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February 8, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A collective approach to addressing poverty in the DC region

RACIAL EQUITY
– A new issue brief from Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, Laying the Foundation: Building a Collective Approach to Addressing Poverty, Income Inequality, and Racism in the DC Metropolitan Region, outlines a strategy for combating these issues in our region with input from multiple stakeholders, including philanthropy, nonprofit, government and other sectors. The report, written by Margaret O’Bryon and Lucretia Witte, lays out recommendations for different sectors, including nonprofits and philanthropy:

Keep Talking and Bring Others to the Table. A key to the success of this work is creating inclusive change. The deeper the networks that come to bear on this issue, the stronger the collective effort will be.

Fail Forward. While the big vision is to eradicate poverty, it is important not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. The philanthropic and nonprofit sectors should operate with a sense of urgency and a determination to use data as a flashlight in order to do the best by those in poverty today while considering new paradigms to prevent poverty tomorrow.

Have Honest Conversations About Race and Equity. The more leaders in the nonprofit sector understand the impact of race and systemic inequity on this problem, the richer potential solutions will be. This starts with honest conversations that value each individual’s diverse experience and leadership story.

Related: For those interested in examining how structural racism and implicit bias perpetuate poverty and inequality, WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table materials are a great place to start. Browse our resources here

– Nat Williams, Executive Director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, offers a personal reflection on the unique opportunity social justice activists have right now to fight for the end of white male supremacy. (Medium, 1/30)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | David Figliuzzi, Executive Director of Cigna Foundation and Civic Affairs, reflects on his time in WRAG’s Institute for CSR, and how valuable it was to interact with peers from various industries. (Daily, 2/8)

Related: Registration for the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility is open. CSR professionals: Reserve your seat before it’s full!

HEALTH
– Officials in Montgomery County are worried that immigrants are not using County services due to fear of being a target for deportation amid anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions by the new administration. (WTOP, 2/6)

– The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill yesterday to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood and any other groups that perform abortions in Virginia. (Loudoun Times, 2/7)

TRANSITMetro could temporarily lose more than $10M if District, Md., Va. miss Thursday deadline to create a new safety oversight agency (WaPo, 2/7)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
– Poor defendants in Maryland will no longer be punished for not being able to afford bail. (WaPo, 2/7)

– The DC Council voted no on a proposed police retention bill. (WCP, 2/7)


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-Kendra

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