Tag: Washington Business Journal

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 – Oct. 20 through Oct. 24, 2014

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
Remember when we mentioned that October seemed like it was Food Month? Well, today is Food Day, and there are a number of ways you can get involved.

But don’t stop there! If you missed the Funding Greater Washington’s Food System: Opportunities Available through the 2014 Farm Bill event held by the Washington Regional Food Funders last week, you can get a full recap by clicking this link.

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
The Washington Business Journal released its third annual Power 100 list, featuring the region’s most influential power players. In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out who made this year’s list. (WBJ, 10/23) Spoiler alert: you’ll definitely find some leaders from WRAG member organizations in there :) Meanwhile, another very influential leader in the region, Michael Smith, was named as director of the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.” (Chronicle, 10/21)

THIS WEEK IN NONPROFITS
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that points to a rise in nonprofit sector employment. In 2012, nonprofit organizations comprised more than 10% of all private sector employment in the country, and accounted for 11.4 million employees. You can read more about the interesting research here. (BLS.gov, 10/17)

THIS WEEK IN YOUTH
Community Foundation for the National Capital Region was on hand to help city officials open the D.C. Youth ReEngagement Center, a hub for disconnected youth in the District. (CFNCR, 10/21 and WaPo, 10/20)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
How to Make a Healthier Community (WRAG members and invited guests)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Brown Bag Discussion: A Look at LGBTQ Funding – National and Local (WRAG members)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

CEO/CFO Coffee & Conversation: The Impact of the ACA on You as a Small Employer (WRAG member CEOs, CFOs, and equivalents)
Thursday, October 30, 2014  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM


Could you tell the difference between fancy, high-end hors d’oeuvres and fast food? These “foodies” could not.

-Ciara 

Funding cuts threaten new infant mortality initiative

DISTRICT/YOUTH
Even as the city announced a focus on a new five-year initiative to combat the infant mortality rate last week, federal funding for young mothers and infants in D.C. has been cut to the tune of $4 million. City officials are now contemplating ways to prevent a lapse in services following the announcement of budget cuts. (WaPo, 9/29)

Over two decades, the city received tens of millions of dollars in funding through the federal Healthy Start program. But that program recently changed its structure, dispensing with a long-standing preference for previous grantees and instituting a more competitive funding process.

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The city’s infant-mortality rate — that is, the number of live-born children who die before their first birthday — is 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. The new initiative, known as “Stronger 2gether — One City 4 Healthier Babies,” aims to drive that rate below 5.0 by 2020. The national average is 6.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — well above that of many other industrialized nations.

WRAG | Congratulations are in order! WRAG president, Tamara Copeland, has been named as an honoree of Washington Business Journal‘s 2014 Women Who Mean Business award. The prestigious award honors the most influential businesswomen in the region from various industries who are trailblazers in their communities. Look out for the November 14th edition of the publication for a profile on how our president is making her mark!

PHILANTHROPY
 New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kristof, discusses how to be a high-impact donor and the struggle to make people care about causes far-away from home. You can listen to the discussion, or read a transcript. (WAMU, 9/29)

– Starting next week, a free massive online open course will be available through Stanford University called, “Giving 2.0.” The course is for individuals of all income levels to learn how to maximize their giving potential through various channels. Get some background on the philanthropist leading the effort here. (Chronicle, 9/29)

5 Factors for Success in Philanthropy’s Work with Cities (NPQ, 9/24)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– Though it has become a common buzzword in the world of affordable housing in the last several years, gentrification is nothing new. In the District, residents in an area of Georgetown that was once heavily populated by African Americans found themselves being pushed out of their homes as early as the 1920s. (WAMU, 9/26)

– Those shipping container apartments that are said to be a potential ecological and economical solution to housing are now up in Brookland. See how they turned out.(WaPo, 7/20 & WTOP, 9/29)

EDUCATION
 Seven of the nearly 270 community colleges across the country selected to receive a total of $450 million in job training grants from Vice President Biden are in the Washington Region. (InTheCapital, 9/30)

– Takeovers of struggling charter schools offer families stability, and a culture clash (WaPo, 9/29)


Who doesn’t love an infographic? Here’s one about tracking and measuring your organization’s social media efforts.

– Ciara