The Weekly WRAG - June 23

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Open Call for Board Nominations!

Due Sunday, July 11, 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. 

Only 1 week left to register!

CSR Professional? Nonprofit responsible for corporate engagement? Consultant designing CSR strategies? Apply for the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility Class of 2021!

Apply here by July 1!


Maximizing the Moment
Organizing in the DMV

Friday, June 25, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Register Here

Community organizers have always challenged the deep roots of injustice to push for transformative changes. From these efforts, incredible social, economic, and political growth has been achieved. In the last year, we’ve seen increased support to the vibrant and ever-growing organizing community in the DC metropolitan region. 

But how do we maximize this moment and turn it into long-lasting support for grassroots organizers? Organizing DMV is a regional learning community centered on deepening funder engagement, knowledge, and support of DMV-based community organizing groups, efforts, and initiatives. Join us for a panel discussion to hear more about a new report from the group showcasing the importance of supporting regional organizing and meet organizers who are making real change in our area. This session will underscore the importance of organizing in fostering systemic change and showcase the impact organizing has at multiple levels of change-making. 


  • MODERATOR | Ericka Taylor 
  • PANELIST | Ingris Moran, Tenants and Workers United 
  • PANELIST | Byron Johns, Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Excellence and Equity/NAACP Parents Council of Montgomery County

Regional Housing Stability Series
The Looming Eviction Crisis

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Register Here

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 | Laura Zeilinger, DC Department of Housing and Community Development
  • PANELIST | Aspasia Xypolia, Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development

Regional Housing Stability Series
Long Term Housing Affordability

Friday, July 2, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Register Here

Though there have been notable improvements in reducing family homelessness, the DMV has one of the nation's highest rates of unhoused residents. The unhoused population is primarily young and single people and disproportionality Black. Recent homeless census results found that regionally, 88% of homeless families are black. High housing costs and limited affordable housing stock have been significant drivers in housing instability.

Join us to explore housing as a human right and investments needed to increase the supply of affordable housing for the lowest-income households and transformative approaches to housing security to improve health and social outcomes.  

  • MODERATOR | David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners
  • PANELIST | Amanda Misiko Andere, Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • PANELIST | Patty Fugere, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • PANELIST | Jaline Gilliam, Pathways to Housing DC
  • PANELIST | Michelle Krocker, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance

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 office space? If interested, contact

WRAG in the News

Our President & CEO, Ruth LaToison Ifill was recently featured on WHUR 96.3! Ruth joined the morning DJs to discuss WRAG and our racial equity mission in the region. You can listen to the 2-minute segment here.

WRAG Member Spotlight

ACT for Alexandria co-hosts 30-day Racial Equity Challenge.

This month, the City of Alexandria and ACT for Alexandria are offering the first community “30-Day Racial Equity Challenge.” This challenge is an educational tool used to advance a deeper understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The Challenge invites participants to complete 30 short assignments over 30 consecutive days including readings, videos, and podcasts.

Participants are free to start at their own pace and opt-out of participating along the way. The 30-Day Racial Equity Challenge is only an introduction to what we hope will be a growing and learning experience in our journey to achieving race and social equity for all Alexandrians. To participate, you can review the 30-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus and register online for one or more of the facilitated conversations, 

Action & Advocacy

Contribute to Philanthropy Research
Participate in Survey on Strategic Giving

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors welcomes your participation in its latest survey on global philanthropy trends and strategic time horizons. This second iteration of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ biennial survey seeks to explore trends in the diverse landscape of global philanthropy. 

The survey is designed for a wide range of philanthropic operations and foundation types. Results will be analyzed and included in a publicly available research report available in 2021/2022 via Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ website. Take the survey here.


New Reports

New Report Explores How Nonprofits Fared Through Pandemic

The Center for Effective Philanthropy has published a new report in its series on the nonprofit sector's response to the pandemic. This report is based on a February 2021 survey of nonprofits and follows up on a May 2020 survey. Most nonprofit leaders reported that the pandemic had a negative impact on their organization, although community and economic development nonprofits reported fewer negative effects. Many leaders fared better than they had anticipated because of support from donors and Paycheck Protection Program funding. In May 2020, 80% of respondents reported that they expected to draw from their organization's reserves, while only 38% of respondents actually ended up doing so in 2020. Women-led and POC-serving organizations received less flexibility from their funders than white-led or general population-focused organizations. 

Read the report here.


Report Finds that Overall Giving Grew 3.8% between 2019 and 2020.

The annual report from Giving USA found that while US GDP shrank 3.5% from 2019 to 2020, overall charitable giving grew 3.8% to $471 billion. Individual giving accounted for 69% of total giving, the highest share on record. If you take MacKenzie Scott's nearly $6 billion in contributions out of the equation, individual giving would have decreased by 0.8%. Foundation giving rose 15% over 2019 levels to $88.5 billion. Foundations accounted for 19% of total 2020 charitable contributions. 2020 was the first year that small-dollar donors could take advantage of up to $300 in tax deductions without itemizing contributions. However, experts say that it's too early to tell what impact this had had on donors' funding habits. 

Read the report here.

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