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March 22, 2019 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Study finds over 20,000 Black DC residents displaced between 2000 and 2013

– According to a just-released study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, approximately 40 percent of the District’s lower-income neighborhoods experienced gentrification between 2000 and 2013. The city also saw the most African American residents displaced from their neighborhoods during that time, giving DC the greatest “intensity of gentrification” of any city in the country. (WaPo, 3/19)

More than 20,000 residents were displaced from their neighborhoods by mostly affluent, white newcomers, which is part of the intensity ranking, where “you feel it and you see it,” said Jesse Van Tol, chief executive of the NCRC, a research and advocacy coalition of 600 community organizations that promote economic and racial justice. “It’s the visibility and the pace of it.”

– DC families living in public housing face ongoing health issues. (CP, 3/20)

HOMELESSNESS | Victims of domestic violence are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. (WaPo, 3/30)

VIRGINIA | Opinion: Don’t underestimate Amazon HQ2’s importance (WBJ, 3/21)

CHILD CARE | Mayor Bowser has proposed building three new early education centers for kids aged four, which could create more than 500 new openings. (WAMU, 3/21)

GENDER/EQUITY | The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host its annual Art+Feminism edit-a-thon to improve Wikipedia entries about notable women artists to help improve the site’s gender imbalance. (WAMU, 3/22)

EDUCATION | This school in the District had a high pregnancy rate, so it opened a day care for students, which helped to decrease pregnancies and increase its graduation rate. (EdSurge, 3/15)

COMMUNITY | The Greater Washington Good Business Awards ​ is accepting applications through Friday, April 5.

PHILANTHROPY/RACE | The recently released study, Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, found that race has little impact on giving. (Chronicle, 3/19 – Subscription)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Program Specialist | Jack and Jill Foundation – New!
Program Manager | Weissberg Foundation – New!
Director of Development Partnerships – New England | League of Conservation Voters – New!
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Grants Management Associate | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Northern Virginia Community Affairs Liaison | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

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March 20, 2019 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington launches initiative to secure $1 billion toward affordable housing

HOUSING | The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, which WRAG co-convenes along with Enterprise Community Partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Citi Community Development, has announced the Capital Region Housing Challenge. The initiative encourages employers, anchor institutions, philanthropy, private investors, and local and state governments to commit by the end of 2020 at least $500 million in new private capital and $500 million in new public funds toward affordable apartments and home ownership.

“The Capital Region Housing Challenge is a down payment toward the investments needed to truly solve the region’s housing needs, especially for lower income residents,” said David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners Vice President and Mid Atlantic Market Leader and HLG Co‐Convener. “By working in partnership with other regional efforts and stakeholders, we are committed to promote the value of, and opportunities to, invest $1 billion in new capital by the end of 2020.”

WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott says, “WRAG is excited to support the Housing Leaders Group and this Capital Regional Housing Challenge. We trust this challenge will encourage and energize everyone to plug in where they can to support housing affordability across the region.”

Click here to read a fact sheet about the Capital Region Housing Challenge.

WRAG | After 11.5 years at WRAG, today is Katy Moore’s last day at the organization. In her final blog post, she reflects back on her career thus far in philanthropy, what she’s learned, and where she sees the field heading in the future. (Daily, 3/20)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | The Smithsonian Debuts New Accessibility Technology For Blind and Low-Vision Patrons (CP, 3/15)

WORKFORCE | JPMorgan Chase is investing $350 million to get workers ready for the future (CNN, 3/19)

REGION | New consortium sets vision for Washington region to be national leader in finding digital solutions to problems (WaPo, 3/19)

POVERTY | Millennial women are more likely than GenXers to live below the poverty line. The newly released report, CLIPPED WINGS, reveals the current economic reality for millennial women and the primary drivers contributing to the wealth inequities they experience. (Asset Funders Network, 3/19)

EDUCATION | Fairfax County Public Schools are launching “a complete and thorough evaluation and review” into their seclusion and restraint practices following the revelation of hundreds of unreported cases. (WAMU, 3/15)

COMMUNITY | Kim R. Ford has been named the new CEO of Martha’s Table. (WBJ, 3/18)

PHILANTHROPY | Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls (Inside Philanthropy, 3/15)

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March 20, 2019 / WRAG

Philanthropy Then and Now: Mid-Career Reflections

By Katy Moore

After 11.5 wonderful years at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, March 20, 2019 will be my last day. As I reflect on my 16-year career in philanthropy, having worked with more than 1,000 grantmaking organizations at the local, regional, and national levels, I had a few thoughts.

