Tag: wells fargo

Economists predict the rise of inequality and the end of retail

ECONOMY | The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its 10-year forecast for the future of the United States’ labor market. The predictions include an increase in jobs for healthcare workers as our population grows older, the decline of retail as online shopping grows, and the rise of inequality as a result of jobs typically associated with the middle class declining. (Atlantic, 10/26)

These 10-year-forecast reports—the products of two years’ work from about 25 economists at the BLS —document the government’s best assessment of the fastest and slowest growing jobs of the future. On the decline are automatable work, like typists, and occupations threatened by changing consumer behavior, like clothing store cashiers, as more people shop online.

The fastest-growing jobs through 2026 belong to what one might call the Three Cs: care, computers, and clean energy. No occupation is projected to add more workers than personal-care aides, who perform non-medical duties for older Americans, such as bathing and cooking. Along with home-health aides, these two occupations are projected to create 1.1 million new jobs in the next decade. Remarkably, that’s 10 percent of the total 11.5 million jobs that the BLS expects the economy to add. Clean-energy workers, like solar-panel installers and wind-turbine technicians, are the only occupations that are expected to double by 2026. Mathematicians and statisticians round out the top-10 list.

HOMELESSNESS | The “war on sitting,” a trend across the United States to remove benches from public spaces, is negatively impacting homeless individuals and older citizens. (Citylab, 10/20)

POVERTY | Wells Fargo co-hosted an event for the Faces of Loudoun campaign, which WRAG worked on with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, to bring awareness to the challenges faced by low-income families in Loudoun County. (Loudoun Times, 10/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Timothy McCue, director of grant programs for Potomac Health Foundation, discussed his organization’s grantmaking strategy with Faith Mitchell, president of Grantmakers In Health, in GIH’s podcast series, “Fresh Perspectives: Voices from the Field“. (GIH, 7/31)

EDUCATION | As DACA winds down, 20,000 educators are in limbo (WaPo, 10/25)

PUBLIC SAFETY | The District’s new Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will work with community members that live in under-invested wards to prevent violence. (WaPo, 10/25)

NONPROFITS | Asking What’s Next and Encouraging Offbeat Ideas: Essential Ingredients for Innovation (Chronicle, 10/3 – Subscription needed)


The Blair Witch Project celebrates 20 years with a special screening at the Library of Congress this weekend.

– Kendra

Two endangered species met on the Anacostia River and life bloomed

ENVIRONMENT | Cleaning up the polluted Anacostia River in order to reintroduce wildlife to the area saved many of the youth who participated in the Eagle Conservation Corps in the 90s from leading the lives that took many of their peers in Southeast DC. (NPR, 5/20)

In the first three months, a team of seven young men and two women waded into the creek and dragged out everything from car engines to sofas, bikes — and 5,000 tires. “They cleaned every scrap out of that creek,” [creator of the Eagle Conservation Corps Bob] Nixon says.

It was hard work with no prestige, and their friends in Valley Green [housing project] gave them a hard time. But “we started feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride,” says Anthony Satterthwaite, another of the original volunteers.

That sense of accomplishment was key.

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS | The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for its 2017 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. Congratulations to the many WRAG members nominated! (Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 5/15)

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business)

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

CSRA, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente

PNC Bank

WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Wells Fargo Bank

Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Executive Leader of the Year

Adrian Chapman, WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Todd Yeatts, The Boeing Company

Emerging Influential of the Year

Ben Ingham, Northrop Grumman

NOVAForward Award

Eileen Ellsworth, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Non-Profit of the Year

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in partnership with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties

– Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, said this about the nomination: We are honored to be nominated with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties. Since 2015, when WRAG hosted the first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, we have been working with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties and a robust cross-sector steering committee to identify and address top needs in the county. On March 1, we launched the “Faces of Loudoun” marketing campaign designed to highlight the often hidden needs in Loudoun and encourage increased and more effective philanthropic investments from residents and the larger philanthropic community across the region.

WORKFORCE | This Chesapeake Bay company, and the island where it is located, need Mexican guest workers to keep its business afloat. (WAMU, 5/21)

HEALTH | District policymakers passed a bill to raise the smoking age to 21 last year, but there are no funds set aside in the current FY18 budget proposal to implement the law. (DCFPI, 5/19)

HOUSING | The Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights area is now the third most expensive neighborhood in DC. (WTOP, 5/19)

POVERTY | A new study explores why some children who grow up in poverty are able to become economically successful adults. (Citylab, 5/19)

NONPROFITS | Nonprofits anxiously await the new administration’s first budget request. (Chronicle, 5/19 – Subscription needed)


These puppets do not want to harm you. 

