The Weekly WRAG - March 31st

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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

Join us to discuss a new report focusing on 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.

Friday Philanthropy Call:
Older Adult Hunger and Isolation
During the Pandemic

Friday, April 16th
10:00am-11:00pm | Register Here

Once a month, WRAG hosts a call for all regional funders on topics in philanthropy related to the pandemic. Registering once automatically registers you for the complete series! 

Please note this call is for funders only. 

For our April call, we will be joined by leaders in local food justice to discuss how the pandemic has affected older adults' access to food and experience of isolation. 


  • Radha Muthiah, President & CEO, Capital Area Food Bank 
  • Beverley Wheeler, Director, DC Hunger Solutions 
  • Ondrea McIntyre-Hall, Vice President – Program Quality, Impact and Integration, Northern Virginia Family Services 
  • Sydney Daigle, Director, Prince George’s Food Equity Council 


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 am working on my final project to help WRAG identify regional communications opportunities. I welcome the chance to speak with you for no more than 20 minutes about your communication experience with WRAG.

If you are interested in participating, here's the link to schedule an interview. Please schedule by Wednesday, March 31st.

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

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

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

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation invests in vaccination sites.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) will award $369,564 from its COVID-19 Vaccine Fund. These grants will improve equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine in highly impacted areas of Montgomery County, Maryland, through the administration of over 12,204 vaccines, fully vaccinating approximately 6,742 Montgomery County residents. 

HIF’s short-term, capacity building investment will pilot over 70 place-based vaccination clinics in highly impacted areas of the County to improve vaccine access and address the disparate outcomes for our black and brown residents. 

Action & Advocacy

Metropolitan Washington Named First Region in the US to Meet International Climate Planning Standards.

#WRAGMember the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and its members have received international recognition for their plan to mitigate climate change locally and work for a more climate-resilient region.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), a global alliance working toward a resilient and low emission society, found COG’s regional greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and Metropolitan Washington 2030 Climate and Energy Action Plan fully compliant with the global standards of best practices for climate planning. GCoM awarded COG “Mitigation” and “Adaptation” achievement badges in recognition. Metropolitan Washington is the first region in the United States to achieve this status.


New Guidelines Issued for Education Philanthropy

The standards, guidelines, and definitions for reporting the results of educational philanthropy around the world have been updated with new guidance on gift counting, a new definition of educational philanthropy, and, for the first time, a statement on ethics.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) released the CASE Global Reporting Standards. For the first time since its initial publication in 1982, the standards offer a digital subscription and six country-specific supplements.

Previously referred to as the CASE Reporting Standards and Management Guidelines, the CASE Global Reporting Standards is a common set of standards, guidelines, and definitions for reporting the results of educational philanthropy activities at schools, colleges, and universities across the globe. Read More>>


Bush Foundation Takes on Debt for $100m Effort to Close Racial Equity Gap

The Bush Foundation, based in Minnesota, has taken an innovative approach to community investment by borrowing funds, a highly unusual move in philanthropy. 

The St. Paul-based foundation, one of the largest in Minnesota, announced Monday that it will disburse double the amount of funding it ordinarily grants each year. Not only that, it will allocate the money directly to Black and Native American individuals through community-based groups.

"Racial gaps are very, very profound … [and] new strategies are necessary," said Jackie Statum Allen, a grantmaking director who is co-leading the new initiative. "This is a different approach to tackling such a profound problem." Read More >>


Other Upcoming Events

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.

Celebration of Community Champions
Hosted by #WRAGMember Greater Washington Community Foundation

Thursday, May 20th
6:00pm | 
Virtual Event

Over the past year, our community has come together to respond to the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, economic crisis, and racial reckoning. Thanks to your steadfast partnership and support, we were able to address the most pressing needs of our community while working toward an equitable recovery for our region.

On Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m., join for an hour of inspiration and celebration of our collective efforts and impact. As a champion for your community, we want to uplift you and the everyday heroes - including the donors, nonprofit partners, corporate supporters, and local government advisors - who stepped up to help our community navigate this crisis.

This virtual Celebration will share the incredible stories of neighbors helping neighbors that have continued to inspire us. You will also enjoy special performances from local artists and arts organizations, supported by the Arts Forward Fund, representing a range of creative expression including music, theater, visual arts, and dance.

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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