Tag: Give to the Max

New report analyzes Give to the Max Day…Do social service agencies hinder economic development?…Unemployment data shows big racial disparities in the District [News, 3.1.12]

GIVING | A new study from the Case Foundation analyzes last year’s Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington. The event – which was organized by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the United Way of the National Capital Area, and Razoo, and supported by the 8 Neighbors group, which includes WRAG – raised $2 million for 1,200 local nonprofits in only 24 hours last November. From the report (Case, 3/1):

Overall findings demonstrate that giving days offer regions an opportunity that bolsters their nonprofit communities with short-term funds, long-term online fundraising skills, and an increase in awareness of their important work.

Related: Give to the Max was a huge success (WG Daily, 11/10/11)

PHILANTHROPY
– A recent survey asked donors, “What could unleash your philanthropy at a whole new level?” Respondents said that they give less than they could because they don’t get enough information about how their money is used. (Chronicle, 3/1)

– At the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy conference in New York earlier this week, corporate executives discussed “a lack of interest from investors in their efforts to do social good.” (Reuters, 2/28)

HOUSING | Block by Block, 1940s Concentrated Public Housing in Alexandria is Being Demolished (Connection, 2/23)

DEVELOPMENT | Some residents in the District’s Ward 8 are opposed to more social service agencies opening there because they see them as deterrents for economic development. WAMU explores whether those concerns are justified and finds that the exact opposite is probably true. (WAMU, 3/1)

WORKFORCE | Unemployment In D.C. Is Really Low, If You’re White (City Paper, 3/1) “Of note is how flat white unemployment has remained, while black unemployment skyrocketed.”

YOUTH | A new study released today from the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation finds that important services for District youth are unevenly distributed across the city. (CYITC, 3/1)

BUDGETS | A partisan battle has kept the Virginia General Assembly from passing a budget and could force a government shutdown. (WaPo, 3/1)

MUSIC | Rest in peace, Davy Jones. The Monkees’ front man passed away after a heart attack at the young age of 66. In 1967, his band sold more records than the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined – and that was the year when Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. In Davy’s memory, turn up your speakers and sing along.

CORRECTION | If you read yesterday’s post and wondered what the District’s unemployment rate has to do with Leap Year, the answer is nothing (that I know of). I linked to the wrong place. If you’re interested, here’s the correct link. Sorry about that.


And now for something completely different, a new world record has been set in New Orleans – for the longest chain of human mattress dominoes. So everyone who has always wanted to know if people cling on to mattresses and play dominoes can now rest easy.

In solemn observation of the second day of March – and also because Rebekah and I will be at a meeting all day – there will be no Daily tomorrow. Hope you all enjoy the weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday.

Margaret O’Bryon named recipient of Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy [News, 11.17.11]

The Consumer Health Foundation’s President & CEO, Margaret O’Bryon – a co-founder of WRAG’s Health Working Group – has been named the 2012 recipient of Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH) Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. The award honors individuals “whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and achievement.” It is the highest honor one can receive in the field of health philanthropy. Here’s what GIH has to say about Margaret:

Ms. O’Bryon’s contributions are not just about awarding grants. Rather, she rolls up her sleeves and is involved in the work itself…In addition to having a leadership style that is “gracious and respectful,” taking risks and challenging the status quo are part of Ms. O’Bryon’s appeal.

Read more about the award, as well as Margaret’s extensive contributions to health philanthropy, at GIH’s website. Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Margaret!

EDUCATION | Court orders District to expand preschool special education (WaPo, 11/17) Hundreds of pre-schoolers haven’t gotten essential special education services. Get it together, D.C. – you can’t rewind the clock on a child’s development.

AGING | Wells Fargo conducted a survey about retirement, and found that most respondents expect to work well into their “retirement years.” Which then wouldn’t really be retirement years. Twenty-five percent said they expect to work until age 80. (Yahoo, 11/17) In that case, I’m only 52 years away from retirement!

