Race Matters, Part 2 of 2

Putting Race on the Table

At The Community Foundation, our vision is one in which equity, access and opportunity are available to everyone -- equity in terms of policies and structures free of bias or favoritism, as they have been in the past; access to the American ideals of quality education, healthy food and affordable health care; and opportunities to advance one's learning and eventually earn an income that can sustain a family.

This doesn't seem like too much to ask, does it? And yet we know that there are many barriers to realizing this vision, and none more vexing than race. 

The issues of race and ethnicity continue to shape our community and our nation. Right here in the metropolitan Washington area, we are now a "majority minority" region with dramatic growth over the past decade of our Latino and Asian populations, including many new immigrants who have joined long-standing minority communities in making this their home. We are truly a global community, and as we look ahead, our diversity is going to continue to grow. Will we embrace this diversity as an opportunity for economic, social and cultural progress...or will we continue to experience growing divides—often linked strongly with race and ethnicity -- born of ignorance and fear?

On a daily basis in my role as President of The Community Foundation, I see the human face of these divides and the consequences for all of us. But, luckily, I also have the privilege of seeing people working to reduce these divides and achieve our vision.

In this month's issue of Making Connections, we profile donors and nonprofit organizations working to create change.  For our part, fo
r more than a decade The Community Foundation has sought to open dialogue about these issues. And there is no better way to really "see" the impact of race and racism than to get out into the community. So, beginning this fall, we are offering four community tours for our donors in neighborhoods around the region. There is information below about the tours on our website, where donors can register to attend. We also have a wealth of information on our website about race and racism—please visit us at www.thecommunityfoundation.org.

I hope that you will join us on this journey as we seek to foster a better understanding not just of issues surrounding race, but also a better understanding of each other.

Terri Lee Freeman
President

 


  

Donor and Advisory Board Member Artis Hampshire-Cowan: "Race Can Be Radioactive….It's Through Dialogue That We Learn"

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Our best hope is our children,"   --Artis Hampshire-Cowan

"Race," says Community Foundation donor and Advisory Board member Artis Hampshire-Cowan, "can be radioactive. When you hear the word, you immediately think of controversy." But, she adds, "I find that it's better to lean into it than to recoil from it. It is through dialogue that we learn."

Growing up in Pritchard, AL, in the 1950s and 1960s, Hampshire-Cowan experienced segregation firsthand. She recalls as a young girl, asking her father which water fountain at JC Penney's she should use—the one marked "colored" or the one marked "white." He told her to use the one she preferred. "I didn't realize at the time how courageous that was," she said.

Later, in 1970, she came to fully understand the sting of racism when schools there were finally integrated, 16 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision. That experience, she says, "taught me to become 'anti-white.' Subsequent college experiences restored the lessons that my parents taught me: that all white people are not bad." It wasn't until she was working up north, in Philadelphia, that she was called the "N-word" to her face. " There was a perception by northerners that racism is unique to the South. Not so." Reflecting back, those experiences were all part of a journey which eventually brought her to the National Capital Region. She served for 12 years in senior positions in the DC government and as general counsel at RFK Stadium, and was instrumental in the construction of the new Redskins stadium in Prince George's County, MD.

Today, she is Senior Vice President and Secretary of Howard University with "deep, authentic relationships across races." She is known for being direct, which she attributes to her upbringing in the South. "Southern people have a code of honesty and candor, a directness," she says. "Your word means something. My daddy used to say, 'your word is your bond.'"

"God gives us different gifts," she adds. "Mine is to say what needs to be said even though it may make people uncomfortable at times. Sometimes walking into the fire actually calms the fire."

When she moved to this area, Hampshire-Cowan first lived in Montgomery County, but in 1989 made a conscious decision to settle in Prince George's County so that her children would grow up in a diverse community. That is where she became engaged as an advocate for public education and an advisory board member of The Community Foundation for Prince George's County, later serving as board chair and establishing her own donor-advised fund. "The Community Foundation serves as a unifier of differing views, ideas and diverse cultures," she says, citing The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region's "Putting Race on the Table" initiative as a recent example. "This is important in a transient community where people don't have a lot of history with each other. I see The Foundation as the community guardian."

