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December 15, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

DC Council votes to create an office for black advancement

RACIAL EQUITY | The DC Council has passed a bill titled, “The Office on African American Affairs Establishment Act of 2017”, to create an office to develop, implement and support policies and programs for black advancement in the District. The office will also have the ability to write grants for DC organizations that support black communities. (AFRO, 12/14)

Aaron Holmes, running for the Democratic at-large position on the D.C. Council in 2018, told the AFRO he likes [Councilmember Brandon] Todd’s bill for its grant-making authority. “I think it is important for the District government to give grants to organizations that work to help African Americans in the city,” he said. “These organizations will help African Americans prosper in the city and preserve our history and legacy.

Todd, who chairs the Committee on Government Operations, held a hearing on his legislation on July 6, with the majority of witnesses indicating the bill is needed. The council member emphasized during the hearing that his bill would put the OAAA on par with the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs such as Latino Affairs, Office of Asian and Pacific Islanders and African Affairs.

TRANSIT | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has passed a resolution urging the three jurisdictions and the federal government to each commit $125 million to fund Metro annually. (WTOP, 12/14)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Shannon Schuyler, PwC‘s chief purpose officer, discusses how CSR programs are evolving into innovative responsible business leadership initiatives and their recent Opportunity Index. (US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 12/7)

Related: Shannon Schuyler is a faculty member at the Institute for CSR. Registration is open for the 2018 program. Download an application and learn more about the 2018 curriculum here.

CHARITABLE GIVINGWill people still give or as much if they can’t get a tax deduction for their charitable giving? (WaPo, 12/14)

HOUSING | Housing developers consider if building houses in the District’s alleys will expand the affordable housing options for middle-income residents. (WaPo, 12/14)

ACTIVISMHow a Group of Native American Activists Used Fake News to Push for a Redskins Name Change (Washingtonian, 12/13)

IMMIGRATION | Two undocumented immigrants in Fairfax County filed a lawsuit against the US government for ending DACA. (Fairfax Times, 12/4)

CRIMINAL JUSTICEA maid stole some rings, then returned them. A jury convicted her, then paid her fine. Was that right? (WaPo, 12/15)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Membership and Programs | Funders Together to End Homelessness – New!
Program Assistant | Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) – New!
Director of Policy and Communication | Consumer Health Foundation – New!
Administrative Assistant to the President (Part-Time) | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers – New!
Development and Marketing Associate | Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc.
Director of Grants Management | Democracy Fund
Officer, Communications | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Events Assistant | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
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
President & CEO | ACT for Alexandria – a community foundation
Assistant Director of Digital Marketing & Communications | The Children’s Inn at NIH
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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December 14, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

United Medical Center decides not to reopen its nursery and delivery rooms

HEALTH CARE
– Recently, maternal care services for low-income women of color in the District’s wards 5,7, and 8 have become almost inaccessible due to hospital unit closings and other rule changes. Now United Medical Center, the first hospital that was forced to close its maternal ward, has voted to permanently close it. (WaPo, 12/13)

D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7), chairman of the council’s health committee, said the board’s action “sends a powerfully negative message” to the poor and predominantly African American residents of Southeast Washington.

“It says that in terms of the allocation and equity of services, the people on the East End of the city are seen as not sufficiently worthy to have available to them one of the most important services a population can have,” Gray said, adding that he hoped to re-examine the board’s decision in a public hearing.

– Maryland residents will now have until December 22 to sign up for health care after the state extended the deadline yesterday. (Baltimore Sun, 12/13)

PHILANTHROPY
– Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, responds to Kathleen Enright’s, CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, recent article on the need to change philanthropy’s definition of effectiveness. (NAF, 12/11)

– Differing views on donor-advised funds are coming from the philanthropic sector. (Atlantic, 12/13)

IMMIGRATIONIn the face of fear and xenophobia, D.C. agencies and nonprofits reach out to homeless immigrants (Street Sense, 12/13)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | A new study has found that mothers who live near fracking wells are more likely to give birth to infants with a low birth weight. (Atlantic, 12/13)

TECHNOLOGY | The Federal Communications Commission will vote today to end net neutrality, which are rules requiring internet service providers to treat all traffic equally. (NBC News, 12/14)


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December 13, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A new publication explores the demographics of America’s working class

WORKFORCE | The Center for American Progress has released a brief using data from the last 75 years on the educational attainment, gender, race, and industry of American workers ages 18 and older to analyze the composition of the US working class. It found that women and people of color make up a larger portion of this sector. (CityLab, 12/11)

The report concludes: The struggles of the working class will not be solved by states’ piecemeal efforts to open new factories by luring companies with tax incentives. Nor will they be solved through presidential pressure to delay a plant’s outsourcing by another year. Instead, policymakers need a broader, bolder policy vision—one that puts the government firmly on the side of workers and their families. Laws should make it easier for these workers to join together in unions, as past and current union organizing has contributed greatly to the increase in the quality of industrial jobs.

