Tag: shutdown

Pay Equity Act in Montgomery County is aimed at reducing gender pay disparities

GENDER/EQUITY | New legislation introduced in Montgomery County is aimed at reducing pay disparities between male and female county employees. County Council Member Evan Glass’s “Pay Equity” act will prohibit county government employers from basing salary offers on applicants’ past earnings, and will require the county executive’s office to assess gender pay equity within county government every two years. (WAMU, 5/7)

Women in Maryland typically earn 86 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to the National Women’s Law Center, which supports barring employers from asking job candidates about their salary history. Black and Latina women face even larger disparities across the state.  “Since wages for women generally lag behind wages for men, and wages for women of color lag even further behind wages of white men, basing a starting salary on a person’s current salary is likely to result in an adverse impact on the future wages of women employees,” says a county memorandum.

TRANSIT
– A just-released study highlights recommendations for transforming the Greater Washington region’s bus network into a better system that works when, where, and how customers need it. (WaPo, 5/6)

– The District is looking into adding tolls and implementing decongestion pricing to address traffic concerns. (WTOP, 5/2)

EDUCATION | Can DC’s public schools survive the coming enrollment surge? (GGWash, 5/2)

HOUSING
– Amazon says that its presence in the Washington region won’t cause housing costs to spike like they did in Seattle due to better planning. (WaPo, 5/3)

– Newly Enforced DCHA Policy Prematurely Cuts Families Off From Rental Assistance, Housing Attorneys Say (WCP, 5/1)

WORKFORCE | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute highlights the history of May Day and the fight for workers’ rights in the District. (DCFPI, 5/1)

SHUTDOWN | The shutdown may be over, but contractors continue to suffer from it. (WBJ, 5/6)

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT | According to a new United Nations report, up to 1 million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, and humans will suffer. (WaPo, 5/6)

PHILANTHROPY | How Philanthropy Can Preserve Press Freedom (Chronicle, 4/29)


Yay and yum – Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are at their most plentiful in seven years.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Wednesday and Thursday!

– Buffy

The federal government shutdown cost to the District of $47 million will affect upcoming DC budget talks

SHUTDOWN/DISTRICT | According to a recent quarterly revenue estimate prepared by the DC Chief Financial Officer, the 35-day federal government shutdown cost the District $47.4 million worth of revenue, challenging city officials as they prepare for upcoming 2020 budget talks on spending priorities and programs. (WAMU, 3/1)

Advocacy groups and Council members have been lobbying Mayor Bowser on how best to allocate spending in the upcoming budget – including increasing taxes on businesses and high-income residents to pay for affordable housing, homeless services, schools, and health programs. In a statement on the revenue estimate, Bowser called the shutdown “historic and unnecessary” but said it served as “a reminder of why we continue the work of diversifying our economy and making our city an attractive place to do business.”

RACISM
The ‘heartbreaking’ decrease in black homeownership – racism and rollbacks in government policies are taking their toll. (WaPo, 2/28)

Former DC Mayor Sharon Pratt Launches Discussion Series With Panel on Blackface (City Paper, 2/27)

PUBLIC HEALTH
– DC Mayor Bowser released an extensive plan over two months ago to cut opioid overdose deaths in half by late 2020, but key programs in the plan haven’t yet been started. (WaPo, 3/3)

Conditions In The DC Jail Are Unsafe And Unsanitary, DC Auditor Says (dcist, 3/1)

HOUSING | The most cost-effective way to help the homeless is to give them homes (Vox, 2/20)

TRANSIT
– The most expensive commutes in the US  are in Charles County in southern Maryland. Residents there spent about two and a half weeks on average traveling to and from work in 2017, and workers in Fauquier and Stafford Counties in Virginia didn’t fare much better. (Bloomberg, 2/28)

– The Montgomery County Council hopes to expand the “kids ride free” Ride On bus program to weekends to accommodate students. (Bethesda Magazine, 2/28)

LGBTQIA+ 
– A kindergarten class in Arlington, VA held a celebration of transgender students during last week’s Read Across America Day. (WaPo, 3/3)

– ‘A Step Backwards For Our Denomination’: D.C. Methodists Grieve Vote To Exclude LGBTQ Clergy And Marriages (dcist, 3/1)

PHILANTHROPY | A recent survey by Grantmakers for Education found that three-quarters of foundations said their grants go toward helping low-income people, LGBTQ students, immigrants and refugees, women and girls, and people with disabilities. (Chronicle, 2/28 – Subscription)


Groovy – in the ’60s and ’70s, West Hyattsville, MD was a hotbed for psychedelic, trippy music.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Wednesday and Friday this week!