Hampshire-Cowan directs money from her donor-advised fund to organizations that serve youth. "Our best hope is our children," she says. That is why she supports groups such as the Girl Scouts, YWCA and Girls, Inc.

But her commitment goes beyond making financial contributions. Each summer, she participates in Girls Scouts' Camp CEO, where she serves as a mentor, particularly to students who have had limited opportunities in the past. For some, it's the first trip away from their urban neighborhoods; for others, it's the first time spent in an integrated setting. Once the girls settle into camp, "all the differences fade away and they see the commonalities," she points out.

"We talk about community, but what does that mean?" Hampshire-Cowan adds. "For me, it's the unlimited liability that we assume for each other."


Donor and Advisory Board Member Mozella Perry Ademiluyi:  Supporting Change with Art and Heart

When you bring people together and have a guided and meaningful conversation, it breaks down barriers. --Mozella Perry Ademiluyi

Mozella Perry Ademiluyi's life began in Miami, FL. When she was nine, her father moved the family to Uganda, where he established an international YMCA. "This was not about building basketball courts and swimming pools," she says, "but providing vocational training and leadership opportunities for youth." The Perry children grew up in an international environment, first in Uganda, then Nigeria, with a range of academic, cultural and social experiences. "It was life-changing," says Ademiluyi, "one that shaped who I am today."

Today she is many things: wife, daughter, sister, poet, philanthropist, mentor, and storyteller. She also serves as on the advisory board of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

"My father's work in Africa was the backdrop for the work I do today," she says. Seven words influenced her then, as they do now: "You are what you think you are." That is the message she conveys to young people through Rising Sun Cultural and Educational Programs, the nonprofit organization she established in 2000. Its centerpiece is The Wealth Club, a program founded on the belief that wealth is the successful balance of physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being.

"I have always been intrigued by wealth," says Ademiluyi, who says she grew up in a privileged environment, "because wealth is about so much more than money."

She is impressed by The Community Foundation and its donors, who do so much more than write checks. "This is a hands-on board," she says of her colleagues on the Advisory Board of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County. "They are involved in local nonprofits. They want to know how their dollars are being spent. They are willing to roll up their sleeves."

A member of the planning committee for The Community Foundation's recent "Putting Race on the Table" forum, Ademiluyi points out that the recent discussion "shined a light on the contributions of people who look at issues of race through different prisms. People have a different lens depending on their race, age, and life experiences." And, she adds, "this is not about Caucasians stepping in to help people of color. It may also be middle- and upper-income people of color who are focused on understanding the challenges our region faces."  

"When you bring people together and have a guided and meaningful conversation, it breaks down barriers," she said. "The 'Putting Race on the Table' forum demonstrated that this is just the beginning of a conversation that needs to continue—in organizations, in households and on the street." Ademiluyi plans to participate in the upcoming "Putting Race on the Table" Community Tours (see below). "We hear the statistics, but it's not until you see people living with the challenges they face that your understanding becomes sharper."

The author of Love is a Mountain, a book inspired by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with her two sisters on her 50th birthday, Ademiluyi was invited to write and share the following poem at the recent forum. The style of her poem was influenced by Khalil Gibran's classic work, The Prophet.

And a young child said,
speak to us on race...

And she answered:
You are the same beings beneath the layers that cover your hearts and your souls. For the color of your skin is not what makes you different from your neighbor.

What makes you different is the color of your intentions.
Many have been taught by those who could not see truth ... by those whose hearts were damaged by their own thoughts.

But you children of the light will bring us back from the depths of our fears, our ignorance and stupidity.

You shall lead us to freedom from the illnesses caused by our own erroneous thinking. Thinking that told us our color made us separate from each other.
For, it is said that children will lead us into the promised lands of our dreams and that they will teach us with their questions, and challenge us with their answers.

A growing understanding is unfolding and rising like spring flowers breaking free through winter's cold crust: that no matter our ethnicity, we are ultimately the same.

And each day, the enlightened children of our world will silence despair and destruction and bring us home to the awareness that we are truly One.

