Tag: region

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

Mapping the state of childhood trauma in the US

YOUTH/MENTAL HEALTH | Due to the recurrence of school shootings and the increased scrutiny of the impact of having an incarcerated parent, the state of mental health for youth has received more attention. Child Trends has released a report exploring the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in the US. (NPR, 2/27)

American school shootings are a relatively rare form of childhood trauma—albeit less so than they used to be. But many other experiences that can cause lasting psychological damage, such as parental incarceration and economic hardship, are relatively common. Indeed, a new report from Child Trends, a Bethesda, Maryland, nonprofit that conducts research on improving children’s lives, found that almost half of all American children have experienced at least one potentially traumatic “adverse childhood experience,” or ACE.

The most prevalent ACEs that American children experience are economic hardship and divorce or separation of a parent or guardian. Nationally, one in every ten kids has experienced three or more ACEs.

NONPROFITS | How Social Services Groups Are Stepping Up Fundraising to Combat Threats (Chronicle, 2/27 – Subscription needed)

IMMIGRATION | Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that immigrants awaiting decisions on their status in the US do not have a right to bond hearings. Many believe this could lead to immigrants being detained indefinitely. (Newsweek, 2/27)

RACIAL EQUITY | Fifty years after the Kerner Report, a study prompted by former President Lyndon B. Johnson after the rise in racial unrest in 1968, researchers say poverty and segregation has worsened. (NPR, 2/27)

REGION | Christian Dorsey, member of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments‘ Board of Directors, and Jason Miller, CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership, joined the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the Greater Washington region’s and the need for regional goals. Listen here.

GENDER WAGE GAP | A Georgetown University study found that a woman would need one more college degree than her male peer to receive the same salary. (WJLA, 2/27)

EDUCATIONManassas Park City School Board bans discrimination against gay and transgender students and staff (Prince William Times, 2/27)


Yesterday, Maryland native Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors player, joined his team in a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture with some local children from his old neighborhood.

– Kendra

A new report reveals how the Greater Washington region’s residents perceive their quality of life

REGION | The Greater Washington Community Foundation partnered with the Urban Institute on a recent initiative, Voices of the Community: DC, Maryland, Virginia, to lift up community members’ perceptions of the quality of life in the Greater Washington region. Today, they have released a report focused on resident’s thoughts on well-being and satisfaction, economic security and inclusion, social inclusion and how they view their role in local problem solving. (GWCF, 12/7)

Focus group and community conversations data point to a general sense that
leveraging community strengths, bridging divides within jurisdictions, and putting
more priority on economic development—with responsibility taken across all sectors, not just government—should be emphasized in the search for solutions.

Sharing our regional strength within and across groups and neighborhoods was a
theme that ran throughout the focus group and community conversations. One Asian and Pacific Islander focus group member summed up this fairly common sentiment: “I would like to see all people in our community have access to the great things we have talked about, like public resources, affordable housing, all the good things we [in this focus group] have. I think some of the negative issues in the area are tied to the fact that some people don’t have the same access [as others].”

RACIAL EQUITY | Kathleen P. Enright, president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, discusses her organization’s journey to its decision to integrate racial equity into their mission. (Huffington Post, 12/4)

HEALTH
– A Prince William County, VA supervisor wants more funding to expand treatment programs for people struggling with opioid addiction. (InsideNOVA, 12/5)

– DC Council has passed legislation to prohibit insurance providers from raising fees for preventive health services for women in case the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (WAMU, 12/6)

IMMIGRATION | Yesterday activists and lawmakers gathered at the Capitol to demand action on DACA, which is set to expire on March 5, 2018, and other immigration policies. Two hundred people were arrested, including two Maryland officials. (WaPo, 12/6)

PHILANTHROPY | Bridgespan researchers have developed a “framework for audacious philanthropy” after analyzing the success of 15 major societal changes, such as the widespread adoption of CPR and marriage equality. (Fast Company, 8/29)

FOOD INSECURITY | DC Central Kitchen has purchased a new van, with a grant from the World Bank Group, to help achieve its New Year’s resolution to recover and repurpose one million pounds of food in the region. (WJLA, 12/4)

WORKFORCE | A local university will not support its graduate students’ efforts to unionize, stating that they are students, not employees. (WaPo, 12/6)

TECHNOLOGYHow Internet Co-ops Can Protect Us From Net Neutrality Rollbacks (YES! Magazine, 11/22)


What would you tell your future self? Why don’t you type it up and email it to yourself?

