Students march to fight gun violence

GUN VIOLENCE | Student protesters at a rally yesterday called for passage of federal legislation requiring universal background checks for firearm sales. The demonstration came a year to the day after thousands of students in region participated in a national walkout to protest gun violence, moved to action following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL. (WaPo, 3/14)

Hundreds of high school students, family members and people touched by gun violence marched Thursday to the US Capitol demanding universal background checks for firearm sales that awaits a vote in the Senate, following House approval. “We are here today because we have to be, because we have been failed by every institution that didn’t protect us,” Dani Miller, co-president of the Maryland group MoCo Students for Change, told the crowd. Miller’s group organized Thursday’s demonstration. “Our friends are dying, so we march,” Miller said.

– Last night 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack at several mosques in New Zealand. The horrific events in New Zealand underscore the urgency of activism and action against gun violence. (WaPo, 3/14)

PUBLIC HEALTH
– A new study finds that communities of color disproportionately bear the health burden of air pollution. Black and Hispanic communities on average experience 56 and 63%, respectively, more air pollution than they create, while white people experience 17% less air pollution than they produce. (NPR, 3/11)

– The District will finally have a maternal mortality review committee, joining nearly 30 other jurisdictions in the United States. (City Paper, 3/30)

WORKFORCE | A  $15 minimum wage bill has been approved by Maryland Senate. (WAMU, 3/14)

DISTRICT | DC will be able to maintain its own parks, thanks to a federal partnership. (Curbed, 3/12)

HOUSING
– Housing advocates say homeowners and tenants are likely to see increased home values and rising rents soon, because of HQ2 and because Greater Washington has long suffered from a lack of affordable housing. (WBJ, 3/13)

– Arlington County Board will vote on a $23 million incentive package for Amazon this weekend despite critics working to delay the vote. (dcist, 3/13)

– DC’s affordable housing funds aren’t going as far as they were just a few years ago. Higher construction costs have significantly increased what it takes to create affordable housing in DC. (Curbed, 3/11)

RACE | Stanford researchers found that black and LatinX drivers were stopped more often than white drivers, based on less evidence of wrongdoing. (NBC News, 3/13)

EDUCATION
– Several schools in Fairfax County are regularly isolating children. (WAMU, 3/13)

– Regional lawmakers want to allow schools to start before Labor Day. (WAMU, 3/13)

PHILANTHROPY
Funders Propose a Philanthropic “Green New Deal” (NPQ, 3/12)

– Grant Makers Urged to Rethink How They Are Organized and How They Operate (Chronicle, 3/12)

NONPROFITS | UMD’s Do Good Institute (WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program) is offering a series of free webinars on nonprofit management, fundraising, and  finance. Sign up here – here


Social Sector Job Openings 

Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation – New!
Grants Management Associate | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund – New!
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Northern Virginia Community Affairs Liaison | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

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DC’s top education leaders trained to merge business concepts with equity in public education

EDUCATION/EQUITY | DC’s top three educational leaders – state superintendent Hanseul Kang, deputy mayor of education Paul Kihn, and acting schools chancellor Lewis Ferebee – have all studied at the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, an educational leadership program that promotes a business perspective in the management of urban public school districts that has a focus on equity. Those who support the training program say it offers a unique corporate-like training experience, while critics say the teachings encourage school leaders to undermine democratic control of public education. (WAMU, 2/19)

Ferebee says it’s possible to merge these business concepts with equity in public education. “When you are studying leadership and change theory, there is a lot that you can learn from the business sector, and we obviously take advantage of that. [But] it’s not limited to business principles. Maximizing resources is obviously a part of the business community. Often times it is how you impact your bottom line. Maximizing your resources is also one way to address equity, ensuring that you get the most out of the public dollars you have access to.”

