On November 19, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) hosted its sold-out 2015 annual meeting, Philanthropy All In. The event started with a members-only business meeting focused on the role of philanthropy in the Washington area’s economic future. The session featured a presentation by the Aspen Institute’s Jennifer Bradley, co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution and was followed by a panel moderated by the Washington Post’s Robert McCartney. Keynote speaker David R. Williams of Harvard School of Public Health then delivered a provocative and inspiring presentation on the impact of racism and the urgency with which philanthropy should address it.
Other key highlights of WRAGs work include:
- An upcoming six-part learning series, Putting Racism on the Table, to promote a deeper understanding among the philanthropic community.
- WRAG’s Foundation Map is live! Part of the Get on the Map campaign, this tool tracks all the latest data on philanthropy in the region.
- The Brightest Minds 2016 line up will include David Grant on why we need to stop undervaluing qualitative assessment in the social sector; Eldar Shafir on the impact of scarcity on decision-making; and Roberta Uno on arts and culture in a changing America.
- With a grant from the Taproot Foundation, WRAG undertook a comprehensive effort to analyze their value and impact. Taproot’s assessment found that WRAG is a voice for philanthropy in the region and a valuable source of knowledge for its members. The full report, Impact in Action is available for download.