The Weekly WRAG - April 14

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

WRAG Strategic Planning is underway! We are happy to start the next phase of our strategic planning process. As part of this exciting and critically important opportunity for our region, we look forward to your input to help set the direction. Next week, through a survey, we will begin to gather the information that will help us create a shared vision for the future of philanthropy in the Greater Washington, DC region. More to come!

Friday Philanthropy Call:
Older Adult Hunger and Isolation
Amidst the Pandemic

Friday, April 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. | Register Here

Once a month, WRAG hosts a call for all regional funders on relevant local topics in philanthropy. Registering once automatically registers you for the complete series! 

Please note this call is for funders only. 

For our April call, we will be joined by local food justice leaders to discuss how the pandemic has affected older adults' access to food and experience of isolation. 


Seeking to Soar: A Call for Collective Action
Hosted by Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
Co-sponsored by WRAG

Monday, April 19, 2021
1:00p.m. — 2:30p.m. | Register Here

The recent anti-Asian attacks are the latest in the US’s long history of white supremacy, systemic racism, and gendered violence. In the midst of heightened violence, AAPIP released both a new report on foundation funding for AAPI communities, Seeking to Soar, and a Call for Solidarity and Collective Action: Asian American Philanthropy Letter of Intention. The report revealed that foundation funding designated to AAPI communities makes up just 0.2% of total grantmaking dollars; in other words, AAPI communities receive 20 cents per $100 awarded by foundations. With over 700 philanthropic professionals and allies signing AAPIP’s Call for Solidarity and Collective Action, AAPIP seeks to mobilize the philanthropic sector to develop sustained strategies for expanded support of AAPIs and all historically underserved communities of color in service of an inclusive democracy.

Seeking to Soar: A Call for Collective Action will include:

  • A closer look at AAPIP’s new report, Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for AAPI Communities, highlighting key findings and recommendations
  • A CEO-level panel discussion on how philanthropy can support AAPI communities for the long-term featuring:

    Aleyamma Mathew, Executive Director, Collective Future Fund
    James Head, President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation
    Mariko Silver, President & CEO, Henry Luce Foundation


Investing in Women for an
Equitable Recovery

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
11:00a.m. — 12:00p.m. | Register Here

Women have been on the front lines of the response since the beginning as essential workers, healthcare workers, decision-makers, vaccine developers, caretakers, teachers, and superhumans; and they have been hit the hardest- both economically and socially- from the pandemic's secondary impacts. Doves of women across the region have lost their livelihoods due to economic closures - the effects have been more severe for Black and Brown women who saturate the service sector and make up the largest share of low-income workers. Philanthropy and Grantmakers have an opportunity to ensure Black and Brown women are at the center of and leading recovery efforts.  


  • Martine Gordon, Vice President of Programs, Washington Area Women's Foundation
  • Elyse Shaw, Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Erika Williams, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Reimagining the Criminal Legal System
Register Here

This spring, WRAG will host three webinars for members exploring different strategies for reimaging funders' roles in reimagining the DMV's systems of courts, jails, and prisons. Register at the link above, and stay tuned for more details on each event! 

Looking For Shared Office Space?

WRAG is currently seeking subtenants for our space at the Navy YardDo you know of a nonprofit or foundation with a racial equity integrated mission looking for temporary office space? If so, we would love to connect with them and provide a socially distanced tour. #maskup. Reach out to Tia Pickeral at

The Annual Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey is here! #WRAGMember the Council on Foundations invites all grantmakers to participate in this survey. In return, participants will receive a free copy of the full report, available in the fall ($500 value).

#WRAGMember Spotlight

Capital One Aids in Equitable Vaccine Access in the DMV

“Expanding vaccine access and information is not just a public health imperative, it’s an economic imperative—particularly in communities of color where Covid-19 has further exposed and deepened already existing racial inequities,” says Andy Navarrete, Capital One Executive Vice President and Head of External Affairs. “The sooner people can access the vaccine, the sooner we can reopen our communities and redouble our focus on the long-term work of building a more inclusive and equitable economy.” 