At End Time Harvest Ministries, the Promise of Opportunity for Prince George's County Youth


 When given love and the right tools, young people can change the way adults make decisions and powerfully impact the behaviors of communities.  — Rev. Gail Addison, founder, End Time Harvest Ministries

On one level, Community Foundation grantee End Time Harvest Ministries (ETHM) grew out of a desire to involve youth in the revitalization and economic development of the Port Towns communities in Prince George's County, MD. On another level, it was a call for Rev. Gail Addison (below right) who founded the organization. Tenants and Workers UnitedAddison grew up in DC's Ivy City/Trinidad neighborhood. Her grandmother was an important influence. "She was determined that everyone -- particularly disenfranchised and underserved young people of color -- should be treated equally," says Addison, who as a child accompanied her grandmother to the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Beginning her federal government career before graduating from high school, Addison coordinated a presidential initiative that required government agencies to adopt a DC public school. Her agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, adopted Eastern High School, where she worked with young people of color from low-income families in need of youth-development services, mentoring, and opportunity in general. "That was the first time I saw the power of what people who have can do to help children who have not," she says. "I saw how kids are empowered when they form relationships with adult mentors and how that can change lives. That had a lasting impact on me." Soon after, she experienced a "divine call" driving her to take her youth development and human resources experiences to the streets.

In 1994, she piloted a DC-based initiative providing underserved youth -- primarily youth of color -- with workforce-development skills, internships and mentoring. That same year, End Time Harvest Ministries, located in Maryland's Port Towns community, was born with a vision of "healing communities by healing our youth" ages 8 to 18. The faith-based organization empowers youth and families -- morally, educationally, economically, and socially—serving mostly African American and Latino young people but also Asian American and African youth.  At the time, the Port Towns community was majority white that many would agree held high expectations for its Caucasian youth but low expectations for young people of color. 

A cornerstone of the organization is the Port Towns Youth Council (PTYC), the student advisory arm of the Port Towns Revitalization Initiative. The PTYC consists of young stakeholders who primarily live or attend school in the Port Towns communities of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston.  These communities will be the focus of The Community Foundation's "Putting Race on the Table" Community Tours in October. 

Students meet monthly after school to develop programs such as the Project 450 Community Clean Up, focused on beautification of Annapolis-Bladensburg Road/Route 450.  Recently, the group launched a Diabetes and Obesity Awareness and Prevention Campaign in partnership with the late Maryland State Senator Gwendolyn Britt in which youth and their parents advocate for more nutritional meals and increased physical activities in all Prince George's County public schools. Their lobbying efforts also include increasing nutritional food choices in school vending machines. Just prior to her death, Senator Britt initiated a meeting between Maryland's Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and the PTYC in which these young people made the case for their advocacy plan.

"It makes sense that policymakers would want to know what children are thinking, what problems our generation face," says Patrick Macatangga, former president of the PTYC who led the Diabetes and Obesity Awareness Campaign. "We are the future," said Macatangga, now a student at the University of Maryland/Baltimore County.

Morgan Lewis, who served as vice president of the Council, adds: "Diabetes and obesity affect every community, no matter your race. However, African Americans and Latinos are in the highest risk category. (Recent data confirms this: in 2002, 34% of African American children age 2-19 in Prince George’s County were overweight, as compared to 19.6% of white children in the same age group.)  To effect broad change, you have to start one community at a time," said Lewis, a rising junior at St. Mary's College in Maryland.

"Young people are integral to transforming and building healthy, thriving communities," said Celeste James, Director of Community Health Initiatives for Kaiser Permanente, the lead funder of the Port Towns Community Health Partnership. "They bring a special and much- needed energy and perspective to the work. We're thrilled to have a base of young people through the Port Towns Youth Council who are interested and engaged in revitalizing their community and making personal commitments to good health. And we want to support other opportunities for youth to participate."

Rev. Addison is also proud of the Pathways to Career Success program at Bladensburg High School that prepares students for the workforce and college and has contributed to the schools' average graduation rate of 97%. In addition, ETHM's Youth Development and Empowerment Program helps reduce crime, violence and school suspensions.

"When given love and the right tools, young people can change the way adults make decisions and powerfully impact the behaviors of communities," says Addison. "It was college students during the civil rights movement who bused themselves from northern colleges to Mississippi who played a key role in the civil rights we enjoy today. It was young people who used social media to get the first African American President elected. At End Time Harvest Ministries we are developing the next generation of leaders."


