Citing WRAG’s latest giving report data on the recession’s impact on local giving, a Washington Post article points out that nonprofits have been faced with a serious challenge – doing more with less funding. To meet this challenge, two of the region’s leading nonprofits have decided to merge.
Miriam’s House and N Street Village are both focused on homeless women, but each one has unique strengths. Miriam’s House provides housing and health services for women with HIV/AIDS and N Street Village provides mental health, housing, and employment services. Together, the two will offer a more comprehensive spectrum of services.
The Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers – a WRAG Board member – tells the Post that while not many nonprofits have merged, there has been “heightened interest” in the idea (WaPo, 11/2):
Between 1995 and 2003, the foundation supported at most three organizations interested in merging, Moyers said. Since 2009, eight groups, including the N Street Village, have sought financial support to merge.
Miriam’s House is a long-time grantee of the Washington AIDS Partnership, which worked closely with the two organizations to support the merger. Channing Wickham, the Partnership’s executive director, says:
We’re incredibly enthusiastic about the merger. It will provide essential HIV/AIDS services to a much wider number of women. We’re working with N Street Village to help support several aspects of the merger including the development of best practices around HIV/AIDS and homeless women.
The merger is also receiving major support from the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
WORKFORCE | Prince George’s County has approved a $50 million economic development fund to attract businesses and grow jobs in the country. (WaPo, 11/2)
HEALTH | I missed this last week – Opinion: The District is healthier, but still sick (Examiner, 10/27)
EDUCATION | Here’s an awesome incentive for working hard. Four hundred students at Prince George’s Central High School were rewarded for good grades, positive behavior, and perfect attendance with a surprise performance from rapper and D.C. native Wale. (WTOP, 11/2)
REGION | The Pentagon will provide around $270 million to support transportation projects related to the expansion of Walter Reed in Bethesda and Fort Belvoir in Fairfax. (WaPo, 11/2)
NONPROFITS | ‘Hyperpartisanship’ Dominates Concerns of Nonprofit Leaders (Chronicle, 11/2)
FACTOID | Today’s Philanthropy Factoid Wednesday has to do with etymology, ancient Greece, fire, Titans, and other such epic things. (WG Daily, 11/2)
TRAVEL | Tamara is leading a group of WRAG members on a learning tour at the Cleveland Foundation today. We’ll have more on the trip later, but you can follow her today on Twitter.
HISTORY | A neat collection of rare images from the District circa 1968-69. (HuffPo, 11/2)
– We’re one week out from Give to the Max Day! Are you ready to give?
– National Capital Philanthropy Day 2011 will take place on Nov. 15. The event celebrates the philanthropic leadership of nonprofits, individuals, businesses, and funders. Honorees include David Whitehead of the AARP Foundation, Deloitte LLP and The Agua Fund. More information here on registration.
Lots of news, no time for jokes today! But, I do have time for one complaint. It’s too early for Christmas music! I politely request that all stores and public spaces refrain from musically wishing me Feliz Navidad until I’ve at least finished my Halloween candy. Thank you.