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October 26, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Last decade sees strong growth for nonprofit sector

NONPROFITS | The nonprofit sector has weathered the biggest economic downturn in decades, and has seen wages grow over 17 percent and employment grow 14 percent, according to the Urban Institute’s 2016 Nonprofit Almanac. (CP, 10/24)

That’s better than either businesses or the government, says the report, which looked at nonprofits with at least $50,000 in annual revenue that file Forms 990 with the Internal Revenue Service. At the same time, the number of charities grew 23 percent, from more than 237,000 in 2003 to nearly 294,000. The fact that charities did as well as they did during the recession is significant because the nonprofit world accounts for 5.4 percent of the gross domestic product and employs 14.4 million people. Massive nonprofit job losses and reduction in nonprofits services could have meant an even more dire overall economy than Americans experienced, say the report’s authors.

“The nonprofit sector is resilient,” says Nathan Dietz, senior research associate at Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. “What kind of a role has the support of the nonprofit sector played in the overall recovery of the economy?” Mr. Dietz says. “It’s been able to provide a safety net. If not for the nonprofit sector, a lot more people would be in real trouble.”

POVERTY | A new report looks at how D.C. could help families by expanding the welfare program. (City Paper, 10/25)

WORKFORCE | According to the new Trends in Workforce Demand: Seven Key Economic Clusters Report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, economic growth in the D.C. region will depend on STEM Jobs.

DISTRICT | The District’s Office of Zoning has a new interactive map showing D.C.’s different zones, what they mean, and how they are organized. (GGW, 10/25)

HOUSING | The D.C. attorney general has sued a real estate company for allowing one of its Ward 8 properties to fall into dangerous disrepair. (City Paper, 10/25)

EQUALITY | In one corner of the law, minorities and women are often valued less (WaPo, 10/25)

HEALTH | As part of the Health Means Business (HMB) Campaign, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is now accepting applications and nominations for the inaugural Healthy10 Awards, which will honor ten outstanding cross-sector collaborations or innovative businesses working to improve the health, well-being and equity in their communities.

PHILANTHROPYPhilanthropy, Policy and Culture: “Find a Way to Help that Doesn’t Undermine”  (NPQ, 10/24)

I’d love to go visit even 1 of these 10 spooky spots in D.C., but I’m too scared … my kids however, would go in a heartbeat – Buffy

October 25, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Meyer Foundation invests $1 million for affordable housing in the Greater Washington region

– The Meyer Foundation has announced a major impact investment of $1 million to support the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Greater Washington region. The funds will be invested through Our Region, Your Investment, an impact investing initiative launched this year by the Enterprise Community Loan Fund and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Our Region, Your Investment was created in response to the more than 150,000 families in the Greater Washington region currently in urgent need of affordable housing solutions—a number expected to double in less than 10 years.

“Affordable housing is one of our region’s most significant challenges,” says Meyer CEO Nicky Goren. “For low-income individuals and families, it leads to an increased risk of homelessness, reduced access to employment opportunities, and financial instability. More broadly, a lack of affordable housing reduces our region’s economic competitiveness, which affects us all.”

– New legislation is being proposed to help low-income renters in the District. (WaPo, 10/22)

HOMELESSNESS | Over 30 families have been displaced after a fire broke out at the DC General homeless shelter. (WaPo, 10/24)

COMMUNITY | Congrats to WRAG’s Tamara Copeland for earning an honorable mention Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership Award today from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement!

HEALTHCARE | A new regional medical center is coming to Prince Georges County that will improve healthcare options and outcomes for residents. (PG Sentinel, 10/20)

REGIONSkip The Line: Early Voting For General Election Ramps Up Across The Region (WAMU, 10/21)

WORKFORCE/RACE | Wage gains among the African American community are outpacing gains for whites since the recession ended – but there is still a large racial pay gap. (WSJ, 10/20)

DIVERSITY | According to a new analysis, women in D.C. represent one of the most diverse groups in the country. (City Paper, 10/21)

EDUCATION/RACE | Black College Grads Owe Nearly Twice as Much Student Debt as Whites Four Years Out (WSJ, 10/20)

DISTRICT | We know where most of DC’s population lives. Does Metro run through those places? (GGW, 10/24)

NONPROFITS | Opinion: How Better Data Can Lead Nonprofits to Greater Diversity (Chronicle, 10/24)

I have eagerly awaited SNL’s political comedy each weekend this election season – here’s a fun reminder of why Saturday Night Live helps us laugh about politics – Buffy

October 24, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Foundations and nonprofits to the next president: protect the charitable deduction

NONPROFITS | Limiting tax incentives on charitable donations would have a “devastating” effect on society, says a coalition of nonprofits in a letter to presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Policy experts believe that the next administration and incoming Congress will attempt major revisions. (CP, 10/19)

“As charities struggle to raise additional funds to meet increased demands for their services, we ought to encourage Americans to be more generous, not send a signal that giving is less important,” the Charitable Giving Coalition, a group of more than 60 nonprofits, wrote in letters to the two nominees.

The group went further than it has in previous efforts, when it has demanded the charitable tax deduction be preserved. In the letter, the groups proposed that all taxpayers, not just those who itemize their deductions, should be able to subtract charitable donations. Currently only about 30 percent of taxpayers — mostly those in higher income brackets — itemize their deductions.

TRANSPORTATION | Why did Metro release a potential plan for service cuts to the public, that it now says was never serious in the first place? (WaPo, 10/24)

EDUCATION |  The D.C. government-funded program, Show Up, Stand Out, is fighting absenteeism in city schools through a new smartphone app. (WAMU, 10/21)

DC/STATEHOOD Opinion: Washingtonians should vote for statehood to send a message (City Paper, 10/20)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY | Government-loving Montgomery County seems poised to adopt term limits (WaPo, 10/23)

EDUCATION | Nonprofits and educators have a plan to teach computer science to every child. (Atlantic, 10/19)

RACE |  Where Women of Color Live: A new report maps the geography of American women by race and ethnicity (City Lab, 10/21)

Apparently D.C. residents like Twix candy  the best at Halloween – I’m partial to Butterfingers myself – Buffy

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