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December 5, 2016 / Kendra Allen, Editor

D.C. Mayor Bowser wants more diversity in tech jobs

WORKFORCE | Mayor Bowser released a new report outlining how the city plans to make D.C.’s technology sector more inclusive. The report, Pathways to Inclusion, lists goals such as creating 5,000 new tech jobs for underrepresented workers and 500 new tech businesses founded by underrepresented entrepreneurs. (DCist, 12/3)

A new report outlines that, as it currently stands, the city has just under 30,000 tech jobs, defined as “occupations in computer and information systems, engineers, and natural sciences.” Of those, 49 percent are held by white men, 25 percent by white women, 9 percent by black men, and 8 percent by black women.

By examining the barriers preventing people from entering the tech field, the mayor’s office, in conjunction with the Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council, is hoping to begin the process of eradicating them, though it has yet to release any formal policy proposals to achieve those numbers.

– A D.C. grocer raised her employees wages to $12.50. Now she’s waiting to see if customers are willing to pay the slightly higher costs. (WaPo, 12/2)

EDUCATION/POVERTY | Federal grant money to help Virginia and Richmond-area schools expand preschool for disadvantaged children (Richmond Times, 12/4)

IMMIGRATION | Virginia Tech undocumented students push for ‘sanctuary campus’ (The Roanoke Times, 11/4)

AGING | There are new guidelines on how to address a growing population of seniors called “elder orphans”, who are alone and have no family to take care of them. (Kaiser Health News, 11/28)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland anti-fracking advocates work to ban the practice in the state as a moratorium on fracking is set to end next year. (WaPo, 12/4)

ARTS & CULTURE/RACE | A photography collection featuring the Baltimore uprising after Freddie Gray’s death was on display this past weekend. The collection is part of the “Baltimore Stories: Narratives and the Life of an American City” project and is meant to prompt a discussion on race and the impact of narratives. (Baltimore Sun, 12/3)

Behold this really cool map of DC’s historic buildings! (Yes, I did look up my house.)


December 2, 2016 / WRAG

How funders can address implict bias in grantmaking

– According to a report from the D5 Coalition, less than 7 percent of philanthropic dollars are directed toward people of color. As funders increasingly focus on equity and diversity, recognizing that their own grantmaking decisions may be affected by implicit biases is critically important. (SSIR, 12/1)

…In their effort to ensure that grant dollars go toward effective organizations, many philanthropists have adopted grantmaking practices that can actually perpetuate the unequal distribution of funds. For example, traditional grantmaking practice tends to favor organizations that have existing relationships with funders and dedicated development staff, which better position them to garner philanthropic support. As a result, less funding may make its way toward smaller organizations, many of which may be serving similarly under-resourced communities. Such implicit bias may lead some funders to fall short of their own goals to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

– Complex algorithms and new technology enable companies to use people’s social connections to assess credit-worthiness, a trend that can have a disproportionately negative impact on low-income people and people of color. (Atlantic, 12/2)

LGBTQ/EQUITY | In D.C., Trans Community Still Doesn’t Have A Seat At The Table, Activist Says (WAMU, 12/1)

ENVIRONMENT | There’s a mysterious four-mile long “oily plume” floating down the Potomac River near DC. (dcist, 12/1)

HEALTH/HOUSING | A new HUD rule to go into effect next year will ban smoking in public housing. (NY Times, 11/30)

EDUCATION/HOUSING | Not All Kids Benefit From Subsidized Housing (City Lab, 11/30)

NONPROFITS/RFP | The United Way of the National Capital Area has released the RFP for its FY17 Summer Strong DC grant competition. Click here for more information.

