Friday roundup – March 21 through March 25, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
Reflections on implicit bias were shared by Board Chair Missy Young and lead staffer Dara Johnson from the Horning Family Fund. (Daily 3/24)

– The Consumer Health Foundation‘s Kendra Allen interviewed Sequnely Gray, Community Engagement Coordinator for So Others Might Eat and a TANF recipient, about her experience advocating for families on TANF and the impact of benefit time limits. (CHF, 3/21)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION/REGION
– A new report found significant racial disparities in the acceptance rates among selective academic programs at public schools in Montgomery County. (WaPo, 3/22)

 In Loudoun County, a proposal that would concentrate mostly low-income, majority Hispanic students into two schools is evoking memories of “separate but equal” policies of the past. (WaPo, 3/20) 

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
–  Grantmakers in Health, with support from the Aetna Foundation, released a supplement on health equity innovations, published with the spring 2016 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The supplement highlights promising strategies and emerging approaches for building healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. (SSIR, spring 2016)

–  OpinionThe color of heroin addiction — why war then, treatment now? (WaPo, 3/23)

THIS WEEK IN CSR
 The deadline to apply for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards is Friday, April 1. Hint for Nonprofits: Nominating your corporate partners is a great way to show your appreciation and deepen your relationship!

Related: Interested in learning how to build new, stronger, and more mutually beneficial corporate partnerships? Join WRAG and more than 20 CSR professionals from some of the region’s top companies for the 2016 Fundamentals of CSR workshop on April 14-15.


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Are you #TeamPancakes or #TeamWaffles? Personally, I found both to be far too filling.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – March 14 through March 18, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG/THE WRAG COMMUNITY
 – WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland posed the question, “When was the last time you talked about racism?,” and explained her view on why you should start. (Daily, 3/15)

– Catherine Oidtman, Philanthropy Fellow at the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, shared what she’s learned about going “beyond dollars” in philanthropy. (Daily, 3/14)

Related for WRAG Members: We are now accepting applications from WRAG members interested in hosting Philanthropy Fellows this fall. For more information about this program and how to apply, click here.

Opinion: Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director of Giving at the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and WRAG board chair, shared her views on why urgent reform is necessary to put an end to gerrymandering in Virginia. (Loudoun Times, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT/INFRASTRUCTURE
 Why Washington’s transportation is a problem, in one map (GGW, 3/15)

– Opinion: We caused the Metro shutdown when we decided to let our cities decay (WaPo, 3/16)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH/EQUITY
– WAMU released their new, four-part series on the continuing struggle for inclusion facing individuals with developmental disabilities in the District. (WAMU,  3/2016)

– The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their 2016 County Health RankingsIn Virginia, Loudoun County was number one in the overall ranking for health outcomes, and in Maryland, Montgomery County came out on top. (WTOP, 3/16)


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Who do you think is the most photographed man of the 19th century?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – December 7 through December 11, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION/ECONOMY
– Elected leaders from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia recently gathered and showed that they’re starting to think more regionally. (WaPo, 12/8)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– In Maryland, hundreds of children are still being poisoned by lead paint each year, despite a public pledge to end poisoning by 2010. (WaPo, 12/8)

– When marketing healthy eating campaigns in rural communities, there are often a number of unique challenges that can arise. (City Lab, 12/9)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– Why it’s so hard to afford a rental even if you make a decent salary (WaPo, 12/9)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– The Senate approved new education legislation known as the Every Student Succeeds Act that ends No Child Left Behind and gives states and local school districts more power over assessing the quality of their schools. (WaPo, 12/9)

– One way to boost achievement among poor kids? Make sure they have classmates who aren’t poor. (WaPo, 12/8)


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Who says you can’t workout at work?

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – October 13 through October 16, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
–  Washington Business Journal offered a look at the highly-anticipated expansion of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center – also known as THEARC – scheduled to break ground later this month. (WBJ, 10/6)

– The Cultural Data Project, the online tool used by arts organizations to track financial, programmatic, and operational data, is re-branding as DataArts. Check out their press release to learn more.

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL INNOVATION
– Financial institution Goldman Sachs  dabbled in social impact bonds with an investment in 100 Utah preschoolers. (NYT, 10/7)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
–  CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced that it will award $3 million to social profit organizations and government organizations in the region to develop new, innovative telemedicine programs that improve access to healthcare. (WBJ, 10/12)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– A recent study found that medical costs in D.C. are relatively affordable in comparison with those of other major U.S. cities, despite wide variations in the true costs of care within the city. (WBJ, 10/12)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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See if you can solve this quick puzzle about how baseball caps divided a tiny town (essentially). Then, find out what the answer may reveal about the world we live in. Deep.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – September 21 through September 25, 2015

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland examined how homeownership, once the American dream that promised greater financial stability, is no longer accessible to many in the Greater Washington region. (Daily, 9/22)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– We introduced the 2015-2016 Philanthropy Fellows, nine students from the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership working at WRAG member organizations this year. (Daily, 9/21)

– On the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s blog, Maggie Osborn, head of WRAG’s colleague organization, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, shared some important lessons that philanthropy can learn from jazz music. (CEP, 9/22)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– The release of new data from the Centers for Disease Control may dispel some myths about what we think we know about low-income families and their relationship to fast food, and show how obesity affects various racial groups in America. (WaPo, 9/18 and NPR, 9/23)

– We were also able to see how prevalent obesity has become in certain D.C. neighborhoods. (DC Inno, 9/18)


Basically, the moon is going to get really weird on Sunday. Don’t miss it. 

– Ciara

 

Friday roundup – September 14 through September 18, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
 Consumer Health Foundation president and CEO Yanique Redwood discussed how foundations and social profit organizations can transform communities by spending in them. (CHF, 9/16)

Exponent Philanthropy shared how thinking more like a designer may be a great method to apply to the field of philanthropy. (PhilanthroFiles, 9/17)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– Dr. Alvin Crawley, Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent, explained why integrating health and wellness goals into the day-to-day activities at schools is so important for staff and students over on Northern Virginia Health Foundation‘s blog. (NVHF, 9/16)

 Proportion of Americans without health insurance dropped in 2014 (WaPo, 9/16)

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE/RACIAL JUSTICE
– Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates explored African American families in the age of mass incarceration. (Atlantic, 10/2015)

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE/REGION
– Washington Business Journal compiled a list of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs in the region. Personal care aides topped the list with a 29% average annual rate of change in the number of jobs available in the region from 2009-2014. (WBJ, 9/15)


Can you guess whether these crazy menu items are real or fake?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – May 18 through May 22, 2015

The WRAG office will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy the long weekend! 

THIS WEEK AT WRAG/PHILANTHROPY
– Check out some of the key issues that were raised during WRAG’s recent Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference. (Loudoun Times, 5/15)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS
– Polly Donaldson, the new head of the Department of Housing and Community Development, discussed how the agency plans to extend its focus on affordable housing into efforts to end homelessness. (WCP, 5/15)

– Montgomery County planners released a draft of their Bethesda Downtown Plan, including recommendations for the area over the next 20 years.  Plans involve new park space and the preservation of affordable housing. (Bethesda Magazine, 5/15)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– Arabella Advisors shared some effective approaches that health funders can take to fulfill unmet needs in the constantly evolving healthcare system. (Arabella Advisors, 5/18)

– For the second year in a row, the Washington region was number one in a list of the fittest metropolitan areas. (NPR, 5/19)


Whether you live in the District or just occasionally pass through the area, it’s always nice to know how to get around. Take this quiz to see how well you can navigate D.C. streets. I’m proud of my 5/10!

– Ciara