Tag: This Week in the Economy

Friday roundup – April 18 through April 22, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
 In her latest blog post, WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland discussed the progression of the Putting Racism on the Table series and how it’s about more than just learning. (Daily,4/21)

– Jessica Finkel, Philanthropy Fellow at Kaiser Permanente, shared how her experience working with the organization’s Community Benefit department helped her discover a passion for policy and public health. (Daily, 3/20)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Consumer Health Foundation president and WRAG board member Yanique Redwood discussed how marijuana-related incarcerations have devastated communities of color for years, citing points from WRAG’s recent Putting Racism on the Table session on mass incarceration, featuring speaker James Bell, J.D. of the W. Haywood Burns Institute. (CHF, 4/20)

Inter-American Development Bank launched a newly-revamped Improving Lives grants program, open to nonprofit organizations serving low-income Latin American and Caribbean communities in the Washington metropolitan area. The program will combine five grants of up to $50,000 each with skills-based volunteering, and is aimed at promoting innovative projects involving community and economic development, health and well-being, education or the arts. Eligible organizations in the region may apply for grants by submitting proposals before 6 pm (EST) May 19, 2016. For more information, please read the requirements or write to idbcommunityrelations@iadb.org.

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION/ECONOMY
– Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker spoke on his vision for making the jurisdiction a high-demand area for business in his recent State of the Economy address. (WBJ, 4/13)

– While Arlington County’s population continues to grow, the number of jobs continues to decline, according to recent data. (ARLnow, 4/20)

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE
Here are three key tools organizations in the social sector can use to build more diverse workplaces and address persistent institutional biases. (SSIR, 4/14)

 Lack of Training for Young Nonprofit Workers Means Too Few Potential Leaders (Chronicle, 4/19) Subscription required


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Can you remember these viral dance moves from the past ten years?

– 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 – 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)


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Want to win friends and influence people? Talk faster!

– 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

Friday roundup – March 16 through March 20, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region 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, 3/16)

– WRAG philanthropy fellow Shira Broms provided highlights from each panelist at the year’s first Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group. (Daily, 3/17)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Opinion: An affordable housing crisis with no end in sight (WaPo, 3/19)

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
– Washington Regional Food Funders consultant Lindsay Smith explored the urgent need for funders to support emergency food service providers in the region. (Daily, 3/18)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
–  D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, signed a first-of-its kind joint agreement to develop a strategy to end homelessness across jurisdictions. This comes after Mayor Bowser released a detailed plan to end chronic homelessness in the District over the next five years. (WaPo, 3/17 and 3/16))

THIS WEEK IN THE ECONOMY
How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, in 30 U.S. Cities (NPR, 3/19)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
CEO Coffee & Conversation: The 2030 Group’s Bob Buchanan (WRAG member CEOs and CEO-equivalents only)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Funders’ Roundtable of Montgomery County: Investing in Our Neighbors with Special Needs from Cradle to Career (The Funders’ Roundtable is a networking group exclusively for donors, foundations, and companies interested in giving in Montgomery County, MD.)
Thursday, March 26, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Today is the International Day of Happiness! Can you watch this video without smiling

– 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