Providence Hospital is set to shut down some of its services on Friday

HEALTHCARE | On Friday, DC’s Providence Hospital will shutdown its acute-care services. Although the hospital recently announced it will keep its emergency room open until April 2019, many residents, advocates and nurses still worry about the impact on the neighborhood and communities east of the river. (WAMU, 12/11)

At a rally Tuesday outside of the hospital, nurses said that residents east of the Anacostia River still need a “fully-functional hospital.”

Healthcare advocates say residents living in the eastern part of the District already have limited options for care; several hospitals are clustered on the western side of D.C.

“We are not satisfied with what Ascension is doing here. They are offering a small and I think dangerous hospital, potentially,” said Stephen Frum, a labor representative with National Nurses United, the union which represents nurses at Providence.

BUSINESS | ACT for Alexandria, the Arlington Community Foundation, the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation sent a letter to welcome Amazon to Northern Virginia. Read it here (CFNova, 12/15)

PHILANTHROPY
How the Neighborhood Funder Group is Disrupting Funder-Grantee Dynamics (Surdna Foundation, 12/5)

– Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, warns progressive funders that they can learn from conservative funders and lists a few of their strengths. (NAF, 12/10)

INCOME | A new idea to address income inequality in the US is becoming popular – having the government provide a job with good wages for everyone who isn’t employed. (Citylab, 12/10)

FOOD | New Program Offers Southeast D.C. Families Discounted Rides To Grocery Stores (WAMU, 12/11)

EDUCATION | Arlington County, Alexandria and DC are all creating a more inclusive school environment for students who identify as nonbinary or transgender. (DCist, 12/10)

ENVIRONMENT | D.C. backs away from special water rate relief for churches (WaPo, 12/11)


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Ready for an afternoon snack? Get a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts today for $1.

– Kendra

A new ‘Opportunity Atlas’ analyzes economic mobility across the country

INCOME | The Census Bureau and Opportunity Insights, a research and policy group based at Harvard University, have partnered to create the Opportunity Atlas, a map that allows users to see the economic prospects of children in certain areas of the US based on variables like incarceration rates, median household income, and others. (Citylab, 10/1)

The map reaffirms that neighborhoods matter, but also provides insights into how much and why. “Having that granularity of data really starts to help us ask questions that policymakers weren’t able to ask and answer in precise ways before,” said David Williams, the policy director of Opportunity Insights, a partnership between economists at Harvard University and Brown University that created the map.

Generally, the good neighborhoods tend to have some combination of a few quantifiable traits: less economic and racial segregation, less inequality, better performing schools, lower crime, and more two-parent families. Intangible factors like “social cohesion” may also be at play, Williams said.

RACISM | Last week, WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington sponsored a civil rights learning journey in the south. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses her reaction to learning more about the terrorism Black people endured before and during the civil rights movement in the US. (Daily, 10/2)

RELIGION‘We Are Not At The End With God’: Gentrification Leads Historic D.C. Church To Close (WAMU, 10/1)

HEALTH | A new congressional report found that 3.5 million Maryland residents could lose their health insurance due to age, gender, or a pre-existing condition because the administration will not enforce provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act. (Baltimore Sun, 10/2)

NONPROFITS | Many Hands is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families in the Washington, DC area. Learn more here (Many Hands, 10/2)

PUBLIC SAFETYCanceling Kavanaugh Isn’t the Only Justice Survivors Need (Rewire.News, 10/1)


Here’s your guide to the region’s multicultural music festival.

– Kendra

New report shows how the police target Black Metro riders

TRANSIT/RACISM | A new report by the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs found that Metro Police have targeted metro stops heavily used by youth of color in hopes of arresting them for fare evasion. The data shows that the police have used the fare evasion charge to unfairly target Black people, especially Black men. (WLCCRU, 9/13)

Despite WMATA’s stated policy of cracking down on all fare evasion, WMATA’s own data suggests that the statute is not being enforced fairly. Rather, it shows that Metro Police are enforcing the statute almost exclusively against Black people, particularly in African-American neighborhoods or in parts of the City in which African Americans come in contact with Whites.

