Tag: This Week in the District

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 – 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
Click the image below to access WRAG’S Community Calendar. To have your event included, please send basic information including event title, date/time, location, a brief description of the event, and a link for further details to: myers@washingtongrantmakers.org.


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Want to win friends and influence people? Talk faster!

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – June 22 through June 26, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, shared the two surprising things all foundation staff should know when it comes to excise tax rules – the topic of a recent Foundation Finance Affinity Group meeting. (Daily, 6/22)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– We saw two new reports on the urgent need for collaboration to invest in solving the region’s affordable housing crisis: Call the Question: Will the Greater Washington Region Collaborate and Invest to Solve its Affordable Housing Shortage?– sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, Citi Foundation, and WRAG; and The Greater Washington Region’s Future Housing Needs: 2023 – sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners. Both reports were supported by the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group (GWHLG), who hosted a plenary session at the 2015 Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) Annual Meeting this week. GWHLG is comprised of nonprofit, public, philanthropic, and business leaders concerned about the affordable housing in our region, and is convened by WRAG. Check out the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HANDAM2015.

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
– Maryland governor Larry Hogan announced plans to move forward on the Purple Line light-rail with a few conditions. (WaPo, 6/25)

– The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill requiring all employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and paid time off. The bill will go into effect late next year(Bethesda Magazine, 6/23)

THIS WEEK IN WORKFORCE
– The Montgomery County Council also voted to freeze the minimum wage for tipped workers at $4. (WAMU, 6/24)

THIS WEEK IN EQUITY 
– The Office of the Chief Financial Officer used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to show that income disparity in the District is bigger than in any state in the country. (WaPo, 6/24)

–  An interactive map displaying the concentration of race within the District’s neighborhoods was released. (DCInno, 6/23)


Pop quiz! Can you identify these cities just by looking at their skylines? 

– Ciara

Friday roundup – March 30 through April 3, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared how a regional call to action for business and government leaders came to include the funding community. (Daily, 4/2)

– WRAG announced an upcoming conference on the needs of Loudoun County. The Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference will take place on Thursday, May 14 and is sponsored by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and the Middleburg Community Center. (Daily, 4/1)

– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia‘s Eileen Ellsworth and Jen McCollum shared why they’re excited to “get on the map” and use the interactive tool that allows them to share their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 3/30)

– The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County is inviting the funding community to visit nonprofit organizations that are moving Prince George’s County forward through safety-net, education and workforce development services. Guests will spend approximately one hour touring facilities, observing programs in action, and conversing with the organization’s leadership team. Those interested in going on a site visit should email Alicia Barrett at abarrett@cfncr.org to register at least one week in advance.

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT
– D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser got things in full swing this week. After a little bit of March Madness, Bowser delivered her State of the District address outlining plans to create “pathways to the middle class,” and later released her proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016. (WCP, 3/10, WaPo, 3/31, DCist, 4/2)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
– Some residents and party leaders in Fairfax County are concerned with the lack of diversity among candidates for public office, as demographics there have seen quite a shift in the last 15 years. (WaPo, 3/29)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Prince George’s officials shared their 2020 Strategic Plan for the school system with five main areas for improvement – academics, workforce development, safe and modernized facilities, community engagement, and organizational effectiveness. (Gazette, 4/2)

– Attorney General Karl Racine approved the plan for an all-boys school for minority students east of the Anacostia as part of the “Empowering Males of Color” initiative. (WCP, 3/30)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Healthy Communities Working Group: A Conversation with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, D.C. Department of Health (WRAG members)
Monday, April 6, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar 
Thursday, April 9, 2015  2:00 PM – 2:45 PM


Take a look at this year’s best Peeps dioramas!

– Ciara

 

 

Friday roundup – Jan. 26 through Jan. 30, 2015

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
– This week, volunteers conducted the annual point-in-time survey and saw the number of homeless individuals in emergency care in the District surpass 4,000. With numbers continuing to swell, the city may be on pace to see even higher numbers of sheltered homeless than last year. (WCP, 1/29 and WaPo, 1/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE ECONOMY
– The Washington Post presented a revealing series on the vanishing wealth of the black middle class in Prince George’s County due to the housing crisis. In case you missed it, check out part 1, part 2 and part 3. (WaPo, 1/24, 1/25, 1/26)

