Tag: This Week in Transit

Friday roundup – May 16 through May 20, 2016

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– Consumer Health Foundation board member Silvia Salazar shared her reflections on the Putting Racism on the Table series and how it has had a meaningful impact on her life in this blog post available in both English and Spanish. (Daily, 5/19)

– Caitlyn Duffy, project associate for Philamplify at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, discussed why she’s challenging philanthropy and other sectoral organizations to talk more explicitly about structural racism, and gave a shout out to WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series. (NCRP, 5/18)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– In light of the coming dissolution of the DC Trust, WRAG submitted a letter on behalf of the region’s philanthropic community to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, calling on the Council to maintain funding for out-of-school and summer programming for D.C.’s  children and youth in the FY17 budget.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers‘ president and CEO David Biemesderfer shared this open letter to foundations he signed as one of 22 nonprofit and philanthropy leaders, thanking foundations that have invested in nonprofit infrastructure. He also provided some examples of the important work Forum members Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Maine Philanthropy Center, and WRAG are doing to strengthen communities nationwide. (Forum, 5/17)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
– Metro Releases Finalized Long-Term Maintenance Plan. See How Your Commute Will Be Affected. (WCP, 5/19)


JOBS
Communications and Development Associate | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc. 
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc. 
Part Time Bookkeeper/Accountant | ACT for Alexandria
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Associate Director (Conservation Focus) | 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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Boston has found a poetic way to beat the rainy day blues.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – March 14 through March 18, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG/THE WRAG COMMUNITY
 – WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland posed the question, “When was the last time you talked about racism?,” and explained her view on why you should start. (Daily, 3/15)

– Catherine Oidtman, Philanthropy Fellow at the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, shared what she’s learned about going “beyond dollars” in philanthropy. (Daily, 3/14)

Related for WRAG Members: We are now accepting applications from WRAG members interested in hosting Philanthropy Fellows this fall. For more information about this program and how to apply, click here.

Opinion: Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of Giving at the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and WRAG board chair, shared her views on why urgent reform is necessary to put an end to gerrymandering in Virginia. (Loudoun Times, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT/INFRASTRUCTURE
 Why Washington’s transportation is a problem, in one map (GGW, 3/15)

– Opinion: We caused the Metro shutdown when we decided to let our cities decay (WaPo, 3/16)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH/EQUITY
– WAMU released their new, four-part series on the continuing struggle for inclusion facing individuals with developmental disabilities in the District. (WAMU,  3/2016)

– The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their 2016 County Health RankingsIn Virginia, Loudoun County was number one in the overall ranking for health outcomes, and in Maryland, Montgomery County came out on top. (WTOP, 3/16)


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Who do you think is the most photographed man of the 19th century?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – December 14 through December 18, 2015

The Daily WRAG will return on Monday, January 4. We hope you enjoy the holiday season!

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland presented her fourth quarterly report to the community, and shared highlights on how WRAG stayed true to its mission of promoting increased, effective and responsible philanthropy to improve the health and vitality of the region and all who live here in 2015. (Daily, 12/14)

– Videos from WRAG’s 2015 Annual Meeting, “Philanthropy All In,” are now available! You can watch Dr. David Williams’s keynote speech on racism, followed by Holly Bass’s powerful performance piece; Jennifer Bradley’s presentation on the “metropolitan revolution,” followed by a panel of regional respondents; and WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland’s update to the membership.

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE
– Mayor names Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal to key jobs post (WaPo, 12/14)

THIS WEEK IN HIV/AIDS
– In the first part of their series on housing for D.C. residents living with HIV, Washington City Paper explored how housing resources for homeless, HIV-positive individuals can be scarce. (WCP, 12/14)

Opinion: Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of AIDS? (NYT, 12/11)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT/EQUITY
– A new Census report looked at the demographics of Metro-accessible neighborhoods in the Greater Washington region and found that those who live near stations are more likely to be educated, young, and white. (WaPo, 12/17)


 

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How much do you know about Star Wars?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – March 2 through March 6, 2015

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
A number of news outlets have been taking a look at the shift of poverty from urban city centers to the inner ring suburbs. A new study examines how the shift has occurred locally and in the U.S. with some useful charts. (WCP, 3/5)

Twenty-five years ago, the doughnut theory of urban studies went like this: Cities were poor (the doughnut hole) and suburbs were rich (the doughnut). But the model has shifted over the past quarter century, to the point where wealthy cities are now surrounded by poorer inner suburbs (populated by people who can no longer afford the city), which in turn are surrounded by wealthier outer suburbs.

A new study from the University of Virginia quantifies this concept by plotting various demographic characteristics against the distance from the center of a city. In D.C.’s case, as in many cities around the country, the results are striking.

