Friday roundup – February 29 through March 4, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT/POVERTY
– Ed Lazere, executive director of the DCFPI, shared with us what legislation to extend TANF could mean to a number of households in the District. (Daily, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Following the launch of WRAG’s 2016 Public Education Speaker Series last week with Dr. Matthew Biel, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center, speaking on the impact of toxic stress on children’s development, we shared some of his compelling points. (Daily 2/29)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Executives’ Alliance for Boys & Men of Color announced the ‘Ban the Box Philanthropy Challenge,’ calling for U.S. philanthropic institutions to adopt fair chance hiring policies. Participating and supporting organizations include: Butler Family Fund, Consumer Health Foundation, Council on FoundationsOpen Society Foundations, and Public Welfare Foundation.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– The Theatre Communications Group is taking nominations for D.C. area early-career leaders of color in social-profit theater to participate in their Rising Leaders of Color program, designed to “change the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an inter-generational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.”

THIS WEEK IN FOOD
– Researchers have created a tool, called the U.S. IMPACT Food Policy Model, that demonstrates how the pricing of healthy foods affects health outcomes. (NPR, 3/2)

– Denmark is emerging as a  leader in the fight against food waste. (NPR, 3/1)

– The Instagrams of Food Deserts (Atlantic, 3/1)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Ever wonder how we’ve come to love certain animals as pets, and turn our noses up at the sight of others?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 22 through 26, 2016

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director of The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a member of the WRAG board, shared her experience of witnessing racial inequality growing up in North Carolina, and how she came to realize that society treated certain people differently. (Daily, 2/25)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
– In light of Black History Month, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty discussed the connections between race and homelessness.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– New data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found that arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013. This was  a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. (National Endowment for the Arts, 2/16)

 Audience Engagement Is All the Rage Among Arts Funders. But What Is It, Really? (Inside Philanthropy, 2/18)

THIS WEEK IN GENDER EQUITY
– Opinion: How Society Pays When Women’s Work Is Underpaid (NYT, 2/22)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Can you tell the difference between real wildlife and mechanical wildlife decoys used to stop illegal hunting from these photos?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – June 8 through June 12, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– This week, WRAG president Tamara Copeland critiqued a recent NY Times op-ed on the lack of oversight of philanthropy. (Daily, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Studies show that many of the fears that residents of more affluent communities sometimes have over building affordable housing in close proximity to their homes never become reality. (Atlantic, 6/2)

– Data from the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer explored why people move in and out of the District. Not surprisingly, housing issues were a major factor in choosing to move out. (WSJ, 6/9)

– A much-needed affordable housing facility specifically geared toward LGBT seniors will soon break ground in the District. (Elevation, 6/8)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS/IMMIGRATION
– A new film explores the stories of undocumented youth in D.C., sharing the challenges they have faced as immigrants. (WCP, 6/10)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Developing Your Point of View on Philanthropy – Presented by Exponent Philanthropy and Wells Fargo Private Bank in partnership with WRAG (Open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; members of giving circles)
Tuesday, June 16   9:30 am – 12:00 pm (At Wells Fargo – 1300 I Street NW, 11th Floor)

Foundation Finance Affinity Group: Navigating Private Foundation Excise Tax Rules (WRAG member/prospective member CFOs and finance staff)
Thursday, June 18   10:00 am – 12:00 pm (At WRAG)


Can you match these presidential candidates to the number one song that topped the charts when they announced?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – Feb. 23 through Feb. 27, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION/POVERTY/EDUCATION
A new study from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service – analyzing demographic changes in 66 cities between 1990 and 2012 – shows that city centers continue to become more affluent as inner suburbs continue to see a rise in poverty rates. The shift in demographics has some local school districts contemplating how best to accommodate the growing diversity of their students. (WaPo, 2/26)

In 1990, the poverty rate was highest in the center of the District, and it fell as you traveled farther into the suburbs. In 2012, however, poverty was lower in the city center but spiked in the inner suburbs, four to five miles out, before dropping again in the outer suburbs and exurbs.

That change means that the number of low-income children are rising in traditionally affluent and high-performing school systems. Schools in Montgomery County, which has a reputation as a tony suburb of the nation’s capital, have seen the rate of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals — a rough proxy for poverty — rise from 29 to 35 percent just since 2009. Across the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, the share of students receiving free and reduced-price meals in Fairfax County Public Schools has risen from 19 percent in 2005 to 28 percent this year.

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland told us about the Get on the Map campaign, and why WRAG members should share their data to help strengthen philanthropy in our region. (Daily, 2/23)

– We also learned about some future projections for giving for 2015 and 2016. (Chronicle, 2/24)

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, announced some exciting new offerings from WRAG – a Foundation Finance Affinity Group and the Fundamentals of CSR workshop. (Daily, 2/24 and 2/26)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
– We were able to get a revealing look at homelessness in the region through this multi-part series that includes the stories of people looking to make the issue a top priority. (WAMU, 2/20)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– The Urban Land Institute and the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference released a report titled, “Public Land & Affordable Housing in the Washington, DC Region,” offering best practices and recommendations for meeting the housing needs of lower-income residents. (ULI, 2/2015)

THIS WEEK IN ARTS/EQUITY
– Rebekah Seder, senior program manager at WRAG, discussed a growing interest for many local arts funders – how to advance diversity and equity in the region’s cultural sector. (Dailly, 2/25)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Northern Virginia LEG: The Art of Successful Site Visits (Foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; members of giving circles)
Thursday, March 5, 2015  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Nope…I won’t spend another second thinking about this dress. Here’s something much more productive – a quiz about which foreign language you should learn next. Auf Wiedersehen!

– Ciara