– Kendra

This project is starting a conversation through art

ARTS/CULTURE | Videos of Georgia Avenue community members are being projected into windows as part of the “Crossing the Street” empathy building project. The initiative, funded by the DC Office of Planning and the Kresge Foundation, intends to create conversation between residents in a rapidly gentrifying DC neighborhood. (CityLab, 11/17)

…A workshop offered in conjunction with the installation by the local artist and activist Holly Bass asks participants to consider the question: What does it mean to be a good neighbor in a rapidly changing community?

“When people talk about cultural preservation, they usually mean protecting a building or monument, but I’m more interested in the human side of culture—the vibe of the city, the social values of the people who live here,” Bass said in a statement. Valentine, who’s involved in the local senior center, organizes stroll-and-chat outings to bring folks from different ethnic groups together. “I have an old saying that I wouldn’t go across the street for a program, but I’d go around the world for a relationship,” he says in the video.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Washington Business Journal released its 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award winners and we’re happy to announce a few of our own have made the list! (WBJ, 11/17)

– Our members were interviewed for the “Spotlight on corporate social responsibility”:

  • Katy Moore, WRAG’s Managing Director of Corporate Strategy, discusses the job market for CSR professionals.
  • Lindsey Frederic Buss, World Bank Group’s Senior Officer of Community Connections, discusses the Measure4Change program, which helps nonprofits measure the impact of their work.
  • Maritha Gay, Kaiser Permanente’s Senior Director of External Affairs, discusses how a CSR strategy can help improve the health of a community.

– Check out the complete list of top corporate givers.

-Congrats to the WRAG members who ranked in the top 10 by regional giving in the large business category:

1.Wells Fargo
4. Capital One Financial Corporation
6. Northrop Grumman
8. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
9. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

-Congrats to the WRAG members who ranked in the top 10 by volunteer hours in the large business category:

1.Deloitte LLP
3. IBM Corp
6. Booz Allen Hamilton
7. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
8. The Advisory Board Company
9. Capital One Financial Corporation

PHILANTHROPY
-Tim Lee, Lever Fund board member, discusses how the Fund finds and invests in the most effective nonprofits – and announces its investment in three D.C.-area organizations. (LinkedIn, 11/17)

-Grantmakers for Effective Organizations launched a new publication to share stories of why organizational culture matters, with input from GEO members and other leaders of grantmaking organizations.

EVENT | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is launching a new initiative to create living-wage careers to help low-wage workers in the region. Join them on December 12, 2016 from 8:30 to 11 as they share a new report on the state of middle-skill IT and Healthcare talent in our area. More information here.


Social Sector Job Openings

BUILD Health Challenge Executive Director | de Beaumont Foundation – New!
Director of Development and Communications | Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs – New!
Manager of Communications | Do Good Institute, University of Maryland
Brand and Impact Manager | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Senior Advisor | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Manager | ACT for Alexandria
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association
Senior Program Manager, Community Benefits | Kaiser Permanente

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar
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So we can all agree the Wonderbread Factory looks pretty cool, but did you know the story behind it’s architecture

-Kendra

Friday roundup – June 13 through June 17, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– The Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation has made a $500,000 investment in Our Region, Your Investment. (Daily, 6/16)

– The Putting Racism on the Table learning series may be over, but the lessons will endure. In this blog post, Julie Wagner of CareFirst and Terri Copeland of PNC shared some of their deepest insights and major takeaways from the series. (Daily, 6/13)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Natalie Wexler, trustee of the Omega Foundation, explained how schools can better teach kids to read. (Hint: it’s not by teaching reading comprehensive strategies.) (Daily, 6/14)

– Some Alexandria City Public School students are alleging  “excessive, discriminatory and reckless approach[es] to discipline” from the school system. The Kojo Nnamdi Show explores those claims and the supporting research behind the students’ argument. (WaPo, 6/3 and WAMU, 6/16)

THIS WEEK IN LGBT NEWS/THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers will be co-hosting a national teleconference for funders on Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00 am ET, for funders concerned about the Orlando tragedy and how best they may respond. Register for the call co-hosted by ABFE, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

– WRAG’s colleague organization, the Florida Philanthropic Network, posted a list of resources for those who want to provide financial assistance to those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando.

