Tag: This Week in Philanthropy

Friday roundup – April 11 through April 15, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– We released the second video in the Putting Racism on the Table series, featuring Dr. Robin DiAngelo, former professor of education and author of What Does It Mean to be White?, speaking on white privilege. After viewing, 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.

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
 In an update to WRAG’s Beyond Dollars report originally published in 2009, former managing director Kristin Pauly of The Prince Charitable Trusts provided the latest on their efforts to help protect a cultural and environmental asset in Virginia, and presented a new documentary on the fight, When Mickey Came to Town. (Daily, 4/13)

Opinion: Public Welfare Foundation president and WRAG Board member Mary McClymont shed 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 administrative and communications assistant Kendra Allen, shared how CHF has used learning journeys to further connect with their grantees and view their work from a different perspective. (NCRP, 4/7)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
– Editorial: The Washington Post took a look at recent violent crime occurring in the District’s wards 7 and 8, and the importance of tackling social issues that are often factors in crime. (WaPo, 4/11)

– Why Virginia is shaking up its economic development strategy (WBJ, 4/12)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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How did you know when you were officially an adult?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 29 through March 4, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT/POVERTY
– Ed Lazere, executive director of the DCFPI, shared with us what legislation to extend TANF could mean to a number of households in the District. (Daily, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Following the launch of WRAG’s 2016 Public Education Speaker Series last week with Dr. Matthew Biel, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center, speaking on the impact of toxic stress on children’s development, we shared some of his compelling points. (Daily 2/29)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Executives’ Alliance for Boys & Men of Color announced the ‘Ban the Box Philanthropy Challenge,’ calling for U.S. philanthropic institutions to adopt fair chance hiring policies. Participating and supporting organizations include: Butler Family Fund, Consumer Health Foundation, Council on FoundationsOpen Society Foundations, and Public Welfare Foundation.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– The Theatre Communications Group is taking nominations for D.C. area early-career leaders of color in social-profit theater to participate in their Rising Leaders of Color program, designed to “change the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an inter-generational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.”

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
– Researchers have created a tool, called the U.S. IMPACT Food Policy Model, that demonstrates how the pricing of healthy foods affects health outcomes. (NPR, 3/2)

– Denmark is emerging as a  leader in the fight against food waste. (NPR, 3/1)

– The Instagrams of Food Deserts (Atlantic, 3/1)


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Ever wonder how we’ve come to love certain animals as pets, and turn our noses up at the sight of others?

– 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 25 through 29, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY 
– David Biemesderfer, the new president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, shared why he is excited to take the helm of the growing organization and to support the work of WRAG and our regional association colleagues in his new role. (Daily, 1/27)

– Exponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy presented a video series called Philanthropy Lessons in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Check out the first two videos in the series and stay tuned for more through June.

THIS WEEK IN PRISON REFORM/MASS INCARCERATION
– A task force recommended an overhaul of federal prisons to reduce the number of inmates by 60,000 people in the next 10 years. The federal task force also recommended that mandatory minimum sentences only be issued to the most violent offenders, citing drug crimes as a major reason for overcrowding in prisons. (NPR, 1/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
A report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development found that, despite a narrowing racial gap in business ownership between 2007 and 2012, white-owned businesses continued to be much more successful than those of their black counterparts. The study also found disparities in the performance of  women-owned businesses versus male-owned businesses. (WSJ, 1/25)

– If You Want Clean Water, Don’t Be Black in America (City Lab, 1/26)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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The fascinating history of highway signs and their fonts.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – January 19 through 22, 2016

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
In an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Tamara Lucas Copeland challenged the notion of a postracial America and explained why WRAG is working to foster a better understanding among funders about the dynamics of racism. (Chronicle, 1/21)

– The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy partnered to release the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a comprehensive resource to help philanthropy respond to future disasters.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Maryland saw a record high of close to 880,000 students this school year – a 5,000 student increase from the previous school year. Most of the surge in student enrollment was in Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel counties. (WaPo, 1/ 20)

 Recommendations to close or consolidate several schools in Prince George’s County have brought members of the community together to oppose the possible changes. (WaPo, 1/17)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Do you want to celebrate the fact that you are already a part of the “IN” crowd and encourage others, too? You’re already a change agent in the region, right? Now let’s celebrate that. In keeping with the theme of WRAG’s 2015 Annual Meeting, “Philanthropy All In,” where we shared the ways we sought to INfluence, INnovate, and INspire in 2015, we’d like to see how you plan to carry on that theme in the new year and beyond. Take a selfie, group photo, or get creative showing off the buttons we gave out at the annual meeting. Be sure to share where you wore it and how others reacted. Tweet us @WRAGtweets and use the hashtag #theINcrowd to join us in celebrating each other’s work! Check out how WRAG’s staff is already getting IN on the action:

Don’t have a button, but want to get INvolved? Ask for one the next time you see a member of WRAG’s staff at a meeting or event!


