Tag: The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

DCPS graduation rates continue to rise

– Kaya Henderson’s tenure as DC Public Schools chancellor comes to an end this week with four-year graduation rates at 69 percent, 16 points higher than they were in 2011 when she was appointed. While rates are up overall, a racial achievement gap remains. (WAMU, 9/29):

The graduation rates for black and Hispanic boys still lag behind those of their white and female counterparts, though the gap has decreased since last year. Sixty-seven percent of black and Hispanic students graduate in four years, compared to 93 percent of white students.
Across the river in Virginia, on-time graduation rates are at 91.3 percent, up from 90.5 percent in 2015. Minority students fare better than they do in the District, but their numbers still lag behind their white counterparts: 88 percent of black students and 82.8 percent of Hispanic students graduate on time.

– This week’s City Paper cover story takes a critical look at how DCPS has addressed longstanding issues at the District’s 40 lowest performing schools, which serve predominately low-income children of color in the poorest parts of the city. (City Paper, 9/29)

– In response to Governor Hogan’s executive order that schools in Maryland will open after Labor Day, the State Board of Education is working to ensure there is a process for school districts to get waivers to start school before Labor Day. Allowing school districts to start school earlier can better meet the needs of disadvantaged students and address issues like summer learning loss. (WaPo, 9/29)

REGION/EQUITY | A new report from the National Council of La Raza finds that Latino children in the Greater Washington region fare better on a number of socioeconomic indicators, compared to Latino children in other areas of the country. (WAMU, 9/29)

JUSTICE/RACE | D.C. Releases Body Camera Footage Of Aftermath Of Terrence Sterling Shooting (WAMU, 9/27)

HOUSING | D.C. Commits $7 Million to Fund More Than 100 Units of Affordable Housing in Wards 6 and 8 (City Paper, 9/28)

– A funder explains how and why her organization is bucking the trend toward lack of transparency among foundations – and how it has increased their philanthropic impact. (NCRP, 9/15)

– Did you know there’s an election happening soon? Here’s a look at how foundations get out the vote. (Foundation Center, 9/19)

ARTS | Dance Legend Returns To Washington In Time To Help Ballet Celebrate A Milestone (WAMU, 9/29)

COMMUNITY | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has a new grant application format. Learn more here.

Social Sector Job Openings
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association – NEW!
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital
Senior Program Manager, Community Benefits | Kaiser Permanente
Nonprofit Financial Planning and Analysis Manager | Arabella Advisors
Education Finance and Policy Analyst | DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Communications Director | Grantmakers In Health
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
Analyst | Arabella Advisors
Grants Coordinator | City of Takoma Park

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The (Almost) Daily will be back on Monday.

– Rebekah

New video is live – Putting Racism on the Table: White Privilege

The second video in the “Putting Racism on the Table” series is now live! The video features Dr. Robin DiAngelo, former professor of education and author of What Does It Mean to be White?, speaking on white privilege. After you’ve had a chance to view the video, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the series or on the specific topic via Twitter using the hashtag #PuttingRacismOnTheTable, or by commenting on WRAG’s Facebook page. We also suggest checking out the viewing guide and discussion guide to be used with the video. Both can be found on our website.

WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland said of the video release:

I am so pleased to share the next installment of the Putting Racism on the Table video series. Dr. Robin DiAngelo provided a thought-provoking and memorable session on a topic that is an integral piece of the puzzle surrounding the various aspects of race and racism. In this video, Dr. DiAngelo takes viewers on an exploration of white privilege and how it works to perpetuate an inequitable society.

HOUSING/ARTS | You can take a glimpse inside The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation‘s Art Place at Fort Totten, a new development coming in mid-2017 to include more than 900 apartments, a new children’s museum, and retail. (WBJ, 4/11)

EDUCATION/NATIONAL | New data show that, in 23 states, the annual cost of educating a 4-year old at a full-time day care center exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition at a four-year institution. Maryland is one of those states. (WSJ, 4/11)

– A new study suggests that when an individual has just a brief, in-person empathetic encounter with another individual who identifies with a group they hold prejudice against, their views can be  dramatically changed. (City Lab, 4/8)

AudioBlind Hiring, While Well Meaning, May Create Unintended Consequences (NPR, 4/12)

PHILANTHROPY | OpinionPhilanthropic Leadership Shouldn’t Still Look Like the Country-Club Set (Chronicle, 4/11) Subscription required.

DISTRICT| Editorial: The Washington Post takes a look at recent violent crime occurring in the District’s wards 7 and 8 over the past several days, and why it remains so important to tackle social issues that are often factors in crime. (WaPo, 4/11)

Go, Twiggy, go!

– Ciara

Income, geography, and shorter life expectancies

A new study, based on the tax and Social Security records of everyone in the U.S. between 1999 and 2014, examines how income and geography profoundly affect life expectancies for Americans (WaPo, 4/11):

Overall, the new study offers the most exhaustive account yet of the rich-poor gap in American life expectancy. The data reveal that life expectancies continuously rise with income in America: The modestly poor live longer than the very poor, and the super-rich live longer than the merely rich.