CENSUS“We Can’t Count on Washington”: A California Funder Preps for the 2020 Census (Inside Philanthropy, 9/12)

ENVIRONMENT | How Alexandria is pushing flood mitigation measures and other methods to adjust to climate change. (GGWash, 9/13)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | A new art exhibit in Maryland explores how we “conceptualize, scrutinize and give value to the human form“. (DCist, 9/13)

BUSINESSGreater Washington has waited for months. Here’s what Jeff Bezos finally had to say about HQ2. (WBJ, 9/13)

INCOME | Household incomes increased across the region last year but there was still a wide gap in racial group earnings, especially in the District. (WaPo, 9/13)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Institutional Fundraising Coordinator | Shakespeare Theatre Company– New!
Grants Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Vice-President for Development and Communications | Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED)
Development Manager | Leadership Greater Washington
Senior Managing Director, Finance & Operations | Flamboyan Foundation
Institutional Giving Associate | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Director, Institutional Giving | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Events Manager | Public Welfare Foundation
Major Gifts Officer | L’Arche Greater Washington D.C.
Manager of Program & Evaluation Services | BoardSource
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
Executive Vice President, Development and Communications | Northern Virginia Family Service
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Northern Virginia Family Service
Adult Education Specialist | BoardSource
Senior Director, Evaluation and Learning | Flamboyan Foundation
Major Gifts Officer | Food & Friends

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.


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The Weather Channel released a cool but frightening simulation about what could happen in a hurricane.

– Kendra

How the Greater Washington region is dealing with the government shutdown

WORKFORCE
– Today marks the third day of a government shutdown due to Congress not agreeing on a spending bill. Perhaps no other area will be more impacted than the Greater Washington region, as our workforce is almost 25% government workers, and 25% to 30% of the region’s economy is dependent on federal payroll or procurement spending. (WaPo, 1/21)

“If you viewed this as a company town, it’s like the factory shut down, and we don’t know when it’s going to reopen,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said.

Connolly cited statistics showing the region could lose an estimated $200 million per day in economic productivity, including the losses for small businesses catering to government employees.

“You know if you were running a lunch shop near the IRS and 80 percent of the IRS workforce is not going to work, you’ve lost a lot of your business for the duration of the shutdown,” he said. “They really have no recourse. That’s what so very sad, and some of these are family-run businesses.”

– Parents Scramble For Childcare With Federal Buildings Closed For Shutdown (WAMU, 1/22)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | The fact that DC is steadily becoming too expensive to live in isn’t news, but how the community and other sectors are dealing with it is newsworthy. Read about how these Chinatown residents were able to buy their building and renovate it using DC’s TOPA law, and other tools groups are using to make housing affordable here. Although not mentioned by name, the article also refers to Our Region, Your Investment – an impact investing initiative of both Enterprise Community Loan Fund and WRAG – as a way philanthropy and other partners are collaborating to preserve affordable housing in the region. (NextCity, 1/19)

Gretchen Greiner-Lott,WRAG’s vice president, says, “WRAG is pleased to be working with Enterprise to provide an important tool to bring much needed capital to our region’s housing affordability issue. To learn more about how you, too, can make a difference, go to Our Region, Your Investment.”

PHILANTHROPY | The Community Foundation in Montgomery County is now accepting applications for the 2018 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year. (Community Foundation, 1/19)

AGING | Watch as Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation, shares the foundation’s vision – a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable – and discusses how they are fighting senior poverty. (WJLA, 1/19)

RACISM | In a powerful example of how philanthropic leaders can use their voices, Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, and Maxwell King, president & CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, co-wrote an article condemning the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for attempting to paint the president’s racist words as non-offensive. (Heinz Endowment, 1/15)

HEALTH CARE/INCOMEThe American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality (Atlantic, 1/19)

HOMELESSNESS | On Sunday, DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that DC General will be closed by the end of the year. (WaPo, 1/21)


These suggestions may seem irrelevant now, but when winter comes back on Wednesday you might want to read about where to get the best hot chocolates in the region.

– Kendra

New report finds DC economy is leaving longtime black residents behind

RACIAL EQUITY/INCOME
– Georgetown University has released a report exploring the state of employment, population and housing for black DC residents. One of the most startling findings is that the average white household has a net worth of $284,000 and the average black household’s assets are $3,500. (WaPo, 10/12)

The Georgetown report traces the inequities in the District today to discriminatory practices that once kept black residents out of the economy. It also provides recommendations for the city to help strive for greater equality.

“One of the contributions of this report is how much it puts in one place both the history of the city and redlining and school segregation, and connecting it to how those impacts play out today,” said Ed Lazere, executive director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, whose work is extensively cited in the study. “That half of all black households in D.C. have assets of $3,500 or less — that’s virtually nothing, and it’s probably a reflection that housing discrimination years ago kept them from owning homes.”

COMMUNITY | Congratulations to Tracye Funn, manager of corporate contributions and supplier diversity at Washington Gas (and WRAG board member), for being honored in the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County‘s 2017 Civic Leadership Awards!