1. Don’t be daunted by the size of the problem.
Imagine having an annual grants budget of $1.5 million – the average giving level of WRAG’s member organizations. With that $1.5M, your board might ask you to, for example, build a stronger community for residents of the Greater Washington region (that’s about $.025 per resident), improve the health of Northern Virginians (that’s about $1.50 per resident), or improve the lives of children in underserved communities in Washington, DC (about $30 per child). Philanthropy is nothing if not ambitious. But, philanthropy’s resources compared to the scale of the problems the sector is trying to tackle can lead to what Grant Oliphant calls a “feeling of desperate impotence.” In these moments, it’s critical that we get out of our offices and into the community to connect with the people whose lives are forever changed by the investments we’re making.

2. Giving away money for a living can go to your head.
Many people who work in philanthropy understand their privileged position and are incredibly humble about how they approach their work. There are, however, a small handful of others who have either never worked in the nonprofit field or, if they have, seem to have forgotten what it was like to fundraise, work in direct service, or be woefully underpaid for working in the community. Philanthropy cannot achieve its goals without the nonprofit sector. We’d do well to treat them as the valued partners that they are. I’m a BIG advocate for term limits for program officers, for philanthropy professionals serving on nonprofit boards and for volunteering to be part of nonprofit pro bono projects. This helps philanthropy practitioners stay grounded in the nonprofit reality.

3. Affordable housing is the ultimate upstream strategy.
No matter what issue area you’re funding – from health to education to economic mobility – affordable housing is a good bet. Kids can’t do well in school if they slept in a car last night. You can’t improve someone’s health if they don’t have a safe place to live and cook healthy meals. It is difficult for families to build wealth without affordable home ownership options – this is especially true for families of color. So, whether you’re funding affordable housing directly or engaging in impact investing, it should be part of your portfolio since housing is at the root of so many social challenges.

4. Racial equity isn’t an issue area. It’s the heart of all issue areas.
We in the social sector really like to examine social problems. We commission research, we read, we call on experts. We do all this so that we can understand complicated, interconnected social challenges and be better positioned to invest in solutions. As philanthropy continues to dissect social ills, racial disparity remains the constant. The color of a person’s skin is still the number one predictor of life outcomes in America. That’s why so many funders are now putting racism on the table and doing their grantmaking with a racial equity lens.

If we, as a sector, are truly dedicated to improving the health, wealth, and vitality of our communities, racial equity must be the lens through which we conduct our work. That includes not only our grantmaking, but also the work we do internally with our institutions. The white culture of philanthropy is omnipresent and undeniable, especially when you consider that 90 percent of foundation leaders are white and approximately 95 percent of the $60 billion awarded each year by US foundations goes to white-led organizations.

It’s time for philanthropy to own and examine its whiteness. White funders must increase their racial literacy, examine their own white privilege and their institutions’ white culture. By doing so, we can unmask the power and privilege that whiteness (and white wealth) have created.

5. The future of philanthropy is here
Over the course of my career, I’ve watched the philanthropic field grow in sophistication and creativity – from the way it makes grants, to the way it invests its endowments, to the way it cultivates future leaders. And, while philanthropy – that most traditional of institutions – hasn’t always been lauded for its entrepreneurial spirit, innovation has always been a part of its culture. Here are just three recent trends I’m excited about:

Impact Investing – Just think what we could accomplish if we mobilized for social good the 95 percent of philanthropic assets that are currently sitting in trust funds and the stock market!

Participatory Grantmaking –Who knows better what a community needs than the community itself? Check out this video to learn more from one funder already putting this strategy into practice.

• Philanthropy’s increasing willingness to invest in advocacy and use its voice as a tool for social change. As one of my favorite authors, Brené Brown, writes, “Leaders who live their values are never silent about hard things.” If you’re being silent about the community challenges you see or the changes you’re trying to make, just know that your silence is sending a message.

Traditional philanthropy was built by money and privilege. Over time, thankfully, the ivory tower has started to crumble. As I reflect on my career and my efforts to break down the intrinsic power dynamics between the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, I’m proud of the strides that the field has made and of the direction we’re headed.

