PUBLIC STATEMENT | Washington, DC Deserves Pandemic Relief Funding Equal to States

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

On April 21st, nearly 30 philanthropic, business and nonprofit leaders joined WRAG in a public statement calling for fair and equitable treatment of the District of Columbia as part of federal stimulus legislation related to the COVID-19 crisis. Signers included the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, and a host of philanthropic organizations across the Greater Washington region. 

The statement outlined the gravity of losing $750 million needed to address racial and economic inequities and to support thousands of small businesses, nonprofits, and over 700,000 residents. It noted the District’s important role in the operation of national sites and museums, and the federal government, its contribution to the nation’s tax base, and the established precedent of having treated DC as a state in other legislation. 

Dr. Madye Henson, President and CEO
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Glen O'Gilvie, CEO
Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Anthony A. Williams, CEO and Executive Director
Federal City Council

Jack McDougle, President & CEO
Greater Washington Board of Trade

Heather M. Raspberry, Executive Director
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)

Celeste Amato, President
Maryland Philanthropy Network (MPN)

Chuck Bean, Executive Director
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)

Carol Thompson Cole, President & CEO
Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)

Eric Kessler, Owner
Arabella Advisors

David Daniels, President & CEO
Bainum Family Foundation

Amy Owen, President
Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties

Yanique Redwood, PhD, MPH, President and CEO
Consumer Health Foundation

Julia Baer-Cooper, Philanthropic Advisor
England Family Foundation

Sarah Alex, Executive Director/COO
The Herb Block Foundation

Nat Chioke Williams, Executive Director
Hill-Snowdon Foundation


Dara Johnson, Executive Director
Horning Family Fund

Richard Marker, Founder/Co-Principal
Institute for Wise Philanthropy

Richard England, President
The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation

Jonathan J. Halperin, Trustee
The Marcus Foundation

Jennifer Mizrahi, Co-Founder
Mizrahi Family Charitable Fund

Susie and Michael Gelman, President/Managing Director
The Morningstar Foundation

Angel Braestrup, Executive Director
The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation

Lisa Cohen, Co-Founder
Open Horizon

Ruth Schimel, Leader
The Schimel Lode, Choose Courage Publishing

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President & CEO
Washington Area Women's Foundation

Melissa Adams, AVP & Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
Washington Gas

Hanh Le, Executive Director
Weissberg Foundation

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President

>Read the full statement.