By Rebekah Seder
Senior Program Manager
In the latest edition of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Our Region, Our Giving report, we take a look at WRAG member giving in the Greater Washington region in 2015. Over the course of this past summer, we collected data on our members’ giving through surveys, from WRAG’s Foundation Map, and through several of our members’ websites.
This snapshot of our membership’s philanthropy represents nearly $186 million in giving to nonprofit organizations that serve the region, and over $3.3 billion in assets.
Findings of particular note in this year’s report include:
- Education and the arts & humanities were the most highly supported issue areas in 2015, totaling well over $54 million in philanthropic investment.
- Nearly three-quarters of the WRAG membership provided general operating support to their grantees.
- Sixty-three percent of members directed their giving across all three “states” that comprise our region.
- Over two-thirds of members reported providing some type of non-cash support to their grantees.
This year’s report also takes a special look at WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series. With over half of WRAG’s member organizations participating in the learning series over the course of the first half of 2016, WRAG believes that advancing racial equity will become a major philanthropic priority in our region in the future.