The Weekly WRAG - March 17th

Monday, March 22, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In this newsletter, register for upcoming events, and take the Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey. 

Racial Equity and Covid-19
 Funders' 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 a 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

Funders' Briefing:
Jails & Justice Taskforce Report

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

The District Task Force on Jails & Justice, an independent advisory body founded in 2019, published its Phase II report, Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today.  The Task Force is dedicated to redefining DC’s approach to incarceration by building city-wide engagement, centering the voices of those with lived experiences, understanding community priorities, and exploring the use and design of secure detention and community-based solutions. Over two years, the Task Force engaged 2,500 D.C. residents, including people who are currently incarcerated, and studied D.C.’s own data and other jurisdictions’ reform efforts to redefine the District’s approach to incarceration. Based on this information, the Task Force developed 80 recommendations that constitute a detailed ten-year Implementation Plan for overhauling the District’s jails and justice system in three stages, including many changes that can and should be made immediately.  While the Task Force’s work will affect the entire community, D.C.’s Black residents are overrepresented at each stage of our criminal justice system. The Task Force explicitly targeted its recommendations to help end the over-criminalization of Black people in the District. 

Join us for an overview of the Task Force’s process, findings, and recommendations, and for a discussion about how philanthropy can get involved in moving the recommendations forward.

Check out our events page for more upcoming
events in April, May, and beyond!

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 connect with them and provide a socially distanced tour. #maskup. Reach out to our Interim CEO Ruth LaToison Ifill at

#WRAGMember Spotlight

Funders Together to End Homelessness has partnered with CommonSpirit Health to launch Health System Funders for Housing Justice, which will center on the inextricable link between healthcare and homelessness systems and the belief that housing is healthcare. 

Health System Funders for Housing Justice participants will: 

  • Map out and prioritize opportunities for health systems to have an impact on the homelessness system at state and national levels.
  • Create an action agenda for the network that includes investment opportunities, advocacy and policy priorities, and partnership recommendations.
  • Build trust and a structure among participants for sustained collaboration.

Reach out to Funders Together if you are interested in joining their network!

Grantmakers Salary and Benefit Survey

#WRAGMember The Council on Foundations has opened their survey for their annual Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report. Council Membership is not required to participate, and all survey participants will receive a free copy of the report ($499 value). We encourage you to participate in the Council’s survey—the greater the participation, the greater the insights for the entire field. The survey will be open until May 10th. 

Since 1980, the Council on Foundations’ Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey has provided the sector with comprehensive data on staff composition and compensation. Grantmakers rely on this annual report to plan budgets, benchmark personnel policies and practices, and determine salary levels for new and existing staff.

MPN Announces Maggie Gunther Osborn as New CEO

WRAG's neighbor association, Maryland Philanthropy Network, has announced their new CEO. Maggie Gunther Osborn will assume her new role as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 12, 2021. 

Osborn has been serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at United Philanthropy Forum since 2016. In this role, she was responsible for the execution of their rebranding as well as the onboarding of new members resulting in a 300% growth rate over four years. We look forward to working with Maggie and MPN in 2021 and beyond. 

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.”


New Report: Confronting COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Nonelderly Adults

This new report from The Urban Institute used data from their Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey (WBNS), a nationally representative survey of more than 7,500 adults. More than one-third of nonelderly adults reported they would probably not or definitely not get a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly half of Black adults held this position, compared with about one-third of white and Hispanic/Latinx adults. However, almost two-thirds of Black adults seemed to still be considering their decisions about getting the vaccine. Republicans were nearly twice as likely as Democrats to report they would probably not or definitely not get vaccinated (47 percent versus 25 percent). Differences in hesitancy by political affiliation were largest among white adults, followed by Hispanic/Latinx adults. Read More>>


ImpactAlpha Announces IA 50, including #WRAGMember Enterprise Community Partners

Now in its tenth year, the IA 50 is a free database recognizing impact investment fund managers. This annually updated list is a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their financial advisors. The IA 50 intends to illustrate the breadth of impact fund managers operating today, though it is not a comprehensive list. Fund managers selected to the IA 50 demonstrate a wide range of impact investing activities across geographies, sectors and asset classes. Enterprise Community Partners, known for investing in affordable housing in our region, has been recognized on the list for six years in a row.  Read more>>

Other Upcoming Events

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 at 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

Telehealth: Past, Present, and Future
Hosted by Primary Care Coalition, Montgomery County

Wednesday, March 31st
9:30am-11:00am | 
Virtual Event

This virtual event serves to highlight the obstacles that communities face in creating affordable and sustainable telehealth infrastructure that will remain long after the COVID-19 pandemic.

​We will look at these challenges from both the perspective of the patient as well as the provider. This free webinar features public health experts who will discuss the year in telehealth as well as how to move forward with building equitable and affordable telehealth infrastructure.

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.

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