– Kendra

What does philanthropy look like in the Greater Washington region?

NONPROFITS | As foundations and other grantmaking institutions in the Greater Washington region become more strategic with their funding, area nonprofits are forced to adapt to a new, more competitive normal. Members of the WRAG community, including WRAG’s president Tamara Lucas Copeland, the Greater Washington Community Foundation‘s president and CEO Bruce McNamer, and the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation‘s president and CEO Nicky Goren, commented on the changing field in this article. (WBJ, 11/14)

“When the recession hit, the philanthropic community was very mindful of their resources and how to target their resources more effectively,” says Tamara Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Copeland, whose association works with more than 100 Greater Washington foundations and corporate giving programs, says she heard many conversations within the WRAG community about who was funding which organization, and which organizations needed the most support.

“At that time, there was a lessening of support to new organizations and more of a laser focus,” Copeland says.

Related: WRAG recently released Our Giving, Our Region 2017, which dives into our members’ 2016 giving in the region. Read the report here.

Related:  Taratibu Youth Association, a resident arts organization at Joe’s Movement Emporium (mentioned in the article), was featured at WRAG’s 2017 annual meeting.

FOSTER CARE | A national study has found that many states fail to offer services that support youth who are aging out of foster care. (Richmond Times, 11/14)

PHILANTHROPYFor Big Philanthropists, Advice From Family and Peers Is Still Key to Giving, Study Finds (Chronicle, 11/14 – Subscription needed)

WORKFORCE
– The District has announced that it will help green-card holders who work for the city government to become citizens. (WaPo, 11/14)

– How NOVA, Prince William County Landfill are working together to create a pipeline of new construction workers for the region (Potomac Local, 11/13)

HEALTH | The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have updated the blood pressure guidelines, which may cause more people to be labeled as having hypertension. (NPR, 11/14)

REGION | The Greater Washington Board of Trade has named its new CEO. (WBJ, 11/14)


Today is National Philanthropy Day! Will you celebrate?

– Kendra

A regional approach to opioid addiction

REGION| DC, Maryland and Virginia officials gathered at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments‘ Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit yesterday to discuss how to address the growing opioid addiction crisis in the region. All three jurisdictions agreed that having a system that monitored prescriptions is a major component to combating the issue. (WaPo, 5/9)

There were 198 opioid-related deaths in the District in the first 11 months of 2016. All three jurisdictions have seen steady increases in the number of opioid-related deaths. Hogan said Tuesday that six people die in Maryland each day, on average, as a result of overdosing on opioids — more than are killed by guns or in vehicle accidents.

Bowser, Hogan and McAuliffe noted that each of their jurisdictions have launched public-awareness campaigns, expanded access to overdose-reversal drugs, increased funding for treatment and taken steps to improve collaboration between agencies.

NONPROFIT SUMMER LEARNING SERIES | WRAG is excited to announce that our Nonprofit Summer Learning Series, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is open for registration! Nonprofits, join us as local funders pull the curtain back on philanthropy. (Daily, 5/10)

HEALTH | Why maintaining health insurance is difficult when you are experiencing homelessness. (StreetSense, 5/4)

TRANSIT
– Here’s a map of the most dangerous intersections in the District. (WaPo, 5/9)

– People With Disabilities Lose Free Parking Downtown (WAMU, 5/8)

LGBTQ | A Virginia federal court of appeals has been asked to consider if three couples can challenge a law allowing magistrates with religious objections to refuse to perform marriages between same-sex couples. (WTOP, 5/10)

ENVIRONMENT | Activists and others worry as Maryland’s prosecution of environmental crimes has dropped significantly. (Baltimore Sun, 5/10)


A journey to remember…

– Kendra

Some seniors in the District are losing Medicaid

AGING | Due to an income limit rule being enforced recently, a little over 100 DC seniors will be rolled off the Medicaid program. For these seniors who were utilizing the District’s Medicaid program for their health care needs, including home care workers, this change is alarming. (WCP, 3/30)

For those caught in this rule change, options are limited. They can pay for home care out of pocket, which can cost hundreds of dollars per day, a financial impossibility for someone as close to the income cut-off… They can try to prove they are “medically needy,” a complex income-based classification that is hard to qualify for, offers temporary coverage, and expects beneficiaries to live on less than $650 each month.