RACIAL EQUITY/WRAG | WRAG is excited to announce we are partnering with Leadership Greater Washington to expand the regional, cross-sector network of philanthropic, nonprofit, and civic leaders who understand racism and are committed to working for racial justice. With our new learning series, Expanding the Table for Racial Equity, we hope to grow the network of people committed to promoting and working together for racial equity in the Greater Washington region. (Daily, 12/13)

HEALTH | Montgomery County is planning to file a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors due to false marketing that described the drug as nonaddictive. (Bethesda Beat, 12/12)

PUBLIC SAFETYMaryland lawmakers to track sexual harassment claims — but not reveal offenders (WaPo, 12/12)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | Opponents of a planned gas pipeline in Virginia claim a small victory after the State Water Control Board delays construction date until several environmental impact reports are completed. (WaPo, 12/12)

EDUCATION 
– Maryland and Virginia’s plans to improve schools need to be reworked, according to a group of education policy experts. (WTOP, 12/12)

– Will other states follow in California’s footsteps to highlight the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to the development of the US in their textbooks? (Atlantic, 12/12)

NONPROFITS | How organizations can raise more money by asking donors to increase their gifts at a delayed date. (Bloomberg View, 12/11)


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December 13, 2017 / WRAG

Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) and WRAG Enter Second Partnership

By Tamara Lucas Copeland
President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers 

I recently came across a quote that caused me to pause. It was from Adam Braun, a young entrepreneur focused on excellence in education. He said, “The most abundant resources that we possess amongst the 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States are passion and knowledge, yet our most scarce resource is collaboration.” There is no question that collaboration is tough. Different values, different long term goals, different cultures are sometimes insurmountable hurdles even when both parties really want to make it work.

For the second time now, WRAG has identified a great partnership. For almost two years, WRAG and LGW came together for a comprehensive examination of affordable housing in our region, looking at the challenges and possible solutions. In January 2018, we launch our new collaboration, Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity.

If you follow WRAG’s work, you know that the philanthropic community has been learning about racism and how to apply a racial equity lens to its grantmaking for about two years now. When we’ve looked at the depth of structural and systemic racism and the breadth of implicit bias, it is very clear that this problem, like most, cannot be solved with the intervention of just one community. LGW offers a portal into government officials, business leaders and civic leaders across the array of issues that impact Greater Washington. It is the proverbial one-stop-shop when thinking about how to reach the broadest group of leaders in our region. So, I am excited to have the support of Doug Duncan and the Board leadership at LGW as, together, we explore the issues of racism and begin the conversation about what can we do to make the region a more racially equitable one.

While the early quote causes one to reflect, I have another that I like much better: “Collaboration is not about gluing together existing egos. It’s about the ideas that never existed until after everyone entered the room.” We know that WRAG and LGW don’t constitute everyone who needs to be in the room, but we are definitely Expanding the Table for Racial Equity.

December 12, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

This local church is helping Syrian refugees adjust to life in the US

REFUGEES | Both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland have had a substantial population of refugees resettle in their communities over the past year. As these families work to build a life here, including finding employment, housing, and schools for their children, volunteers at National Community Church provide assistance to them. (Street Sense, 11/27)

Refugees and volunteers from National Community Church are building relationships as they share food, time, and assistance. The interdenominational Christian church picks up families from the airport, furnishes and decorates their homes prior to arrival, and connects refugees to family friends and mentors who can navigate the school system or take them to the doctor.

The Alhumayer family arrived in the U.S. from Syria a little over a year ago to escape the civil war. Bashir Alhumayer had worked as an electrician in Damascus, and the family lived outside the city in a mostly Christian town. As the war escalated, Bashir found himself hiding his sons and daughter from bombs and sniper fire. His wife, Ghosoun, was sick with diabetes. The family paid a smuggler to transport them to Jordan, where they lived in a refugee camp for three months.

IMMIGRATION | The Montgomery County Council are expected to pass a resolution urging the federal government to allow immigrants facing deportation due to the loss of temporary protected status and DACA protections to remain in the country. (WaPo, 12/11)

HEALTH | Another deadline has passed and Congress has not renewed CHIP, causing parents who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance to worry. (WAMU, 12/11)

WORKFORCE
– The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that would have decided if Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans gender-based bias, would also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. (NBC News, 12/11)

– Will the creation of more electric vehicles kill the auto-mechanic industry? (WaPo, 12/11)

EDUCATION | A new bookstore featuring Black, Latinx, Native American, and other authors of color has opened in Anacostia. (AFRO, 12/7)

TRANSIT | Officials Still Can’t Agree On How To Fund Metro — A Sales Tax Might Be The Reason Why (WAMU, 12/11)


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December 8, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Homelessness has increased nationwide, according to new report

HOMELESSNESS | The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has released its 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, which is based on data from the nationwide point-in-time estimate that was conducted in January. The report found that while homelessness has increased by 1 percent nationally, it is mostly driven by an increase in the country’s most populous cities. (Citylab, 12/7)

“The commonality in [these places] are rapidly rising rents, with not rapidly rising incomes. This is causing the displacement of a significant number of people,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson during a press call on Wednesday. Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, agreed. “High cost and low vacancy rates are putting more people at risk of entering homelessness, and they’re making it harder and harder for people to find housing as they strive to exit homelessness.”

RACISM / HEALTH | Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why (NPR, 12/7)

TAX REFORM | Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the DC Policy Center, explains how the elimination of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction will impact the Greater Washington region’s population growth. (DC Policy Center, 12/7)

PHILANTHROPY | Vanessa Daniel, founder and executive director of the Groundswell Fund, discusses her organization’s Liberation Fund and the intersection of reproductive justice and racial equity. (PND Blog, 12/7)

TRANSIT
– The DC Council has introduced legislation to prevent low-income residents from having their driver’s licenses suspended because they cannot afford to pay fines. (WaPo, 12/5)

– Upset about the I-66 tolls? These Virginia lawmakers are with you. (WaPo, 12/7)

EDUCATION | Southeast Ministry, a nonprofit in DC’s Congress Heights community, is helping adults with and without high school diplomas become more employable by offering training on high school equivalency tests and occupational training qualification exams. (WaPo, 12/5)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Development and Marketing Associate | Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc. – New!
Director of Grants Management | Democracy Fund
Officer, Communications | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Events Assistant | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
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
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
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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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