The Weekly WRAG - July 14

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Due Sunday, July 18, 2021

For the first time in WRAG’s history, we are hosting an open call for nominations to our Board of Directors! We hope this effort encourages our membership to nominate people who have the lived experience and work expertise that will advance WRAG’s mission of developing a more equitable National Capital Region. 

The board seeks candidates who represent the full diversity of our region, our work, and foundation types. This year, the nominating committee is especially interested in candidates with expertise in racial equity or justice, advocacy & systems change, fiscal sponsorship, and audit & finance. 

Self-nominations are welcome! Learn more and nominate here.


We hope you'll join us for our summer series on Regional Prosperity Through Racial Equity! Learn more about the July events below, and register for future events on our website!

Regional Prosperity Through Racial Equity Series
Racial Inclusion & Economic Justice

Friday, July 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
Register Here

Black and Brown communities across the region disproportionally comprise the low-wage workforce. Systemic barriers include unstable hours, underemployment, limited benefits, predatory lending, and limited access to capital. COVID-19 has exacerbated these pre-existing disparities and has pushed communities deeper into vulnerability. Advancing a more just and inclusive economy requires economic stability and access to opportunity in part through wealth distribution.  

This panel will explore how the region can remove racial barriers to economic opportunity—including redistribution of wealth, equitable labor markets, bolstering growth sectors, and workforce development. We'll also discuss how philanthropy can lead to creating a racially inclusive ecosystem of fair economic growth.  

  • MODERATOR | Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • PANELIST | Sarah Keh, Prudential Financial
  • PANELIST | Dawnn Leary, Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • PANELIST | Marjorie Nemes-Galarza, Latino Economic Development Center

Regional Prosperity Through Racial Equity Series
Producing Black & Brown Wealth

Friday, July 23, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
Register Here

Wealth provides options and opportunities for economic mobility. Black and Brown communities have historically been denied access to capital and networks that support entrepreneurship and business ownership. The pandemic has demonstrated how the lack of wealth has contributed to unequal outcomes for Black communities.    

In this panel, we’ll discuss a range of options for wealth building and closing the racial wealth gap. Grantmakers have a unique opportunity to disrupt the systems that perpetuate the racial wealth gap by cultivating trust-based relationships with the Black investment and entrepreneurial community to create family and community wealth. 

  • MODERATOR | Danny Wright, 1863 Ventures
  • PANELIST | Talisha Bekavac, US Black Chambers
  • PANELIST | Ellis Carr, Capital Impact
  • PANELIST | Gloria Nauden, City First Bank
  • PANELIST | Harold Pettigrew, Washington Area Community Investment Fund


de Beaumont Foundation Launches Public Health Administration Training Program

The de Beaumont Foundation has launched BEAM, the Building Expertise in Administration & Management Program. According to a recent study, 55% of governmental public health say they need training in budget and financial administration. With a curriculum based on real-world public health scenarios, BEAM is an online certificate program in budget and financial management developed by nationally recognized public leaders and practitioners at the University of Miami’s public health and business programs, the de Beaumont Foundation, and other leading organizations.

Did you know that WRAG members can view directory information for other WRAG members and their staff? 

See your organization's listing and explore the directory here.

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Momentum Grows for Child Care Subsidies in DC

“There’s no real business model of child care because child care is torn between what parents can pay . . . and what it costs to provide high-quality care and education, which is very expensive,” said Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, who leads the Under 3 DC Coalition, which calls for the city to spend more to subsidize care for infants and toddlers. “It’s a system we rely on economically and a system we rely on socially — we just have to start seeing those public investments.”

Mayor Bowser's 2022 budget includes $40 million in federal funds for "stabilization grants" to 480 child care providers. The budget leaves out funding for the Birth-to-Three for All DC Amendment Act, a law passed by the DC Council in 2018. The act calls for every family in the District, regardless of income, to eventually qualify for a subsidy that ensures they spend no more than 10 percent of their annual income on child care by 2027. Currently, the subsidy is restricted mostly to families who earn up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $66,000 for a family of four. Learn more here.

The Communications Network Publishes Report DEI Communications in the Social Sector

Following up on a 2019 survey, The Communications Network surveyed nearly 400 communications professionals in the social sector to learn how foundations and nonprofits are operationalizing DEI in their internal and external communications. 67% of respondents say that DEI is an explicit part of their communications strategy, compared to just 57% in 2019. DEI is more common in crisis communication in 2021 compared to 2019; in the first round of the survey, 42% of respondents say they have operationalized at least some DEI principles, compared to 62% in 2021. The report also looks closely at DEI in different steps in the communications process and points to areas of growth.

