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Save the Date for our 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Impact, Involve, Inspire: Our 40th Anniversary Celebration

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 40th anniversary on March 17 - even an unexpected March snowstorm couldn't stop the party! We were honored to feature performances of musical theatre, spoken word, African dance, music, and much more from some of our region's most exciting performing artists and nonprofits. Above all we were so grateful to be able to connect with each of you personally - our nonprofit partners, donors, funding colleagues, and friends, who help make our region so great. Click here to read more and to see some of our favorite photos. 

 

Date: 1/31/2014
Here for Good, Here Forever

Here for Good, Here Forever

By Terri Lee Freeman, President

As I think about our upcoming 40th Anniversary, I reflect on how much good we at The Community Foundation have been able to accomplish with the support of our donors. Reading through our newly published impact report – Equity, Access & Opportunity – I am struck by the breadth and depth of our impact throughout the region. But I am often troubled by what I know is a sobering fact: we are vulnerable to the unpredictable. At any time we could be hit by a regional or national tragedy that requires our support. What we must do now – as the economy is recovering and folks are seeing accumulated gains in their portfolios again – is build endowment so that when the unthinkable happens and dollars go flying out the door (as we want them to do!) we will have a financial cushion to fall back on– thereby ensuring that we can continue to fulfill our mission in perpetuity good times and bad. Read more. 

 

Date: 1/30/2014
POSTPONED: 2014 Annual Meeting

POSTPONED: 2014 Annual Meeting

Due to the threat of inclement weather conditions across our region tomorrow, January 21, 2014, we are postponing our Annual Meeting originally scheduled at 9:30am. (Minding the Gap: A Conversation about Philanthropy’s Role in Reducing Poverty and Economic Inequality in our Region). Please stay tuned for the new date and time – we will send an updated invitation and hope you can join us. Until then, be well and stay safe.

 

 

Date: 1/20/2014
Community Foundation Announces Launch of Two New Funds in Response to Navy Yard Tragedy

Community Foundation Announces Launch of Two New Funds in Response to Navy Yard Tragedy 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which managed the $25 million Survivors' Fund for victims of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon, announced today it is setting up two special community-wide funds in response to the Navy Yard shooting. The Navy Yard Relief Fund will support the victims' families and those injured in the attack. The Safer Communities Fund will support nonprofit organizations that offer mental health services and reduce gun violence in our community. Read more

Date: 9/18/2013
The City Fund

The City Fund: Now Accepting Proposals

The Community Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for the City Fund, which will invest $15 million in new dollars to make the District of Columbia a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. Click here to learn more.

Date: 9/1/2013
The Community Foundation Expands Leadership Team with New Senior Staff, Board Officers, and Trustees

The Community Foundation Expands Leadership Team with New Senior Staff, Board Officers, and Trustees

As The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region celebrates 40 years of service to the greater Washington region, it has expanded its leadership with three senior staff hires, four new Trustees, new Board Officers, and a new Board Chairman. These team members come from diverse sectors and possess the knowledge, experience, and commitment to help the foundation meet its mission of strengthening the region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. Read more


Date: 5/23/2013
C. Marie Henderson Named New Director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County

C. Marie Henderson Named New Director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County

The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, is pleased to announce the hiring of C. Marie Henderson as the new Director. Henderson comes to The Community Foundation with an extensive background in leadership, fundraising, and donor cultivation. As Director, Henderson will be responsible for managing affiliate staff and activities, donor service and engagement, asset development, and local community leadership.  Additionally, she will work closely with the advisory board comprised of local community leaders, business people, and volunteers to promote and encourage local philanthropy in Montgomery County and throughout the region. Read more


Date: 4/19/2013
New Report Tracks District's Progress in Helping Youth Succeed

New Report Tracks District's Progress in Helping Youth Succeed

We're excited to announce the launch of a new education effort that seeks to increase outcomes and opportunities for young people.

Raise DC, a citywide partnership focused on raising education outcomes for District of Columbia youth, released a new report this week that clearly tracks the city's progress in supporting youth from cradle to career. The Raise DC Baseline Report identifies five goals the District aims to reach to help children and youth succeed, as well as core indicators to track the city's progress toward those goals.

Click Here to Read the Full Blog Post

Date: 2/5/2013
My New Years Resolution for Philanthropy

My New Years Resolution for Philanthropy

By Terri Lee Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

2013!! It almost doesn't seem possible. In fact I can remember, like it was yesterday, the mad dash to get everything in order in preparation for the "big Y2K" issues that were certain to cripple most business systems. Well, that was then and this is now. And I think those of us that count ourselves as philanthropists of have the honor of working in philanthropy have much to be proud of. 

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Date: 1/15/2013
Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Director - The Community Foundation for Montgomery County

 

Date: 1/12/2013
Sandy Hook: What we can do

Sandy Hook: What We Can Do

By Terri Lee Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Friends, 

It's the Monday following one of the most horrific events of violence committed against children in recent memory. Like you, I've asked far too many times this past weekend, 'why?' We think of those 20 angels and the six guardians who died trying to protect them, and wonder how their families are holding up. While few of us personally knew the victims, we feel their pain, we sense their anguish and sadness, and we want to ease their suffering. As a human race we are connected to each other. Scripture states, "Am I my brother's keeper?" The answer is yes! We have a responsibility to care for each other, and each of you who are partners in this work called philanthropy understands this responsibility - the word itself means the "love of man."

 Click Here to read the full blog post.  

