The Weekly WRAG - February 3rd

Wednesday, February 3, 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 

 Please note this call 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!

#WRAGMember Spotlight

Philanthropy Unbound released their annual Philanthropy 100. Congratulations to 5 WRAG Members who were honored in the list for their contribution to society and innovative practice:

  • Open Society Foundations
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • ABFE
  • Grantmakers in Health


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

Walker's Legacy Foundation is looking for an Executive Director

WRAG's Fiscally-sponsored Program Walker's Legacy Foundation is seeking an Executive Director. Do you know anyone who may be interested? Learn more here. 









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


Mayor Bower to Launch DC's First Office of Racial Equity with Search for Chief Equity Officer

via DC Line

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the forthcoming search for a Chief Equity Officer for the government of the District of Columbia. The officer will be responsible for developing and leading the District’s equity team, convening the District’s ongoing equity initiatives, and advancing the District’s goal of achieving racial equity.

“As we continue our recovery into 2021, we have a unique opportunity to double down on our efforts to put racial equity at the forefront and revitalize systems to ensure a more inclusive and prosperous future for all Washingtonians,” said Mayor Bowser. Read More>>

ACLU Elects Black President for the First Time in 101-Year History


By David Crary and Lauren Weber, via Associated Press

Deborah Archer, a professor at New York University School of Law with expertise in civil rights and racial justice, has become the first Black person in the 101-year history of the American Civil Liberties Union to be elected its president.

The ACLU announced Monday that Archer was elected over the weekend in a virtual meeting of the organization’s 69-member board of directors. She succeeds Susan Herman, a professor at Brooklyn Law School who had served as president since 2008.

As the ACLU’s eighth president since 1920, Archer will act as chair of its board of the directors, overseeing organizational matters and the setting of civil liberties policies. The fight against racial injustice is expected to be a top priority. Read More>>


Upcoming Events

Rethinking Change: 2020 Takeaways to Help Funders Drive Impact in 2021
Hosted by Blackbaud Foundations Solutions and #WRAGMember Exponent Philanthropy

Tuesday, February 9th
1:00pm-1:30pm | Location: Virtual Event

In this webinar, Blackbaud Foundation Solutions’ David Hazeltine will interview Henry Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy, to discuss what the shake-up of 2020 taught independent & family funders, and how it’s affecting what they do in 2021. Additionally, Henry will have some words of wisdom to share that will help attendees as they fulfill their missions, on why it’s critical that funders… 1) remember and recognize the privilege they have as funders, as well as 2) be aware of who and what outside their foundation’s walls can help.

This live, online discussion will be approximately 20 minutes, and followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

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.