Montgomery County-based Identity Works to Counter Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

 Anti-immigrant messages have a negative impact on the identities of young people. Our role is to be the one who believes in them.   --Candace Kattar, Identity

Of the more than 130,000 Latinos in Montgomery County, MD, about one-third are under the age of 18. These young people are quickly approaching the 50% enrollment mark in many County public schools. The majority are immigrants or the children of immigrants who have come from Central America since the 1980s due to conflict, political instability, economic crisis and natural disasters.

"The climate today is entirely different from 30 years ago," says Candace Kattar, executive director of Identity, a Montgomery County-based organization and Community Foundation grantee devoted to reducing social and cultural barriers that hamper Latino youths' ability to fully participate in society's benefits and responsibilities. "Ours is no longer a welcoming environment. Anti-immigrant messages have a negative impact on the identities of young people. Our role is to be the one who believes in them."

Kattar began working with immigrants in the 1980s as an attorney helping residents of the District of Columbia secure green cards. She returned to school to become a registered nurse so that she could help with the growing AIDS crisis. Soon after, Kattar and her colleague Diego Uriburu founded Identity to provide HIV/AIDS education and prevention, working with Latino youth in the District. But their attention quickly shifted to the suburbs as rents in the District became prohibitive for undocumented workers struggling to make a living. In 2003, Kattar and Uriburu moved their organization to Gaithersburg, MD.

Today, the two are committed to helping young Latinos navigate the challenges they face in this country. Identity's offerings include after-school programs, HIV prevention, gang prevention and intervention, case management and mental health counseling, among other programs.

"These are families living with a stress level many of us can't imagine," Kattar says. "Individuals with no criminal record are deported every day. Most of them have children who are U.S. citizens."

A 2006 needs assessment commissioned by Identity revealed that "while half of the 1,000 Latino youth surveyed were doing okay, the other half were not," Kattar says. "We knew we had to do something. And we knew it had to be at the systemic level." For the 18 months, a coalition of 60 nonprofit organizations, local government agencies and other service providers studied the challenges facing Latino youth in Montgomery County. This spring, the collaborative presented its report, "A Generation of Youth Hanging in the Balance," to County Executive Ike Leggett, who not only adopted the plan but called for an oversight committee to ensure the recommendations are implemented. That, says Kattar, is a major breakthrough.

Among the challenges addressed in the report is the low high school graduation rate of Latino youths in Montgomery County. Old policies made it easy for youth to drop out at age 16. Today, schools are intervening to help students grow and develop to their full potential.

Another area of concern was how law enforcement officials were treating Latino youth. Kattar said many young men reported being stopped and photographed by police for no clear reason, frequently on their way from school to Identity's afterschool program. The coalition recommended the police department examine its policies and the behavior of individual police officers to ensure that the civil rights of Latinos are being respected.

To illustrate the impact of Identity's work, Kattar mentions a recent phone call from former participant Aurora T. Colón, who moved to the Washington, DC, area from Ecuador in 2004 as a 15-year-old. Today she is a senior at the University of Maryland calling to say she had decided to research, for one of her classes, ways to increase funding for Identity.

"Identity helped me transition to the U.S., which has become my second home," she says. "The experience not only helped me become a responsible adult in American culture, it also made me conscious of the realities immigrants face in this country. Many of my friends faced hardships far worse than mine."

Colón was one of only a few students from her Identity group to attend college immediately following graduation—because she had legal immigration status and they did not. On the day she contacted Identity recently, deputy director Diego Uriburu was in Annapolis educating lawmakers about passage of the Maryland DREAM Act, the legislation that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition benefits at the state's public colleges.

One month later, it passed.

To learn more about other local nonprofit organizations working to reduce racism and race-based inequities, visit  http://www.thecommunityfoundation.org/site/c.ihLSJ5PLKuG/b.7498427/k.117C/Putting_Race_on_the_Table__An_Examination_of_Racial_Equity_in_2011.htm.

 

There are many ways that individuals and institutions can work toward reducing racialized  inequities that affect the health, educational, economic and social well-being of our community. 

