The Weekly WRAG - June 2

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Friday Philanthropy Call
COVID-19's Impact on the LGBTQ+ Community

Friday, June 11, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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Each month, WRAG hosts a call for DMV funders to discuss timely topics in philanthropy. Registering once registers you for the complete series!

We look forward to seeing you at this special Pride Month event!

Our June call will feature LGBTQ+ community leaders to discuss how COVID-19 has uniquely impacted those they serve. We'll also discuss the impact of the pandemic on the overlapping DMV HIV/AIDS community. 

Please note this call is for funders only. 


  • MODERATOR | Kristina Wertz, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • PANELIST | DeMarc Hickson, PhD, Us Helping Us
  • PANELIST | Naseema Shafi, Whitman-Walker Health
  • PANELIST | Sultan Shakir, SMYAL

Regional Housing Stability Series
The Looming Eviction Crisis

Friday, June 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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The pandemic exacerbated the long-standing regional affordable housing crisis that displaces and forces many families and individuals to struggle monthly. Mass unemployment has left millions of DMV renters unable to pay rent and pushed closer to housing insecurity. Local, state, and federal eviction protection programs have provided temporary relief; however, once those expire, months of unpaid rent will be due, leaving countless families at risk. According to a study by the Urban Institute, the risk of evictions is greater for Black residents; 50% of Black DC residents rent their home, while only 30% of white residents rent. Join us for a discussion with regional leaders on preventing displacement, mass evictions, and long-term efforts to address affordable housing and opportunities for philanthropic partnership.  


  • MODERATOR | Ronnie Galvin, Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • PANELIST | Thomas Fleetwood, Fairfax County Department of Human Services
  • PANELIST | Richard Livingstone, DC Department of Housing and Community Development
  • PANELIST | Aspasia Xypolia, Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development

Looking For Shared Office Space?

WRAG is currently seeking subtenants for our space at the Navy Yard! Do you know of a nonprofit or foundation looking for temporary office space? If interested, contact

RFPs Now Posted on WRAG Website!

Do you want more eyes on your Requests for Proposals? WRAG Members can send RFPs to to have them featured on this page!

Current RFPs include:

  • AdvancingCities Challenge for Black and Latina Women | JPMorgan Chase
  • Workforce Development Landscape Analysis | Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation
  • Addressing Health Disparities in our Region | Washington AIDS Partnership

WRAG Member Spotlight
Meyer Foundation Announces Director of Fund for Black-led Change and Inaugural Cohort of Partner Organizations 

The Meyer Foundation has announced Stephanie Sneed as director of its recently launched Fund for Black-led Change. Thirteen organizations were also announced at the inaugural cohort of nonprofit partners. 

The Fund for Black-led Change is a $20-million commitment over five years of core support to organizations with Black leadership that center Black communities in the Greater Washington region. It builds upon the Foundation's decision to center racial justice in its mission six years ago.

Action & Advocacy

Help Pass the Universal Giving and
Pandemic Response Recovery Act


Grantmakers have an opportunity to help support the expansion and extension of the universal charitable deduction by advocating for the Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act with just one click.

Introduced on March 9, the Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act (H.R. 1704, S. 618) has bipartisan co-sponsors in both the House and Senate. However, more co-sponsors are needed. You can advocate in support of this bill by asking Congress to support the universal charitable deduction and co-sponsor this legislation

New Reports

Pandemic Accelerates Growth of Mid-Level Fundraising Programs

Some organizations began scaling up their midlevel fundraising programs before the pandemic, but Covid-19 forced some to accelerate their work to cultivate this group of donors.

Sea Change Strategies, a fundraising consultancy, has released a report building on their 2014 and 2018 studies. This new report provides a snapshot of midlevel programs at 19 nonprofits and how they’re evolving.

Among the changes charted in late 2020 and early 2021: more staff to cultivate and retain mid-level donors and a shift to digital engagement and events. Now the authors are asking what will persist beyond the pandemic — and offer advice on what they hope to see going forward.


