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What You Need To Know
What are the Candidates in Montgomery County Saying to Nonprofits?
Last week, Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery with Montgomery Moving Forward hosted a forum at Manna Food Center with candidates for Montgomery County Executive. Just three weeks before the primary, the forum was one of the best attended this election season with over 200 in attendance. Click here to see what some folks were tweeting during the live event.
The candidates for County Executive 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.
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 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 help you and other voters make choices, but also foster discussion among candidates and voters about issues that affect our nonprofit community and the people we serve.
Early voting begins on June 12th and the primary election takes place on June 24th.
Montgomery Moving Forward Career Pathways Testimony
On behalf of Montgomery Moving Forward, Project Director Sharon Friedman delivered testimony at a Montgomery County Council Public Hearing regarding the merits of Career Pathways as one important approach to helping residents prepare for the workplace. Washington Post Columnist Jay Mathews recently wrote about the value of the national Pathways to Prosperity movement.
Interview: How to Start Your Own Nonprofit
Our President & CEO, Diana Léon-Taylor, appeared on The Daily Drum with Harold Fisher for a discussion on how to start your own nonprofit. Joined by Glen O'Gilvie, CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the conversation provided a wealth of information on determining your mission and intentions, researching nonprofit structures, revenue streams and funding, and more.
New Report: “Supporting Our Region’s Veterans”
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the United Way of the National Capital Area and with the support of Deloitte Consulting, released “Supporting Our Region’s Veterans,” a report that assesses the demographics and network of support services available for post-9/11 war veterans, transitioning service members, and military families in the Northern Virginia region.
The report is one of a series of publications commissioned by the Community Foundation to inform, and inspire meaningful dialogue, and increase philanthropic and public investment surrounding critical community needs. It was developed to gain a more sophisticated, data-driven understanding of support available to Northern Virginia’s veterans, and to provide the Community Foundation, United Way NCA, and other local community-based organizations and philanthropists with the insights needed to strategically target and coordinate grant dollars toward the greatest needs. The full report can be downloaded here.
New Program for Early-Tenure Executive Directors
A CompassPoint program delivered in partnership with Meyer Foundation, the Executive Leadership Intensive is a three-day training and coaching program for early-tenure executive directors that addresses the most common areas—fundraising, human resources, and board development—raised by participants of Meyer's Listening Project. Find out more here.
After surveying nearly 100 executive directors in the Listening Project, the Meyer Foundation gleaned key insights into what the significant challenges to nonprofit leaders' effectiveness are. Read more in this edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
21st Century Grant Opportunity
Are you a nonprofit organization with progressive ideas and an innovative approach for solving community challenges? NBC Universal Foundation and NBC Universal owned stations, including NBC Washington, have announced the “21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge.” The competitive grant is designed to acknowledge and aid organizations who are offering a fresh perspective on how to address local community issues. Applications are sought, through August 8th, from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in greater Washington, D.C. area and nine additional markets served by NBC Universal. For additional information and to apply click here.
Blog Posts of the Week
Do More 24 is Just Around the Corner!
Do More 24 is back this year on June 19th, with over 550 local nonprofits participating in the day of online giving. 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. For more information about the event and a note from United Way NCA's COO Kelly Brinkley, click here.
Making a Difference in the community by Helping Young People Grow
This week's Through the Noise podcast features Pandit Wright, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Pandit gives valuable insights on how she steers her organization to make a difference with after school programs for the children in the greater Washington area along with talking about the transition from board member to executive staff, the challenges of funding programs, and measuring community impact. The Nonprofit Roundtable is a partner of Through the Noise which 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.
Members in the News
Casa de Maryland
and the NAACP are joining forces over concerns about a wave of violence involving and impacting African-American and Latino youths, WBALTV 11
held its Studio R.O.C.K.S Cultural Immersion Community event at their Columbia Heights Education Campus in Washington, DC, columnist Miss A
, which trains youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities, was featured by WJLA ABC 7
Backed by a multiyear, $28-million grant and support from people such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative
offers services to parents and children to tackle generational poverty with a fresh approach, according to the Grio
and the Observer-Reporter
Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and CEO of Family Matters of Greater Washington
, wrote on AFRO
that the nonprofit’s Ways to Work program is “one example of how we can build our economy by giving hard-working families a hand up rather than a hand out.”
Under Armour is entering a multi-year partnership with Fight For Children
to continue to support programs that increase access to athletics, improve academic performance, and promote school readiness in our local youth, reports Bloomberg Businessweek
Terri Ludwig, President and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners Inc.
, published a commentary
calling for commitment to honoring veterans beyond Memorial Day by ensuring they have a decent, affordable place to call home.
Richard Jaeggi, Founder of Gandhi Brigade
, passed away. He had “a strong voice in our community, but he gave it to young people who otherwise might not get heard,” Dan Reed wrote on a Washington Post blog
. A tribute was also published in the Gazette
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) just announced that three Mary’s Center
clinics have received Recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships, according to this press release
On June 12, Montgomery Housing Partnership
and The Donohoe Cos. will break ground on The Bonifant at Silver Spring, an 11-story high-rise with 149 apartments for seniors, the Gazette
To provide women and girls of color from high need communities with the resources and support they need to be successful emotionally, educationally and professionally, YWCA National Capital Area
is ending fitness classes to make room for workplace and literacy training, the Washington Post
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