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November 21, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Howard University and Unity Health Care will partner to bring maternity care east of the river

HEALTHCARE/WOMEN | Howard University Hospital has signed an agreement to partner with Unity Health Care to expand its obstetrics care to communities that cannot access this care in the District. Although the two have been in discussion about this partnership for at least a year because Howard wanted to expand its outpatient network, as a result of the recent concern over maternal care for low-income women, they decided to focus on women’s services first. (WBJ, 11/20)

“We’re going to really widen our reach to be able to care for patients in that zone,” Mighty said. “You put Howard and Unity together and we’re able to offer the entire spectrum of health care for that underserved population that both Howard and Unity has focused on for so long.”

Howard, for example, will establish a regular presence of high risk pregnancy specialists on the east end of the city in Unity’s existing clinics. Unity previously sent family medicine residents to train at Providence Hospital, but will shift their training to Howard, said Dr. Diana Lapp, Unity’s deputy chief medical officer.

PHILANTHROPY | Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses how philanthropy can do more to support and invest in vulnerable communities, and how WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series has been an important step. (Invested Impact, 11/20)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Read how District officials and the federal government pushed black residents from Georgetown and the Waterfront, and the steps the city can take to remedy the harm caused. (Housing Advocacy Team Blog, 11/20)

IMMIGRATION | As more detention centers are being built and operated by private prison corporations, one undocumented immigrant tells his experience of being held in one. (NPR, 11/21)

HOMELESSNESSD.C. Expects Fewer Homeless Families It Houses In Motels Over The Winter (WAMU, 11/20)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
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
Director of Development | Open Society Institute – Baltimore
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
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
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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A sixth grader from Prince William County will perform in this Thursday’s Macy’s parade.

– Kendra

November 20, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

How required occupational licensing is hurting workers

– Requiring workers to obtain licenses to work is seen as a way to create a standard of safety, but what happens when licenses becomes burdensome? A new Institute for Justice report, License to Work, analysed occupational licensing laws in the US and found that dropping some of the requirements would not create any harm. (Atlantic, 11/17)

Occupational-licensing obstacles are much more common than they once were. “In the 1950s, about one in 20 American workers needed an occupational license before they could work in the occupation of their choice,” the report states. “Today, that figure stands at about one in four.” These requirements are at their most reasonable when regulating occupations such as anesthesiologist or airline pilot, as in those instances, they can mostly affect a privileged class.

They are at their most pernicious when they are both needless and most burdensome to the middle class, the working class, and recent immigrants to a society.

– DC will extend its deadline for childcare workers to obtain a college degree, which is a new requirement. (WAMU, 11/17)

ARTS/ EDUCATION | A new art exhibit at the US Department of Education is displaying the work of youth with disabilities. (WaPo, 11/19)

HOMELESSNESS | Advocates in the District urge councilmembers not to make it more difficult for individuals and families to receive homeless services. (Bread for the City Blog, 11/16)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Prince William County’s police department will begin carrying Naloxone, which counter the effects of an opioid overdose. (InsideNOVA, 11/19)

NONPROFITS | Vu Le, executive director of Rainier Valley Corps and Nonprofit AF blogger, discusses the future of the nonprofit sector and how we can build infrastructure that supports organization leaders and their missions. (NAF, 11/13)

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Read why today is important here.

– Kendra

November 17, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

How pollution is killing the communities living closest to industrial facilities

ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM | A new report from the NAACP and the Clean Air Task Force found that black people are 75% more likely to live in communities near industrial facilities, which puts them at higher risk for diseases such as asthma and cancer. (Citylab, 11/15)

According to Fumes Across the Fence-Line, a report from the NAACP and the Clean Air Task Force—an advocacy group dedicated to reducing air pollution—black people are 75 percent more likely to live in so-called “fence-line” communities that are next to industrial facilities. These facilities release a toxic stew of pollutants—including formaldehyde, which has been linked to cancer, and benzene, which has been linked to brain damage, birth defects, and cancer. Using the data on how many Americans are affected by toxic air pollution that CATF compiled for their Fossil Fumes and Gasping for Breath reports, the new study focuses on the specific impact of pollutants in the air on black Americans.

Most fence-line community residents are low-income and predominantly of color. The study reports that more than 1 million black people live within just half a mile of an oil or gas facility and face serious health risks such as cancer, asthma, and other respiratory diseases as well.

