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Local Nonprofit Bulletin (06.24.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin

06.24.22

Shoutouts to small nonprofits in the DMV, upcoming events, and a roundup of philanthropic resources! Have questions, an event, or another opportunity you want featured? Reach out to Amanda, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, to collaborate!

Get into a Civic State of Mind about the DC Budget

On Wednesday, June 29, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, learn about how to advocate for the local, livable futures we want to create through the city budget! This virtual panel features speakers from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Jews United for Justice, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and Black Swan Academy, and will be moderated by David Meni. RSVP today!

Shoutouts

In celebration of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum‘s 55th anniversary, they’re asking residents of the DC region to submit portraits of themselves as the Museum looks to its next 55 years and beyond! “Portraits by the People” runs from June 13 – September 15 and continues the museum’s tradition of preserving and celebrating the local stories that make up our diverse neighborhoods. Submit your portrait!

What happens when arts and activism converge? Young Playwrights’ Theater says, “A new generation can move to the forefront of movements and inspire social change with their creativity and their voices.” In their first season of implementing their Students Advocating for the Eradication of Racism (SAFER) program with Sitar Arts Center‘s Student Emerging Arts Leaders (SEAL), teen students gathered every Friday afternoon to discuss social issues that affect them and their communities, culminating in a performance that showcased their ideas, thoughts, and hopes for the future through a devised choreopoem.

Nearly 30 years after receiving Minnie’s Island as a gift, the Potomac Conservancy has transferred ownership of this 8-acre island in the Potomac River to the newly minted Minnie’s Island Community Conservancy! “Along with keeping the island open to anyone who wants to paddle or wade to its shores,” Whitney Pipkin writes in the Bay Journal, this group also “wants the land to be a resource that gives back to those who have given much.” Learn more about the island’s history and their plans for its future!

This year, KEEN Greater DC celebrates 30 successful years of free, one-to-one recreational and exercise activities for children and young adults with significant physical and developmental disabilities. Their 19th Annual KEEN Sports Festival was featured on NBC News!

A new Lift Zone at the Washington Literacy Center “offers free high-speed WiFi access to help students and community members get online, participate in distance learning or remote work, look for and apply for jobs and access digital skills content.” Comcast’s 100th Lift Zone in the Beltway Region will help Washington Literacy Center continue to teach “reading and math for everyday use, computer literacy, workforce skills, occupational literacy and other skills necessary for better employment opportunities,” said Jimmie Williams, Washington Literacy Center president and CEO.

Events

June 23 – July 24, Multiple | Washington Improv Theater’s final multi-week run of Ask Me Anything

June 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Block Party at Generation Hope

June 25, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Celebrate the talents and contributions of refugees at the third annual One Journey Festival

June 25, 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Craft. Brew. A crafting happy hour with The Art League

June 26, 8:00 AM | The 2nd annual Washington DC Sharkfest Swim will benefit Special Olympics International and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network! Register for the Open Swim or volunteer in the water or on land

June 26, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM | Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC salutes the music of the “Great American Songbook”

June 26, 2:30 – 4:00 PM | Pipeline Playwrights presents: Write Your 10-Minute Play at Joe’s Movement Emporium

July 14 – August 6, Multiple | Washington Improv Theater’s Jams

July 18 – 22, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Docs In Progress’ Summer Teen Filmmaking Workshop (Session 1)

August 1 – 5, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Docs In Progress’ Summer Teen Filmmaking Workshop (Session 2)

August 6, 11:00 AM | Girls Rock! DC Showcase at Black Cat

August 28, 12:00 – 3:00 PM | Carpenter’s Shelter’s signature tasting event, the Carpenter’s Cook-Off Pop-Up

September 24, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM | Healwell’s Healthcare & Intimacy virtual symposium

September 30, 6:30 PM | Horizons Greater Washington presents Reach for the Stars

Starting October 3, Multiple | The Washington Bach Consort’s Noontime Cantata Series

October 6, 6:00 PM | Save the date for DC SCORES’ One Night One Goal

November 24, 8:00 AM | 18th Annual 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services

Resources

“Why Catalytic Funding is Key to Closing the Racial Equity Gap in Philanthropy” | Inside Philanthropy

Historically, foundation processes and funding have often favored larger, well-established organizations with white leadership, while organizations led by people of color have not received the same level of funding and support,” Rebecca Ferguson writes. “As a result, the philanthropic sector has failed to direct enough funding to organizations closest to the issues we’re trying to solve.”

Tips for Allies of Transgender People | GLAAD

This Pride month and beyond, check out this non-exhaustive list of tips you can use to move toward becoming a better ally to transgender people.

“Visualize This: Donor-Advised Funds As Largest Recipients of Charitable Gifts” | Inequality

“The largest commercial DAF sponsors now take in more money each year than our largest public charities,” writes Chuck Collins and Helen Flannery. Watch their time lapse of the rise of DAFs.

“Where We Bank Matters” | Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community

This nonprofit guide to community banking includes insights on “what to look for in community banking relationships; specific, actionable steps organizations can take when considering a partnership with such institutions; and examples of community banks working in communities, particularly in under-invested communities.”

BEACON celebrates its 30th Anniversary with 30 Student Success Stories and the Introduction of its $30 for 30 Years Monthly Giving Program

BEACON Celebrates its 30th Anniversary with 30 Student Success Stories and the Introduction of its $30 for 30 Years Monthly Giving Program

Confetti against a white background, with gold calligraphy in the middle reading, "30 Student Stories to celebrate 30 years." A logo at the top left reads, "Beacon for Adult Literacy, 30 Years serving the community."BEACON was founded in 1992 by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. A secular program inspired by the Benedictine love of learning, BEACON empowers its adult learners to enhance their quality of life through English language and literacy.

Our humble beginning started with Sister Eileen Heaps teaching a handful of adults to read and write using the only space available to her – a small kitchen of the Monastery. The program has grown to serve more than 400 students each year, powered by 100+ volunteers at three class site locations in the Prince William Community.

In celebration of our anniversary, BEACON is taking a trip down memory lane and sharing 30 student stories for 30 years of service. These stories give a glimpse into the lives of the learners served, sharing why the learners enrolled in classes, and the impact our program has had on their lives.