Resources for Individuals

  • Race-Talk.org: Revolutionizing how we think and talk about race. Race-talk has recruited more than 30 authors, advocates, social justice leaders, journalists and researchers who volunteer their expertise, passion, and time to deliberately discuss race, gender and equity issues in the US and globally.  http://www.race-talk.org/

  • COLORLINES: News for Action: Colorlines.com has been building a home for journalism in service to racial justice since 1998, first as a print magazine and then as a daily news site. Colorlines.com is published by the Applied Research Center (ARC) a racial justice think tank using media, research, and activism to promote solutions. We consider racism a structural problem, and that perspective informs our journalism. Colorlines.com features dynamic, hard-hitting coverage of the day's stories as they unfold, synthesizing complicated stories with multimedia features and breaking open new conversations with investigative reporting. Colorlines.com covers stories from the perspective of community, rather than through the lens of power brokers.  www.colorlines.com

  • The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change Since has become a core field-building organization, helping individuals and institutions improve conditions in poor communities. The Roundtable is known for its pioneering work on Theories of Change and community building evaluation. The Roundtable's work on structural racism began in response to a call from leaders in fields such as community revitalization, social policy, anti-poverty, and philanthropy. The leaders were concerned about the racial disparities that they were observing in their work and frustrated by their inability to talk about race and racism, much less get a handle on it. In order to directly address this need, the Roundtable developed a project on racial equity.  http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/community-change/racial-equity



Resources for Institutions

  • Philanthropic Initiative for Racial EquityThe Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) is a multi-year initiative intended to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers.  http://www.racialequity.org/aboutus.html

  • Measuring Racial Ethnic Diversity in the Baltimore-Washington Region’s Nonprofit Sector: Developed jointly with the Urban Institute and The Racial Diversity Collaborative, the findings of the study provide a valuable baseline for understanding how racially and ethnically diverse the nonprofit sector in Baltimore-Washington region is.  http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412053_measuring_diversity.pdf

  • Creating and Sustaining Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations: Strategies and Approaches: This articles describes key elements of diversity initiatives: defining a vision for the desired outcome, understanding the dynamics of changes and designing an appropriate strategy, and selecting and combining the most effective interventions and best practices.  http://bernardoferdman.org/Articles/Holvino%20Ferdman%20and%20Merrill-Sands%202004.pdf

  • Racial Equity Impact Assessment Toolkit - http://www.arc.org/content/view/744/167/
    A Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. REIAs are used to minimize unanticipated adverse consequences in a variety of contexts, including the analysis of proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions. The REIA can be a vital tool for preventing institutional racism and for identifying new options to remedy long-standing inequities.

  • Ten Ways for Philanthropists to Consider Diversity and Inclusionhttp://www.cof.org/programsandservices/diversity/resources.cfm?navItemNumber=14830
    Guides for family foundations, community foundations and private foundations designed to help foundations consider how more diverse and inclusive practices might advance their mission by making their work more effective and more reflective of the communities served.

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation Race Matters Toolkit: “Is It About Race?” http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/PublicationsSeries/RaceMatters.aspx
    This toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. The approach described in the toolkit deals specifically with policies and practices that contribute to inequitable outcomes for children, families, and communities. The toolkit provides simple, results-oriented steps to help address the problem of unequal opportunities by race.

 

Want to get more involved in issues surrounding race and racism?   One way is to take part in our upcoming Putting Race on the Table Community Tours beginning this fall to see first-hand the race-influenced inequities in our region that profoundly affect important issues such as health, education, housing, employment and more. You can meet community leaders and hear their stories as we visit schools, neighborhoods and nonprofit organizations, all working together to bring about greater racial equity through positive change.

Download our Community Tours brochure and map HERE.

REGISTER TODAY by contacting rsvp@cfncr.org - all tours are free and open to the public. Please indicate which tour(s) you would like to attend. You will receive a confirmation and a reminder prior to the tour.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Race and Neighborhood Revitalization


H Street Corridor, NE
Washington, DC


In its heyday, the H Street NE corridor in the District of Columbia was a bustling neighborhood as well as a destination for food, entertainment, shopping and other services for African Americans. But in recent years, the demographics of the neighborhood have changed, as new businesses and new residents are taking advantage of the area's revitalization. Join us on our exploration of H Street and speak with residents and business owners, old and new, to learn whether the revitalization of H Street is creating equitable opportunities for all residents.

