (NBC News, 10/13)

RACISMWhite Supremacist Group Hangs Banner Over American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Downtown Office (WCP, 10/14)

In case you’ve ever wondered what Muppets would look like with human eyes.

– Kendra