I hope that as I change gears to focus on nonprofit fundraising and capacity building that we can stay in touch! I will be relying on you, my network, to encourage me to remain bold in my efforts to push the social change field to achieve more. I hope that, together, we will continue to be audacious in our efforts to make this region a place where everyone can participate and prosper.

Thank you for 11 wonderful years!

Since 2007, Katy Moore has been a part of the team at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG), a powerful network of more than 100 of the largest and most respected philanthropic institutions in the Greater Washington, DC region. Starting June 1, she will join The Orr Group, a fundraising consultancy with offices in DC and New York. Stay in touch and follow her work on Twitter and LinkedIn!

March 18, 2019 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Virginia racial gerrymandering case headed to the Supreme Court

RACIAL JUSTICE | Today the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in Virginia’s racial gerrymandering redistricting case, which could determine the balance of power in the state’s legislature for years. (WaPo, 3/17)

A panel of lower-court judges ruled last year that 11 Virginia House of Delegates districts were racially gerrymandered and ordered a new map to correct them. House Republicans appealed that finding and will argue against the new map before the high court. All 140 seats in the legislature are on the ballot this fall. The party that controls the General Assembly in 2021 will oversee the next statewide re­districting effort, following next year’s census — potentially cementing an advantage in future elections.

– Virginia is confronting its dark past and seeking to document as many lynching cases as possible, including three in Loudoun County that are expected to be memorialized by a historical marker in the future. (Loudoun County Times, 3/16)

DC Central Kitchen, which serves 10,000 meals per day to homeless shelters, is facing financial turbulence after losing a major portion of a long-standing contract. (CP, 3/14)

– The District’s new Downtown Services Center in the basement of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church is a new space that provides many services for people experiencing homelessness, from access to healthcare to a barber shop. (WTOP, 3/14)

EDUCATION | DC’s Free Preschool Program Turns 10. How It’s Changed Family Life In The District (WAMU, 3/15)

CHILD CARE | Arlington votes to adopt changes to improve child care access. (, 3/16)

MENTAL HEALTH | Mental health problems rise significantly among young Americans (WaPo, 3/16)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | Why The College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students With Disabilities (NPR, 3/14)

ENVIRONMENT | How a 7th-grader’s strike against climate change exploded into a movement (WaPo, 23/16)

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March 15, 2019 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Students march to fight gun violence

GUN VIOLENCE | Student protesters at a rally yesterday called for passage of federal legislation requiring universal background checks for firearm sales. The demonstration came a year to the day after thousands of students in region participated in a national walkout to protest gun violence, moved to action following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL. (WaPo, 3/14)

Hundreds of high school students, family members and people touched by gun violence marched Thursday to the US Capitol demanding universal background checks for firearm sales that awaits a vote in the Senate, following House approval. “We are here today because we have to be, because we have been failed by every institution that didn’t protect us,” Dani Miller, co-president of the Maryland group MoCo Students for Change, told the crowd. Miller’s group organized Thursday’s demonstration. “Our friends are dying, so we march,” Miller said.

– Last night 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack at several mosques in New Zealand. The horrific events in New Zealand underscore the urgency of activism and action against gun violence. (WaPo, 3/14)

– A new study finds that communities of color disproportionately bear the health burden of air pollution. Black and Hispanic communities on average experience 56 and 63%, respectively, more air pollution than they create, while white people experience 17% less air pollution than they produce. (NPR, 3/11)

– The District will finally have a maternal mortality review committee, joining nearly 30 other jurisdictions in the United States. (City Paper, 3/30)

WORKFORCE | A  $15 minimum wage bill has been approved by Maryland Senate. (WAMU, 3/14)

DISTRICT | DC will be able to maintain its own parks, thanks to a federal partnership. (Curbed, 3/12)

– Housing advocates say homeowners and tenants are likely to see increased home values and rising rents soon, because of HQ2 and because Greater Washington has long suffered from a lack of affordable housing. (WBJ, 3/13)

– Arlington County Board will vote on a $23 million incentive package for Amazon this weekend despite critics working to delay the vote. (dcist, 3/13)

– DC’s affordable housing funds aren’t going as far as they were just a few years ago. Higher construction costs have significantly increased what it takes to create affordable housing in DC. (Curbed, 3/11)

RACE | Stanford researchers found that black and LatinX drivers were stopped more often than white drivers, based on less evidence of wrongdoing. (NBC News, 3/13)

– Several schools in Fairfax County are regularly isolating children. (WAMU, 3/13)

