By Ayann Johnson Bailey
Kids spend 30% of their time at school while parents spend 70% of their time at work. As the parent of a
ninth grade boy, I had to decide when he was born how involved in his education I would be. Would I allow schools to “take care of it” or would I be hands-on every step of the way? I chose to be an involved parent when my son, Jhabari, went to pre-school. If a child sees the importance of education to the parent, a child then sees the importance of his or her own education. Jhabari has always been interested in school and his activities because he sees that I am involved. Jhabari, his teachers, and school administrators see that I am a “serious” parent about school. Teachers put more effort into connecting with Jhabari. They feel more obligated to make sure he is successful because they recognize the partnership I am creating with them.
Jhabari’s development does not start and stop when the school bell rings. Placing him in a quality after school program that would supplement what he learns in school and support his emotional and social development was of the upmost importance to me. Early on, when Jhabari was in elementary school, it was a challenge to find quality, safe, clean, and fun after school programs. We tried daycare programs that offered after school transportation service from school to their facility. He also attended basketball focused after care that offered a homework component. We found the Robotics program provided by Prince George’s County Public Schools to be very enriching and a supplemental program to his sports programs. My top challenge was transportation, as the public school system only offered transportation (an activity bus) on Thursdays, which is inconvenient for the parents whose kids would like to participate in after school programs especially middle and elementary school aged kids. I realized that this was a common challenge shared by parents in Prince George’s County when I attended the Foundation’s 3rd Annual Socratic Forum: Parent Town Hall: Expanding Quality Afterschool Options in Prince George’s County.
I sat among 50 parents on a Saturday morning, of various ages and classes, who identified a need for affordable, reliable, after school programs with transportation options. We expressed a strong desire for programs offering structured physical activities as well as structured educational enrichment and homework help. The biggest identified challenges were affordability and transportation. I learned that each parent has an interest in working with after school providers to ensure program administrators can identify and address the needs of kids and families. All parents were willing to participate in forums like the Parent Town to be involved in the decisions that affect their children and family. I walked away from the Parent Town understanding that every parent in that room wants all programs and systems that touch a child to see themselves as part of the village that is raising a child and as such to work in partnership with parents to do so.
I invite all parents to join me in making the commitment to be an “engaged parent” in their child’s education during and beyond the school day. I invite school, business, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to read the summary from the Parent Town Hall to answer the question: What can I do to expand quality afterschool options in the County? It will take all of us to ensure that all children have the same access to opportunities as Jhabari regardless of race, socio-economic status and geography.
By Terri Lee Freeman, President
As I think about our upcoming 40th Anniversary, I think about how much good we at The Community Foundation have been able to accomplish along 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 another tragedy of national scale like 9-11 or Hurricane Katrina. During those stressful times, we were fortunate to have the resources on hand to respond appropriately. This is not only our job, but our mission.
With the recent economic recession, we all saw our investments plummet and our returns shrink. Even more recently, during the ridiculous and unjustifiable government shutdown, several not-for-profit organizations in the region found themselves teetering on the edge of survivability due to capitalization worries. While The Community Foundation is not in that position, we are vulnerable in other ways.
Compared to some other large community foundations, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is not particularly well-endowed. We have done a great job growing philanthropy among many charitably-inclined individuals, families, and businesses. We have worked hard with these donors to create a robust pool of invested assets ready to serve the needs of this community at a moment’s notice. But the truth of the matter is, we have not asked enough of our donors to endow their funds or to make gifts to our own endowed Fund for Greater Washington.
By putting others first, we have done a great deal to provide positive impact for the here and now. 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 during good times and bad.
That is why at this year-end, I am asking all our loyal donors to consider a gift to our unrestricted endowment fund – the Fund for Greater Washington. It is critical that we build this fund together, so that we all are protected from the worst and able to support each other when the need arises.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity and commitment to making our region the best it can be.
Since 1973, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has been at the forefront in addressing community need and catalyzing change. Our newly published impact report focuses specifically on the impact of our work in the years after the 2008 economic downturn, a tumultuous period during which those keystones of economic security – quality education, the right job training, and basic needs such as housing and food – became more critical than ever. Click to read the report.
