Dr. Madye Henson announced as new WRAG President and CEO

WRAG | Following a highly competitive national search and vetting process, the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Madye Henson as President and CEO. She will take the helm on April 15.

Madye steps into this role with over 20 years of cross-sector leadership and a distinguished reputation for building strong relationships. She is known as a visionary and strategic thinker with capacity-building and organizational management skills that have enhanced the teams she’s led within the business, education, and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, she has tackled effectively the significant and complex challenges facing the organizations she led with a blend of strategic, operational and cultural expertise admired by staff and stakeholders alike. Modeling leadership resiliency and courage, Madye has engaged in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and developed lasting partnerships as cornerstones for mission success.

DC Plans To Phase Out Overflow Motels For Families Experiencing Homelessness By The End Of 2020 (dcist, 3/22)

– A new study shows that those who are poor are more likely to be overcharged on their rent. (CityLab, 3/21)

– A congregation in Ward 4 built affordable housing for their community. (GGW, 3/21)

RACIAL JUSTICE | Arlington County May Take Another Avenue To Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway (WAMU, 3/25)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | DC residents with disabilities face many barriers when looking for housing. (WaPo, 3/20)

–  How College Admissions Stack the Deck against Low-Income Applicants (NPQ, 3/19)

– The Prince George’s County budget proposal that has been submitted by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is focused on education. (Prince George’s Sentinel, 3/21)

HISTORY | African American History Museum Unveils Previously Unknown Harriet Tubman Photo (dcist, 3/25)

Yesterday, March 25th, was Maryland Day – a legal holiday in the state.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Wednesday and Thursday this week!

– Buffy

WRAG Announcement: Dr. Madye Henson named President and CEO

Following a highly competitive national search and vetting process, the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Madye Henson as President and CEO. She will take the helm on April 15.

Madye steps into this role with over 20 years of cross-sector leadership and a distinguished reputation for building strong relationships. She is known as a visionary and strategic thinker with capacity-building and organizational management skills that have enhanced the teams she’s led within the business, education, and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, she has tackled effectively the significant and complex challenges facing the organizations she led with a blend of strategic, operational and cultural expertise admired by staff and stakeholders alike. Modeling leadership resiliency and courage, Madye has engaged in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and developed lasting partnerships as cornerstones for mission success.

Most recently, Madye served as CEO of Covenant House Greater Washington, the region’s leading comprehensive nonprofit serving young people experiencing homelessness, disconnection, and exploitation. There, she partnered with the board to make important and intentional investments in the physical infrastructure that would help set Covenant House and its young people up for a future of success and initiated and helped lead advocacy efforts that led to the historic legislative change that transferred GEDs into high school diplomas for all DC graduates.

Prior to her role with Covenant House, Madye served as the deputy superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools where she was a leader in the system’s efforts to integrate school with community, and address issues of disproportionality and inequities in schools and learning. Madye also served for three years as President and CEO of HandsOn Greater DC Cares, reestablishing its financial security for the period of her tenure and building its reputation as a star affiliate in the HandsOn network, earning her a position on the national HandsOn board of trustees. Prior to DC Cares, Madye served as Vice President, Community Impact Development with United Way Worldwide, and before moving to the nonprofit arena she held leadership positions in and consulting relationships with several major corporations. Across her career, she has engaged with the philanthropic sector as a board member, grantee, funder, partner, and consultant and brings deep experience and insights into WRAG’s goals to better align philanthropic investments and nonprofit resources in support of positive change for communities in the Greater Washington area.

She earned her doctorate in management and her MBA from Webster University, as well as her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2010.

Madye will lead the design and implementation of WRAG’s vision for the future of the organization. We believe she has the expertise and experience needed to build upon WRAG’s current successes, engage new members and grow investment in the region, and advance the organization’s commitment to racial equity in the Greater Washington region.

The board and search committee extend their gratitude to their search firm partner in this process Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Please join the board and staff in welcoming Madye to WRAG.

Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington launches initiative to secure $1 billion toward affordable housing

HOUSING | The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, which WRAG co-convenes along with Enterprise Community Partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Citi Community Development, has announced the Capital Region Housing Challenge. The initiative encourages employers, anchor institutions, philanthropy, private investors, and local and state governments to commit by the end of 2020 at least $500 million in new private capital and $500 million in new public funds toward affordable apartments and home ownership.

“The Capital Region Housing Challenge is a down payment toward the investments needed to truly solve the region’s housing needs, especially for lower income residents,” said David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners Vice President and Mid Atlantic Market Leader and HLG Co‐Convener. “By working in partnership with other regional efforts and stakeholders, we are committed to promote the value of, and opportunities to, invest $1 billion in new capital by the end of 2020.”

WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott says, “WRAG is excited to support the Housing Leaders Group and this Capital Regional Housing Challenge. We trust this challenge will encourage and energize everyone to plug in where they can to support housing affordability across the region.”

Click here to read a fact sheet about the Capital Region Housing Challenge.

WRAG | After 11.5 years at WRAG, today is Katy Moore’s last day at the organization. In her final blog post, she reflects back on her career thus far in philanthropy, what she’s learned, and where she sees the field heading in the future. (Daily, 3/20)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | The Smithsonian Debuts New Accessibility Technology For Blind and Low-Vision Patrons (CP, 3/15)

WORKFORCE | JPMorgan Chase is investing $350 million to get workers ready for the future (CNN, 3/19)

REGION | New consortium sets vision for Washington region to be national leader in finding digital solutions to problems (WaPo, 3/19)

POVERTY | Millennial women are more likely than GenXers to live below the poverty line. The newly released report, CLIPPED WINGS, reveals the current economic reality for millennial women and the primary drivers contributing to the wealth inequities they experience. (Asset Funders Network, 3/19)

EDUCATION | Fairfax County Public Schools are launching “a complete and thorough evaluation and review” into their seclusion and restraint practices following the revelation of hundreds of unreported cases. (WAMU, 3/15)

COMMUNITY | Kim R. Ford has been named the new CEO of Martha’s Table. (WBJ, 3/18)

PHILANTHROPY | Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls (Inside Philanthropy, 3/15)

It’s the first day of Spring and the first day of the Cherry Blossom Festival!

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday!

– Buffy

How bikeshare can address, rather than perpetuate, DC’s disparities

EQUITY | In 2010, the DC Department of Transportation introduced the first city-operated bikesharing system in North America, and Capital Bikeshare users have since generated millions of rides, although use and station placement varies around the city. Equity is a focus in the bikeshare development plan, and the Urban Institute is looking at Capital Bikeshare’s potential to address the DC’s racial and economic disparities. (Urban Institute, 2/11)

We placed the 2017 data in the context of DC’s socioeconomic characteristics to identify challenges and opportunities for developing bikeshare equitably. Our analysis revealed two primary challenges. 1. Station placement isn’t equitable and follows patterns of existing infrastructure, and 2. Station use differs by neighborhood.

How can the city use bikeshare service to support its equity goals? … Drawing from best practices and studies on potential barriers for accessing bikeshares, here are some ideas policymakers should consider: 1. Promote transparent decisionmaking and access to data, 2. Develop infrastructure equitably, and 3. Ease barriers to access for disadvantaged communities.

WORKFORCE | The Walker’s Legacy Foundation, a fiscally-sponsored project of WRAG, has launched a new business program for low-income single mothers to help develop financial and entrepreneurship skills. (WBJ, 2/14)

FOOD SECURITY | Farmers in the Greater DC region are dwindling because of local development. According to a recent report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments the decline is threatening food security and reducing the region’s ability to rely on itself for food production. (WAMU, 2/14)

EQUALITY | Inside the Virginia Capitol, a legislative duel over the ERA (WaPo, 2/14)

GUN VIOLENCE | Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in partnership with The Trace – a nonprofit news site specifically focused on gun violence – have published Since Parkland, which involved 200 high school aged reporters who wrote 100-word pieces on each of the 1,200 children who died as a result of gun violence in the US last year. (NPQ, 2/13)

TRANSIT | With Major Funding Source At Stake, Metro Committee Votes To Keep Current Hours (WAMU, 2/14)

