The Weekly WRAG - June 9

Wednesday, June 9, 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 | Dean Klein, Fairfax County Department of Human Services
  • PANELIST | Polly Donaldson, DC Department of Housing and Community Development
  • PANELIST | Aspasia Xypolia, Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development

Maximizing the Moment
Organizing in the DMV

Friday, June 24, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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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

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

Metropolitan Washington Council on Governments Launches to Align Climate Policy and Action

Local government partners have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating more resilient communities across the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

This website was created as a platform to better educate area leaders and residents about local, regional, national, and international efforts underway to fight climate change and spur further action. Check out this website for news on recent climate accomplishments and valuable resources you and your organization can put to use. 

Action & Advocacy

Sign the Disability Inclusion Pledge


the Disability in Philanthropy Forum invites foundations to sign the Disability Inclusion Pledge. Signatories commit to moving toward a future of inclusion and equity for all. To meet the urgency of this moment, we encourage you to sign the pledge! The Council hopes to have at least 100 organizations signed on when it will officially announce the pledge in July to coincide with the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.    

New Resources

Mission Investors Exchange Releases Resource Library on Mission-Related Investing

Mission Investors Exchange, a network of foundations dedicated to ethical endowment investments, has announced the release of its Endowment Investing Resource Library, an evolving set of resources focused on how foundations are investing more — or all — of their endowments in mission or impact. The new resource library highlights the strategies and journeys foundations have taken as they embark on Mission-Related Investments (MRIs). 

Check out the library for key questions, strategies, perspectives, and resources intended to guide foundations on their path to using MRIs. 


New Report Examines Hispanic Representation on Nonprofit Boards

Hispanics in Philanthropy, in partnership with BoardSource, set out on a regional listening tour with Latinx Trustees to document their journey and what they saw as opportunities and challenges within the foundations they serve. This report summarizes those conversations on the experience of C-Suite Latinx philanthropy professionals and explores ways to address underrepresentation on nonprofit boards. Only 4.6% of foundation trustees are Latinos, while Latinos will soon be a fifth of the US population. 

The listening sessions also led to a 5-part podcast series on the current state of boards, and how to move towards fairer board representation. 

Read the report here.

Other Upcoming Events

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.   

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.

Unrestricted Funding, Streamlined Paperwork, & Doing the Homework
Hosted by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | 
Virtual Event


Trust-based philanthropy reimagines the funder/nonprofit dynamic, advocating for six principles of grantmaking that are geared toward building partnership and mutual learning. 

In this deep dive session, participants will explore the nuts and bolts of the first three trust-based principles:

  1. Multi-year, unrestricted funding as a strategy to build long-term relationships and support nonprofit self-determination; 
  2. Doing the homework to expand our understanding of the organizations and issues we support; and
  3. Simplifying and streamlining applications and reports in service of relational approaches that build trust and mutual accountability.

Since there is no one-size-fits-all approach to these principles, this session will spotlight three foundation’s stories of embracing these principles -- including the steps they have taken to embrace these practices, how they’re bringing the staff and board along, and what they are learning as a result.

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