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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.”

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.

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.

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.

Local Nonprofit Bulletin (4.29.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin
4.29.22

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!

International Workers’ Day

This Sunday is International Workers’ Day, a day that both commemorates the class and labor struggles that took place around the world in the 19th century and recognizes the important contributions of the working class to society. It was created in support of the legal establishment of the eight-hour workday, one of many workers’ rights won because of decades of labor strikes and organizing by the working class.

Learn more about the history and significance of this day and connect to labor and economic justice efforts right here in the DMV region:

  • Tenants and Workers United, which organizes low-income communities of color to build power, win changes, and advance social justice across Northern Virginia.
  • Jews United for Justice, a grassroots community that seeks to repair the world by working locally for social, racial, and economic justice.
  • Progressive Maryland, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization promoting racial, social, economic, and environmental justice through grassroots organizing, public education, and legislative advocacy.

Find more local nonprofits involved with justice programs, employment, and civic engagement on the Catalogue website!

Shoutouts

Congratulations to Patrice Sulton, Founder and Executive Director of the DC Justice Lab, for being selected to be one of Echoing Green’s spring 2022 Fellows!

“Hailstork and Martin have created a requiem that feels alive and has only just taken its first breaths,” Michael Andor Brodeur wrote about National Philharmonic’s “A Knee on the Neck” in the Washington Post. “It has something to say about the immensity and intimacy of pain – and we owe one another as Americans to listen.”

Sonia Su, Founder and Executive Director of Kits to Heart, and one of our inaugural Grassroots Accelerator Program participants, was recently featured on ABC7!

St. Ann’s Center was featured in an article by the National Catholic Register. As the author Lauretta Brown wrote, “Sister Mary emphasized that the center is meant to feel like a community and underscored that the women are treated with love and respect.”

If you’re between the ages of 21-26 and passionate about getting into the justice game for the long haul, apply now to be part of Avodah’s ’22-’23 Jewish Service Corps cohort!

“The need for rental support continues as evidenced by our own Department of Housing and Community Development,” Shannon Mouton, Executive Director of Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services (LARS), stated in her testimony to the Prince George’s County Council in support of the Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development (FY23). “And while LARS and other community partners cannot hope to close the gap, we are certain that we can help fill-in a portion of it, as we have always done.”

The Children’s Science Center Lab joined The Arc of Loudoun and HGA to present at the Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference! “Prioritizing Museum Accessibility: Challenges and Opportunities” covered best practices for accessibility and shared a case study about the Children’s Science Center Lab’s partnership with the Arc of Loudoun. “Many things we put in place to be more accessible don’t just make a better program for people with disabilities, they make a better program for everyone,” shared Noelle Russell, a STEM Educator at the Lab.

The Human Trafficking Legal Center recently celebrated two significant decisions in the federal courts. In the first case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower district court decision, ruling that a lawsuit brought by several Cuban doctors against the Pan American Health Organization may continue. In the second case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for a group of Mexican nationals who alleged that they had been trafficked into forced labor on a dairy farm in Idaho, establishing an important new precedent.

Events

April 30 and May 1 | On Stage at Joe’s presents: Nanay by Lauren DeVera
April 30 – May 7 | DC Funk Parade
April 30 and May 7, 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Mural-Making with Mia Duvall by Project Create and Bridge District DC
May 3, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Spring 2022 One World Challenge
May 10, 6:45 – 8:15 PM | Food for the Body and Soul: Advocating for Community through Culinary Traditions
May 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | St. Ann’s Center’s Hope Blossoms
May 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Join Jews United for Justice and its partners at the MORE People’s Forum
May 14, 8:00 AM | Community Youth Advance presents A Mother’s Love Family 5K
May 14, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Soulfull Spring Fest
May 15 | CASA/Prince George’s County presents Changing Children’s Stories: 20th Anniversary Event
May 18 | Calvary Women’s Services’ Hope Awards Dinner
May 18, 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Jubilee JumpStart’s 2022 Heroes Ball
May 19, 7:00 – 10:00 PM | Britepaths’ Artful Living: Connected
May 21, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | C&O Canal Trust’s National Kids to Parks Day
May 22 | KID Museum’s Grand Opening at Bethesda Metro Center
May 24, 6:00 PM | DC SCORES Our Words Our City
June 5 | A Wider Circle’s Neighbor to Neighbor Day
June 7-9 | Community Family Life Services’ MORE THAN Mother: Intersectional Identities of Moms in Crisis
June 9, 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Hamkae Center’s Pursuing Our Dreams Fundraiser

