The Weekly WRAG - March 10th

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Friday Philanthropy Call

Friday, March 12th
10:00am-11:00am | 
Virtual Event
WRAG hosts a monthly call on topics relevant to the DMV philanthropy community. This call is open to all DMV funders. Registering for this event will automatically register you for all upcoming Friday Philanthropy Calls.

In honor of Women's History Month, we will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on women in the DMV, highlighting the experiences of BIPOC women.


Claudia Williams, Program Officer, Washington Area Women's Foundation
Alana C. Brown, Executive Director, The Safe Sisters Circle
Adriana López, Co-Director of Client Advocacy, Tahirih Justice Center
Please note this call is for funders only. 

CEO Listening Session on
Foundation Payout Regulations

 with Interim CEO Ruth LaToison Ifill

Monday, March 15th
1:30pm-3:00pm | 
Virtual Event

WRAG's Interim CEO Ruth LaToison invites community and private foundation CEOs/Executive Directors to join us for a drop-in listening session on foundation regulations. As we prepare for Foundations on the Hill, we will have the opportunity to speak with legislators about regulations on foundations. Your attendance in this session will help us understand how we can communicate your perspective to lawmakers.
The Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving and Emergency Charity Stimulus has proposed a number of regulations that would encourage higher and faster payout from foundations. What do you think of the proposal? Would you like to see it passed? What impact will it have on your foundation and community?
We will be joined by Jeff Hamond, former economic policy director for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer & current Director of Philanthropy Practice at Van Scoyoc Associates.

Racial Equity and Covid-19
 Funder Dialogue in Support of Prince George’s County

Friday, March 19th
10:00am-10:45am | 
Virtual Event

Join us for a conversation on the findings or a survey of Prince George's County nonprofits and compare the historical racial inequities that were exacerbated by the pandemic. Our speakers have authored s study on nonprofit funding and will share the disparities they found. This session will provide an overview of the data and insights from the field, and open up for dialogue on how the philanthropic community can address these barriers to help foster a strong and vibrant nonprofit community.


Heather Iliff, President & CEO, Maryland Nonprofits

Tiffany Turner-Allen, Executive Director, Nonprofit Prince George’s County

Have time for a brief interview about WRAG? See below:

"My name is Adeola Adesina and I’m a final-semester graduate student in the master’s program in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University. I’m embarking on my final project and assisting WRAG to identify regional strengths and opportunities for programming and communications. I am looking to conduct a 15-20 minute interview about your interest in WRAG.

If you are interested in participating, here's the link to schedule an interview. Please schedule by Friday, March 12th if you are available. 

Sample questions: 

  • What is your organization's interest in the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers?
  • Based on your location and impact in the region, what do you hope to accomplish through your membership?

Thank you in advance for your consideration. if you have any questions, please reach out to me directly at

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 with a racial equity integrated mission that is looking for temporary office space? If so, we would love to chat with them in the new year and provide a socially distanced tour. #maskup. Reach out to our Interim CEO Ruth LaToison Ifill at

Check out this article, published by Akiima Price, contracted through a partnership with the National Parks Foundation, the Agua Fund, the Conservation Fund, MARPAT Foundation, #WRAGMember The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Nimick Forbesway Foundation, and #WRAGMember Prince Charitable Trusts. The partnership aimed to develop strategies to strengthen Anacostia Park’s external relationships as a critical part of a broader effort to build an innovative friends group between the park and the surrounding community.

#WRAGMember Spotlight

Exponent Philanthropy has released a report on key facts from the operation and management of its 400 member organizations. The survey found that in 2020, a greater percentage of foundations rated racial equity as somewhat or very relevant to their foundation’s mission (73%) as compared to 2019 (65%). The biggest shift came from funders moving from the not relevant category into the somewhat relevant category. Check out the research for more exciting findings. 

How relevant is racial equity to your foundation's mission?

Action and Advocacy

Virginia Introduces First-Ever Statewide Strategic Plan to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Governor Ralph Northam recently unveiled ONE Virginia, a first-in-the-nation statewide strategic plan to advance visible diversity, equity, and inclusion across state government.

