Tag: Rosie Allen-Herring

Adventures in being “underbanked” and “unbanked”

A recent breakdown of a major prepaid debit card company’s system that left many without funds shines a broader light on the perils of low-income Americans who are among the “underbanked” and “unbanked.” (NYT, 10/21)

In its most recent survey, the F.D.I.C. counted 25.4 million people in the United States in 2013 who had no bank account. Another 67.5 million had an account but also relied on nonbank financial services such as check-cashing stores or payday lenders.

Jonathan Mintz, a former commissioner of New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs, said a lack of safe banking options threatened to worsen economic inequality.

Are Community Foundations Stepping Up Support for LGBT Issues? It Looks That Way (Inside Philanthropy, 10/12)

–  More socially responsible investing and, thus, divestment campaigns, have come into the mainstream over the past two decades. Though well-intentioned, these moves can often be misguided in their efforts to truly make a difference. (New Yorker, 10/20)

More Foundations and Endowments Weigh Private Equity Co-Investments (NYT, 10/20)

COMMUNITY | United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) has joined the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and George Mason University Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy for the Regional Nonprofit Forum to be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. The event will feature keynote speakers Rick Moyers of the Meyer Foundation and John Brothers of the T. Rowe Price Foundation. There will also be a discussion on ways leaders adapt to ongoing changes in the social profit sector by Rosie Allen-Herring of UWNCA and Mary Agee, formerly of Northern Virginia Family Service.

– Many Hands is accepting Letters of Inquiry from organizations interested in applying for a grant byNovember 30. Qualified 501(c)(3) organizations will be referred to one of four focus area committees – Education, Health, Housing and Job Readiness – for further consideration. Click here and here for more information about the process, or visit manyhandsdc.org.

EDUCATION/DISTRICT | Enrollment up in D.C. public schools for seventh consecutive year (WaPo, 10/20)

FOOD | As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food in the Trash (NPR, 10/20)

Do you hate cold weather? Other than packing up and moving down south, here’s how you can enjoy pleasant temperatures all year long

– Ciara

Wage inequality in U.S. metros

The Daily WRAG will return on Tuesday, October 13. 

While wage inequality is nothing new, the problem has become a staple of many major cities across the country. In some U.S. metros with high wage inequality – like the metropolitan Washington region – there are a number of implications for those who do not earn high salaries. (City Lab, 10/7)

[…] wage inequality appears to be bound up with higher housing costs, being closely correlated with the share of income devoted to housing […]. The higher wage earners in knowledge-based metros essentially bid up the cost of housing. And while knowledge workers and the creative class make enough to cope with the increased costs, as my own research has shown, this hits extremely hard at workers in lower paid service and blue-collar jobs who increasingly cannot afford to live in these places.

– Congratulations to WRAG members Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area, and Nicky Goren, president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation, for being featured in The Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 list in the category of Heavy Hitters, defined as “[…] those executives who lead the most powerful organizations in town, be it for their size, their reputations or the sheer dollars they generate.” (WBJ, 10/5)

– Congratulations are also in order for WRAG members IBM and Citi Foundation for taking home awards in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Awards in the areas of Best Corporate Steward – Large Business, and Best Community Improvement Program.

HOUSING | Enterprise takes a look at housing affordability for the millennial workforce on the heels of some newly released research on the topic. (Enterprise, 10/6)

TRANSPORTATION/DISTRICT | Bikeshare services are a convenience enjoyed by many in D.C. who seek alternative ways to get around, but they are often only available in more affluent parts of the city and to those with credit cards. In an effort to better reach minority and low-income residents, the District has unveiled potential plans to expand bikeshare stations across D.C. and eliminate barriers to payment to use the services. (WaPo, 10/6)

ENVIRONMENT/PUBLIC HEALTH | MoCo becomes first major locality to ban cosmetic pesticides from lawns (WaPo, 10/6)

Are you a native to the region? Here’s some nostalgia for you in the form of local TV ads.

– Ciara

Today marks UWNCA annual day of giving

Today is the day! United Way of the National Capital Area‘s Do More 24 day of giving is in full swing. Check out some of the ways you can give before the 11:59 pm deadline tonight. (WBJ, 6/3 and WaPo, 6/4)

United Way NCA incentivized nonprofits to participate in the Do More 24 campaign this year by offering cash awards totaling $82,500 for such milestones as getting the most total donations, the largest single donation, even the most “selfie” pictures.

“Do More 24 is a chance for the entire region to come together and give where they live,” [Rosie] Allen-Herring said. “Individuals and businesses are invited to join forces on June 4 to give local nonprofits a well-deserved and always-welcome boost as they do their essential work helping our neighbors in need and making our region a better place for all.”