The Community Foundation is excited to announce that our Sharing Montgomery and Sharing DC grantmaking processes are underway for the 2013-2014 cycle. Led by a committee of Community Foundation donors, Sharing is a collaborative grantmaking process that gives donors the opportunity to attend site visits to learn first-hand and together about the challenges faced by the area’s most vulnerable residents, and witness the work of high-performing nonprofits that are addressing these challenges. Community Foundation donors with Donor Advised Funds who are interested in giving locally are welcome to attend Sharing site visits.
Since its inception, Sharing Montgomery has awarded more than $3 million in grants to some of the most effective nonprofit organizations serving Montgomery County’s low–income residents. Building on the success of Sharing Montgomery, The Community Foundation launched Sharing DC in October of this year with plans to award $150,000 to Washington, D.C. organizations for its first grant cycle! The Community Foundation will continue to expand the Sharing model with Sharing Prince George’s in the Spring of 2014.
If you are interested in attending a Sharing site visit in Montgomery County or learning more about Sharing Montgomery, please contact Bridget Hanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org. To attend a Sharing site visit in D.C. or to learn more about Sharing DC, please contact Caitlin Shankle at email@example.com.
This year’s list includes 117 of the area’s most influential women in government, business, health, media, law, education, nonprofits, and the arts. Congratulations to Terri and all the incredible women on this list who help make our region so great!
Terri Lee Freeman, president, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. When local tragedies warrant relief funds – such as the September 11 attack on the Pentagon and this year’s shootings at the Navy Yard – the funds are administered by Freeman’s Community Foundation, which also manages many smaller, private foundations.
The Community Foundation proudly serves some of the most generous families and businesses in our region—many of whom often look for new and creative ways to support the causes they care about most .
One great example of an “out of the box” fundraising campaign is the annual Power of Pink event organized by Karen Leder of Bethesda and Shelly Galli of Northwest DC. Instead of hosting yet another sit-down dinner, the pair decided to create a special workout fundraiser, providing cardio and yoga classes at the Equinox gym in Bethesda followed by a luncheon at Redwood Restaurant.
Over 75 residents participated in this year’s event on October 24, 2013. The event raised $51,000 for the Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC), which provides breast education, screening and patient navigation services to women, regardless of their ability to pay.
“We are proud that The Community Foundation could play a role to support this creative event,” says C. Marie Henderson, Director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County affiliate. “Too often, donors and nonprofit alike get burnt out by conventional fundraising tactics, such as mailings and formal dinners. The Power of Pink event is a great example of how you can put the fun back into fundraising!”
Do you want to find a new way to fundraise and build awareness around a cause that you care about? Contact your Community Foundation staff for resources and schedule a complementary brainstorming session.
Vice President, Donor Engagement & Professional Services
Thanks to all those who joined us at The Community Foundation for Montgomery County 2013 Celebration of Giving!
It was a wonderful evening in honor of Montgomery County’s generous philanthropic community!
Monday night we saluted our 2013 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year, Solomon Graham. Throughout his career, Graham invested thoughtful dedication into giving back to the community that fostered his own success. The impact of his leadership is most notably seen in local organizations which promote civic leadership development, services for people with disabilities, the arts, and education. Solomon Graham exemplifies The Community Foundation’s “give where you live” mantra and we are proud to salute him as our honoree.
Click here to watch the touching video tribute to Sol Graham.
In addition to highlighting the great work done by nonprofits and philanthropists throughout the County, C. Marie Henderson, Director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, provided the crowd with some sobering facts about our county and asked for more community involvement.
“Although there is much to be proud of, there is still work to be done. We must make our community aware that;
- There are thousands of residents living at or below the margin. Either because they are in the midst of a crisis or constantly living on the verge of a crisis;
- 25% Of our homeless neighbors are still working while living in shelters;
- Across this country Eighty-eight million adults currently in the workforce (57 percent) have low literacy, limited English proficiency or lack an educational credential past high school;
- Lastly, if lower-educated adults were to complete an Associate degree and benefit from the typical average wage gain associated with it, the U.S. would experience an increase in personal income of eight hundred and 48 billion dollars.
Therefore, I invite everyone in this room to help The Community Foundation to continue the legacy set by our founders, to find a way to get involved with our work and become part of a movement that supports its community. If we rally together, the whole community will be better for it.”
To become part of the movement, please click here to donate to our Sharing Montgomery fund which supports more than 50 local non profits here in Montgomery County.
Finally, we would like to say thank you to our Host Committee and sponsors, the 2013 Celebration of Giving would not be possible without you!
Mary Pat Alcus
Robert G. Brewer, Jr.