ENVIRONMENT | Many Americans are committed to recycling, but how much of what is put in recycling bins is actually being recycled? (WAMU, 2/12)

– A local Black Lives Matter activist is suing the DC police believing she is being surveilled, which echoes others around the country who have made similar claims. (WAMU, 2/11)

– Area Colleges Address Racist Imagery In Their Own Yearbooks (DCist, 2/12)

Opinion: Philanthropy’s focus on peace isn’t enough without attention to climate change as well. (Chronicle, 2/14 – Subscription)

Opinion: How Grant Makers Can Tune In to What Nonprofits Need Most (Chronicle, 2/12 – Subscription)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Management Specialist | DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities – New!
USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace
Grant Writer | Framingham State University
Operations Manager | Diverse City Fund
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Controller | Meyer Foundation
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
CSR Internship | Gannett Inc., USAToday /Gannett Foundation
Vice President for Donor Relations | Community Foundation of Howard County
Senior Communications Officer | Gill Foundation
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Foundation and Government Relations Officer​ | ​Shakespeare Theatre Company
Grants & Communications Officer​ | ​The Crimsonbridge Foundation
Executive Director​ | ​VHC Medical Brigade
Director of Development​ | ​DC Bar Foundation
Senior Supervising Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform​ | ​Southern Poverty Law Center
Director of Development​ | ​The Barker Adoption Foundation
Executive Assistant​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

A book checked out in 1946, that was almost 27,000 days past its due date, has just been returned to the Silver Spring Library – and luckily, there is no fine!

Next week we’ll publish the (Almost) Daily WRAG on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

– Buffy

Join us for WRAG’s 2017 Annual Meeting: Power Reframed | Wednesday, November 8

WRAG | Join us on November 8th for WRAG’s 2017 Annual Meeting, Power Reframed, at MGM National Harbor! WRAG members will hear from Richard Rothstein, housing policy expert and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

The luncheon, which is open to the community, will feature Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University and author of You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. Click here to register.

INCOME INEQUALITY | Census data released yesterday show an improved economy, but at the same time provide a grim picture of the nation’s income inequality. (Atlantic, 9/12)

HEALTH | Today, the House is expected to pass a measure to prevent DC from funding the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. (WaPo, 9/12)

EDUCATION | According to a new report, Montgomery County’s high school system should redesign its career and technology programs. (WaPo, 9/12)

Related: Funders, join us on December 1 for the final program in WRAG’s 2017 Public Education Learning Series: “Ensuring All Students Graduate College AND Career Ready.” Register here

LGBTQ RIGHTSEdith Windsor, LGBTQ Advocate Who Fought The Defense Of Marriage Act, Dies At 88 (NPR, 9/12)

ANTI-SEMITISM | Montgomery County residents have found anti-Semitic fliers that promote what police describe as “white national propaganda.” (Bethesda Beat, 9/12)

HOUSING | This organization wants to bring an independent living community for adults 62 and older to Tysons. (WaPo, 9/13)

PUBLIC SAFETYPolice: New Apple technology will delay justice in DC area (WTOP, 9/13)

Keep rolling over the circles to find the koala bear.

– Kendra

New data show how life expectancy varies across the region

HEALTH/EQUITY | The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health have released a new map showing wide variations in life expectancy for babies born in different areas of the Greater Washington region. The map shows that opportunities to be as healthy as possible vary by neighborhood.

The aim of these maps is to serve as a resource—raising awareness of factors that shape health and spurring discussion and action on a complex web of factors that influence health. In this case, the average life expectancy in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County is 78 years – 8 years shorter than for babies born in either Arlington or Fairfax Counties.

Related: Next month, Dr. Steven Woolf, head of the Center on Society and Health at VCU, will present as part of WRAG’s 2016 Brightest Minds series. Join us to learn more about the social and economic factors that influence health and contribute to wide disparities in life expectancy across our region. This event is open to the public. Find out more and register here.

COMMUNITY | The University of Maryland has announced a $75 million initiative to support student philanthropy work called the “Do Good Institute”, which will build on the work of formerly named UMD’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and be run through the public policy school.  The goal of this new effort is to establish the University of Maryland as a global leader in advancing social change, philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. (WaPo, 9/22) UMD’s Do Good Institute is WRAG’s long-time partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program, through which over 50 students have gained experience in philanthropy and learned about the region at over 30 WRAG member organizations.