Volunteer

Are you a golf lover? So What Else is looking for volunteers for the Wells Fargo Championship from May 4th to May 8th in Potomac, Maryland. Sign up for one or all of their three shifts between 7:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, or 12:00 – 6:00 PM by emailing them with the date and time you’d like to volunteer.

Have a passion for serving the youth in your community? Apply to volunteer or mentor with BUILD!

Leveling the Playing Field works every day to ensure that every child has access to during and out of school time sports activities no matter what their economic situation is. Search their volunteer site for available opportunities.

CASA volunteers are trained advocates for neglected and abused children in the foster care court system. Learn more at CASA/Prince George’s County’s next monthly informational session on May 26!

Resources

Giving Dashboard | Urban Institute

The Urban Institute has collected and organized data on giving from leading nonprofit researchers, practitioners and service providers, and some governmental sources into a giving dashboard that provides a snapshot of the many ways Americans give.

“Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits: Principles, Recommendations, and Models for Investing Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds”?| National Council of Nonprofits

Nonprofit leaders around the country have organized various efforts to include charitable nonprofits in relief and recovery investments of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds resources. This document highlights initiatives from 15 state associations of nonprofits and illustrates their collective efforts.

Disability Justice: An Audit Tool | Northwest Health Foundation

Written by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and envisioned by Stacey Park Milbern and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this tool is aimed at helping Black, Indigenous, and POC-led organizations examine where they’re at in practicing disability justice, and where they want to learn and grow.

Social Justice Investing Webinar Series | Just Futures and Justice Funders

As the problems of extractive capitalism have become increasingly evident, the field of responsible investing has grown exponentially over the last several decades. Join Just Futures and Justice Funders for a 3-part webinar series as they explore the growing field of social justice investing.

Local Nonprofit Bulletin (4.15.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin
4.15.22

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

DC Emancipation Day

Tomorrow is the 160th DC Emancipation Day. Every April 16th, the District commemorates the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, which ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them, and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate.

Tonight at 6:30 PM, gather for a “Remember the Pearl” Walk to the SW Wharf. On this same night in 1848, 77 men, women, and children who were enslaved by prominent families in the District made their way to the river to board a schooner called “The Pearl.”

Tomorrow at 11:00 AM, the African American Civil War Memorial Museum will read the names of the 3,100 persons freed by the DC Compensated Emancipation Act. Afterward, the SW Freedom Fest begins at 1:00 PM and Mayor Bowser’s parade and concert starts at 2:00 PM.

DC Vote is hosting the DC Emancipation Day Activation, starting at 11:00 AM tomorrow at Rock Creek Park and ending at 8:00 PM on 14th and U.

You can also join Black Georgetown at 11:00 AM tomorrow at the Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society cemeteries in Georgetown, where they will honor the ancestors with a Cameroonian Libation Ceremony and reflections by Rev Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, as well as offer walkabout tours.

Read more about the history of DC Emancipation Day, explore The People’s Archive at the DC Public Library, and browse resources from the DC History Center’s Context for Today collection.

Shoutouts

Black Flute questions outright how, or if, opera can do anything to contribute to the fight for the rights of Black people,” Shantay Robinson wrote in the Washington City Paper. Produced by the IN Series, Black Flute tells the story of Queen of the Night and her daughter, and was filmed throughout DC. You can catch it online via their streaming platform through June.

