Though nearly one in four children in DC experiences poverty, the right interventions increase the likelihood that they will be on track for success. Local nonprofits embedded in and trusted by the communities they serve have the capacity to build lasting bonds with residents, understand their needs and strengths, establish networks of support, and foster innovation. Fair Chance strategically selects nonprofit “partners” (most identify as persons of color) who are ready to take their organizations to the next level but face challenges in raising capital, recruiting and training a workforce, handling regulatory matters, and measuring impact. It works with them (at no charge), developing long-term relationships of trust and building their capacity in organizational and financial management, fundraising, and leadership effectiveness. The goal is always this: build stronger more resilient community-based nonprofits placing more children and youth on a path out of poverty.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Fair Chance is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About Spur Local

Each year 150+ community advocates review applicants on the basis of governance, equity, and impact. Each featured nonprofit has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. Spur Local charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $57 million for nonprofits across the Greater Washington region.

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