How gentrification affects neighborhood segregation

RACE/HOUSING | Many recent studies have sought to explain the complicated relationship between gentrification, segregation, and displacement in U.S. cities. One researcher has found that, in some cases, white residents moving into predominantly black areas merely shifts the boundaries between predominantly white and black neighborhoods, rather than creating more diverse neighborhoods. (CityLab, 8/1)

Such findings about the nature of racial “boundary movements” could lead to some stark conclusions, especially in the context of the limited body of academic research into the processes behind neighborhood change.

“One of the arguments is that gentrification can’t be that bad if it serves to desegregate urban areas. And we have a lot of evidence that segregation is bad,” says [researcher Jonathan] Tannen… “But if gentrification continues to happen by boundary movements, then that means the block level is never going to desegregate.”

NONPROFITS | At last month’s Nonprofit Summer Learning Series event, grantmakers shared their perspectives on how grantees can foster relationships with their funders after receiving the check. (Daily, 8/2)

Related: Nonprofit staff/executives: Don’t miss the last event in this series on August 19! The topic is having tough conversations with funders. More info here.

CSR/COMMUNITY | Congratulations to Tim McClimon, head of the American Express Foundation and lead faculty member of the Institute for CSR, for being named to the Nonprofit Times’ 2016 Power & Influence Top 50 list!

HEALTH | In his latest column, the de Beaumont Foundation‘s Brian Castrucci points out the shortcomings of focusing only on health care, rather than health. (HuffPo, 8/1)

WORKFORCE/SOCIAL SECTOR | Here’s a great breakdown of the important new overtime law going in to effect in December, how nonprofits can be prepared, and how funders can support them. (NWB, 8/1)

PHILANTHROPY | Foundations Ask Public for Messages of Hope in Major Newspaper Buy (Chronicle, 7/31) Check out #ReasonsForHope on Twitter.

LOCAL | Major flooding destroyed much of downtown Ellicott City, MD, this weekend. Here’s a round up of ways you can help. (WBJ, 8/1)

Tired of heat and humidity? Then plug in your headphones and enjoy this quasi-virtual reality visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. It helps, a little.

WRAG’s staff is participating in a professional development opportunity over the next two days, so the (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday.

– Rebekah

For some, disparities in access to work benefits

A new study from the Center for American Progress finds dramatic disparities in African American and Latino workers’ access to flexible work schedules, paid leave, and vacation in comparison to their white counterparts. (HuffPo, 4/27)

[…]  when you compare a Latino worker with a white worker who is otherwise identical when it comes to educational attainment, type of job and earnings, the Latino worker is still less likely to have access to paid leave.

“This, to me, indicates that it’s not about trying harder, working harder, or going back to school to get a better job,” [report co-author, Sarah Jane] Glynn said. “This is someone’s ethnicity: They can’t work harder to get better access, it appears to be stacked against them.”

– A report from the Downtown Business Improvement District on the state of downtown D.C.’s real estate and economic activity finds that, while the area added jobs, office vacancy rates rose, downtown residency declined, and the number of people experiencing homelessness increased citywide (WCP, 4/27)

– More Funding Needed to End Chronic Homelessness (DCFPI, 4/27)

– The Crimsonbridge Foundation and the Georgetown Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) have launched a new scholarship fund aimed at developing the leadership of Greater Washington region social profit organizations. The Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund will provide scholarships to CPNL’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program for leaders at locally-based and locally-serving organizations. Applications are due by May 2. More information can be found here. Contact the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership with any questions at or (202) 687-5541.

– The DC Trust has announced their FY16 Summer Strong DC grant competition. High-performing, social profit youth development organizations in D.C. that serve youth between the ages of 5 and 24 with programming that addresses key developmental outcomes can apply for summer program funding.

– Brian Castrucci, Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation, candidly shares his personal health challenges and progression in order to shed light on the privileges that afford some people the opportunity to improve their circumstances, while others have very limited options. (HuffPo, 4/26)

Whitman-Walker releases details on 14th Street project (WBJ, 4/27)

MASS INCARCERATIONWhen Parents Are in Prison, Children Suffer (NYT, 4/26)

ARTS | A global art movement is headed to D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood, featuring murals by local and international artists. (Washingtonian, 4/27)

– Center for Effective Philanthropy president Phil Buchanan writes about the five most pressing issues he sees facing U.S. foundation leaders and their boards. (CECP, 4/28)

–  A New Website Serves Up 500 Years of Philanthropic History (Chronicle, 4/26) Subscription required.