Read the report here.


The Fund for Shared Insight Launches Listening & Feedback Funder Action Menu

The Fund for Shared Insight has launched a feedback & listening action menu for funders to operationalize feedback cycles in their grantmaking. The resource includes tips such as "talk about feedback in the application and reporting process" and "convene nonprofits and funders to listen and learn together." The authors have included actionable steps for funders and examples of how other funders have implemented those steps. The goal of the resource is to think systematically about how to promote listening and feedback across the many dimensions of their work. The examples and steps are drawn from the report  “Bridging the Gap: A Review of Foundation Listening Practices.” 

View the resource here.

Centering Racial Equity in
Measurement and Evaluation

Hosted by the Urban Institute and WRAG Member the World Bank Group

Wednesday, July 21 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Many nonprofit organizations that provide direct human services are exploring how performance measurement racial equity and inclusion (REI) collectively inform decision-making and strategies that affect an organization’s core mission. Human services nonprofits are often explicitly charged with improving the well-being of people who have been disempowered, disadvantaged, and systematically oppressed. Starting from this mission orientation, such organizations can benefit from guidance on operationalizing racial equity values within their measurement and evaluation work and on acknowledging the systemic barriers that influence client outcomes. 

Join Measure4Change for a virtual event with experts from the nonprofit sector centering REI in their organizations’ measurement and evaluation processes. They will share their insights, challenges, and strategies for integrating both performance measurement and REI in nonprofits and highlight emerging lessons captured in Measure4Change’s newest brief, Centering Racial Equity in Measurement and Evaluation: Emerging Lessons and Guidance from Human Service Nonprofits.


  • Lindsey Buss, Senior External Affairs Officer, Community Outreach, World Bank Group
  • Leiha Edmonds, Research Associate, Urban Institute 
  • Stephanie Leonetti, Vice President of Talent Management, Community of Hope
  • Clair Minson, Founder and Principal Consultant, Sandra Grace LLC
  • Winston Phillip, President, Sequivalent LLC
  • Brett Theodos, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

Applications are open for the Sports and Entertainment Impact Certificate

Hosted by the Sports & Entertainment Collective

SEIC offers the gold standard in trusted professional development for leaders across the sport, entertainment, and philanthropy industries. Our student experience stands apart from any other program: co-led by credible industry pioneers, our team of nearly 20 faculty is unmatched in size as is the quality of our 17-course curriculumLearn more here!

GLR Week 2021

Hosted by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for our week-long series of virtual events, including webinars, a virtual town hall and daily Twitter chats lifting up "bright spots and silver linings" insights, lessons learned and proposed post-pandemic "keepers."

  • Monday, July 26, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    • A Virtual Gratitude Reception: CGLR Salutes Our Partners
  • Tuesday, July 27, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    • Meeting the Moment: Transformational Opportunities in the Months and Years Ahead
  • Wednesday, July 28, 3:00 p.m. -  4:30 p.m. 
    • More than Money: The Patterson Foundation’s Approach to Digital Access
  • Thursday, July 29, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • The CARE Fund: A Philanthropic Initiative to Meet the Moment
  • Friday, July 30, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Assume Collaboration: A Consultative Conversation on Aggregating for Impact

Equity in IBD Patient Symposium
Hosted by Color of Crohn's & Chronic Illness (CCCI)

September 18, 2021 | Virtual Event


CCCI will host the #EquityInIBD Hybrid Patient Symposium focused on the Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Patient community on September 18. This is the first patient symposium of its kind. This event will extend opportunities that will increase education, awareness, and disease management in our community. ​

If your answer is YES to any of these questions:

  • Are you interested in decreasing disparities? 

  • Are you interested in engaging with REAL patients? 

  • Are you interested in learning more about IBD and the presentations in black and diverse patient populations?

  • Are you a patient who is looking for more answers and resources?

  •  Are you a care partner who is in need of support with navigating healthcare within IBD?

  • Are you concerned about clinical trials and research?

  • Are you a clinician working in equity?

  • Are you looking to network with other patient leaders, advocacy organizations, and industry leaders?

This is event is for you!

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