SOCIAL SECTOR | A new report from the Case Foundation looks at trends in how millennials engage with social causes. (Case Foundation, Nov. 2016)

Social Sector Job Openings

Executive Director | Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia – New!
Manager of the Do Good Accelerator | University of Maryland – New!
Grants Coordinator | La Clinica del Pueblo
BUILD Health Challenge Executive Director | de Beaumont Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Manager of Communications | Do Good Institute, University of Maryland
Communications & Marketing Manager | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Senior Advisor | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Donor Services Officer | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Development Manager | ACT for Alexandria
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association

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 here to access the calendar.

Ever wonder what the beetle feet look like?

– Rebekah

December 1, 2016 / Kendra Allen, Editor

On World AIDS Day, a plan to end D.C. HIV epidemic

-Today, in recognition of World AIDS Day, Washington AIDS Partnership, DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Brenda Donald, the D.C. Department of Health (DOH), and the M•A•C AIDS Fund announced the release of the 90/90/90/50 Plan: Ending the HIV Epidemic in the District of Columbia by 2020. Through this public-private partnership, the plan was developed to achieve the following core goals: 90 percent of D.C. residents with HIV will know their status, 90 percent of persons diagnosed with HIV will be in treatment, 90 percent of persons in treatment will achieve viral load suppression and the District will see a 50 percent decrease in new HIV cases.

As outlined in the plan, the Washington AIDS Partnership has partnered with D.C. Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA) to implement the D.C. PrEP for Women Initiative, which aims to increase knowledge and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among women of color in Washington, D.C. PrEP allows individuals at high risk for HIV infection to take HIV medication regularly to lower their chances of getting infected. The D.C. PrEP for Women Initiative is supported by the M•A•C AIDS Fund.

Related: Washington AIDS Partnership Rolls Out the DC PrEP for Women Initiative (Daily, 11/1)

HOUSING | The DC Council is moving to pass a bill that would prohibit landlords from asking about an applicant’s prior convictions before extending a conditional offer. (DCist, 11/30)

RACE | Author Monique Morris discusses her book Pushout and the criminalization of black girls in America with Ford Foundation’s Douglas Wood. (Ford Foundation, 11/23)

After years behind bars, this Sasha Bruce Youthwork staffer helps kids (WaPo, 11/30)

-A new report finds that Maryland is one of four states with more than 10 percent of its prison population serving life sentences for crimes committed as a juvenile.  (WTOP, 11/30)

TRANSITWith ‘Back2Good’ Initiative, Metro Sets Goals For Repairs And Safety (WAMU, 11/30)

-A new National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy report finds that philanthropy did not respond adequately to the needs of underserved communities in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008. (NCRP, 11/30)

– The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is accepting applicants for its Advancement In Management (AIM) Award Competition. Learn more here.

– -The Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund and Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program is accepting applications until January 4th. More information here.

Have you been to Zoo Lights yet? 


November 30, 2016 / WRAG

“In an equitable DC, no child would be poor.”

– A new, interactive report by the Urban Institute, supported by the Consumer Health Foundation and the Meyer Foundation, crunches the data on poverty, housing, health, education, employment, and more, to determine what a truly racially equitable DC would look like. Among the findings (Urban Institute, Nov. 2016):

In an equitable DC where the share of black and Hispanic residents with high school degrees matches the citywide share for whites, roughly 33,000 more black residents and 12,000 more Hispanics would have high school degrees, giving them access to more job options.

In an equitable DC, 2,200 more Hispanic residents and 24,000 more black residents would be employed, including more than 17,000 black residents in Wards 5, 7, and 8.

If people of color earned the same as their white counterparts, DC’s economy would have been more than $65 billion larger in 2012.

In a more equitable DC, at least 970 more black mothers and 190 more Hispanic mothers would receive adequate prenatal care.

CHF and Meyer hosted a panel discussion this morning with a number of local leaders. Check out #DCinColor on Twitter for the highlights.

– Readers of the Daily probably know that WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series has been a major priority of ours this year. In order to chronicle the work and assess its impact, Benjamin Soskis, a fellow at the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University and the co-editor of, attended the programs and interviewed participants. WRAG is pleased to share his final assessment of the series.