Over the years, adult learners from more than 47 countries have attended tutoring, small group, and classroom instruction in a variety of offerings centered around literacy, language, and citizenship. The 30 student stories series highlights accomplishments such as:

  • After taking ESOL and GED classes in 2007, Amelia pursued an Associates degree in architecture at Northern Virginia Community College.
  • In 2008, Bruno obtained his GED.
  • Claudia voted for the first time in 2008 after becoming a U.S. Citizen.
  • Naly worked with a BEACON interview coach in 2020 and got a new job.

Powered by passionate volunteers, BEACON goes beyond skills building. Students complete the program with more confidence, a greater sense of belonging, and hope for a better future.

One student returned 20 years later to tell our staff, “I really appreciate all that the BEACON program did for me and I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t been able to take the classes. The teacher was wonderful and so encouraging.”

Saeema, who was born in Afghanistan and grew up in Pakistan as a refugee, shared, “BEACON truly is a beacon of hope for people like me. BEACON’s services are very well tailored for the needs of new immigrants, and I appreciate the friendly environment it has created for people like me, particularly women. I can get my education, something that I would not have imagined at my age and as an illiterate woman in my society in my home country.”

Black text against a blue background reads, "I can get my education, something that I would not have imagined at my age and as an illiterate woman in my society back home." This quote is attributed to Saeema, pictured on the right posing by the Lincoln Memorial wearing a headscarf and dark top.

Grace, who became a newly naturalized U.S. Citizen after taking BEACON citizenship classes in 2018, also shared, “I’m so blessed to have found BEACON… I believe that BEACON has helped so many people, not only with the citizenship interview, but also with learning English and the American culture, so that we can feel like we have a place here in America and can work toward making a better life for our families.”

Black text against a green background reads, "BEACON has helped so many people, so that we can feel like we have a place here in America and can work toward making a better life for our families." This quote is attributed to Grace, pictured on the right with short black hair wearing a gray sweater holding up a U.S. Citizenship package.

Another father shared with our staff that he gained the confidence needed to read to his 5-year-old daughter, and he saw her reading improve as a result of their time together.

While BEACON has taken the time to celebrate our impact over the last 30 years, we have also taken measures to ensure the sustainability of the next 30 years. Our board of directors recently completed a 3-year strategic plan, revised mission and vision statements, and the tagline, “BEACON for Adult Literacy” has been changed to “BEACON for English Language and Literacy” to acknowledge the difference between learning a language and learning how to read.

For those interested in supporting BEACON’s next 30 years, there are many ways to get involved. We invite donors to join Sister Eileen’s Legacy Circle by becoming a monthly donor. This year’s goal is to obtain monthly donors at $30 or higher to help BEACON thrive for the next 30 years.

We are also currently recruiting for volunteers for the fall class session, which begins in August, for assignments such as testing/registration support, teaching classes both online and in-person, and special events. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit our website or apply here.

The 30 Years 30 Stories series continues into September, BEACON’s official birthday month. Don’t miss another #30years30stories student story! Stay connected with BEACON on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or sign up for our newsletter here.

Embedding Equity in Philanthropy by Supporting Leaders of Color

Embedding Equity in Philanthropy by Supporting Leaders of Color

Originally published by the Crimsonbridge Foundation

Earlier this year, the Catalogue for Philanthropy concluded our inaugural BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Executive Director cohort, in which local nonprofit leaders of color met regularly for six months to connect with and support each other as peers. Using a participant-led model, the cohort determined the agendas for the sessions and the Catalogue helped facilitate, with leaders discussing topics ranging from managing staff onboarding and professional development to recruiting and engaging board members.

This was the Catalogue’s second cohort convening nonprofit leaders who identify as BIPOC. Late last year, we also concluded our pilot BIPOC Emerging Leader Cohort, which mixed peer-to-peer learning with skill-building so that aspiring and junior Executive Directors could grow professionally alongside each other. Over four months, these emerging leaders of color shared and gained insights about fundraising models and strategies, establishing equity-centered evaluation metrics, and more.

Across both cohorts, common challenges emerged, as well as potential initiatives that would support BIPOC-led small nonprofits. In reflecting on the concerns and ideas our cohort participants shared, five main takeaways that our sector should consider rose to the top when looking to support and champion leaders of color.

Opportunities

1. Move towards a vision of trust-based philanthropy.

Too often, institutional funders demand that nonprofits earn their trust before receiving their funding. Our participants recognize that trust is a two-way street. In most instances, philanthropic institutions and small nonprofits are deeply aligned on a common goal of making local impact. One big way to increase this impact is for funders to trust when nonprofits say they are doing the work.

On a small scale, this can look like rethinking how nonprofits apply for grants and how those applications are scored. What questions are you asking and why? Which of these questions are truly important to you? If it doesn’t serve a purpose, consider removing it from your application process. When reviewing applications, are you looking for spelling errors or are you prioritizing how a nonprofit is engaging their community? If you critique an application for being “unpolished,” can you acknowledge that small nonprofits may not have the capacity to tell their stories the way larger nonprofits might and examine how you define a “polished” application?

In the longer-term, we have heard from leaders of color that it is difficult to plan for their organizations – especially around structural changes or the ongoing process of embedding equity in their work – when they can only secure funding for the next 12 months. Instead of restricting your funding by program area or length of time, could you give multi-year grants for general operating support so that leaders have the freedom and flexibility to determine how to best allocate that money? For individual donors, consider making a multi-year pledge.

2. Prioritize the health, well-being, and sustainability of leaders of color.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout has been a major issue in the nonprofit sector, particularly for leaders of color. Small BIPOC-led nonprofits already grapple with the many systemic inequities that disproportionately impact communities of color in our society. On top of this, they tend to receive less funding and attention than white-led nonprofits. Plugging these gaps has led many leaders of color, themselves experiencing burnout while managing exhausted nonprofit staff, to work in ways that are unsustainable.

Collectively, we must better care for leaders of color by providing funding for coaching and mental health services, and by offering support through leadership development and skill-building that is affordable. Such a network of care is what will enable BIPOC and women-identified leaders to build sustainable workflows for themselves and their staff.

3. Create space for authenticity and honesty in our funder-nonprofit relationships.

Relationships that allow for both parties to be fully honest and themselves breed trust. Because of the power dynamic between funders and nonprofits, many leaders often feel that they cannot be authentic with a funder without worrying that they will withdraw their support. Such an imbalanced dynamic, wherein nonprofit leaders refrain from sharing about stressors or challenges and funders don’t see the full picture of what’s happening on the ground, only weakens the collaborative nature of these relationships.