Wells Fargo announced a donation of $300,000 toward victims and community recovery through the OneOrlando fund, set up by the City of Orlando and administered by the Central Florida Foundation.

– The Council on Foundations shared a resource guide created by Funders for LGBTQ Issues featuring Orlando’s local LGBTQ social profit organizations and fundraising efforts for victims.

– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has also shared resources for those who want to help.


JOBS

Senior Manager, Programs | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations | Deadline: 06/17/2016
Program Officer | Washington Area Women’s Foundation | Deadline: 06/19/2016
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
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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This just may be the sweetest Internet search ever conducted.

– Ciara

New report closely examines racial and ethnic incarceration disparities in each state

MASS INCARCERATION/RACISM
A new report examines the rates of incarceration for whites, African Americans, and Hispanics state-by-state, finds three contributing factors to the racial and ethnic disparities in those rates, and makes some recommendations for reform. (Sentencing Project, 6/14)

Truly meaningful reforms to the criminal justice system cannot be accomplished without acknowledgement of racial and ethnic disparities in the prison system, and focused attention on reduction of disparities. Since the majority of people in prison are sentenced at the state level rather than the federal level, it is critical to understand the variation in racial and ethnic composition across states, and the policies and the day-to-day practices that contribute to this variance. Incarceration creates a host of collateral consequences that include restricted employment prospects, housing instability, family disruption, stigma, and disenfranchisement.

Related: In the most recently released video of WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series, James Bell, J.D., founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, discussed mass incarceration and how structural racism, white privilege, and implicit bias collide within the criminal justice system.

OUR REGION, YOUR INVESTMENT | Our Region, Your Investment is gaining traction with local investors, with a recent $500,000 investment from the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation. Says Joshua Bernstein, president of the foundation (Daily, 6/16):

The Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation is working to address the deficit in housing affordability in the D.C. area. An investment in the Enterprise Community Impact Note aligns our investment strategy with our mission and leverages our impact.  We are grateful for the opportunity that Our Region, Your Investment has created to invest funds in ways that promote additional investment in housing solutions.

COMMUNITY/LGBT/PHILANTHROPY | Following the recent tragedy in Orlando, a number of WRAG members have organized efforts to provide support to victims and their families or share valuable resources with those serving LGBT communities. Wells Fargo has announced a donation of $300,000 toward victims and community recovery through the OneOrlando fund, set up by the City of Orlando and administered by the Central Florida Foundation. The Council on Foundations has shared a resource guide created by Funders for LGBTQ Issues featuring Orlando’s local LGBTQ social profit organizations and fundraising efforts for the victims, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has also shared resources for those who want to help.

EDUCATION/DISCRIMINATION/VIRGINIA | Students at Alexandria’s public schools are bringing to light what they describe as “excessive, discriminatory and reckless approach[es] to discipline” from the school system. Today, The Kojo Nnamdi Show explores those claims and the research that supports their argument. (WaPo, 6/3 and WAMU, 6/16)

Related: On Thursday, July 7, the third installment of WRAG’s Public Education Speaker Series (supported by The Omega Foundation and the Tiger Woods Foundation) tackles the topic of racial and gender disparities in school discipline, with Professor Anne Gregory of Rutgers University. WRAG members can click here to register.

ARTS/CULTURE African American Museum prepares for ‘a mini-inauguration’ (WaPo, 6/15)

PUBLIC HEALTHGun Violence ‘A Public Health Crisis,’ American Medical Association Says (NPR, 6/14)


Going back to school is tough at any age, but imagine going back to the 10th grade at age 68! This grandfather shows us it’s never too late.

– Ciara

Do More 24 in full swing!

COMMUNITY/REGION 
Today marks the United Way of the National Capital Area‘s annual Do More 24 event – a 24-hour online giving campaign that kicked off at midnight and will end at 11:59 pm. Local, regional, and national social profit organizations with a presence in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are participating in the focused day of giving to create maximum impact as a community. The award winners will be announced tomorrow. Click here to remain up-to-date on the total raised – and to give!

