Tag: women

Landmark education bill will reshape Maryland’s public school system

EDUCATION | A landmark education bill designed to reshape Maryland’s public school system will become law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, and will send an additional $855 million to schools over the next two years. (WaPo, 5/15)

Over the next two years, the funding will pay for school-based health centers, grants for schools where at least 80 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, raises for teachers — the state will provide a 1.5 percent raise if the local district gives 3 percent — and grants to improve teacher standards.

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence, also known as the Kirwan Commission, was asked in 2016 to devise a plan to create a world-class school system in Maryland and ensure that all students, regardless of race and ethnicity, are “college- and career-ready” by 10th grade. The Kirwan Commission also was charged with coming up with funding formulas to pay for the plan, but the panel released its recommendations this year without a breakdown of how the state and local governments would share the costs.

IMMIGRATION | Between 75 and 150 adult adoptees in the District and up to 1,700 Virginians are at risk of being deported. (WAMU, 5/15)

– An emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health has been created by the Congressional Black Caucus to address access to mental health care and suicide among Black youth, including those who are LGBTQIA. (Washington Blade, 5/7)

Opioid Addiction Drug Going Mostly To Whites, Even As Black Death Rate Rises (NPR, 5/8)

CENSUS | Mayor Bowser officially kicked off the District’s 2020 Census efforts by presenting a proclamation to honor the selection of her Complete Count Committee.

CHILDREN/SAFETY | A Centers for Disease Control study has found that 1 in 14 public and charter high school students in DC has exchanged sex for something of value. Students who had been kicked out of their homes, run away or been abandoned were most likely to have exchanged sex.  (WAMU, 5/16)

HEALTHCARE | How safe are Greater Washington’s hospitals? Some earn top grades for quality and safety, and others don’t score as well. (WBJ, 5/16)

ARTS | Mayor Muriel Bowser Wants Big Changes for the City’s Arts Commission (CP, 5/16)

WOMEN/EQUALITY | June 4 marks the 100-year anniversary of Congress’ passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, and there are a number of places around the Greater Washington region to learn the history of women’s suffrage. (WAMU, 5/16)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Manager | Arabella Advisors – New!
Institutional Development Officer | Martha’s Table – New!
Development Manager, Washington, DC | Reading Partners – New!
Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

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Architecture is like a tree … it grows and matures and branches out. I am part of that tree, of that movement, not starting, or ending, or following anything.” I.M. Pei has died at 102.

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– Buffy

Howard University and Unity Health Care will partner to bring maternity care east of the river

HEALTHCARE/WOMEN | Howard University Hospital has signed an agreement to partner with Unity Health Care to expand its obstetrics care to communities that cannot access this care in the District. Although the two have been in discussion about this partnership for at least a year because Howard wanted to expand its outpatient network, as a result of the recent concern over maternal care for low-income women, they decided to focus on women’s services first. (WBJ, 11/20)

“We’re going to really widen our reach to be able to care for patients in that zone,” Mighty said. “You put Howard and Unity together and we’re able to offer the entire spectrum of health care for that underserved population that both Howard and Unity has focused on for so long.”

Howard, for example, will establish a regular presence of high risk pregnancy specialists on the east end of the city in Unity’s existing clinics. Unity previously sent family medicine residents to train at Providence Hospital, but will shift their training to Howard, said Dr. Diana Lapp, Unity’s deputy chief medical officer.

PHILANTHROPY | Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses how philanthropy can do more to support and invest in vulnerable communities, and how WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series has been an important step. (Invested Impact, 11/20)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Read how District officials and the federal government pushed black residents from Georgetown and the Waterfront, and the steps the city can take to remedy the harm caused. (Housing Advocacy Team Blog, 11/20)

IMMIGRATION | As more detention centers are being built and operated by private prison corporations, one undocumented immigrant tells his experience of being held in one. (NPR, 11/21)

HOMELESSNESSD.C. Expects Fewer Homeless Families It Houses In Motels Over The Winter (WAMU, 11/20)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Vice President, Program and Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Senior Director, Strategy and Racial Equity | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director, Washington, DC Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director, Virginia Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Receptionist (part-time) | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Director of Development | Open Society Institute – Baltimore
President & CEO | ACT for Alexandria – a community foundation
Assistant Director of Digital Marketing & Communications | The Children’s Inn at NIH
Controller | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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A sixth grader from Prince William County will perform in this Thursday’s Macy’s parade.