True collaboration is crucial to ensure that everyone in our sector can direct their full attention, time, and talent to working with each other. Funders can take small steps to create more room for authenticity in their relationships with nonprofit leaders of color, such as by proactively encouraging leaders to share the realities and difficulties of their work and, most importantly, by continuing to support nonprofits that face challenges or setbacks but are still focused on critical local work.

4. Make networks of support more visible and accessible.

From DAFs to major donors to corporate funders to foundations without open RFPs, finding and navigating sources of funding can be extremely challenging for nonprofits that aren’t already privy to such networks of support. Bigger organizations and white-led nonprofits often have more access to these funding sources than smaller and BIPOC-led organizations.

One major way that the philanthropic sector can increase equity is by making these networks more visible and accessible so that leaders of color know where to look and how to secure support from funders who want to champion local, grassroots movement work.

5. Transition from donors to actively engaged supporters.

Individual donors and nonprofit leaders both agree that supporting a nonprofit should not feel like a transactional relationship. While financial support is critical, we hear from leaders of color that they want donors to show up for the cause in more ways, too. This can look like offering your time by volunteering or offering your influence by becoming a peer-to-peer fundraiser and sharing about the nonprofit’s work with your friends.

Ultimately, supporters and nonprofits exist within a larger ecosystem of change. Just as nonprofit leaders work hard to cultivate a more authentic relationship with their donors, donors can take action to become more engaged supporters and move into authentic advocacy as well.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy is a partner of the Crimsonbridge Foundation’s LeaderBridge initiative. To learn more about LeaderBridge, visit their website.

Main Street Child Development Center: Educating & Enriching Children to Succeed in School & Beyond

Main Street Child Development Center: Educating & Enriching Children to Succeed in School & Beyond

“We’re really proud of the sense of community and family support we have here. We have lots of families whose children are second generation Main Street students. We celebrate our diversity striving to see to the health and development – the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development – of each child.”

Photo of a teacher wearing glasses and a denim jacket coloring with young students in a classroom

For nearly 50 years, Main Street Child Development Center has been providing high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable early childhood education programs and support services to 150 children every year, predominantly from low-income families. As one of only two programs in Northern Virginia that has received the highest Quality rating from the state of Virginia, Main Street ensures that the preschool and elementary school children they serve are inspired to learn and prepared for success.

One new way they’re empowering children is through their Discovery Room, recently constructed thanks to grants from the PNC Foundation and KMZ Foundation. Despite challenges with shipping delays and renovating their building during the pandemic, Main Street aims to publicly launch the room to families this summer to allow parents and children to explore the space and learn about tools that they can also use at home.

Photo of a young child making a face at a wall of circular mirrors

“(It’s important) to see the different materials that kids can have fun and learn with, to understand that this is part of the healthy development of a child,” says Carol Lieske, Executive Director. “I’ve been at Main Street for nearly 10 years and I always wished there was a room we could make available to our students and teachers that is a different environment, (so that) if a child is having big feelings they can have calm lighting, calm music, and sensory equipment that can calm their stimulation. Or, if they need to be stimulated, they can go there to exercise and get their energy out.”

This emphasis on children’s wellbeing has guided every step of Main Street’s approach to developing the room. Working with Skills on the Hill Occupational Therapy, they’ve created a play area that includes equipment for all moods and needs, from a trampoline to rocking chairs to a light cube that strobes different colors. “We wanted to make it fun,” Carol adds. “The occupational therapist helped us figure out… (how to make it) really fun and purposeful for all students’ needs.”

Photo of a young child smiling for the camera while posing inside a multi-colored barrel

Walking into this room, it’s immediately obvious how much Main Street has invested in fun and play for the children they serve. On one wall, they have a smart board that allows them to project calming images and flowing colors. Against another wall, you can sit in a canoe with weighted vests and feel like it envelopes you. This room is a loving reminder that movement and sensory stimulation are critical for children’s – and, frankly, everyone’s – emotional health.

“Even our teachers say, “Can we go in there and relax and lay down and play and have somebody roll me in the barrel?”” Carol shares, laughing. “It’s a place for kids who have big feelings and who don’t quite know how to cope with them or express them. This (room) can give them the freedom to do that.”

Spaces like these are especially helpful when children, families, and teachers alike have to grapple with painful problems, many of which the pandemic has only served to amplify. As Carol states, “We can’t expect children to learn if they’re fearful or hungry, if they don’t know who’s picking them up, or if they didn’t have a home to sleep in last night.” Main Street works to provide those services and resources to meet their basic needs while also focusing on their social-emotional health and a preparation for a lifetime of learning.

Photo of three young children smiling and posing for the camera. The child on the left is wearing a gray shirt with a colorful unicorn on it. The child in the middle is wearing a yellow printed dress, holding a basketball. And the child on the right is wearing a black t-shirt with the word "BRO" on it.

Beyond the Discovery Room, they connect families to other community resources like food pantries and ESL classes, as well as work with two on-site mental health specialists to assist children and their families. And at the core of their programming, Main Street ensures that each classroom has a 6:1 student-teacher ratio to increase children’s learning opportunities and enhance relationships.

“People may or may not realize how big and important these relationships with the families and children are,” Carol highlights. “My energy comes from being with the children and families, and feeling like we’re developing strong, trusting relationships with them so we can work together to help children explore and discover and dream, and go to school confident that they’re going to be successful in a learning environment.”

Photo of a young child playing with a green board on the wall that has different movable and colorful blocks

When you make a donation to Main Street, you help to fund projects such as this Discovery Room, as well as ensure that they can make their programs and services affordable and accessible to all. You can also learn more about their work on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Photos taken by Julie Cole

Local Nonprofit Bulletin (6.10.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin

6.10.22

Philanthropic resources, news from small nonprofits in the DMV, upcoming events, and a roundup of opportunities to volunteer and offer your support! Have questions or an opportunity you want featured? Reach out to Amanda, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, for shoutouts and collaborations!

Announcing our 20th Catalogue Class

After a rigorous application and selection process, conducted by a team of 170+ volunteer community advocates from the Greater Washington region, we are proud to announce the 2022-23 class of critical and trusted local nonprofits! Let these organizations know how much their work means to you by giving them a shoutout and supporting their efforts. You can also add your name to our mailing list to ensure you receive a complimentary copy of the Catalogue when it’s released in November 2022.