“To truly move forward as a Commonwealth, we must prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion as our collective goals,” said Governor Northam. "The ONE Virginia Plan is a strategic blueprint to institutionalize equity across state government and effectively address deeply-rooted structural and systemic barriers to access and opportunity. This roadmap will ensure our efforts are accompanied by accountability, measurable results, and sustained impact, and help make Virginia the best place to live, work, visit, and thrive.”


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and #WRAGMember Candid Release Report on Giving During the Pandemic 

The report, titled "Philanthropy and COVID-19 in 2020: Measuring One Year of Giving" Nearly a year after the World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic, the world is still struggling to recover and operating in what we have come to accept as the “new normal.” In 2020, we saw funders react swiftly, directing emergency funds to organizations on the ground and committing to changes in their grantmaking practices and priorities to better help nonprofits face the myriad challenges brought on by the pandemic. Read More>>


New Report from #WRAGMember Grantmakers in Health Found that only 23% of Foundations Invest in Gun Violence Prevention

Eileen Salinsky, Program Advisor, Grantmakers In Health

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, with approximately 120,000 Americans injured or killed by guns each year. GIH surveyed our Funding Partners in September 2020 to explore investments in gun violence prevention. Similar to the 2018 findings, health funders who support gun violence prevention efforts invest in a wide range of prevention strategies, with support for high-risk populations and policy advocacy being the most prevalent approaches. The survey results have been compiled into a one-page summary infographic. Read more>>

Other Upcoming Events

Post Legislative Update

Hosted by Virginia Funders Network

Thursday, March 11th
11:00am-12:30pm | 
Virtual Event


  • Emily Griffey, Cheif Policy Officer, Voices for Virginia's Children
  • Ashley C. Kenneth, Interim President & CEO, The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis

VFN will recap Virginia's General Assembly 2021 legislative session and hear updates on the anticipated hot topics outlined in our January pre-General Assembly webinar. 

If you want to read more in advance of our webinar, check out these great summaries:


Equity and Economic Mobility
The Role of Philanthropy

Hosted by #WRAGMember Bank of America

Thursday, March 18th
4:00pm-5:00pm | 
Virtual Event

Join our panel of experts for a discussion of grantmaking, programmatic and impact investment strategies to create pathways for inclusion and economic mobility.


  • Ann Limberg, Head of Philanthropic and Family Office Solutions, Bank of America (host)
  • Jeannie Infante Sager, Director, Women's Philanthropy Institute 
  • Bob Hughes, Director of K-12 Education in the United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ebony Thomas, Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Initiative Program Executive, Bank of America
  • Dianne Chipps Bailey, National Philanthropic Strategy Executive, Bank of America

Redistricting in Virginia: What Foundations Need to Know and Our Response
Hosted by Virginia Advocacy Funders

Friday, March 19th
9:30am-11:00am | 
Virtual Event


  • Cathy Duvall, Fair Representation in Redistricting, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
  • Vik Malhotra, Fair Representation in Redistricting, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
  • Nick Rathod, President & CEO, UpRising Strategies

We will also discuss ways foundations could support community power and movement building in Virginia through grantmaking and beyond grantmaking.
Redistricting has been used as a means through which communities of color and other disadvantaged groups have been marginalized; yet, this process could also be a tool for redistributing power to end disparities and demand justice.

The redistricting process in Virginia offers the possibility of either strengthening democracy and representation in Virginia or cementing racialized gerrymandering and slowing progress on every issue foundations and nonprofits care about - from racial justice to environmental justice, from educational equity to worker power, and much more. Redistricting in Virginia reflects the need for civic engagement around the process to build grassroots power, advance racial equity, and ensure truly representative government in which advocates can effectively pursue justice.

