The Weekly WRAG - May 12

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Only two days left to register!

Friday Philanthropy Call:
COVID-19's Impact on the AAPI Community

Friday, May 14, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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Join us for our regularly scheduled Friday Philanthropy Call!  Registering once automatically registers you for the complete series! Please note that this call is for funders only. 

The pandemic hit AAPI businesses and front-line workers hard. In addition to dealing with the financial and economic crisis, AAPI community members have experienced increased racial violence and discrimination. This panel will discuss the pandemics' economic and social impact on the region's AAPI community. You will also learn ways the philanthropic community can build mutual solidarity to eliminate anti-Asian racism and dismantle structural racism and oppression.  


  • MODERATOR Hanh Le, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy of Metro DC
  • PANELIST Janet Namkung, Asians* in Focus + Total Liberation Collective
  • PANELIST  | Naznin Saifi, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
  • PANELIST Sina Uipi, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
  • PANELIST Akil Vohra, Asian American LEAD

Click here to contribute your input on WRAG's future!

WRAG Strategic Planning is underway! We are happy to start the next phase of our strategic planning process. As part of this exciting and critically important opportunity for our region, we look forward to your input. Thank you for taking this survey to help us create a shared vision for the future of philanthropy in the Greater Washington, DC region. 

Click here to have your voice heard


Reimagining the Criminal Legal System
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There are two remaining webinars in our spring webinar series! Join us to explore different strategies for funders' roles in reimagining the DMV's systems of courts, jails, and prisons. See below for information on the first event!

Inclusive Community Reinvestment

Friday, May 21, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 
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Those closest to the problem should be closest to the solution. Community change agents and groups drive justice reform and support families through transformative justice, mutual aid, and re-entry empowerment, access, and opportunity.  Philanthropy can bolster community-led development and transformation by deepening relationships and investment with local change agents. We will discuss reshaping grantmaking to amplify funding and partnerships with Black-led grassroots organizers and groups during the panel.  


  • MODERATOR | Clinton Lacey, Credible Messenger Justice Center
  • PANELIST Qiana Johnson, Life after Release
  • PANELIST Nee Nee Taylor, Harriet’s Wildest Dreams

Long-Term Investments to
Realize & Sustain Justice

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | 
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For sustained justice, policy and investments need innovation. How can philanthropy support justice reform? Join us for a conversation with Public Welfare CEO Candice Jones and Justice Lab Founder Patrice Sulton to reimagine justice through long-term investments. 


  • Patrice Sulton, DC Justice Lab
  • Candice C. Jones, Public Welfare Foundation

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 so, we would love to connect with them and provide a socially distanced tour. Reach out to Tia Pickeral at

#WRAGMember Spotlight

Candid has just released a new free training on how you can use their online resources to improve and expand your foundation's impact. Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to find trends in data for the fields in which you work, identify potential funding partners, enhance your online profile, and streamline your due diligence practices with GuideStar tools. 

Action & Advocacy

WRAG and other Philanthropy Leaders Sign Letter to Congress

WRAG has signed an open letter urging Congress to consider the charitable sector in all upcoming legislative proposals and policies. Any policy reform impacting the sector should be achieved through thoughtful, data-driven decisions that include input from the organizations and donors being impacted. 

This letter is open to any sector-related organization to show a large sector presence and consensus and underscore the importance of this matter. Please consider signing on to this letter and sharing it with your networks by May 14. 

New Reports

Investing at the Frontlines of Climate Change

Eight different philanthropy serving organizations, including #WRAGMember Grantmakers in Health, have partnered together to release this funder toolkit. This toolkit is intended to accelerate investments by helping funders understand a large, complex, and interconnected landscape or climate change investment. Both funders and nonprofits may use this report to find new resources, connect to new partners, and ramp up their efforts at the frontlines of climate change. 

Read the report here


Preparing for Strategic Review Processes
Center for Effective Philanthropy

This paper from the Center for Effective Philanthropy summarizes processes and recommendations for funders planning their strategy reviews. Many of the methods participants described may not be surprising, as many funders use them. Taken together, though, CEP hopes that these examples and recommendations can help funders more effectively, inclusively, and transparently plan and execute their strategy reviews.

Read the report here.

Other Upcoming Events

Pro-Bono Consulting Services: Info Session
Hosted by Compass Greater Washington

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
1:00 p.m. | 
Virtual Event

Compass grants pro bono consulting services to nonprofits that benefit the Greater Washington community. Projects run from September 2021 through May 2022. The application deadline is June 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Compass volunteer teams, composed of experienced business professionals, provide pro bono consulting to nonprofits in the following areas: Decision Support, Board Development, Funding Strategy, Strategic Alignment, Strategic Planning, Partnerships, Collaborations & Mergers, Strategic Marketing, and Technology Strategy. Details are available at Greater Washington Client Application

Join Compass for an Information Session for Prospective Nonprofit Clients to learn about their pro bono consulting services. The recommended audience is Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and senior leadership.

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

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 p.m. | 
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, the Greater Washington Community Foundation was able to address our community's most pressing needs while working toward an equitable recovery for our region.

On Thursday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m., join the Greater Washington Community Foundation for an hour of inspiration and celebration of our collective efforts and impact. As a champion for our community, they 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 8-11, 2021 | 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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