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Legislators move to honor the memories of Montgomery County’s lynching victims

– Legislators in Montgomery County have moved to acknowledge Maryland’s history of lynchings by introducing a Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission bill to honor the memories of the county’s three known lynching victims. (WAMU, 2/11)

The text of the Montgomery County resolution asks for the commission to work with the Equal Justice Initiative, which last year opened a memorial honoring the 4,000 African-American victims of lynchings. The commission would place historical markers at the locations of the county’s three known lynchings, collect soil at each of the locations and create a monument dedicated to the victims. The group would also “design programs to advance the dialogue that the monument, historical markers and soil should foster.”

Related: Understanding our country’s racial history is a critical step toward advancing racial equity. For this reason, WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington partnered to take funders and other civic leaders on a Civil Rights Learning Journey throughout the South last year. The trip is happening again this Spring. Interested WRAG and LGW members can learn more here, and register to attend an info session on Thursday here.

– Bike equity is a powerful tool for increasing access to transportation and reducing inequality in US cities. However, cycling infrastructure is often times designed for and tailored to wealthy white cyclists. (CityLab, 2/8)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP | JPMorgan Chase, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, and Capital Impact Partners have launched a $6.65 million loan fund to assist minority entrepreneurs. (WBJ, 2/11)

NONPROFITS | Since climate change will affect nonprofits across the board, should they consider putting climate in every mission statement? (NPQ, 2/11)

– The current surge in the growth of giving circles is being driven by millennials and women. (WSJ, 2/10)

Opinion: All Donors Need More Education — Not Just the Wealthy (Chronicle, 2/12 – Subscription)

RFP |  The 2019 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle is accepting applications, due by this Thursday, February 14 by 5:00 pm. This is the largest discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Did you watch the Grammy’s on Sunday? Like music? Check out some of the great concerts taking place in DC this week.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back tomorrow and Friday!

– Buffy

New report encourages local leaders to make housing in the Greater Washington region more affordable

HOUSING | The Greater Washington region is home to some of the areas most expensive real estate, and with Amazon headed to Northern Virginia and housing prices rising, advocates are encouraging local leaders to commit to creating and preserving affordable housing. (WAMU, 1/30)

“The announcement by Amazon that Crystal City was selected for HQ2 will provide significant benefits for the region,” says a recent report from the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. “However, this announcement should create a regional sense of urgency and commitment to address our housing supply and affordability gap.” The affordability gap exists throughout the Washington area — not just in Northern Virginia — but Arlington’s housing market is already the priciest in the region, according to multiple analyses. To solve the problem, advocates say increasing public subsidies is important, but not the only solution.

RELATED: Many of the solutions mentioned in NVAHA’s new report were highlighted in the Housing Leaders Group’s A Guidebook for Increasing Housing Affordability in the Greater Washington Region. WRAG, as one of the co-conveners of the HLG, is working with NVAHA and other active HLG members to address the housing affordability crisis that is threatening the region’s economic growth and quality of life.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | Opinion: How the justice system criminalizes the poor — and funds itself in the process (WaPo, 1/29)

– DC charter schools are closing and putting children in education limbo. (WaPo, 1/31)

Koch network poised to scale up efforts to remake K-12 education with a pilot project in five states (WaPo, 1/29)

CHILD CARE | Arlington’s Child Care Initiative has the potential to make a dent in the rising costs of child care in the community. (GGW, 1/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Coal ash piles in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be cleaned up thanks to a new agreement between Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia, lawmakers, and Dominion Energy. (WAMU, 1/25)

NONPROFITS | Nonprofit boards generally know that diversity is important, but very few of them do anything to actively encourage it. (Fast Company, 1/29)

TRANSPORTATION | Purple Line contractor says it will cost nearly $60 million to offset delays of the 21 station light-rail project between Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. (WaPo, 1/30)

DIGITAL DIVIDE | DC is one of a small handful of cities addressing the digital divide by offering publicly funded tech support programs. (CityLab, 1/25)

– The Wayfinder Foundation has announced its second fellowship cohort of women activist leaders in Oakland, CA and Washington DC.

