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November 4, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Report looks at employment discrimination for transgender applicants

WORKFORCE/EQUITY/LGBT 
The D.C. Office of Human Rights (OHR) has released a new report that examines employment discrimination against transgender individuals. In an experiment testing whether cisgender applicants received preference for employment when applying to jobs over more qualified transgender individuals, nearly half of the employers gave preference to cisgender applicants. (WCP, 11/ 3)

To gather demonstrable data, OHR sent four (fake) applications to each of 50 jobs across 38 unnamed employers, including retailers, restaurants, universities, grocery stores, hotels, and administrative offices. Two of the four applications suggested the individuals under consideration were trans people, while the others suggested they were cisgender. For example, one applicant’s resume listed his first job as a staffer at a transgender advocacy organization; one for the fictional Mary Fitzgerald displayed her legal name, Mark, in parentheses.

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT
– The D.C. Council voted to move forward on a measure that will speed up the closure of the D.C. General homeless shelter, currently home to 300 families. Parts of the new bill have been controversial as homeless advocates differ on the need for private bathrooms in the new, smaller shelters that will be located across the city. (WAMU, 11/3)

In Quest to End Homelessness, Some Developers Are Going High-End (NPR, 11/4)

RACIAL EQUITY/MARYLAND |  A poll from the University of Maryland and The Washington Post looks at how African American and white Marylanders differ on views of police conduct in light of recent events. (WaPo, 11/1)

PHILANTHROPY 
– Historically, many big foundations have been known to give big gifts to big institutions. However, a new study finds that, since 2002, the biggest U.S. foundations have instead focused on giving to programs aimed at social change. (NYT, 10/31)

– Thanks to the baby boomer generation’s increased lifespan, a new study estimates that a giving surge in the U.S. over the next 20 years will reach $8 trillion. Older Americans were found to be more likely than any other age group to give money and donate goods. (NYT, 11/1)

– The Kresge Foundation will award up to 20 planning grants of up to $75,000 each in the first quarter of 2016 to food-oriented initiatives that contribute to economic revitalization, cultural expression and health in low-income communities. The grants are a part of their Fresh, Local & Equitable initiative. Click here to find out more.

Art Donors Give to Smaller Nonprofits (WSJ, 11/1)

JOBS | The Catalogue for Philanthropy-DC (CFP) is looking to hire an Operations Coordinator. This position supports all essential team members and operations and would work to optimize the team’s productivity, support CFP with internal office responsibilities, handle inquiries from CFP’s nonprofit network, and manage the logistics of the application and review process that is central to the Catalogue’s work. Click here to learn more. 


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– Ciara

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