Funders participating in Washington Grantmakers’ Prince George’s County series have agreed to pool funds to support specific initiatives and to create other opportunities for collaboration, including educational programs and networking opportunities for County stakeholders. These decisions follow a five-part learning series for funders, sponsored by Washington Grantmakers’ Sustainable Communities Working Group and the Prince George’s Community Foundation.
Planning is just getting underway–grantmakers interested in participating or learning more should watch the Washington Grantmakers member Update for announcements or contact Carolynn Mambu at email@example.com.
“From the beginning, we intended for this be an action-oriented learning effort,” said Karen Fitzgerald, Working Group Chair. “We are interested in supporting the county’s nonprofit community and finding strategic opportunities to coordinate our efforts.” From last September through February, the group engaged funders, nonprofit representatives, government officials, business leaders and the faith community. They explored growth and development trends, the state of the nonprofit sector, leadership and civic engagement, and the impact of structural racism in Prince George’s County.
Among the lessons learned is that Prince George’s is one of the most racially diverse counties in the region with a booming job market and a solid infrastructure to support continued growth. In addition, the county is home to a sizable nonprofit sector, although support from private foundations has been limited. As a result, nonprofits have depended on government funding for their operating needs, which has led to limited nonprofit engagement in public policy debates. Funders also found a significant need to convene the county’s leaders – from elected officials to engaged residents – around areas of mutual concern, and to provide opportunities to groom emerging leaders.