The Weekly WRAG - February 10th

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

WRAG Announcements

#BlackHistoryMonth Campaign:
Nominate Black Philanthropy Leaders!

This month, WRAG will be featuring Black Philanthropy Leaders on our social media channels in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth. Do you know someone you think we should feature? Nominate them here! (Psst! You can nominate yourself too!)


Check out the WRAG 2020 Impact Report

2020 was an unprecedented year, and for WRAG as well. Check out our newly-released Impact Report for highlights from our events, working groups, and fiscally-sponsored programs. Read the Impact Report here.


Looking For Shared Office Space?

WRAG is currently seeking subtenats for our space at the Navy Yard! Do you know of a nonprofit or foundation with a racial equity integrated mission that is looking for temporary office space? If so, we would love to chat with them in the new year and provide a socially distanced tour. #maskup. Reach out to our Interim CEO Ruth LaToison Ifill at

On February 12th, WRAG, in partnership with Greater Washington Community Foundation, will host a Friday Philanthropy Call with DMV-based funders to discuss equitable vaccine access.

Tamara Smith, President and CEO of the DC Primary Care Association
Leslie Graham, MHSA, President and CEO of the Primary Care Coalition 

Register here.

Please note this cal is for funders only.

Did you recently get a renewal email for your 2021 Membership? Send it in before March 31st and reach out if you have any questions!

Contact Todd Pittman, Director, Member Experience

#WRAGMember Spotlight

WRAG Members have joined the newly-created Resourcing Radical Justice, a funders collective centering Black liberation at the path to a thriving Greater Washington region. Representatives from our member organizations the Consumer Health Foundation, the Diverse City Fund, the Meyer Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the Horning Family Fund, and the Weissberg Foundation have joined the collective. Learn more here! Resourcing Radical Justice is co-chaired by Aisha Alexander-Young, (Vice President for Strategy & Equity, Meyer Foundation) and Temi Bennett, Esq. (Director of Policy & Communication, Consumer Health Foundation).

A Voice From Philanthropy

From WRAG Board Member and President & CEO
of ACT for Alexandria Heather Peeler 


ALL Alexandria: One Community's Race
and Social Equity Journey

"The ALL Alexandria resolution presents an opportunity for our community and for ACT. The experiences of our friends and neighbors in other DMV jurisdictions have inspired us. Humbled and informed by their work, we know our journey is just beginning...we have resolved to deepen partnerships and lead with trust and openness as we take action in collaboration with others to realize the vision of ALL Alexandria."

Read the complete feature on our website.

Action & Advocacy

Register Now:
Virtual Foundations on the Hill

WRAG member, United Philanthropy Forum is hosting their first ever virtual Foundations on the Hill March 16-18 & March 23-25. Through a mix of virtual meetings, digital advocacy opportunities, and social media engagement FOTH attendees and advocates will take sector legislative priorities directly to members of Congress, sharing the vision of a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper. 


Register Here

WRAG's Fiscally-Sponsored Programs

Washington AIDS Partnership seeks applicants for Health Corps

The Washington AIDS Partnership (WAP) is currently recruiting motivated young people who are passionate about public health for the Health Corps program. Health Corps members serve for 11 months at local service providers in the District, offering vital services such HIV testing and counseling, health education, and much more. Know a recent college graduate who might be interested? Learn more about the Health Corps program, including how to apply, here on WAP’s website. You can also see what our current Health Corps team is up to by checking out our Instagram here.

WRAG fiscally-sponsors a number of programs that align with our mission. interested in learning more? Contact Carmen Rodriguez at


66% of foundations have reduced or eliminated grant restrictions since the pandemic began

According to a new report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, 66% of foundations have reduced or eliminated restrictions on existing grants since the pandemic began. The report also found that 64% of foundations have reduced what is asked of grantees and 57% are making new grants as unrestricted as possible. 

The report is the last in a series of 3 reports published by the Center exploring how funders have reacted to COVID-19. 


DAF Spending was up 30% in the first half of 2020. 

According to a newly released report from the National Philanthropic Trust, charitable contributions from donor advised funds was up 29.8% in the first six months of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Other highlights from the report include: DAF grants to charitable organizations increased 37.4 percent by grant volume when comparing the same periods; grants to the human services subsector experienced the highest increase at 78.9 percent in early 2020 as compared to early 2019.

Upcoming Events


3rd #DCEITC Forum: Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation in DC Through the EITC
Hosted by Capitol Area Asset Builders

Friday, February 12th
10:00pam-12:00am | Location: Virtual Event

For the past four decades, the EITC has been considered the most effective poverty alleviation public policy in the nation. In 2020, over 48,000 low- and moderate-income families benefited from the EITC and received over $112 million associated with the EITC; however, around 20,000 EITC-eligible families did not claim the EITC.  

During the #3rd DCEITC Forum, we will hear from speakers from local and national organizations; and we will discuss national research and local opportunities to maximize the EITC for the benefit of low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Washington, DC. 

We will also be promoting the availability of high quality, trusted and free tax preparation services throughout the District of Columbia.

Plenary: Philanthropy and the
Digital Revolution

Hosted by WINGS

Thursday, February 18th
8:00am-10:00am | 
Virtual Event

As a society, we are in the middle of a digital revolution. All aspects of our lives and institutions are being transformed at a rapid pace, yet much of this happens without the voice of citizens or civil society. There is now an urgent need to explore what the digital transition entails, who is shaping it and how we can participate and influence its outcomes to benefit society at large. 

The philanthropic and civil society sectors are also deeply impacted by the digital transition and need to get up to speed to leverage the opportunities this transition brings for impact, innovation and change - while preventing and addressing the dynamics that may threaten its work.

For all the wonders of the digital revolution, there are serious questions around ownership, governance, privacy, inclusivity, and a lack of data rights. There are broader questions too, about the impact of highly digitized societies on our jobs, mental health, and the strength of our democracies. What does the advance of technology mean for civilization as we know it? Where and how can civil society ensure that people and human rights lie at the center of the digital transition?

Together we will examine the role of philanthropy in this transition, in mediating society’s relationship with this transition and in helping civil society navigate its threats and opportunities. We will discuss, debate and imagine a new future in which values and rights are central to the digital revolution.  ​


  • Zeynep Tufekci, writer and academic keynote speaker 

  • Rhodri Davies, Head of Policy, Charities Aid Foundation keynote interviewer 

  • Adrian Arena, Director of International Human Rights Programme, Oak Foundation

  • Zia Khan, Senior Vice President, Innovation, The Rockefeller Foundation 

  • Nanjira Sambuli, Technology, public policy and global governance researcher and policy analyst

  • Nighat Dad, Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation (TBC) 

  • Moderator Frederike Kaltheuner, Fund Manager at European Artificial Intelligence Fund 

Job Board

Executive Director, Walker's Legacy Foundation

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, SKDKnickerbocker

Executive Director, Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

Find more jobs or post your own on our website here.

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