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May 12, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The impact of gender and generation on philanthropy

PHILANTHROPY | This week Fidelity Charitable released a new report exploring the impact of generation and gender on giving. The report found that women of all generations view giving as an integral part of their identities and use it to make significant contributions to address societal challenges. (Fidelity Charitable, 5/8)

More than half of Millennials say they give to a wide range of causes, and seven in 10 say they are more likely to give in the moment than be strategic about their giving. But with relatively limited resources compared with their older peers, Millennials’ sense of impact may feel diluted. They may be missing the satisfaction of understanding how their gifts are making a difference for the
causes they care about.

Boomers are more satisfied in their giving than Millennials, leveraging age, experience and greater accumulated wealth to achieve their giving goals. But Boomers are also less social about the causes they support, and less likely to have adopted some of the trends changing the giving landscape.

HOMELESSNESS | Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, discusses why public-private partnerships are important and necessary to communities’ efforts to prevent and end homelessness. (US Interagency Council on Homelessness, 5/1)

EDUCATIONPanel seeks probe of potential racial hiring bias in Virginia school system (WaPo, 5/11)

ENVIRONMENT | The District’s program to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers is off to a slow start. (WAMU, 5/11)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | Montgomery County, MD is looking for a partner to create a new incubator that will focus on tech and media. (WBJ, 5/11 – Subscription needed)

FAMILIES | A local group has raised money to bail out mothers for Mother’s Day. (WUSA9, 5/12)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Assistant | Public Welfare Foundation – New!
Communications Manager | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers – New!
Director of Communications | de Beaumont Foundation – New!
Program Coordinator, Grants and Selection | Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – New!
Director of Programmatic Initiatives | Fight For Children
Major Gift Officer–DC | Urban Teachers
Program Analyst | Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Market Coordinator, Community Affairs Mid-Atlantic | Capital One
Director of Community Engagement | Association of American Medical Colleges
Director of Data Services | GuideStar USA, Inc.
Community Affairs Contractor – Engagement, Capital One Cafés | Capital One

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

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The real life inspiration behind Twin Peaks.

– Kendra

May 11, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

New report shows rate of homelessness down in the region

HOMELESSNESS | According to a recent point-in-time report, compiled by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the number of homeless individuals has mostly dropped in our region. The report is based on homeless shelters’ reports and a one-time count done by volunteers who walked the streets on January 25th. (WaPo, 5/10)

Most jurisdictions saw declines in homelessness from 2016, though the population was flat in Prince William County and increased by 33 percent in Arlington County.

Kathleen Sibert, the president and chief executive of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, noted that because Arlington has a relatively small homeless population, modest fluctuations can create dramatic-looking percentage increases or decreases.

Fifty-eight more people were counted in 2017 than in 2016, bringing the total homeless population in Arlington County to 232, nearly the same number of people as were counted in 2015.

FOOD/POVERTY | The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act, which prohibits practices known to be stigmatizing to students who receive free or reduced meals, was introduced in Congress this week. (Civil Eats, 5/10)

WORKFORCE | Small businesses are struggling to survive in DC as online shopping becomes the norm. (WCP, 5/11)

RACE | How Montgomery County’s architecture is helping to tell the story of its past of racial intolerance. (WAMU, 5/11)

PUBLIC SAFETYNewsham: New drug strategy targeting dealers, illegal guns leads to drop in crime (WTOP, 5/10)

YOUTH | This boxing exchange program helps young boxers from two completely different countries experiencing similar circumstances see that there is more to the world than their neighborhood. (WaPo, 5/11)


Here are a few facts about Anacostia you might not know.

– Kendra

May 10, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A regional approach to opioid addiction

REGION| DC, Maryland and Virginia officials gathered at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments‘ Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit yesterday to discuss how to address the growing opioid addiction crisis in the region. All three jurisdictions agreed that having a system that monitored prescriptions is a major component to combating the issue. (WaPo, 5/9)

There were 198 opioid-related deaths in the District in the first 11 months of 2016. All three jurisdictions have seen steady increases in the number of opioid-related deaths. Hogan said Tuesday that six people die in Maryland each day, on average, as a result of overdosing on opioids — more than are killed by guns or in vehicle accidents.

