Tag: This Week in the Region

Friday roundup – June 6 through June 10, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY 
Today is Deloitte Impact Day – a nationwide day of service in celebration of Deloitte’s year-round commitment to local communities. See how they are making an #ImpactThatMatters on this #ImpactDay over on Twitter.

THIS WEEK IN VIRGINIA
– The Northern Virginia Health Foundation and the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health released a new report examining the disparities in life expectancy among Northern Virginia’s richest and poorest residents. While the area often tops rankings for happiness, health, etc, many residents are falling behind based on factors like education, income, and race. (WaPo, 6/7)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
 In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND put a spotlight on the Roadmap for the Region’s Future Economy and efforts toward regional collaboration on affordable housing. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/6)

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE
– With more than 90 percent of transgender people experiencing some form of harassment in the workplace, the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force created a first-of-its-kind guide for employers for making work environments more accommodating. (WCP, 6/6)

– On Consumer Health Foundation‘s blog, former board member Liz Ben-Ishai interviewed Ron Harris of the the Twin Cities-based group Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and discussed the intersections of race and the growing fair job scheduling movement. (CHF, 6/9)

– The Brookings Institution looked at some of the challenges and opportunities ahead for the economic security and employment prospects of young people. (Brookings, 6/7)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY/CHILDREN
 Opinion: Two experts discussed how the constant stress placed on children in poverty can take a toll on their mental and physical health, creating the need for better collaboration between schools and health providers. (WaPo, 6/6)

 The Families That Can’t Afford Summer (NYT, 6/4)

– The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor (WaPo, 6/8)


JOBS

Senior Manager, Programs | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Program Officer | Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc.
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc.
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Community Impact Director | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente
Part Time Bookkeeper/Accountant | ACT for Alexandria
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Director, Corporate Philanthropy | Council on Foundations
D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership

Visit WRAG’s Job Board for the latest job openings in the region’s social sector.


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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Here’s a guide to kick off your summer reading.

– Ciara

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


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Can you remember these viral dance moves from the past ten years?

– Ciara

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 – March 21 through March 25, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Reflections on implicit bias were shared by Board Chair Missy Young and lead staffer Dara Johnson from the Horning Family Fund. (Daily 3/24)

– The Consumer Health Foundation‘s Kendra Allen interviewed Sequnely Gray, Community Engagement Coordinator for So Others Might Eat and a TANF recipient, about her experience advocating for families on TANF and the impact of benefit time limits. (CHF, 3/21)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION/REGION
– A new report found significant racial disparities in the acceptance rates among selective academic programs at public schools in Montgomery County. (WaPo, 3/22)

 In Loudoun County, a proposal that would concentrate mostly low-income, majority Hispanic students into two schools is evoking memories of “separate but equal” policies of the past. (WaPo, 3/20) 

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
–  Grantmakers in Health, with support from the Aetna Foundation, released a supplement on health equity innovations, published with the spring 2016 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The supplement highlights promising strategies and emerging approaches for building healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. (SSIR, spring 2016)

–  OpinionThe color of heroin addiction — why war then, treatment now? (WaPo, 3/23)

THIS WEEK IN CSR
 The deadline to apply for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards is Friday, April 1. Hint for Nonprofits: Nominating your corporate partners is a great way to show your appreciation and deepen your relationship!

Related: Interested in learning how to build new, stronger, and more mutually beneficial corporate partnerships? Join WRAG and more than 20 CSR professionals from some of the region’s top companies for the 2016 Fundamentals of CSR workshop on April 14-15.


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Are you #TeamPancakes or #TeamWaffles? Personally, I found both to be far too filling.

– 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 – 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 – September 14 through September 18, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
 Consumer Health Foundation president and CEO Yanique Redwood discussed how foundations and social profit organizations can transform communities by spending in them. (CHF, 9/16)

Exponent Philanthropy shared how thinking more like a designer may be a great method to apply to the field of philanthropy. (PhilanthroFiles, 9/17)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– Dr. Alvin Crawley, Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent, explained why integrating health and wellness goals into the day-to-day activities at schools is so important for staff and students over on Northern Virginia Health Foundation‘s blog. (NVHF, 9/16)

 Proportion of Americans without health insurance dropped in 2014 (WaPo, 9/16)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE/RACIAL JUSTICE
– Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates explored African American families in the age of mass incarceration. (Atlantic, 10/2015)

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE/REGION
– Washington Business Journal compiled a list of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs in the region. Personal care aides topped the list with a 29% average annual rate of change in the number of jobs available in the region from 2009-2014. (WBJ, 9/15)


Can you guess whether these crazy menu items are real or fake?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – July 27 through July 31, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
– The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a redevelopment plan for the Seven Corners area. (WaPo, 7/29)

– The Montgomery County Council approved tax credits for low-income renters as the area looks to become more urban, but few people are expected to actually qualify. (WAMU, 7/29)

– Interview: Director of Arlington Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins talked about the future of the county and how it should rise to face the challenges that could prohibit future economic growth. (WaPo, 7/29)

THIS WEEK IN HIV/AIDS
– In a new report, the World Health Organization looked at the wide disparities in access to adequate health care for transgender individuals, often due to discrimination. (NPR, 7/26)

– The White House released an updated national strategy to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS. (White House, 7/30)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTHCARE
– This week, Medicare turned 50 years old. Check out how many people in our region are impacted by the program. (WBJ, 7/29)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– George Washington University joined a growing list of institutions that have recently decided to drop testing requirements for some freshman admissions in an effort to reduce barriers for disadvantaged students to attend. Some are worried whether the change will be enough to recruit low-income students. (WaPo, 7/27)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Northern Virginia LEG: Streamline Your Grantmaking
Thursday, August 6  10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Take a look a these cool (but kind of terrifying) giant gummy bears

– 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 – April 13 through April 17, 2015

THIS WEEK IN BUDGETS/REGION
– This week, we heard from leading fiscal policy experts on the 2016 federal, District, and Virginia budgets and what priorities they may bring to the forefront for funders in the region. We’ll hear more on Maryland’s budget soon. In the meantime, you can get caught up on on the posts from Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Michael Cassidy of The Commonwealth Institute, and Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. (Daily, 4/13, 4/14, and 4/15)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement released a new report analyzing U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs focused on improving the life outcomes of black men and boys. (BMAfunders, 4/14)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– The D.C. Council introduced a resolution to strengthen the city’s Inclusionary Zoning program in an effort to increase the stock of long-term affordable housing. (Coalition for Smarter Growth, 4/14)

THIS WEEK IN IMMIGRATION
– The Commonwealth Institute examined the role unauthorized immigrants can play in Virginia’s economy. (Commonwealth Institute, 4/16)

– D.C. Area’s Safety Net For Immigrant Children Is Stretched Thin, Report Says (WAMU, 4/14)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arlington County was found to be one of only 10 counties in the U.S that had declining numbers of diabetes cases between the years 2004 and 2012. (WaPo, 4/13)

Childhood trauma may raise risk of type 1 diabetes (Reuters, 4/15)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
The Fundamentals of CSR: A Two Day-Workshop
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington Regional Food Funders: Second Quarterly Meeting (Interested WRAG members should contact Lindsay Smith for an agenda and to RSVP if they haven’t already done so)
Thursday, April 23, 2015   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


 

How can you tell if your dog really loves you? It’s all in the gaze.

– Ciara