Friday roundup – June 20 through June 24, 2016

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY 
– Marcela Brane, Herb Block Foundation president and CEO, shared this year’s winner of the Foundation’s annual Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Be sure to check out the winning cartoon, “Racist EZCash,” by Mark Fiore(Daily, 6/20)

– The latest video in the Putting Racism on the Table series is live! The video features Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, on the experiences of non-black racial minorities in the United States. While you’re at it, stop by our website to find the viewing guide and discussion guide that accompany the video.

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY 
– WRAG’s summer intern Hudson Kaplan-Allen offered the key takeaways from the first session of WRAG’s 2016 Nonprofit Summer Learning Series, “Dos and Don’ts of Working with Grantmakers,” and the importance of cultivating authentic relationships among funders and grantees. The event featured keynote speaker Rick Moyers of the The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and panelists Julia Baer-Cooper, consultant with the England Family Foundation and Prince Charitable Trusts, Ben Murphy of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Tracye Funn of Washington Gas. (Daily, 6/21)

– PwC took home the Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business) award at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards.

THIS WEEK IN THE DISTRICT
– Unemployment rates in D.C.’s ward 7 and 8 are at the lowest levels in several years, according to recent federal data from the Department of Employment Services. (WCP, 6/17)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
– Officials in Fairfax County are striving toward a more supportive community for the homeless with the opening of a new center. (WaPo, 6/22)

– According to data, more than 1.3 million U.S. students were homeless in 2013-2014. Advocates are looking to bring greater awareness and support to youth experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty, and a new report surveying homeless youth reveals that many schools may be failing to help students. (WaPo, 6/17)


JOBS

Associate | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente
Part Time Bookkeeper/Accountant | ACT for Alexandria
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Director, Corporate Philanthropy | Council on Foundations

WRAG’s Community Calendar

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So today is apparently #TakeYourDogToWorkDay. Brace yourself for cuteness overload and click the hashtag to see some dogs hard at work.

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – May 16 through May 20, 2016

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– Consumer Health Foundation board member Silvia Salazar shared her reflections on the Putting Racism on the Table series and how it has had a meaningful impact on her life in this blog post available in both English and Spanish. (Daily, 5/19)

– Caitlyn Duffy, project associate for Philamplify at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, discussed why she’s challenging philanthropy and other sectoral organizations to talk more explicitly about structural racism, and gave a shout out to WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series. (NCRP, 5/18)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– In light of the coming dissolution of the DC Trust, WRAG submitted a letter on behalf of the region’s philanthropic community to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, calling on the Council to maintain funding for out-of-school and summer programming for D.C.’s  children and youth in the FY17 budget.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers‘ president and CEO David Biemesderfer shared this open letter to foundations he signed as one of 22 nonprofit and philanthropy leaders, thanking foundations that have invested in nonprofit infrastructure. He also provided some examples of the important work Forum members Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Maine Philanthropy Center, and WRAG are doing to strengthen communities nationwide. (Forum, 5/17)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
– Metro Releases Finalized Long-Term Maintenance Plan. See How Your Commute Will Be Affected. (WCP, 5/19)


JOBS
Communications and Development Associate | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc. 
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc. 
Part Time Bookkeeper/Accountant | ACT for Alexandria
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Associate Director (Conservation Focus) | Arabella Advisors
Director, Corporate Philanthropy | Council on Foundations
D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership 

Visit WRAG’s Job Board for the latest job openings in the region’s social sector.


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Boston has found a poetic way to beat the rainy day blues.

– 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)


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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 – November 30 through December 4, 2015

We are sad to learn of the passing of Catherine Seiferth England, president of the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. In addition to her passion for the arts, she also spent much of her career helping to meet the needs of underserved youth and Jewish residents in the District. Read more about her life here.

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced a long-term Philanthropy Initiative and display titled “Giving In America,” providing a look at how philanthropy has shaped American culture. (PR Newswire, 12/1)

– A new study examined the relationship between the generosity of wealthy people and  the level of inequality in their state. Wealthy people in states where incomes are more evenly distributed are more likely to be generous, according to the study. (Bloomberg, 11/23)

THIS WEEK IN THE ECONOMY/DISTRICT
– More and more developers are rolling out plans to transform Anacostia. Many residents are bracing themselves for what may come. (WaPo, 11/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– The Campaign for Black Male Achievement released a new report that ranks 50 U.S. cities on their efforts to “advance racial progress and black needs.”  D.C. is one of the top three cities with a 97 out of 100 possible points. (WCP, 12/3)

– For the first time in decades, new diabetes cases are declining in the U.S.  (NYT, 12/1)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Want to win friends and influence people? Talk faster!

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – June 1 through June 5, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
– Yesterday marked the 3rd annual Do More 24 day of giving hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area. The campaign raised well over $1.4 million for more than 600 nonprofits serving DC, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. A total of 11,394 donations were made through the online giving portal.

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE
The Washington Post did a special report on the number of individuals fatally shot by police nationwide so far this year. The in-depth study found that the number is reaching 400 people. (WaPo, 5/30)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– The Washington Post also explored policies and programs geared specifically toward young men of color, and examined why they continue to remain so important for the future of the economy. (WaPo, 6/3)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Research shows that there is not only a gap in the number of rich and poor students enrolling in college, there is also a gap in the rate at which they complete college – the “graduation gap.” (NYT, 6/2)

– The Economic Policy Institute reported that young female college graduates earn significantly lower wages than young male graduates. This, despite the fact that average wages for all young college graduates is 2.5 percent lower than it was 15 years ago. (EPI, 6/3)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Preserving D.C.’s Safety Net (WRAG members)
Thursday, June 11  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar
Thursday, June 11  2:00 pm – 2:45 pm


Here‘s a great cartoon visualization and short story on privilege.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – April 13 through April 17, 2015

THIS WEEK IN BUDGETS/REGION
– This week, we heard from leading fiscal policy experts on the 2016 federal, District, and Virginia budgets and what priorities they may bring to the forefront for funders in the region. We’ll hear more on Maryland’s budget soon. In the meantime, you can get caught up on on the posts from Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Michael Cassidy of The Commonwealth Institute, and Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. (Daily, 4/13, 4/14, and 4/15)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
– Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement released a new report analyzing U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs focused on improving the life outcomes of black men and boys. (BMAfunders, 4/14)

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– The D.C. Council introduced a resolution to strengthen the city’s Inclusionary Zoning program in an effort to increase the stock of long-term affordable housing. (Coalition for Smarter Growth, 4/14)

THIS WEEK IN IMMIGRATION
– The Commonwealth Institute examined the role unauthorized immigrants can play in Virginia’s economy. (Commonwealth Institute, 4/16)

– D.C. Area’s Safety Net For Immigrant Children Is Stretched Thin, Report Says (WAMU, 4/14)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arlington County was found to be one of only 10 counties in the U.S that had declining numbers of diabetes cases between the years 2004 and 2012. (WaPo, 4/13)

Childhood trauma may raise risk of type 1 diabetes (Reuters, 4/15)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
The Fundamentals of CSR: A Two Day-Workshop
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington Regional Food Funders: Second Quarterly Meeting (Interested WRAG members should contact Lindsay Smith for an agenda and to RSVP if they haven’t already done so)
Thursday, April 23, 2015   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


 

How can you tell if your dog really loves you? It’s all in the gaze.

– Ciara