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July 7, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

The Business of Philanthropy featured on Washington Business Report

In case you missed it, here is a link to the video from the Washington Business Report edition that featured WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland, Pat Mathews of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, and David Bowers of Enterprise Community Partners as they discussed the business of philanthropy. (WJLA, 7/7)

Enterprise Community Partners wasn’t only featured yesterday morning on the Washington Business Report. It was also honored as part of CASA de Maryland’s Justice Awards Night last week, along with Citi Community Development:

Citi Community Development was awarded for their ground-breaking work addressing the cost barriers to citizenship by establishing a first of its type citizenship small loan program:

Citi shares CASA’s commitment to financial inclusion and economic empowerment,” said Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Microfinance. “Over the years, we have worked together to develop groundbreaking programs like Citizenship Maryland, which has helped hundreds of low-income legal permanent residents obtain U.S. citizenship and enjoy the full range of opportunities our country offers. The Citizenship Maryland initiative has become a national model, and it is being replicated in cities across the country, including in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Enterprise Community Partners was recognized for its commitment to preserving the Langley Park community as a diverse community where families can thrive:

Enterprise is honored to receive recognition from CASA de Maryland. We look forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of families living along the Purple Line corridor.” said David Bowers Enterprise Vice President and Market Leader.

– On Tuesday, August 12th, Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery will host, Putting the Challenges of Working and Living in Montgomery County in a Regional Context, the first local conversation with the authors of the recent Bursting the Bubble study. Members of Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery and stakeholders in Montgomery Moving Forward are invited to join the discussion and explore the data to consider what is being done or planned in the county related to jobs and workforce development in a more regional context. More information can be found here.

Related: The study, Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Working and Living in the National Capitol Region, was released in late June and is a joint project of The Commonwealth Institute, The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and The Maryland Center on Economic Policy, with support from the Moriah Fund and the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, an initiative of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

EDUCATION │ D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is calling for greater coordination among charter and public schools amid news that a science-themed charter school has plans to open across the street from a similarly-themed public school in the fall. (WaPo, 7/5)

Henderson said that she envisions a process that would allow city and charter board officials to identify which neighborhoods most need new, good schools and which neighborhoods would benefit from specialty programs. The charter board would then use those priorities in determining which new schools should be approved, she said.

GENDER NORMS │ In this guest blog post exclusive for The Daily WRAG, Riki Wilchins, Executive Director of TrueChild, explores the topic of gender norms and young black girls. (Daily, 7/7)

ARTS │ A photography exhibit, shown at the Blind Whino Art House, focused on the families of those incarcerated in the prison system. The subjects of the photos are D.C. residents whose loved ones are serving lengthy sentences – many of which are life sentences. (WaPo, 7/6)

PHILANTHROPY Giving Circles Popular with Minorities and Younger Donors, Says Study (Chronicle, 7/2)

Perhaps you’ve noticed a few more animals around Capitol Hill lately?


One Comment

  1. Jerome Peloquin / Jul 7 2014 4:26 pm

    FYI … We recently participated in a Grant solicitation along with Howard, UMD, Morgan State and others for a National Science Foundation Grant. The grant’s avowed purpose was to identify specific strategic ways and means to build successful sustainable urban communities. We have been working with EmpowerDC, ProFish (a local business) and our council person to create a new model for comprehensive urban socio economic development. A model that would end the traditional “gentrification,’ issues so prevalent in most Commercial Real Estate Development booms.

    Ivy City is about to experience such an explosion of development. It is an especially vulnerable neighborhood of less than 1K families. I attended a meeting at Habitat for Humanity along with CASA Chairman and others on the subject a few months ago. We presented our vision of ‘A Green Ivy City Alliance,’ that could easily become a national demonstration project for revitalization of the urban core. As you will see … our model includes, new industry, new jobs, training for existing not fictional jobs, community engagement, employee ownership, and a community land trust to assure that gentrification is minimized. Our planet is at risk. The Cities are the heart of our planet as to the cities so goes the planet.

    This is an holistic approach, a comprehensive solution to our city’s most pressing problems. Here is a drop box link:

    I also recently testified, along with Dr. David Schwartzman, before City Council on Food Policy. Here is a 5 minute YouTube video of that testimony:

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