Matt Gayer Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Awardee

Congratulations to Matt Gayer, Co-Executive Director of the Catalogue, who was selected by the Washington Business Journal as one of the recipients of its 40 Under 40 Awards this year! Join us in congratulating Matt on this well-deserved award.

We also want to congratulate fellow awardees Tom Bartlett, Co-Founder and President of 20 Degrees, Gabrielle Majewski, Executive Director of the DC Affordable Law Firm, and Carlyn Madden, Founder and CEO of Good Insight.

Shoutouts

How does the 2022-23 budget passed by the DC Council on May 24 impact the lives of DC residents? For one, the DC Diaper Bank Grant Program will be funded with $500,000 – fulfilling a critical need as diapers aren’t covered by federal assistance programs like SNAP. Catalogue nonprofit partner Capital Area Asset Builders also lauds the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit to undocumented adult workers in the city.

Thanks to the collective advocacy of the Fair Budget Coalition – which includes nonprofits like the Amara Legal Center, DC Greens, Jews United for Justice, Legal Aid Society, Miriam’s Kitchen, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and more – the budget will include 260 permanent supportive housing vouchers for families and 500 for individuals as well. Read more about the new city budget in the Washington Informer.

Speaking of diapers, congratulations to the Greater DC Diaper Bank for distributing their 25 millionth diaper back in March! “12 years ago we were operating out of my home – now we have 10,000 square feet of warehouse space,” Founder and Executive Director Corinne Cannon tells Washington Parent. “In spite of the challenges posed by COVID, what we’ve learned since 2020 is that our model works, and it can be replicated on a much larger scale in times of crisis.”

In other DC Council news, the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) – which will help DC homeowners catch up on their mortgages and other housing-related payments – is still not open. With the District’s foreclosure moratorium for owner-occupied homes set to expire on June 30, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia calls on the DC Council to “pass emergency legislation extending the foreclosure moratorium and strengthening protections for homeowners who submit applications once (HAF) is open.” Visit their blog to learn more.

Early voting in the District begins today! Ahead of primary election day on June 21, check out this 2022 Primary Voter Guide by Street Sense Media to view candidate profiles for mayoral, council chair, attorney general, and other candidates.

Despite new laws, commissions, and task forces, six people were killed by law enforcement officers in Montgomery County in 2021. Jews United for Justice, alongside partners like the ACLU of Maryland and NAACP, have been working to strengthen the local bill that established civilian-involved police disciplinary boards in Montgomery County. Now, they are opposing increased funding for a superfluous new branch of the Montgomery County Police Department called Community Resource Bureau. Learn more about their work on their website.

“A social historian as well as an artist, (Melanie Kehoss) excavates the past with a particular stress on foodways,” writes Mark Jenkins in the Washington Post. Tomorrow, June 11, is the last day to catch Kehoss’ show, “Labor and Leisure,” at the McLean Project for the Arts!

After more than four years of planning, The Well at Oxon Run is now open! This new urban garden and wellness space in Ward 8 is founded and operated under DC Greens, and was created as a partnership between The Green Scheme, The Friends of Oxon Run, Soul of the City, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Valerie Bonk writes in WTOP that “In addition to the community garden, The Well also features an amphitheater, outdoor classroom, chicken coop, and a library.”

We’re so excited to see Mamatoto Village expanding! Their new location at 4315 Sheriff Road NE, double in size from their previous location, allows them to grow their offerings, such as by adding a milk depot and dispensary. As one of the few providers in Ward 7 offering pregnancy and postpartum services, Mamatoto Village has long supported Black families in having positive birth experiences. “In this nation, we do not support postpartum,” Ronnet Gross, a perinatal care specialist at Mamatoto, tells DCist. “And so while we can’t do all of it, we can help.”

Events

Wednesday evenings | Summer in the Parks with the Rock Creek community, featuring music and fun-for-all-ages games & activities

June 11 | Enjoy a day of recitals and presentations by over 150 CHAW youth and adult students at CHAW’s Spring Performance Festival, co-located at CHAW and The Miracle Theater (535 8th St SE)

June 11, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Rain or shine, support the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park by participating in the TowpathGO 5K Challenge

June 11, 3:00 – 7:30 PM and June 12, 12:00 – 10:00 PM | Check out HIPS at the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday and at Pride Festival on Sunday

June 16 and July 7, 2:00 PM | Join Main Street and the University of Maryland for two webinars about the Main Street model of affordable, inclusive housing & membership!

June 16, 6:00 – 7:00 PM | The Art League’s June solo artist Beverly Valdez will discuss her exhibit “The Spirit of Carnival”

June 17, 6:00 – 9:00 PM | Opening reception for Justice Arts Coalition’s latest exhibition “Sotto Voce”

June 17, 6:30 PM | The Dream Project presents its 12th annual Scholarship Award Ceremony at the Wakefield High School Auditorium

June 18, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Celebrate Juneteenth at the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Community Resilience Day Celebration, co-sponsored by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and more! Participating Partners include Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Dreaming Out Loud. East of the River Steelband will also be performing.

June 18, 8:00 – 9:00 PM | Join The Theatre Lab for their alumni cabaret celebrating their 30th anniversary!

June 19, 2:00 – 10:00 PM | Head to Tommy Joe’s Bar + Grill in Bethesda for their Second Annual Father’s Day fundraiser benefiting St. Ann’s Center

June 20 – August 26 | Students ages 14-17 can flex their creative muscles and cultivate their artistic abilities at VisArts’ Teen Camp (scholarships available)

June 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Learn the art of making herbal loose leaf tea with Common Good City Farm

June 27 – August 5, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Join Project Create’s multi-disciplinary arts summer camp in Anacostia! Elementary and middle school students will participate in visual, performing and digital media art-making, as well as exciting field trips. Free for DC residents (and includes a hot lunch)!

June 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM | What’s at stake in the local primary elections in Montgomery County? Hear from Jews United for Justice in this non-partisan conversation on who is running, when the elections are happening, how you can be part of shaping Maryland, and more

June 29, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Capital Book Fest is here! Meet local, award-winning authors, enjoy interactive activities, shop for gently-used books, and more.

