The Weekly WRAG - July 28

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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

Hosted by the Institute of Corporate Social Responsibility
Thought Leadership Session
EQUITABLE CSR | D&I + Racial Equity

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
4:40 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | 
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iCSR is opening up one of it's class sessions to the public! Join us for a conversation with Maritza T. Adonis, CEO of MTA Global Consulting. We'll discuss the operlap of corporate social responsibility and racial equity. 

Regional Prosperity Through Racial Equity Series
Leveling the Education Playing Field

Friday, August 6, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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Education has one of the greatest social returns on investment, yet Black and Brown students in our region are battling educational disparities from degree attainment to discipline practices. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education reported that in our region, Black and Brown students were more likely than their white peers to be one or more grade levels behind, and more likely to receive harsher discipline. 

The region experienced modest educational outcome improvements pre-COVID, particularly in Prince Georges County; however, the impacts of COVID hit Black and Brown students harder and threatens the gains achieved.  Philanthropy has an opportunity to help level the educational playing field as the region starts to recover. Ahead of a new school year, join us in a discussion on policies and investments needed to create an equity learning ecosystem stronger than before. 

  • MODERATOR | Kia Croom, Children's Defense Fund
  • PANELIST | Samantha Davis, Black Swan Academy
  • PANELIST | Christina Hanson, DC Public Schools
  • PANELIST | Gwynn Hughes, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • PANELIST | Amity Pope, Prince George's County Public Schools

Regional Prosperity Through Racial Equity Series
Building Wealth Through Homeownership

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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Homeownership remains the primary driver for wealth creation in the US. In our region, however, the gap between white homeownership and Black homeownership is expansive and growing. According to the Urban Institute, roughly 50% of Black households own their homes in DC, compared to more than 70% of white households. The lack of Black homeownership is also the main reason white households in DC reported a net worth 81 times greater than the city’s US-born Black households in 2014. In Prince George’s County, 60% of Black families and 47% of Latino families own their home, compared to 77% of white families. In addition to ownership inequities, homeowners in Prince George's County experience lingering effects of redlining and underinvestment, which contributed to equity and wealth drains.  

This panel will explore how we got here and discuss innovative models to expand homeownership access across the region to build wealth in Black and Brown communities. 

  • MODERATOR | Monique King-Viehland, Urban Institute
  • PANELIST | Marcia Griffin, HomeFree-USA
  • PANELIST | Sasha-Gaye Angus, Manna, Inc.
  • PANELIST | Lisa Wise, Flock DC


WRAG is hiring for two positions!

Are you personally and professionally connected to the Greater Washington region with deep roots in and established relationships with local movements, community organizers, and regional nonprofits? Apply for our Director, Programs & Partnerships position here: Director, Programs & Partnerships

Are you an influential communicator who enjoys developing social media strategies and graphic design? Apply for our Associate, External Affairs position here: Associate, External Relations

Congratulations to Jennifer Jue!

After 18 successful years at WRAG's fiscally sponsored program Washington AIDS Partnership, Jennifer Jue will be leaving to join The Health and Human Services Adminiatrioan. Her new role will be as a public health analyst at the Health Resources Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau. 

Jenn played a key role in supporting WAP’s work, from leading the five-year, access-to-care Positive Pathways initiative, to managing fundraising and working closely with seven Health Corps teams. We are saddened to lose a talented colleague, but excited for your new adventure!

Meyer Foundation Awards Over
$3 million for COVID-19 Relief

The Meyer Foundation awarded $3,015,000 to 26 organizations working toward a just and equitable COVID-19 recovery. The grantees' visions for a recovery is rooted in equity and justice. They will invest in the power and potential of BIPOC communities and leaders to nurture a region where all can thrive. Learn more here.


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Coalescing Around Care: Philanthropy's Emerging Catalytic Opportunity and Role
Hosted by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
and WRAG Member United Philanthropy Forum

Thursday, July 29 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

Founding partners of the CARE Fund, will share their efforts to date to build a broad-based movement for care at the national level. The CARE Fund is a $50 million, multi-year investment in comprehensive care infrastructure addressing child care and early education, paid leave, high-quality jobs for all care workers and long-term services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities. 

At this event, leaders from the Ford Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation will join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) for a Funder-to-Funder Conversation. 

New Report Details Journey of Philanthropy Serving Organizations Toward Racial Equity

This report from the United Philanthropy Forum represents the latest in an effort by Philanthropy-Serving Organizations (PSOs) to advance philanthropic practice and impact by centering racial equity. The report is based on findings of the Forum’s inaugural Racial Equity Capacity Assessment for PSOs. Some key learnings from the report: 62% of PSOs reported their internal efforts to advance racial equity were in the emerging stage of development. Slightly more than 40% of PSOs reported they had not taken steps to advance racial equity efforts connected to their Organizational Learning Culture.

Read the report here.


New Report Published on Journeys in Building Community Philanthropy

Philanthropy Northwest and The Giving Practice have partnered to publish a report on an eight-year collaboration. The report features the impacts and experiences of part 1 of the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) initiative: A sustained effort of convening, reflection, peer support, continuous learning, community engagement and challenging conventional wisdom to center community for better philanthropy across Washington state. Read the report for insights and the purpose and outcomes of community collaboration for improved philanthropy.

View the report here.

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