Through the Opportunities Neighborhood (ON) – Crossroads program, led by Second Story, Fairfax County residents have access to resources for more help, such as getting food, COVID-19 vaccines, and financial literacy training. “The community truly came together,” Ebony Belt, Strategy Director for ON at Second Story, told Annandale Today.

We’re excited to hear Avodah and its recently formed employee union’s joint announcement of its staff’s affiliation with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, and that the union received full voluntary recognition from senior leadership!

Along with groups like Cities United and March for Our Lives, the DC Justice Lab has developed a new tool to help ensure solutions to gun violence are centered in equity. “You still see a situation where Black people are experiencing the brunt of harsh law enforcement tactics with a goal purportedly of reducing gun violence,” Dr. Bethany Young, Deputy Director of the DC Justice Lab, told the Washington Informer. “But if they narrowly tailored it as we noted in the report, they can address the problem of gun violence in communities feeling the impact.”

Unhoused and formerly unhoused people, most of them associated with Street Sense Media, voice their perspectives to DCist on the shootings of unhoused people last month. Donte Turner, who has written extensively about the intersections of violence and public policy, shared that “This is what we go through. The police, the government, they don’t give a damn about us. They look at us as if we’re the problem.” Robert Warren, Street Sense Media discussion leader, adds that “You can look at it like if we were actually housing people… they wouldn’t have been killed.”

Join the DC SAFE Bookshelf, a new virtual book club, and participate in discussions about systems advocacy and domestic violence! This month’s book club pick, Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story by Julie K. Brown, was recommended by the Network for Victim Recovery DC.

“Educators have the most important job in the world: creating ways for every child to thrive in learning,” Rashaida Melvin, Satellite Program Director at BUILD, co-wrote in one of Educational Leadership‘s most popular articles of 2021. “Building teacher efficacy directly impacts student growth, but to do this we must break down some of the myths surrounding teacher coaching and effectiveness.”

From bodies and accessibility to caring for yourself in a crisis, explore the broad landscape of healthcare through an interdisciplinary lens with Healwell‘s podcast.

Story Tapestries was recently featured in Philanthropy News Digest! Founded in 2010, Story Tapestries helps partners build self-sufficient, sustainable arts-based programs; increases access to arts integration programs for high-need communities; and is a resource for arts integration in education and community development.

Learn about Ward 7′s past, present, and future with a sharp focus on the climate emergency and its intersectionality with systemic racism through Down to Earth, a creative project partnership with Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Caandor Labs, and Capital Fringe.

Know a young playwright aged 14-24? Encourage them to apply for Young Playwright’s Theater’s new script development program, Young Playwrights in Progress! Applications are open on a rolling basis.

Events

April 14 – June 11 | McLean Project for the Arts Spring Solos Exhibition
April 18 – June 20, Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 PM | Youth Speaks Poetry! After School Opportunity
April 19 | NAKASEC x UndocuGW presents a conversation on Asian Americans & Undocu Organizing
April 21, 12:00 – 1:00 PM | The ACT Initiative presents “A Deeper Look at Second Chances”
April 22 – April 30 | IN Series x DPR Spirit Moves Workshops
April 23 | National Cannabis Festival’s Policy Pavilion
April 23 | Sitar Arts Center’s Salon Dialogue: “Createwell”
April 23, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Dreaming Out Loud’s 4th Annual Spring Fest
April 23, 7:00 PM | Joe’s Movement Emporium NextLOOK Cohort Work-in-Progress Showing
April 23-24 | GenOUT Youth Invasion Concert
April 24, 1:00 PM | Peace Festival with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
April 24, 1:00 – 3:30 PM | F.E.A.S.T. 2022: Mutual Aid at VisArts
April 27 | Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day
April 29, 7:30 – 8:45 PM | Main Street’s Got Talent
April 30, 9:30 AM | Friendship Place’s Friendship Walk to End Homelessness
May 1, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Earth Sangha’s Restoration Walk and Talk with Matt and Lisa!
May 2, 8:00 PM | The 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration
May 3, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | One World Challenge
May 5, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | 10 Years of Impact with NVRDC
May 7-8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | VisArts’ 10th Annual Rockville Arts Festival

Volunteer

Casa Chirilagua is looking for Spanish Literacy Tutors, Kids Club volunteers, and Middle and High School Bible Study volunteers.

