Join us for WRAG’s 2017 Annual Meeting: Power Reframed | Wednesday, November 8

WRAG | Join us on November 8th for WRAG’s 2017 Annual Meeting, Power Reframed, at MGM National Harbor! WRAG members will hear from Richard Rothstein, housing policy expert and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

The luncheon, which is open to the community, will feature Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University and author of You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. Click here to register.

INCOME INEQUALITY | Census data released yesterday show an improved economy, but at the same time provide a grim picture of the nation’s income inequality. (Atlantic, 9/12)

HEALTH | Today, the House is expected to pass a measure to prevent DC from funding the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. (WaPo, 9/12)

EDUCATION | According to a new report, Montgomery County’s high school system should redesign its career and technology programs. (WaPo, 9/12)

Related: Funders, join us on December 1 for the final program in WRAG’s 2017 Public Education Learning Series: “Ensuring All Students Graduate College AND Career Ready.” Register here

LGBTQ RIGHTSEdith Windsor, LGBTQ Advocate Who Fought The Defense Of Marriage Act, Dies At 88 (NPR, 9/12)

ANTI-SEMITISM | Montgomery County residents have found anti-Semitic fliers that promote what police describe as “white national propaganda.” (Bethesda Beat, 9/12)

HOUSING | This organization wants to bring an independent living community for adults 62 and older to Tysons. (WaPo, 9/13)

PUBLIC SAFETYPolice: New Apple technology will delay justice in DC area (WTOP, 9/13)

Keep rolling over the circles to find the koala bear.

– Kendra

Changes to mental health services in DC’s public schools causes concern

– Changes to the mental health services in the District’s public schools have teachers and parents worried about disruptions to existing relationships between mental health clinicians and students. The DC Department of Behavioral Health, which is responsible for the services, has not yet released an official plan but previous statements from agency officials indicate significant changes. (DCist, 4/28)

The controversy over proposed changes to mental health services in D.C. schools initially surfaced at a DBH oversight hearing in February. Teachers and school administrators expressed concerns over rumors that the agency planned to pull full-time clinicians from their designated schools and have them serve in an itinerant role between multiple schools.

“This change will put up even greater barriers for our students to receive the care and support services they desperately need,” said Stephanie Beer, a teacher at the International Academy at Cardozo. She added that the stakes for at-risk students who do not receive mental health services are significant, citing higher rates of missed classes and suspension.

– Transitioning military members in Northern Virginia are getting the chance to learn to code in a Northern Virginia Community College boot camp course. (Potomac Local, 4/30)

WRAG COMMUNITY | Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, has announced her plans to retire from the foundation in October 2017. (Cafritz Foundation, 4/28)

HUNGER | The Hunger Resource Center in Manassas, VA is helping a father teach his children about true charity. (WaPo, 4/27)

INCOME INEQUALITY | Most of the United States agrees that economic inequality exists but are we letting our own biases get in the way when we try to address it? (NYT, 4/28)

GENTRIFICATION | Derek Hyra, American University’s School of Public Affairs professor, discusses his new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City, about the gentrification of DC’s U street neighborhood. (WCP, 4/28)

Related: WRAG was honored to have Derek Hyra as our business meeting speaker at last year’s annual meeting.

BUDGET | D.C. Council is urged to consider delaying landmark tax cuts (WaPo, 4/27)

ENVIRONMENT | Marchers came to DC on Saturday to protest the new administration’s climate policies. (NPR, 4/29)

Three simple steps you can take to improve your life, according to TED conference speakers.

– Kendra

Transgender students may lose federal protections

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | For a while, students were legally allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identified with. Yesterday the new administration announced it would roll back protections for transgender students. While this is alarming for all transgender individuals, it is especially harmful to those experiencing gender dysphoria. For this group, the basic right to express one’s gender is paramount to one’s survival. (WaPo, 2/21)

The Obama administration’s guidance was based on the position that requiring students to use a restroom that clashes with their gender identity is a violation of Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination. Transgender students and their parents cheered Obama’s move to expand the protections, but it drew legal challenges from those who believe it was a federal intrusion into local affairs and a violation of social norms.

The issue of which bathrooms transgender people should be permitted to use has evolved in recent years into a central debate about rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Transgender advocates say that allowing people with gender dysphoria to use their preferred restroom is essential for their health and psychological well-being. Opponents say the accommodations violate student privacy and traditional values.

