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October 20, 2016 / WRAG

Making a home buying assistance program work better for low-income DC residents

– D.C. officials are working to smooth the administrative kinks out of the Home Purchase Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance for low- and moderate-income residents to help increase their purchasing power in D.C.’s competitive housing market. Currently, processing delays can leave some potential home buyers in the lurch. (WAMU, 10/20):

Housing advocates and real estate experts say…that for as necessary and well-intentioned as the HPAP program is, it also suffers from persistent administrative hiccups that can delay closings, threatening financing arrangements and even derailing possible sales. In some cases, buyers who assumed they would close on a specific date have been left to scramble for temporary housing.

Battle Brews Over D.C.’s Rent-Control Laws (City Paper, 10/19)

Interactive Redlining Map Zooms In On America’s History Of Discrimination (NPR, 10/19)

– Yesterday, the United Way of the National Capital Area hosted a day-long event where homeless individuals could receive a “smorgasbord of services,” to quote UWNCA VP Timothy Johnson. (WaPo, 10/19)

– Congratulations to Rick Moyers, vice president of programs and communications at the Meyer Foundation, for being elected chair of the BoardSource board of directors!

EDUCATION | D.C. Public Schools’ interim chancellor wants to keep the job (WaPo, 10/19)

NONPROFITS | Research and Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector: Implications for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (NPQ, 10/19)

Social Sector Job Openings
Development Manager | ACT for Alexandria – New!
Community Investment Associate (Grants Administration) | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital
Senior Program Manager, Community Benefits | Kaiser Permanente
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

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.

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It may still be July here, but many other places seem to be experiencing a beautiful autumn.

The Almost Daily will be back on Monday!

– Rebekah

October 19, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

New report finds housing discrimination in D.C. based on race

HOUSING/RACE | According to a new analysis released by the Equal Rights Center, housing applicants in D.C. face discrimination based on race, even when black and white residents have similar criminal records. The report shows how criminal records screening policies are used as proxies for racial discrimination. (City Paper, 10/18)

Over the summer, ERC performed 60 phone and in-person tests, with 45 in the District and 15 in Northern Virginia, to determine whether area housing providers treat potential tenants differently because of their race. The study controlled for sex by requiring that all testers were women—a group that has seen an accelerated incarceration rate in recent years… In essence, one white woman and one black woman of similar age tested a given landlord (or their agent) as a pair in searching for a studio or one-bedroom apartment. The women disclosed that they had either a “college-age felony arrest for drug possession from at least seven years ago” or a “larceny conviction from at least 11 years ago that was related to a long-term abusive relationship”—neither considered “directly related to a tester’s ability to be a good tenant” or indicative that they would risk tenants’ safety.

The study found that nearly half (47 percent) of the tests showed that landlords favored the white female potential tenant. Additionally, 28 percent of the tests “revealed a criminal records screening policy in place that may have an illegal disparate impact on the basis of race” under the federal Fair Housing Act.

The full report, “Unlocking Discrimination,” can be found here.

EQUALITYVoter registration problems in Va. prompt federal lawsuit (WTOP, 10/19)

EDUCATION/LGBT | LGBT students are disproportionately harassed at school, and teachers are generally not trained to help. (Atlantic, 10/18)

FOOD/CULTUREShaw Sees a Mini-Boom in Black-Owned Restaurant Openings (City Paper, 10/18)

NONPROFITS | Opinion: Why nonprofits should have a seat at the White House table.(Chronicle, 10/4)

PHILANTHROPYClinton and Trump: A Tale of Two Foundations (NPQ, 10/17)

DISTRICT | In its quest for statehood, the D.C. Council has suggested “State of Washington, D.C.” as the District’s new future name, with D.C. standing for “[Frederick] Douglass Commonwealth.”(WTOP, 10/18)

‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown  is considered to be the best of the ‘Peanuts’ – and I’ll be watching tonight, as always, with my kids – Buffy 


October 18, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

WRAG’s Institute for CSR welcomes U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as newest partner

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Today, the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility welcomes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center as its newest partner – read today’s press release. The Institute for CSR, which is entering its fourth year, is an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and is offered in partnership with Advanced Academic Programs at John Hopkins University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The Institute offers CSR practitioners the opportunity to earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Johns Hopkins in just six months. This comprehensive professional development curriculum provides an opportunity for CSR professions to learn from the best in business and grow their CSR skills and experience.

Registration for the 2017 class is now open! Download an application and learn more about the 2017 faculty members, class dates, and topics covered here.

COMMUNITYAndrew Brown, Grants Management Assistant at the Meyer Foundation, is highlighted in this month’s Grants Managers Network Member of the Moment blog.