– Whitman-Walker Health has announced plans for the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center following their recent relocation to a newer, more modern healthcare facility. (WBJ, 6/3)

EDUCATION | Why Technology Alone Won’t Fix Schools (Atlantic, 6/3)

YOUTH | A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow (City Lab, 6/3)

DISTRICT/LGBT | Currently, the D.C. Council does not have any openly gay members for the first time in 18 years. Washington City Paper explores what that may or may not mean for LGBTQ advocates and residents looking to advance important issues. (WCP, 6/3)

WORKFORCE | A movement has emerged in recent years to provide people in the creative industry with “co-working” communal offices where they can run their businesses with other like-minded individuals and share an affordable work space. A new, similar concept that would provide affordable “maker- spaces” for low- and moderate-income industrial workers is gaining some traction. (City Lab, 6/3)

Though the Cleveland Cavs are about to win a championship soon – making this list irrelevant – take a look at the most “cursed sports cities” in America.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, 2015

– Rachel Tappis, the associate director of community impact for The Advisory Board Company, gave us some insight into what she has learned so far as a participant in the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, and why she can’t wait for the next session. (Daily, 2/19)

– The Washington Business Journal features a profile of each of this year’s Minority Business Leader Awards honorees. Congratulations to Rosie Allen-Herring of United Way of the National Capital Area, Terri Copeland of PNC, and WRAG Board member, Debbi Jarvis of Pepco, on a well-deserved honor! (WBJ, 2/20)

– In her latest post, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared some great news concerning the Community Wealth Building Initiative (Daily, 2/18)

High-poverty schools need better teachers, but getting them there won’t be easy (GGW, 2/20)

– A new map was released showing the changes in reading proficiency for third graders in the District from 2007-2014 (WCP, 2/19)

– Upon his departure from Montgomery County Public Schools, former Superintendent Joshua Starr gave his thoughts on his time with the district in this exit interview. (WAMU, 2/15)

Metro failed to notify fire officials that radio alarms weren’t working (WaPo, 2/19)

– A government advisory committee has developed new recommendations for American diets that includes eating less processed and red meats to reduce the negative impact on the environment. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department may use the recommendations to inform the next version of their Dietary Guidelines later in the year. (WaPo, 2/19)

Maryland Environmentalists Want to Get Serious About Rising Sea Levels (WAMU, 2/19)

Brown Bag Discussion: Financial Capability, Financial Literacy, and Economic Asset Building (WRAG members)
Monday, February 23, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Funders’ Roundtable of Montgomery County: Investing in Our Neighbors With Special Needs from Cradle to Career (The Funders’ Roundtable is a networking group exclusively for donors, foundations, and companies interested in giving in Montgomery County, MD)
Thursday, February 26, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Find out who police in one city have issued a warrant for in connection with the cold weather. 

– Ciara


New reports on absenteeism in D.C.’s Head Start programs

The Urban Institute has released two companion reports on the absenteeism in Head Start programs in D.C. Public Schools. According to the reports, more than 25 percent of the students enrolled last school year were chronically absent, having missed at least 10 percent of the year. (WaPo, 1/26)

Overall, less than half – 44 percent – of the school system’s Head Start students had what one report called “satisfactory attendance,” which is missing 5 percent or less of the school year.

Research shows that early attendance problems often persist, putting children at greater risk of performing poorly on math or reading tests in elementary school, repeating a grade or dropping out of school.

The newly released reports are Absenteeism in DC Public Schools Early Education Program and Insights into Absenteeism in DCPS Early Childhood Program.

PHILANTHROPY | As we move full speed ahead into the new year, thought leaders including WRAG’s own Tamara Copeland, Rosie Allen-Herring of United Way of the National Capital Area, and Vikki Spruill of the Council on Foundations offer their insights on what they think lies ahead this year for philanthropy in the Washington region. (WaPo, 1/25)

ARTS/EQUITY | While THEARC in D.C.’s Ward 8 celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, advocates and admirers of the arts focus on how to get more cultural offerings east of the river. (Elevation DC, 1/27)

“We need a gallery, we need space—period,” says Kimberly Gaines, a creative consultant who lives in Deanwood. She says that it’s a struggle to find good spaces to display art. That the arts organizations that do exist in Ward 7 often need help navigating the grantmaking process. And that some talented artists are being overlooked.


A vibrant art community east of the river would bring residents closer, she says. “This side of town, we’re commuters. We commute downtown. It’s difficult not having art-related entertainment on this side of town. Now, fortunately, you can go over to Southeast, but even still, you’re leaving your community. I just want to see a show in my neighborhood.”

Related for Funders: Next week, WRAG’s Arts & Humanities Working Group will meet to discuss issues related to diversity and racial equity in the region’s cultural sector. More information is available here. Please note that this meeting is for grantmakers only.

HOMELESSNESS | Homeless Population at Motels Continues to Climb, at a Cost of Millions (WCP, 1/26)

HEALTH | Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation delves into the growing primary care physician shortage facing insured Americans, and how primary care and public health can work together to remedy the problem. (HuffPo, 1/26)

REGION | As part of their You Are Here project, MIT Researchers have put together some new graphics showing the average median household income for each stop on the Metro system’s lines. The graphs also include overall income averages for each line, with the Orange line having the highest at $97,236. (WaPo, 1/26)

ECONOMY | Inequality Is Not Just About Wall Street: It’s In All 50 States (WSJ, 1/27)

Check out how a photo of a young man helped raise over $400,000 in just one day. 

