Tag: Social Innovation

Healthcare clinics have come to DC’s Ward 8 but health disparities still persist

– The life expectancy of residents in the District’s Ward 8 community is 70. Compare that to the life expectancy of Ward 2 residents – 86. This disparity can be attributed to social factors (such as lack of investment in this community) but one of the larger problems is access to primary care. This WAMU story explores the health care clinics east of the river. (WAMU, 2/12)

Without easy access to primary and preventative care, residents of Ward 8 relied on emergency services for all kinds of medical needs.

D.C. has the highest per capita 911 call volume in the country, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. Many of the calls for medical issues that aren’t urgent and could be treated in primary care settings come from the eastern part of the District, including Ward 8.

Why Can’t the U.S. Treat Gun Violence as a Public-Health Problem? (Atlantic, 2/15)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | The federal government has passed legislation to create social impact partnerships with state and local entities. (Citylab, 2/15)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Grantmakers in the Arts has released a report that found arts and culture funding is still significant but is declining as a priority in philanthropy. (PND Blog, 2/16)

EDUCATIONThe loss of DC TAG could disrupt college attendance among the children of low-income families (DC Policy Center, 2/14)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Support Specialist – Public Art | DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities – New!
Managing Director for Community Investments and the Built Environment | Richmond Memorial Health Foundation – New!
Strategic Partnerships Consultant, Children’s Opportunity Fund | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Program Officer (part-time contract) | All Souls Church, Unitarian – Beckner Advancement Fund
Director, Finance & Administration | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Executive Director | Fairfax Futures
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Development Associate | Society for Science & the Public
Knowledge Services Specialist | United Philanthropy Forum
Associate Director of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Associate | New Endeavors by Women
Executive Director | My Sister’s Place
Philanthropy Officer | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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. 

Its the incredible inflatable arm-flailing tubemen!

– Kendra

Homeless LGBTQ youth find support in the District

LGBTQ/ HOMELESSNESS | The District has become a refuge for many homeless LGBTQ individuals as a result of the city’s progressive laws and supportive nonprofits. Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders is just one organization that is helping homeless LGBTQ youth learn life skills while offering them support that includes housing and transportation. (WaPo, 8/19)

The goal of the housing program, its executive director, Sultan Shakir, says is not just to provide shelter, but also to make independent adults out of the youths.

“We’re big on life skills like cooking and financial literacy, jobs training and connecting them to the larger community here in D.C.,” he says. “We instill a sense of independence from Day One, they are expected to live alone, get to work, eat and save by themselves. We don’t want to put a bandage on their situation, but help them become self-sufficient.”

RACIAL JUSTICE | After the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, urges the white community that is committed to racial justice to step up. (Daily, 8/21)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program, is giving students the tools to create innovative solutions to social issues. (Baltimore Sun, 7/9)

EDUCATIONDespite Some Progress On PARCC Exam, Student Achievement Gap Widens In DC (DCist, 8/17)

HEALTH | Community health clinics want the District to expand access to naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. (WaPo, 8/20)

HOUSING | Prince George’s County, MD, an affluent black community, is beginning to bounce back from the recession. (WBJ, 8/18 – Subscription needed)

EQUITYThe Complex Relationship Between Innovation and Economic Segregation (Citylab, 8/18)

Hopefully you’ll get a chance to see the eclipse today! (I didn’t get glasses, so I won’t.) 

– Kendra

The impact of gender and generation on philanthropy

PHILANTHROPY | This week Fidelity Charitable released a new report exploring the impact of generation and gender on giving. The report found that women of all generations view giving as an integral part of their identities and use it to make significant contributions to address societal challenges. (Fidelity Charitable, 5/8)

More than half of Millennials say they give to a wide range of causes, and seven in 10 say they are more likely to give in the moment than be strategic about their giving. But with relatively limited resources compared with their older peers, Millennials’ sense of impact may feel diluted. They may be missing the satisfaction of understanding how their gifts are making a difference for the
causes they care about.

Boomers are more satisfied in their giving than Millennials, leveraging age, experience and greater accumulated wealth to achieve their giving goals. But Boomers are also less social about the causes they support, and less likely to have adopted some of the trends changing the giving landscape.

HOMELESSNESS | Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, discusses why public-private partnerships are important and necessary to communities’ efforts to prevent and end homelessness. (US Interagency Council on Homelessness, 5/1)

EDUCATIONPanel seeks probe of potential racial hiring bias in Virginia school system (WaPo, 5/11)

ENVIRONMENT | The District’s program to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers is off to a slow start. (WAMU, 5/11)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | Montgomery County, MD is looking for a partner to create a new incubator that will focus on tech and media. (WBJ, 5/11 – Subscription needed)

FAMILIES | A local group has raised money to bail out mothers for Mother’s Day. (WUSA9, 5/12)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Assistant | Public Welfare Foundation – New!
Communications Manager | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers – New!
Director of Communications | de Beaumont Foundation – New!
Program Coordinator, Grants and Selection | Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – New!
Director of Programmatic Initiatives | Fight For Children
Major Gift Officer–DC | Urban Teachers
Program Analyst | Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Market Coordinator, Community Affairs Mid-Atlantic | Capital One
Director of Community Engagement | Association of American Medical Colleges
Director of Data Services | GuideStar USA, Inc.
Community Affairs Contractor – Engagement, Capital One Cafés | Capital One

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 the image below to access the calendar.

The real life inspiration behind Twin Peaks.

