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January 19, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

How philanthropy is responding to the administration’s targeting of immigrants

– With the help of Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees and others, these California foundations have changed their grantmaking strategies in order to quickly invest more money into immigrant rights issues. (Chronicle, 1/18)

Even before the most recent legal battles, beginning shortly after the Obama administration crafted the DACA policy, many grant makers nationally began to focus their support on groups that conduct “know your rights” education for Dreamers, provide legal services, and engage in community organizing and policy advocacy.

For instance, more than 100 regional and national grant makers (including the Ford, JPB, and Open Society foundations) joined the “Delivering on the Dream” network and contributed more than $40 million to immigrants and their families over the past six years. And this week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced a $33 million scholarship fund for undocumented students.

– A undocumented immigrant activist tells her story of being targeted by ICE because of her advocacy. (YES! Magazine, 1/17)

PHILANTHROPY | Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, discusses his foundation’s renewed commitment to its programs aimed at achieving justice and how they are trying to create a “just” America, instead of a “great” America. (Ford Foundation, 1/17)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTDC Needs a Budget that Invests in District Residents (DCFPI, 1/18)

– This is how changes to Facebook’s News Feed, intended to show users more posts from their friends, will impact nonprofits’ communications efforts. (Buzzfeed News, 1/17)

– What Nonprofits Do — Good and Bad — When a Shutdown Looms (Chronicle, 1/18)

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC’s new gun rules allow people to carry concealed guns. Over 700 people have registered for permits and more than half of them are Maryland and Virginia residents. (WaPo, 1/19)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Knowledge Services Specialist | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Associate Director of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Finance and Operations Associate | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Associate | New Endeavors by Women
Executive Director | My Sister’s Place
Philanthropy Officer | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
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
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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*There was typo in the headline of yesterday’s Daily: “According to a new report, Greater Washington region’s economy is approving,” instead of the correct term – improving.

This is for anyone who has writer’s block.

– Kendra

January 18, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

According to a new report, Greater Washington region’s economy is improving

–  Stephen Fuller, an economist and director of George Mason University’s Stephen S. Fuller Institute, has released a new report about the Greater Washington region’s economy for the 26th annual Economic Conference today. According to the report, the region’s economy is improving but not as fast as the national average. (WBJ, 1/18)

Professional and business services accounted for 16,600 new jobs in the region with leisure and hospitality jobs a close second with 13,500 jobs added from 2016 to 2017. Education and health services, which saw an increase of 12,600, rounds out the top three sectors, which accounted for nearly 76 percent of job creation from 2016 to 2016.

Most of the future job growth will accrue in Northern Virginia. While suburban Maryland added 23,200 jobs compared to Northern Virginia’s 21,600 and D.C.’s 9,600 in 2017, Northern Virginia will add 25,900 jobs in 2018 compared to 11,000 in Maryland and 4,600 in 2019 — a trend that will only get worse over time.

– We finally know some of the details of the District’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. One of the incentives is “Amazon University”, which will be a workforce training center. (WAMU, 1/17) Also, Amazon has announced that DC, Montgomery County, MD and Northern Virginia are among the 20 finalists it is considering for its second headquarters. (WaPo, 1/18)

HEALTH CARE | The new administration is creating a new division in the Health and Human Services Department aimed at protecting healthcare workers who refuse to treat transgender patients or participate in any treatment they believe is against their moral or religious beliefs. (WaPo, 1/17)

ARTS EDUCATION | As you know, WRAG likes to underscore its messages with art and so we were delighted to see a Montgomery County teacher using this method to ask for more funding for arts education for the 2018-19 school year. Watch her perform a Hamilton-inspired rap here.

NONPROFITS | Opinion: Distrust of Nonprofits is High. Here’s an Example to Show Why. (Chronicle, 1/17 – Subscription needed)

TRANSIT | A proposed Maryland bill would make it a second-degree felony, which would be punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, to assault a transit operator. (WaPo, 1/17)

WORKFORCE | With the threat of a federal shutdown tomorrow, DC officials discuss what that means for residents. (WUSA 9, 1/17)

Happy Winnie The Pooh day!

– Kendra

January 17, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

DC’s public high schools plagued with chronic absenteeism

EDUCATION | A new report released yesterday found that more than 1 of every 10 students that graduated from a District public high school missed most of the 2017 school year, and teachers felt pressured to pass them. DC officials called for an investigation into the school system after NPR found that most of Ballou High School’s graduates were chronically absent. There has yet to be an investigation into the root causes of why these low-income students of color have poor attendance. (WaPo, 1/16)

The review saved some of its sharpest criticism for Ballou High School, which has been engulfed in controversy amid a graduation scandal. The report found that the school’s administrators told teachers that a high percentage of their students were expected to pass and encouraged them to provide makeup work and extra credit to students, no matter how much school they missed. Teachers received little training in a new grading system, and their annual performance reviews hinged in small part on their success in graduating students.