A professor wants to make you feel better about yourself through his non-traditional CV.

– Ciara

A shrinking middle class in the District

D.C. residents have experienced a growing income divide with a declining middle class since 2000, which begs the question – “What happens to a city when its middle class disappears?” (GGW, 3/17)

DC has become a textbook example of a place with a missing middle class.

The number of households making between $25,000 and $74,999 has gone down, and there are far less of them than both high-income ($150,000+) and low-income (less than $25,000) households. There has also been a big uptick in households making $100,000 or more.

Who Pays The Price When Child Care Subsidies Are Too Low? (DCFPI, 3/21)

HEALTH | Brian Castrucci, Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation discusses the need for better collaboration between health care and public health in a recent blog post. (HuffPo, 3/10)

HOMELESSNESS | Take another look at last year’s figures on homelessness in the region based on statistics compiled by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. (Washington Times, 3/17)

EDUCATION/VIRGINIASeparate but equal? Wealthy county’s plan would concentrate low-income, Hispanic students (WaPo, 3/20)

ARTS | S&R Foundation has announced the launch of their new pilot Studios Program at the Fillmore School. The program offers six months of free studio space to local D.C.-based artists working in a variety of disciplines, who will have the opportunity take part in a public exhibition if accepted into the program. The deadline for applications is April 6.

Today is one busy day! If you haven’t planted a tree by now, you’re already behind!

– Ciara

For ward 7 and 8, the wait continues for more grocery stores

Recently, it was announced that two leases would be broken for a major retailer’s stores slated to open East of the Anacostia River. The news added to the frustrations of many residents and officials who have been waiting a long time for major development to take place in the surrounding communities. (WaPo, 1/31)

Bowser’s anguish stems from how critical the stores were as the economic underpinning of two complex and expensive projects that have been floundering for more than a decade, leaving residents in poor communities east of the Anacostia feeling left behind while other neighborhoods enjoy a boom in new restaurants, shops and grocery stores. Since 2004, the number of grocery sellers in the District has ballooned from 36 to 55, according to the D.C. Economic Partnership, with three Whole Foods Markets and other new stores on the way.

Although home to nearly 150,000 people, the two sections east of the river, Wards 7 and 8, still have just three grocery stores.

Affordable Housing Investment Expected to Help 1,800 D.C. Residents (WCP, 1/29)

– The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation‘s president and CEO Nicky Goren, and Board Chair Josh Bernstein, share why the Meyer Foundation is working to address systemic inequity through their strategic plan and alongside WRAG through the Putting Racism on the Table series. (Daily, 2/1)

– The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the launch of their national initiative, the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation enterprise, in an effort to “help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value.” As part of the initiative, more than 70 individuals and organizations have formed a coalition to explore historic and contemporary patterns that are barriers to success and will work to create opportunities for all. (WKKF, 1/28)

WRAG presdent Tamara Lucas Copeland had this to say upon learning of the announcement:

“The Kellogg Foundation has taken a bold and much-needed move in launching the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative. While exposure to racial realities through efforts like WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series are a vitally important step, a national effort to address the problems and to “remix the narrative” once again show the role of philanthropy beyond dollars…well beyond!”

HEALTH | Brian Castrucci, Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation makes the case for pursuing a career in governmental public health in his latest blog post. (HuffPo, 1/27)

ARTS/NONPROFITS | A new report asks, “Does “Strong and Effective” Look Different for Culturally Specific Arts Organizations?” The report critiques a few of the recommendations for funders included in the widely-read DeVos Institute report on diversity in the arts. (National Center for Arts Research, January 2016)

Related: Local arts funders are interested in how to effectively advance a more diverse arts sector and more equitable funding for it. We recapped a few strategies that were recently discussed at a convening of arts funders. (Daily, 1/11)

Union Arts to Become a ‘Boutique Hotel’ With an Arts Program (WCP, 1/29)

FOOD/POVERTY | For More Than A Million Food Stamp Recipients, The Clock is Now Ticking (NPR, 1/31)

JOBS | The Bainum Family Foundation (formerly the Commonweal Foundation) is seeking an office coordinator.

