The Weekly WRAG - April 7th

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

COVID-19 and Systemic Inequality:
Community-Led Lessons for Funders

Hosted by Funders Concerned About AIDS and the Elton John AIDS Foundation | Co-Sponsored by WRAG

Tuesday, April 13th
11:00am-12:00pm | Register Here


Join us to discuss a new report, released April 7th, focusing on systemic inequalities that – while magnified during COVID-19 – have always been a reality for marginalized populations, including, but not limited to, those living with or at risk of HIV.

The report, commissioned by Funders Concerned About AIDS and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, leverages learnings from community-based responses during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly from organizations representing or led by LGBTQ and communities of color in the US, and key populations globally.

FCAA’s goal is to share this publication –informed by the resiliency of community-based organizations– to help connect and coordinate the philanthropic response in this critical time.

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

Friday, April 16th
10:00am-11:00am | Register Here

Once a month, WRAG hosts a call for all regional funders on philanthropy topics related to the pandemic. 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 19th
1:00pm-2:30pm | Register Here

The recent anti-Asian attacks are the latest in the U.S.’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

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Publishes
2021 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

In partnership with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published the latest edition of the Healthy County Rankings & Roadmap. Using the tool, you can explore risk factors in your community, compare regions, and understand public health needs across the country. This tool can help funders understand the data in their region and inform public health grantmaking strategy. 

Action & Advocacy

Metropolitan Washington Named First Region in the US to Meet International Climate Planning Standards.

#WRAGMember the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and its members have received international recognition for their plan to mitigate climate change locally and work for a more climate-resilient region.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), a global alliance working toward a resilient and low emission society, found COG’s regional greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and Metropolitan Washington 2030 Climate and Energy Action Plan fully compliant with the global standards of best practices for climate planning. GCoM awarded COG “Mitigation” and “Adaptation” achievement badges in recognition. Metropolitan Washington is the first region in the United States to achieve this status.

New Reports

New Report | Converging Epidemics: COVID-19, HIV, & Inequality

This report, commissioned by Funders Concerned About AIDS in partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, highlights:

  • How marginalized communities have been impacted by COVID-19 in the US and globally, and what their key evolving needs have been as the pandemic has progressed;
  • Examples of community-led innovations, adaptations and bright spots;
  • Lessons learned from private funders’ emergency COVID-19 responses; and
  • Recommendations for funders, global health institutions, and governments—including the new US administration—to guide their efforts going forward.


New Report | Foundation Funding for Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities

The new Asian American & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) report, Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communitiesfinds that foundation funding designated for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities only accounts for 0.2% of all U.S. grantmaking. This mirrors findings from AAPIP's 1992 report Invisible and in Need: Philanthropic Giving to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The report also notes that while the AAPI population in the United States doubled in size, foundation funding for AAPI communities flatlined, totaling a mere $174 million in 2018 - even when overall philanthropic giving was rising.

Other Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, April 29th and Friday, April 30th
9:00am-11:30am | 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 and 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 20th
6:00pm | 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 6:00 p.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 8th-11th | 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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