– Buffy

Would making DC public transit free have multiple benefits?

TRANSIT | Opinion: Evidence of discrimination in enforcement catalyzed the DC Council recently to decriminalize transit fare evasion. But, should DC take it a step further and consider making public transportation free? Advocates say such a measure would boost usage, alleviate fare enforcement discrimination, and be another step toward Universal Basic Mobility. (CityLab, 2/6)

Civil rights tensions over fare collection alone probably aren’t enough to spur a costless public transportation movement, but they could be a catalyst. Removing fares could [also] trigger ridership gains … creating a virtuous cycle where better service attracts more riders. Ending transit fare collection could bring other benefits as well … [including] removing a major impediment to universal basic mobility (UBM), which grants every citizen a right to travel to a job, school, or wherever else they need to go. Given the concentration of low-income residents on public transportation, providing costless rides would be a major step toward UBM.

RACIAL EQUITY
– The Consumer Health Foundation has reintroduced the WeARE initiative, designed to change the popular narrative that undergirds racial inequities in the Greater DC region. (Video)

Opinion: Take down the Confederate statues now (WaPo, 2/7)

EDUCATION
– The Montgomery County Council president Nancy Navarro has asked school officials to rename a Silver Spring Middle School comprised primarily of students of color. The school is currently named after Colonel E. Brooke Lee, a man known to have a disturbing racist history. (WaPo, 2/7)

DC residents call for a new chancellor to build trust and stability in schools (WaPo, 2/6)

ENVIRONMENT | Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm (NPR, 2/8)

SHUTDOWN | Rocky restart after government shutdown: Many workers still haven’t received back pay (WaPo, 2/7)

ART/RACE | An exhibit at the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University, “To be a Negro in this country is really never to be looked at,” which takes its title from a James Baldwin essay, explores the timely question of who the National Mall is for. (CP, 2/7)

PHILANTHROPYShutdown, Philanthropy, and the Frail Economics of Working Families (NPQ, 2/5)


Social Sector Job Openings 

USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace – New!
Grant Writer | Framingham State University – New!
Operations Manager | Diverse City Fund – New!
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward – New!
Controller | Meyer Foundation
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
CSR Internship | Gannett Inc., USAToday /Gannett Foundation
Vice President for Donor Relations | Community Foundation of Howard County
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
Senior Supervising Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform​ | ​Southern Poverty Law Center
Director of Development​ | ​The Barker Adoption Foundation
Executive Assistant​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Executive Director | The Volgenau 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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“We lost two great Americans today – Frank Robinson and John Dingell – citizens who inspired me and so many others by leading on the civil rights issues of our time, opening doors to others, and leaving it all on the field.” – President Obama

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

– Buffy

Those experiencing homelessness more vulnerable to violent crime

HOMELESSNESS | In a new report, the National Coalition for the Homeless documents that those experiencing homelessness are more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population, arguing that the dehumanization they experience leads to their marginalization and leaves them unprotected. (GG Washington, 2/5)

In their latest report, “Vulnerable to Hate: A Survey of Bias-Motivated Violence against People Experiencing Homelessness in 2016-2017,” the NCH documented at least 112 anti-homeless attacks that occurred in the United States in 2016 and 2017 and analyzed 1,769 reported acts of violence committed against people experiencing homeless from 1999-2017. Of the 1,769 violent acts, 476 victims lost their lives as a result.

RACIAL EQUITY
– In her latest blog post, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, Katy Moore, reflects on the significance of the racist photo from Governor Northam’s yearbook page, and the relationship between racist imagery and the deep racial inequities that underlie our social systems. (Daily, 2/7)

– During Black History Month, DC educators embrace Black Lives Matter week, and tackle a challenging and sensitive topic: how to talk about race with young students. (DC Line, 2/4)

PHILANTHROPY |  “Why we give – The need to connect and belong,”  – TedX Talk by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia‘s President and CEO, Eileen Ellsworth.