Capital One has partnered with four organizations to address critical vaccine access and education needs in the Black and Latinx community:

  • CASA de Maryland (Maryland)
  • Community of Hope (DC)
  • Prince George’s County Memorial Library System & PGCMLS Foundation (Maryland)
  • Richmond City Health District (Virginia)

Action & Advocacy

Funders Committee for Civic Participation Publishes 
Guide to Census 2030 Engagement

The Funders Committee for Civic Participation has published a blueprint for funder engagement in the administration of the 2030 Census. The guide includes an actionable yearly schedule for promoting an accurate and effective census. Check it out to learn more about developing a strategy for your foundation's civic participation in the next decennial census. 

New Reports

New Report | Community Foundations: Drivers of Inclusive and Meaningful Local Change

A new report from The Funders Network explores partnership models between community foundations, other funders, and the people they serve. The report analyzes three different partnership models used by The Funders Network to uncover best practices and strategies for other grantmakers. The report presents:

  • Benefits of community foundation partnership models towards creating sustainable and equitable communities; and
  • Opportunities for national and regional funders to leverage the power of community foundations as conduits for meaningful local investments. 


New Report | A Responsibility to Rebuild: Investing in Digital Infrastructure for Civil Society

Learn more about investing in digital infrastructure in this new report provided by the Taskforce on Digital Infrastructure led by the Technology Association of Grantmakers. This report aims to catalyze awareness and build momentum toward investing in this critical infrastructure for social good.

As grantmakers consider their responsibility to stabilize and even reimagine civil society, they increasingly recognize that social change in the digital era requires an investment in programs, but also an investment in technology infrastructure. Read the report for a guide on developing your organization's technological capabilities to further your work in civil society.

Other Upcoming Events

A Conversation with Author Heather McGhee:
What Racism Costs Us All
Hosted by #WRAGMember Northern Virginia Health Foundation

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
1:00 p.m. | Virtual Event

A renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her instant New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us reveal the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone. Deeply stirring, intelligent, and compassionate, McGhee’s talk will offer an actionable roadmap during one of the most critical—and most troubled—periods in history. Join this webinar for an important conversation with Heather McGhee about what racism costs us and how we all can prosper together.

Racial Equity Framework: The Onion Dialogues
Hosted by #WRAGMember Community Foundation for Loudoun and North Fauquier Counties

Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, 2021
9:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. | Virtual Event
Cost: $35 | Participants must attend both days


The Onion Dialogues workshop, presented by WRAG Board Member Amy Owen and former WRAG CEO Tamara Copeland, provides participants the opportunity to explore and normalize conversation about race. Just as an onion has many layers, The Onion Dialogues engages participants in a multi-faceted discussion about race. Exploring topics such as language, systemic racism throughout US history, microaggressions, white fragility, and more, Amy Owen and Tamara will lead participants through an interactive dialogue in this two-day introductory workshop.

The Onion Dialogues will be delivered via Zoom.


This offering of The Onion Dialogues is open to any community member. However, seating is limited to 17 participants. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

An important part of The Onion Dialogues is the interaction between the participants. Therefore, it is recommended that attendees plan to participate by video as well as audio.

Celebration of Community Champions
Hosted by #WRAGMember Greater Washington Community Foundation

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 p.m. | Virtual Event


Over the past year, our community has come together to respond to the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, economic crisis, and racial reckoning. Thanks to your steadfast partnership and support, we were able to address our community's most pressing needs while working toward an equitable recovery for our region.

On Thursday, May 20, at 6:00p.m., join the Greater Washington Community Foundation for an hour of inspiration and celebration of our collective efforts and impact. As a champion for your community, we want to uplift you and the everyday heroes - including the donors, nonprofit partners, corporate supporters, and local government advisors - who stepped up to help our community navigate this crisis.

This virtual celebration will share the incredible stories of neighbors helping neighbors that have continued to inspire us. You will also enjoy special performances from local artists and arts organizations, supported by the Arts Forward Fund, representing a range of creative expression, including music, theater, visual arts, and dance.

Grantmakers in Health Annual Conference

June 8-11, 2021 | Virtual Event


Registration is now open for the 2021 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Building a Just and Equitable Future. This year’s conference invites participants to help reimagine how efforts to improve health outcomes are designed and implemented. In sessions related to philanthropy’s evolution and leadership, the new Administration’s priorities, climate change, mental health, public health, rural health, and the design of an equitable COVID-19 recovery, compelling speakers will present cutting-edge ideas designed to inspire philanthropic action and inform foundation funding. 

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