ARTS | The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has taken temporary control of the Lincoln Theater on U Street and will guide the search process for a long-term artistic director. (City Paper, 11/16)

GIVE TO THE MAX | Little Lights Urban Ministries and For Love of Children (FLOC) won the top awards for most donors and most donations, respectively, on Give to the Max Day. G2M asked them to share their strategies for success.

JUVENILE JUSTICE | The Moriah Fund, the Carter and Melissa Cafritz Charitable Trust, The Meyer Foundation, and the Public Welfare Foundation are co-hosting an event on juvenile justice in the District. The event will include a briefing on a new report (“Notorious to Notable”); a discussion with city officials, service providers, foundations, and community advocates moderated by the Washington Post’s Robert Pierre; and a screening of a short film called “The Road to Rehabilitation and Reform.”

December 1st, 11:45am-2:00pm at the Public Welfare Foundation. Space is limited. RSVP to Sarah Joy Albrecht at Public Welfare by Nov. 22.

Related: D.C.’s Juvenile Justice System Could Be Restructured (WAMU, 11/16) Not a minor headline, but no proposal has been officially made yet.

THANKS | Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, and helped plan our annual meeting at Arena Stage yesterday. We’ll have pictures and videos (and music) to share very soon!


Remember when studios used to release competing genre movies at the same time? Dante’s Peak and Volcano, Deep Impact and Armageddon, Mission to Mars and Red Planet, to name a few pairings. Well they’re back at it, with competing films based on…Snow White?

Here are trailers for Snow White and the Huntsman (looks good) and Mirror, Mirror (looks terrible), both being released next year. What a weird property for studios to compete over.

Rebekah has the Daily covered tomorrow. See you all on Monday!
– Christian 

Give to the Max was a huge success…Richard England on philanthropy…Fannie Mae opens foreclosure center in Prince George’s [News, 11.10.11]

GIVE TO THE MAX | It was an exciting 24 hours yesterday! The final totals are that 17,839 people donated $1,886,584. With additional award money, the grand total raised was $2,034,584. Not too shabby!

Give to the Max organizers Terri Freeman of the Community Foundation and Bill Hanbury of the United Way are proud of the results. Terri says:

“This region continues to demonstrate its ability to unite and rally around a call to action, and the results from our first ever Give to the Max Day prove it.”

And Bill is excited about what participation in Give to the Max reveals about new directions in fundraising:

“In addition to raising $2 million, we are thrilled to see how many of our nonprofit members participated and maximized all the benefits of learning more about online fundraising and putting those skills to good use.”

COMMUNITY | As we prepare to honor our nation’s veterans tomorrow, we asked World War II veteran Mr. Richard England, who lost his hearing at Guadalcanal, to reflect on philanthropy – what it means to him, what advice he has for new philanthropists, and how funders can support our nation’s veterans. (WG Daily, 11/10)

WORKFORCE | A new survey finds that one of every five U.S. employers is looking to hire veterans, but “vets re-entering the corporate workforce don’t always properly market their unique skills.” (WBJ, 11/10)

HOUSING | Fannie Mae opens foreclosure center in Greenbelt (WTOP, 11/10) “Prince George’s County has the highest number of foreclosures in Maryland and [one] of the highest rates in the region.”

EDUCATION
Election pumps new blood into Fairfax school board (Examiner, 11/10) The board has six new members.

DCPS has opened a diagnostic center aimed at identifying children who might need special education. (WaPo, 11/9)

SOCIAL MEDIA | As we wrap-up Give to the Max Day, Tamara Copeland considers how social media is changing philanthropy and how these changes take some adjustment of perspective to appreciate (NPQ, 11/10):

In just the last few years, we’ve seen traditional philanthropy morph in interesting ways. We can give directly to causes all over the world with our smartphones. No intermediaries needed… Forget due diligence. Forget informed program officers looking at logic models, program plans, and evaluation models. Has the head and/or heart philanthropy debate already become a bit passé?

WEEKEND | This isn’t an endorsement, but just something that caught my attention as a movie nerd and Smithsonian fan. Groupon is selling $4 tickets to Smithsonian IMAX movies which can be redeemed starting today. IMAX and a museum visit is a nice weekend activity!


