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November 18, 2016 / Kendra Allen, Editor

This project is starting a conversation through art

ARTS/CULTURE | Videos of Georgia Avenue community members are being projected into windows as part of the “Crossing the Street” empathy building project. The initiative, funded by the DC Office of Planning and the Kresge Foundation, intends to create conversation between residents in a rapidly gentrifying DC neighborhood. (CityLab, 11/17)

…A workshop offered in conjunction with the installation by the local artist and activist Holly Bass asks participants to consider the question: What does it mean to be a good neighbor in a rapidly changing community?

“When people talk about cultural preservation, they usually mean protecting a building or monument, but I’m more interested in the human side of culture—the vibe of the city, the social values of the people who live here,” Bass said in a statement. Valentine, who’s involved in the local senior center, organizes stroll-and-chat outings to bring folks from different ethnic groups together. “I have an old saying that I wouldn’t go across the street for a program, but I’d go around the world for a relationship,” he says in the video.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Washington Business Journal released its 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award winners and we’re happy to announce a few of our own have made the list! (WBJ, 11/17)

– Our members were interviewed for the “Spotlight on corporate social responsibility”:

  • Katy Moore, WRAG’s Managing Director of Corporate Strategy, discusses the job market for CSR professionals.
  • Lindsey Frederic Buss, World Bank Group’s Senior Officer of Community Connections, discusses the Measure4Change program, which helps nonprofits measure the impact of their work.
  • Maritha Gay, Kaiser Permanente’s Senior Director of External Affairs, discusses how a CSR strategy can help improve the health of a community.

– Check out the complete list of top corporate givers.

-Congrats to the WRAG members who ranked in the top 10 by regional giving in the large business category:

1.Wells Fargo
4. Capital One Financial Corporation
6. Northrop Grumman
8. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
9. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

-Congrats to the WRAG members who ranked in the top 10 by volunteer hours in the large business category:

1.Deloitte LLP
3. IBM Corp
6. Booz Allen Hamilton
7. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
8. The Advisory Board Company
9. Capital One Financial Corporation

PHILANTHROPY
-Tim Lee, Lever Fund board member, discusses how the Fund finds and invests in the most effective nonprofits – and announces its investment in three D.C.-area organizations. (LinkedIn, 11/17)

-Grantmakers for Effective Organizations launched a new publication to share stories of why organizational culture matters, with input from GEO members and other leaders of grantmaking organizations.

EVENT | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is launching a new initiative to create living-wage careers to help low-wage workers in the region. Join them on December 12, 2016 from 8:30 to 11 as they share a new report on the state of middle-skill IT and Healthcare talent in our area. More information here.


Social Sector Job Openings

BUILD Health Challenge Executive Director | de Beaumont Foundation – New!
Director of Development and Communications | Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs – New!
Manager of Communications | Do Good Institute, University of Maryland
Brand and Impact Manager | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Senior Advisor | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Manager | ACT for Alexandria
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association
Senior Program Manager, Community Benefits | Kaiser Permanente

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar
To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click the image below to access the calendar.


So we can all agree the Wonderbread Factory looks pretty cool, but did you know the story behind it’s architecture

-Kendra

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