July 5 – 21 | The Giving Square is offering a series of Service Learning Workshops to help kids connect to issues, explore nonprofits, and define their own service learning path

July 16, 11 AM | Catch some original music by brand new DC youth bands at the Girls Rock! DC Showcase

July 18 – August 5 | Apply for National Philharmonic’s Summer String Institute! The orchestra program is still accepting applications until July 1

Volunteer

Join Rock Creek Conservancy for cleanups, invasive removals, and more!

Horizons Greater Washington is throwing a supply packing party on Tuesday, June 14, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in advance of the kickoff of their summer programming.

Join the Prince William County Community Foundation’s efforts to eradicate hunger by volunteering at one of their upcoming food distribution events on: June 22 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Dale City Commuter Lot and June 30 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Unity Braxton Middle School, Manassas. Email them to RSVP and volunteer.

Resources

Apply for the Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program | ABFE

Designed for early- to mid-career professionals, the ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of?foundation staff, donors, trustees, and nonprofit leaders who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. The submission deadline is July 1.

“We Surveyed Hundreds of Philanthropy Professionals. Here’s What We Found” | Inside Philanthropy

Read some of the initial findings from this major survey, which include a broad overview of how people view philanthropy, their feelings about funders (and billionaire funders), their calls for reform, and more.

Gender Spectrum Collection | VICE

“Stock photos that accompany articles do more than illustrate subject matter. They have the power to shape perceptions of entire communities.” This stock photo library features images of trans and non-binary models to help organizations better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities.

The Arc of Northern Virginia Celebrates 60 Years: Looking Back, Moving Forward

The Arc of Northern Virginia Celebrates 60 Years: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Sixty years ago, parents in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County, who believed their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) had rights like everyone else, came together for a meeting. They felt that their children deserved to be included in the community and to pursue fulfillment and happiness just like everyone else.

At that time, little was known about IDD or its causes. There were virtually no programs or activities to assist in the development and care of people with IDD or to support families. It was common for doctors to tell parents that the best place for their child was in an institution.

But these advocates wanted more. They wanted their loved ones to lead fulfilling lives in the community instead of being shuttered away in dark institutions. Emboldened by their collective desire to raise their children at home, their refusal to accept institutionalization as the only option, and the belief that their collective voices gave their movement strength, The Arc of Northern Virginia was created.

Photo of a family of three posing for the camera in line at an airport

In the six decades since the Northern Virginia Chapter was incorporated by the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 21, 1962, the chapter has created community residential systems and a transportation program, as well as established guardianship and trust programs. The Arc of Northern Virginia also teaches self-advocates how to find their voice and is a fiercely effective advocate organization on the local and state level.

Today, we serve more than 39,000 individuals with IDD – such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and rare chromosomal disorders – of all ages and their families in the cities and counties of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church. We provide education, information, and referrals to help caregivers navigate complex disability systems throughout each stage of their loved one’s life. We’ve created innovative web-based tech tools to help people with IDD live more independently, in addition to providing financial management through a Special Needs Trust program.

We’ve witnessed a lot of change in the world of disability services in the past 60 years. Achievements such as the Americans With Disabilities Act, the closure of institutions, and advancements in technology supports are celebrated. The Arc of Northern Virginia has played a pivotal role, from producing the first sheltered workshop in the region to establishing a pilot day care center that later became the Growth & Development Center under the Arlington County Health Department. Most importantly, we have been critically engaged in changing the public perception of disability.

However, the goal of fully-supported inclusion in the community remains unfulfilled. Public policy too often still neglects the needs of our loved ones with a disability. The promise of fully-funding community supports is far from a reality.

The mission of The Arc of Northern Virginia has been, and will always be, to create opportunities for people with IDD to live inclusive and meaningful lives – in the community of their choosing – for their whole lives. What has not changed in the last six decades are our core values and how they guide us. Every workshop, resource guide, webinar, advocacy campaign, legislator meeting, and decision made is driven by our belief in personhood, community, rights, choice, and human dignity.

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Support and champion The Arc of Northern Virginia as they celebrate their 60th anniversary this year! Visit their website and join their mailing list to learn more about their fight for equality and equity for people with IDD. You can also save the date for their 60th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 5, 2022 and help fund their critical work!

Rock Recovery: Bodily Trust is a Two-Way Street

Rock Recovery: Bodily Trust is a Two-Way Street

Rock Recovery works to bridge gaps in resources for eating disorder treatment and education by removing the barriers of stigma, cost, and accessibility and by connecting people to clinical community and quality care. The Catalogue for Philanthropy recently had a chance to interview Heather Clark, their new Clinical Director, about her work and why it’s so important to make peace with food and our bodies.

Photo of a person with long, curly blonde hair smiling at the camera wearing a dark green jacket, green top, and a necklace with a key on it

Catalogue: What led you to become a counselor and Clinical Director with Rock Recovery?

Heather: My path into the counseling field was very circuitous. I’ve always found psychology fascinating, and I’m very people-oriented, so counseling turned out to be a good fit for me. I’m also over 15 years into recovery from my own eating disorder, so I have always gravitated toward working with clients struggling with food and body issues.

I did my clinical internship at an eating disorder treatment center. I loved working as a part of a team and have been waiting for the right opportunity to get back into a team setting ever since then. When I saw this opportunity at Rock Recovery, I was very excited because it feels like such a good match with my values. I’ve been acquainted with Rock Recovery since I started in private practice six years ago and I have loved their mission to increase access to eating disorders care.

I really appreciate how their therapy groups fill a real gap in outpatient care for disordered eating. I also find Rock’s nationwide faith-based support groups to be such a unique and powerful offering. And, on top of all this, they operate from a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size® stance, which is a top priority for me. So, it was a perfect fit.

The Health At Every Size® Principles and framework are a continuously evolving alternative to a weight-centered approach and promote health equity, support ending weight discrimination, and improve access to quality healthcare regardless of size.

Catalogue: How would you describe your philosophy and approach to your work?

Heather: My approach is weight-inclusive, trauma-informed, and strengths-based. I understand healing food and body issues to be a rebuilding of trust between the self and the body. It’s a two-way street – the body learns that you are trustworthy to care for it, and you learn that you can trust your body to always give 100% for you, and to manage your energy storage (weight) without your interference. I value Health At Every Size®, body diversity, and food freedom. I also emphasize the acceptance of emotions, self-compassion, assertiveness, and building shame resilience.

