Last Thursday, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) hosted its annual meeting at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The theme of the meeting was “Philanthropy Unsettled”— challenging oneself to think beyond tradition and familiarity.
WRAG President Tamara Copeland spoke about the topic of affordable housing, an area in which WRAG has been developing exemplary programming over the past few years. Copeland emphasized that having a home is a crucial factor cross-cutting many other issues, such as transportation, education, and health care. Featured speaker Julie Rogers, CEO & President of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, spoke of the challenges that Washington, D.C., faces as the population continues to grow. She urged funders to see human need, see action, and see larger trends in the philanthropy world.
Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., President & CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation gave a provocative keynote address, challenging nonprofits and foundations to not only contribute resources, but also be change agents. But, Dr. Carson said, if real change is going to occur, the field of philanthropy needs to become more transparent.