The Weekly WRAG | Feb 9, 2022

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Mobilizing Philanthropy in the Greater Washington region

Wednesday, February 9, 2022


Join us in welcoming new WRAG team member
Zimar Batista

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WRAG's Children, Youth, and Families Working Group (CYF) will be hosting  "Advancing Early Education Collaborative Briefing" on February 10.

JPMorgan Chase recently announced a $20M commitment in Ward 7 and 8 to help close the racial wealth divide. During the CYF Working Group meeting, participants will be briefed on the purpose of Advancing Early Education Collaborative, who will receive a $5M three-year commitment from JPMorgan Chase. The Advancing Early Education Collaborative is a partnership to increase access to education, skills, and training opportunities, as well as wealth building and capacity building for early childhood educators and the centers that employ them.
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On February 11, 2022 WRAG's Healthy Communities Working Group (HWCG) will be hosting :

“Deeply Rooted: History’s Lessons for Equity in Northern Virginia”, released in December 2021.

This report demonstrates disparities in education, income, housing, along with the harmful health effects of chronic exposure to discrimination, as products of history and are chiefly responsible for the large gaps in life expectancy that exist today


  • Dr. Steven Woolf, Senior Advisor, VCU Center for Society & Health
  • Patricia Mathews, President & CEO, Northern Virginia Health Foundation
This is a virtual event, click the button below for more info and to register.
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Meyer Foundation
"The Meyer Foundation announced that George L. Askew, M.D. will serve as the Foundation's next president and chief executive officer, effective April 1. Dr. Askew brings decades of experience as a former pediatrician and leader in federal policy, local government agencies, and nonprofit management spaces. "
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ACTION: Tell the Mayor to Stop Evictions with the $500 Million Surplus

"More than 40,000 DC residents could face eviction at the same time that DC has a surplus of more than $500 million dollars. The Mayor can use her power to stop evictions now with the city’s growing resources."
Click here to learn more and sign the letter

WRAG Membership Renewal 

WRAG members have been sent their membership renewal packets. If you need to access the renewal form you can do so here or by clicking the button below. Not a member? Contact Todd Pittman here
WRAG Membership Renewal Form
WRAG has published its new Strategic Framework transforming WRAG into a more racially just and philanthropy mobilizing organization. Check out the strategic framework by clicking the button below. 
WRAG Strategic Framework
Learn more about the Let's GO DMV! Guarantee Opportunity, Guaranteed Income pilot project by visiting the new website. 
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Looking For Shared Office Space?

WRAG is currently seeking subtenants for our space at the Navy Yard! Do you know of a nonprofit or foundation looking for office space? If interested, contact Leni Dworkis 

WRAG Member's Only Calendar

This WRAG member calendar acts as a resource for all WRAG members to submit and manage events throughout the year.  

Use of this calendar can ensure that events do not overlap between WRAG Members. 

To submit an event: make sure you're logged in, then click on the add event button. 

Click here to submit your first event!
WRAG Job Board
An employer looking to showcase your vision and culture? Jobseeker looking to apply your skills to make an impact in the Greater Washington region? Showcase your opportunities or discover what you are seeking on our job board!

WRAG will review all position descriptions submitted to our jobs board. Position descriptions must include the following information to be promoted on the WRAG job board:
  • Location information
    • Remote, hybrid, or on-location
  • Includes salary information
  • Includes benefits information  
Click here to post and search. Free to WRAG members!
Interested in WRAG membership? Contact Todd Pittman, Director, Member Experience at, or schedule a time to connect here.
Working Group Recordings
Members of WRAG's working groups will receive the recording of their working group session after it has concluded. Working Group Recordings are available to members only. Interested in becoming a member? Interested in WRAG membership? Contact Todd Pittman, Director, Member Experience at, or schedule a time to connect HERE.
DC to provide new mothers with monthly cash payments

From the Article |"The District of Columbia will offer $900 a month in direct cash payments to 132 new and expectant mothers under a pilot program announced this month that's designed to reduce child poverty and improve maternal health outcomes." 
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Celebrating a Major Win for D.C.’s Early Childhood Educators

From the Article | "In the District of Columbia and across the country, many early childhood educators ― who are predominantly Black and brown women ― don’t earn sufficient wages and benefits to support their own families while they care for and educate the young children of other families. On February 1, 2022, the DC Council took a critical step toward establishing pay that more accurately reflects the role and contribution of these essential and highly skilled workers."
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Streamlining our LRAP System

From the Article | "The DC Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is a critical pillar of our strategy to support legal aid providers who deliver assistance to financially disenfranchised DC residents. Through LRAP, the Foundation provides one-year, interest-free, forgivable loans of up to $12,000 per year to qualified legal aid attorneys. This helps these talented attorneys remain at their workplaces and provide exceptional service to their clients while juggling lower salaries and high educational debt. "
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Join Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia's conversation with Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation
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Watch the Meyer Foundation's series of short videos that highlight the work of our grantee partners in the #FundForBlackLedChange
Click here to watch the series

The Casey Foundation's Journey Toward Equitable Grant Making

"Too often, fun­ders fail to con­sid­er the total cost of their grants, cre­at­ing fund­ing gaps that have a dis­pro­por­tion­ate impact on small­er non­prof­its and orga­ni­za­tions of color."
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Diverse City Fund is Hiring it's First Executive Director

The Diverse City Fund is partnering with POLIHIRE to find its next Executive Director. If you are interested in and prepared for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and your resume to Please include only your name (Last, First) in the subject line when submitting these materials.

The annual salary for the Executive Director will be $100,000. The Diverse City Fund, through its fiscal sponsor, Social Good Fund, offers a competitive benefits package, which includes medical, vision, and dental plans and a 403(b) retirement savings plan.
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Awake to Woke to Work
Ground yourself in the process of building a Race Equity Culture. Explore the levers that drive change and the stages that mark transformation using the Race Equity Cycle. In collaboration with over 120 experts in the fields of DEI and race equity, we provide insights, tactics, and best practices to shift organizational culture and operationalize equity.
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