Catalogue: What is something you aren’t often asked about your work that you’d like to share?

Heather: Eating disorders are the second most deadly mental health condition, second only to opioid use disorder. This is really serious, and I wish that parents, educators, and policymakers would recognize this, seek out education about prevention, and enact change.

In fact, kids are 242 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than Type 2 diabetes, based on the CDC’s numbers on the incidence of these two conditions. And yet, when we hear people sounding the alarm about the health of our kids, it’s centered around weight suppression (during a time when kids should be gaining weight, not less) and avoiding certain foods.

Catalogue: What is a challenge you’re facing in your work with Rock Recovery and how are you dealing with it?

Heather: I think the evergreen answer to this question among nonprofit organizations is funding, right? Besides that, I think a lot of therapists right now are either maxed out or over-worked, and I think our team is no exception. The need is so great, but there are only so many hours in the day, and we all have families and personal lives of our own to juggle, as well.

Catalogue: What about your work with Rock Recovery excites you or gives you hope?

Heather: I get excited about seeing more and more people gain increasing levels of freedom in their recovery. For so many, lack of access to care is a real barrier to this freedom. Rock Recovery is working to change that.

Rock Recovery never wants finances to be a barrier to accessing the care people need and deserve. We offer all our services – from therapy groups, to individual therapy, to nationwide faith-based support groups – on a sliding scale, which means that we adjust the fee for the service according to the person’s income. This excites me and gives me hope for the mental health field. I hope more organizations will follow a similar model in other niches within mental health care.

Catalogue: What is something about Rock Recovery’s work or impact that you’d like to celebrate?

Heather: Rock Recovery is growing rapidly and we’re expanding our Maryland services to meet the needs of the people we serve. We’re now accepting Maryland residents for individual counseling and in our Breaking Bread meal support and therapy group, which is very exciting.

Catalogue: What is coming next for Rock Recovery?

Heather: We’re very excited to start two new therapy groups in the fall to be able to serve even more adults and adolescents who need our help! We’re launching a lunch break meal support and therapy group for adults, as well as an 8-week therapy group for teens ages 14-18.

We are also hosting a continuing education event on body-positivity in youth, coming up on June 2nd, that is aimed at helping educators, doctors, and others to recalibrate their approach to health and wellness teaching in school settings to prioritize body acceptance and eating disorders prevention.

Catalogue: Finally, how can readers help support and advocate for Rock Recovery’s mission?

Heather: We’d love for readers to support our work by donating one-time or becoming a monthly donor so that more people can access the treatment they need and find freedom from disordered eating.

If you or a loved one are currently struggling or wondering if it might be time to get help, please reach out to see whether we might be a good fit for your needs and schedule an interest call on our website.

I’d (also) encourage everyone to learn more about Health At Every Size® and to promote body diversity every chance they get.

Local Nonprofit Bulletin (5.27.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin

5.27.22

Philanthropic resources, news from small nonprofits in the DMV, upcoming events, and a roundup of opportunities to volunteer and offer your support! Have questions or an opportunity you want featured? Reach out to Amanda, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, for shoutouts and collaborations!

Memorial Day

This Memorial Day and weekend, we honor and remember those who died in service of the United States while uplifting the small nonprofits in this region who work to empower the veterans in our community and their loved ones.

  • Operation Second Chance provides direct support to wounded service members in financial crisis and helps veterans transition back into civilian life, reconnect with family, and build a network of peers.
  • Dog Tag Bakery, through their one-of-a-kind entrepreneurship program, equips veterans, military spouses, and caregivers with the tools and education to build resilience, find renewed purpose, and forge community beyond the military.
  • Operation Renewed Hope Foundation helps hundreds of homeless and at-risk veterans secure safe, permanent homes, and overcome the root causes of homelessness and instability in their lives.
  • The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides assistance to unrepresented veterans or their family members seeking to appeal and overturn their denial of benefits claims so that they can access the life-changing benefits our country has vowed to provide.

Take a moment to engage with the critical work of these nonprofits and offer your support. You can also learn about more nonprofits serving veterans and military families on our website.

Shoutouts

The Prince William County Community Foundation, Inc. was recently awarded $203,920 by Prince William County to support their community feeding assistance program. Congratulations! Learn more about their Combating Hunger on Wheels (C.H.O.W.) Wagon initiative on their website.

Join DC Strings Workshop as they kick off the return of their in-person summer music camps! Band Camp will provide middle school students with the opportunity to begin or continue their instrumental music learning, and will conclude with a final performance for the community. Registration closes on June 1!

“No matter what you want to be, reading unlocks the pathways. (Washington Literacy Center) is one of the few providers focused on pre-workforce development,” said Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7 State Board of Education Representative at WLC’s grand opening event. Read more about their work and new space in the Washington Informer.

Laurie Strongin, CEO of the Hope for Henry Foundation, was recently featured on an episode of Help and Hope Happen Here: A Pediatric Cancer Podcast! Listen to hear what they do, how they do it, and why.

On June 23, the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Leveling the Playing Field and four women’s teams in the DC area are partnering to positively impact the next 50 years of Title IX, the historic legislation that changed women’s sports. “We are beyond thrilled to play a role in building this coalition of phenomenal women’s professional sports teams here in the DMV region,” Kaitlin Brennan, Director of Operations at Leveling the Playing Field, told Forbes.

Congratulations to Beacon House, Capital Area Asset Builders, My Sister’s Place, and Nueva Vida, this year’s Many Hands grantees! Watch the Many Hands 2022 Annual Meeting recording to hear them speak about their work.

The Community Family Life Services Children’s Nook is a read-aloud program for children impacted by family trauma and incarceration. This online academic resource can be used as a learning tool to help children foster reading.

Did you know that plastic bag bans are in effect in Takoma Park and Baltimore County, and that straw bans and foam container bans are in effect in the District, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County? Learn more about how organizations like Potomac Conservancy are fighting for litter-free waterways and read their blog on why people litter.

The Hamkae Center is hosting a series of discussion-based workshops on Asian American topics on the last Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Join them virtually to examine the roots of racism, language justice, and education equity to share your experiences and process your thoughts through creative expression. Free and open to Asian Americans of all ages!

Celebrate nature with a collage, learn the fundamentals of art, burn unique designs into wood, and more with VisArts! Their education department offers art classes for all ages and experience levels in a wide variety of media. Discover or further your interest this summer!