CENSUS | Communities of color and immigrants are at particular risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census and the Virginia Legislature has recently stripped funds for Census outreach. (Commonwealth Institute, 2/14)

RACE | According to a just-released Goucher College poll, a majority of Maryland residents think race relations in the state have worsened in recent years. (WaPo, 2/18)

HEALTH | In honor of Presidents Day, the de Beaumont Foundation has released a quiz with interesting facts about US presidents and how their policy, advocacy, and private lives have influenced Americans’ health.

HOMELESSNESS | A challenge to Virginia’s ‘habitual drunkard’ law argues that it targets homeless people. (WaPo, 2/18)

WORKFORCE | A proposed bill currently being considered in Annapolis would phase out lower wages paid to tipped workers. (WAMU, 2/8)

ENVIRONMENT | If we don’t address climate change, DC weather will feel more like Mississippi in the next 60 years. (WAMU, 2/15)

NONPROFITS | Sometimes the best thing we donors can do to advance social justice is to just write the check and get out of the way (Nonprofit AF, 2/18)


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How bikeshare can address, rather than perpetuate, DC’s disparities

EQUITY | In 2010, the DC Department of Transportation introduced the first city-operated bikesharing system in North America, and Capital Bikeshare users have since generated millions of rides, although use and station placement varies around the city. Equity is a focus in the bikeshare development plan, and the Urban Institute is looking at Capital Bikeshare’s potential to address the DC’s racial and economic disparities. (Urban Institute, 2/11)

We placed the 2017 data in the context of DC’s socioeconomic characteristics to identify challenges and opportunities for developing bikeshare equitably. Our analysis revealed two primary challenges. 1. Station placement isn’t equitable and follows patterns of existing infrastructure, and 2. Station use differs by neighborhood.

How can the city use bikeshare service to support its equity goals? … Drawing from best practices and studies on potential barriers for accessing bikeshares, here are some ideas policymakers should consider: 1. Promote transparent decisionmaking and access to data, 2. Develop infrastructure equitably, and 3. Ease barriers to access for disadvantaged communities.

WORKFORCE | The Walker’s Legacy Foundation, a fiscally-sponsored project of WRAG, has launched a new business program for low-income single mothers to help develop financial and entrepreneurship skills. (WBJ, 2/14)

FOOD SECURITY | Farmers in the Greater DC region are dwindling because of local development. According to a recent report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments the decline is threatening food security and reducing the region’s ability to rely on itself for food production. (WAMU, 2/14)

EQUALITY | Inside the Virginia Capitol, a legislative duel over the ERA (WaPo, 2/14)

GUN VIOLENCE | Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in partnership with The Trace – a nonprofit news site specifically focused on gun violence – have published Since Parkland, which involved 200 high school aged reporters who wrote 100-word pieces on each of the 1,200 children who died as a result of gun violence in the US last year. (NPQ, 2/13)

TRANSIT | With Major Funding Source At Stake, Metro Committee Votes To Keep Current Hours (WAMU, 2/14)

ENVIRONMENT | Many Americans are committed to recycling, but how much of what is put in recycling bins is actually being recycled? (WAMU, 2/12)

RACE
– A local Black Lives Matter activist is suing the DC police believing she is being surveilled, which echoes others around the country who have made similar claims. (WAMU, 2/11)

– Area Colleges Address Racist Imagery In Their Own Yearbooks (DCist, 2/12)

PHILANTHROPY
Opinion: Philanthropy’s focus on peace isn’t enough without attention to climate change as well. (Chronicle, 2/14 – Subscription)

Opinion: How Grant Makers Can Tune In to What Nonprofits Need Most (Chronicle, 2/12 – Subscription)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Management Specialist | DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities – New!
USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace
Grant Writer | Framingham State University
Operations Manager | Diverse City Fund
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Controller | Meyer Foundation
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
CSR Internship | Gannett Inc., USAToday /Gannett Foundation
Vice President for Donor Relations | Community Foundation of Howard County
Senior Communications Officer | Gill Foundation
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Foundation and Government Relations Officer​ | ​Shakespeare Theatre Company
Grants & Communications Officer​ | ​The Crimsonbridge Foundation
Executive Director​ | ​VHC Medical Brigade
Director of Development​ | ​DC Bar Foundation
Senior Supervising Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform​ | ​Southern Poverty Law Center
Director of Development​ | ​The Barker Adoption Foundation
Executive Assistant​ | ​Jack and Jill of America Foundation
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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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How these queer youth became entrepreneurs