IMMIGRATION | DC Mayor Bowser has awarded the National Immigration Forum a $100,000 grant to support city employees and residents who are trying to become U.S. citizens. (WaPo, 2/4)

LGBTQIA/EQUITY | Gender-neutral bathrooms benefit a lot of people. Our region needs more of them. (GG Washington, 2/6)

HOUSING | A bill was introduced this week to revoke the DC Housing Authority’s status as an independent agency and fold it into the purview of the Office of the Mayor. (City Paper, 2/5)

HEALTH | A smoking ban currently in place in Rockville and Gaithersburg could soon cover all of Montgomery County. (WTOP, 2/6)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
– The U.S. Attorney for DC has announced a strategy to prosecute some gun-related crimes in federal court, rather than DC Superior Court. According to the ACLU, this would contribute to mass incarceration. (WaPo, 2/6)

– DC officials are putting an additional $6 million toward violence prevention and jobs training programs in light of the recent increase in violence across the city. (DC Line, 2/2)

COMMUNITY | BB&T and SunTrust are set to combine in a $66B deal that will result in the third largest bank in the DC area by market share (WBJ, 2/7)

SHUTDOWN | DC Is Preparing For The Possibility Of Another Shutdown (WAMU, 2/5)

VIRGINIA | Northern Virginia lawmakers are welcoming Amazon to the region. (DCist, 2/5)


The Oscars won’t have a host this year – the first time since 1989 when Rob Lowe danced with Snow White in an opening number that is now considered the most cringe-worthy moment in awards-show history.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back tomorrow!

– Buffy

New report highlights disparities for women in Montgomery County

GENDER/RACE | Women in Montgomery County have made strides in the labor force, education and in the political arena according to a new report from the Montgomery County Commission for Women, but it also highlights disparities across gender, race, and geography and focuses on several areas for concern, including the 16,500 women living in poverty, and clear racial and ethnic disparities in women’s health. (WAMU, 1/29)

“This county is the same one we all think of with the great schools and the women with a lot of Ph.D.’s, and yet there are so many people who are really just struggling to make ends meet,” said Diana Rubin, second vice president of the County Commission. According to Rubin, that harsh reality is the thought behind the report’s title: A Tale of Two Counties: The Status of Women in Montgomery County (2018).

EDUCATION
– DC charter school teachers are paid less on average than their public school counterparts, while DC charter school administrators’ salaries are on the rise, and public information about it is hard to find. (City Paper, 1/30)

– Virginia has a new Student Loan Advocate with the primary focus to assist Virginians struggling with student loan debt. (WTOP, 1/28)

WORKFORCE | A new study published by CECP, Imperative, and PwCMaking work more meaningful: Building a fulfilling employee – indicates that the economy may be headed into a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” where employee fulfillment is a source of purpose and innovation at work and the new narrative of the workplace.

HEALTH | Lawmakers in DC are asking why, after spending millions of dollars to address the issue, the District continues to see a rise in opioid-related overdose deaths. (WaPo, 1/28)

FOOD SYSTEMS | The important contributions of agriculture to regional job and economic growth is the subject of a comprehensive new report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), which looks at changes in the farming landscape. (COG, 1/18)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
– The Public Welfare Foundation has announced a new strategic framework to concentrate fully on criminal and youth justice, and will spend the next two years transitioning to a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just.

Opinion: There’s a lot of history in the distrust between African Americans and the police (WaPo, 1/29)

POVERTY | The Crushing Logistics of Raising a Family Paycheck to Paycheck (Atlantic, 1/28)

ENVIRONMENT | Washington is the latest city in a nationwide movement to ban plastic straws and the DC Department of Energy and Environment is enforcing the new law. (WaPo, 1/28)

SHUTDOWN | DC Seeks Reimbursement for Shutdown Losses and Residents Face Ongoing Woes (City Paper, 1/29)

Related: WRAG President Tamara Lucas Copeland wrote in her 1/28 blog post “Giving Beyond the Federal Shutdown Emergency”  about the role of the nonprofit community during the shutdown as the true safety net, and the necessity of keeping the sector strong and ready for the next emergency.