PHILANTHROPY | Jeanné Isler, vice president and chief engagement officer of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, lists the ways funders can truly support their grantee partners. (NCRP, 11/15)

FOOD INSECURITY | Some District officials are expressing concern over a proposed bill to offer free lunch to students in the city’s public, public charter and some private schools. (WTOP, 11/17)

WORKFORCE | The Durfee Foundation has released a report analyzing 20 years of its sabbatical program. The evaluation found that taking a sabbatical has many benefits, including shifting a nonprofit leader’s perspective from daily management to distributed leadership and generative thinking and activity. (Durfee Foundation, 9/17)

Related: Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, wrote about the value of sabbaticals for nonprofit leaders earlier this year.

TRANSPORTATION | A University of Maryland researcher will study whether the Purple Line will make Prince George’s County residents healthier. (WaPo, 11/16)

ARTS & HUMANITIESWhat’s Inside D.C.’s New Museum Of The Bible — And What Isn’t (WAMU, 11/15)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Receptionist (part-time) | Greater Washington Community Foundation – New!
Director of Development | Open Society Institute – Baltimore – New!
President & CEO | ACT for Alexandria – a community foundation – New!
Program Manager | Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Assistant Director of Digital Marketing & Communications | The Children’s Inn at NIH
Program Director, Washington, DC Community | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director, Virginia Community | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Senior Director, Strategy and Racial Equity | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Vice President, Program and Community | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Coordinator | Calvary Women’s Services
Controller | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations | Exelon
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Content Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
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. Click the image below to access the calendar.

Here’s some food art for your Friday afternoon.

– Kendra

November 16, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Our Region, Your Investment is making a real impact in the region: Here’s an update

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Last year, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and WRAG created a local impact investing initiative, Our Region, Your Investment, to protect and produce affordable homes in the Greater Washington region. Today Enterprise released a report on Clarendon Court, an affordable housing development in Arlington County, VA, which was financed through Our Region, Your Investment.

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, WRAG’s vice president, said, “The Washington Regional
Association of Grantmakers is pleased to work with Enterprise Community
Loan Fund on the Our Region, Your Investment initiative. Through this initiative,
we have brought additional attention to the housing crisis in the greater
Washington, D.C., region and raised new capital to address the issue.
We know that Clarendon Court and the other projects supported by these
investments—from foundations, individuals, nonprofits and businesses—are
making a positive difference for individuals, families, neighborhoods and our
region as a whole.”

Read the stories of the Clarendon Court residents here.

Join the Live Online Event on December 7th, at 2 pm to learn more about the report, the impact measurement methodology, and how Enterprise Community Loan Fund engages investors to strengthen communities.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Sunday Kubba Hassan, of the Central Bank of Nigeria, discusses why he traveled almost 6,000 miles to attend the Institute for CSR and how he’s applying the lessons he learned to his work. (Daily, 11/16)

Related: Registration for the 2018 Institute for CSR is open! Download an application and learn more about the 2017 faculty and curriculum here.

– A local woman experiencing homelessness discusses her interactions with District shelters and how they can improve their treatment of families. (Street Sense, 11/15)

– This local organization prepares young children from homeless families for elementary school and also offers parenting classes. (WaPo, 11/15)

– Mildred Muhammad, author and ex-wife of John Muhammad (the DC sniper), discusses the link between domestic abuse and mass shootings. (WaPo, 11/16)

– What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis? (NPR, 11/15)

This map flashes every time a baby is born.

– Kendra

November 16, 2017 / WRAG

Why I traveled almost 6,000 miles to attend the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility

We recently celebrated the graduation of our fourth class from the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. Since the launch of the Institute in 2014, the program has attracted CSR professionals from around the region and across the country. Recently, we have seen interest from the international community. Sunday Kubba Hassan with Central Bank of Nigeria is the first international graduate from the Institute. Below, Sunday reflects on why his company decided to send him to the Institute and how he has used the knowledge he gained since graduating in 2016.

By Sunday Kubba Hassan
Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility Class of 2016
Central Bank of Nigeria

In 2015, the Central Bank of Nigeria was looking to build a robust CSR unit that would have a positive impact on society through its programs. In order to achieve this vision, I began looking for professional development opportunities that would help bridge the gap between CSR theory and practice and help us to identify and apply CSR principles that best suit our organization and country.

