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August 17, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

How to adgress the high rate of homelessness among returning citizens

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | A new report by the Prison Policy Initiative explores the rate of homelessness for returning citizens and how it can be addressed. (Citylab, 8/16)

“The results from our study illustrate the connection between criminalization and an issue that we rarely discuss, but one that has profound societal costs: homelessness,” said Lucius Couloute, the author of the report, via email. “When formerly incarcerated people are 10 times as likely as the general public to face homelessness … it suggests the ultimate public policy failure. It suggests that prisons in the United States aren’t helping people reintegrate.”

– Imprisoned as a Teen, a Local Man Ushers Others Down the Path Toward Freedom (Bethesda Beat, 8/15)

NONPROFITS | Here are a few tips on how nonprofits can build a following on LinkedIn. (Chronicle, 8/16)

Related: Make sure you check out Katy Moore’s recent blog on the different (free) tools you can use to design communications that make your organization stand out. (Daily, 7/31)

ENVIRONMENTThe Amount of Water Used in Fracking Has Increased Dramatically (Citylab, 8/16)

– According to results from last year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, only one-third of DC students are college ready. (WAMU, 8/16)

– Montgomery Co. to name new school after Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader (WTOP, 8/17)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Events Manager | Public Welfare Foundation–New!
Major Gifts Officer | L’Arche Greater Washington D.C.–New!
Manager of Program & Evaluation Services | BoardSource–New!
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation–New!
Grant Advisor | Hattie M. Strong Foundation–New!
Grants Associate | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Executive Vice President, Development and Communications | Northern Virginia Family Service
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Northern Virginia Family Service
Adult Education Specialist | BoardSource
Senior Director, Evaluation and Learning | Flamboyan Foundation
Major Gifts Officer | Food & Friends
Executive Director | Gandhi Brigade Youth Media
Membership & Development Director | Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
Associate, Resource Development | Flamboyan Foundation
Operations Specialist | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Membership Assistant | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Director, School Partnerships Coach | Flamboyan Foundation
Part-Time Program Administrator for the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Membership Development Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Senior Manager of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Evaluation & Impact Manager | DC Bar Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Madison House Autism Foundation

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This website promises to sell you something weird or confusing.

– Kendra

August 16, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Multiple DC families find lead present in homes inspected by the city

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | According to the Washington Post, between March 2013 and March 2018, at least 41 homes that were subsidized by a DC housing voucher had high levels of lead present. Two of these families are now suing the city because it did not adequately inspect the units before giving its approval. (WaPo, 8/15)

The District Department of Energy and Environment, which performed the count and the testing, said it inspected about half of the homes because a child living at the property, or visiting it often, had tested positive for elevated levels of lead; the other homes were investigated following a tip about possible lead hazards. The agency said that the list wasn’t exhaustive and that there may be more.

TRANSITMetro must pay $82 million in wage increases to thousands of workers, arbitration panel says (WaPo, 8/15)

– The role customers can play in ensuring better working conditions and wages for restaurant workers. (Civil Eats, 8/14)

– Ever Heard of a Tanda? Inside D.C. Restaurant Workers’ Savings Circles. (WCP, 8/15)

EDUCATION | DC will open up its only public ‘girls only’ school after taking over Excel Academy Public Charter School. (DCist, 8/15)

MENTAL HEALTHThe Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health and Everyone Else’s (YES! Magazine, 8/13)

We lost the Queen of Soul today. Let’s celebrate her life by listening to our favorite songs. Here’s one of mine.

– Kendra

August 15, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A new lawsuit alleges that DC has failed to provide adequate mental health care to youth

HEALTH | A coalition of disability rights organizations in DC have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city, alleging that it has failed to provide adequate mental health services to youth. (WaPo, 8/14)

The suit, filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of two unnamed minors, states that the District did not give the children access to intensive outpatient counseling and mentoring programs.

As a result, they were repeatedly institutionalized at psychiatric facilities, violating the District’s obligations to provide the least restrictive care possible under Medicaid and the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to the lawsuit.

WORKFORCE | Advocates from DC’s homeless community want the city to do more outreach about its First Source program, which is a law that gives DC residents first priority in hiring for new jobs. (Street Sense, 8/14)

– Preliminary estimates show that the District spent at least $2.6 million last weekend protecting the 20 to 30 white supremacists that came to attend the Unite the Right 2 rally. (WaPo, 8/14)

– Crystal City Hyatt Will Host An Anti-Muslim Group’s Annual Conference (DCist, 8/14)

– The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has been conspiring with ICE to tell them when immigrants eligible for deportation came to the CIS office for routine interviews. (WaPo, 8/15)

– The history of the United States’ policy of separating migrant families. (Atlantic, 8/14)

CENSUS | Two Congress members have introduced a bill to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the census and the annual American Community Survey. (Washington Blade, 7/31)

Find out where DC’s new murals will go.

