Tag: WRAG Events Next Week

Friday roundup – August 3 through August 7, 2015

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL PROFITS
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared why she’s so committed to making sure we all update our language from “nonprofit” to “social profit,” in order to better reflect the value that many of us provide to society. (Daily, 8/3)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– The Mellon Foundation released the first comprehensive survey on diversity in American art museums. (Mellon Foundation, 7/29)

THIS WEEK IN VIRGINIA
– The Commonwealth Institute released a new roadmap for building a brighter future for Virginia’s residents. The report includes policy recommendations for issues around access to education, access to health care, tax reform, and workforce training. (The Commonwealth Institute, 8/4)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– In their annual report, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that 46 percent of renters in the metropolitan Washington area are considered to be cost burdened (meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing), while 22.4 percent of renters in the area are considered to be severely cost burdened (meaning they spend more than half of their income on housing). (WCP, 7/31)

THIS WEEK IN THE ECONOMY/REGION
The Urban Institute released a new report examining the unequal distribution of retail and food establishments in the District. The inequitable distribution of businesses, as well as income disparities across the city, were shown to have a number of implications for residents. (WaPo, 8/4)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group: Getting media traction for your CSR story (WRAG’s corporate or potential corporate members only)
Wednesday, August 12, 2015  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Bank of America)

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar
Thursday, August 13  2:00 pm – 2:45 pm


Bespoke water?! Hey, it could happen one day.

-Ciara

Friday roundup – July 6 through July 10, 2015

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY/SOCIAL JUSTICE
Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) president and WRAG board member, Dr. Yanique Redwood, built upon a strong metaphor that was shared at the recent CHF annual meeting. (CHF, 7/6)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
Opinion: Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation examined how the U.S. healthcare system tends to focus more on treatment over prevention. (HuffPo, 7/2)

Opinion: Paying People to Be Healthy Usually Works, if the Public Can Stomach It (NYT, 7/6)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Data on student mobility in the District’s public schools shows that there are extraordinarily high rates of transient students, presenting a challenge for youth enrolled in DCPS. (WaPo, 7/4)

Poverty rates in every U.S. school district, in one map (WaPo, 7/8)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
Opinion: In Search of the Magic Formula for Philanthropy (Chronicle, 7/6)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Loudoun Philanthropy: Next steps for developing a strong social sector (Open to the community)
Tuesday, July 14  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CEO Coffee & Conversation: Bruce McNamer, new president & CEO of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (WRAG Member CEOs and CEO-equivalents only)
Wednesday, July 15  9:00 am – 10:30 am


Do you like going to the beach, but hate the sand? Try this one instead.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – June 8 through June 12, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– This week, WRAG president Tamara Copeland critiqued a recent NY Times op-ed on the lack of oversight of philanthropy. (Daily, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Studies show that many of the fears that residents of more affluent communities sometimes have over building affordable housing in close proximity to their homes never become reality. (Atlantic, 6/2)

– Data from the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer explored why people move in and out of the District. Not surprisingly, housing issues were a major factor in choosing to move out. (WSJ, 6/9)

– A much-needed affordable housing facility specifically geared toward LGBT seniors will soon break ground in the District. (Elevation, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS/IMMIGRATION
– A new film explores the stories of undocumented youth in D.C., sharing the challenges they have faced as immigrants. (WCP, 6/10)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Developing Your Point of View on Philanthropy – Presented by Exponent Philanthropy and Wells Fargo Private Bank in partnership with WRAG (Open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; members of giving circles)
Tuesday, June 16   9:30 am – 12:00 pm (At Wells Fargo – 1300 I Street NW, 11th Floor)

Foundation Finance Affinity Group: Navigating Private Foundation Excise Tax Rules (WRAG member/prospective member CFOs and finance staff)
Thursday, June 18   10:00 am – 12:00 pm (At WRAG)


Can you match these presidential candidates to the number one song that topped the charts when they announced?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – June 1 through June 5, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– Yesterday marked the 3rd annual Do More 24 day of giving hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area. The campaign raised well over $1.4 million for more than 600 nonprofits serving DC, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. A total of 11,394 donations were made through the online giving portal.

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE
The Washington Post did a special report on the number of individuals fatally shot by police nationwide so far this year. The in-depth study found that the number is reaching 400 people. (WaPo, 5/30)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– The Washington Post also explored policies and programs geared specifically toward young men of color, and examined why they continue to remain so important for the future of the economy. (WaPo, 6/3)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Research shows that there is not only a gap in the number of rich and poor students enrolling in college, there is also a gap in the rate at which they complete college – the “graduation gap.” (NYT, 6/2)

– The Economic Policy Institute reported that young female college graduates earn significantly lower wages than young male graduates. This, despite the fact that average wages for all young college graduates is 2.5 percent lower than it was 15 years ago. (EPI, 6/3)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Preserving D.C.’s Safety Net (WRAG members)
Thursday, June 11  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar
Thursday, June 11  2:00 pm – 2:45 pm


Here‘s a great cartoon visualization and short story on privilege.

– Ciara

One in five children living below federal poverty line in U.S.

EDUCATION/POVERTY/YOUTH
According to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education, in 2013 more than one in five school-age children (or 10.9 million) across the country lived below the federal poverty line. (WaPo, 5/28)

Childhood poverty rates were on the rise for every racial group, ranging from 39 percent for African Americans and 36 percent for Native Americans, 32 percent for Hispanics and 13 percent for Asians and whites.

The data, part of an annual report to Congress from the U.S. Department of Education, offers a snapshot of the country’s education system, including information about preschool, higher education and private K-12 school enrollment.

You Draw It: How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances (NYT, 5/28)

PHILANTHROPY | The Center for Effective Philanthropy offers some advice on how to improve the relationship between grantmakers and their grantees. (CEP, 5/28)

WORKFORCE/EQUITY | Just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 have access to broadband internet, compared to 95 percent of households making over $150,000. In response, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman has announced a proposal for the government to subsidize Internet service for low-income homes. The ability to apply for jobs, most of which require online applications these days, was cited as one of many reasons access is so vital. (WAMU, 5/28)

HEALTH | A community health program is tapping into the benefits of parks by “prescribing” time outside as part of an antidote to a number of ailments. (WaPo, 5/28)

NONPROFITS | On Tuesday, June 2, Fair Chance will hold a workshop on using cloud-based technology to increase performance and productivity for nonprofit organizations. The interactive session will take place at the Meyer Foundation. To find out more and to register, click here.


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Healthy Communities Working Group: June Meeting (WRAG members)
Monday, June 1  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (at WRAG)

Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group: Shared Value: Exploring Opportunities to Simultaneously Increase Your Company’s Profitability and Social Impact (WRAG members)
Wednesday, June 3  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (at KPMG)

Corporate Discussion: WRAG’s Get on the Map Campaign with the Foundation Center (WRAG’s corporate members)
Wednesday, June 3  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (at KPMG)


Can you guess the names of these popular restaurants in the region based on Emoji characters?

– 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

Friday roundup – March 23 through March 27, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
New data from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University found that, in the past year, population growth in the region saw a sharp decline. Though the District saw a less dramatic decline compared with the rest of the region, the effects of the trend may still be felt. (City Paper, 3/27)

[…] as economic analysts keep pointing out, the District’s future and the region’s are intertwined. The boom times we’ve enjoyed of late—or perhaps not enjoyed, if we’re feeling the pinch of higher housing costs – came largely because there were more dollars and people flowing into the D.C. area. If those numbers are turning negative, it’s bad for two reasons. First, it’s a symptom of a problem: People come if there are more and better jobs to be had here than elsewhere, and they leave if there aren’t. And second, for the District itself, which relies on gaining residents for its economic bottom line when it’s not allowed to collect taxes from the hundreds of thousands of people who commute here, it could mean an end to budget surpluses and some of the big capital projects to which we’ve become accustomed.

Washingtonian named four major development projects that they expect to have a big impact on the region in the coming years. (Washingtonian, 3/24)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– Lori Jackson, executive manager of the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, explained why they will be joining the growing list of funders “getting on the map.” (Daily, 3/23)

– WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared how we’re working to grow philanthropy throughout the region. (Daily, 3/26)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– Arlington County and Montgomery County topped rankings for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s annual healthiest counties ranking.(WTOP, 3/25)

– A new report revealed that, although the District has made much progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the city’s high rate of other STDs is said to be a “struggle of epidemic proportions.” (DCist, 3/25)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Foundation Finance Affinity Group: Getting Prepared For Your Audit (WRAG member/prospective member CFOs and finance staff)
Monday, March 30, 2015   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Funder Briefing: Immigration Relief and the Impact on the D.C. Region (WRAG members and invited guests)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


What happens when you send one identical twin off into space for a year, and the other remains here on earth? NASA intends to find out.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – March 16 through March 20, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region shared why they’re excited to “get on the map” and use the interactive tool that allows them to share their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 3/16)

– WRAG philanthropy fellow Shira Broms provided highlights from each panelist at the year’s first Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group. (Daily, 3/17)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Opinion: An affordable housing crisis with no end in sight (WaPo, 3/19)

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
– Washington Regional Food Funders consultant Lindsay Smith explored the urgent need for funders to support emergency food service providers in the region. (Daily, 3/18)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
–  D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, signed a first-of-its kind joint agreement to develop a strategy to end homelessness across jurisdictions. This comes after Mayor Bowser released a detailed plan to end chronic homelessness in the District over the next five years. (WaPo, 3/17 and 3/16))

THIS WEEK IN THE ECONOMY
How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, in 30 U.S. Cities (NPR, 3/19)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
CEO Coffee & Conversation: The 2030 Group’s Bob Buchanan (WRAG member CEOs and CEO-equivalents only)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

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, March 26, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Today is the International Day of Happiness! Can you watch this video without smiling

– 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