The Weekly WRAG - February 17th

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

WRAG Announcements

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Friday Philanthropy Call

Friday, March 12th
10:00am-11:00am | 
Virtual Event

WRAG hosts a monthly call on topics relevant to the DMV philanthropy community. This call is open to all DMV funders. Registering for this event will automatically register you for all upcoming Friday Philanthropy Calls. Please note this call is for funders only. 

Welcome to the team, Jamila!

Jamila White joins the WRAG team this week as a programs consultant! Jamila will design WRAG's forthcoming programs and events. Reach out to her at if you have an idea about a future WRAG event!

Check out our social media to see whom we have already featured!

Welcome to the new Co-Chairs of WRAG's Racial Equity Working Group: Dara Johnson, Executive Director for the Horning Family Fund and Laura Burgos, Director, Investment Practice Group at Venture Philanthropy Partners. We look forward to your leadership! Look out for more updates from the Racial Equity Working Group via the listserv in the coming weeks. 

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


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

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Julie Morita, Executive Vice President at RWJF co-authored an article in USA Today on COVID-19 vaccination equity. Said the co-authors: "Let us make the vaccine rollout a model of American public health. One’s health and well-being should not be determined by one’s wealth, connections, access, or ZIP code. This approach may have been our nation’s past, but we must not let it be our future.


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


More Millenial than Boomers Plan to Give $500 or More This Year

In a recent survey, 87% of respondents said they intended to make a contribution this year, and nearly 20% said they would make even bigger gifts to charity than they did last year. This study found that 55% of millennial donors expect to contribute $500 or more this year, compared to just 26% of Baby Boomers.  In another recent survey, 51% of respondents gave as usual, despite the pandemic. This second survey also found that young people were more likely to volunteer and tell their friends about a nonprofit than older people. 


New Report from Georgetown University on How to Lead Systems Change Work 

new report from the Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership has released a new report on how to lead systems change work. 

In the report, Dr. Luisa Boyarski, Associate Director of the Center, explains different approaches to systems change and offers the practitioner’s perspective. The report concludes with recommendations on how to support the work as well as the personal growth of the leaders involved, including: communities of practice, professional development opportunities, financial support, and research, data and case studies. See below for an event exploring the report.

Upcoming Events

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 

Issue Forum: Leading Systems Change
Insights from Nonprofit Leaders in the Field

Hosted by Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership

Wednesday, March 24th
4:00pm-5:00pm | 
Virtual Event


Join Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership for an Issue Forum on How to Lead Systems Change. In this important time of transition, it is imperative that we work to create sustainable change for a more equitable and just society. With a panel featuring nonprofit leaders Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director of New Virginia Majority, Tiffini Andorful, Senior Director of Network Engagement at CityBridge Education, and Carolynn Brunette, Managing Director of Prince Charitable Trusts, we will explore questions including:

In light of major crises facing our nation in 2020—the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial injustice—finding answers to these questions is even more pressing.

We encourage you to review our newly released report, How to Lead Systems Change Work


What does it take to build sustained power in communities?

How does data help illuminate inequities and drive systems change?

How can funders develop trust-based, flexible strategies to support leaders of systems change?

  • Tiffini Andorful, Senior Director of Network Engagement, CityBridge Education
  • Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority
  • Carolynn Brunette, Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority

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

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