New Report Examines Social Giving During COVID-19

OneCause recently released The Giving Experience Study. Findings provide insights from social donors who gave to fundraising events and peer-to-peer campaigns over the past year. The report includes what motivates their giving, when and how they will be comfortable returning to in-person events, and what influences repeat donations.

Key findings include:

  • Social giving is on the rise. 
  • Social giving experiences and virtual formats are improving access to philanthropy. 
  • Donors value the convenience of virtual and would attend virtual events in the future. 
  • A majority of donors are ready to return to in-person fundraisers.

Other Upcoming Events

Financial Recovery
Hosted by Leadership Prince William, Class of 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021 | Virtual Event
10:00 a.m.

Join LPW to learn strategies and tips for eliminating debt, improving your credit score, and budgeting. 

  • What to do when you
    can’t pay your bills;
  • Understanding credit; &
  • Foundations of a budget


This webinar is FREE to attend & open to all. 
Learn more here
Translation services provided for Spanish speakers.





The Purpose, Culture, and Values of Trust-Based Philanthropy
Hosted by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project


June 8, 2021 | Virtual Event
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Trust-based philanthropy is much more than unrestricted grants and streamlined paperwork. At its core, this approach is fundamentally about recognizing and addressing power imbalances in service of a healthier, more equitable, and more impactful nonprofit sector. This requires a commitment to relationships based on transparency and mutual learning -- both internally within our organizations and externally with our grantee partners. For many funders, this culture-building is the work of trust-based philanthropy.


This session will explore why trust-based philanthropy is trending, the fundamental values that undergird this approach, and the roles of staff and board in cultivating the culture of trust that is required in order to make this work successful. Participants will also preview the six grantmaking principles of trust-based philanthropy and how they go hand in hand with reimagining roles as learning partners rather than compliance officers.




Impact Racial Equity Forum
Hosted by WRAG Member ACT for Alexandria


June 9-10, 2021 | Virtual Event


This event will highlight the history of race and racism in Alexandria, increasing mobility from poverty, operationalizing DEI, and narrative change for racial equity. There will be opportunities for reflection and discussion, and these conversations will help shape ACT’s capacity-building work and grantmaking moving forward. 


Following the Forum, there will be an opportunity to participate in the Alexandria Social Justice 30-Day Challenge, led by the City of Alexandria’s Race & Social Equity Office. Participants will learn about Alexandria’s important African American history and ways to bring equity to the city. This challenge is comprised of learning from podcasts, videos, articles, and more.  






Grantmakers in Health Annual Conference


June 8-11, 2021 | Virtual Event


Registration is now open for the 2021 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Building a Just and Equitable Future. This year’s conference invites participants to help reimagine how efforts to improve health outcomes are designed and implemented. In sessions related to philanthropy’s evolution and leadership, the new Administration’s priorities, climate change, mental health, public health, rural health, and the design of an equitable COVID-19 recovery, compelling speakers will present cutting-edge ideas designed to inspire philanthropic action and inform foundation funding. 




Listen4Good Info Sessions


For Funders
Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m
Friday, June 18, 2021, 3:00 p.m.


For Nonprofits
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 8, 2021, 12:00 p.m.


Fund for Shared Insight invites funders and nonprofits to Listen4Good, its signature feedback capacity-building program. Listen4Good provides direct-service organizations (and their funders) with the resources, coaching, and know-how to listen and respond to client feedback. Since 2016, hundreds of organizations have used Listen4Good’s proven five-step survey methodology to listen and respond to the opinions and preferences of more than 150,000 nonprofit clients across the country.
Organizations become more client-centric in the process, more impactful, and also more inclusive, fostering shared partnerships with those they serve. Sign up here for an informational webinar about how to sponsor organizations to participate in Listen4Good’s 2021 offerings,  Listen4Good Online+ and Listen4Good Premium. The deadline for nonprofits to register for participation is July 15.




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 Sept 18th. 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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