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September 8, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

A snapshot of women in the Washington region’s workforce

In their new issue brief, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation looks at working women in the region – with particular attention to low-income women – and examines some of the strategies used to build economic security. The brief, supported by Capital One, also includes recommendations for advocates, employers, funders, policymakers, and individuals to help advance circumstances for women through education and job training. (WAWF, 9/2015)

Our goal is to build better opportunities for our region’s women and girls, so that they can become agents of change in their own families and communities. In this issue brief, we focus on promising approaches to building economic security for women through workforce development.

COMMUNITY/CSR | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia published their second issue of GOOD Business, highlighting the work of local companies supporting the community through employee engagement activities and CSR programs that benefit the region. (CFNV, 8/27)

– In Montgomery County, Maryland, extreme rent hikes in a longstanding apartment property highlight the much larger issue of affordable housing getting further out of reach for less affluent residents. (WaPo, 9/5)

– D.C.’s Deanwood neighborhood has been chosen out of a handful of cities to become home to sustainable, green technology-equipped  affordable housing  by the International Living Future Institute, a Seattle-based environment nonprofit organization. (WCP, 9/8)

EDUCATION | Recent studies have looked into the long-lasting effects of chronic absenteeism (missing at least 10 percent of classroom time during a school year) – patterns that often begin as early as preschool and kindergarten. (Atlantic, 9/1)

HOMELESSNESS/VETERANS | D.C. On Track to ‘End’ Veteran Homelessness By Year’s End (WCP, 9/4)

PHILANTHROPY/POVERTY | Opinion: A writer argues that, while much attention has been given to the plight of minorities experiencing poverty in urban areas, philanthropy has historically overlooked poverty among whites, especially in more rural areas. (Chronicle, 9/3)

TRANSIT | On Columbia Pike, Plan B is for Buses (WAMU, 9/3)

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– Ciara

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