Related: WRAG is excited to welcome the 2016-2017 Philanthropy Fellows! Six students from the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute are working with five WRAG members this year, on a variety of projects from grants administration and communications, to development and public policy initiatives. (Daily, 9/26)

– DC has finalized the second annual youth homeless census, a nine-day push to count residents under 25 who don’t have permanent housing. (City Paper, 9/23)

 – D.C. Kicks Off $13 Million Affordable Housing Renovation in Ward 4 (City Paper, 9/23)

EDUCATION | As kindergarten ratchets up academics, parents feel the stress (WaPo, 9/25)

PHILANTHROPYPutting Data About Nonprofits to Work for Good (Chronicle, 9/23)

As we gear up for the first Presidential Debate tonight, it’s worth noting that Americans are quick to ask if candidates are giving enough, but they don’t follow up on how the money is being used – Buffy


DC’s Affordable Housing Crisis a Focus for Mayor Bowser

HOUSING | The lack of affordable housing in Washington, DC is affecting people at almost every income level. It is no longer considered a “poor people’s issue” – it’s a middle-class, senior citizen, young-worker, and family issue – and Mayor Muriel Bowser has focused her economic agenda on solving it(WaPo, 9/16):

Bowser is betting hundreds of millions of dollars and her entire economic agenda on the idea that her government can supply so many housing units sheltered from market forces that residents’ fear of being priced out will subside. During her campaign, Bowser made a commitment to put $100 million into the city’s affordable-housing fund every year. What does $100 million a year get you? For the five-year period through 2017, the year before Bowser goes up for reelection, the District is on pace to in total spend nearly $1 billion on an array of affordability initiatives. […]

At a citywide town hall meeting residents raised housing costs as their No. 1 concern – topping schools and crime. “That really was an inflection point,” said David Bowers, vice president of Enterprise Community Partners, [and WRAG board member]… “There were a lot of [advocates] that had been going for years asking for more money for housing. Then, at that point, people realized it really was a citywide concern.”

Related: Housing affordability in the Greater Washington region is a major priority of WRAG’s. WRAG is a co-convener of the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group, a collection of more than a dozen public and private sector regional leaders (including David Bowers, quoted in the story above) that is working to elevate the visibility of, and broaden support for bold, thoughtful, and collaborative solutions for the housing affordability challenge. And, in case you missed it, WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund just passed the initial goal for Our Region, Your Investment, a unique impact investing initiative, with $7 million already raised to help preserve and produce affordable housing in the region.

– Sometimes, advocates are warned to be cautious about causing “racism fatigue.”  In her latest column, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland turns that idea on its head. (Daily, 9/20)

– DC’s Racial Inequality Continues to Widen, Even as the City Sees Substantial Economic Growth (DCFPI, 9/15)

HEALTH/EQUITY | Until recently, researchers haven’t included African Americans as much as Caucasian or European descent populations in studies on diseases and medical trials. (NPR, 6/16)

  Join the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers for the upcoming Census 2020: Why Philanthropy Counts webinar on  October 18, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, for a conversation about why the census matters and the role that philanthropy can play in ensuring a fair and accurate count.

– WRAG Members: WRAG is an official partner for the 2016 Independent Sector conference here in DC this November 16-18. Register by September 22 to save an extra $500. Email Rebekah Seder for the discount code.

– The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s 2016 #EXCELAward finalists have been announced, including WRAG’s own Tamara Copeland! Learn more about the finalists.

– Congratulations to Tobi Printz-Platnick, senior program officer at the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, as well as WRAG’s own Gretchen Greiner-Lott for being accepted into Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2017!

Noooooo …. creepy clowns have now been spotted in Annapolis. – Buffy

Service and Reflection Marks the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Tributes in DC and Across the Country

VOLUNTEERING | People across the country marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by reflecting and giving back to their communities. In the DC area, the “Million Meal Pack Challenge” sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the Capital Area Food Bank, was organized to pay tribute to the victims, families and heroes of 9/11.

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the AARP Foundation, said approximately 1 million meals were boxed Sunday, and a half-million were expected to be packaged Monday. An estimated 5,000 volunteers were expected to take part in the Million Meal Pack Challenge, she said.

The event was one of several held in the region — and dozens nationwide — as the nation marked the anniversary. (WaPo, 9/11)

BUSINESS | WRAG member Terri Copeland from PNC is in the Washington Business Journal‘s  2016 class of Women Who Mean Business. These 25 inspiring businesswomen in Greater Washington are trailblazers, philanthropists, artists and mentors who are honored for their impact.

JUSTICE‘Safe Surrender’ may help DC felons with active warrants move forward (WTOP, 9/10)

ART | A local artist is running for a “Minister of Culture” position that doesn’t exist, in an attempt to draw attention to issues facing the arts and culture community in DC. (WAMU, 9/9)

– New affordable housing is underway for struggling “grandfamilies.” (Afro, 9/7)

– D.C. Landlords Are Trying to Force Out Latino Tenants, Raising Rents Amid Deplorable Conditions (City Paper, 9/9)

EDUCATION |  Maryland’s decision to delay the start of school means all cut backs are on the table, including Spring Break. (WaPo, 9/11)

RACENine in 10 Black Moms in D.C. Are Breadwinners (City Paper, 9/8)

ENVIRONMENT | OPINION: With more people hitting the road, it’s time for a carbon tax (WaPo, 8/11)

NONPROFITSWhy Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy (Beth’s Blog, 9/6)

PHILANTHROPY | The concluding post in an SSIR series on grantee inclusion, produced in partnership with GEO, focused on breaking down the walls between nonprofits and funders. (SSIR, 9/8)

We all remember where we were on 9/11, and 15 years later, we all paused to commemorate – and to never forget – Buffy

Philanthropy is Good Business

CORPORATE GIVINGThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s newly released GOOD BUSINESS Magazine celebrates corporate philanthropy in Northern Virginia. The magazine highlights companies that understand philanthropy is good business.

This issue of GOOD BUSINESS highlights some of the most successful, innovative, and engaged companies in all of Northern Virginia. The feature article highlights Inova Health System, our region’s leading not-for-profit healthcare system that serves more than 2 million people annually. The article “Employee Driven Community Service,” highlights Dovel Technologies’ particular brand of external engagement that advances their culture and supports their mission driven values. Also featured in this edition is Kiddar Capital, a local real estate and technology investment firm that invests strategically in the region.

The full magazine is available on their website. Read the press release here.

DISTRICT | D.C. will hide once-banned books throughout the city this month (WaPo, 9/9)

RACE | Descendants of slaves owned by Maryland Jesuits are asking Georgetown University to create a $1 billion foundation to address truth and reconciliation. (WTOP, 9/9)

HEALTHHealth-care advocates push Maryland to address prescription drug prices (WP, 9/8)

ARTSeeking cheaper space and new audiences, DC artists head to MD and VA (GGW, 9/8)

– There’s a continuing debate over Maryland Governor Hogan’s Executive Order forcing a post-Labor Day start for all public schools in the state. (WTOP, 9/8)

– Whose Interests Do College Diversity Officers Serve? (Atlantic, 9/8)

HOUSINGHouston took this winning approach to adding housing. Could DC do the same? (GGW, 9/8)

PHILANTHROPY | The 49ers Foundation will contribute $1 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation, matching that of 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, to improve racial and economic inequality and foster communication and collaboration between law enforcement and Bay Area communities. (CSN Bay Area, 9/8) What do you think Dan Snyder – are you in!?


Nonprofit Financial Planning and Analysis Manager | Arabella Advisors
Education Finance and Policy Analyst | DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Communications Director | Grantmakers In Health
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
Analyst | Arabella Advisors
Operations Associate | ACT for Alexandria
Grants Coordinator | City of Takoma Park
Development Associate | Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Program Assistant | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

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 – September 2016
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Wow – Star Trek turns 50 today!  And, we can all get new US Post Office Star Trek stamps to mark the anniversary. “Live long and prosper” – Buffy