Bowser, Hogan and McAuliffe noted that each of their jurisdictions have launched public-awareness campaigns, expanded access to overdose-reversal drugs, increased funding for treatment and taken steps to improve collaboration between agencies.

NONPROFIT SUMMER LEARNING SERIES | WRAG is excited to announce that our Nonprofit Summer Learning Series, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is open for registration! Nonprofits, join us as local funders pull the curtain back on philanthropy. (Daily, 5/10)

HEALTH | Why maintaining health insurance is difficult when you are experiencing homelessness. (StreetSense, 5/4)

TRANSIT
– Here’s a map of the most dangerous intersections in the District. (WaPo, 5/9)

– People With Disabilities Lose Free Parking Downtown (WAMU, 5/8)

LGBTQ | A Virginia federal court of appeals has been asked to consider if three couples can challenge a law allowing magistrates with religious objections to refuse to perform marriages between same-sex couples. (WTOP, 5/10)

ENVIRONMENT | Activists and others worry as Maryland’s prosecution of environmental crimes has dropped significantly. (Baltimore Sun, 5/10)


A journey to remember…

– Kendra

May 10, 2017 / WRAG

WRAG partners with Booz Allen Hamilton to offer nonprofits an insider’s view into the world of philanthropy

by Katy Moore
Managing Director of Corporate Strategy
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

WRAG is excited to partner with Booz Allen Hamilton again this year to offer our popular Nonprofit Summer Learning Series. Designed and taught by some of the Greater Washington region’s most respected nonprofit and grantmaking professionals, this three-part professional development series “pulls the curtain back on philanthropy” and sheds light on how grantmakers think, how they approach their work, what they look for in strong nonprofit partners, and how nonprofits can build new and stronger relationships with the local funding community.

With 75-100 nonprofit professionals in attendance at each session and more than ten speakers and panelists representing a variety of funding entities featured during the series, these events offer great networking opportunities! And, at just $35 per person per session, the series offers insightful, affordable professional development opportunities for the local grant-seeking community. Registrants can participate in-person, via live webinar, or can choose to watch the webinar recording at a later date.

Check out this year’s line-up and help us spread the word!

National and Regional Philanthropic Trends
June 22, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 am

Do you wonder what will matter to grantmakers in 2017 and beyond? This session will look at the major national and regional philanthropic trends sweeping the field and suggest ways that you can capitalize on these developments. Trends include, for example, continued growth in impact investing, grantmaking with an equity lens, the rise in evaluation culture, and more focused, strategic philanthropy.

Speakers & Panelists:

• Stacy Palmer, Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy
• Nicky Goren, Meyer Foundation, “Strategic Philanthropy”
• Yanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation, “Grantmaking with an Equity Lens

Leveraging your Funders Beyond Dollars
July 12, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 am

Grantmakers often go “beyond dollars” and leverage all of their assets to address challenges and opportunities in their communities. In this session, we will explore the numerous non-dollar strategies that funders use to meet their philanthropic goals, including serving as thought partners, issue advocates, and conveners as well as providing valuable manpower and professional expertise through volunteerism and pro bono services. Learn how to leverage these resources and find opportunities for mutual support in order to achieve greater impact together.

Speakers & Panelists:

• Carolynn Brunette, Prince Charitable Trusts
• Amy Nakamoto, The Meyer Foundation, “Funders as Thought Partners & Issue Advocates”
• Amy Owen, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, “Funders as Conveners & Connectors”
• Graham McLaughlin, The Advisory Board Company, “Corporate Volunteerism & Pro Bono Support”

Evaluation
August 14, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 am

Grantmakers want to see evidence that the programs and organizations they are funding are having an impact. At the same time, many nonprofits struggle to find the right tools and methodology for demonstrating their effectiveness. Establishing a practice of evaluation can be simple and can significantly improve an organization’s effectiveness and ability to attract funding. In this session, we will explore the reasons for the rise in evaluation culture and look at some examples of nonprofits who have successfully implemented evaluation models.