– A writer explored the opposing views of the left, and now the right, on how to solve the housing affordability crisis. (GGW, 3/4 and 3/6)

– We learned that through a residential/retail project, Fairfax City will be getting some long-awaited affordable housing units. Many residents support the project as a way of retaining talented newcomers and older residents in an increasingly unaffordable market. (Fairfax Connection, 3/5 [Pg. 4 & 8])

– D.C. councilmembers look toward providing more data to residents in search of affordable housing options. (WCP, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers wrote a persuasive blog post about why he hopes his colleagues in the funding community will “get on the map” by sharing their grants data. (Daily, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN YOUTH
– A bill giving authorities more power to keep children out of potentially dangerous homes, known as “Anayah’s Law,”  passed in Maryland’s House and Senate this week. (WaPo, 3/5)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
– As early as this spring, D.C.’s new taxicab chief hopes to bring more taxis to underserved neighborhoods in a move similar to that of New York City’s two-tier taxicab system. (WAMU, 3/6)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group: An Overview of Community Needs & Opportunity for Investment (WRAG’s corporate members or prospective corporate members only)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar
Thursday, March 12, 2015  2:00 PM – 2:45 PM


Don’t forget – Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday!

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, 2015

THIS WEEK IN CSR
– Rachel Tappis, the associate director of community impact for The Advisory Board Company, gave us some insight into what she has learned so far as a participant in the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, and why she can’t wait for the next session. (Daily, 2/19)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– The Washington Business Journal features a profile of each of this year’s Minority Business Leader Awards honorees. Congratulations to Rosie Allen-Herring of United Way of the National Capital Area, Terri Copeland of PNC, and WRAG Board member, Debbi Jarvis of Pepco, on a well-deserved honor! (WBJ, 2/20)

– In her latest post, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared some great news concerning the Community Wealth Building Initiative (Daily, 2/18)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
High-poverty schools need better teachers, but getting them there won’t be easy (GGW, 2/20)

– A new map was released showing the changes in reading proficiency for third graders in the District from 2007-2014 (WCP, 2/19)

– Upon his departure from Montgomery County Public Schools, former Superintendent Joshua Starr gave his thoughts on his time with the district in this exit interview. (WAMU, 2/15)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
Metro failed to notify fire officials that radio alarms weren’t working (WaPo, 2/19)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT
– A government advisory committee has developed new recommendations for American diets that includes eating less processed and red meats to reduce the negative impact on the environment. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department may use the recommendations to inform the next version of their Dietary Guidelines later in the year. (WaPo, 2/19)

Maryland Environmentalists Want to Get Serious About Rising Sea Levels (WAMU, 2/19)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Brown Bag Discussion: Financial Capability, Financial Literacy, and Economic Asset Building (WRAG members)
Monday, February 23, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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, February 26, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Find out who police in one city have issued a warrant for in connection with the cold weather. 

– Ciara

 

Friday roundup – Jan. 19 through Jan. 23, 2015

THIS WEEK IN LGBT NEWS
Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed activists Sheila Alexander-Reid and Terrance Laney as the head and deputy director of the newly renamed Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs. (DCist, 1/22)

Along with these two appointments, Bowser also announced a slight, yet nonetheless significant change to the Office Alexander-Reid and Laney will be leading. The office, which was previously known as the Office of GLBT Affairs is now the Office of LGBT Affairs to “better align with the community’s embrace of the term LGBT,” Bowser said.

Though gay marriage is legal in D.C., there’s still quite a bit of issues facing the LGBTQ community, and Alexander-Reid outlined what some of those priorities would be. “We have a lot to celebrate,” she said, “but we still have a lot of work to do.” Affordable housing, AIDS awareness, access to equal healthcare, and a focus on the transgender community are all priorities Alexander-Reid said her office would focus on.

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
– With a new year upon us, many researchers took a look further into the future with some helpful graphs and  maps showing how the workforce may look in the next five years, and how the region may change over the next 15 years. (WaPo, 1/18 and Urban Institute 1/22)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– $20 million in investments were announced to support programming and to open a new college prep school in the District for black and Latino male students. The plan is known as the “Empowering Males of Color” initiative. (WaPo, 1/21)

– Researchers found that sending text messages to high school students nudging them to complete their required college forms made them more likely to enroll in college. The research team also found that sending helpful text messages to low-income freshman students made them more likely to return and complete their sophomore year. (NYT, 1/17)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT/EQUITY
– Arlington County seeks to connect more residents with access to bikeshare programs by allowing cash memberships to the unbanked. Bikeshare programs typically require a credit card for subscriptions. (GGW, 1/21)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– In an op-ed, Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, shared his thoughts on the supposedly “broken nonprofit model,” and why he thinks nonprofits deserve a little more credit. (Chronicle, 1/20)

– The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has released their seventh annual letter. Here are the three biggest takeaways from this year’s message. (Chronicle, 1/23)


London’s urban skyline will continue to make people a little hungry.

– Ciara