– Ciara

The Washingtonian’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ in the region

Joining the ranks of individuals like Michelle Obama, Christine Lagarde, and the female members of the Supremes Supreme Court, we are very proud that six leaders in the WRAG community were named to the Washingtonian’s Most Powerful Women list. List members are being honored at a luncheon today.

The full list is available in the November print edition of Washingtonian magazine. Here are excerpts from the issue (Washingtonian, Nov. 2013):

Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area. In June, Allen-Herring tookover an almost entirely female senior staff at the DC branch of the country’s largest charity. She now oversees millions in grants, most of which go to midsize-to-large charities.

Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. As head of the biggest private foundation focused on Washington, Cleveland doled out more than $18 million in grants last year to arts, education, health, and community organizations.

Terri Lee Freeman, president, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. When local tragedies warrant relief funds – such as the September 11 attack on the Pentagon and this year’s shootings at the Navy Yard – the funds are administered by Freeman’s Community Foundation, which also manages many smaller, private foundations.

Nicky Goren, president and CEO, Washington Area Women’s Foundation. As head of the 15-year-old foundation, Goren oversees grant-giving and programming efforts that empower women and girls in the area.

Julie Rogers, president, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. Next June will bring an end to Roger’s 28-year tenure directing grant administration and management assistance on behalf of the Meyer Foundation, which funds mostly community and educational organizations.

Victoria Sant, president of the board, National Gallery of Art. A major philanthropic force in Washington, Sant has supported not only the National Gallery, but also the Summit Foundation, the Smithsonian, and Vital Voices.

HOUSING | In What Funders Need to Know earlier this year, we mapped out transportation and housing costs to show where a family of four could afford to live in the area. A new interactive tool called the Location Affordability Portal takes a similar approach. (WaPo, 11/12)

NONPROFITS | NASDAQ for Nonprofits? A Wharton grad came up with the idea when she was in school. Over the last year, she has made a huge amount of progress on the innovative idea. At the moment, lawyers are working with the SEC to examine its feasibility. (NYT, 11/12)

HEALTHCARE | Former President Bill Clinton was interviewed by the digital magazine Ozy about the roll out of the Affordable Care Act. He makes four main points, some of which are optimistic and some of which are potentially cause for concern. (Ozy, 11/12)

Related: Troubled HealthCare.gov unlikely to work fully by end of November (WaPo, 11/13)

LOCAL | Is Washington broken? Not for the city’s exploding startup scene. (WaPo, 11/12)

FOOD | Cuts To Food Assistance Puts Strain On Maryland Families And Institutions (WAMU, 11/13)

SEQUESTRATION | Imagine there’s no research. It’s easy if you try. No data to inform us. We might as well cry. In a survey of research universities, seven of 10 respondents said that sequestration is delaying their research projects. (WaPo, 11/12)

We are completely surrounded by advertisements, so it’s refreshing to see genuine creativity injected into the fray.* Here are some truly clever ads, though I think the Kung Fu Panda one might have been ironic vandalism.

* This comment was brought to you by your friends at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Awards, awards, awards! [News, 11.18.11]

– Congratulations to Rosie Allen-Herring of Fannie Mae and Nicky Goren of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, who were among the 25 local leaders to receive the 2011 Women Who Mean Business award from the Washington Business Journal. (WBJ, 11/17)

– Yesterday the Meyer Foundation announced the recipients of its 2011 Exponent Awards, which recognize excellent nonprofit executive directors. The honorees are Manny Hidalgo, of the Latino Economic Development Corporation; Lecester Johnson, of Academy of Hope; and Amy Nakamoto, of DC SCORES. The recipients receive $100,000 to support leadership development in their organizations. Congratulations! (Meyer, 11/17)

The Community Foundation for Montgomery County recognized Jeffrey Slavin, of the Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation, as the 2011 Philanthropist of the Year at a ceremony on Tuesday evening. (Chevy Chase Patch, 11/17). You can check out some additional photos of the event via the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s Facebook page. Slavin’s philanthropy was also recently profiled in Bethesda Magazine. (November-December 2011)

POVERTY | Fewer D.C. households received food stamps last year (Examiner, 11/18) However, this is more a function of low income families moving out of the District due to the growing cost of living than a decrease in poverty.

DEMOGRAPHICS | Since the economic downturn in 2008, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have all seen a decline in immigration, particularly from Latin American and Caribbean countries. (Examiner, 11/18)

ENVIRONMENT | This is really cool: an elementary school in Howard County, MD, has received a grant to install solar panels over the landfill next door to the school, which will provide the school with 90 percent of its power in the future. (WAMU, 11/15)

PROFILE | The Post today has a great story about how a local ex-convict is rebuilding his life. A powerful read. (WaPo, 11/18)

MUSIC | If you attended our annual meeting on Wednesday, I’m sure this song is still stuck in your head. Good luck getting it un-stuck. (Daily, 11/17)

Happy Friday! Here’s a selection of incredible photos that have been submitted for National Geographic’s annual photo contest. This one is my favorite.