DC will implement a law that allows the city to buy buildings to keep them affordable

HOUSING
– Yesterday, DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the city will implement a ten-year-old law to allow the city to buy residential buildings that are put up for sale to make sure they remain affordable. (WAMU, 11/15)

Under the rules written by the Bowser administration, D.C. will be able to invoke DOPA on any residential building of more than five units as long as at least a quarter of the existing units are deemed affordable. “Affordable” is defined as rent that doesn’t exceed 30 percent of the income of a tenant making half the area median income, which is $110,000 a year for a family of four. (For a single person making $38,000 a year, “affordable” rent would be about $1,000 a month). It also includes rental units where the tenant is receiving city assistance.

– Governor Northam Issues Executive Order to Address Virginia’s Unmet Housing Needs (WINA, 11/15)

HEALTH | This local musician is working to change the sounds patients hear in hospitals. (DCist, 11/15)

EDUCATION
– A special committee in the Virginia House of Delegates has made the recommendation to fund more school resource officers and mental health professionals to increase school safety. (Richmond Times, 11/14)

– Many Latino students lag academically in prosperous Maryland County (WaPo, 11/15)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | Virginia is looking to reduce the money it spends on providing health care to its prison population. (Richmond Times, 11/13)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation– New!
Senior Grant Writer | LCV Education Fund– New!
Director of Development | Girls on the Run of NOVA
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
Global Children’s Rights Program Officer | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
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
Director of Program Fund Development | National Society of Black Engineers
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
Senior Program Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Director, Corporate Partnerships | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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– Kendra

How it feels to be a deaf person in prison

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | When individuals are incarcerated, often they are not able to access resources like adequate medical care and other support they need. In this article, a returning citizen who is deaf discusses how he was treated, including being denied American Sign Language interpreters. (The Marshall Project, 10/18)

While I was in prison they had no American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. None of the staff knew sign language, not the doctors or the nurses, the mental health department, the administration, the chaplain, the mail room. Nobody. In the barbershop, in the chow hall, I couldn’t communicate with the other inmates. When I was assaulted, I couldn’t use the phone to call the Prison Rape Elimination Act (a federal law meant to prevent sexual assault in prison) hotline to report what happened. And when they finally sent an interviewer, there was no interpreter. Pretty much everywhere I went, there was no access to ASL. Really, it was deprivation.

HEALTH | A new report, Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Health Officials Committee, explores the differences in health opportunities in the Greater Washington region. (MWCOG, 10/26)

CENSUS 2020 | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will launch “Count the Region,” an initiative that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted in the 2020 Census. (CFNV, 10/23)

TRANSITMetro Board Decides Not To End Rider Advisory Council (WAMU, 10/25)

IMMIGRATION | According to a recent analysis, the most significant “deportation force” in the US is local police, as they routinely inform ICE about suspects they believe are undocumented. (Citylab, 10/25)

NONPROFITS | OPINION: A Neglected Issue on the Campaign Path: Nonprofits Face Unfair Tax Increase (Chronicle, 10/25 – Subscription needed)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy– New!
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area– New!
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum– New!
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Director of Program Fund Development | National Society of Black Engineers
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Grants Manager | DC SCORES
Grants Administrator | Healthcare Initiative Foundation
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
SR. CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP SPECIALIST | PHI, An Exelon Company
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
Program Director for Criminal Justice | Public Welfare Foundation
Senior Program Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Director, Corporate Partnerships | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Officer | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Community Investment Fellow | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Digital Marketing Manager | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Associate, Design and Web | Flamboyan Foundation
Communications Manager, Content and Digital | Flamboyan Foundation
Grants Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)
Chief Development Officer | EveryMind
Director of Development | DC Bar Foundation
Institutional Fundraising Coordinator | Shakespeare Theatre Company
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

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Here’s some Halloween fun with Chucky!

– Kendra

DC is getting Starbucks’ only US store run entirely by staff proficient in sign language

WORKFORCE | Starbucks will open its first US store which will be run in American Sign Language in DC. The store will hire twenty to twenty-five deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing people that are proficient in American Sign Language. (WaPo, 7/19)

The store will open near Gallaudet University, a 150-year-old institution and the world’s only university designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The campus of 1,900 students is located in northeast Washington, a quick walk from blocks of restaurants and bars along the bustling H Street corridor.

The store will feature art and a mug designed by a deaf artist. Deaf employees will wear aprons that show “Starbucks” spelled in sign language. Hearing employees proficient in sign language will wear pins showing they can sign.