– Kendra

Affordable Care Act has helped low income veterans

HEALTH | A new Urban Institute report found that many veterans gained health coverage after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. According to the report, 429,000 veterans under the age of 65 gained healthcare. This caused a 40% drop in veterans without insurance from 2013 to 2015. (NPR, 4/19)

In the years leading up to the implementation of the ACA’s major coverage provisions, from 2010 to 2013, nearly 1 million of the nation’s approximately 22 million veterans didn’t have health insurance. Almost half of all veterans are enrolled in the VA health system; others get health care through employers or Medicare. But some don’t qualify for those options, and others don’t know that they have them.

…The number of insured veterans rose across demographics like age, gender, race and education level. “The gains in coverage were really broad,” says Jennifer Haley, a research associate at the Urban Institute, a research group based in Washington, D.C., who was an author on the report.

SOCIAL INNOVATION | Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region have released Prince George’s County Forty Under 40 2017 honorees. (PGCSIF, 4/21)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and IBM have partnered to create a report on the impact of corporate social responsibility on a company’s brand reputation. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 4/20)

Related: There’s still time to register for WRAG’s Fundamentals of CSR Workshop on April 27-28.

YOUTH | Arlington police are working to prevent Latinx youth from joining gangs. (WAMU, 4/20)

WORKFORCE | The District’s Inclusive Innovation Incubator, created to support entrepreneurs of color and people who provide resources to underserved communities, opened this week. (DCist, 4/20)

ARTS & HUMANITIESMeet the Kennedy Center’s first hip-hop culture and contemporary music director (WBJ, 4/20 – Subscription needed)

BUDGET | The high number of protests this year is costing DC millions. (AP, 4/21)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Analyst | Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.– New!
Management Associate | Public Welfare Foundation– New!
Market Coordinator, Community Affairs Mid-Atlantic | Capital One
Director of Community Engagement | Association of American Medical Colleges
Director of Data Services | GuideStar USA, Inc.
Community Affairs Contractor – Engagement, Capital One Cafés | Capital One
Executive Director | International Association for Volunteer Effort
Associate Director, Policy & Communications | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Administrative Associate
| Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 

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 the image below to access the calendar.

Some purple magic for your Friday…

– Kendra

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region names new president and CEO

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has announced that Bruce McNamer is joining the foundation in June as
president and CEO

In a statement, CFNCR board chair Martin Weinstein said,

“Bruce is a dynamic leader who is deeply committed to strengthening our region through innovative, impactful, and effective philanthropy…His knowledge of real market opportunities and commitment to smart, bold innovation make him the ideal person to lead The Community Foundation in its next phase of growth. I know that Bruce will be an extraordinary leader, not only for our Foundation, but for this region’s philanthropic community at-large.”

Upon hearing the announcement, WRAG president Tamara Copeland, said,

“I was excited to hear the announcement of the new CEO of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. With such a rich background and history in both the philanthropic and social profit sectors, I know that he will be a great addition to the local philanthropic community. Congratulations, Bruce. I look forward to personally welcoming you to the WRAG community.”

BALTIMORE/PHILANTHROPY | Recognizing that many here in the Washington region would want to support our neighbor Baltimore, WRAG reached out to the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers to see how we might be helpful. Here’s the message from their CEO, Celeste Amato.

HOUSING | DC’s housing affordability crisis, in 7 charts (GGW, 4/30)

ENVIRONMENT | One of the signs of a healthier Anacostia River is the increase in wildlife living in and around it. (CP, 4/30)

AGING | Senior Villages and other community-based and affordable models for allowing elders to live at home will become increasingly necessary as the population of people over 65 skyrockets in the years ahead. (Atlantic, 5/1)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | Bill to Promote Social-Impact Bonds Has Support in High Places (Chronicle, 4/28)

BUDGET | Mayor Bowser Does a Lot with a Lean Budget But It May Not Work Again Next Year  (DCFPI, 4/30)

“America Online can do all that?”

– Rebekah

New director of social innovation office named…From juvenile justice to the barber shop…DC to test health and sex ed [News, 9.15.11]

SOCIAL INNOVATION | Following the departure of Sonal Shah, the White House has named Jonathan Greenblatt as the new director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Among other things, Greenblatt helped create All for Good, envisioned as “Craigslist for volunteers.” (Chronicle, 9/15)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | 54th and Cutz teaches youth involved in D.C.’s juvenile justice system how to be barbers. It also provides a strong community – one participant calls it a “community of uncles” – and gives back by offering free haircuts to local residents and the homeless. (WAMU, 9/15)

– This spring, the District’s public and charter schools will begin offering the first “statewide standardized test on health and sex education” – the 50-question exam was developed for grades 5, 8, and 10. (WaPo, 9/15)

SAT scores fall across area and nation (Examiner, 9/15) And this is after they dropped analogies from the test!

– Paul Tough takes a look at the KIPP school model and asks, What if the Secret to Success is Failure? (NYTimes, 9/15)

PREPAREDNESS | Officials in the region are concerned that local disaster preparedness isn’t sufficient – especially for unexpected events like earthquakes. (Examiner, 9/15) Hindsight is 20/20, but who would have thought we needed to prepare for earthquakes? Should we plan for unexpected volcanoes, too?

COMMUNITY | Inaugural executive director of the Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County and all-around good guy, Jerry Adams, has announced that he will retire at the end of 2011. Congratulations, Jerry!

TRANSIT/WORKFORCE | Opinion: Streetcar to GU should top Mayor Gray’s jobs agenda (GGW, 9/15)

HIV/AIDS | The Washington AIDS Partnership’s Jenn Jue cites a Post article about community health workers and talks about the Positive Pathways initiative. (WG Daily, 9/15)

The brand-spankin’ new Fillmore opens in Silver Spring tonight! I can’t wait to check it out. Obviously it will never be as phenomenally awesome as the 9:30 Club, but the more music venues, the merrier, says I.