Events

May 31, 12:00 PM | Friendship Place webinar on “How to Recognize When Someone is in Crisis”

June 2, 5:30 – 7:00 PM | Join Critical Exposure for “Shutter Speed: How We’re Living Now” to see and hear the unique perspective of DC youth on how they’re living inside of new norms

June 3, 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Meet VisAbility Art Lab artists at the VisAbility Art Lab Open House

June 3, 7:00 PM | Attend the Wear Orange Rally with Casa Chirilagua to remember lives lost to gun violence and raise awareness about this public health crisis

June 4, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Join Dreaming Out Loud as they announce the return of their farmers market season with a celebration featuring The Experience Band, family-friendly activities, farm tours, and more!

June 5, 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Tour green homes, gardens, and community spaces throughout Arlington on EcoAction Arlington’s 19th Annual Green Community Tour!

Multiple, starting on June 7, 6:30 PM | Community Family Life Services is presenting a series of events, “We Got You Covered: HIV Awareness Wrap Sessions”

June 7, 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Split This Rock and The Poetry Coalition will gather a virtual roundtable on disability justice and poetry

June 8, 6:00 – 9:00 PM | Support women and children in DC who have experienced homelessness over drinks, conversation, and live music at New Endeavors by Women’s spring FUNdraiser

June 8 and 9, 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Nonprofit Montgomery has invited county council candidates from districts 2, 3, and 4, as well as districts 5, 6, and 7 to meet with local nonprofit leaders

June 10, 7:00 – 9:30 PM | Enjoy an evening of great classical music at the DC Strings Orchestra’s Season 6 Finale!

June 11 | Hear stories of promise and hope at the 2022 DC Strings Workshop Annual Gala

June 11, 10:00 AM | Participate in the TowpathGO 5K Challenge to support the C&O Canal Trust and The C&O Canal National Historical Park

June 16, 6:00 – 9:00 PM | Celebrate Friendship Place‘s 30th Anniversary!

June 16, 7:00 – 8:00 PM | Join renowned autism advocate, author, and scientist Temple Grandin in a Great and Small conversation about the benefits of therapeutic riding

Support

Join Potomac Conservancy on June 4 in celebrating National Trails Day by cleaning up the trails along the river at Turkey Run, Jones Point Park, Wheaton Claridge Local Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park, and Gravelly Point Park!

Reading Partners DC is recruiting volunteers to offer one-on-one reading help for students to combat learning loss during the pandemic. Hear from a volunteer about their experience on NBC Washington and sign up to volunteer!

So What Else is gearing up for 55 weeks of summer camp across Maryland and DC. They are collecting materials for students. Check out their Amazon wishlist and donate what you can!

Casa Chirilagua is throwing a community-wide graduation celebration on June 3 and they’re looking for event volunteers! Can’t make it that day? You can also sign up to volunteer with them over the summer to help with summer camps, tutoring, chaperoning field trips, and more.

Resources

Workshop: How Oral History Storytelling Can Support Ethical Fundraising | Voice of Witness

This workshop, taking place on June 7 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM ET, will provide an introduction to ethics-driven oral history storytelling and share best practices that can help nonprofit fundraisers and development staff engage with personal narratives using processes that foreground the dignity, ownership, and authority of those sharing their stories.

“Know Thyself: A New Assessment Tool Asks Funders to Take a Hard Look in the Mirror” | Inside Philanthropy

“As uncomfortable as it may be, leaders need to ask deep questions about their strengths and weaknesses. Have their efforts thus far actually generated real impact? Should they alter their practices further? And if so, how?” Mike Scutari writes about Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ latest offering “Operating Archetypes: Philanthropy’s New Tool for Strategic Clarity” for Inside Philanthropy.

2022 Community Survey Insights | Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

This report is based on the 141 responses received by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project when they shared their Community Survey with the trust-based funder-practitioners who are leading and learning about this work. It yields insights into opportunities for continued adoption of trust-based philanthropy by the wider philanthropic community.

Mapping your organization’s role in an ecosystem: What, why, how? | Big Duck

In this session on June 8, participants will explore ways to broaden perspective on the role their nonprofits play in creating change.

An Open Book Foundation: Learning is Like Planting Seeds

An Open Book Foundation: Learning is Like Planting Seeds

“I never knew birdwatching could be so fun,” a student, and now citizen scientist, at Cleveland Elementary School exclaimed while on a nature walk around the school.

Earlier this May, students were visited by Lenora Todaro, sidewalk naturalist and author of Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals on the Move in the Time of Pandemic, a children’s book containing twelve real-life stories of creatures around the globe who reclaimed their habitat during the COVID-19 quarantine. Over the course of three days, students brought the urban wildlife lessons from the book to life with discussions of the habitats they found around DC and how to make these more welcoming for birds. They also build seed bombs together – clay balls filled with dirt and seeds that can be tossed anywhere for wildflowers to grow.

In a previous residency, students worked alongside author-scientist Heather Montgomery to build model bridges that would conserve wildlife by helping them across busy expressways.

Photo taken of a classroom desk where students are building creative bridges to help animals cross expressways

These hands-on activities are intentionally coordinated by the team at An Open Book Foundation, a children’s literacy nonprofit that just launched a new STEM residency program to connect different writers, scientists, and researchers with classrooms across the Greater Washington area. “Science tells us that the probability of learning something is (higher) when we’re actually doing it,” says Josarie Molina, their Education Director. “(That’s why) we’re creating opportunities that are concrete and experiential, and those are the ones that’ll most likely stick.”

As someone who’s melding her previous experience as an art teacher, school librarian, museum educator, and more in this role, Josarie knows how to create and iterate spaces that are collaborative, experimental, and, most importantly, joyous. “Stress is not conducive to learning or teaching. So, what An Open Book does is the total opposite. We’re creating spaces (where students are comfortable and happy), so they can just enjoy knowing each other, the books, and learning. I think that is certainly paying off.”

Inspired by another program they started during the pandemic that brought artists and illustrators into classrooms, these STEM residencies allow An Open Book (AOB) to excite students who are already interested in nonfiction and figuring out how things work while providing teachers with one more way to align with school curricula.

Prior to each residence, teachers and authors are invited to engage with each other so that teachers can share what their students are interested in, what the classroom culture is like, and what students have been studying recently, while authors can inform teachers of how to prepare for the residency environment. This ensures that authors can really connect with students and share their experiences from a genuine place.