Can the Sharing Economy Root Out Racism? (CityLab, 11/29)

HOMELESSNESS | DC Mayor Bowser has proposed stricter residency requirements for people seeking to use DC shelters. While officials are aiming to reduce the amount spent on emergency shelters, advocates are calling for a more comprehensive, regional approach to meeting needs for basic human services. (WAMU, 11/29)

TRANSIT | There are four proposals to save Metro. Which might prevail? (WaPo, 11/29)

Nonprofits Brace for Big Changes Under Trump Administration (Chronicle, 11/29 – subscription)

What Does It Take to Grow a Nonprofit? Teamwork and Capital (NPQ, 11/29)

You would think that after 80 years, this trick would get old… 

– Rebekah

November 29, 2016 / WRAG

Preventing “transit-induced gentrification” across the region

HOUSING | With the forthcoming Purple Line in suburban Maryland, and the new Silver Line in Northern Virginia, jurisdictions are trying to keep residents from being priced out of newly desirable locations by working to create affordable housing close to transit lines. (WaPo, 11/29)

The issue, which some experts call “transit-induced gentrification,” is gaining new attention in Montgomery and other once auto-centric suburbs building light-rail and rapid bus lines to revitalize older areas, attract younger workers, and help an increasing number of lower-income residents reach jobs. Focusing growth around transit stations has become the way many inner suburbs plan to thrive without adding to the sprawl that has left them drowning in traffic.
“Being able to have affordable, reliable and safe transit is critical for a lot of communities, particularly low-income communities because they need that option,” said David Bowers, of the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners. “But we need policymakers and leaders to be much more intentional about preserving affordable housing along those corridors.”

Related: Housing affordability in the Greater Washington region is a major priority of WRAG. WRAG is a co-convener of the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group, a collection of more than a dozen public and private sector regional leaders (including David Bowers and Michelle Krocker of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, both quoted in the story above) that is working to elevate the visibility of, and broaden support for bold, thoughtful, and collaborative solutions for the housing affordability challenge across the region.

Also related: And, on December 1, WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund are hosting a webinar on the Our Region, Your Investment initiative, through which local residents, foundations, nonprofits, and banks are coming to the table to invest in affordable homes. Register here.

– The DC Council next week will vote on a revised parental leave bill that would give both parents 11 weeks of paid time off after a birth or adoption. If the bill passes, it would be among the most generous family leave policies in the country. (WAMU, 11/28)

Maps of where our region’s jobs are, what types of jobs they are, and what they pay (GGW, 11/28)

ARTS | Impact investing has made its way to the field of arts and social change. (NY Times, 11/25)

NONPROFITS | The National Council of Nonprofits looks at the impact of the 2016 election on the work of nonprofit organizations.

– Don’t forget: It’s #GivingTuesday! When you’re done reading the Daily, go support the region’s nonprofit community!

– The Hitachi Foundation has announced plans to close in December 2016 with three final gifts.

DC folks: get out and about this weekend and check out the latest murals around the city.

– Rebekah

November 28, 2016 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Change is coming to this D.C. community

GENTRIFICATION | Public housing and private residences have intermingled in this D.C. community for many years. Kenilworth has seen much of the District’s historic periods including Home Rule, the creation of the financial board, and the unfortunate crack epidemic. Frank Matthews has watched from his family-owned home as the Kenilworth Courts, a public housing project, steadily declined through the years. Now, he’ll watch as they are torn down to create a mixed-income community. (WaPo, 11/25)

His property, just above the District’s eastern tip, is on Douglas Street NE, a tumbledown block these days, but once a tidy enclave of middle-class African Americans. Here, for almost 100 years, three generations of the Matthews clan, including Frank, witnessed the sweep of D.C. history from the same wood-frame, farmhouse-style abode.

