Getting TANF recipients into good jobs

– With an October 2017 deadline approaching for many DC families who have received TANF benefits for five years, the city is working to get more individuals into job training and placement programs, and recruiting private companies to participate in a paid internship program (CP, 7/28):

The District…requires most TANF recipients to participate in job training or placement programs… But in fiscal year 2015, 56 percent of people assigned to one did not complete their required hours.

The barriers to compliance are numerous and complex (child care, mental health needs, problems with a vendor, etc.) And even those who find a job may not be in it for long: A D.C. Auditor analysis found that, of the more than 6,000 TANF recipients placed in jobs between February 2012 and October 2014, just 770 were still in those positions after six months. Low wages and part-time hours are also an issue: The companies that employ the most TANF recipients, the auditor found, are AlliedBarton Security Services, McDonald’s, Walmart, and grocery stores.

– The Washington Area Women’s Foundation digs into the data and finds that the poverty rate among women in the Greater Washington region is on the rise. (WAWF, 7/21)

HOUSING | A new housing development aims to provide affordable apartments for DC teachers, in an effort to ensure that teachers can actually afford to live in the city where they teach. (WaPo, 7/27)

VIRGINIA/EQUITY | ‘Why don’t they want us to vote?’ Ex-felons cope with losing voting rights twice in Virginia. (WaPo, 7/27)

IMMIGRATION | Halt On Juvenile Immigrant Visa Leaves Thousands In Limbo (NPR, 7/28)

PHILANTHROPY/EQUITY | Sometimes, the strategies funders use to include the voices and perspectives of grantees in their work can inadvertently perpetuate inequities they are trying to address in the first place. (SSIR, 7/28) This article is part of a series produced with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations about the role of grantee inclusion in effective philanthropy.

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– Rebekah

Report explores growth in women’s giving

The Daily will return on Tuesday, May 31. Enjoy the long weekend.

A new report by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) explores the growth in women’s giving, along with trends in the demographics and motivations of those who give. (Inside Philanthropy, 5/24)

WPI has released a study showing for the first time that women are motivated by personal experience to give to causes that benefit women and girls specifically.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, it’s actually significant, useful information. Women’s tendency to donate money to specific causes based on experiences like having a child or discrimination suggests that philanthropy might take off in new directions as women become primary asset-holders in society and further increase their giving.

Inside Philanthropy recently highlighted the tremendous work and evolution of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation as they strive to improve the lives of women and girls in the Washington region. (Inside Philanthropy, 4/28)

– Report: The Tipped-Minimum Wage Leaves D.C. Women Behind (WCP, 5/24)

RACIAL EQUITY/YOUTH | In a follow up to their cover story investigating the views of American teenagers fifty years ago, Newsweek is back with another extensive look at the major social concerns of U.S. teens in 2016. According to their survey, “the most compelling findings show that race and discrimination are crucial issues for teens today.” (Newsweek, 5/2016)

HEALTHWhere Is All the Autism Funding? (Atlantic, 5/26)

TRANSIT | A major lack of investment in infrastructure is apparent in many ways lately – particularly in relation to aging public transit systems. Areas of the northeast continue to struggle with finding the resources to keep this vital component of many people’s lives efficient and safe. (NYT, 5/2016)

ARTS/EDUCATION | A growing number of educators in the District are looking toward integrating more of an arts focus in lessons in an effort to close the ongoing achievement gap among public schools. (USA Today, 5/25)

POVERTYHidden Camera Reveals How Little People Really Know About Poverty (HuffPo, 5/24)

Let’s say you really want to go to a museum, but you really don’t have the time to do that. Just look at these things and walk past everything else.

– Ciara

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

Maryland found to be most gender-equal state in the U.S.

A new study looks at a number of factors in each state to determine rankings for gender equality across the U.S. According to the study, Maryland took top honors as the most gender-equal state, while Virginia came in at number 13. D.C. was not included in the report. (DCist, 3/8)

Apparently, women in Maryland mean business. The Old Line State is stacked with women who earn competitive salaries compared to men, according to research by Bloomberg, which ranked Maryland as the most gender-equal state in the country.


Women tend to thrive in states with a lot of white-collar industries, Heidi Hartmann, of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told Bloomberg. So Maryland’s proximity to the District and other state capitals puts it at an advantage, Hartmann said.

– When compared with other cultures, many new mothers in the U.S. find themselves in a position where they must return to work after giving birth far sooner than they would like. The Atlantic looks at how not having access to paid family medical leave can affect a household. (Atlantic, 3/3)

ARTS | As more and more social profit museums lean on commercial art galleries for financial support for exhibitions, some argue that the arrangement could bring about conflicts of interest and too much influence over what the public sees, going against the missions of many museums to provide art for art’s sake. (NYT, 3/7)

HEALTH/AGING | A new report examines health care for aging Americans and finds that many are not receiving care that aligns with their values and preferences. (NPR, 3/8)

EDUCATION/ENVIRONMENT | Could Urban Farms Be The Preschools of the Future? (City Lab, 3/7)

JOBS | The Washington Area Women’s Foundation is hiring for two exciting positions: Program Associate and Development Associate.

Happy International Women’s Day!

