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February 13, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

An update on poverty among women and girls in the region

There’s lots of news to share, so here’s your regular Daily WRAG edition instead of the Friday roundup. Please note, there will be no post on Monday, February 16th due to Presidents’ Day. Enjoy your weekend!

POVERTY
The Washington Area Women’s Foundation has released the first in a series of research briefs this year that will provide updates on key data from their 2010 publication, A Portrait of Women and Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area. This edition, with support from Capital One, provides a look at the impact of poverty on women and girls in the Washington region. (WAWF, 2/2015)

The determinants of poverty are complex and multidimensional. Regional averages hide important disparities by geography and by groups of different women. Key characteristics increase the likelihood that a woman will be poor, including: parental status, disability, race and ethnicity, age and immigration status.

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Data reveals that in our region, an estimated 47,200 families with children under 18 had incomes below the poverty level in 2013. About three in five of these families (62.5 percent) were headed by single women.

HEALTH
– In this guest post for the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Rebecca Filla discusses why oral health is such an essential part of overall health – particularly for pregnant women who run the risk of passing bacteria to their child – and how health advocates and professionals are working to better educate individuals on what is available to them. (NVHF, 2/11)

Why Isn’t Health Care More Like Starbucks? (Forbes, 2/12)

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT
D.C. Mayor sets sight on clearing backlog of homeless in city shelters (WaPo, 2/12)

– The District is no longer seeking city-owned properties to replace the D.C. General homeless shelter, as the search for affordable options that could be converted into proper facilities came up short. (WCP, 2/12)

EQUITY
The myth that there are more black men in prison than in college, debunked in one chart (Vox, 2/12)

– Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey spoke at Georgetown University on the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities in America. Areas of concern he addressed were the need to realize unconscious biases and acknowledge the past. (WAMU, 2/12)

COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced the winners of its 2015 Community Investment Grants. The organizations provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia and have received grants that will further their impact on the health, education, and general well-being of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. (CFNOVA, 2/11)

PHILANTHROPY
– The House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act of 2015, allowing important provisions to charitable organizations. Next, the bill will go to the Senate for voting. (COF, 2/12)

– Opinion: Two foundation co-presidents discuss how to put the love back in philanthropy, and why it’s so important right now. (Chronicle, 2/12)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

CEO Coffee & Conversation: The Nonprofit Quarterly’s Rick Cohen (WRAG member CEOs/CEO-equivalents)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


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