Date: 12/17/2012
2012 Socratic Forum

2012 Socratic Forum II: Promising Innovations and Practices for Public Education in Prince George's County

On October 3rd, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and its regional affiliate, the Community Foundation for Prince George's County, proudly presented the 2012 Socratic Forum II: Promising Innovations & Practices for Public Education in Prince George's County. The Socratic Forum series provides an opportunity for Prince George's County and regional leaders from the government and local businesses, as well as philanthropic and non-profit sectors to dialogue about pressing issues that are facing the county. The event this year featured an intimate conversation with Geoffrey Canada, President & CEO of Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), regarding evidence-based practices and innovations that are showing promise to move students toward academic success. Documented through a partnership with a local public television station, WETA, we are pleased to share footage from this exclusive conversation here. 

 

 

Date: 12/14/2012
Leadership Matters

Leadership Matters

By Terri Lee Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressing community problems? It's all around us, argues Paul Schmitz, the CEO of Public Allies who was the keynote speaker at the recent 20th anniversary celebration of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG). The theme of WRAG's event was "Leadership Matters."

Click here to read the full blog post.   

 

 

Date: 12/13/2012
Celebrate Giving Tuesday

Celebrate Giving Tuesday

This #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to our Community Leadership Fund, which allows us to identify and tackle the region’s most pressing issues – from education to workforce development to preserving the safety net for those who need it most.

To learn more about Giving Tuesday, please CLICK HERE


 

Date: 12/12/2012
Empowering a New Generation of Givers

Empowering a New Generation of Givers

The EnVest Foundation and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region have announced a strategic partnership to increase the number of millennial philanthropists. This partnership will empower a new generation of leaders and givers to join together to make our community a more stable, healthy, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. Read more here.


Date: 11/8/2012
Hurricane Sandy: Recovery and Rebuilding

Hurricane Sandy: Recovering and Rebuilding

Our deepest thanks to everyone who supported our Neighbors in Need: Sandy Relief Fund. The Fund will provide support to targeted nonprofits offering basic services and financial assistance to those most affected by the storm.

Many of you have asked how you can help our neighbors in the north as they recover from what was an even more devastating and heartbreaking blow. We know that the recovery process will go beyond the immediate days and weeks. Our community foundation partners in NY and NJ will be working to rebuild their communities and invest in their futures. If you would like to assist in that effort, we encourage you to visit The New York Community Trust and The Community Foundation of New JerseyBoth organizations have set up relief funds to assist in the recovery efforts across the region – please consider making a donation to one of these organizations as they work to restore and rebuild.

 

Date: 11/8/2012
Neighbors in Need: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Neighbors in Need: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Hurricane Sandy hasn't yet left the Washington Metro region and we're already feeling its devastating effects - from power outages to fallen trees to intense flooding. As the region's largest community foundation, we have a history of responding to urgent community needs. We are calling on you to help us protect and support those across our region who have been affected by the storm. 

In the last 24 hours, we've established the Neighbors in Need: Sandy Relief fund, which will provide funds to nonprofits throughout our region offering hurricane relief services over the coming days and weeks. These funds will help nonprofit organizations provide the food, shelter, and support that our neighbors need to recover from the storm. 

Click here to give to the Neighbors in Need: Sandy Relief fund.

Date: 10/29/2012
Workforce Development in the News

Workforce Development Recently Highlighted in the News

At the Community Foundation, we know that family economic security is the key to strengthening our region, and we invest in proven programs, people, and strategies that are working to achieve it. One of these strategies is workforce development - ensuring that more workers in our region acquire a post-secondary credential, putting them on a path for career growth and increased earnings. 

Over the past week our workforce development projects have been highlighted as successful and proven strategies in three separate news stories.  

Click here to read the full post and for links to the related articles

Date: 10/12/2012
Invest2Compete Survey Launch

New Survey Shows High Potential and Low Risk for Employer-Funded Tuition Assistance Programs in the DC Metro Region

 With over 70% of new jobs requiring post-secondary education and training, the Washington DC region ranks as the nation's #1 knowledge economy. According to GMU's Center for Regional Analysis' 2011 study, Northern Virginia alone will need 600,000 new workers by 2020, with 75% of the most-in-demand jobs requiring an Associate Degree or higher. Even with the anticipated budget reductions as yet to be quantified, the Washington Metro region will experience a significant shortfall of skilled workers without proactive intervention.

Looking for alternative solutions the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, an initiative of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, has partnered with the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the region's four community colleges to survey regional employers about tuition assistance programs. The results are contained in a newly released Invest2Compete survey report, "Analysis of Employer-Sponsored Tuition Assistance Programs in the Greater Washington Region." 

Click here to read the full Press Release

To watch footage of the release on our Youtube channel, Click Here 

Date: 9/14/2012
Terri Lee Freeman featured on Huffington Post Blog

Terri Lee Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, was recently featured in The Huffington Post for her blog post, Government Officials Should "Think Twice Before They Slice"

A Powerful storm is headed toward the United States and could cause terrible devastation in its path. I'm not talking about Hurricane Isaac. I am referring to predictions last week from the Congressional Budget Office that a second recession could be right around the corner.

This news concerns me. Nonprofits in our region continue to struggle to meet the existing demand from no-, low- and middle income families for food, shelter, emergency financial support for utilities and prescription medications that keep people with life-threatening illnesses like asthma, diabetes and hypertension alive.

 >>Read more…

Date: 8/29/2012
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