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Welcome the 2014 Karel Fellows
The Roundtable is excited to welcome our 2014 class of Karel Fellows. The Frank Karel Public Interest Communications Fellowship program honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established and nurtured the field of strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as Chief Communications Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. The program builds on Karel’s vision for expanding and diversifying the field of public interest communications. Meet our 2014 Karel Fellows here.
Local Economy Good for Some, But Leaving Others Behind
Most workers in the national capital region are struggling just to get by, seeing their wages stagnate or fall while the highest earners are enjoying strong wage growth, according to a new region-wide report -- Bursting the Bubble -- published by the Maryland Center for Economic Policy, The Commonwealth Institute (of Virginia), and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. The study takes a close look at census data and shows how workers are faring across the region as a whole. The conclusion: inequality is growing as top earners race ahead of those in the middle and the bottom.
The Roundtable will be organizing local conversations with the authors in order to drill down on the data and action steps. Details to follow.
Giving USA Reports Philanthropy on the Rise
Total charitable giving by American individuals, foundations, estates and corporations rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2013. In fact, total giving increased by 4.4% to $335.17 billion in 2013. The single largest influence on this increase was the additional $9.69 billion in gifts made by individuals over 2012, according to Giving USA 2014, an annual study released last week. This generally good news masks a 1.9% decrease in giving by corporations. To read The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s analysis of the study, click here.
Young Playwright's Theater Wins Post Award
Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT) received the Washington Post's 2014 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Selected by a panel of 25 executives, YPT was acknowledged for board engagement, risk management practices, strategic collaboration to achieve results, development and implementation of a communications toolkit with training for board and staff, and active engagement of board and staff through budget creation and approval. Previous awardees include Roundtable members Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Tahirih Justice Center, and N Street Village.
Giving Circle of HOPE's Grant Opportunity
On July 9th, Giving Circle of HOPE will kick off the application process for its 2014 grant cycle for organizations that help those in need in Northern Virginia with a luncheon and briefing. Applications will be accepted through August 15th. For additional information and to apply click here.
Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Latino Youth in Montgomery County
Identity, Inc. and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region asked nearly 1,000 young people in Montgomery County to share why they disconnect versus why they stay engaged and graduated from high school. At a June 19th press conference at Gaithersburg High School, hundreds of adults listened to their collective stories, as well as to the resulting recommendations.
“It takes a village and the village needs to include the Latino community,” said Diego Uriburu, Executive Director of Identity, Inc.
Click here to learn more about the role of schools, nonprofits, families and students. Read more about the data here.
Prince George's County Development Project Yields Major Contributions for the Nonprofit Community
Prince George's County and MGM have announced a community benefits agreement to accompany the MGM National Harbor project, which includes a substantial contribution to The Community Foundation and Prince George's County's nonprofit community. This agreement recognizes that nonprofits are essential to delivering critical services to County residents along with being a vital resource to the economic and community development and growth of the County. Read more about the agreement here.
Capital One Named #1 at Washington Business Journal 2014 Corporate Philanthropy Awards
The Washington Business Journal acknowledged companies committed to corporate giving and philanthropy during their recent annual awards ceremony. “Efforts to provide resources and opportunities for businesses to get involved in causes that directly impact the local community are exceptionally important,” noted Diana Léon-Taylor, President of the Nonprofit Roundtable. Other corporate members of the Roundtable that were recognized for outstanding philanthropic initiatives include: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente, Clark Enterprises, Inc., Deloitte and IBM.
"Do More 24" Raises Huge Dollars for Nonprofit Organizations in the Region
More than $1.1 million was raised online for the National Capital Area, and the local nonprofits that help to meet the biggest needs and challenges within our community. Congratulations to all who participated in this wonderful local day of giving organized by United Way of the National Capital Area.
While everyone who participated in this event was rewarded, we wanted to highlight a few of our members who won in their categories.
Most Unique Donors for the Day - Little Lights Urban Ministries
Most Dollars Raised: Health & Human Services - Little Lights Urban Ministries
Most Unique Donors : Health & Human Services - Mary's Center
Most Unique Donors: Financial Stability - Latino Economic Development Center
Most Dollars Raised: Financial Stability - Latino Economic Development Center
Members in Transition
The Board of Directors of DC SCORES
announced Bethany Rubin Henderson as their new Executive Director. Ms. Rubin is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur, Echoing Green Fellow, and recent White House Fellow. “We have found an excellent new leader for DC SCORES who will build on the extraordinary foundation, vision, strategy and team that Amy Nakamoto has so effectively put in place during her tenure,” said Kevin Alansky and Stephen Replogle, co-Chairs of the DC SCORES Board of Directors. “Bethany brings leadership, passion and a deep commitment to public service and entrepreneurship. We look forward to Bethany leading us to and through our next exciting phase of growth.”
The Board of Directors of Jewish Social Service Agency announced that Todd
Schenk, M.ED., MBA will become their next CEO effective September 1, 2014. Mr.
Schenck's experience overseeing social service programs and initiatives as well as serving as a dedicated advocate of underserved communities will serve the organization well. Mr.
Schenk is transitioning from the role of COO and nearly two decades of work with Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services.
Interfaith Works' Board of Directors has named Shane Rock as its new CEO. Mr. Rock comes to Interfaith Works following an extensive career in the social services arena. Most recently, he was Director of Operations for Senior Services for the Jewish Social Services Agency in Rockville, one of Interfaith Works' community partners. He will join the organization July 21.
DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative announced Mary Brown will join the organization as their Executive Director. Ms. Brown will guide the organization’s focus of building strong communities through humanitarian programs. Ms. Brown will be transitioning from her nearly 20 year role as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Life Pieces To Masterpieces.
Life Pieces To Masterpieces announced Selvon Malcolm Waldron as the organization's new Executive Director. Mr. Waldron, who joined the organization in 2012 as Director of Development and Grants, has provided excellent leadership and solidified the organization's sustainability in his role. Mr. Waldron's wealth of experience and dedication makes him poised to guide the organization as leaders in black male development.
Members in the News
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington published Catholic Impact 2014 in celebration of the archdiocese’s 75th anniversary, illustrating wide-reaching impact that the Archdiocese of Washington has had on the lives of millions of people in the fields of education, social services and health care, the Bay Net reports.
The 12th Annual DC SCORES Cup tournament featured 32 teams and raised over $120,000. Congratulations on meeting your Gooooooal!
College Park officials have announced a partnership with the Healthy Eating Active Living, or HEAL, Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, a program of the Institute for Public Health Innovation, in an effort to make its community healthier, the Gazette reports.
Let’s Help Kids welcomed two new members to their enthusiastic board of directors: Michael Delpierre, CEO of Conversion Pipeline, and Nancy Shafer, CEO of BRAVO! Events by Design, PR Web reports.
Thirty-two Apartments, a project jointly developed by Mi Casa Inc. and The Neighborhood Development Company, was recognized at the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers Annual Awards Luncheon by being awarded the Best Large Affordable Housing Project in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region, according to Digital Journal.
Montgomery Housing Partnership and the Donohoe Cos. plan to start work on an 11-story, age-restricted affordable housing project high-rise in Silver Spring. Planned to be completed by 2016, 149 rental units set aside for residents aged 62 or older, Biz Journal reports.
Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington was honored by the General Assembly for 40 years of providing assistance to those who are emerging from incarceration or have been ordered to perform community service in Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church, according to Inside Nova.
The Tahirih Justice Center presented its ambitious plan for growth at the 2014 Symposium on Scaling Social Impact in New York City.
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