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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

May 5, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The American Health Care Act has passed the House

HEALTH | The American Health Care Act, the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, narrowly passed the House yesterday with a 217-213 margin. The act’s passing prompted healthcare stakeholders such as hospitals, insurers and doctors to publicly comment on it and many were concerned about the state of Medicaid. (NYT, 5/4)

The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially affecting not only the millions who could lose coverage through deep cuts in Medicaid or no longer be able to afford to buy coverage in the state marketplaces. With states allowed to seek waivers from providing certain benefits, employers big and small could scale back what they pay for each year or reimpose lifetime limits on coverage. In particular, small businesses, some of which were strongly opposed to the Affordable Care Act, could be free to drop coverage with no penalty.

The prospect of millions of people unable to afford coverage led to an outcry from the health care industry as well as consumer groups. They found an uncommon ally in some insurers, who rely heavily on Medicaid and Medicare as mainstays of their business and hope the Senate will be more receptive to their concerns.

VETERANS | Veterans expressed their concerns and discussed their experiences at a town hall on the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday. (WAMU, 5/4)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | After being pardoned from a life sentence by President Barack Obama last year, this man is speaking out against mandatory minimum sentences and adjusting to life outside. (WaPo, 5/5)

PHILANTHROPY | When foundations are examining their board’s diversity, place of origin matters. (Chronicle, 5/2)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Why impact investing makes sense in the creative economy and how art funders can help. (Grantmakers in the Arts, 1/17)

EDUCATIONBlack Members Of Congress Demand Civil Rights Probe Into Nooses At AU (DCist, 5/4)


Social Sector Job Openings 

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

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


A new snack with a noisy ingredient!

– Kendra

May 4, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A measure to end tipped wages was rejected in the District

WORKFORCE
– Yesterday the DC Board of Elections rejected a ballot measure that would have required bar and restaurant workers to receive the same minimum wage that other workers are entitled. The District approved a bill raising the minimum wage for tipped worker to $5 by 2020 last year. (WAMU, 5/3)

Proponents submitted some 40,000 signatures, more than the threshold — five percent of registered voters — that’s required to put an initiative on the ballot. The Board of Elections rejected more than 16,000 of those signatures on technicalities. While that still left enough valid signatures from voters across the city to qualify for the ballot, the Board of Elections ruled Wednesday that proponents of the measure had fallen short on a separate requirement that they get signatures from five percent of voters in at least five of the city’s eight wards. The shortfall ranged from 19 signatures in Ward 7 to 947 in Ward 3.

Supporters of paid sick leave call on Maryland governor to sign bill (Baltimore Sun, 5/3)

ADVOCACY
– An executive order is expected to be announced today that would begin to chip away at some of the Johnson Amendment‘s power. (NYT, 5/3)

Related: Gretchen Greiner-Lott, vice president of WRAG, recently discussed why WRAG, along with thousands of social sector organizations across the country, support the Johnson Amendment. Proposals to repeal the Johnson Amendment continue to be floated on Capitol Hill. Earlier today WRAG urged its ceo members to contact our region’s members of the House Oversight Committee to urge them to support the amendment. The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a good source of information on this issue.

– A guide to influencing systems change for nonprofits during this moment. (NPQ, 5/3)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The District has proposed several initiatives to aid families as the District experiences a child care shortage. (WJLA, 5/3)

HEALTH
– The House of Representatives will vote on the American Heath Care Act today. (NBC News, 5/4)

– Virginia redesigned its Medicaid waiver program to expand disability services but the move could cost Fairfax County. (WaPo, 5/3)

ARTS & HUMANITIESThis National Gallery of Art program helps people with memory loss ‘connect with who they were’ (WaPo, 5/4)

TRANSIT | More funding for the DC Streetcar extensions to Benning Road metro station and Georgetown. (WTOP, 5/4)


What kind of penguin are you?

– Kendra

May 3, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The District’s new police chief has been confirmed

PUBLIC SAFETY | Yesterday, the DC Council voted to confirm Mayor Muriel Bowser’s pick to lead the city’s police department. Peter Newsham, the new police chief, joined the force in 1989 and has been acting chief since Cathy L. Lanier, the former chief of police, left. (WaPo, 5/2)

As he takes over as permanent chief, Newsham said one of his biggest challenges will be retaining and hiring officers, and he noted bills proposed by Bowser that offer incentives to his workforce.

In a statement, Bowser said that “Peter understands the value of working with the community, he is constantly looking for new ways to increase accountability, and his empathy for those affected by crime drives a sense of urgency around making MPD work better for residents in every ward.”

RACIAL EQUITY | A Black boy was murdered by the police over the weekend in Dallas. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, reflects on the death of Jordan Edwards and encourages us to examine the role of implicit bias in police shootings. (Daily, 5/3)

HOUSING
– Longtime residents and public housing advocates worry over planned construction at Buzzard Point, which includes the DC United stadium and mixed-use housing. (WAMU, 5/3)

– The Montgomery County Council has passed a bill to fine owners of vacant, dilapidated homes. (WaPo, 5/2)

BUDGET | The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the county’s budget yesterday. It did not allocate the amount of funding the county school system said it needed. (InsideNOVA, 5/2)

HOMELESSNESSAdvocacy Group Details Shortfalls of Program for D.C.’s Homeless (WCP, 5/2)

EDUCATION | Resident advisors at George Washington University are voting to unionize today. (DCist, 5/2)


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening a new photography exhibit.

– Kendra