Tag: This week in poverty

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)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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A seventh-grader settles “Deflategate” once and for all.

– 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)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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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 – September 7 through September 11, 2015

THIS WEEK IN CSR
– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia highlights the work of local companies supporting the community through employee engagement activities and CSR programs that benefit the region in their second issue of GOOD Business. (CFNV, 8/27)

– Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and lead faculty member for the Institute for CSR, discussed income inequalities in the social profit sector. (American Express, 9/8)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY
– Opinion: A writer argues that much more philanthropic aid goes toward poor minorities in cities than poor whites in rural areas, despite data that four in 10 poor Americans are white. (Chronicle, 9/3)

Why Boosting Poor Children’s Vocabulary is Important for Public Health (Atlantic, 9/7)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING/REGION
– Most of the District’s new housing is located in the center of the city, creating a situation where almost all new housing is in high-rise apartments that most residents and potential residents cannot afford. (GGW, 9/9)

–  Candidates for Arlington County Board recently fielded questions around plans to bring more affordable housing to the area. (ARLnow, 9/9)

– Extreme rent hikes in one longstanding apartment property in Montgomery County, Maryland highlight the much larger issue of affordable housing getting further out of reach for less affluent residents. (WaPo, 9/5)


While early mornings are far from being my favorite time of day, these sounds of daybreak from around the world are no less amusing.

– Ciara

 

Friday roundup – May 11 through May 15, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, reflected on the information overload that many of us experience on any given day and shared how WRAG is working to become part of the solution. (Daily, 5/11)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
Stagnant Wages, Scant Affordable Housing Keep People Homeless in D.C. Region, Report Says (WAMU, 5/13)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY
– Loudoun County may have its share of wealthy residents, but for many families in the county, the summer months can mean children will face food insecurity while they are out of school. Food banks there are getting prepared for a rise in demand. (WaPo, 5/13)

Related: This week, WRAG hosted our first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference focusing on the unique needs of residents and discussing strategies to address them. If you are interested in seeing what panelists and participants had to say, you can check out the hashtag #FundLoudoun on Twitter.

– Opinion: More and more studies are coming out about the long-term effects of social programs that support low-income families. Growing research has shown evidence that children whose families received benefits have better outcomes as they enter their 20s and 30s than those whose families did not receive benefits. (NYT, 5/11)

– A study out of Harvard University that took place over several years found that commuting time was the “single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty” (NYT, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT 
The Washington Post explored whether or not D.C.’s 5-cent fee for plastic bags is actually working to make a difference in the environment. While they seemed skeptical, others say, “yes, it is working.” (WaPo, 5/9 and GGW, 5/15)


NEXT WEEK AT WRAG

Community Wealth Building Initiative Briefing & Call for MORE Action (Funders, nonprofits, local government, business, hospital, and university representatives, and others interested in learning more about this exciting initiative.)
Monday, May 18  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


You can sell just about anything on Craigslist…but it should probably belong to you before you try to do that

– Ciara

Friday roundup – April 20 through April 24, 2015

THIS WEEK IN AGING/POVERTY
Many older Americans across the U.S. are experiencing food insecurity, a lingering effect of the Great Recession that has not yet shown signs of recovery for the growing senior population. According to a new report ranking each state’s percentage of seniors facing the threat of hunger, the Greater Washington region’s senior population is among those facing hard times. (WaPo, 4/23)

A new national report on food insecurity among older Americans ranks the District fourth, just behind Mississippi.

The report says that more than 20 percent of the District’s elderly have concerns about eating enough food or the right kind of food, compared with more than 24 percent of seniors in Mississippi.

The estimates of senior hunger range from about 8 percent in Minnesota to more than 26 percent in Arkansas, which was ranked highest among states where seniors face the threat of hunger. Virginia and Maryland both had rates of about 14 percent.

The Atlantic explored the economic inequalities that exist for many Americans well beyond retirement age, despite the shared experiences of growing older that most seniors endure. (Atlantic, 4/20)

THIS WEEK IN COMMUNITY/EVENTS
– Lynn Tadlock, Vice Chair of WRAG’s board and Deputy Executive Director of Giving at the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, discussed the upcoming Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference on May 14 and how it aims to strengthen the “three-legged stool” of government, business, and the social sector to meet the often unnoticed needs of Loudoun County. (Daily, 4/22)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION/BUDGETS
– Prince George’s County braced itself for what could potentially be a $20 million loss in state school funding. (Gazette, 4/22)

D.C. schools budget includes wide range in per-student spending (WaPo, 4/23)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION/ECONOMY
National Parks Brought $1.4 Billion to the D.C. Region in 2014 (DCist, 4/24)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Northern Virginia LEG: The Art of Successful Site Visits (co-sponsored with Exponent Philanthropy and the Southeastern Council of Foundations)
Wednesday, April 29  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Brightest Minds: Dr. Isabel Sawhill on Creating a New Ethic of Responsible Parenthood (WRAG members and non-members)
Thursday, April 30  9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (At PNC Bank)


Today is the Library of Congress’ 215th birthday! Find out what’s actually in there.

– Ciara