A new divide in American death (WaPo, 4/10)

Opinion: In this op-ed, Public Welfare Foundation president and WRAG Board member Mary McClymont sheds light on the need for long overdue reforms to the civil justice system, and the need for more foundations to support civil legal aid for vulnerable citizens. (Chronicle, 4/8)

Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) president and WRAG Board member Yanique Redwood, and CHF Administrative and Communications Assistant Kendra Allen, share how their organization has used learning journeys to further connect with their grantees and view their work from a different perspective. (NCRP, 4/7)

– Congratulations to Washington Area Women’s Foundation president Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat and her team for receiving Leadership Greater Washington’s 2016 Innovative Community Partner of the Year award! The award was sponsored by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

CSR | The Advisory Board Company has released their 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing their investments in their CSR program, Community Impact, over the past two years.

INCOME INEQUALITYIs America Having the Wrong Conversation About Income Inequality? (Atlantic, 4/6)

HOUSINGDoes job growth strengthen a region’s housing market? (GGW, 4/8)

Exponent Philanthropy seeks a Chief Program Officer

Wellspring Advisors is currently hiring for a Children’s Anti Poverty Program Officer.

 In what may be the coolest science project ever, a toy dog goes where no toy dog has ever gone before

– Ciara

Loudoun School Board votes on attendance zones

The Loudoun County School Board voted this week on a controversial proposal that would have concentrated mostly low-income, Hispanic students into just two schools – a plan that some criticized as being a form of segregation. Instead, the Board voted to adopt an amended version of the plan in hopes of relieving overcrowding. (Loudoun Times,  3/29)

In the spirit of compromise, the Loudoun School Board voted tonight to adopt a central Loudoun attendance zone based both on proximity and socioeconomic balance.

After weeks of debate, attention from national media, hearing the opinions of hundreds of parents and a rally in front of the School Administration Office, the board adopted an amended version of Plan 8, which will only move one planning zone in the low-income Leesburg neighborhood near Plaza Street. The plan will not create any new Title 1 schools in Leesburg, as other plans proposed to do.

– According to data, D.C. has seen the rate of child population growth outpace that of the adult population since 2011, also increasing enrollment in District public schools. Most of the growth is concentrated in neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park and in the Brightwood Park, Crestwood and Petworth areas.  (WaPo, 3/30)

– For many D.C. residents, a lack of affordable housing has left them choosing between rental units they must struggle to pay for, and living in rental units in terrible condition. For those who have chosen the latter, a vicious cycle often continues when frustration leaves them unwilling to pay rent, and landlords saying  they are unable to afford repairs. (WAMU, 3/30)

Finding an affordable anchor in D.C.’s wave of gentrification (WaPo, 3/29)

ARTS | The Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded D.C.’s Mosaic Theater Company $1 million over four years from 2016 through 2020. (CC News, 3/26)

ENVIRONMENTReport: Potomac River Gets A ‘B-‘ For Overall Health, On Its Way To Recovery (DCist, 3/30)

PHILANTHROPY/WOMENHeft or Hype: How Much Do Women Leaders in Philanthropy Really Matter? (Inside Philanthropy, 3/25)

JOBS | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation seeks a Community Development Program Officer. Click here to find out more about this opportunity.

Be prepared to smile at these dogs who love peanut butter more than anything.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 22 through 26, 2016

– Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director of The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a member of the WRAG board, shared her experience of witnessing racial inequality growing up in North Carolina, and how she came to realize that society treated certain people differently. (Daily, 2/25)

– In light of Black History Month, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty discussed the connections between race and homelessness.

– New data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found that arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013. This was  a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. (National Endowment for the Arts, 2/16)

 Audience Engagement Is All the Rage Among Arts Funders. But What Is It, Really? (Inside Philanthropy, 2/18)

– Opinion: How Society Pays When Women’s Work Is Underpaid (NYT, 2/22)

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Can you tell the difference between real wildlife and mechanical wildlife decoys used to stop illegal hunting from these photos?

– Ciara

Complicated cases for Central American migrants to the U.S.

For the many Central American migrants who have fled their homes to come to the United States, immigration court cases can often come down to a single question (WAMU, 2/25):

When is a migrant a refugee?


Since about 2009, many more Central American migrants — including many minors — are making the trip north and seeking asylum.

The reasons for the increase are fairly easy to explain. They parallel the ebb and flow of violent crime in the region. As the homicide rate spiked in Mexico, so did asylum applications; as San Pedro Sula became the murder capital of the world, asylum applications from Honduras increased. The U.N.’s refugee agency has interviewed hundreds ofwomen and children who have crossed the U.S. border over the past couple of years, and a vast majority of them said they were fleeing violence from organized crime.