2020 CENSUS | Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, discusses why nonprofit organizations and funders should work together to make sure everyone is counted in the upcoming Census. (NAF, 1/16)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, WRAG’s partner in the Institute for CSR, discusses how companies such as Boeing and Wells Fargo have increased their community investments. (LinkdIn, 12/21)

HOUSINGThe Wharf development raises the question: How affordable is ‘affordable’? (GGW, 1/12)

NONPROFIT | The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is asking for applications for the 2018 Advancement In Management (AIM) Award Competition. Nonprofits in the Greater Washington region that believe they demonstrate outstanding achievement in organizational management can apply here.

HOMELESSNESS | Cheryl Bell, executive chef at Miriam’s Kitchen, recalls her journey into the nonprofit sector and how the organization impacts the District’s homeless population. (BYT, 1/16)

HEALTH CAREVirginia hospitals want proposed tax on profits out of budget in push to expand Medicaid (Richmond Times, 1/16)

ENVIRONMENT | The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, causing advocates and environmental experts concern. (NBC News, 1/17)

Just some helpful advice: You could seriously hurt yourself by trying to stifle a sneeze.

– Kendra

January 16, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

On Martin Luther King Jr Day, the country reflects

– This weekend local residents and visitors flocked to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, the first on the Mall to honor a black man, to commemorate the holiday. These individuals embraced King’s words etched into the stone monument and reflected on the state of race relations in this country and how much further we have to go. (WaPo, 1/15)

At the entrance to the memorial, two huge granite stones split, symbolizing that “mountain.” A slice of the sculpture is pushed out several feet from the split, and from this slice, King’s image emerges, carved into a “stone of hope,” a second massive piece of granite.

Some visitors recalled the optimism about race relations when the monument was unveiled. But now, they said, the country seems stuck in a dark period of racial tensions and open hostility toward new immigrants, shocked by Ku Klux Klan rallies and a president who referred last week to El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.” The progress in the country’s race relations since King was assassinated that April day in Memphis seems to have become twisted, stuck in a time warp.

– In honor of the second annual National Day of Racial Healing, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, reflects on her own journey to healing and how WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series has activated the Greater Washington region’s own philanthropic sector. (Daily, 1/16)

NONPROFITS | Rick Moyers, former vice president for programs and communications at Meyer Foundation, advises nonprofit boards to re-examine their recruitment strategies and have discussions about how structural racism and implicit bias have infected our society in order to create more diverse boards. (Chronicle, 1/8 – Subscription needed)

ARTS/HOMELESSNESS | Due to an installation of artwork in two underpasses in the District’s NoMA neighborhood, homeless individuals are being displaced. (WaPo, 1/15)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Jessica Raven, executive director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, discusses the impact of sexual violence on low-income communities and communities of color in DC. (GGW, 1/11)

EDUCATION | Georgetown University has approved a proposal to include LGBT-only student housing on its campus. (Washington Blade, 1/15)

ENVIRONMENT | DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser has designated Kingman and Heritage Islands as a state conservation area. The city envisions the islands as a place for outdoor learning with an environmental center. (WAMU, 1/12)

CRIMINAL JUSTICEBill would change Virginia’s ‘three-strikes’ law on parole eligibility (Richmond Times, 1/15)

This new Google Arts & Culture app will match your face to paintings. Find your doppelganger now!

– Kendra

January 16, 2018 / WRAG

Racial Healing: A National Day, but a Personal Journey

By Tamara Lucas Copeland
President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers 

I was at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation conference in 2016 when the idea of a Day of Racial Healing was first mentioned. It seemed to emerge organically from the conversation at the conference.

Now, in its second year, LaJune Montgomery Tabron, the Kellogg Foundation’s CEO, reminds us that “in healing, we acknowledge the truth of past wrongs and the authentic narratives of people across communities. The National Day of Racial Healing is a call to action for people to come together and begin the dialogue.”

The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) began that dialogue in 2016. We called it Putting Racism on the Table. Based on our work, we now know:

  • 36% of our membership is applying a racial equity lens to their grantmaking and another 34% are considering adopting such a frame;
  • 30% sought additional learning for staff and leadership on racial equity;
  • 22% engaged trustees in conversations about race and how it relates to their organization;
  • 18% engaged grantees in conversations about racial equity;
  • 16% changed their grantmaking priorities; and,
  • 16% changed internal operations, policies, procedures and/or organizational culture.

I am proud of this. These actions didn’t come from one day of racial healing. Multiple conversations with many philanthropic leaders led to a multi-pronged, multi-year learning journey. But, my sense of urgency to do this work did emerge from one day of racial healing.

I was personally devastated when Trayvon Martin was killed. I couldn’t watch news coverage or read stories about it. Every time that I did, I thought, this could have been my son – roughly the same age and the same experience. My healing started when I wrote a blog post about my feelings. I let others into my experience as the mother of an African-American boy in this city, this country, at that point in time. The feelings that I would have normally kept bottled up, I shared with my professional community. That was not the only event that put WRAG on the Putting Racism on the Table learning journey, but it was pivotal.  For a movement like WRAG’s to start, someone in a leadership position must lead.