Speakers & Panelists:

• Brett Theodos, Urban Institute
• Claudia Williams, Washington Area Women’s Foundation
• Bethany Henderson, DC Scores
• Dan Hall, DC Central Kitchen

May 9, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Syrian refugees are rebuilding their lives in Maryland

REFUGEE | There are about 185 Syrian refugees trying to rebuild their lives in Maryland and Virginia. Few nonprofits that specifically serve this community reside in our region, but many are providing them with supports, including English classes, work skills and more. Working with these resources and their own learned skills, the family profiled in this article were able to start a tailoring and a catering business. (WTOP, 5/9)

Nader Briman, 42, used to own a lingerie factory in his hometown of Homs, Syria, until it was destroyed by a rocket during the war. As violence ensued in 2012, Nader and his wife Rasha, 36, decided it was best to flee the country with their three children.

The Brimans moved to Egypt, where Nader found work making wedding dresses at a bridal shop until he and his family received approval from the UN to come to the U.S. as refugees. They arrived the night before President Donald Trump’s inauguration at Reagan National Airport and were taken to their new home in Landover, Maryland.

RACIAL EQUITY |Listen to Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, in a new Leadership Insights podcast as she discusses her commitment to racial equity and the social profit sector’s role in it. (InciteInternational, 5/8)

HOUSING
– Joe and Lynne Horning, founders of the Horning Family Fund, reflect on their legacy in the District and discuss their latest development project in Anacostia. (WBJ, 5/8 – Subscription needed)

– DC Fiscal Policy Institute hosted a meeting, Big Solutions to DC’s Big Affordable Housing Challenge, last week with private and public sector stakeholders to discuss the District’s housing crisis. (DCFPI Blog, 5/8)

EDUCATION | Minority achievement lauded, more efforts sought to close achievement gaps (InsideNova, 5/7)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Virginia’s governor signed a law yesterday to make it mandatory for driver’s education classes to teach students how to behave when a police officer pulls them over. (WaPo, 5/8)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | This 17-year-old escaped violence in El Salvador and found art here in Maryland. (WaPo, 5/7)

DEVELOPMENT | Apple reveals more details about its plan to turn Carnegie Library into an Apple store. (WBJ, 5/8)


A view of DC’s Funk Parade

– Kendra

May 8, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Book deserts in the District’s wards 7 and 8

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | DC has a highly educated population with libraries in every ward, but not bookstores. According to a new analysis, there are no bookstores in wards 7 and 8, which is harmful to children’s development. Though the District has a program, Books From Birth, which sends one book a month to children who participate, experts say having an actual bookstore in a child’s neighborhood has a greater impact. (GGWash, 5/5)

Other urban communities, such as the Bronx, face deep book deserts, but DC’s desert stands out to [New York University Professor of Childhood and Literacy Education] Susan Neuman. “What was particularly concerning was the lack of access during the summer when schools are closed, and other resources such as child care was limited to enable children to have access to stimulating activities.”

To get books in front of the eyes of children and parents, Neuman says the effort needs to be robust. “Children need to see books, in grocery stores, dollar stores, barbershops and nail salons, because children learn to read by seeing their families read or by seeing it modeled on a regular basis. The libraries are doing a great job, but there is something special about owning a book and calling it your own.”

IMPLICIT BIAS | Are the tools we are currently employing to end implicit bias actually working? (Atlantic, 5/7)

Related: Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, urged us to examine the role of implicit bias in police shootings in the aftermath of Jordan Edwards’ death. For a deeper dive into implicit bias, check out (or revisit) Julie Nelson’s talk from the Putting Racism on the Table series last year.

ARLINGTON | A profile of Arlington, Virginia shows the growth of the county and characteristics of its population. (ArligtonVA, 5/5)

HOUSING | Loudoun County officials discuss how to address its future housing needs in a Loudoun Chamber of Commerce’s Policymakers event last week. (Loudoun Times, 5/4)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Know of a company doing great work in the community? Nominate them for the U.S. Chamber’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards! The deadline to submit is June 23.

ENVIRONMENT | In a few years, we might be able to swim in the Anacostia River. (WAMU, 5/5)


A new television show profiles DC restaurants.

– Kendra