– Consumer Health Foundation board member Silvia Salazar, discusses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that began in January, and the opportunity the philanthropic community has to get involved. (CHF, 2/24)

– Amid reports that a number of families in the school system have grown fearful of sending their children to school for risk of deportation, Arlington Public Schools are working to reassure worried parents. (WaPo, 2/25)

– Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director of The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a member of the WRAG board, candidly shares her experience of witnessing racial inequality growing up in North Carolina, and how she came to realize that society treated certain people differently. (Daily, 2/25)

Opinion: When it comes to the highly-publicized #OscarsSoWhite controversy – in which movie fans and members of the entertainment industry’s workforce have openly criticized the lack of diversity in Hollywood – some parallels can be drawn to the lack of diversity within the social profit sector, according to one CEO.  (Chronicle, 2/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Exponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy present the next video in their new series called Philanthropy Lessons, in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Check out the video and stay tuned for more through June.

– The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is accepting request for proposals. Proposals must be submitted through the online application system no later than 4:00 PM, Thursday, March 31, and final grant decisions will be announced in August. Eligibility requirements, proposal guidelines, and submission instructions are available at http://www.fund4cyf.org.

 The Community Food Rescue Mini-Grants Program, available to help social profit organizations build infrastructure and increase capacity for the food recovery system, is accepting applications until March 1.For more information, contact Astoria Aviles.

– Eighteen months following the opening of the first stations along WMATA’s Silver Line, economic development surrounding the stations is said to be taking off. (Inside NoVa, 2/23)

–  Low-Income Programs Not Driving Nation’s Long-Term Fiscal Problem (CBPP, 2/24)

Did you read today’s post while sitting at your desk eating lunch? Stop doing that! We’ll be here when you get back.

– Ciara

Foundations should improve transparency, survey says

A new study by the Center for Effective Philanthropy analyzing survey data from 145 foundation CEOs and more than 15,000 grantees on the transparency of foundations reveals that most believe that grantmakers could become more effective and credible if they were more open to the public about their failures and shortcomings. A shortage of staff and resources to focus on such efforts were cited as deterrents to full transparency. (Chronicle, 2/23) Subscription required

Ninety-four percent of the foundation leaders surveyed said transparency is important. However, three-fourths say their organizations are not open enough. Even though 61 percent of the leaders say being more candid about how they assess their own performance would help them become more effective, only 35 percent say they share their self-assessments.

The level of openness online was even skimpier. Just 5 percent of foundation websites contained information on unsuccessful projects. However, the researchers found no correlation between information provided on a foundation website and a grantee’s perception of a grant maker’s openness.

The full report from CEP is available here.

– Independent Sector, a coalition of charities and foundations, has named a new chief executive. Dan Cardinali, head of Communities in Schools, will take over in July for Diana Aviv, who left the organization to head Feeding America. (Chronicle, 2/23) Subscription required

COMMUNITY | The 15th annual Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards, honoring the best in public service, are coming up! Five winners will be honored with a cash prize and, this year, a group will be honored with a new Team Innovation award. Click here to view the eligibility requirements and awards criteria. The application deadline is March 31.

DISTRICT/WORKFORCE | Abstract abilities and skills are the best predictors of high wages in the District (District, Measured, 2/23)

– The Quiet Revolution in Homeless Policy (HuffPo, 2/22)

– In light of Black History Month, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty elevates the issue of the deep connections between race and homelessness.

EDUCATION/POVERTY | More and more college campuses across the U.S. have been seeing students protest in the name of gender and racial inequality. Now, a greater number of schools are seeing students ban together and organize in protest of socioeconomic inequality at their institutions. (Atlantic, 2/24)

The streets of Staten Island just got a little bit…greedier.

– Ciara

Big announcements from WRAG’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Last week, WRAG held our 2015 Annual Meeting, Philanthropy All In, at the National Press Club. We made several big announcements during the event.


  • WRAG Board of Directors
    The following leaders were elected for a two-year term on the WRAG Board of Directors:

David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners
Rose Ann Cleveland, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Nicky Goren, The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

The following Board  Members were re-elected for a second two-year term on the WRAG Board of Directors:

Lindsey Buss, World Bank Group
Desiree Griffin-Moore, The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County
Yanique Redwood, The Consumer Health Foundation

  • Get on the Map
    Members can now explore this new resource for accurate, timely, and quality data on philanthropy in the region.

HEALTH | For the first time, the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) has awarded $125,000 to five organizations in the region that are working to address social determinants of health. Traditionally, NVHF has centered its grantmaking on organizations providing health care and other health services to low-income and uninsured residents. (NVHF, 11/19)

COMMUNITY | The Lever Fund has announced the hiring of their first executive director, Gregory M. Cork, along with their inaugural board of directors.

– According to a Washington Post poll of D.C. residents, there is a strong racial divide in the attitudes Washingtonians have about redevelopment in the city and who benefits from it. The number of African American residents who were polled about whether or not they see redevelopment as negative for “people like them” has grown a great deal over the last several years. (WaPo, 11/20)

– The Urban Institute takes a moment to ponder what a more equitable D.C. might look like. (Urban Institute, 11/19)

EDUCATION/WORKFORCE | A report from the Washington Area Boards of Education finds disparities in the salaries of teachers in the region from district to district. The report highlights the challenges facing some districts in hiring and retaining talent. (WaPo, 11/22)

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