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May 9, 2016 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

The everlasting effects of housing discrimination

Historically, racial covenants were put in place to prevent people of color from buying homes in certain neighborhoods, and D.C. was no exception. Restrictions like these from the past still work against many Americans today. (GGW, 5/5)

While this legal tactic is long gone, its effects remain. […] young black people are far less likely than their white and Hispanic peers to get help from their parents to afford the down payment on a home. Each generation invests in real estate and gains wealth in doing so, which it then uses to help the next generation – except if, a few generations ago, residents and the government stopped your ancestors from getting some wealth in the first place.

– How videos of police shooting unarmed black men changes those who watch them (WaPo, 5/8)

YOUTH/DISTRICT | DCAYA Senior Policy Analyst Joseph Gavrilovich examines a possible path forward for afterschool and summer youth programming in D.C. in advance of the shuttering of the DC Trust. (DCFPI, 5/9)

ARTS | The D.C. Office of Planning recently announced a public art initiative called Crossing the StreetBuilding DC’s Inclusive Future through Creative Placemaking, that will place 15 pop-up art projects throughout each of the District’s eight wards. (DCist, 5/5)

AudioHow Residents Feel About The Urbanization Of Maryland Suburbs (WAMU, 5/9)

– At a recent economic development summit in Loudoun County, officials shared the ways in which they envision creating a more diverse economy with “endless possibilities.” (Loudoun Times, 5/5)

MENTAL HEALTHLoudoun libraries host programs on mental health awareness (Loudoun Times, 5/7)

ENVIRONMENT/POVERTY | In light of New York City’s recent adoption of a five-cent bag fee, here’s a look at how D.C.’s own fee for shopping bags has worked for low-income residents and the environment. (City Lab, 5/5)

CSR | Audio: Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and head faculty member for the Institute for CSR, along with Charles Schwab Foundation President Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, discuss how their companies choose the causes they support. (Chronicle, 5/6)

COMMUNITY | A new project by the Walker’s Legacy Foundation (WLF), with funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, aims to address the challenges that low-income, single-parent, and working-mother led households often face in pursuing entrepreneurship through the development of a financial literacy app, cohort structures, mentorship, and programming. WLF is a project of WRAG’s fiscal sponsorship service.

Related: WRAG offers fiscal sponsorship as a valuable, cost-effective service to organizations and projects that could use back-office support, are looking for human resources, financial, or administrative help, or need 501(c)(3) status. Learn more here.

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