– Kendra

Philanthropy has become a focal point of the 2016 presidential election

– Nonprofits are concerned about the impact the 2016 presidential election may be having on how the public views nonprofits and charity. Discussion about the candidates’ foundations and giving has been primarily negative, which may skew the public’s perceptions about the nonprofit sector. (CP, 9/27)

Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, worries that this election will “create the impression that nonprofits and foundations are places of scandal and conflicts of interest, which I don’t think is, in fact, generally true.” Both candidates have been accused of excessive secrecy, and investigative journalists have found unusually rich fodder to explore in Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s charitable enterprises, which must file publicly available tax documents. The result: a level of interest in the major party candidates’ philanthropic affiliations that is unprecedented, experts say.

  President Obama has said he will engage in the causes he cares about after he leaves the White House, and the nonprofit world is waiting to see where he will make a difference. (CP, 10/4)

– As the Latino population in our region has grown, so has the number of organizations that provide services to Latino communities. Child Trends Hispanic Institute and the Crimsonbridge Foundation have just released a new guide with recommendations for how service providers and educators can effectively engage with Latino communities.

– Kendra Allen from the Consumer Health Foundation discusses the Racial Equity Workshop Series for Community Health Workers it recently hosted. (CHF Blog, 9/29)

HOUSINGD.C. Breaks Ground on $11 Million Affordable Housing Project in Ward 5 (City Paper, 10/4)

EDUCATION | Millions of dollars were provided to Montgomery County Public Schools to narrow the achievement gap and improve student performance by cutting class sizes – but some schools haven’t changed. (WTOP, 10/4)

POLITICS | Have a question you want to ask the candidates? The second presidential debate will be held on Sunday, October 9 in a town-hall format and the Commission on Presidential Debates is inviting potential questions. Search and vote for questions about issues that are important to you here.

DIVERSITY/ART | The Women’s Museum’s ‘No Man’s Land’ Is A Corrective To Art World Gender Disparity (dcist, 10/3)

IMMIGRATIONHow U.S. Immigration Judges Battle Their Own Prejudice (NYT, 10/4)

What?! I’ve been wearing and using my Fitbit religiously for 2 years … I don’t believe it : ) – Buffy

Report explores growth in women’s giving

The Daily will return on Tuesday, May 31. Enjoy the long weekend.

A new report by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) explores the growth in women’s giving, along with trends in the demographics and motivations of those who give. (Inside Philanthropy, 5/24)

WPI has released a study showing for the first time that women are motivated by personal experience to give to causes that benefit women and girls specifically.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, it’s actually significant, useful information. Women’s tendency to donate money to specific causes based on experiences like having a child or discrimination suggests that philanthropy might take off in new directions as women become primary asset-holders in society and further increase their giving.

Inside Philanthropy recently highlighted the tremendous work and evolution of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation as they strive to improve the lives of women and girls in the Washington region. (Inside Philanthropy, 4/28)

– Report: The Tipped-Minimum Wage Leaves D.C. Women Behind (WCP, 5/24)

RACIAL EQUITY/YOUTH | In a follow up to their cover story investigating the views of American teenagers fifty years ago, Newsweek is back with another extensive look at the major social concerns of U.S. teens in 2016. According to their survey, “the most compelling findings show that race and discrimination are crucial issues for teens today.” (Newsweek, 5/2016)

HEALTHWhere Is All the Autism Funding? (Atlantic, 5/26)

TRANSIT | A major lack of investment in infrastructure is apparent in many ways lately – particularly in relation to aging public transit systems. Areas of the northeast continue to struggle with finding the resources to keep this vital component of many people’s lives efficient and safe. (NYT, 5/2016)

ARTS/EDUCATION | A growing number of educators in the District are looking toward integrating more of an arts focus in lessons in an effort to close the ongoing achievement gap among public schools. (USA Today, 5/25)

POVERTYHidden Camera Reveals How Little People Really Know About Poverty (HuffPo, 5/24)

Let’s say you really want to go to a museum, but you really don’t have the time to do that. Just look at these things and walk past everything else.

– Ciara

Loudoun School Board votes on attendance zones

The Loudoun County School Board voted this week on a controversial proposal that would have concentrated mostly low-income, Hispanic students into just two schools – a plan that some criticized as being a form of segregation. Instead, the Board voted to adopt an amended version of the plan in hopes of relieving overcrowding. (Loudoun Times,  3/29)

In the spirit of compromise, the Loudoun School Board voted tonight to adopt a central Loudoun attendance zone based both on proximity and socioeconomic balance.

After weeks of debate, attention from national media, hearing the opinions of hundreds of parents and a rally in front of the School Administration Office, the board adopted an amended version of Plan 8, which will only move one planning zone in the low-income Leesburg neighborhood near Plaza Street. The plan will not create any new Title 1 schools in Leesburg, as other plans proposed to do.

