Tag: Community Foundation

Freddie Mac Foundation announces final wind down plans

Yesterday the Freddie Mac Foundation released a letter to the community announcing its final wind down and how it will continue to support its grantees after it closes at the end of 2014. Key to that transition are two WRAG members – the Meyer Foundation and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.  Here’s how it will work:

As part of its wind-down strategy, the Freddie Mac Foundation has made a grant to the Meyer Foundation to create the Children and Family Capacity-Building Initiative, a two-year program to provide capacity-building grants and other support to a targeted group of 125 organizations that serve vulnerable children and families in the DC region. The initiative includes a capacity-building grants program, grants to implement the Benevon fundraising model for engaging individual donors, and the opportunity to work with CompassPoint to conduct organizational self-assessments. The initiative was announced to eligible organizations in mid-May, and is described in more detail on the Meyer Foundation’s website. Grantmaking colleagues who would like more information should contact Karen FitzGerald, who is lead program officer for the initiative.

Says Rick Moyers, vice president for programs and communications at Meyer,

While we will miss the Freddie Mac Foundation as part of our community, we admire the thoughtful way they’ve concluded their work. We are also grateful for the opportunity to provide capacity-building resources to help sustain the grantees supported by the Freddie Mac Foundation over the years.

Additionally, the  Freddie Mac Foundation has established two funds at the Community Foundation. These funds will continue Freddie Mac’s legacy of support for children, youth and families in our region by providing funding through 2019 for eligible nonprofits. Both funds will be implemented using the same core outcomes and grantmaking framework established by the Freddie Mac Foundation which is focused on Stable Homes Stable Families, Foster Care and Adoption, and Academic and Career Success.

The Children and Family Legacy Fund, established in 2013, is a designated fund administered by the Community Foundation,  that supports nonprofits previously designated by Freddie Mac as eligible to receive support from the Fund. Nonprofits were notified of their eligibility for support from this fund in early 2014. The newly announced Fund for Children, Youth and Families will make grants beginning in 2016 through an open and competitive grantmaking process  to nonprofits meeting the aforementioned core priorities and outcomes. For additional information please contact Alicia Reid, Philanthropic Services Officer, areid@cfncr.org.

Says Terri Lee Freeman, president of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region,

The Freddie Mac Foundation has a rich history of supporting and bolstering this local community. The Community Foundation is pleased to help extend this legacy.

Related: Tamara reflected on the Freddie Mac Foundation’s legacy, particularly around their Wednesday’s Child program that connected 2,000 children in foster care to adoptive families. (Daily, 6/4)

Bill Would Give Youths Charged as Adults Right to Motion for Family Court Transfer 
(DCist, 6/4)

Opinion: At a recent policy briefing for the D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation,  community leaders provided some insight into the educational aspirations of young black men in the city and what can be done to improve their circumstances. (WaPo, 6/3)

Related: Last month, WRAG, ABFE, D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation convened a listening session for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Task Force’s Report to the President concerning issues of boys and young men of color.

– A computer program that teaches math to students without using words is improving math test scores in some DCPS schools at as much as three times the rate of those at other schools. (GGE, 6/4)

Prince George’s to discuss how to increase the number of fathers involved in education (WaPo, 6/4)

Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, here are highlights from the transportation plan for the future.  I’ll definitely be filling out the survey here. Will you?


Arts organizations concerned about jobs bill…Give to the Max on Nov. 9…Teachers get “Standing Ovation” [News, 9.20.11]

President Obama’s new jobs stimulus plan would limit tax deductions on charitable donations made by high-income individuals, which is causing concern for arts groups that are already coping with declining donations (WaPo, 9/20).

Marlie Mattson, vice president of development for the Kennedy Center, says:

“In general, I think it’s fair to say that it’s very difficult to continually find contributed income in support of the arts…It’s a very challenging environment already. Whatever happens on the national landscape that limits that income is problematic for sure.”

Americans for the Arts’ Bob Lynch is concerned as well, but optimistic that other aspects of the bill could benefits arts and humanities organizations:

Among others, he cited the proposed cut in the payroll tax, which could spur hiring within arts organizations and free up additional spending money; more federal support of schools, which could lead to the hiring and rehiring of arts-education teachers; and more spending on infrastructure projects, which could create more public art projects.