Join C&O Canal Trust for their upcoming Canal Community Days on April 23 in Great Falls, May 7 in Frederick County, and May 14 in Williamsport.

Help Earth Sangha remove invasives at their Wild Plant Nursery!

DC SCORES is looking for Game Day Referees or Field Marshalls, Assistant Coaches, and volunteers for their Junior Jamboree on May 18, Middle School Jamboree on June 3, and Elementary School Jamboree on June 4.

In partnership with Volunteers of America, So What Else is hosting their first ever health fair at their food pantry at Lake Forrest Mall on April 28 and 29. They’re looking for a nutritionist and yoga instructor for the health fair.

Get hands-on experience with the work of the Georgetown Ministry Center by volunteering at their drop-in center or pop-up location!

Girls Rock! DC is recruiting volunteers to support their 2022 Summer Camps. Roles include camp counselor, workshop facilitator, instrument instructor, performer, band coach, or floating counselor.

Resources

#AskHer: Caring for Nonprofit Leaders of Color, April 20 at 12:00 PM | Crimsonbridge Foundation

Explore the intersection of wellness and nonprofit leadership with C. Marie Taylor, President & Principal Consultant of Equity Through Action, and Diana Ortiz, President & CEO of Doorways. They will provide some actionable strategies for nonprofit leaders to address burnout, staffing, fatigue, and other challenges, and create a space for open dialogue with nonprofit leaders of color.

Cause Camp, May 2-3 | Nonprofit Hub x Do More Good

Happening both online and in-person in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Cause Camp Nonprofit Conference features top of the industry speakers, breakout sessions, and one-on-one networking, and includes sessions about inspiring connection in a hybrid workplace, growing future support for your organization, the myth of successful diversity programs, and more.

Answering the Call: One Foundation’s Approach to Shifting Power and Funding Racial Justice | Inside Philanthropy

In this article, Hanna Mahon and Luke Newton dive into how the Pink House Foundation, a small family foundation based here in Washington, DC, shifted towards making large, multi-year grants to grassroots alliances and movement-accountable public foundations as part of an effort to release both money and control.

Resource Mobilizer Drop-In Practice Group | Wealth Reclamation Academy of Practitioners

What becomes possible when we stop ‘asking’ for money as ‘fundraisers’ and start organizing relational wealth as Resource Mobilizers? Join WRAP’s Drop-In Practice Group, a biweekly, nine-session cycle, to learn about and practice using Resource Mobilizer Tool No. 4: Ancestral Healing Loose Incense Blend, a tool that helps identify strained or severed relationships, damaged by wealth extraction, to begin a journey of repair towards reconnectedness.

Language Memo | Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

PACE worked with social impact insights company Citizen Data to conduct a survey on terms and phrases commonly used in democracy and civic engagement work to identify potential disconnects between how the “professional field” working on these issues talks about its work and how members of the American public perceive the words and phrases the professionals use.

Local Nonprofit Bulletin (4.1.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin

4.1.22

Philanthropic resources, news from small nonprofits in the DMV, upcoming events, and more! Have questions or something you want featured? Reach out to Amanda, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, for shoutouts and collaborations!

Quick Word from the Catalogue

For small nonprofit professionals, our upcoming National Small Nonprofit Summit will cover actionable and effective ideas for fundraising, communications, and more — all rooted in Values-Based Growth! Register now to join us on April 7-8. Tickets are $25 or free for Catalogue nonprofit partners.