ACT for Alexandria, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, Consumer Health Foundation, Greater Washington Community Foundation, Meyer Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, Virginia Plus, Weissberg Foundation, and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Community Partnership Forum: Moving Forward with Purpose
Building a Better & Stronger Post-COVID DMV

Hosted by #WRAGMember United Way of the National Capital Area and the Schar School of Policy and Government and George Mason University

Monday, March 22th
12:30pm | 
Virtual Event

How can we hit the reset button after the pandemic and build back a stronger, more equitable nation and DMV region? Please join authors Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard from the Democracy Collaborative for a discussion of their new book, The Making of a Democratic Economy, that offers a compelling vision for a just and sustainable future that reflects our democratic ideals. This is the kickoff event for the online, 2021 Community Partnership Forum series that is bringing together diverse stakeholders from across the Washington metro area to explore issues of mutual interest.

Beyond Deposits: Investing in Racial Equity
Hosted by Philanthropy Northwest

Tuesday, March 23th
10:00am-11:00am | 
Virtual Event

As part of the Philanthropy Northwest Impact Investment Collaborative, RBC Global Asset Management and Philanthropy Northwest invite you to a discussion about the "why" and "how" of investing liquid assets with a racial equity focus.

Topics to be discussed:

  • BIPOC leaders discuss their personal experiences working within the financial sector with a focus on their efforts to reduce systemic challenges and inequalities.
  • Pros and cons of supplying bank deposits and other targeted strategies to support the development of BIPOC communities.
  • The Micron Story - Align your company's fixed income holdings with racial equity.

Who Should Attend

This session is for foundations seeking endowment practices that can further racial equity. This will be of particular interest to foundation executives, investment staff, investment committees and board members, but all are welcome to attend and ask questions about these emerging ideas.


  • April Arnzen, Senior Vice President & Cheif People Officer, Micron Technology
  • Ronald A. Homer, Chief Strategist, US Impact Investing and President Access Capital Community Investment Strategy RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.) Inc.
  • Robert James, II, Chairman, National Bankers Association
  • Greg Routin, CFA, Treasure, Micron Technologies

Issue Forum: Leading Systems Change
Insights from Nonprofit Leaders in the Field

Hosted by Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership

Wednesday, March 24th
4:00pm-5:00pm | 
Virtual Event

Join Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership for an Issue Forum on How to Lead Systems Change. In this important time of transition, it is imperative that we work to create sustainable change for a more equitable and just society. With a panel featuring nonprofit leaders Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director of New Virginia Majority, Tiffini Andorful, Senior Director of Network Engagement at CityBridge Education, and Carolynn Brunette, Managing Director of Prince Charitable Trusts, we will explore questions including:

  • What does it take to build sustained power in communities?
  • How does data help illuminate inequities and drive systems change?
  • How can funders develop trust-based, flexible strategies to support leaders of systems change?

In light of major crises facing our nation in 2020—the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial injustice—finding answers to these questions is even more pressing.

We encourage you to review our newly released report, How to Lead Systems Change Work


  • Tiffini Andorful, Senior Director of Network Engagement, CityBridge Education
  • Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority
  • Carolynn Brunette, Managing Director, Prince Charitable Trusts

Racial Equity Framework: The Onion Dialogues
Hosted by #WRAGMember Community Foundation for Loudoun and North Fauquier Counties

Thursday, April 29th and Friday, April 30th
9:00am-11:30am | 
Virtual Event
Cost: $35 | Participants must attend both days

The Onion Dialogues workshop, presented by WRAG Board Member Amy Owen and former WRAG CEO Tamara Copeland, provides participants the opportunity to explore and normalize conversation about race. Just as an onion has many layers, The Onion Dialogues engages participants in a multi-faceted discussion about race. Exploring topics such as language, systemic racism throughout US history, microaggressions, white fragility, and more, Amy Owen and Tamara will lead participants through an interactive dialogue in this two-day introductory workshop.

The Onion Dialogues will be delivered via Zoom.


This offering of The Onion Dialogues is open to any community member. However, seating is limited to 17 participants and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

An important part of The Onion Dialogues is the interaction between the participants. Therefore, it is recommended that attendees plan to participate by video as well as audio.

Job Board

Director of Advancement (GPEP), Goucher College

Managing Director of Policy, Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund (AFREF)

Director of Individual Giving, Northern Virginia Family Services

Find more jobs or post your own on our website here.

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