 

WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Bei Bei recently made his first public appearance. See how much you know about pandas in honor of the occasion.

– 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 – November 30 through December 4, 2015

We are sad to learn of the passing of Catherine Seiferth England, president of the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. In addition to her passion for the arts, she also spent much of her career helping to meet the needs of underserved youth and Jewish residents in the District. Read more about her life here.

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced a long-term Philanthropy Initiative and display titled “Giving In America,” providing a look at how philanthropy has shaped American culture. (PR Newswire, 12/1)

– A new study examined the relationship between the generosity of wealthy people and  the level of inequality in their state. Wealthy people in states where incomes are more evenly distributed are more likely to be generous, according to the study. (Bloomberg, 11/23)

THIS WEEK IN THE ECONOMY/DISTRICT
– More and more developers are rolling out plans to transform Anacostia. Many residents are bracing themselves for what may come. (WaPo, 11/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– The Campaign for Black Male Achievement released a new report that ranks 50 U.S. cities on their efforts to “advance racial progress and black needs.”  D.C. is one of the top three cities with a 97 out of 100 possible points. (WCP, 12/3)

– For the first time in decades, new diabetes cases are declining in the U.S.  (NYT, 12/1)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Want to win friends and influence people? Talk faster!

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – November 2 through November 6, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PUBLIC HEALTH
– Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation shared four surprising things about the governmental public health workforce in his most recent blog post. (HuffPo, 10/29)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– A recent study predicts an influx in philanthropic funding in the U.S. over the next 20 years that will reach $8 trillion thanks in part to baby boomers who are using their retirement years to give back  (NYT, 11/1)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– Arts funders and dance companies look toward increasing the diversity of their next generation of talent as they hope to grow the diversity of their audiences as well. (NYT, 10/30)

– A growing number of art collectors who wish to donate their artwork are turning to smaller nonprofits rather than museums. (WSJ, 11/1)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSPORTATION
– More and more options for adequate transportation in areas previously void of convenient transit are increasing accessibility for residents east of the Anacostia River. Some officials are hoping to further expand options for residents. (WAMU, 11/4)


 

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How do you think?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – October 13 through October 16, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
–  Washington Business Journal offered a look at the highly-anticipated expansion of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center – also known as THEARC – scheduled to break ground later this month. (WBJ, 10/6)

– The Cultural Data Project, the online tool used by arts organizations to track financial, programmatic, and operational data, is re-branding as DataArts. Check out their press release to learn more.

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL INNOVATION
– Financial institution Goldman Sachs  dabbled in social impact bonds with an investment in 100 Utah preschoolers. (NYT, 10/7)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
–  CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced that it will award $3 million to social profit organizations and government organizations in the region to develop new, innovative telemedicine programs that improve access to healthcare. (WBJ, 10/12)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– A recent study found that medical costs in D.C. are relatively affordable in comparison with those of other major U.S. cities, despite wide variations in the true costs of care within the city. (WBJ, 10/12)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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See if you can solve this quick puzzle about how baseball caps divided a tiny town (essentially). Then, find out what the answer may reveal about the world we live in. Deep.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – September 21 through September 25, 2015

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland examined how homeownership, once the American dream that promised greater financial stability, is no longer accessible to many in the Greater Washington region. (Daily, 9/22)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– We introduced the 2015-2016 Philanthropy Fellows, nine students from the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership working at WRAG member organizations this year. (Daily, 9/21)

– On the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s blog, Maggie Osborn, head of WRAG’s colleague organization, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, shared some important lessons that philanthropy can learn from jazz music. (CEP, 9/22)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– The release of new data from the Centers for Disease Control may dispel some myths about what we think we know about low-income families and their relationship to fast food, and show how obesity affects various racial groups in America. (WaPo, 9/18 and NPR, 9/23)

– We were also able to see how prevalent obesity has become in certain D.C. neighborhoods. (DC Inno, 9/18)


Basically, the moon is going to get really weird on Sunday. Don’t miss it. 

– Ciara