As the world begins to reopen, hear from our nonprofit partners on May 19 about what has sustained them and what gives them hope for the future. RSVP now for our Give Local Gala: Hope Springs!

Shoutouts

“The best investment in science is an investment in teachers,” Jeanne McCarty, CEO of Out Teach, wrote in District Administration. Her article outlines three key steps to elevate science instruction district-wide for the long term.

Congratulations to the Prince William County Community Foundation for receiving the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year award from Mayor Derrick Wood, Town of Dumfries! From distributing meals and buddy boxes to awarding scholarships and micro-grants, we’re excited to recognize their impact!

So What Else’s Food Pantry in Montgomery Village, Maryland, recently hit record-breaking days of service to the community, providing approximately 51,000 meals to over 2,000 families during two recent Fridays! Their walk-up pantry is open every Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and they host tours every Friday morning for community members to get involved and see their pantry services in action.

“HIV should be part of a self-care conversation, a conversation that speaks about the importance of caring for oneself,” Elenilson Ayala, HIV Testing Coordinator at the Latin American Youth Center, spoke with WUSA in a segment on raising awareness about HIV testing among youth.

“When we put Black women’s interest at the forefront of maternal health issues we’ll be able to solve a series of issues,” Raven Freeborn, Senior and Advocacy Policy Manager at Mamatoto Village, explained in Devon Haynes’s 730DC article.

Get farm fresh produce grown for you by black farmers delivered to your door! Dreaming Out Loud is changing the food system through Black Farm CSA. They source the freshest produce available from a network of small to mid-sized socially disadvantaged producers and you can get freshly harvested produce from their trusted community of farmers.

Photos of farming and fresh produce. Text reads: Bringing Black Farmers to the Table with Black Farm CSA, est. 2010. Get farm fresh produce grown for you by black farmers delivered to your door. Brought to you by Dreaming Out Loud. Visit their website at csa.dreamingoutloud.org to learn more, or follow them at @blackfarmcsa.

Events

March 25-April 24 | Visibility Art Lab’s 2022 Exhibition

April 1-14 | Down To Earth: The Exhibit at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

April 3 | Young Artists of America’s Spring production of AIDA and 10th Anniversary Celebrations

April 6, 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Bridges to Independence Listen & Learn

April 28, 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM | The Barker Adoption Foundation Annual Conference: Trauma-Informed Parenting

April 28, 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Bikes & Bow Ties: Celebrating 15 with Phoenix Bikes

May 1 | The DC Center’s annual Gay Day at the Zoo

July 11-15 and August 1-5 | Girls Rock! DC’s Summer Camp

Resources

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know Series | YNPNdc

Have you ever wanted to know more about how nonprofit leaders got to where they are? Join YNPNdc’s new virtual speaker series to hear the stories of nonprofit leaders in our nation’s capital! The series kicks off with an event on April 13 about Mentorship and the Value of Relationships with Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance.

How Funders of Collective Impact Initiatives Can Build Trust | Stanford Social Innovation Review

This article by Victor Tavarez, John Harper, and Fay Hanleybrown explores four ways funders of collective impact efforts can help foster trust to strengthen collaboration and achieve greater impact.

Understanding the Fundamentals of Nonprofit Organizations: An 8-Part Business Law Course for Nonprofit Leaders | DC Bar Pro Bono Center

Beginning April 6, this business law course is designed for non-attorney nonprofit leaders with significant management responsibilities and other staff that seek to develop their management capabilities. Taught by expert lawyers and accountants with experience dealing with nonprofit organizations, the course will give you an overview of critical legal issues that apply to nonprofit organizations.

Taking Action | Empower DC

Every Tuesday at 1:00 PM, join Empower DC for an hour-long podcast about critical issues facing DC’s low-income communities of color. Hosted on WPFW 89.3, the show brings in DC residents — the real experts — to talk about the challenges our communities face and solutions designed to uplift our people.

