The Weekly WRAG - February 24th

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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. 

In honor of Women's History Month, we will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on women in the DMV, highlighting the experiences of BIPOC women.

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 who is featured!

Ayris T. Scales joins Walker's Legacy Foundation as CEO

We are thrilled to learn that Ayris will be taking the helm of WRAG's fiscally-sponsored program Walker's Legacy Foundation

Ayris T. Scales has built a strong reputation as a champion of women, entrepreneurs, and underinvested communities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Scales has nearly 20 years of leadership experience at both the local and national levels addressing racial and gender inequities. In 2018, Ayris was appointed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the District’s official Chief Service Officer where she led Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships. Welcome, Ayris!

WRAG is currently seeking subtenants 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

WRAG has released our 2020 Impact Report! You can find it here.

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 Meyer Foundation has recently refined its strategy to focus on Advancing Equity & Justice Through Building Power. They recentered their strategy to "support organizations that are building power to achieve a racially and economically just Greater Washington region." Their core power-building strategies are Organizing & Base Building, Advocacy, Coalition Building, Capacity Building, and Narrative Change. On February 26th, they will host a webinar to share their strategy with the public. See the event in the section below for more details. 

Action & Advocacy

Register Now:
Virtual Foundations on the Hill

#WRAGMember 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


#WRAGMember Greater Washington Community Foundation Announces Community Action Award Winners

By Lex Juarez, WDVM

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced the Community Action Awards recipients, giving out a total of $100,000 for small projects that will grow the DMV to be a better place for everyone.

This is the first year the foundation has given the awards out, as part of the Voices DMV initiative.

Each mover and shaker has ideas for a better community. All of the recipients were chosen out of a pool of 200 applicants to make their ideas a reality with the help of the Community Action Awards. Read More>>


New Report from #WRAGMember de Beaumont Foundation Explores How Business Can Support Public Health

As communities and the economy continue to suffer under the deadly weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, national public health experts and business leaders have joined forces to pave a new path forward. Recommendations from a new report,” Seven Ways Business Can Align with Public Health for Bold Action and Innovation,” offer strategies to end and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure America is better prepared to address future public health crises. Underscoring the inextricable link between public health and economic well-being, the report identifies actionable ways for businesses to strengthen public health beyond their own employees and into their communities.

Other Upcoming Events

Meyer Foundation Strategy: Advancing Equity & Justice through Building Power
Hosted by the Meyer Foundation
Friday, February 26th
10:00am-11:00am | 
Virtual Event
Come learn about how #WRAGMember Meyer has fine-tuned our strategy to advance the movement for racial justice in the greater Washington region. In this conversation, you will learn what and how we fund, as well as our core priorities moving forward.

Redistricting in Virginia: What Foundations Need to Know and Our Response
Hosted by Virginia Advocacy Funders
Friday, March 19th
9:30am-11:00am | 
Virtual Event


  • Cathy Duvall, Fair Representation in Redistricting, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
  • Vik Malhotra, Fair Representation in Redistricting, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
  • Nick Rathod, President & CEO, UpRising Strategies

We will also discuss ways foundations could support community power and movement building in Virginia through grantmaking and beyond grantmaking.
Redistricting has been used as a means through which communities of color and other disadvantaged groups have been marginalized; yet, this process could also be a tool for redistributing power to end disparities and demand justice.

The redistricting process in Virginia offers the possibility of either strengthening democracy and representation in Virginia or cementing racialized gerrymandering and slowing progress on every issue foundations and nonprofits care about - from racial justice to environmental justice, from educational equity to worker power, and much more. Redistricting in Virginia reflects the need for civic engagement around the process to build grassroots power, advance racial equity, and ensure truly representative government in which advocates can effectively pursue justice.

ACT for Alexandria, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, Consumer Health Foundation, Greater Washington Community Foundation, Meyer Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, Virginia Plus, Weissberg Foundation, and Wellspring Philanthropic 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:

  • 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?

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


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


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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