The Weekly WRAG - March 24th

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Funders' Briefing:
Jails & Justice Task Force Report


Tuesday, March 30th
11:00am-12:00pm | Register Here


The District Task Force on Jails & Justice, an independent advisory body founded in 2019, recently 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. Based on interviews with DC's incarcerated and non-incarcerated population, 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. While the Task Force’s work will affect the entire community, DC’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.


  • Tyrone Hall, Returning Citizen Advocate
  • Patrice Sulton, DC Justice Lab
  • Emily Tatro, Council for Court Excellence

COVID-19 and Systemic Inequality: Community-Led Lessons for Funders

Hosted by Funders Concerned About AIDS and the Elton John AIDS Foundation; Co-Sponsored by WRAG

Tuesday, April 13th
11:00am-12:00pm | Register Here


Please join us to discuss a new report that focuses on the systemic inequalities that – while magnified during COVID-19 – have always been a reality for marginalized populations, including, but not limited to, those living with or at risk of HIV.

The report, commissioned by Funders Concerned About AIDS and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, leverages learnings from community-based responses during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly from organizations representing or led by LGBTQ and communities of color in the US, and key populations globally.  The report will launch during the week of April 5th.

FCAA’s goal is to share this publication –informed by the resiliency of community-based organizations– to help connect and coordinate the philanthropic response in this critical time.

National Foundation Surveys Open For Responses: 
Salary and Benefits Survey and Investments 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. 

Responses have also opened for the Investments of Endowments Survey. The survey provides information for financial and investment staff, trustees and investment committee members of the nation’s private and community foundations. Participants will receive an advance copy of the report. 

#WRAGMember Spotlight

Amalgamated Bank last week announced its support for reparations for Black AmericansThe largest union-owned bank in the US became the first major bank to announce its support for HR 40, introduced by Representative Shirley Jackson Lee, a bill that would establish a commission to develop reparations proposals. 

"H.R. 40 is a basic first step to move the country forward in building an equitable economy that creates opportunity for all people to thrive and meet their basic needs," said Lynne Fox, chair of Amalgamated Bank's board of directors and interim CEO.

Action and Advocacy


Thank you to all participants of Foundations on the Hill.

Tomorrow is the last day of the United Philanthropy Forum's Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). WRAG would like to recognize all the foundation leaders who took time to meet with elected officials and their staff to shine a light on the specific and nuanced issues faced by our sector. Your advocacy will impact legislation on foundations for years to come. WRAG is proud to represent many civically engaged foundations in the National Capital Area. 


Community Foundation for Boulder County Announces Crisis Fund

After the devastating Monday shooting in Boulder, Colorado, the local community foundation has opened a crisis fund. In partnership with the City of Boulder, Rose Community Foundation, Longmont Community Foundation, Westview Church, Congregation Har Hashem, Congregation Bonai Shalom, First Congregational Church, Boulder Mennonite Church, and the Colorado Healing Fund, the Community Foundation Boulder County has established a fund to support the victims, their families, and their community in dealing with and processing yesterday’s events.

Any funds raised in excess of need will go towards a general fund for future local crises. 

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WRAG Partners with Virginia Advocacy Funders | Report on Redistricting

The 2021–2022 redistricting cycle following the 2020 Census is a critical opportunity for Virginia communities to build power, ensure equitable political representation, and address systemic inequities for the next decade. The extent to which communities are fairly represented profoundly influences policies and resources for issues like education, health care, economic development, and the environment.

This report from Virginia Advocacy Funders contains historical context, recent developments, and actionable strategies for Virginia grantmakers to instill equity into the legislative redistricting process. 

Read the report here>

Other Upcoming Events

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.

Grantmakers in Health Annual Conference

June 8th-11th | 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. 

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