HEALTH
– The administration has announced it will stop reimbursing insurance companies for the discounts that they are required to offer low-income customers, which some expect will hurt middle-class families. (NPR, 10/13)

– Puerto Rico’s population’s health is at risk. Here’s why. (WaPo, 10/13)

TRANSIT | A recent study examining commute times between metro and Uber found that it may be quicker to travel with Uber inside the District. (WaPo, 10/11)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Controller | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation – New!
Program Officer, Young Women’s Initiative | Washington Area Women’s Foundation – New!
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health – New!
Prevention Coordinator | Montgomery County Collaboration Council
Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations | Exelon
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Content Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Director of Development | The Literacy Lab
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Program Associate, Portfolio Support, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Associate, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Officer, Public Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

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.


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This is kind of like “Price is Right”. Can you guess the price? (Tip: There is actually a purse that costs $49,805 that seemingly only serves as a purse and not an alternative form of transportation or shelter.)

– Kendra

A look at the gain and loss of income in the Greater Washington region

INCOME | According to Census Bureau statistics released today, the District and Alexandria, VA, were one of the few areas in our region that saw a decline in its median household income in 2016. Loudoun, Howard, Fairfax, and Arlington counties all saw gains. (WaPo, 9/14)

[Councilmember David] Grosso said he thinks the District’s demographics are at the root of the numbers: Young people with just-out-of-college salaries flock to the city, but as they start families and their incomes grow, the high-earning couples with children tend to leave for more affordable D.C. suburbs or other regions of the country. He hopes the District’s new paid family leave policy and improving public schools can persuade parents to stay put.

RACE | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses why nonprofit leadership is still predominantly white and challenges us to think about the root cause of why that is. (Daily, 9/14)

YOUTH/LGBTQ | According to a recently released Youth Risk Behavior Survey, one in four DC teens who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual have attempted suicide. (MetroWeekly, 8/25)

PUBLIC SAFETYAt Immigration Forum, A Call for Sheriff’s Office’s Relationship With ICE to be ‘Revisited’ (ARLnow, 9/14)

EDUCATION | Loudoun County has launched the state’s first computer science immersion schools, where all students are required to spend part of the school day learning to code. (Loudoun Now, 9/4)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland advocates want the state to pass legislation requiring state utilities to buy half of their electricity from renewable sources. (WaPo, 9/13)

HEALTH CARE | More than 60,000 Virginians will not be able to buy health insurance next year due to insurers leaving the state’s health exchange. (Richmond Times, 9/13)


The incredibly true story of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s trip to Washington, DC and the Capitol.

– Kendra

‘East of the River’ film aims to show the real lives of Anacostia teens

EDUCATION
– The rate of suspensions in the District’s school system has been a hot topic recently. A new short film, East of the River, intends to tell the story of the experiences of these students, especially black girls, who are pushed out of the school system prematurely. The film includes teen actors who are from the Anacostia community. (DCist, 9/8)

While most films made in D.C. stick to the historical landmarks and paint the city as little more than an iconic backdrop for political intrigue, [the filmmaker Hannah] Peterson’s decision to cast real D.C. teens and use the less visible locations where they actually hang out with will create a slice of fiction that brings Washington to life on the big screen. In addition to notes from the young actors who’ll be in front of the camera, the screenplay was penned in collaboration with a Youth Advisory board of six students whose stories and insight helped shape the final product on the page.

“When people think about Anacostia they think about shooting and drugs,” says India Pendleton, a Ballou High School student and the leader of the Youth Advisory. “They don’t really come to Anacostia to see that people like me work really hard so we can have a good education. We work day and night in school, we work jobs after school. We do a lot because we know that people view us a certain way, so we have to work harder to get that target off of us.”

– Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks (NPR, 9/11)

GENDER EQUITY | Congratulations to WRAG member Washington Area Women’s Foundation for receiving the Women’s Funding Network’s 2017 Leadership in Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Award! (PND Blog, 9/9)

FOOD | The renewal of a District landmark, the “Shrimp Boat,” is mostly welcomed in the neighborhood. (WaPo, 9/10)

HEALTH | Over the weekend the University of Maryland, the Maryland State Dental Association and Catholic Charities partnered to provide free dental care to about 800 low-income Marylanders. (Baltimore Sun, 9/10)

INCOME | The District is offering an amnesty program to help parents who are behind in their court ordered child support due to various reasons including unemployment or underemployment. (WaPo, 9/7)

WORKFORCE | The J-1 visa program, which allows individuals to visit the US and learn about American society in exchange for work, may be in danger of ending. (WaPo, 9/10)

ENVIRONMENTVirginia Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Hurricane Irma (DCist, 9/8)


This website will tell you what the #1 song was when you were born.

– Kendra