CSR
– The Chronicle of Philanthropy presents a special report and interactive database on giving from America’s biggest companies. Bank of America, Citi, Capital OneJPMorgan Chase, PNC, and Wells Fargo are among the companies highlighted for their corporate giving and social good efforts. (Chronicle, 6/1) Subscription required

– Socially Responsible Companies Are Big Draw for Workers, Study Says (Chronicle, 6/1) Subscription required

PHILANTHROPY
Exponent Philanthropy has launched a new blog series in honor of their 20th anniversary that will focus on reflections of founders, early board members, and others with extensive careers in the field of philanthropy. In this blog post, Exponent Philanthropy founding member, former board chair, and executive director of The Americana Foundation Marty Fluharty discusses why it is so imperative for foundations to break down silos. (PhilanthroFiles, 6/2)

– Demanding That Nonprofits Not Pay For Overhead Is Preventing Them From Doing Good (Co.Exist, 6/1)

DISTRICT
– The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has announced the launch of a new initiative, the “June Housing Bloom,” aimed at increasing the number of affordable housing units in the city (WCP, 6/1):

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is […] putting out solicitations for the development of 25 District-owned properties in Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 to get the month-long initiative started. The offerings are part of a five-pronged strategy to reduce neighborhood blight, according to DHCD: producing affordable housing, preserving affordable housing, boosting homeownership, ending homelessness, and making use of currently vacant properties. DHCD will hold an informational meeting about the sites at its HQ on June 22, with a proposal deadline of Sept. 1.

– In Search of TANF Reform (CHF, 5/27)

VIRGINIA | VideoWhy Virginia’s Restoration of Voting Rights Matters (Atlantic, 5/31)

MENTAL HEALTH/IMPLICIT BIAS | For many people of color struggling with their mental health and seeking the aid of psychotherapy, roadblocks to access can often prevent them from getting much-needed help. A new study suggests that implicit bias on the part of psychologists’ offices may be the main barrier to some people receiving proper mental healthcare. (Atlantic, 6/1)


Do you have any strange reading habits? You are not alone in the Greater Washington region.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – May 2 through May 6, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG announced the launch of our new and improved job board! This service is available to the region’s philanthropic and nonprofit community. Job postings are free for WRAG members and $60 for non-members. As a benefit for using WRAG’s job board, each posting will be included in a weekly roundup (below) of job opportunities right here in the Daily WRAG. For any questions about using the job board, contact Rebekah Seder, seder@washingtongrantmakers.org.

– We released the third video in the Putting Racism on the Table series! The video features Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, speaking on implicit bias. After you’ve had a chance to view the video, 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 CSR
– Congratulations to WRAG members BB&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wells Fargo for being nominees for the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. See what they were nominated for here. (NVCC, 4/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties hosted their Give Choose Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign for 60 area social profit organizations, with 1,402 donations that raised $180,204.33!

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Washington City Paper offered a glimpse into some of  D.C.’s low-rent units, where many tenants live in constant fear of losing their homes and have few options but to deal with unresponsive landlords who neglect properties. (WCP, 4/29)

– Report: Low-Income Residents Moving Out of Silver Spring at Highest Rate in the Country (Bethesda, 4/29)

– Local Initiatives Support Corporation made a $50 million commitment toward ensuring that residents living in the area surrounding the highly-anticipated 11th Street Bridge Park would not be displaced once it opens. (WaPo, 5/3)


JOBS
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc.

Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc.

– D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership

– Communications and Development Associate | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

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


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Netflix knows how to get you to watch everything.

– Ciara

A look at America’s housing divide

HOUSING
A new analysis by The Washington Post examines America’s housing recovery and finds that it has been greatly uneven, creating deep disparities based on factors like income, geography, and race. The analysis also hones in on four cities: Stockton, California, Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C. (WaPo, 4/28):

In the heart of the District, where home values are up more than 90 percent, a modest rowhouse in gentrifying Trinidad is now worth about as much as a newer, spacious suburban home in Loudoun County, where values have barely budged. Around Washington, the housing market’s winners and losers are divided by the Beltway. Inner-ring suburbs have outperformed outer-ring ones. That gives the best returns to short-commute neighborhoods once avoided for their schools, crime and poverty.