For those in the vast economic middle—seniors who are neither poor enough for Medicaid nor anywhere close to wealthy enough to afford home care—the remaining option is a nursing facility.

NONPROFITS/EVENT | Anna Christ, director of corporate and foundation relations at So Others Might Eat, discusses her experience at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop in 2016 and shares how it helped shape their strategy for corporate engagement. (Daily, 3/23)

Related: Learn how to strengthen relationships with existing corporate funders and attract the attention of future corporate partners at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop. Register here (Early bird registration ends 3/31!)

HEALTHTruth Initiative launched a new truth campaign called #StopProfiling to shine a light on how the tobacco industry deliberately singles out communities that already face adversity and inequality with aggressive marketing tactics that equal profiling. (Truth Initiative, 2/12)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
– This college program is preparing prison inmates for a life outside of prison. (NPR, 3/27)

– A new brief explores the promising strategies that are being implemented across the country to ensure that judicial fines and fees do not contribute to burdensome debt for low-income communities and people of color. (PolicyLink, 3/28)

REGION | The 2030 Group, along with other local leaders, will kick off its fundraising drive today for a marketing campaign to re-brand the region to improve its reputation. The initiative is part of the Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future. (WaPo, 3/29) WRAG is pleased to be a part of this coalition.

NONPROFITS/RFP | The Inter-American Development Bank is looking for the 10 most inspiring and creative initiatives that primarily address the needs of the Latin American and/or Caribbean communities located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Apply here by April 27th

ENVIRONMENTMd. commission rules WSSC water rates discriminate against larger households (WaPo, 3/29)


Horror fans: “IT” is back!

– Kendra

HIV prevention drug awareness in DC focuses on black women

HIV/AIDS | Addressing the HIV rate in the District, which is the nation’s highest, has long been a priority for the city. Now the city has partnered with local organizations to raise awareness and increase access to a new prevention drug for the community that are the second-highest demographic at risk for HIV: black women. But with this new awareness, they are still dealing with the barriers related to accessing the drug. (StreetSense, 3/22)

Low-income Black women or those who are homeless face systemic barriers to accessing PrEP when they are HIV-negative. If they are HIV-positive, they face significant stigma surrounding HIV in society and even within the medical community.

Since PrEP requires a prescription and follow-up appointments every three months, people with unstable housing face additional challenges in trying to obtain PrEP. Simply lacking a place to store the medication is a problem.

Dr. Monica Vohra, a primary care physician at Bread for the City, noted that transportation is a large problem for adherence to PrEP by patients experiencing homelessness. “How do you get to your provider to have these follow-up visits that are pretty much required for you to be able to take the medication?” Vohra asked. “PrEP is useful if it’s taken correctly. Its efficacy really reduces if it’s not taken on a consistent basis.”

Related: The Washington AIDS Partnership launched its PrEP for Women Initiative last year to increase knowledge and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among women of color in the District. Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership said this about the program,”We are proud to be managing one of the largest programs helping women of color.”

NONPROFITS/EVENT | Dr. Donney John, executive director of NOVA Scripts Central, reflects on his experience at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop in 2016 and shares why the workshop was valuable for his work with his clinic. (Daily, 3/23)

Related: Learn how to strengthen relationships with existing corporate funders and attract the attention of future corporate partners at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop. Register here

PHILANTHROPY | This week foundation leaders met with members of Congress during Foundations on the Hill, an annual event sponsored by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Alliance for Charitable Reform, and the Council on Foundations. The topics discussed included the Johnson Amendment and recent proposed budget cuts. (Chronicle, 3/22 – Subscription needed)

LGBTQ/AGINGAdvocates fear erasure of LGBTQ seniors from national elder survey (MetroWeekly, 3/20)

REGION | Both Loudoun County and DC saw the most population growth in our region. (WTOP, 3/23)

GENDER EQUITY | Women in the District and Maryland most likely will have equal pay by 2065, but nationally, women of color might have to wait about 200 more years according to new research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. (Citylab, 3/22)

MENTAL HEALTH | NPR explores how a ‘scarcity mindset‘ can make problems worse and how to deal with it. (WAMU, 3/23)

Related: Last year’s Brightest Minds speaker Eldar Shafir, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, discussed how scarcity impacted individuals living in poverty. Read about the session here.