HOMELESSNESS‘They say we can’t play’: What life is like for D.C.’s forgotten homeless kids (WaPo, 7/19)

DISTRICT | Congress members who represent Alabama, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina have all recently introduced measures to prevent DC from enacting its own laws. (WaPo, 7/19)

HUMAN RIGHTS | How the Muslim travel ban and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it has impacted the life of one Northern Virginia family. (WAMU, 7/19)

ARTS & HUMANITIESArtwork from inmates at Virginia jails goes on display at Torpedo Factory (WaPo, 7/20)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Advocates and cyclists gathered at the John A. Wilson building yesterday to call for DC to improve safety for pedestrians and those biking in the city. (GGWash, 7/19)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director, School Partnerships Coach | Flamboyan Foundation –New!
Program Officer | Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation –New!
Part-Time Program Administrator for the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Membership Development Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Senior Manager of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Evaluation & Impact Manager | DC Bar Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Madison House Autism Foundation
Fellowship for Special Project | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Development Manager | Young Playwrights’ Theater
Sr. Social Innovation Specialist | Washington Gas
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Wolf Trap Foundation
Foundation Coordinator | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Senior Manger of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Grants Associate | Democracy Fund
Contract Grant Writer | Project HEAL
Program Associate| Case Foundation

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Happy National Lollipop Day!

– Kendra

On Bike-To-Work Day, calls for more protected bike lanes

TRANSPORTATION | This morning, a group of cyclists formed a human-protected bike lane on a block of DC’s 14th Street to demonstrate the need for more bike lanes. The region has been ranked among the top biking cities in the US, but cyclists say that progress is slow on creating the lanes and other initiatives to keep them safe. (WAMU, 5/18)

The difficulty now is that in many places, transportation planners have done the easy stuff, painting bike lanes on streets that could easily fit them…in Arlington, the county has “picked the low hanging fruit” in terms of bike infrastructure. The next steps are going to be harder: “They’re going to take more money, they’re going to take more political capital.”

In D.C., Jeff Marootian, director of the District Department of Transportation, used similar words to explain why D.C. is averaging only three or four new miles of bike lanes a year, rather than the ten miles envisioned by its transportation master plan. “While we’ve been able to accomplish those that are easier, those that are more complex, more complicated, just require us to do a little more detailed work, which is what we’re doing.”

HEALTH | The administration has proposed cutting federal funding from clinics that provide or refer patients for abortions and are recipients of the Title X program. (NPR, 5/18)

HOMELESSNESS | DC’s Friendship Place launches a regional homelessness prevention program with the help of Amazon’s million-dollar donation (Street Sense, 5/16)

YOUTH | Eric Braxton, executive director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, discusses why funders should invest in youth organizing. (PND Blog, 5/16)

ENVIRONMENT | How climate change can negatively impact historical documents and other rare materials. (Citylab, 5/17)

HOUSING | A new analysis by District, Measured found that most of the people renting DC’s luxury apartments are young, single individuals with relatively high salaries who are new to the city. (Urban Turf, 5/17)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Manager | Public Welfare Foundation– New!
Facilitator | Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties– New!
Program Manager | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation– New!
Executive Director | Nonprofit Montgomery
Grants Program Analyst | Legal Services Corporation
Vice President of Strategy | Gill Foundation
Associate, Program Design | Flamboyan Foundation
Associate, Program Operations | Flamboyan Foundation
Director of Communications and Marketing | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Membership and Program Coordinator | Funders Together to End Homelessness
Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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Click the button if you can.

– Kendra

How Galluadet University’s students fought for deaf rights and won

EQUITY | In March 1988, Galluadet University students participated in protests to demand a deaf president and other reforms at the school after learning the Board of Trustees appointed a new president who was not deaf. Many believe the campaign, ‘Deaf President Now’, was a catalyzer for the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. (Citylab, 4/13)

The story of Deaf President Now has been well documented. Gallaudet was founded in 1864, and for over a century its presidents were white and male and could hear. In 1988, the board of trustees, led by Chairperson Jane Spilman, selected three finalists. Two—I. King Jordan, Gallaudet’s current dean of arts and sciences, and Harvey Corson—were deaf. A third, Elisabeth Zinser, was not. Zinser had significant leadership experience in higher education, but no command of sign language or any real understanding of deaf culture. When she was appointed on March 6th of that year, students marched to the Mayflower Hotel, where the board was holding a press conference, then to the United States Capitol to rally. Student leaders, with ample support from local citizens, chained the gates to the campus shut and issued demands: no reprisals, the resignation of Spilman, the resignation of Zinser, a new board of trustees with a majority deaf population, and a new deaf president.

EDUCATION | A change in how the Loudoun County, VA school system interprets graduation policy has forced many immigrant students to leave school. (LoudounNow, 4/10)

TRANSPORTATION | This morning, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser will sign legislation that will ensure $178 million per year in funding to Metro. (WTOP, 4/13)

WORKFORCEWaiting Tables or Harvesting Food, Why Fair Labor Is Still About Civil Rights (YES!Magazine, 4/10)

PHILANTHROPY | A new report found that one of the biggest barriers to the work of nonprofits and social enterprises are funders. (Chronicle, 4/12 – Subscription needed)

HEALTH | Opinion: We scorned addicts when they were black. It is different now that they are white. (WaPo, 4/12)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Communications and Marketing | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations – New!
Part-Time Program Administrator for the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program Fund | Greater Washington Community Foundation – New!
Membership and Program Coordinator | Funders Together to End Homelessness – New!
Executive Assistant to the President | Public Welfare Foundation
Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
2018 Summer Intern | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Council on Foundations
Development Director | Critical Exposure
Director, Washington, DC Community | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Director, Engineering Initiatives | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Operations & Grants Manager | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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