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September 16, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Creating a community ripple effect through spending

Consumer Health Foundation president and CEO Yanique Redwood discusses how her foundation – along with organizations like  City First Enterprises, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, and WRAG – has been actively working to transform communities by encouraging spending on products and services from local businesses on a large and small scale, and provides tips for other organizations interested in expanding economic justice and vendor diversity. (CHF, 9/16)

This week I have been reflecting on the transformation that could happen if every foundation or social profit organization (a term used by WRAG president and CEO Tamara Copeland in a recent blog post) contracted for services with small businesses owned and run by our neighbors in parts of the region where economic investment is low. Not only would capital be flowing into these businesses to improve the economic well-being of owners and their families, but it would also flow to other businesses, causing a transformative ripple effect throughout the community.

Related: In a blog post earlier this year, WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared how the Community Wealth Building Initiative, referenced in the post above, grew from an idea in Cleveland to an action taking off in the Greater Washington region. (Daily, 2/18)

– A study examining teacher diversity in traditional public and charter schools during the period between 2002-2012, finds that the number of black teachers declined in nine cities: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Out of those cities, the District saw the largest drop in teacher diversity during the period examined. (WaPo, 9/15)

– Opinion: Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, offers some strategies for philanthropic and social profit organizations who are looking to do more than just talk about increasing diversity and equity .(Chronicle, 9/15)

– Women Nonprofit Leaders Still Make Less Than Men, Survey Finds (Chronicle, 9/15)

– A sociologist explains the problem of mass incarceration in the U.S., and how it has affected African American families in particular, through this visualization. (Atlantic, 9/11)

– Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates further explores the ways in which the criminal justice system has affected African American families throughout history. (Atlantic, 10/2015)

HEALTH CARE | Number of Americans without health insurance falls as income and poverty rate stay level (WaPo, 9/16)

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– Ciara 

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