– According to data, D.C. has seen the rate of child population growth outpace that of the adult population since 2011, also increasing enrollment in District public schools. Most of the growth is concentrated in neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park and in the Brightwood Park, Crestwood and Petworth areas.  (WaPo, 3/30)

– For many D.C. residents, a lack of affordable housing has left them choosing between rental units they must struggle to pay for, and living in rental units in terrible condition. For those who have chosen the latter, a vicious cycle often continues when frustration leaves them unwilling to pay rent, and landlords saying  they are unable to afford repairs. (WAMU, 3/30)

Finding an affordable anchor in D.C.’s wave of gentrification (WaPo, 3/29)

ARTS | The Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded D.C.’s Mosaic Theater Company $1 million over four years from 2016 through 2020. (CC News, 3/26)

ENVIRONMENTReport: Potomac River Gets A ‘B-‘ For Overall Health, On Its Way To Recovery (DCist, 3/30)

PHILANTHROPY/WOMENHeft or Hype: How Much Do Women Leaders in Philanthropy Really Matter? (Inside Philanthropy, 3/25)

JOBS | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation seeks a Community Development Program Officer. Click here to find out more about this opportunity.

Be prepared to smile at these dogs who love peanut butter more than anything.

– Ciara

Visualizing the affordable housing deficit across the U.S.

A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC ) finds that each county in the U.S. is lacking in affordable housing, and there is no state where someone earning a minimum wage salary could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment at market rate. NLIHC also created a map to visualize the number of affordable units available to low-income renters by each state. (City Lab, 3/28)

Using 2014 American Community Survey data, the report’s authors calculated the number of units families earning below 30 percent of the median income in their areas could rent comfortably, without devoting more than 30 percent of their income towards housing.


Overall, the report found that only 31 such units existed for every set of 100 poor families in the U.S. And this deficit increased as families got poorer (only 17 affordable units were available per 100 families in the bottom 15 percent, for example)—and turned into a surplus for those at the higher end of the income ladder.

– At a recent affordable housing forum, vice president and Mid-Atlantic Market Leader of Enterprise Community Partners and WRAG Board member David Bowers, discussed challenges and strategies surrounding affordable housing and community development in the region. (Bisnow, 3/28)

– DC Fiscal Policy Institute examines Mayor Bowser’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget and what it could mean for affordable housing and rental assistance for District residents. (DCFPI, 3/28)

– Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction (NPR, 3/29)

– Meal delivery services are a great convenience, but only when you live in the right zip code. Many of these services don’t extend their offerings to communities that could truly benefit from broader meal options – communities considered food deserts. (DCist, 3/24)

– Organic Foods Still Aren’t As Mass Market As You Might Think (NPR, 3/28)

WOMEN/WORKFORCE | A new report finds that 24 of the 25 largest U.S. cities saw the average rate of growth for women-owned businesses surpass the national average. Further, the report found a funding gap between women and men-owned firms that, if decreased, would strengthen the economy significantly. Citi Community Development is named as a partner in helping female business owners reach their goals. (City Lab, 3/24)

Check out some great photos of the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

– Ciara

A glimpse into the region’s future

According to a new regional forecast from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the region’s population will continue to grow steadily and will add nearly 1.5 million residents over the next 30 years. Job growth is also expected to be significant. Officials are concerned a surge in residents to the region will continue to present challenges in providing affordable housing and quality transportation. (WaPo, 3/9)

The [District] is projected to expand from 672,000 residents last year to 987,000 in 2045, when it will be just shy of replacing Prince George’s County as the region’s third-most-populous jurisdiction, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

Fairfax and Montgomery counties will continue to rank first and second. They and other counties in the region will continue to grow. But only Charles County, which is a quarter of the District’s size, will gain population at a faster rate than the city.

Related: Last year, 2030 Group president Bob Buchanan and George Mason’s Center for Regional Analysis senior adviser and director of special projects Stephen Fuller, led the charge to undertake an extensive research project providing recommendations for ways in which the region can reposition itself to maximize potential and remain competitive in the global economy titled, The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy. WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland also shared how philanthropy in the region might respond and collaborate with other sectors to meet challenges facing our communities. (Daily 1/15)

– As misconceptions change about what the “face of HIV/AIDS” looks like, grassroots efforts are proving to be helpful in empowering those who are newly diagnosed. (WTOP, 3/10)

– Medicaid Rules Can Thwart Immigrants Who Need Dialysis (WAMU, 3/8)

EDUCATION/HOMELESSNESS | With recently-announced plans to replace the D.C. General shelter with smaller facilities, some are growing concerned about what the changes may mean for overcrowding in surrounding schools. (WCP, 3/8)

PHILANTHROPY/GENDER EQUITY | Mind the Gap – How Philanthropy Can Address Gender-Based Economic Disparities (PND, 3/8)

ARTSOpinion: One theatergoer shares his experience watching a popular Broadway show featuring a diverse cast, and how he felt when he look around and noticed the audience was anything but. (NPR, 3/8)

JOBS | The Abell Foundation is seeking to fill its Grants Associate position.

