Local Nonprofit Bulletin
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!
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.
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
“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.”
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.
“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.”