– Nonprofits and Donors Worry About Long-Term Impact of Shutdown (Chronicle, 1/25 – subscription)

RFP: The Gannett Foundation has created “A Community Thrives,” part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, as a way to share community building ideas on the national stage, gain support through donations and local connections, and have a chance at receiving a portion of $2,000,000 in grants to give your project and organization the best possible chance to succeed. Submissions for the 2019 A Community Thrives program are open from January 29, 2019 through February 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. Learn more and submit your idea here.

Social Sector Job Openings 

Controller | Meyer Foundation – New!
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health – New!
CSR Internship | Gannett Inc., USAToday /Gannett Foundation – New!
Vice President for Donor Relations | Community Foundation of Howard County – New!
Senior Communications Officer | Gill Foundation
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Foundation and Government Relations Officer​ | ​Shakespeare Theatre Company
Grants & Communications Officer​ | ​The Crimsonbridge Foundation
Executive Director​ | ​VHC Medical Brigade
Director of Development​ | ​DC Bar Foundation
Program Manager​ | ​Weissberg Foundation
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
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
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

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

Today is the start of Black History Month, which is celebrated throughout the DC region.

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

– Buffy

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

– 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)

– 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.

Community Calendar

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

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

The demolition of the District’s Barry Farm housing project is near

HOUSING | The DC Council approved the redevelopment of the Barry Farm housing project in 2006 under the New Communities Initiative, a program designed to revitalize “severely distressed” subsidized housing and redevelop communities plagued with concentrated poverty. Although residents have organized to stop their displacement during and after construction, the demolition is near and residents are frustrated with the developer and the DC Housing Authority’s policies. (WaPo, 7/8)

Management of the new complex will be overseen by one or both of the developers that have partnered with the Housing Authority. To dispel concern that the new manager might impose a tighter screening process for returning residents, in terms of their credit and rent-paying histories and any past legal problems, the authority has enacted a rule that the process cannot be any stricter than the current one for public housing.

King, the authority’s development officer, said the rebuilt complex will have 1,400 units, including 344 for public housing tenants. An additional 100 public housing apartments already have opened, and are occupied, at two new complexes nearby. The rest of the redevelopment, more than 1,000 residences, will be a mix of nonpublic apartments for low-income tenants and market-rate rental and ownership units.

RACISM | Tamara Copeland, WRAG’s president, has taken some time from her sabbatical to thank a longtime actress for calling out a racist incident she witnessed in Lucca, Italy, where Tamara is also visiting. (Daily, 7/10)

PHILANTHROPY | Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses why her foundation has decided to require prospective grantees to complete a racial equity impact assessment tool with their grant application. (CHF Blog, 7/6)

RFP | The Loudoun Impact Fund, a Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties initiative, is accepting applications for its 2017 grants cycle. Organizations supporting youth and elderly welfare in Loudoun County are invited to apply by September 13, 2017. More information here

– Instead of worrying about financing scholarships every year, what if foundations found a new way to help low-income and middle class students? (Chronicle, 7/7 – Subscription needed)

– DC, Maryland and Virginia have joined sixteen other states in filing a lawsuit against the secretary of education for delaying a rule that helps former students of predatory colleges seek debt forgiveness. (DCist, 7/7)

– A DC council member has proposed a bill that would create a grant program to provide rental assistance to longtime small businesses within the District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development. (AFRO, 7/6)

Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.? (WAMU, 7/6)

Cricket is coming to Northern Virginia.

– Kendra

Georgetown University confronts its history of slavery

– Georgetown University recently hosted a ceremony for the descendants of the slaves it sold to pay its debts in 1838. The school held the program to rename a building in honor of the enslaved and to apologize to their families. (WaPo, 4/18)

The descendants have found various connections to Georgetown and to their ancestors since learning about their past. For many, it sparked genealogical searches, sometimes with brutal emotional impact.