Planning Committee members include:

 


Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Race and Community Wellness

Port Towns Communities:  Edmonston, Bladensburg, Colmar Manor and Cottage City
Prince George's County, MD

A community's wellness goes beyond physical health to include factors such as social, emotional, and financial well-being. But when communities have limited access to healthy food, good-paying jobs and educational opportunities, more often than not the result is an "unhealthy" community in all aspects of the word. The Port Towns Communities (which include Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston) of Prince George's County, MD, have recognized that transforming the overall environment is key to improving the health of its predominately working class communities. Join us on our exploration of the Port Towns Communities to learn how partnerships between philanthropy, local nonprofits and government institutions are creating equal access to health services, supports and amenities.

Planning Committee members include:

 


Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Race and Community Wellness

Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County
Alexandria, VA

In 1954, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision that sought to ensure access to equal educational opportunity for all public school children. Yet, over 50 years after the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling, inequities in public education still exist. The gap in achievement among public school students based on race, ethnicity and family income continues to rise throughout many areas of the metropolitan Washington region. Join us on our exploration of the Mount Vernon District community in Fairfax County, VA to look through the lens of education and learn more about the efforts of Fairfax County Public Schools to address the achievement gap and improve educational outcomes for K-12 students.

Planning Committee members include:

Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services
 










February/March, 2012 (Details to be announced soon!)
Montgomery Moving Forward

Montgomery County, MD


Two decades ago, Montgomery County, MD was a predominantly white, affluent, well-educated suburb of Washington, DC. But new data from the 2010 Census tells a dramatically different story: it reveals that this county of one million people now has a "majority minority" population with an astounding diversity of race, ethnicity and income. Unfortunately, many of the community's institutions, systems and networks do not yet reflect this shift. Join us as we explore how we--as philanthropic, government, nonprofit, business, and community leaders--can build an ever-better county that values its racial, ethnic and income diversity both as an asset and as a competitive strength.














 

The following funds have been added since April 1, 2011. Welcome to The Community Foundation family!  



Amateur Athletic Union
Catherine Elizabeth Blair Memorial Foundation
Catalyst Education Fund
Dick Family Charitable Foundation
Executive Ball
Footprints Scholarship Award
Foster Care Work Group
Fund for Montgomery Community Building
Marilyn and Michael Glosserman Community Fund
Robert H. Goss Memorial Fund
Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice
Isaiah Fund
Landon Carter Schmitt Fund for DC
Leadership Greater Washington Class Fund
Leadership Sanctuary
Marian Ostetrweis
Michelangelo Project
Port Towns Community Health Partnership
Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund
Silverschmidts Foundation
ULA Employee Disaster Relief Fund

 


Funders Briefing: Strategies to Improve Workforce Development Programming for DC Youth
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Moriah Fund
1634 I Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC


Martha Ross of The Brookings Institution will lead a conversation focused on her findings on ways to improve outcomes for local youth by instilling quality standards for local youth employment and education programming. Highlighted will be The National Youth Employment Coalition, which uses its Promising and Effective Practices Network ("PEPNet") Improvement Process to help youth workforce development, youth development, and education programs and funders identify successes and plan and implement improvements based on a nationally-recognized set of quality standards.

In addition, NYEC's Executive Director, Mala Thakur, will brief funders on how the PEPNet Standards can and have been deployed to improve youth serving efforts locally and nationally. Joining Mala will be Tad Asbury, Marriott Foundation and Mark Nanzer, San Diego Workforce Partnership to share their experiences with funding the PEPNet process. 

To attend, please contact Ben Murphy at (202)263-4765 or at bmurphy@cfncr.org.

Open to donors and funders only.



Philanthropist-to-Philanthropist Luncheon with Vicki Sant of The Summit Fund of Washington

September 14, 2011
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Capital Grille
5310 Western Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD

Event is by invitation only.

Hosted by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Sponsored by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region


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Founded in 1973, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region promotes charitable giving and plays a leading role in finding innovative solutions to the Greater Washington region's most challenging problems. The Foundation is a community of givers – individuals, families and corporations have joined with the Foundation; as a result, the Foundation provides sound management of more than 800 funds and some $360 million in assets. In FY2010, The Community Foundation and its donors awarded some $50 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC region and beyond. The Foundation has two affiliates – The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and The Community Foundation for The Prince George’s County. For more information, visit www.thecommunityfoundation.org.


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