PHILANTHROPY | The Intersection of Corporate Philanthropy and Private Sector Lobbying (NPQ, 1/28)


Oh no! This Valentine’s Day is going to be a little less sweet as the company that used to make the popular SweetHeart Candies went out of business and its new owners aren’t ready to start making new batches yet.

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

– Buffy

The government shutdown cost the local economy $1.6 billion

SHUTDOWN 
– The government shutdown cost the DC region more than $1.6 billion in lost economic output, according to George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller – and it may have damaged the region’s image as well. (WaPo, 1/26)

Civic leaders, business owners and other analysts believe the closing of federal agencies has harmed the government’s reputation as a reliable business partner and employer, and it has affected the morale of local federal workers and contractors who went unpaid. Additionally, there is concern that companies and employees will look for work in the private sector, and hurt investment in the region. “It should have been the best year of the decade,” Fuller said. “It’s going to struggle to fulfill its potential.”

– In her latest column, WRAG’s president Tamara Lucas Copeland recognizes the strain on nonprofit organizations that ramped up to meet the needs of furloughed workers and others affected by the shutdown – and that now have to continue providing critical safety net services, with diminished financial resources. For many of those organizations, the emergency isn’t over, even if the media moves on. (Daily, 1/28)

HOUSING
– A housing complex in DC was developed specifically for grandparents raising children, or “grandfamilies,” whose numbers have been growing in recent years. As of 2017, 2.8 million children were being raised by 2.6 million grandparents, including 7,250 kids in DC. (WaPo, 1/22)

Enterprise Community Partners will invest $250 million over five years to spur collaboration among health, housing, and community development sectors through the newly launched “Health Begins with Home” – a national initiative to harness the power of affordable homes to create healthier families and stronger communities. (Enterprise, 1/24)

EDUCATION
– Virginia educators are taking to the streets and marching to the state capitol today to protest a lack of money for public schools. (WaPo, 1/27)

– Johns Hopkins University plans to buy the Newseum building in DC, and will maintain the building’s uses for “education, discovery, [and] free and open debate.” (Curbed, 1/25)

CENSUS | Even if the citizenship question is not on the 2020 census, people still may be afraid to report their information. (CityLab, 1/22)

HEALTH | In an attempt to diversify the next generation of doctors and focus on the shortage of primary care physicians in underserved areas, free tuition is being offered to medical students at New York University. (NPQ, 1/25)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY | Here are seven ways Montgomery County is changing (GGW, 1/24)

PHILANTHROPY | How Philanthropy Can Get Serious About Racial Healing (Chronicle, 1/22)


“Food Halls” are having a moment, and there’s a new Latin American food hall and market – La Cosecha – coming to DC this summer.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Wednesday and Friday this week!

– Buffy

Disenfranchisement of immigrants is the focus of 2020 Census citizenship question trial

CENSUS | This week a trial began in Maryland that addresses two of seven lawsuits challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which experts believe will produce a less accurate count. (WaPo, 1/25)

Opponents said the late addition of the question without the testing that new questions usually undergo would lead to undercounts among immigrant communities and affect federal funding, apportionment and redistricting. They noted that the bureau’s own analysis found that adding the question could jeopardize the accuracy of the survey … and the question would affect a broad swath of people — including U.S. citizens — living in areas such as Prince George’s County that have a high proportion of immigrants and minorities and are vulnerable to being undercounted.

Related: WRAG’s 2020 Census Working Group is focused on leveraging the resources of local philanthropy to ensure a fair, accurate, and complete census. At the January 31 meeting, we’ll get an update on the status of the citizenship question from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. WRAG members can register for this meeting here.

SHUTDOWN
Arabella Advisors recently co-hosted a briefing for donors, discussing the near and long-term impacts of the government shutdown on government workers and the most vulnerable in our society, and how philanthropy can help.