Photo of two young students outside with an adult. One is using binoculars to look up while another is seated next to the adult and having a conversation

The AOB team then assembles all the materials students will need into packages that they deliver to students at school. From the book students will read to pens and pencils to items like binoculars for the nature walk, no item is too small for these packages, which also come with a short letter telling students – in both English and Spanish – that these materials are now theirs to keep and use during the residence and beyond.

“This is another aspect that’s really important for the residence,” Josarie states. “There’s a vision and hope that students will pick up a practice that they can continue working on. With the (urban wildlife) residence, hopefully the students will continue using their binoculars and paying attention to all the city wildlife, looking at birds in different ways, and talking to other people about it.”

86% of students who participated in the STEM residence program said they’d like to learn more about science – a strong indicator that AOB’s experiential model makes an impact. In addition to giving students pre- and post-program surveys, the AOB team also collects quantitative and anecdotal feedback from the teachers and authors they work with to continually refine and improve their programming.

Photo of author Tony Hillery wearing glasses and a mask, pointing at something on a student's classroom desk and having a conversation with the student

Most recently, students at Houston Elementary School connected with Tony Hillery, Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown, a nonprofit that inspires youth through urban farming, and the author of a book by the same name that tells the true story of students from an underfunded school who turned a vacant lot into a functional farm. The AOB residence ended with students planting their own seeds that they can return to, and watch grow.

“I like to think these students will carry this as a positive experience throughout their lives,” Josarie shares. “We’re metaphorically and physically planting a seed. In my mind, that’s how I see the residence – it’s like planting something that will continue.”

Photo of a student wearing a blue shirt taking seeds and planting it in a container

You can support An Open Book Foundation by donating, visiting their website, and staying updated on their work through email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Local Nonprofit Bulletin (5.13.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin

5.13.22

Philanthropic resources, news from small nonprofits in the DMV, upcoming events, and a roundup of volunteer opportunities! Have questions or an opportunity you want featured? Reach out to Amanda, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, for shoutouts and collaborations!

Shoutouts

Farmers market in the classroom! At Francis-Stevens, middle schoolers get to choose a FRESHFARM FoodPrints recipe as a class, “shop” for ingredients that they take home, and cook dinner while gathering with other students and teachers virtually. Learn more about how FRESHFARM builds these classroom “farmers markets” and engage students through cooking!

Interested in examining how community organizing can be used to build a more just world and strengthen our communities? Learn more about JOIN for Justice’s “Don’t Kvetch, Organize!” course that is designed especially for Jews United for Justice!

The ACT Initiative hosted a series of virtual events, now available online, to help people understand and empathize with the experiences of returning citizens. Watch “A Deeper Look at Second Chances,” a vibrant conversation about the challenges of returning home following a period of incarceration, sponsored by Community Family Life Services. And watch their other past events with Free Minds, Thrive DC, and Jubilee Housing!

Know a 4th or 5th grader who wants to learn more about theatre, make new friends, and have fun? Sign them up for Young Artists of America‘s KIDS Academy, a summer daytime training program at their new campus in Olney, Maryland!

The C&O Canal Towpath has been named USA Today‘s 7th best recreational trail! This spring, experience a history lesson, unique boat ride, and the famous C&O canal mules by taking a trip at the historic Great Falls Tavern!

Grammy Award-winning folk icons Tom Paxton, and Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer recently released “Don’t Say Gay,” featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC in their song and video!

“It’s really vital to ensure that arts organizations can have permanent homes,” Diana Movius, founder of Dance Loft on 14, told DCist. “The more of those spaces that disappear, the less of a grassroots arts culture D.C. will have.”

Events

May 13, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Join Common Good City Farm for Salad Slam!

May 13, 6:30 PM | Join Young Playwrights’ Theater and SAFER (Students Advocating for the Eradication of Racism) at Sitar Arts Center

May 13, 8:00 – 10:00 PM | Edu-Futuro’s first-ever Viva La Salsa fundraiser!

May 14, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Soulfull Springfest: Cafe Grand Reopening

May 14, 1:00 – 5:00 PM | Girls Rock! DC’s Hat Band Showcase 2022

May 14, 2:00 – 5:00 PM | Project Create’s 2022 Student Art Showcase

May 15, 6:00 PM | Sex Worker Advocates Coalition, #DecrimPovertyDC, and HIPS presents their first annual open mic night!

May 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Mikva Challenge: Youth Led Mayoral Candidates Forum

May 19, 6:00 PM | BUILD.org presents their first-ever student-led Youth Advisory Panel Webinar!

May 21, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Join C&O Canal Trust for National Kids to Parks Day!

May 25, 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Barker Adoption Foundation’s 2022 Annual Meeting

June 2 | Shutter Speed: How We’re Living Now

June 6, 6:30 PM | IN Series: Ruby Anniversary Gala

June 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | One World Graduation Celebration

June 8, 6:00 – 9:00 PM | New Endeavors by Women’s Spring FUNdraiser

June 9, 5:00 – 8:30 PM | Common Good City Farm: A Night on the Farm

Volunteer

The Georgetown Ministry Center has many open shifts! Volunteers do a variety of jobs, including: signing guests in, coordinating shower and laundry services, distributing meals, sorting clothing donations, and talking with their guests.

Volunteering with DC127 is a unique opportunity to form an intentional relationship with a family to provide much-needed social and emotional encouragement to parents who are isolated and overwhelmed. Learn more about serving as a DC127 Communities for Families volunteer!

Resources

Pathways Partnership | Fair Chance

Pathways is an 8-month Partnership that deepens nonprofit leaders’ knowledge and skills across four key areas of an organization (Board Development, Fundraising, Leadership and Management, and Program Evaluation) and provides tools and support to advance the organization’s mission, stability, and growth.

Investing in Native Communities | Native Americans in Philanthropy and Candid

Native Americans in Philanthropy has built a resource center to keep track of the latest information and response funds for Native communities and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. You can also learn more about supporting solutions led by and for Native communities, expand your understanding of history through a Native lens, and more.

“Beyond ‘X Number Served’” | Stanford Social Innovation Review

“Getting metrics right is a dynamic process that evolves over time.” This article by Mona Mourshed dives into complexity and plurality with metrics and how to expand a nonprofit’s impact by building programs on three pillars: breadth, depth, and durability.