Junk food or exquisite fine dining?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – November 2 through November 6, 2015

– Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation shared four surprising things about the governmental public health workforce in his most recent blog post. (HuffPo, 10/29)

– A recent study predicts an influx in philanthropic funding in the U.S. over the next 20 years that will reach $8 trillion thanks in part to baby boomers who are using their retirement years to give back  (NYT, 11/1)

– Arts funders and dance companies look toward increasing the diversity of their next generation of talent as they hope to grow the diversity of their audiences as well. (NYT, 10/30)

– A growing number of art collectors who wish to donate their artwork are turning to smaller nonprofits rather than museums. (WSJ, 11/1)

– More and more options for adequate transportation in areas previously void of convenient transit are increasing accessibility for residents east of the Anacostia River. Some officials are hoping to further expand options for residents. (WAMU, 11/4)


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– Ciara

Arthur Espinoza Jr. announced as new D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities executive director

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has named Arthur Espinoza Jr. as their new executive director. Previously, Espinoza served as managing director of the Washington Ballet. (WCP, 10/30)

Arthur Espinoza Jr., managing director of the Washington Ballet, has been named the new executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He takes over for Lisa Richards Toney, who has served as the commission’s interim executive director since March.

This winter, the District is taking a slightly different approach to housing homeless families by placing them in shelter further ahead of the freezing temperatures that bring on a more urgent need for assistance. Despite the new approach, the city will still face a number of challenges as demand for shelter surges. (WaPo, 10/31)

PUBLIC HEALTH | Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation shares four surprising things about the governmental public health workforce in his latest blog post. (HuffPo, 10/29)

SOCIAL PROFITS | The Rainmakers Giving Circle, affiliated with the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, is requesting proposals for its 2015-16 grant-making cycle from social profit organizations serving economically disadvantaged girls and young women living in D.C. Find out  more about the request for proposals and the Rainmakers Giving Circle.

PHILANTHROPY | Newer Foundations Focused on Regional Giving (Chronicle, 11/2)

JOBS | Northrop Grumman is seeking a Corporate Citizenship Specialist. Click here to find out more about the position.

ARTS & HUMANITIES/EQUALITY | Push for Diversity in Ballet Turns to Training the Next Generation (NYT, 10/30)

A brief history of the school backpack. Which one did you carry?

– Ciara

Philanthropy and its support of black-led social change efforts

Opinion: In this op-ed, Nat Chioke Williams, executive director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, discusses the urgent need for philanthropy to ramp up efforts to propel the Black Lives Matter movement and other black-led grassroots efforts like it, and ways foundations like Hill-Snowdon are working to answer the call. (Chronicle, 8/27).

[…] this movement is at risk if it doesn’t get the money it needs to build institutions that can capitalize on this social power. For far too many decades, black-led social-change organizations have received too little in donations to grow into the strong influencers on the American way life that they must be.

WRAG president Tamara Copeland had this to say of Mr. Williams’ op-ed and announcement:

“The Hill-Snowdon Foundation sets an important example for the philanthropic community with this announcement. Supporting black-led social change organizations sends a powerful message that needs to be heard at no time like the present. Leadership matters.”

HEALTH | Opinion: Brian Castrucci, chief program and strategy officer at the de Beaumont Foundation, writes about how real-time data on communities could work to dramatically change the way local health departments tackle neighborhood challenges. (HuffPo, 8/28)

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT | The District has been implementing expanded services for homeless individuals through year-round shelter placement in motels (as opposed to the usual practice of motel placement when temperatures fall below freezing) in an effort to better control the stream of homeless families seeking shelter in the winter months. (WaPo, 8/31)

HOUSING/POVERTY | When it comes to housing, terms like ‘affordable housing’ and ‘low-income housing’ are not even close to being synonymous. In a three-part series on housing in D.C., two authors take a look at why semantics are so important when we talk about those in need of secure housing.  (HuffPo, 8/25)

WORKFORCE/IMMIGRATION/VIRGINIA | In Virginia, labor advocates and officials are hoping to crack down on businesses that improperly classify immigrants as independent contract workers in an attempt to cut corners and save money. A growing number of industries in the state are engaging in the unfair practice, making enforcement difficult. (WaPo, 8/30)

– Montgomery County Public Schools are seeing record-high enrollment this year – a trend that began in 2007, and is expected to continue for years to come. Officials are calling for additional funding and higher taxes to meet growing needs. (WTOP, 9/1)

–  Report: Chronic school absenteeism is contributing to academic gaps (WaPo, 8/31)

ARTS | D.C.’s Historic Murals Are Disappearing (WCP, 8/31)

Here’s some little-known philanthropy history for the day.

– Ciara