– Rachel Tappis, Director of Community Impact at the Advisory Board Company, reflects on her time in WRAG’s Institute for CSR, and the invaluable knowledge she gained from the program. (Daily, 2/22)

How Can Businesses Build Effective Partnerships with NGOs? (The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 1/25)

Related: This is just one of the many topics we’ll cover in the first session of the 2017 Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. Class kicks off March 16. Applications are due by February 28. Register here

– The Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charitable 501(c)(3) organizations from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, may be repealed. The Council on Foundations has determined that private foundations can engage in communications with legislators in support of or in opposition to any repeal or modification of the terms of the Johnson Amendment. Learn more (Council on Foundations, 2/7)

Related: Funders are invited to join us on Monday, March 13th for Foundations and Advocacy: It’s Time to Get in the Ring, a training with Alliance for Justice that will explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts and engage in advocacy themselves. Register now

– Crystal Townsend, Healthcare Initiative Foundation president and member of WRAG’s Board of Directors, is featured in this month’s Grantmakers In Health Grantmakers in Focus section. (GIH, 2/17)

HIV/AIDS | The Affordable Care Act allows a significant number of people with HIV to access health coverage. (Huffington Post, 2/15)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | The District’s Skyland Town Center project just signed a lease with CVS and plans to move forward with development this year. (WBJ, 2/21)

INCOME INEQUALITYThe Only Thing, Historically, That’s Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe (Atlantic, 2/22)

In case you were wondering: The 15 best places to break up in D.C., mapped

– Kendra

New report on potential healthcare workforce in the region

WORKFORCE | Healthcare and information technology jobs in our region are growing, but most of these careers require postsecondary education, which means many in our region cannot take advantage of the opportunity. A new report, by the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative (an initiative of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region) and JP Morgan Chase, looks at how we can address the skill gap and help more low-income residents into these careers.

With over 70% of net new jobs requiring post-secondary education and training, the Washington regional economy continues to be highly knowledge-based. Local employers, however, face challenges in finding skilled workers. Nearly 800,000 individuals in our region have no education past high school, highlighting a skills gap that has the potential to undermine our region’s global economic competitiveness.

Further, while it is encouraging that our regional unemployment rate has improved to pre-Great Recession levels, many of our neighbors are still struggling to make ends meet. Our region can count 100,000 additional residents living below the Federal poverty level since 2009. African American or Latino workers in the region are three times more likely to earn an income below the poverty level. Addressing our region’s race, ethnicity, and gender-based income inequality is a critical challenge for our region to tackle if we want to ensure that all in our region have a fair shot for prosperity.

– WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland writes about how she likes to collect Santa ornaments from around the world – and how, in local shops, she’s never found a black Santa ornament. (Daily, 12/12)

 The rise of racial hate graffiti in Montgomery County, especially in elementary schools, has surprised officials and residents, forcing them to look for solutions. (WaPo, 12/12)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | D.C. Residents Discuss Quality of Life Issues in Ward 7 (AFRO, 12/7)

FOOD/POVERTY | Op-Ed: Food insecurity touches 1 in 4 children in D.C., mostly in Wards 7 and 8. Patty Stonsifer, head of Martha’s Table, discusses how they are addressing the issue and what the city must do. (WaPo, 12/9)

TRANSIT | Metro Enters First Partnership With Uber In Bid To Boost Sagging Ridership (WAMU, 12/9)

HOUSINGArlington now has rules for Airbnb rentals, just in time for Inauguration Day (WBJ, 12/12)

INCOME INEQUALITYSevere Inequality Is Incompatible With the American Dream (Atlantic, 12/12)

JUSTICE | The new director of the Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizen Affairs is uniquely qualified to head the department as a returning citizen and a D.C. native. (WaPo, 12/12)

Check out these fascinating 103 conversations with workers in the U.S. about their jobs.


Income, geography, and shorter life expectancies

A new study, based on the tax and Social Security records of everyone in the U.S. between 1999 and 2014, examines how income and geography profoundly affect life expectancies for Americans (WaPo, 4/11):

Overall, the new study offers the most exhaustive account yet of the rich-poor gap in American life expectancy. The data reveal that life expectancies continuously rise with income in America: The modestly poor live longer than the very poor, and the super-rich live longer than the merely rich.

A new divide in American death (WaPo, 4/10)

Opinion: In this op-ed, Public Welfare Foundation president and WRAG Board member Mary McClymont sheds light on the need for long overdue reforms to the civil justice system, and the need for more foundations to support civil legal aid for vulnerable citizens. (Chronicle, 4/8)

Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) president and WRAG Board member Yanique Redwood, and CHF Administrative and Communications Assistant Kendra Allen, share how their organization has used learning journeys to further connect with their grantees and view their work from a different perspective. (NCRP, 4/7)

– Congratulations to Washington Area Women’s Foundation president Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat and her team for receiving Leadership Greater Washington’s 2016 Innovative Community Partner of the Year award! The award was sponsored by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

CSR | The Advisory Board Company has released their 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing their investments in their CSR program, Community Impact, over the past two years.

INCOME INEQUALITYIs America Having the Wrong Conversation About Income Inequality? (Atlantic, 4/6)

HOUSINGDoes job growth strengthen a region’s housing market? (GGW, 4/8)

Exponent Philanthropy seeks a Chief Program Officer

Wellspring Advisors is currently hiring for a Children’s Anti Poverty Program Officer.

 In what may be the coolest science project ever, a toy dog goes where no toy dog has ever gone before

– Ciara