The Weekly WRAG - May 19th

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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, 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 Spotlights

Welcome New Executive Directors!

Patience B. Peabody was named Executive Director, Washington DC for the Flamboyan Foundation, a WRAG member! For the past three years, Patience has served as Flamboyan’s Senior Managing Director of Communications and External Affairs, developing partnerships both in DC and Puerto Rico. Under her leadership, Flamboyan launched major initiatives like the REAL Family Engagement platform. She brings a reputation for bold ideas, straight talk, and respect and care for others.

Christine Hoisington was just named as Executive Director for the Booz Allen Hamilton Foundation, a WRAG member! Christine helped stand up the Booz Allen Foundation in 2017 and has been a member of the government services company’s community impact and philanthropy team since 2008.

Alongside the news of Hoisington’s appointment, the Foundation released its annual report for 2020.

We know that great things are in store for these foundations with these new leaders at their helms. Congratulations and we are proud you are part of the WRAG philanthropic family!

Action & Advocacy

WRAG Member The United Philanthropy Forum Releases Public Policy Principles for 117th Congress

These newly-published principles act as guidance for federal foundation advocacy. The focus areas are:

  • Champion Racial Equity & Justice
  • Support Faire Tax Policy & Regulation
  • Enhance Charitable Giving
  • Defend & Strengthen Democracy
  • Promote Civic Engagement
  • Boost Sector Inclusion in Relief Legislation

These public policy principles will help the Forum address racial inequities, advocate on behalf of the sector, and identify practical public policy solutions that catalyze a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper.

If you have questions about the Forum’s public policy work, please contact Matthew L. Evans, Director of Public Policy, at 202.759.6920 or



90% of Wealthy Americans Gave to Charity in 2020.

The new report from GivingTuesday, "Giving in Unprecedented Times," analyzed giving trends in 2020. 

In the United States, total giving to charitable organizations increased in 2020, but with clear winners and losers, and in ways that bucked previous trends. Among wealthy families, 90% gave to charity in 2020. The report notes three other key trends in the data:

  • Donor mobility increased more than ever before, particularly in small donations.
  • Cause area winners and losers followed societal challenges.
  • Widening inequality affects smaller revenue nonprofits, not just lower wealth individuals

Read the report here


Pandemic and Ramadan Spur Donation to Muslim Giving Circles.
Haleluya Hadero, Chronicle of Philanthropy

For giving circles that focus on the American Muslim community, Ramadan, which ended last week, is a time when they collect donations, expand their membership, and aid charities.

As Muslims marked the end of Ramadan with a celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the American Muslim Community Foundation, which experts say is the only foundation hosting giving circles that focus on the American Muslim community, reached a new record. The group distributed nearly $1.3 million, the largest it has ever raised during Ramadan, to more than 150 charities.

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Other Upcoming Events

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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