Maryland Budget Cuts Would Hit Black Residents Harder Lawmakers Say (WAMU, 1/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– Voices from the WRAG community were all over the local news this week! WRAG president Tamara Copeland’s letter to the editor in support of a regional summit on Greater Washington’s economy was published in the Washington Business Journal. Copeland, along with other philanthropy thought leaders, like Rosie Allen-Herring of the United Way of the National Capital Area and Vikki Spruill of the Council of Foundations, were featured in the Capital Business article on what’s next for philanthropy in the region. Wilton Corkern, WRAG board member and trustee of the Corina Higginson Trust, wrote a letter to the editor that prompted us to rethink community service as a means of punishment for offenders. (WRAG, 1/26, WaPo, 1/25, WaPo, 1/8)

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT
You need to make $108,092 a year to live comfortably in D.C., report says (WaPo, 1/29)

THIS WEEK IN YOUTH
– A recent national study from Brown University finds growing disparities in access to after school programs, leaving low-income students further behind. (Atlantic, 1/30)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Arts & Humanities Working Group: Advancing Diversity & Racial Equity in the Region’s Cultural Sector (Arts funders only)
Wednesday, February 4, 2015  10:00AM – 12:00PM


Kind of like the Super Bowl, but much, much cuter.

– Ciara

 

Friday roundup – Jan. 5 through Jan. 9, 2015

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY/REGION
Poverty continues to increase and move into suburban areas across the country and in the region. Though there are some success stories in addressing the great need for assistance for low-income residents in these areas, help is slow-moving and can prove difficult for residents to navigate. (The Atlantic, 1/7)

Some regions have begun to address the problems created by suburban poverty, but they’re finding the work is slow going.

After all, suburbs are often much more spread out than cities, and organization has to be done at a county-wide or multi-county level. To reach the same number of low-income families that an organization might once have reached in one urban neighborhood, groups have to work across counties or regions. It can be difficult to change how programs are administered. The federal government spends $82 billion to fight poverty, but it’s funneled through 81 programs and 10 different agencies.

But some regions are succeeding. Montgomery County, Maryland, for instance, established a network to reach low-income residents who might not have been aware of the benefits available to them, with volunteers knocking on far-flung suburban doors to check in on residents […].

THIS WEEK IN CSR
– WRAG’S Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, shared her prescription for professional-development-deficiency for corporate social responsibility professionals in need. (Volunteer Match, 12/18)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT
– Advocates are steadily working toward a cleaner, swimmable Anacostia River, but understand it won’t come easy. (WaPo, 1/4)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– As part of a new partnership between the state of Maryland and Microsoft, 870,000 public school students in the state will get free Microsoft Office 365 software. Maryland is the first state to embark on such a partnership. (WaPo, 1/9)

– Today, President Obama will announce a new plan that will assist adults with attending two-year community college for free and will address growing income inequality. (NYT, 1/9)

A ‘Sizable Decrease’ In Those Passing the GED (NPR, 1/9)

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT
– The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen Boston over D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco as the city that will go on to vie to host the 2024 Olympics. (WaPo, 1/8)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– We got a glimpse at the newest appointees to D.C’s housing and development team. (WCP, 1/5)

– D.C. may soon see an uptick in foreclosures. Housing advocates say that’s a good thing (WaPo, 1/8)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Healthy Communities Working Group: January Meeting (WRAG members)
Monday, January 12, 2015  12:00PM – 2:00PM

CEO Coffee & Conversation: Bringing National Funders into the Region (Rescheduled, for WRAG member CEOs)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015  9:00AM – 10:30AM


Check out this list of America’s Top 25 Best-Performing Large Cities. Something’s missing!

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Oct. 14 through Oct. 17, 2014

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
The District announced a plan to eventually close the controversial D.C. General homeless shelter by winter season 2015-2016. Under the new plan, developed with best practices in mind, families will be housed in smaller buildings throughout the city in order to embed services within a variety of communities.  In the meantime, the approximately 600 children residing at D.C. General now have a new playground to use. (WAMU, 10/14)

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
WRAG president Tamara Copeland explained what it takes to launch a new initiative, using the Community Wealth Building Initiative as a prime example of what can happen when the right elements come together. (Daily, 10/14)

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT
After seven long months, a winning design for the 11th Street Bridge Project was selected. Are you ready to get into some urban agriculture at “Anacostia Crossing?” We may need to wait until some time in 2018, but it will still certainly be really cool. (DCist, 10/16)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Some significant disparities were found in a study of per-pupil spending at school districts across the region. Higher amounts spent did not always correlate with district performance, but perhaps most shocking was the big gap between the highest and lowest spending school systems in the region. (WaPo, 10/15)


Just what do the poor, middle class and rich do for a living? Here is an interactive graph displaying the 10 most popular jobs within each income bracket.

– Ciara