– Ciara 

Creating more inclusive communities

A new study released by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program recommends ways in which metro regions can alter their economic development thinking toward building more inclusive environments that do not exclude poorer residents. (City Lab, 2/29)

While 95 percent of the largest metros in the U.S. have seen aggregate job growth since 2009, according to the report, over 40 percent of all metros have lost jobs in their advanced industries. More troubling, the growth of low-wage occupations has surpassed the growth of middle-skill and higher-wage jobs in the U.S. This has coincided with a troubling increase in concentrated poverty in both cities and suburbs.

– DC Fiscal Policy Institute has released a report on the inequity and poverty that have deepened in the District in the years since the Great Recession. (DCFPI, 2/26)

– WRAG launched the 2016 Public Education Speaker Series last week with Dr. Matthew Biel, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center, where he spoke on the impact of toxic stress on children’s development. You can read more about his compelling comments here. (Daily 2/29)

– The Washington Area Women’s Foundation (WAWF) recently announced their leadership in a new regional effort to strengthen the early care and education professional workforce, known as the Washington Region Early Care & Education Workforce Network. Read WAWF president and CEO Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat’s statement on the new effort.

The Consequences of Poor Science Education in Kindergarten (Atlantic, 2/27)

– In their newly published annual trend report, the Center for the Future of Museums finds that one major barrier for people in engaging in the cultural sector comes down to a simple lack of leisure time. (WaPo, 2/26)

When People of Color Are Discouraged From Going Into the Arts (Atlantic, 2/28)

HEALTH | A series of recent polls administered in key states take a look at Americans’ views and concerns two years into the Affordable Care Act. (NPR, 2/29)

Neil DeGrasse Tyson breaks down Leap Day once and for all. 

– Ciara

The capacity of women’s philanthropy explored in new issue brief

The Washington Area Women’s Foundation has released their latest issue brief: The Unprecedented Power and Potential of Women’s Philanthropy in the Washington Region. The brief, supported by Capital One, looks into the significance of  investing in women and girls, along with the power, potential, and influence women philanthropists can have in the region. (WAWF, December 2015)

By our estimates, if women in our region with a net worth of $5 million or more contributed one tenth of one percent of their growing wealth to programs tailored to the unique needs of women and girls, they could collectively invest at least $45 million—enough to have a significant impact on helping the nearly half million women and girls living below or near poverty in our region attain economic security.

If women benefiting from this investment increased their earnings by at least five percent after completing a workforce development program (the average amount based on The Women’s Foundation’s program evaluation) the direct impact in our community could be over $317 million in a single year. An approximate return on investment of 560 percent.

POVERTY | A group of social profit organizations have joined forces through funding from Citi Foundation‘s Partners in Progress initiative in order to provide credit-building loans to low-income D.C. residents and help them stabilize their finances for greater economic opportunities. (WaPo, 12/17)

TRANSIT/EQUITY | A new Census report examines the demographics of those who live nearest to rail stations versus those who don’t in the Greater Washington region. According to the report, workers who live in rail-accessible neighborhoods are more likely to be more educated, white, and younger than those living in less rail-accessible areas. (WaPo, 12/17)

– Members have been announced for a new 26-member task force that will work to develop policy recommendations for D.C.’s Mayor Bowser in an effort to improve coordination between charter and public schools. (WaPo, 12/16)

– In case you missed it, Washington City Paper recently explored education philanthropy in the District as DC Public Schools enter their second decade of education reform efforts. (WCP, 12/11)

Learning Soft Skills in Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later (WAMU, 12/17)

YOUTH/WORKFORCE | The Depressing Downward Spiral of U.S. Teen Employment (City Lab, 12/16)

JOB | The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation is hiring for the role of Program Assistant. Click here to learn more about the position.

Who is responsible for picking out the fabric for seats on public transit; and, more importantly, what led to these particular choices?

– Ciara

Arthur Espinoza Jr. announced as new D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities executive director

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has named Arthur Espinoza Jr. as their new executive director. Previously, Espinoza served as managing director of the Washington Ballet. (WCP, 10/30)

Arthur Espinoza Jr., managing director of the Washington Ballet, has been named the new executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He takes over for Lisa Richards Toney, who has served as the commission’s interim executive director since March.

This winter, the District is taking a slightly different approach to housing homeless families by placing them in shelter further ahead of the freezing temperatures that bring on a more urgent need for assistance. Despite the new approach, the city will still face a number of challenges as demand for shelter surges. (WaPo, 10/31)

PUBLIC HEALTH | Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation shares four surprising things about the governmental public health workforce in his latest blog post. (HuffPo, 10/29)

SOCIAL PROFITS | The Rainmakers Giving Circle, affiliated with the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, is requesting proposals for its 2015-16 grant-making cycle from social profit organizations serving economically disadvantaged girls and young women living in D.C. Find out  more about the request for proposals and the Rainmakers Giving Circle.

PHILANTHROPY | Newer Foundations Focused on Regional Giving (Chronicle, 11/2)

JOBS | Northrop Grumman is seeking a Corporate Citizenship Specialist. Click here to find out more about the position.

ARTS & HUMANITIES/EQUALITY | Push for Diversity in Ballet Turns to Training the Next Generation (NYT, 10/30)

A brief history of the school backpack. Which one did you carry?

– Ciara