The Weekly WRAG - April 28

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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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. Thank you for taking this survey to help us create a shared vision for the future of philanthropy in the Greater Washington, DC region. 

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Reimagining the Criminal Legal System
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This spring, WRAG will host three webinars for members exploring different strategies for funders' roles in reimagining the DMV's systems of courts, jails, and prisons. See below for information on the first event!

Addressing Racial Disparity
Reimagining the Criminal Legal System Series

Friday, April 30, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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This panel will provide a survey of the region's racial disparity in the justice system and innovations for philanthropic partnership in equitable justice reform efforts throughout the region.

The Council for Court Excellence is committed to studying and reducing racial disparities in the justice system. In 2019, CCE produced a study on DC's justice system which revealed that DC is one of the heaviest policed cities in the country; racial disparities permeate every point of the system, and young adults make up the largest age group within the district jails. CCE is launching its second follow-up report providing an update on tracking key developments, issues, opportunities, and progress in DC over the last year.


  • Casey Anderson, Council for Court Excellence
  • Krystal Oriadha, Prince George's County Change Makers 
  • Emily Tatro, Council for Court Excellence

Friday Philanthropy Call:
COVID-19's Impact on the AAPI Community

Friday, May 14, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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Join us for our regularly scheduled Friday Philanthropy Call!  Registering once automatically registers you for the complete series! Please note that this call is for funders only. 

The pandemic hit AAPI businesses and front-line workers hard. In addition to dealing with the financial and economic crisis, AAPI community members have experienced increased racial violence and discrimination. This panel will discuss the pandemics' economic and social impact on the region's AAPI community and explore ways the philanthropic community can build mutual solidarity to eliminate anti-Asian racism and dismantle structural racism and oppression.  


  • Hanh Le, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Moderator
  • Sina Uipi, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Panelist
  • Naznin Saifi, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Panelist
  • Janet Namkung, Asians* in Focus + Total Liberation Collective, Panelist
  • Akil Vohra, Asian American LEAD, Panelist

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Pssst! You can also nominate yourself!

For AAPI Heritage month, WRAG looks to uplift local AAPI leaders in philanthropy. Let's honor our AAPI community members!

Looking For Shared Office Space?

WRAG is currently seeking subtenants for our space at the Navy YardDo you know of a nonprofit or foundation 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

Congratulations to Aisha Alexander-Young! Aisha, VP for Strategy & Equity at the Meyer Foundation, has joined ABFE as a new Board Member. With Aisha’s board appointment, we know that both of these #WRAGMember organizations will make an even more significant impact in our region!

Action & Advocacy

MWCOG Board of Directors Endorses DC Statehood

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors voted unanimously this month to endorse DC Statehood. The COG Board is comprised of elected officials from 24 area governments representing DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

The resolution notes that DC lacks full representation in Congress even though the District exceeds the population of two states, anchors a metropolitan statistical area that is the sixth largest in the nation, and its residents pay annual federal taxes of more than $27.5 billion – more per capita than any state. The resolution also calls out the injustice of denying full voting rights to the District’s diverse population of 712,000 residents, a majority of which are Black and other people of color. Learn more about the resolution here.


A Philanthropic Drive to Aid Black Women is Gaining Momentum

Haleluya Hadero, via Chronicle of Philanthropy

The needs of Black women and girls have become a focus of philanthropic efforts as major donors seek to narrow a racial wealth gap and address chronic funding disparities for groups that serve minority women. A new coalition of funders is seeking to increase funding to organizations for Black girls to enhance economic opportunities for Black women.

Statistics show that organizations for Black women have been disproportionately neglected by foundations. In 2017, less than 1 percent of the $67 billion that foundations contributed went to organizations that specifically target minority women and girls. Read more >>


Online Fundraising Grew 32% in 2020 for Nonprofits

A new survey of US nonprofits from M+R found that total online revenue grew by 32% in 2020. Hunger and poverty groups reported a stunning 173% increase in online revenue over the previous year. More data of note:

  • Revenue from monthly gifts increased by 25%, while revenue from one-time gifts increased by 37%. Monthly giving accounted for 19% of all online revenue in 2020.
  • Nonprofits that engaged in COVID-19 response saw noticeably higher growth in one-time giving revenue than those that did not.
  • The average nonprofit donor made 2.03 gifts and contributed $167 in 2020. Both of these per-donor metrics are slightly lower than 2019 — the increase in overall was largely driven by more people giving rather than people giving moreRead more >>
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