– According to data, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs have one of the widest housing affordability gaps in the country. (WaPo, 4/28)

Washington City Paper takes a look at a handful of the thousands of low-rent units in the District that have been very poorly maintained by their landlords. (WCP, 4/29)

– Report: Low-Income Residents Moving Out of Silver Spring at Highest Rate in the Country (Bethesda, 4/29)

OpinionThe Racist Roots of a Way to Sell Homes (NYT, 4/29)

CSR | Congratulations to WRAG members BB&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wells Fargo for being nominees for the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Check out what they were nominated for here. (NVCC, 4/29)

VIRGINIAWhat’s Missing From Loudoun County? (BisNow, 4/26)

WORKFORCE/EQUITYIf There’s Only One Woman in Your Candidate Pool, There’s Statistically No Chance She’ll Be Hired (HBR, 4/28)


Sometimes, it’s okay to brag, right? Here’s how to be the best at tooting your own horn.

– Ciara

New county health rankings released

HEALTH
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released their 2016 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, measuring and ranking nearly all counties in the U.S. and “compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources.” In 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)

The yearly report — released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute — evaluates 30 factors such as poverty, education, transportation, housing, violent crime, jobs and access to medical care.

The full rankings can be accessed here.

PHILANTHROPY
United Way of the National Capital Area has announced $100K to social profit organizations in Loudoun County. (Loudoun Times, 3/16)

– Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released a report tracking 2014 grantmaking from U.S. foundations. Open Society Foundations and Wells Fargo were among the top 10 funders for LGBTQ issues.

POVERTY/REGION | Opinion: Maryland and Virginia are headed toward reform in the way that the structured-settlement-purchasing industry preys on individuals who are often vulnerable to the lure of fast money through lump sum payments, despite standing to lose out on much of the funds awarded to them. Many of the cases involve victims who received settlements because they were exposed to lead poisoning. Advocates for the victims want to ensure that much-needed legislation is passed. (WaPo, 3/15)

DISTRICT New Bills Would Increase Access to D.C. Affordable Housing and Government Buildings (WCP, 3/15)

TRANSIT/REGIONWhy Washington’s transportation is a problem, in one map (GGW, 3/15)

JOBS 
Northrop Grumman is seeking a Manager of STEM Education Programs.

– The Baltimore Community Foundation is looking for the right candidate to fill their Program Officer position.


It’s that time of year again…check out this year’s entries for the Peeps Diorama contest!

– Ciara 

WRAG Board elects 2016 board officers

WRAG
WRAG is excited to announce that this week the WRAG Board elected the following members to serve as new and returning board officers beginning in 2016:

ChairLynn Tadlock, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Vice ChairYanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation
TreasurerAnna Bard, Wells Fargo
Secretary – Mary McClymont, Public Welfare Foundation

CHILDREN/REGION
– DC Action for Children has released a new analysis based on 20 indicators of well-being to determine the state of children in the District’s eight wards. In some wards, children and their families are being left behind in an ever-growing city (WCP, 12/8):

Wards 5, 7, and 8 contain some of the largest numbers of children yet have the lowest median family incomes, even as the median income in D.C. increased by roughly 18 percent between 2010 and 2013. At least one in five children in Wards 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 live in poverty, the analysis reports; the total child poverty rate in D.C. dropped by less than one percent during the same period.

– Another study sheds light on the high costs of child care for parents in the U.S. – and especially D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. As child care costs rival that of sending a young adult to college, the report by Child Care Aware urges Congress to take action. (WTOP, 12/8)

HOUSING | Why it’s so hard to afford a rental even if you make a decent salary (WaPo, 12/9)

ECONOMY/REGION | A recent gathering of three elected leaders from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia show that top leaders are starting to think more regionally. (WaPo, 12/8)

PHILANTHROPY 
Opinion: Author, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and previous WRAG Annual Meeting speaker Emmett Carson, shares in this open letter why he believes the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector should merge to build a stronger, more integrated network for the social profit sector. (Chronicle, 12/4)

Opinion: 3 Key Ideas on the Power of the Zuckerberg-Chan Pledge (Chronicle, 12/8)

HEALTH/HOMELESSNESS | The Atlantic explores the dynamic of a family in shelter with four young children as the parents participate in a program that aims to strengthen the bonds among homeless families that are often strained due to overwhelming stress. (Atlantic, 12/8)


Here are a few of the books Bill Gates says you should be reading right now.

– Ciara