HOUSING | New data suggests that public housing projects can have a very positive effect on children who grow up in them. (WaPo, 10/12)

HOMELESSNESSCommunity Groups to Hold Resource Fair for D.C.’s Homeless (City Paper, 10/18)

REGION | Small cities all over the country are rediscovering the benefits of “walkable urbanism”including these ten “small” cities in our region. (GGW, 10/14)

NONPROFITS | Why Gender Gap in Nonprofit CEO Pay Just Might Be Closing (Chronicle, 10/4)

FOUNDATIONS | OPINION: How Foundations Can Stay Relevant in the Age of Networks (Chronicle, 10/17)

Who knew that every day laundry could be so abstractly beautiful? – Buffy

October 17, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

New online portal available to find affordable housing in D.C.

– It’s hasn’t always been clear where housing that is considered “affordable” is located around D.C., but now there’s an online tool available to the public to pinpoint these locations. (City Paper, 10/14)

The tool isn’t new—it’s been used by a group of community organizations and developers as well as local and federal agencies for eight years—but it’s being released publicly for the first time with a new website. This “Preservation Catalogue” features property names, addresses, and affordability data, including when the subsidies a property receives are set to expire, and its count of units. The map functions like Craigslist housing ads in that you can click on large bubbles of subsidized properties to zoom in on specific buildings. You can also filter by ward, advisory neighborhood commission, census tract, and—for the more academically inclined—the type of government subsidy.

Proportionally large clusters of subsidized properties are located between Ward 1’s U Street corridor and Columbia Heights and in Wards 7 and 8. There’s much less subsidized housing in Ward 3’s affluent upper Northwest neighborhoods. Currently, there are more than 350 properties listed on the map.

– D.C. Council Committee Advances Pro-Tenant Rent-Control Bills (City Paper, 10/14)

HEALTH | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers President and CEO Dave Biemesderfer looks at the role of regional associations in health-focused philanthropy and how the Forum’s new vision will better connect regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations on this work. (GivingForum, 10/7)

– Many Hands DC is now accepting Letters of Intent for their 2017 $100,000 grant benefiting women and families in Greater Washington region. All LOIs must be received by November 30, 2016.

  Nonprofit Wage Issues Emerge Front and Center Across the Country (NPQ, 10/15)

JUSTICE | Fighting for the right for ex-felons to vote, one person at a time in Virginia. (WaPo, 10/16)

EDUCATIONFairfax school system hopes to put another $100 million toward teacher raises (WaPo, 10/15)

PHILANTHROPY | Voter polling commissioned by Independent Sector has found that, across the political spectrum, American voters are overwhelmingly united in support of the charitable sector. As the report title suggests, voters show a high degree of trust and value in the charitable community. In particular, voters show exceptionally strong bipartisan support for expanded incentives for charitable giving and increased collaboration between government and the charitable sector.

I vow to visit every one of the smaller, lesser-known museums around D.C. – Buffy

October 14, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Is D.C.’s $106 million investment in affordable housing enough?

– D.C. has spent an “historic” $106 million on affordable housing in the last year,  but experts say the money is just a drop in the bucket. (WAMU, 10/13)

“No, $100 million is definitely not enough,” says David Bowers, vice president of Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit developer [and member of WRAG’s Board of Directors]. “We’ve got a long way to go. That means there are tens of thousands of District households who are currently severely housing-cost burdened, who are suffering every day.”

Bowers’ point — backed up by many housing advocates, and even [D.C. Mayor] Bowser herself — highlights a difficult reality the mayor faces: Though she is making significant investments in affordable housing, fully addressing the crisis would probably take billions of dollars. According to the Urban Institute, it’s expected to cost between $3.1 billion and $5.2 billion for D.C. to meet its affordable housing needs through 2020. At the current funding level Bowser has promised for the Housing Production Trust Fund through her term — $100 million every year — the city will fall far short of the Urban Institute’s estimate.

Related: Housing affordability is a regional issue. WRAG and the Enterprise Community Loan Fund’s Our Region, Your Investment initiative is helping to bring new forms of capital to affordable housing. Find out more here.

 – D.C. Ranks First On List Of Most Mortgaged Metro Areas (City Paper, 10/12)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced a new campaign to invite feedback from residents on the District’s “Comprehensive Plan”. (City Paper, 10/13)

HOMELESSNESS | Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness discusses why racial inequity must be discussed in efforts to end homelessness. (U.S. Interagency on Homelessness, 10/13)

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES | A new report by the Build Healthy Places Network, Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities, is a review of demonstration programs working towards health equity.

Related: There are still a few spaces left at next week’s Brightest Minds program with Dr. Steven Woolf from the Center on Society and Health at VCU. He’ll be talking about the various factors that need to be present in communities for them to thrive. This event is open to the public. More info here.

– Getting an education at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) may be free in the future to graduates of public schools in the county. (Prince Georges Sentinel, 10/12)

– $53 Million Fund Blends Philanthropy and Investing for a Big Bet in Education (Chronicle, 10/4)

Why For-Profit Education Fails  (Atlantic, November Issue)

NONPROFITS | A new resource from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity: Core Concepts in Capacity Building, is designed to make effective capacity building both understandable and doable by elevating and collecting the experiences from the more than 5,000 members in the GEO community.