Multiple Resources | CORE

The Council Office of Racial Equity creates training, tools, and processes for local officials, staff, and the community to intentionally identify and disrupt implicit biases and systemic inequities in policymaking. From developing a racial equity assessment tool to collecting open data sets to designing Racial Equity Impact Assessments, CORE has created and linked to multiple resources on their website.

Local Nonprofit Bulletin (3.18.22)

Local Nonprofit Bulletin

3.18.22

Introducing the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s biweekly Local Nonprofit Bulletin! Every two weeks, watch this space for philanthropic resources, news from small nonprofits in the DMV, upcoming events, and more. Have questions or something you want featured? Reach out to Amanda, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, for shoutouts and collaborations!

Celebrating Women’s History Month

This Women’s History Month, support the many nonprofits serving women and girls across the DMV! Some quick highlights from these 120+ Catalogue nonprofit partners include:

  • FAIR Girls offering 18-28-year-old female-identifying survivors of human trafficking a safe, empowering, and transitional home.
  • Amara Legal Center providing survivors with legal protection and assistance.
  • New Endeavors by Women giving women and children housing, drug recovery assistance, and more.

Browse our website to find opportunities to donate to, volunteer with, and advocate for these incredible organizations and the other 100+ serving women and girls locally!

Shoutouts

Congratulations to After-School All-Stars for winning the Anthem Awards! Thanks to support from TikTok, they served over half a million meals to individuals and families during the pandemic, in addition to connecting students with mentors and executing wellness checks.

“To finally see our impact in person with our kids has just been phenomenal,” Charity Blackwell, Senior Advisor of Arts & Culture at DC SCORES, spoke with NBC Washington in a feature exploring how they used a Project Innovation grant to serve schoolkids in the District.

Street Reporter recently streamed at this year’s Community Stories Film Festival. A collaborative documentary project by Laura Waters Hinson in partnership with American University’s Community Voice Lab, the film captures the journeys of Reginald Black and Sheila White, members of the nation’s first homeless filmmaking cooperative at Street Sense Media.

“It was really nice to be able to finally make a book that identified with me,” 19-year-old Joy Ugwu told DCist in an article highlighting Shout Mouse Press’s Beyond Borders series, which collaborates with immigrant youth authors to publish illustrated children’s books.

Events

March 16-27 | Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience

March 17-27 | Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (30th Anniversary)

March 19, 7:00 – 10:00 PM | Joe’s Movement Emporium presents Take Back the Night: Flashback Prom

Multiple | Jews United for Justice’s What’s at Stake in the Local Primary Elections?

Resources

Collaborate to Co-Liberate: Structures and Practices for Democratic Organizations | Nonprofit Democracy Network

This 12 month-long journey, divided into four seasons, will explore best practices and living models of liberatory organizational culture, structure, and practice. Individuals and organizations interested in implementing transformational change can apply by March 21 to participate in this virtual learning journey.

A Charitable-Giving Tax Credit Could Shift the Balance of Philanthropic Power Away from the Wealthy | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

This article by Andrew Hayashi and Justin Hopkins delves into their proposal for a refundable tax credit that could be paid for by eliminating the charitable deduction, subsidizing the giving of low- and middle-income taxpayers who do not itemize.

PEAK2022, March 21-25 | PEAK Grantmaking

This virtual conference will imagine how grantmaking can truly embody what PEAK stands for: Principles, Equity, Advocacy, and Knowledge. Core programming includes thought-provoking keynotes, interactive peer dialogues, skill-building breakouts, and community gatherings.

2022 National Arts Action Summit, March 28-30 | Americans for the Arts

Advocates will learn from policy experts and field leaders about the latest in arts policy and how to effectively engage decision-makers to support the arts, arts education, and more.

Network Strategy Session, March 28-30 | Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy

Philanthropy needs to be more organized than ever to bring the resources to bear to support the success of our movement partners. Register to join the FJE Network Strategy Session to come together as funders and align your funding with the visions and aspirations of movement partners.