Hope you all enjoy the long weekend. We’re excitedly preparing for our big annual meeting next week at Arena Stage and hope to see you there.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here’s a heartfelt clip from one of my favorite movies.

– christian

It’s time to GIVE TO THE MAX!

Final update 12:00am: In only 24 hours, Give to the Max Day raised $2,028,000 including prizes from nearly 18,000 participants! Well done.

Update 6:15pm: Just a minute ago, we officially hit the 13,000 mark for number of donors! At more than $1.3 million dollars, we’re doing well. There’s plenty of time left though! Have you asked your neighbors to Give to the Max?

Update 3:30pm: We’ve hit the million dollar mark, but we have a ways to go to reach our $3 million goal. Keep spreading the word!

Update 12:00pm: We’re halfway through Give to the Max Day with more than $530,000 from 5,300 donors. That’s fantastic, but let’s pick up the pace!

9:45 am: It’s finally here! We’re almost ten hours into Give to the Max Day – the ten hours where most people were asleep or getting ready for work – and $300,000 has already been donated by more than 2,600 donors. Now that you’ve settled in and had your first cup of coffee, here’s how you can help:

  •  Visit the Give to the Max website and find a nonprofit or cause that you support. Then donate!
  • Send an email to your colleagues and a text message to your friends. Tell them to find a nonprofit or cause that they support and donate!
  • Post about Give to the Max on your Twitter and Facebook pages. Encourage your friends to do the same.
  • This afternoon, when you are thinking about getting that $5.00 gingerbread latte from Starbucks, take that money (and the money from tomorrow’s Starbucks run, too!) and donate it to your favorite cause instead.

Give to the Max right now…Halloween shooting victim was DYRS ward…Most people see deepening wealth gap [News, 11.9.11]

It’s finally here! Give to the Max Day is in full swing. Have you donated to your favorite cause yet? Our region is aiming for $3 million by 11:59pm tonight – but let’s aim higher!

Find your favorite nonprofit and make a donation – any amount helps. Then, encourage all of your friends and neighbors to find a nonprofit to support. While you’re standing in line waiting to buy your lunch, started yelling “GIVE TO THE MAX!” at the top of your lungs. Yes, people will think you’re crazy, but they’ll remember what you were yelling.

Related: Give to the Max pages for the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and the Washington AIDS Partnership

EQUITY | Poll shows most see deepening wealth gap (WaPo, 11/9) “More than six in 10 Americans see a widening gap…about as many want the federal government to try to shrink the divide.”

JUVENILE JUSTICE | The 17-year-old who was shot in Georgetown on Halloween died last night – and he was a ward of D.C.’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services when he was shot. Under court order, the agency was supposed to transfer him to a facility in Pennsylvania. The transfer never took place, so a judge ordered him to be sent to the New Beginnings facility. Instead he was allowed to simply go home. (Examiner, 11/9)

In the last year-and-a-half, ten wards of the agency who were supposed to have been in custody have instead been accused of murder, and at least seven others have been murdered.

YOUTH/HEALTH | Children’s Hospital to bring mobile health care to Prince George’s (WaPo, 11/9)

HEALTH | Maryland state officials have announced a plan to grow the state’s primary care workforce by 25 percent over the next ten years. (Sun, 11/9)

VOTE | Here are the results of yesterday’s elections in Virginia. (WaPo, 11/9)

EARTHQUAKE! | President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for D.C. which frees up federal funding for earthquake-related repairs. (WAMU, 11/9) I love writing “EARTHQUAKE!”

FACTOID | For Give to the Max Day, we have a Philanthropy Factoid Wednesday about the rise of individual philanthropic giving in the early 20th century. (WG Daily, 11/9)


Last night, a giant asteroid passed between Earth and the moon. The galactic event reminded me of a really great article from The Atlantic about a man named Freeman Dyson – a genius physicist who developed a way of getting to Mars, Jupiter, and beyond.