“For most African Americans, we kind of know in an abstract sense that our ancestors were enslaved, but that information is not normally easily obtained in a direct way,” said Carlton Waterhouse, a lawyer hired by one of the descendant groups who is asking Georgetown to involve the descendants more in planning a memorial or other forms of recognition. “It just becomes a lot more real for people once they find out who their ancestor was, how they were enslaved, where they were enslaved. I think that information is shocking for everyone. And then the second step is finding out that your church actually enslaved them.”

– A walking tour of the District’s LeDroit Park maps the history of segregation in the area. (WAMU, 4/17)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Tom Bartlett, senior manager of Global Corporate Citizenship at the Boeing Company, discusses why his organization has partnered with WRAG to help nonprofits understand why community investment is important to companies. (Daily, 4/19)

Related: There’s still time to register for WRAG’s Fundamentals of CSR Workshop on April 27-28. Hear from a network with more than 15 of our region’s most generous companies. Learn how to identify and engage corporate partners and design more effective corporate fundraising strategies.

– A new study finds a connection between the rise in unemployment and the rise in opioid deaths. (Citylab, 4/18)

– Maryland will consider a resolution to determine which snacks and beverages should be in vending machines in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ parks. (Bethesda Beat, 4/18)

NONPROFITS | The future of AmeriCorps and the community service efforts it funds are in jeopardy due to the administration’s budget proposal. (Chronicle, 4/18)

CENSUS | The Census is in danger of being underfunded. (WaPo, 4/18)

RFP | Compass is accepting applications for pro bono consulting service to nonprofits. Click here for more information.

IMMIGRATION | First DREAMer With Protected Status Deported (LAist, 4/18)

Turns out paper can beat rock (and possibly scissors).

– Kendra

Shining a light on need in Loudoun County

Editor’s note: WRAG’s staff are heading next week to Indianapolis, to attend the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers’ annual conference. The Daily will return on Tuesday, July 26. Stay cool!

COMMUNITY | Next year, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties will launch a community awareness campaign to raise the profile of poverty in Loudoun and encourage residents to support local nonprofit organizations that serve their neighbors in need. (Loudoun Now, 7/14)

Leading up to the campaign’s launch in March of 2017, nonprofit leaders will hold focus groups to identify how best to let the public know what local charities exist and what services they provide.

America Gives’ most recent report shows that, in 2012, Loudoun County residents donated, on average, 1.98 percent of their discretionary income to charities. That’s well below neighboring jurisdictions.

“This is a chance to change people’s knowledge and behavior toward nonprofits in Loudoun County,” said Caroline Toye, associate director of Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. “We want to empower residents to be engaged, however they want to, whether through volunteering, serving on a board or donating.”

The campaign grew out of WRAG’s 2015 Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, and additional funding has been provided by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area, and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Related: WRAG’s Katy Moore and Amy Owen, executive director of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, take a closer look at poverty in Loudoun County – a place typically portrayed as having great wealth –  and explain the need for this campaign. (Daily, 7/15)

LGBTQ | The Fairfax County School Board is considering regulations to safeguard the rights of transgender students that would ensure access to restrooms that align with their gender identity, and require teachers to use students’ preferred pronouns. (WaPo, 7/15)

– Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says he is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing for seniors in the county, a population that is growing rapidly. (Bethesda Beat, 7/13)

Nonprofit seeks to revitalize Anacostia one blighted house at a time (WaPo, 7/7)

RACISM | Scientists are trying many different experiments to try to counteract implicit bias. Most interventions, but not all, haven’t been shown to be very effective. (Atlantic, 7/14)

RFP | EventsDC is accepting grant proposals from nonprofits supporting children through sports, performing arts, or cultural arts in the District of Columbia. More information is available here.

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Think Giving to Groups That Support Nonprofits Is a Waste? You’re Wrong. (Chronicle, 7/6)


Administrative Assistant | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente

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