LGBTQIA/BUSINESS | Last month, a local nonprofit, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, hosted a panel discussion with four LGBTQIA youth who have experienced homelessness. The youth cited challenges they experienced, but also talked about how they became entrepreneurs. (GGWash, 12/12)

Unsurprisingly, employment opportunities are frequently among the highest-ranked needs homeless LGBTQ youth report. Panelists said the work they find is often part-time and isn’t sustainable. Chris noted that workplaces can be unwelcoming to LGBTQ people, and that they have experienced prejudice on the job, both intentional and unintentional.

Panelists created small businesses to supplement their income and, in some cases, to feel comfortable being at work. Some of their enterprises include house cleaning, catering, jewelry making, and makeup design.

PHILANTHROPY | Tenneh Kemah, a  WRAG/UMD Philanthropy Fellow with The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a student in UMD’s Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program, discusses how her experience with the foundation is helping her gain valuable skills for her work at her own organization. (Daily, 12/13)

IMMIGRATION | This is what sanctuary means for a woman who is undocumented in Virginia. (WaPo, 12/12)

ENVIRONMENT | Big company, big dollars, small community: Dominion deal sparks dissent in community facing gas project (WaPo, 12/9)

WORKFORCE | A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled that elections officials failed to follow proper procedure when they allowed supporters of the Initiative 77 referendum to collect signatures. (WAMU, 12/12)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Prince George’s County Police Officers of Color File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit (WAMU, 12/12)

TRANSIT | A few weeks ago, the DC Council voted to decriminalize fare evasion, which would stop the targeted arrests of youth of color and Black men. This week, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission wrote a letter to DC’s mayor expressing its disappointment with the passing of the legislation. (InsideNOVA, 12/12)

HOUSING | Arlington County has released a new report analyzing the progress of its affordable housing master plan. The report found that although it was able to create or preserve 515 homes guaranteed to remain affordable to low-income renters this year, the number is short of the county’s goal. (ARLnow, 12/12)


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A push for more education on World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS | Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. Metro Weekly spoke with DeMarc Hickson, executive director of US Helping Us, a DC organization committed to reducing HIV infection in the Black community, about the importance of education in fighting stigma. (Metro Weekly, 11/29)

An increase in community education can help to reduce the stigma around HIV, and that it can also, in reducing the stigma, encourage individuals that may have anxiety about coming in to get tested, people who may want to know their status but are scared to know. If somebody hasn’t been tested in the past 12 months, or three months as a transgender individual or a gay and bisexual man, then get tested so that you can know your status.

HEALTHCARE
– A study has found that pregnant women are increasingly dependent on methamphetamine. Doctors are working to address the crisis. (NPR, 11/29)

Enrollment in Virginia’s expanded Medicaid program is beating projections (WaPo, 11/29)

PHILANTHROPY | Why foundations should consider aligning their investments with their mission to create greater impact. (YES! Magazine, 11/27)

PUBLIC SAFETY | What Border Security and Police Violence Have in Common (Citylab, 11/29)

EDUCATION | The DC Council is considering a bill that would require that all individualized education programs of blind and visually impaired students to include braille and require that schools only buy textbooks that can be easily translated to braille. (DC Line, 11/29)

WORKFORCE | Federal workers have been told to avoid workplace talk about impeachment and #resistance until the day after Election Day 2020. (NPR, 11/30)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation– New!
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors– New!
Programs Manager | DC127– New!
Development Manager | DC127– New!
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools– New!
Director of Development | ECHO– New!
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Development Associate | Alliance for Justice
Fellow, Civic Engagement | The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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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