Making virtual lemonade tomorrow…Virginia hits the polls…Mark Bolgiano named VP and CIO at Council on Foundations [News, 11.8.11]

The final countdown! Give to the Max Day starts at midnight tonight. Who can participate? Literally everyone! It’s the perfect opportunity to get your friends to support your favorite nonprofit.

As we get ready, Tamara has a sweet metaphor for Give to the Max Day – “Virtual Lemonade!” Read her post on the Region Forward blog:

The continuing instability of the markets looks like a yo-yo – up and down, up and down. Tightening budgets are leading to significant reductions in government funding. And the expected wind-down of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s local giving is reshaping the corporate grantmaking landscape in our region.

With all those economic “lemons,” now comes a creative effort to make virtual lemonade in metropolitan Washington.

Related editorial: Local nonprofits hope to benefit from one-day, online-only fundraiser (WaPo, 11/8)

VOTE | Virginians – don’t forget to make a quick trip to the polls today to vote for your state senators, state delegates, county supervisors, and school boards. Look up your voting location and ballots here.

COMMUNITY | The Council on Foundations has named Mark Bolgiano as its new vice president and CIO. Read more about Mark.

EDUCATION
– New data show that more than forty percent of the District’s public school population is enrolled in charter schools. (WaPo, 11/8)

– Prince George’s schools are looking at a $43 million budget gap next year due to drops in enrollment and tax revenue. (Examiner, 11/8)

YOUTH/MENTAL HEALTH | Safety nets for mentally ill children are full of holes (WaPo, 11/8) “We have all kinds of safety nets in place to ensure that children are able to get vaccinations, annual doctor visits and cold medicine. Yet mental health, in most cases, is an afterthought.”

TRANSIT | Metro will start single-tracking on huge chunks of the Red Line during regular weekday evenings. (Examiner, 11/8) So basically, don’t rely on the Red Line on weekdays or the weekend.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
– National Capital Philanthropy Day 2011 is one week from today. The event celebrates the philanthropic leadership of nonprofits, individuals, businesses, and funders. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, and to celebrate they’ve created a video that features former awardees – including The Meyer Foundation’s Julie Rogers! More information here on registration.


So the White House has gone on record saying that it has no evidence that extraterrestrials exist. But as we all know from Independence Day, the president isn’t told about such things. Case in point, Area 51 was kept a secret from the movie’s president!

Just joking around. 

Give to the Max Day – Virtual Lemonade!

NOTE: The following post was originally published on the Region Forward blog.


Give to the Max Day – Virtual Lemonade!

November 8th, 2011

Tamara Lucas Copeland, President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG)

The continuing instability of the markets looks like a yo-yo – up and down, up and down. Tightening budgets are leading to significant reductions in government funding. And the expected wind-down of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s local giving is reshaping the corporate grantmaking landscape in our region.

With all those economic “lemons,” now comes a creative effort to make virtual lemonade in metropolitan Washington.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9, thousands of area nonprofits will unite to raise millions of dollars as part of the first annual Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington (www.give2max.org), a massive one-day regional online fundraiser to support local programs. Nonprofits that serve the Greater Washington region will ask donors to display their generosity in a region-wide competition to raise as much money and as many supporters as possible.

For 24 hours, starting at midnight tonight, nonprofits will drive their supporters online to donate, with the goal of getting at least 10,000 people to support their favorite regional charity and raising more than $3 million in donations and grants in a single day!

Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington was created by online fundraiser Razoo, and organized and supported by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and United Way of the National Capital Area. The other six members of the “Eight Neighbors” group—an alliance of local leading nonprofit and civic organizations have also come together to support this event: Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Leadership Greater Washington, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

These and other nonprofits will use their social media outlets to attract donors and build a new donor base of tech-savvy millennials.

Now, there are a few things that you can do to make this event a phenomenal success in our region. Encourage your friends to give. Encourage your family to give. And, most importantly, you can lead by example and make a personal gift to the nonprofit of your choice.

I plan to give to my favorite charity on November 9via Give2Max.org. Will you?

