Tag: Washington DC

Have a question about the revised Common Grant Application?

Earlier this week the Foundation Center hosted the first of two informational sessions about WRAG’s revised Common Grant Application (CGA) and related forms. Miyesha Perry Chappell of the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and chair of the Common Grant Application Streamlining Committee spoke with nonprofit organizations about how best to approach some of the application questions. Here are some highlights:

Boards of Directors: Through this new question, funders are looking to find out about the role of organizations’ boards. Does the board help fundraise? Set organizational policies and procedures? Evaluate the executive director? Are there committees of the board? Funders like to know how potential grantees are governed.

Evaluation: The application now places more emphasis on results than on outputs and outcomes, and allows grantseekers to be more flexible in how they describe the goals of their work. Be sure to describe what it is you plan to achieve, how you will measure your success, and the timeline for accomplishing it.

Financials: Always include both pending requests to other funders and other grants that have already been committed. All program officers require this information, but it is often omitted in proposals.

Reports: Be honest about the challenges your organization faces and realistic about how you address them.

To find out Miyesha’s personal top five tips for grantseekers, register for the final information session on June 20 at the Foundation Center.

To get stronger in a bad economy, two leading nonprofits merge [News, 11.2.11]

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 FundMore 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.

Are you (yes, you!) ready to Give to the Max?

Mark your calendars! Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington is November 9th, 2011!

What is Give to the Max Day? It’s a one-day online giving event aimed at getting tens of thousands of people (that means you, your friends, your family, and that annoying office worker who leaves dirty dishes in the sink) to support their favorite nonprofits and causes. The goal? Raising more than $3 million in donations and grants for nonprofits across the Greater Washington region in just 24 hours.

At the press announcement last week, we asked Terri Freeman, president of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Bill Hanbury, CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, to talk about why they’re excited about Give to the Max Day.

Learn more – and spread the word!

Give to the Max: Greater Washington
Rules (and Awards!)
Frequently Asked Questions
For WRAG members: Special webinar on what you can do as grantmakers (Sept. 26)

Hot off the press:

Nonprofits to try to raise millions in one day (Washington Post, 9/16)
Razoo plans fundraising campaign for D.C.-area nonprofits (Washington Business Journal, 9/16)

Give to the Max Day is led 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 coalition – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, The Community Foundation, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Leadership Greater Washington, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Nonprofit Roundtable, United Way, and WRAG.

New director of social innovation office named…From juvenile justice to the barber shop…DC to test health and sex ed [News, 9.15.11]

SOCIAL INNOVATION | Following the departure of Sonal Shah, the White House has named Jonathan Greenblatt as the new director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Among other things, Greenblatt helped create All for Good, envisioned as “Craigslist for volunteers.” (Chronicle, 9/15)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | 54th and Cutz teaches youth involved in D.C.’s juvenile justice system how to be barbers. It also provides a strong community – one participant calls it a “community of uncles” – and gives back by offering free haircuts to local residents and the homeless. (WAMU, 9/15)

– This spring, the District’s public and charter schools will begin offering the first “statewide standardized test on health and sex education” – the 50-question exam was developed for grades 5, 8, and 10. (WaPo, 9/15)

SAT scores fall across area and nation (Examiner, 9/15) And this is after they dropped analogies from the test!

– Paul Tough takes a look at the KIPP school model and asks, What if the Secret to Success is Failure? (NYTimes, 9/15)

PREPAREDNESS | Officials in the region are concerned that local disaster preparedness isn’t sufficient – especially for unexpected events like earthquakes. (Examiner, 9/15) Hindsight is 20/20, but who would have thought we needed to prepare for earthquakes? Should we plan for unexpected volcanoes, too?

COMMUNITY | Inaugural executive director of the Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County and all-around good guy, Jerry Adams, has announced that he will retire at the end of 2011. Congratulations, Jerry!

TRANSIT/WORKFORCE | Opinion: Streetcar to GU should top Mayor Gray’s jobs agenda (GGW, 9/15)

HIV/AIDS | The Washington AIDS Partnership’s Jenn Jue cites a Post article about community health workers and talks about the Positive Pathways initiative. (WG Daily, 9/15)

The brand-spankin’ new Fillmore opens in Silver Spring tonight! I can’t wait to check it out. Obviously it will never be as phenomenally awesome as the 9:30 Club, but the more music venues, the merrier, says I.

Positive Pathways participant highlighted in the Washington Post

By Jennifer Jue, Program Officer, Washington AIDS Partnership

The Washington Post recently profiled Sabrina Heard, a Women’s Collective staff member who is one of twelve Community Health Workers recruited, trained, and funded by the Washington AIDS Partnership’s Positive Pathways Initiative. Positive Pathways is an innovative new project that assists out-of-care HIV-positive African Americans living in Wards 5,6, 7, & 8 to access HIV medical care, with a particular focus on women and their partners.

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are placed in community and primary care settings with the goal of identifying out-of-care HIV-positive individuals. CHWs focus on building peer-based trust and informing individuals about the challenges of living with HIV. They provide personalized assistance to help these individuals enter and navigate service systems, and they support them throughout the early part of their medical care until they become fully engaged.

We’re excited that Sabrina was highlighted in the Post. She and her eleven amazing colleagues in Positive Pathways are doing important work to get people back into care.

Positive Pathways participants

Positive Pathways is funded through the AIDS United Access to Care Initiative, supported by a grant from the Social Innovation Fund; Consumer Health Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; MAC AIDS Fund; and the World Bank.