In my search, I stumbled upon the Institute for CSR at Johns Hopkins University. Even though this program required me to travel from Nigeria to Washington, DC four times over the course of six months, my organization’s leadership team and I determined that the time commitment and travel costs were worth the investment. Over the course of the Institute curriculum, I learned from and networked with some of the top CSR leaders from major companies across the United States, including faculty members from American Express, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart.

Today, one year after graduation, our CSR unit has implemented country and organization specific programs around employee engagement. We have also utilized many of the best practices and problem solving approaches that I learned during our brainstorming sessions.

“If you’re looking for inspiration and new ideas to take your CSR program to the next level, the Institute for CSR is for you!”

The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility offers CSR practitioners the opportunity to earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Johns Hopkins in just six months. This non-credit professional certificate program is an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakersand is offered in partnership with  Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. Registration for 2018 is now open! Download an application and learn more about the 2017 faculty and curriculum here.

November 15, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

What does philanthropy look like in the Greater Washington region?

NONPROFITS | As foundations and other grantmaking institutions in the Greater Washington region become more strategic with their funding, area nonprofits are forced to adapt to a new, more competitive normal. Members of the WRAG community, including WRAG’s president Tamara Lucas Copeland, the Greater Washington Community Foundation‘s president and CEO Bruce McNamer, and the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation‘s president and CEO Nicky Goren, commented on the changing field in this article. (WBJ, 11/14)

“When the recession hit, the philanthropic community was very mindful of their resources and how to target their resources more effectively,” says Tamara Copeland, president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Copeland, whose association works with more than 100 Greater Washington foundations and corporate giving programs, says she heard many conversations within the WRAG community about who was funding which organization, and which organizations needed the most support.

“At that time, there was a lessening of support to new organizations and more of a laser focus,” Copeland says.

Related: WRAG recently released Our Giving, Our Region 2017, which dives into our members’ 2016 giving in the region. Read the report here.

Related:  Taratibu Youth Association, a resident arts organization at Joe’s Movement Emporium (mentioned in the article), was featured at WRAG’s 2017 annual meeting.

FOSTER CARE | A national study has found that many states fail to offer services that support youth who are aging out of foster care. (Richmond Times, 11/14)

PHILANTHROPYFor Big Philanthropists, Advice From Family and Peers Is Still Key to Giving, Study Finds (Chronicle, 11/14 – Subscription needed)

– The District has announced that it will help green-card holders who work for the city government to become citizens. (WaPo, 11/14)

– How NOVA, Prince William County Landfill are working together to create a pipeline of new construction workers for the region (Potomac Local, 11/13)

HEALTH | The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have updated the blood pressure guidelines, which may cause more people to be labeled as having hypertension. (NPR, 11/14)

REGION | The Greater Washington Board of Trade has named its new CEO. (WBJ, 11/14)

Today is National Philanthropy Day! Will you celebrate?

– Kendra

November 14, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The tax cut bill could hurt some District families

– Yesterday DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and DC’s nonvoting Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton responded to Congress’s tax cut bill. They said the bill will increase taxes for some families living in the city and it will hurt the city’s efforts to create and preserve affordable housing. (WaPo, 11/13)

At a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said the proposal to eliminate the deduction for state and local income and property taxes could lead to sharp hikes in the overall tax bill for some District families. The increase could be more than 10 percent in some parts of the city.

Bowser and Norton said the House bill’s effects are particularly jarring in the District, which already has the highest per capita federal tax rate in the nation despite lacking voting representatives in Congress.

– Senate’s Tax Bill Provisions Could Hurt Charities, Nonprofits Say (Chronicle, 11/10)

Related: The Johnson Amendment, which was under threat of being repealed, remains untouched in this version of the bill. Earlier this year, WRAG signed on to the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, an initiative of 10 national nonprofit and philanthropy serving organizations, in support of maintaining the amendment.

TRANSPORTATION | A newly released study of Metro, commissioned by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, includes recommendations to replace Metro’s 16-member board with a five-member board for three years and a bus fare increase to $2.10. (WaPo, 11/12)

AGING | AARP Foundation‘s legal department is suing a nursing home to stop them from illegally evicting residents. (NPR, 11/13)

EDUCATION | Two DC young people advocate for the 2014 Special Education Reforms, which will allow DC students with disabilities to plan for life after high school at 14 instead of 16, on DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s blog. (DCFPI, 10/25)

ELECTIONNAACP legal fund files lawsuit over voter instructions in key Va. House race (WaPo, 11/14)

Can you predict how much snow will fall in our area this winter?

– Kendra