The Meyer Foundation received the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s  Making D.C. History Award for Distinction in Local Philanthropy at the Making D.C. History last Friday – here’s the video highlighting their work.

  Obama Foundation names 17 leaders to ‘inclusion council’ on diversity issues (Chicago Tribune, 10/11)

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) DC is seeking candidates for the 2017 term of the Steering Committee, the chapter’s leadership team. They are looking for motivated individuals who bring a passion to their mission and diverse perspectives, ages, experiences and skills to the committee. Applications are being accepted through November 8.

– An effort by a Georgetown student to bring together students and those who work for the University resulted in more understanding, and lots of giving. (WaPo, 10/13)

Social Sector Job Openings
Community Investment Associate (Grants Administration) | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Director, Community Affairs – NCA | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital
Senior Program Manager, Community Benefits | Kaiser Permanente
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

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.

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So many fun and scary things to do in the DC area this Halloween season! – Buffy

October 13, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Proposed Metro changes would disproportionately burden communities east of the Anacostia

TRANSPORTATION/EQUITY | WMATA is facing a challenging budget shortfall and has discussed proposals for fixing it, including fare hikes, benefit cuts, and potential service reductions. Cutting services may help address the budget issues, but the region will pay a big price in terms of social equity. (City Lab, 10/12)

As 11 of the stations targeted for cuts are located in Ward 7, Ward 8, and Prince George’s County, the proposal would disproportionately hamper D.C.’s poorest and blackest communities. As…noted previously, Metro’s own data show that Metrorail passengers who make less than $30,000 a year are more likely to ride during off hours. For that story, [the reporter] was anticipating the burden that riders would feel from the temporary station closures imposed by WMATA’s “SafeTrack” program. The burden would of course be steeper if these stations were closed during off-peak hours altogether.

HOUSING | The government has utilized public housing as a tool to create and preserve affordable places to live, but many today are threatened. (GGW, 10/12)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTWard 8 Ex Furniture Store To House Busboys and Poets, Nonprofits (City Paper, 10/6)

EDUCATION | According to a new study, discrimination faced by kids at school has an effect on learning and contributes to the achievement gap. (Atlantic, 10/11)

ART | D.C.’s First Creative Time Summit Asks How Art Can Influence Politics (WAMU, 10/12)

NONPROFITSVoices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs (NP Quarterly, 10/12)

PHILANTHROPY#GivingTuesday Donations Have Risen Steadily, Study Finds (CP, 10/12)

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung …
May you stay forever young.

Congratulations to Bob Dylan on winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature – Buffy

October 12, 2016 / WRAG

The home care workforce and systemic inequity

– As the population of Americans over the age of 65 rapidly increases, home care workers have become critical players in the healthcare system, performing the extremely necessary, but undervalued, services that help older adults stay in their homes. As home care workers are disproportionately women of color, their low wages and limited worker protections are an example of the intersections of structural racism and sexism in the workforce (City Lab, 10/11):

The big problem for home-care workers appears to be the same one that has plagued domestic workers since the days of black in-house “help”: that in-home service work has been subject to a gendering and racialization of labor that has largely carved it out of the labor movement, creating barriers to the kind of protections afforded to unions and industries mostly comprised of men. While organizations led by women of color have a strong history of organizing to advance the interests of in-home workers, domestic workers are still exempt from many provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Home-care workers—as members of a more regulated industry where strikes and labor shortages directly endanger lives—are afforded more protections than domestic workers, but still lag far behind others in the health field. While home-care workers are much more likely to have health insurance than domestic workers, their wages often still fall well short of living wages. Home-care workers were only just granted full federal overtime and minimum wage protections in October 2015.

– This month the Consumer Health Foundation‘s blog is featuring a series of interviews related to the direct care workforce (which includes home care workers), highlighting how strengthening this workforce can both improve health care and advance economic justice. The first two interviews are with the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute and Home Care Partners. (CHF, 10/4)

Related: Back in 2011-2012, a working group of WRAG members focused on aging convened a year-long series to examine issues related to the direct care workforce. Some of learnings are summed up in What Funders Need to Know: Quality Jobs = Quality Care.

– A bill that would reform the District’s juvenile justice system just passed a first vote in the DC Council. (DCist, 10/11)

Md. attorney general’s office raises constitutionality questions about state’s cash bail system (WaPo, 10/11)

– Here’s an interview with the Public Welfare Foundation about their work to advance worker’s rights, criminal justice reform, and juvenile justice reform. (NCRP, Summer 2016)

HEALTH/YOUTH | Anti-tobacco bills advance in District, would raise age to buy cigarettes to 21 (WaPo, 10/11)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | The U.S. Department of Education has announced its first-ever Pay for Success awards, focused on scaling career and technical education programs and dual language early education programs.

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Ditch Strategic Philanthropy — but Don’t Throw Out Strategy With It (Chronicle, 10/4)

Check out these amazing entries for the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

– Rebekah