In order to heal, we must admit that there is pain and suffering. We must see or create a path to lessen or completely alleviate that pain. The depth of my pain – and my denial of racial realities — was revealed in the death of Trayvon. My healing continues. It is a process, not an event. For some, the National Day of Racial Healing may be that catalytic event that Trayvon Martin’s death was for me. I simply urge you to start on your path to racial justice, to understand the need for racial healing and to use your position to encourage others to do the same.

January 12, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

High school students in the Greater Washington region are learning advocacy strategies

ADVOCACY/ YOUTH | Last year saw many residents in the Greater Washington region becoming more involved in politics and considering their roles as citizens in this nation. Youth, especially high school students, were particularly involved in demonstrations, such as the walkout after the administration’s DACA decision. Now young people across the region have come together for a three-day summit to better understand their civil rights.

Students also heard from Claudia Quiñonez, who helped organize a group of undocumented students, parents and supporters into United We Dream, a reference to those who had gained legal status under the now eliminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. They watched a documentary on Joe Arpaio, the longtime Phoenix-area sheriff whose approach to jail and immigration issues attracted controversy, and a movie about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who disclosed documents on government surveillance programs.

“Things that go on in our world . . . affect us, too, and I think it’s really cool that we get to have those types of conversations,” said Chloe Pine, a 15-year-old member of the ACLU club at the School Without Walls.

NONPROFITSPotomac Health Foundation has partnered with Prince William Public Library System and the Foundation Center to help Prince William County grantseekers by opening a Funding Information Network. (PWL, 1/11)

MARYLAND | Maryland’s House of Delegates have voted to enact paid sick leave in the state and ban the box on private and public college’s student applications. (WaPo, 1/11)

– The Manassas mobile home park that was in danger of being sold, and leaving 58 families homeless was officially bought by a nonprofit, Catholics for Housing. (InsideNOVA, 1/11)

 DC Mayor Bowser announces $2.5M loan that will preserve 49 affordable units in Fort Totten (Curbed DC, 1/11)

EDUCATION | America’s Schools Are ‘Profoundly Unequal,’ Says U.S. Civil Rights Commission (NPR, 1/11)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | ​DC was​ ​named​ ​the​ ​25th Any​ ​Given​ ​Child​ ​city​ ​by​ ​the​ ​John​ ​F.​ ​Kennedy​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Performing​ ​Arts. Any Given Child is a collective impact program that assists communities in expanding arts education in schools. Help the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative collect information about the city’s existing arts education programs for youth by completing this survey.

Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Director, Rock Creek Conservancy | Rock Creek Conservancy
Finance and Operations Associate | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Associate | New Endeavors by Women
Executive Director | My Sister’s Place
Philanthropy Officer | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
TIAA Nonprofit Leadership Fellows | University of Maryland & Do Good Institute
Director of Membership and Programs | Funders Together to End Homelessness
Director of Policy and Communication | Consumer Health Foundation
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
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.

Community Calendar

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. 

The Daily will be back on Tuesday.

Here’s some Michael Jackson to start off your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

– Kendra

January 11, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

New work requirements could impact some Medicaid participants

HEALTHCARE | The administration has announced that the federal government will allow states to test work requirements for Medicaid. There are more than 74 million people participating in the program but this would only affect some, since adults with disabilities and children make up a large portion of its enrollees. (KHN, 1/11)

Adding a work requirement to Medicaid would mark one of the biggest changes to the program since its inception in 1966. It is likely to prompt a lawsuit from patient advocacy groups, which claim the requirement is inconsistent with Medicaid’s objectives and would require an act of Congress.

The document says who should be excluded from the new work requirements — including children and people being treated for opioid abuse — and offers suggestions as to what counts as “work.” Besides employment, it can include job training, volunteering or caring for a close relative.

PHILANTHROPY | Congratulations to Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President & CEO of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, for being awarded the Philanthropy Women 2018 Wonder Woman Award for Leadership in Women’s Funds! (Philanthropy Women, 1/8)

VETERANS | Boeing will commit $10 million to veterans’ recovery and rehabilitation programs and military transition services to support the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. (PND Blog, 1/11)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Actors in Sovereignty, a new play premiering at Arena Stage, discuss the US’s treatment of Native Americans and their history. (DC Theatre Scene, 1/10)

PUBLIC SAFETY | They were friends as kids, then on opposite sides of the law. Now they’re mentoring D.C. teens together. (WaPo, 1/11)

HIV/AIDS | The DC Health Department has launched a new ad encouraging people to talk to their doctors about the HIV prevention drug, PrEP. (WUSA9, 1/10)

IMMIGRATION |On Wednesday, ICE agents conducted a nationwide operation targeting 7-Elevens in hopes of finding undocumented workers. They made 21 arrests. (WaPo, 1/10)

TRANSIT | Here are the details of the recent Metro proposal to refund riders if a bus or train delay of at least 15 minutes makes riders late to their destination. (NextCity, 1/8)

Do you think you could finish a marathon running backwards? These people did.

– Kendra