– Kendra

August 14, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Businesses in Alexandria brace for next summer’s Metro closure

WORKFORCE | Next year, six Virginia Metro stations will be closed for almost 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day so that Metro can rebuild their platforms. Business owners near these stations are already considering the impact of the closures on their shoppers. (WaPo, 8/13)

No trains will run south of Reagan National Airport during the shutdown, including to Braddock Road, where Rob Krupicka worries how his Sugar Shack Donuts shop will survive a summer without commuters loading up on sugar and caffeine before work.

He’s thinking of cutting back on hours, closing some days or “borrowing my way through the summer, which is not easy for a small business to do,” he said. “But I’m going to have to do something.”

CENSUS 2020 | Over 33 philanthropy-serving organizations, including WRAG, signed onto a letter opposing the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Read the letter here. (United Philanthropy Forum, 8/1)

Related: WRAG members understand that a fair and complete census is critical to the fight for a racially equitable region. WRAG has formed a 2020 Census Working Group that is currently identifying how it can leverage the resources of local philanthropy and other stakeholders to ensure an accurate and complete census count in the region. All WRAG members are welcome to join this group. Click here for info on the next meeting.

PHILANTHROPY | In honor of Black Philanthropy Month, Tyrone McKinley Freeman, assistant professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, discusses the history and growth of giving in the Black community. (Chronicle, 8/13 – Subscription needed)

HOUSINGBen Carson Moves Forward With Push To Change Fair Housing Rule (NPR, 8/13)

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC Attorney General Karl Racine has filed lawsuits against property owners in four communities due to multiple police visits for “illegal activity”. (DCist, 8/13)

ENVIRONMENTMontgomery Parks Plans Hunting Operations in 46 Parks This Year To Thin Deer Herds (Bethesda Beat, 8/13)

ECONOMY | The rising cost of goods in the US has erased the wage growth workers have experienced in recent years. (WaPo, 8/10)

Can you tell which one of these snacks is a cupcake?

– Kendra


August 13, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

How cuts to federal spending on child care will impact states

– Earlier this year, the administration proposed cuts to federal child care, Head Start and preschool programs in its annual budget. A recent analysis by the Urban Institute found that if Congress approves these cuts, overall federal spending on children would be 6% lower over the next 10 years. (Urban Institute, 8/6)

States with the largest cuts relative to their size also tend to invest fewer state dollars in kids’ programs per child and have higher shares of children living in low-income families. The geographic distribution of the child care cuts in the president’s proposal means programs in these states would be even more squeezed for funding, and children who could receive the greatest benefits from the programs would have a harder time getting into them.

RACISM | Why D.C. Drowned Out the White Nationalists (Citylab, 8/13)

HEALTH | DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that George Washington University will run the new hospital at St. Elizabeths. (DCist, 8/10)

TRANSIT | Metro has made the decision to privatize nine bus lines in Northern Virginia over the next five years. (WaPo, 8/11)

IMMIGRATIONRapid response support is important, but immigration funders must also invest in shifting culture (NCRP, 8/9)

MILITARY | The administration is considering rolling back enforcement of the Military Lending Act, which protects service members from predatory loans and financial products. (NPR, 8/13)

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– Kendra

August 10, 2018 / WRAG

Standing against anti-Black racism on the anniversary of Charlottesville

Dear Colleagues:

It is with a heavy heart, but a powerful sense of urgency, that we approach the first anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville. The hideous xenophobia and hate displayed on August 12, 2017, began in response to the proposed removal from a local park of a Confederate monument, a symbol of historic racism and oppression that primarily targeted enslaved African Americans. Klan members, neo-Nazis and “alt-right” agitators united to preserve and celebrate white supremacy, resulting in countless attacks and the death of Heather Heyer.

Members of the Greater Washington region’s philanthropic community continue to work collectively, through the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG), toward an equitable future. This future relies on the dismantling of all forms of oppression. The tragic events of Charlottesville began in the spirit of anti-Blackness and became a rallying cry for anti-Semitism and other manifestations of hate against immigrants and the LGBTQ community.

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of this horrific event, WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group (REWG) is reminded of why it chose to conduct its work utilizing an anti-Black racism frame. This frame is not intended to alienate other oppressed communities, but rather, to address the foundational nature of anti-Blackness in the false hierarchy of human value that is now codified in our laws, neighborhood configurations, economic and social systems, and the ways in which power and resources are concentrated in our region and nation. REWG believes that understanding and addressing anti-Black racism will help reveal solutions to eradicate the manifestation of all forms of bias, racism, and hate.

REWG calls on everyone targeted by those who seek to demonize Black people, other people of color, and all those marginalized and oppressed to stand shoulder to shoulder in our collective quest for equity and justice.


Tamara Copeland, President and CEO
Hanh Le, Co-Chair, Racial Equity Working Group
Yanique Redwood, Co-Chair, Racial Equity Working Group
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers