Montgomery Moving Forward is a coalition of business, government, philanthropy, and other leaders organized by the Roundtable’s Montgomery County Community Program. Over the last 18 months, Montgomery Moving Forward’s work has followed the guidelines of Collective Impact, focusing on large-scale social outcomes by gathering all partners to learn, experiment, and advocate together.
Since 2013, Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery and Montgomery Moving Forward have hosted four learning symposia and conceived “Rx for Employability,” a pilot project to create sustainable and replicable career pathways in the health and wellness field. Over two years, Rx for Employability aims to help 210 individuals access a more lucrative career pathway.
As an important next step in this collaboration, today Montgomery Moving Forward hosted a press event to issue a Call to Action: Fueling our Future with Skilled Workers and Good Jobs. With endorsements from scores of business, community, education and local government leaders, the group calls for a new accountability to advance a “jobs culture” in Montgomery County. MMF urged elected officials to begin immediately to create a single workforce development authority, charged with closing the gap between the current demand for good jobs essential to a functioning and thriving economy, and the supply of skilled employees to fill them. Follow the twitter conversation by searching #MMFCall2Action.
The press event featured business, education and county leaders, who spoke with enthusiasm about our collective effort.
Haroon Makhtarzada, Co-Founder and CEO, Webs; Vice President, Digital Innovation, Vistaprint, grew up as a first generation American in Montgomery County. As the CEO of a tech company, he says hiring qualified workers was the hardest part of his job, and that local graduates are not graduating with leading edge skills.
Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President of Montgomery College made it clear that we need each other in Montgomery County, and we can only meet our collective challenges by working together and holding each other accountable.
County Executive Isiah Leggett accepted MMF’s Call to Action, sharing that he is dedicated and committed to fulfilling the recommendations.
The Call to Action details specific steps to be taken over the next two years in Montgomery County. Montgomery Moving Forward understands the importance of accountability, and is planning to provide a community update in 100 days.
We’ll use this space to provide updates on Montgomery’s progress on this exciting initiative, and it’s role as a best practices model for our region.
From the outside, the Washington area economy appears to be doing very well. Unemployment is lower here than in the rest of the US and incomes are comfortable for many.
But a closer look organized by Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery with two of the authors of Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Working and Living on the National Capital Region revealed that, in fact, most of the region’s residents are struggling. Wages are down and jobs are scarcer for those without a college degree. Income inequality is growing and poverty is up. And rising housing costs force residents to move farther out to find cheaper housing, saddling many of us with long and expensive commutes.
We know from Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery that there is already tremendous searching that is already going on related to economic and opportunity disparities. For example:
Montgomery County Councilmember Berliner has introduced legislation to establish a career pathways program in the county, and Councilmember Navarro is sponsoring a summit which has a goal of making recommendations to reduce the achievement gap and prepare students to be the workforce of tomorrow.
Still, looking regionally at trends and problems can provide insights beyond what can be seen from a strictly local level. The authors of Bursting the Bubble also challenge us to look regionally for possible solutions and opportunities to collaborate related to economic development. So, the Nonprofit Roundtable has organized a similar conversation for September 12th in Northern Virginia with The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis and DC Fiscal Policy Institute.
Welcome to the Nonprofit Roundtable’s new website. Over the past few months, we listened to you, our members and stakeholders, on what you most need and value from the Roundtable. Our new look reflects our commitment to you, and to our mission of advancing the leadership, vision, and voice of the nonprofit sector.
We hope you like what you see. This new design reflects our focus on the important work of leadership development and community building in the nonprofit sector. We are excited to provide even more resources for rich community dialogue, opportunities for innovation, and valuable programs to advance the sector.
With that in mind, we invite you to join fellow nonprofit leaders, at our upcoming events:
To celebrate our new website and branding, we’re giving away two pairs of complimentary tickets to our Board Chair-CEO Summit, to the first two members to correctly complete this scavenger hunt.
Please help us spread the word about our new website. Post this to Twitter: Congrats @NonprofitRT on your new website. Check it out www.nonprofitroundtable.org!
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Almost everyone who moves to the Washington Metropolitan region learns three things fairly quickly: how to use the Metro system, how to avoid being outside in August, and how hard it is to find affordable housing.
A brand new report, Housing Security In The Washington Region, is designed to illustrate the severity of the current gap between demand and supply. Its findings provide a road map for the solutions most needed to reduce our affordable housing needs, both locally and regionally.
Peter Tatian of The Urban Institute and Hilary Chapman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments presented key elements of the report at a public briefing on July 15. Some of the most remarkable findings include:
- Despite the fact that the majority of $33.4 million in philanthropic giving in 2012 went to homeless, transitional, or permanent supportive housing. January 2013 count data indicated 11,245 people were homeless in the Washington region. Further, 36% of adults in homeless families have employment.
- Almost half of all renter households in the region have struggled with high housing costs, including more than 150,000 households with severe housing cost burden. With an average sales price of $376,000, 75% of homes in the region are not affordable to low-income, first-time homebuyers. - Nearly half of private grant funding—and the majority of grants larger than $100,000—were disbursed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Freddie Mac Foundation, which largely ceased charitable giving in 2013.
This is a regional crisis that requires our attention, and collective resources in response. Having access to affordable, secure housing is fundamental to so many of our regions goals - including our economic well-being and ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce, to our education and transportation quality, environmental and public health, and community stability. We want to hear your thoughts on solutions to these challenges. Comment below or share your ideas on via Twitter and Facebook.
by Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomeryon June 26, 2014
On June 6th, Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery with Montgomery Moving Forward hosted a forum in the warehouse of Manna Food Center with candidates for Montgomery County Executive. Just three weeks before the primary, the forum, which was moderated by Lou Peck, of Bethesda magazine and filmed by Montgomery Community Media, was one of the best attended this election season with over 200 in attendance.
The forum brought on a lively discussion over social media as well. Click here to see what some folks were tweeting during the live event.
The candidates for County Executive -- Phil Andrews, Doug Duncan, Ike Leggett and Jim Shalleck -- shared their vision for Montgomery County and addressed questions related to jobs and workforce development, affordable housing, opportunity disparities, health and mental health care, safety net services and other topics of particular concern to the nonprofit sector. Click here to view the entirety of Candidates' Forum.
Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery also invited candidates for Montgomery County Council to complete a short questionnaire about issues that affect the county's nonprofit sector and our stakeholders including the more than 500,000 residents who receive services, more than 43,300 employees and tens of thousands of neighbors who serve on nonprofit Boards and volunteer time.
We hope the forum and the responses to this questionnaire not only helped you and other voters make choices during the primary, but also fostered discussion among candidates and voters about issues that affect our nonprofit community and the people we serve.
I'm pleased to report that more than 550 nonprofits serving the national capital area are participating in this year's Do More 24, which kicks off at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 19th.
Last year, the first Do More 24 netted $1.3 million for 500 nonprofits through 15,223 donations made by 11,000 donors. If the number of participating nonprofits and the growing-by-the-day community and regional support are any indication, this year's Do More 24 will do even more to help address our region's most pressing issues and boost the vitality of nonprofits serving our neighbors in need.
In addition to the corporations, coalitions and media organizations who signed on earlier this year as 2014 Do More 24 champions and partners, as well as the support of the Nonprofit Roundtable and the regional nonprofit community, local restaurants and businesses are saying "yes" to nonprofits in their neighborhoods by offering special promotions and hosting Do More 24 events. For example, Girls on the Run-DC found local Do More 24 allies in Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro and Vapiano as well as the Athleta Georgetown store.
Most importantly, I encourage everyone, whether you work at a 2014 Do More 24 participating nonprofit or not, to help connect as many of our region's nationally ranked online donors – from the more mature and veteran givers to, especially, the younger and first-time givers – with Do More 24 so they can "give where they live" on June 19.
Your tweets using #domore24 and posts on Facebook and LinkedIn will make a difference. To make that quick and easy, we have samples in the Do More 24 toolkit, which we invite you to check out as a resource not only for Do More 24, but as a general resource for all of your outreach.
Finally, on June 19 please visit domore24.org and make a donation to your favorite nonprofit or to the cause you care about the most! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kelly Brinkley is Chief Operating Officer of United Way of the National Capital Area. You can follow United Way NCA and Do More 24 at facebook.com/unitedwaynca and @UWNCA.
In this week's Through the Noise, Pandit Wright gives us some insights on how she steers her organization to make a difference with after school programs for the DMV area kids. She talks about the transition from board member to executive staff, the challenges of funding programs, and measuring community impact.
After almost 30 years in corporate HR and senior leadership positions around the world, in 2009 Pandit Wright became President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. After having served 10 years on the organization’s Board of Directors, Wright was in a unique position to embrace the challenges brought on by a tough economy, organizational mergers and rising demands in the needs of Club members – kids and teens who need us most.
BGCGW is dedicated to providing the 1200 kids and teens it serves daily with the experiences and skills necessary to help them become productive, healthy citizens contributing to their communities and country.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Through the Noise is a partner of the Nonprofit Roundtable; is produced by Infamia, a website management strategy company for nonprofits; and Human Factor, an award-winning music and sound design production company for all media projects. Subscribe to Through the Noise on iTunes
In this week's Through the Noise podcast, "Do You Know Your Top Followers?", Jake Lloyd talks about his work with Roundtable member DC SCORES. Jake shares his tips on how he keeps in touch with DC SCORES' top followers and helps guide them into supporting their regional and national work. Through the Noise is a weekly podcast that explores "the business of communicating" through conversations with executive directors, CEOs, communications directors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals who deal with the management - technical or creative - process of communications. Listen to the full podcast here.
As Communications Manager, Jake is responsible for all of DC SCORES' marketing efforts, including managing eight social media networks, building relationships with traditional media, and leading online fundraising campaigns. Additionally, Jake — also a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press — organizes the DC SCORES Cup, Washington, DC area's largest charity soccer tournament.
DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools by instilling self-expression through poetry, physical fitness through soccer, and sense of community through service-learning. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Through the Noise is a partner of the Nonprofit Roundtable; is produced by Infamia, a website management strategy company for nonprofits; and Human Factor, an award-winning music and sound design production company for all media projects.
The Nonprofit Roundtable's Future Executive Directors Fellowship exceeded my expectations. When I applied I was at a point in my career where I could imagine running an organization in the future. I had no real idea what the role of the executive director looked like and what kind of skills I would need to be successful at it. The leadership skills that I learned have proved invaluable to me in my new role as President of BlackStar Consulting LLC.
During the Furture EDs program, fellows have to complete a stretch assignment that challenges them to develop a skillset that will be beneficial in their role as an executive director. For my assignment I chose fundraising with a focus on foundations and individual donors.This project connected me with one of my future business clients. I have also applied that knowledge in my teaching as an adjunct professor of fundraising and resource development.I anticipated being surrounded by some of the most talented and thoughtful up-and-coming leaders in our area, but their skills and the quality of ourdiscussions were even better than I could have hoped. Every session provided valuable information for leading a nonprofit organization, which provided me with tools and strategies I utilize to this day. The facilitation was structured without being confining and the presenters were very knowledgeable. Pairing each fellow with a current executive director was also very helpful.
Participation in the fellowship also gave me a connection to the Roundtable and their affiliate organizations. Finally, you will develop very good friends and colleagues over the course of the fellowship. I made connections with people that I never would have imagined but am incredibly grateful for. Every moment in the fellowship is time well spent, and you will leave with a solid understanding of the expectations, realities, and responsibilities of being an executive director.
I strongly recommend this fellowship to anyone that is interested in taking his or her career to next level.