Tag: This Week in Housing

Friday roundup – March 28 through April 1, 2016

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– This week, NPR plunged into issues surrounding affordable housing (or lack thereof), in cities like Washington, D.C., with stories about tenants facing eviction and facing off in court with their landlords, and low-income renters in the District struggling to get by. NPR‘s local housing stories from this week can be found here, here, here, and here.

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

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– The Loudoun County School Board compromised on a controversial proposal that would have concentrated mostly low-income, Hispanic students into two schools, reminding many of separate-but-equal policies of the past. (Loudoun Times,  3/29)

– A new study was released, examining how race plays a role in influencing a teacher’s expectations for their students’ potential for academic success. (WaPo, 3/31)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL PROFITS
Audio: CECP Chief Executive Officer Daryl Brewster shares advice on ways the social profit sector and corporations can partner more effectively and offers his vision for the future of corporate social responsibility. (Chronicle, 3/25)

– 7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Building a Diverse Nonprofit Staff (Chronicle, 3/30) Subscription required


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It’s April Fool’s Day, so here’s your guide for navigating the next several hours.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – March 7 through March 11, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– We released the first video in the “Putting Racism on the Table” series. The video features Professor john a. powell, Professor of Law and Professor of African-American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, speaking on structural racism. After viewing, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the series in general or on the specific topic via Twitter (using the hashtag #PuttingRacismOnTheTable), or on WRAG’s Facebook page. (Daily, 3/9)

– WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland explored the challenges social profit organizations often face when funders decrease giving in a particular issue area. (Daily, 3/7)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– The Region Forward Coalition shared details of their first meeting of the year, at which WRAG vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott presented Our Region, Your Investment, alongside Enterprise Community Loan Fund, as a part of the solution to the Greater Washington region’s affordable housing crisis. (Region Forward, 3/2)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS 
 More and more social profit museums are leaning on commercial art galleries for financial support for exhibitions, and concerns are growing that the arrangement could bring about conflicts of interest and too much influence over what the public sees, going against the missions of many museums to provide art for the sake of art. (NYT, 3/7)

– Opinion: A theatergoer shares his experience attending a popular Broadway show that  features a diverse cast, and how he felt when he noticed the audience was not so diverse. (NPR, 3/8)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY
– Over a period of seven years, a University of Michigan study examined more than 100,000 American households’ toilet paper-purchasing habits. The researchers found that when it comes to buying household necessities, among other things, those with money tend to pay less – further supporting the point that it is expensive to be poor. (WaPo, 3/8)


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A seventh-grader settles “Deflategate” once and for all.

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – February 16 through 19, 2016

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– WRAG board member and trustee of the Corina Higginson Trust Wilton Corkern and wife Mary Bruce Batte shared why they’re investing in Our Region, Your Investment. (Daily WRAG, 2/18)

– The Steady Rise of Renting (City Lab, 2/16)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
 Opinion: President and CEO of The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation (and WRAG Board member) Nicky Goren discussed the need for leaders in business, government, and the social profit sector to break down silos in order to work toward building a more equitable region. She also shared the three interconnected goals in Meyer’s new strategic plan. (WBJ, 2/12) –Subscription required

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– Washington City Paper interviewed D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities executive director Arturo Espinoza, Jr., three months into his tenure, where he shared his plans to enhance the local arts community after taking the reins of the organization. (WCP, 2/17)


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Act like an adult, craft emails like a third grader…according to data.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 8 through 12, 2016

The Daily WRAG will return on Tuesday, February 16.