GIVING | Mark your calendars! Give to the Max Day is November 9th. The Community Foundation’s Terri Freeman and the United Way’s Bill Hanbury are really excited for it. You should be, too! (WG Daily, 9/20)

– Prince George’s County Public Schools Superintendent William Hite has been appointed to the National Parent Teacher Association’s board of directors. (Examiner, 9/20)

Related: WRAG members met with Hite and County Executive Rushern Baker in June to discuss education reform in the county. (WG Daily, 7/7)

– Bill Turque writes about last night’s Standing Ovation event honoring the District’s best educators. (WaPo, 9/20) Tamara attended and tweeted about the event. (@WRAGprez)

YOUTH | Members of WRAG’s Children, Youth, and Families Working Group heard from children’s mental health experts earlier this month. (WG Daily, 9/20)

HOUSING | Md. Housing Dept. Moving To New Carrollton (WAMU, 9/20)

ECONOMY | Some positive news: Commercial construction rebounds in metro Washington (Region Forward, 9/20)

Here’s the first look at Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, which filmed around the region earlier this year.

While I’m on the subject, I’d love to hear your input on a debate I recently had. Do you pronounce the word “biopic” as bio pic or bi-opic? I say bio pic, since it is really just shorthand for biographical picture. The other way sounds like a medical procedure. Feel free to comment below!

Funders announce one-day online giving push for November [News, 9.15.11]

At a press conference at Martha’s Table yesterday, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s Terri Freeman and the United Way of the National Capital Area’s Bill Hanbury announced that November 9th will be Give to the Max Day. The event is being promoted by the entire 8 Neighbors group representing nonprofit, business, philanthropic, and government leaders, and will be a one-day push, supported by online fundraiser Razoo, with a goal of raising $3 million in donations and grants for area nonprofits.

In the Washington Post, Bill Hanbury points out the advantages of an online push (WaPo, 9/16):

More and more consumers, individual donors, are turning to online giving…In some ways, we’ve gotten outmaneuvered by digital applications. This will let us jump over workplace giving.

Terri Freeman says the time is right:

The economic news isn’t getting any better, and the government funding is down… We’re the nation’s capital. We ought to be able to do this in grand style.

And Tamara Copeland notes:

Eighty percent of giving nationally is from individuals…[s]o the foundation community is particularly supportive of this concentrated effort to build a larger base of the support for the local nonprofit sector.

We’ll have more on Monday, including a message from Bill and Terri.

ARTS | In partnership with foundations, corporations, and government agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts has announced a new grants program called ArtPlace, which seeks to promote arts and culture as catalysts for economic growth in 34 cities around the country (New York Times, 9/14).

D.C. is one of the cities, with a grant to the Office of Planning to support Arts and Culture Temporiums in Anacostia, Brookland, Central 14th Street, and Deanwood (ArtPlace, 9/15).

Related: In 2009, Americans for the Arts president and CEO Bob Lynch told funders: To fix the economy, fund the arts (WG Daily, 2/9/09).

REGION | Fairfax chairman candidates debate development, housing, transit (WaPo, 9/15)

Related: A delegation of WRAG members recently met with Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, to introduce her to the collective of funders working in, interested in, and funding in Fairfax County, and to explore opportunities for a richer partnership.

Related: Tamara asks, “Who are we? What are we? What is our name?” (WG Daily, 9/16)

EDUCATION | While SAT scores declined regionally and nationally this year, Montgomery County Hispanic students, who make up 25 percent of the public schools’ student body, actually raised their scores by eight points (Examiner, 9/15).

Related: WRAG members – Don’t miss the chance to meet Dr. Joshua Starr, the new superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, on September 28.

WORKFORCE | Gray plans tax credits to help get D.C. residents hired (TBD, 9/15)

POVERTY | The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute takes a preliminary look at census data on food stamp participation and employment and health insurance levels and suggests that poverty likely increased in the District in 2010 (DCFPI, 9/13). The Census Bureau will release more in-depth state level data next week.

YOUTH | The Post profiles a group of ex-offenders in Ward 7 who are trying to address the problems of youth violence in their neighborhoods by walking through their community and engaging with kids on their way to school (WaPo, 9/16).

– Rebekah