Calvert Foundation’s Lisa Hall talks impact investing with Forbes [News, 10.21.11]

PEOPLE | In a recent interview with Forbes (10/20), Lisa Hall, President and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, and member of the Finance Committee of WRAG’s Board of Directors, discussed the importance of impact investing in addressing the widening economic inequality in our society:

Impact investment creates a virtuous circle of empowerment, opportunity, and engagement by connecting investors, underprivileged individuals, and communities. We need more people to get involved in impact investing because it is a critical part of the solution to closing the wealth gap…We need to act. And growing awareness about the possibilities is the best way to get investors to rethink their portfolios. Once people understand the concept, they get on board – some trying it out at the $20 level and others committing to more, investing millions.

EDUCATION | In an effort to address inequality in teacher quality across the city, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has put forth a proposal to waive the IMPACT teacher evaluations for teachers willing to work at high-poverty schools.  (Examiner, 10/20)

POVERTY | A food pantry in Prince William County that serves over 1,000 people is shutting down until November 1, due to a lack of food and cash donations. (WAMU, 10/20)

HEALTH
– D.C. Councilmember Catania introduced legislation earlier this week to address the lack of information available to seniors on HIV/AIDS. Among other initiatives, the legislation calls for the recruitment and training of older adults to serve as peer educators.

– A new report from the Institute of Medicine calls for the FDA to put simple labels on the front of food products to advertise their relative healthfulness. The labels would allow consumers to make healthier decisions when purchasing food without having to analyze the nutrition facts themselves. (WaPo, 10/20)

WEALTH | Reports on census data showing that the Washington region is the wealthiest in the nation got a lot of play this week, but here’s an important reminder from Richard Florida that household income is not the same as wages. On that critical measure, we only rank 57th. (Atlantic Cities, 10/20)

GIVING | Here’s a close look at the philanthropic habits of the current crop of presidential contenders. (Huffington Post, 10/21)

ENVIRONMENT | A new report rates Maryland 10th in the country for energy savings, partially due to 2008 legislation that requires utility companies to help customers save energy. (WAMU, 10/20)

NONPROFITS | Create your own Twibbon for Give to the Max Day (and don’t forget – it’s coming up on November 9)!


I don’t know very much about astronomy/cosmology/geology/science so reading about things like this pretty much blows my mind: “Life-giving H2O was almost certainly delivered to Earth via comets and asteroids known to originate in these cold but water-filled zones [175 light-years away], which were assumed to also be present when our solar system was forming.” Whoa.

 – Rebekah

The Community Foundation and Walmart announce $1.25 million for workforce development programs [News, 10.13.11]

WORKFORCE
– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Walmart Foundation have announced $1.25 million in workforce development grants as part of the DC Urban Workforce Development Initiative, a partnership between the foundations and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Five local community-based organizations received awards, which will support programs to provide 2,000 District residents with literacy, customer service, and retail training. (CFNCR, 10/11)

Transgender job training program fast-tracked after attacks (Examiner, 10/12)

HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT/EDUCATION | School officials in Loudoun County want to provide more locally grown produce in their cafeterias, but are finding that farms in the county, which used to produce enough to feed the region, aren’t large enough to provide for the school system at an affordable cost. (WAMU, 10/12)

EDUCATION | WRAG’s Public Education Working Group recently met with Dr. Joshua Starr, the new superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, to hear about his plans for strengthening the county’s schools. (WG Daily, 10/12)

Related: MontCo schools chief concerned about competition (Examiner, 10/12)

COMMUNITY
– Christian recently caught up with Chris Shearer, the former associate executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation and former WRAG board member. Chris, now a program officer in the education program at the Hewlett Foundation, reflected on what he learned from his time in the WRAG community. (WG Daily, 10/12)

Washington AIDS Partnership is now on Twitter! Follow them at @WASHAIDS.

GIVE TO THE MAX | Nonprofits: If you can’t make it to the online fundraising training for Give to the Max Day tomorrow, you can stream it online at 9 am here.


– Rebekah

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)

EDUCATION
– 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!