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December 12, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Friday roundup – Dec. 8 through Dec. 12, 2014

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Congratulations to Nicky Goren, president and CEO at the Meyer Foundation, for being named one of Washington Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in the CEO of the Year Awards!

Nicky Goren is one of those quiet leaders, the kind who doesn’t burst upon the scene but who gradually, and powerfully, makes her presence felt as she effects change. She did that during her tenure at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she led the philanthropic group’s growth and efforts since 2010. But 2014 saw the beginning of a new chapter as she rose to the top of hundreds of other applicants and assumed the role of president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation, one of the region’s largest and most philanthropic foundations. Goren succeeds longtime regional leader Julie Rogers, who retired after 28 years at the helm. Goren’s new challenge is a vital one to our region, given Meyer’s importance to both the nonprofit sector and the community as a whole.

Kim Horn, of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid Atlantic States, Inc. is also a recipient of the big honor!

– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Raise DC’s Youth Employment Change Network, and the DC Workforce Investment Council are undertaking a survey of local funders to begin to map investments in youth workforce development programming. The completed map will then illustrate the fullest possible scope of the local youth workforce development system, mapping providers, funding levels, types of services offered, and the overall number of youth served through these programs. Funders of youth services in the District can find more information and access the survey.

– WRAG’s Tamara Copeland, Celeste James of Kaiser Permanente, and Leanne Posko of Capital One appeared on NBC4’s Viewpoint and discussed the impact of philanthropy in our region, funders’ priorities and practices, and some of the other findings detailed in the 2014 edition of Our Region, Our Giving. You can view the full Viewpoint episode here.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– The holidays lend themselves to great displays of public art across the region. A number of eye-catching exhibits are currently up, including one by the Floating Lab Collective at Washington Harbour, that uses a number of tiny houses to make up a 10-foot tall tree and serves as a “sculptural reflection of the housing crisis.” (WaPo, 12/11)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Montgomery County Schools and the county council prepared to spar over school budget spending. The debates over spending are expecting to continue at least until next spring. (WAMU, 12/9)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
Arlingtonians grapple with costs, revenue in annual budget hearing (WaPo, 12/10)

THIS WEEK IN CSR 
– A Fast Company op-ed writer helps us understand why corporate social responsibility should be more than just a fad – and can be if CSR is baked into management practices through “positive business” principles. (FC, 12/8)

4 ways to boost employee volunteerism (WBJ, 12/11)


Each new year seems to bring about new buzzwords that permeate the foundation and nonprofit world and spread like wildfire. Here’s a list of buzzwords you may be hearing a lot in 2015.

– Ciara

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