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February 1, 2016 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

For ward 7 and 8, the wait continues for more grocery stores

Recently, it was announced that two leases would be broken for a major retailer’s stores slated to open East of the Anacostia River. The news added to the frustrations of many residents and officials who have been waiting a long time for major development to take place in the surrounding communities. (WaPo, 1/31)

Bowser’s anguish stems from how critical the stores were as the economic underpinning of two complex and expensive projects that have been floundering for more than a decade, leaving residents in poor communities east of the Anacostia feeling left behind while other neighborhoods enjoy a boom in new restaurants, shops and grocery stores. Since 2004, the number of grocery sellers in the District has ballooned from 36 to 55, according to the D.C. Economic Partnership, with three Whole Foods Markets and other new stores on the way.

Although home to nearly 150,000 people, the two sections east of the river, Wards 7 and 8, still have just three grocery stores.

Affordable Housing Investment Expected to Help 1,800 D.C. Residents (WCP, 1/29)

– The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation‘s president and CEO Nicky Goren, and Board Chair Josh Bernstein, share why the Meyer Foundation is working to address systemic inequity through their strategic plan and alongside WRAG through the Putting Racism on the Table series. (Daily, 2/1)

– The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the launch of their national initiative, the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation enterprise, in an effort to “help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value.” As part of the initiative, more than 70 individuals and organizations have formed a coalition to explore historic and contemporary patterns that are barriers to success and will work to create opportunities for all. (WKKF, 1/28)

WRAG presdent Tamara Lucas Copeland had this to say upon learning of the announcement:

“The Kellogg Foundation has taken a bold and much-needed move in launching the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative. While exposure to racial realities through efforts like WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series are a vitally important step, a national effort to address the problems and to “remix the narrative” once again show the role of philanthropy beyond dollars…well beyond!”

HEALTH | Brian Castrucci, Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation makes the case for pursuing a career in governmental public health in his latest blog post. (HuffPo, 1/27)

ARTS/NONPROFITS | A new report asks, “Does “Strong and Effective” Look Different for Culturally Specific Arts Organizations?” The report critiques a few of the recommendations for funders included in the widely-read DeVos Institute report on diversity in the arts. (National Center for Arts Research, January 2016)

Related: Local arts funders are interested in how to effectively advance a more diverse arts sector and more equitable funding for it. We recapped a few strategies that were recently discussed at a convening of arts funders. (Daily, 1/11)

Union Arts to Become a ‘Boutique Hotel’ With an Arts Program (WCP, 1/29)

FOOD/POVERTY | For More Than A Million Food Stamp Recipients, The Clock is Now Ticking (NPR, 1/31)

JOBS | The Bainum Family Foundation (formerly the Commonweal Foundation) is seeking an office coordinator.

Junk food or exquisite fine dining?

– Ciara

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