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland shared why WRAG is pursuing a culture of evaluation and will use your feedback to continue providing quality programming that enhances philanthropy and improves the region. (Daily, 2/11)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: It’s Not Foundation Money, But Culture and Talent That Can Change The World (Chronicle, 2/10)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Officials of D.C. Public Schools announced an overhaul of the district’s teacher training and evaluation system. The changes will take begin this fall. (WaPo, 2/10)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– A growing number of residents in the area are finding housing to be so expensive that they’re considering a move to the Baltimore area – even with long commuting times into the District for work. (WAMU, 2/9) Audio

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– You can take a sneak peek inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Renwick Gallery has reopened to a big audience and even bigger digital success. (Washingtonian, 2/5)


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A simple guide to Valentine’s Day chocolate-buying.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – January 4 through January 8, 2016

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund made a major announcement about a new impact investing initiative to support affordable housing here in our region. Click here to read more about Our Region, Your Investment.

– For many millennial workers homeownership in the Greater Washington region is simply out of reach. (WaPo, 1/4)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY 
– Ed Davies, Executive Director of the DC Trust, has announced that he will be stepping down from his post in order to pursue a new opportunity and continue working on behalf of children, youth, and families.

– The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has announced two new staff members, along with some other changes to their team. Julian A. Haynes and Amy Nakamoto will join Meyer as program officers on January 19.  Karen FitzGerald has been promoted from senior program officer to program director, and Maegan Scott has been promoted to serve as program officer for Meyer’s new Organizational Effectiveness Program and other capacity-building work.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
The Rise of Urban Public Boarding Schools (Atlantic, 12/2015)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
The Chronicle of Philanthropy released this year’s list of 40 leaders under 40 who are working to solve entrenched problems with innovative solutions. (Chronicle, 1/5)

– A  first-of-its-kind philanthropy almanac, offering an abundance of data and facts about the field, is now available. (Chronicle, 1/6)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS 
– As millennial philanthropy grows, how can arts and cultural social profit organizations be sure they are attracting this next generation of donors? (Seattle Times, 12/2015)


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It may be too cold to visit the beach these days, but next time you go, you’ll know exactly what’s across the ocean from you in the horizon.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – December 7 through December 11, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION/ECONOMY
– Elected leaders from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia recently gathered and showed that they’re starting to think more regionally. (WaPo, 12/8)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– In Maryland, hundreds of children are still being poisoned by lead paint each year, despite a public pledge to end poisoning by 2010. (WaPo, 12/8)

– When marketing healthy eating campaigns in rural communities, there are often a number of unique challenges that can arise. (City Lab, 12/9)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Why it’s so hard to afford a rental even if you make a decent salary (WaPo, 12/9)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– The Senate approved new education legislation known as the Every Student Succeeds Act that ends No Child Left Behind and gives states and local school districts more power over assessing the quality of their schools. (WaPo, 12/9)

– One way to boost achievement among poor kids? Make sure they have classmates who aren’t poor. (WaPo, 12/8)


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Who says you can’t workout at work?

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – June 8 through June 12, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– This week, WRAG president Tamara Copeland critiqued a recent NY Times op-ed on the lack of oversight of philanthropy. (Daily, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Studies show that many of the fears that residents of more affluent communities sometimes have over building affordable housing in close proximity to their homes never become reality. (Atlantic, 6/2)

– Data from the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer explored why people move in and out of the District. Not surprisingly, housing issues were a major factor in choosing to move out. (WSJ, 6/9)

– A much-needed affordable housing facility specifically geared toward LGBT seniors will soon break ground in the District. (Elevation, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS/IMMIGRATION
– A new film explores the stories of undocumented youth in D.C., sharing the challenges they have faced as immigrants. (WCP, 6/10)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Developing Your Point of View on Philanthropy – Presented by Exponent Philanthropy and Wells Fargo Private Bank in partnership with WRAG (Open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; members of giving circles)
Tuesday, June 16   9:30 am – 12:00 pm (At Wells Fargo – 1300 I Street NW, 11th Floor)

Foundation Finance Affinity Group: Navigating Private Foundation Excise Tax Rules (WRAG member/prospective member CFOs and finance staff)
Thursday, June 18   10:00 am – 12:00 pm (At WRAG)


Can you match these presidential candidates to the number one song that topped the charts when they announced?

– Ciara