In the new Washington that emerged from 1990s fiscal chaos, an influx of affluent professionals, mainly white, has altered the character of neighborhoods close to downtown. Now, as the tide of gentrification rolls toward outlying sections of the city, Matthews sees it lapping at his doorstep in the long-forsaken Kenilworth-Parkside area.

POVERTY | Tommie Shelby, Harvard professor of African-American Studies and Philosophy, stresses the role of the urban poor in addressing poverty and argues that programs like residential integration are not fair solutions. (Atlantic, 11/22)

HEALTH | D.C. Mayor Bowser signed legislation last week to regulate electronic cigarettes and will sign legislation to raise the smoking age to 21. She also plans to make Nationals park tobacco free. (WaPo, 11/24)

MARYLAND/ IMMIGRATION | A family driven from Honduras due to gang violence and poverty were recently united but are wary of possible deportation. (WaPo, 11/25)

Judge Declines to Reinstate Federal Approval of Purple Line in Maryland (Bethesda Beat, 11/22)

When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them… especially if they’re outside of DC (GGW, 11/23)

EDUCATION/VIRGINIA | The Loudoun County school system submitted an updated preliminary budget for 2018 to account for the expected increase in enrollment of special education students, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students. (Loudoun Times, 11/25)

HUMAN RIGHTS | At a dinner last week, three guests tweeted a picture of themselves performing a Nazi “Sieg Heil” salute, causing many to wonder if D.C. hotels and restaurants can ban White supremacists. (WAMU, 11/23)

What’s the strangest thing you’ve lost at an airport? This airport employee has seen teeth, a prosthetic leg, a power saw – and most strange: a fax machine.


November 22, 2016 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The new chancellor of D.C.’s public school system

– Today, D.C. Mayor Bowser announced that Oakland schools superintendent, Antwan Wilson, is her pick for the next chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. Mr. Wilson is excited to lead the nation’s capital school system, which is somewhat similar to Oakland in terms of achievement rates. (WAMU, 11/22)

Bowser’s choice of Wilson is the culmination of a national search that began shortly after Henderson announced in late June that she would leave the post in September, after close to seven years leading DCPS. It also marks a break from Henderson’s own hiring: she worked under and succeeded Rhee, who came to D.C. in 2007 to become the city’s first chancellor under mayoral control.

And for Wilson, the appointment marks a quick move away from Oakland, where he served two years heading a school system that includes both traditional public and public charter schools. But he said that he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to lead DCPS.

-School districts in Maryland are planning how to adjust to a new mandate that schools must start after Labor Day. Spring break, teacher professional days and severe weather days are all considerations. (WaPo, 11/21)

– Reflecting on the rise in hate crimes and racially-charged rhetoric since the presidential election, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland affirms WRAG’s leadership in confronting racism and urges us all to stand against bigotry. (Daily, 11/22)

ELECTION | The presidential election isn’t over until the Electoral College votes on December 19th. Read how this works. (NPQ, 11/18)

Related: Check out WRAG’s first video in its Structural Racism Theater series, “A Pernicious Compromise,” which looks at the connection between the Electoral College and the Three-Fifths Compromise.

-The District’s housing affordablilty requirements have an expiration date. What if we could make housing permanently affordable? (GGW, 11/21)

D.C. Is Seeing The Highest Housing Construction Levels In Five Decades (DCist, 11/21)

GIVING The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Catalogue for Philanthropy have partnered to produce the 14th edition of the Catalogue of Philanthropy. Read this year’s list here.

HEALTH/VIRGINIAVirginia declares opioid emergency, makes antidote available to all (WaPo, 11/21)

Social Sector Job Openings

Grants Coordinator | La Clinica del Pueblo– New!
BUILD Health Challenge Executive Director | de Beaumont Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Manager of Communications | Do Good Institute, University of Maryland
Brand and Impact Manager | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Senior Advisor | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Donor Services Officer | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Development Manager | ACT for Alexandria
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association

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.

I don’t know if these restaurants have good food but they look pretty cool!