– Regional lawmakers want to allow schools to start before Labor Day. (WAMU, 3/13)

Funders Propose a Philanthropic “Green New Deal” (NPQ, 3/12)

– Grant Makers Urged to Rethink How They Are Organized and How They Operate (Chronicle, 3/12)

NONPROFITS | UMD’s Do Good Institute (WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program) is offering a series of free webinars on nonprofit management, fundraising, and  finance. Sign up here – here

Social Sector Job Openings 

Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation – New!
Grants Management Associate | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund – New!
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Northern Virginia Community Affairs Liaison | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

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

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March 13, 2019 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Urgent care center to open east of the river in the District is a step forward for health equity

HEALTH/EQUITY | The first urgent care center is coming to Wards 7 and 8, which advocates say is long overdue and a major step forward in the fight for health equity. MBI Health Services will open the center, which will be a 24/7 site for any acute problem that doesn’t truly require a trip to the emergency room. (CP, 3/13)

MBI hopes to finish building out its center by November of this year. As far as their doctors are concerned, it couldn’t open soon enough. MBI CEO Marie Morilus-Black says that “at least once a week, sometimes more, we have to call an ambulance for one of our patients because their [blood] pressure is so high as to be at a stroke level.” She wants to send them to an urgent care rather than to the ER, but there aren’t any east of the river. So she decided to start her own.

– Citi has maintained top position as the largest affordable housing lender in the country. (Affordable Housing Finance, 3/4)

Our property tax system rewards neglect and punishes investment in struggling neighborhoods (GGW, 3/11)

– Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro and County Executive Marc Elrich stand united in the creation of a new racial equity and social justice policy.

– City planners need to talk about race. The lives of our residents depend on it (GGW, 3/12)

– A racial slur aimed at three black children on a DC schoolyard has moved a public elementary school with a mostly white, wealthy student body to examine school inclusivity and discipline policies. (WaPo, 3/12)

TRANSIT | More (rich) people are living near DC Metro stations, but fewer are riding. (WaPo, 3/11)

LGBTQIA+ | ‘Gender Neutral’ ID Bill Gains Traction in Annapolis (Bethesda Magazine, 3/11)

PHILANTHROPY | How Liberatory Philanthropy and Restorative Investing Can Remake the Economy (NPQ, 2/28)

Interesting – a history of DC’s Daylight Saving mishaps

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March 11, 2019 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Equitable development planning and the importance of historical context

EQUITY/PLANNING |  In a recent report on the 11th Street Bridge Park in the District, the authors, Mary Bogle, Somala Diby and Mychal Cohen chose to open it with a focus on community history and economic development in and around Wards 7 and 8 rather than the data about homes purchased, local small businesses assisted, construction worker trainees placed, or pounds of fruit and vegetables harvested. (Next City, 3/7)

Those are the wards with the highest poverty rates and highest percentage of black residents in the District, and compared with Ward 6 on the other side of the future Bridge Park, dramatically lower rates of higher education, and much higher rent burdens. “It’s difficult to talk about achieving equity in the present day without taking a nod to the way that structural racism has manifested,” says Diby. “We can talk really generally about how structural racism manifests in space, but to lay it out explicitly, to show how this is not accidental, there’s a reason why this part of the city is facing what it’s been facing … that’s powerful.”

DISTRICT | House Of Representatives Supports DC Statehood With Historic Vote (WAMU, 3/8)

HOUSING | DC’s Wealthiest Neighborhoods Have Built Little Affordable Housing, But That Could Soon Change (BISNOW, 23/8)

– Should Magruder Park in Hyattsville, MD be renamed since the land was given for “whites-only”? (WaPo, 3/10)

Should DC’s Woodrow Wilson High change its name? (WaPo, 3/10)

TRANSIT | Metro ridership hits a low point. (WaPo, 3/10)

HOUSING | Housing prices in DC have risen by almost $100,000 over the last five years. (UrbanTurf, 3/8)

STEM | An all-girls math competition aims to inspire girls to pursue STEM. (WTOP, 3/10)

PHILANTHROPY | During International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, philanthropy has an opportunity to celebrate the fact that women of color are an ever-growing force and work to advance the urgent needs of women and girls of color. (Chronicle, 3/8)

Tired this morning after Spring-ing Forward? Here’s a little history behind Daylight Saving Time and the measurable impacts on health.

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