Q: “Can I attend a meeting of the Children, Youth and Families Working Group if I work in a corporate giving program?”
Q: “Are the meetings of the Health Working Group at such a depth that, as a program officer new to the health field, I wouldn’t understand the discussion?”
I’ve been surprised to hear many variations on those questions while meeting with members over the last few months. The answers are:
Yes, you can attend any meeting of a Working Group as long as you are a member of Washington Grantmakers. They were established to provide a forum for grantmakers interested in a particular issue area. And no, you won’t be overwhelmed by the depth of knowledge–just informed by the experience and expertise of your colleagues. Particpation allows members to stay on top of currents trends and to connect with a network of leaders working on issues they care about. There is great intellectual capital within our community, so think about joining one of the Working Groups:
– Children, Youth and Families
– Sustainable Communities
– Arts and Humanities
All meetings are publicized in the bi-weekly member Update. You can also contact Carolynn Mambu, Washington Grantmakers’ Director of Public Policy and staff liaison to the Working Groups, for information on each group’s priorities or the next meeting.