Would you have guessed the right letter?

– Kendra

Maryland advocates want to re-open recovery school for teens

EDUCATION
– As the opioid epidemic sweeps the nation and Maryland’s governor has declared a state of emergency due to the crisis, advocates are looking at reopening a school for teenagers dealing with addiction. Drug-related emergency room visits are up for teenagers in Montgomery County, MD, which is prompting this effort. (WaPo, 3/19)

Former students recall the importance of the school’s recovery-minded community, apart from their old friends and bad habits. At Phoenix, other teenagers were trying to stay clean; they often remained at Phoenix a year or two, then returned to their high schools or graduated.

Henry Bockman, 48, who attended in the mid-1980s and is now a business owner in the county, says he recalls team-building during outdoor trips — rock climbing, caving, rafting — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, support from other teenagers and teachers who took the time to really know students.

– Study: Half or more of community college students struggle to afford food, housing (Hechinger Report, 3/15)

ADVOCACY | Last week, WRAG’s Board of Directors voted to sign on as a supporter of the New Social Compact, a statement of values, practices, and actions produced by professor john a. powell of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses why WRAG signed on to the compact, and how we use our voice on issues that matter. (Daily, 3/20)

HEALTH | A new state analysis found that under the proposed healthcare bill, Virginia’s Medicaid program could lose $1.8 billion over a six-year span. (WTOP, 3/17)

REGION/ECONOMY | The administration’s new budget would severely impact social spending in the DC region. (WaPo, 3/18)

WRAG/EVENTS | On March 30th, the 2030 Group, a regional group of Washington Metropolitan area business leaders who are focused on strengthening the region’s economy, will hold “The Roadmap for Washington Region’s Economic Future: Where Are We Now?” event. Register here.

HOUSING | Opinion: The D.C. region needs a housing corporation to help make home prices affordable (WaPo, 3/17)

ENVIRONMENT | Why racial equity and diversity have to matter in the environmental sector and how to address it. (Center for Effective Philanthropy, 3/16)


An office MacGyver with the steaks

– Kendra

Anti-LGBTQ attacks are up across the US

LGBTQ | Casa Ruby, a DC bilingual and multicultural LGBTQ organization, was vandalized this past Sunday and one of the staff was attacked. These incidents are on the rise in the context of state and federal policy shifts that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. (NBC News, 3/13)

This is the third time in just two weeks that men have come to Casa Ruby to harass and attack the transgender women that meet there for support and companionship. And D.C. is not the only city to see its local LGBTQ community center hit by violence or vandalism in recent weeks.

In February and March, a spate of hate incidents occurred at LGBTQ community centers and similar venues across the nation, in a trend that has gone underreported.

YOUTH/RACE | There has been a number of Black and Latinx teens reported missing in the District recently. A national magazine asks why more media outlets aren’t reporting on them. (Teen Vogue, 3/13)

PHILANTHROPY | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, in partnership with the Meyer Foundation, has created a Resilience Fund to support the needs of nonprofits working to protect the region’s vulnerable communities as a result of changes in federal policy. Read more.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | What is the role of museums during times of political unrest? Some believe the institutions should engage, while others believe they should remain neutral. (NYT, 3/13)

ECONOMY | This economist warns that the new administration’s budget cuts could cause a recession in the DC region. (Washingtonian, 3/13)

REGION | DC Policy Center explains the intersecting borders of our region and how we should work together to tackle social issues. (GGW, 3/13)

ENVIRONMENT | More DC schools are installing solar panels to lower the cost of energy bills, in addition to teaching students about solar energy. (WTOP, 3/14)


The many ways we’re ruining cherry blossoms for future generations…

– Kendra