This quick quiz will guess your age, marital status, and income based on which mobile apps you have on your phone. My own results came pretty close! 

– Ciara

Maryland found to be most gender-equal state in the U.S.

A new study looks at a number of factors in each state to determine rankings for gender equality across the U.S. According to the study, Maryland took top honors as the most gender-equal state, while Virginia came in at number 13. D.C. was not included in the report. (DCist, 3/8)

Apparently, women in Maryland mean business. The Old Line State is stacked with women who earn competitive salaries compared to men, according to research by Bloomberg, which ranked Maryland as the most gender-equal state in the country.


Women tend to thrive in states with a lot of white-collar industries, Heidi Hartmann, of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told Bloomberg. So Maryland’s proximity to the District and other state capitals puts it at an advantage, Hartmann said.

– When compared with other cultures, many new mothers in the U.S. find themselves in a position where they must return to work after giving birth far sooner than they would like. The Atlantic looks at how not having access to paid family medical leave can affect a household. (Atlantic, 3/3)

ARTS | As more and more social profit museums lean on commercial art galleries for financial support for exhibitions, some argue that the arrangement could bring about conflicts of interest and too much influence over what the public sees, going against the missions of many museums to provide art for art’s sake. (NYT, 3/7)

HEALTH/AGING | A new report examines health care for aging Americans and finds that many are not receiving care that aligns with their values and preferences. (NPR, 3/8)

EDUCATION/ENVIRONMENT | Could Urban Farms Be The Preschools of the Future? (City Lab, 3/7)

JOBS | The Washington Area Women’s Foundation is hiring for two exciting positions: Program Associate and Development Associate.

Happy International Women’s Day!

– Ciara 

Third-grade reading proficiency remains stagnant in D.C., declining for some

A new analysis of third-grade reading proficiency from 2007-2014 by D.C. Action for Children finds that standardized test scores remained stagnant for District students citywide, and declined for economically disadvantaged students during that period. (WCP, 3/1)

The report highlights other academic gaps. Nine in 10 white third-graders attained proficient scores on the 2014 test, versus 35 and 36 percent of black and Hispanic third-graders, respectively, according to D.C Action for Children.

Based on its findings, the group recommends that D.C. invest even more in early care and education programs such as home visits as well as strengthen early literacy programs such as the D.C. Public Library’s “Books from Birth” program.

Related Event: Literacy is the topic at the next event in WRAG’s 2016 Public Education Speaker Series. Funders, click here to learn more about the event.

How One D.C. Elementary’s 5th Grade Enrollment Highlights Concerns About Middle School (WAMU 3/2)

–  Well-known native Washingtonian James V. Kimsey, philanthropist and cofounder of America Online, has passed away. (WaPo, 3/1)

– A new website, Successes of Philanthropy, aims to serve as a digital archive of philanthropic wins made by a variety of grant making institutions. The project is supported by a number of organizations, including the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, with strategic input from others, including the Council on Foundations. (Chronicle, 3/1)

HOUSING/POVERTY | Why losing a home means losing everything (WaPo, 2/29)

– Find out how Denmark and other places are working to solidify their position as leaders in the fight against food waste. (NPR, 3/1)

The Instagrams of Food Deserts (Atlantic, 3/1)

ARTS | In recognition of Women’s History Month and the public’s general lack of awareness about women in the field, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has launched a campaign challenging everyone to name five women artists . (WCP, 3/1)

When will the cherry blossoms(!) hit peak bloom? Find out here.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 22 through 26, 2016

– Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director of The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a member of the WRAG board, shared her experience of witnessing racial inequality growing up in North Carolina, and how she came to realize that society treated certain people differently. (Daily, 2/25)

– In light of Black History Month, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty discussed the connections between race and homelessness.

– New data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found that arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013. This was  a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. (National Endowment for the Arts, 2/16)

 Audience Engagement Is All the Rage Among Arts Funders. But What Is It, Really? (Inside Philanthropy, 2/18)

– Opinion: How Society Pays When Women’s Work Is Underpaid (NYT, 2/22)

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Can you tell the difference between real wildlife and mechanical wildlife decoys used to stop illegal hunting from these photos?

– Ciara