– DC is losing $12 million per week during the government shutdown, and stands to lose more than $85 million if it lasts to February 15 – the equivalent of most of the District’s $100 million annual budget for its Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (WAMU, 1/23)

– Black Federal Workers In Prince George’s County Speak Out (WAMU, 1/22)

EDUCATION | Is Lewis D. Ferebee the leader to close D.C.’s achievement gap? (WaPo, 1/25)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
– Montgomery County planners say residents are far more diverse, have grown older, and have faced soaring home prices even as their incomes stagnated. (WaPo, 1/24)

– A new report from a nonprofit that advocates for transportation, education reform and economic development in Montgomery County urges a shift in spending priorities by the county. (Bethesda Magazine, 1/22)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
– From prison law libraries to paralegal fellowships: DC program helps put returning citizens on path to success (DC Line, 1/23)

– Those involved in bail reform efforts and projects continue to grow, as the movement for reform strengthens. (NPQ, 1/22)

NONPROFITS | Independent Sector just released new research on tax provisions that will require nonprofits to pay a 21 percent tax on the cost of employee transportation benefits – money that will go to the federal government rather than community needs.

PHILANTHROPY | Grant Making Up, Household Giving Will Be Nearly Flat This Year, Projections Say (Chronicle, 1/23 – subscription)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Senior Communications Officer | Gill Foundation – New!
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health – New!
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects – New!
Foundation and Government Relations Officer | Shakespeare Theatre Company – New!
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation – New!
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.


Interesting information on “charitable swag” – of which I have a lot.

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

– Buffy

DC officials take steps to protect unpaid federal workers during shutdown

SHUTDOWN
– The DC Council passed emergency legislation on Tuesday to expand the safety net for unpaid federal employees and contractors during the partial government shutdown, and the Bowser administration is providing $2 million in emergency funds to help food stamp recipients. (WaPo, 1/23)

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser also announced she was introducing legislation to give the city authority to grant unemployment benefits to essential employees who must show up to work without pay, such as TSA airport screeners and special police. The U.S. Labor Department denied her request to authorize such benefits last week. “They are deemed essential, they are required to go to work, and they are not getting paid,” she said at a news conference at a warehouse for the Capital Area Food Bank, one of the charities ramping up services during the shutdown. “They provide some of the most vital services for us.”

– ‘Barely Treading Water’: Why The Shutdown Disproportionately Affects Black Americans (NPR, 1/14)

RACIAL EQUITY | The DC Council voted on Tuesday to override Mayor Muriel Bowser’s veto of its legislation decriminalizing fare evasion on Metro, arguing that Black residents are disproportionately impacted by fare evasion enforcement. (WaPo, 1/22)

HEALTH | Maryland could become the first state to put a cap on prescription drug costs by creating a state board tasked with limiting what people pay for prescriptions. (WAMU, 1/22)

EDUCATION | The Kirwan Commission approved a $3.8 billion increase in spending on public schools to make Maryland’s public schools some of the “best in the country.” (Sun, 1/18)

ENVIRONMENT | DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a sweeping clean energy law, requiring all of DC’s electricity to come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2032. (GGW, 1/22)

LGBTQIA | The Supreme Court has reinstated President Trump’s ban on transgender military service during a lower-court appeals process. (NPR, 1/22)

VIRGINIA
Equal Rights Amendment Proposal Fails To Advance In Virginia Legislature (WAMU, 1/22)

– Virginia lawmaker proposes legislation to help youth in foster care. (Inside Nova, 1/21)

PHILANTHROPY
– United Philanthropy Forum members are working to eliminate racism and advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy.

– A new Urban Institute report validates the recent Chronicle of Philanthropy findings that ranks greater DC as a place of exceptional giving, but also shows that there is considerable variation among giving patterns within the region. (Urban Institute, 12/21)


To help stem population decline, small towns around the world are offering homes to newcomers at almost no-cost – hellloooooo Australia!

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

– Buffy

State economies could benefit by Congress lifting a federal ban on student aid for inmates

EDUCATION
– States could save hundreds of millions of dollars in correctional costs and boost employment rates if Congress ends a decades-old ban on providing financial aid to prison inmates. According to a just-released study by the Vera Institute of Justice and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, the authors estimate that Maryland could save $7.6 million a year in prison expenditures, while Virginia could lower corrections spending by $3.6 million. (WaPo, 1/16)

“Restoring access to postsecondary education in prison offers substantial benefits to individuals who are incarcerated, to states, to employers and to communities by reducing crime, raising employment prospects and creating wealth in communities,” said Nick Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice.

– Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Arlington County, and Falls Church Public Schools are among those inviting federal employees to apply for work, offering to fast-track their applications. (WAMU, 1/14)

SHUTDOWN RESPONSE | As the partial federal shutdown drags on, and furloughed federal employees missed paychecks on Friday, local food banks and other nonprofits are feeling the strain. Funders in our region are taking action to respond. Last week, the United Way of the National Capital Area made available $50,000 through its Emergency Assistance Fund, with a match from Pepco, which is also working with affected customers to waive late fees. Bank of America also granted $10,000 to UWNCA’s Emergency Assistance Fund (click here for more information about the fund). Washington Gas is offering flexible bill payment arrangements to affected customers. And, as we reported on Tuesday, the Resilience Fund, housed at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, is allocating $50,000 to help meet emergency needs of those affected by the shutdown. We know that many others in the WRAG community are convening and considering how they can be supportive during this time.

HEALTH 
Enterprise Community Partners and Kaiser Permanente have partnered on two new funds that bridge health and housing by elevating affordable, sustainable homes as essential to health and well-being.

– Feds to Audit Opioid Spending: D.C. has reportedly not properly spent funds dedicated to combating opioid abuse (WaPo, 1/16)

– The just-released de Beaumont Foundation’s 2017 Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) shows a rising level of turnover among state and local governmental public health agencies, which could pose a threat to community health and safety.

 The story behind Whitman-Walker’s restructuring — and what’s next for the health nonprofit (WBJ, 1/16 – subscription)

RACIAL EQUITY | Policies that concentrate wealth among the richest households have exacerbated historic racial wealth disparities in the United States according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies. (PND, 1/15)

GUN VIOLENCE | As Homicides Continue to Rise in D.C., Parents of Gun Violence Victims Reflect on Their Open Wounds (CP, 1/17)

PHILANTHROPY | Several experts and thought leaders from the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University have examined changes in the field and identified 11 trends in philanthropy they expect to see impacting the sector in 2019.


There are many negatives to the government shutdown – and having visited Joshua Tree National Park last year, this is one in particular that I can’t stop thinking about.

Federal workers who live in some parts of Greater Washington affected by the shutdown more than others

SHUTDOWN
– Federal workers who live in Southeast DC, Prince George’s County, or the outer suburbs, may be among those most affected by the ongoing government shutdown. According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, half of federal workers in those areas earn less than $75,000 a year. (WAMU, 1/14)

About 360,000 federal workers live in the broader Washington region, and roughly 40 percent of those — or 145,000 workers — have been furloughed since December, according to Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University. “The people that tend to get hurt are at the lower end of the wage spectrum or small businesses — people that just don’t have a whole lot of backup or alternatives” said Fuller.

– In response to the partial government shutdown, the Greater Washington Community Foundation announced they are dedicating $50,000 for emergency cash and food relief for local workers, contractors, and small business owners. The funds are being made available through the Resilience Fund. GWCF also has an extensive list of resources for furloughed federal employees and contractors on their website, including resources and support from the United Way of the National Capital Area, Pepco, Washington Gas, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

Related: During the shutdown of 2013, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland wrote a column about why philanthropy, though critically important in helping to meet emergency needs, cannot replace government. That certainly continues to hold true today. (Daily, 10/2013)

CENSUS | The government is fighting a lawsuit filed by the NAACP that argues that, due to funding cuts, the 2020 Census is likely to massively undercount African Americans and other people of color, which will result in a loss of federal funding and Congressional representation (AP, 1/15)

HEALTH/RACIAL EQUITY | On January 28 lawmakers in the District will hold a public hearing to look at city response failures to surging heroin deaths in African American neighborhoods, and to determine strategies for combating the opioid epidemic. (WaPo, 1/11)

POVERTY/HOUSINGOpinion: Opportunity Zones: Can a tax break for rich people really help poor people? (WaPo, 1/14)

NONPROFITS | BoardSource is accepting applications for the 2019 Stand for Your Mission Award, recognizing nonprofit boards that have established advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership. Proposals due: 2/1/19


Did you enjoy the snow this weekend? Lots of people seemed to, including those who took part in a massive snowball fight organized by the Washington, D.C. Snowball Fight Association near the Washington Monument – who knew??

– Buffy