Patrice & Scott Brickman
Nancy G. Fax
Stephen Z. Kaufman
William G. Robertson
Craig & Pat Ruppert
Darren & Mary Pat Alcus
Jane & Stewart Bainum
Patrice & Scott Brickman
Chevy Chase Trust
Carl M. Freeman Foundation
Clifford M. & Camille E. Kendall Fund
The Anthony, McLaughlin & Offen Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Round House Theatre
Cliff & Debbie White
Peter & Linda Welber
Mozella Perry Ademiluyi, Love Is A Mountain LLC and Rising Sun Programs
Clark Charitable Foundation
Julie W. Davis and John R. Metz Family Fund
Nancy G. Fax and Pasternak & Fidis, P.C.
GE Healthcare Financial Services
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Rick & Anne Rudman Family Fund
Neal & Jennifer Simon and Highline Wealth Management
Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
Susan & Charles Freed and Freed Advisors
Stephen Z. Kaufman
Leder Family Philanthropic Fund
Pettit Family Charitable Foundation
Leslie Seeman & David Becker
Laura Stone & Ezra Levine
Lawrence J. Dark Fund
Charles & Lisa Claudy Fleischman Family Fund
Barry & Carole Forman
R. William Hard
Intentional Philanthropy LLC
Sandy Kursban, Family &Nursing Care Foundation
Kate Latimer & Rick Slaten
Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.
Jerry & Betty Lowrie
Mary Malgoire & Beatrice Birman Fund
MGH Health Foundation Supporting MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Rodgers Consulting, Inc.
Christopher and Daren Ruppert
Sandy Spring Bank
The Schain Family Foundation
Bobbi & Larry Shulman
Brian Taff & Susan Wilder
Calvert Investments, Inc.
Jane & David Fairweather Inc.
Suzanne & Doug Firstenberg
Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP
Gerlach real estate, inc.
Michael Knapp, Orion Ventures
Robert & Dee Metz Sharing Fund
Craig & Denise Pernick
Linda & Bob Youngentob
Paul & Margot Zimmerman
“Why I Give” features voices from our community of givers about the importance of philanthropy in our lives and in our communities
The Community Foundation is pleased to partner with CityCenterDC in a new philanthropic effort that will further the development team’s vision for a vibrant urban center and help to ensure that local residents benefit from CityCenterDC’s emerging economic opportunities. CityCenterDC Opportunity Grants will provide one-time, one-year grants of $15,000-$50,000 to organizations providing work readiness services, English as a Second Language instruction, Adult basic education/literacy instruction, and/or short-term job training programs to District residents residing within the boundaries of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 2C, 2F, 5E, and 6E. Up to a total of $200,000 will be awarded. The grant cycle is currently closed and grants will be announced in early 2014.
1) What is CityCenterDC?
Setting a new standard for urban development in both Washington DC and the nation, CityCenterDC is a unique, pedestrian-friendly, 10-acre mixed-use development, located in the heart of downtown Washington on a 4.5-block parcel bounded by New York Avenue, 9th, H and 11th Streets. The site is sponsored by Hines and the TFI US Real Estate and will be a vibrant blend of residences, offices, shopping, restaurants, hotel and active parks upon completion, with more than 270,000 square feet of retail space, 520,000 square feet of office space, 458 rental apartment units, 216 condominium units, a 370-room luxury hotel, a public park, a central plaza and pedestrian-oriented streets and alleyways.
2) Tell us a little about the neighborhood and its residents.
Downtown DC is undergoing an incredible transformation into one of the most exciting and desirable neighborhoods in the entire city. Since the late 1990s, approximately $11 billion has been invested in more than 150 real estate projects and almost 60,000 people now live in this ethnically diverse neighborhood, up from 38,000 in 2000. CityCenterDC will become the unequivocal centerpiece of Downtown and we’re excited to be a part of it.
Based on 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, the Census tracts immediately surrounding CityCenterDC are home to approximately 40,000 residents, including 30,000+ working-age adults. A significant number of these residents could benefit from additional education and training to boost their earnings: more than 10,000 working-age adults in these communities have no post-secondary credential, 2,000+ residents report that they speak English less than “very well,” and approximately 2,000 working-age adults in this area are unemployed.
CityCenterDC has also been committed to contributing to the economic vitality and livability of Washington, D.C. Throughout the development process, CityCenterDC has implemented a Community Involvement Plan in order to communicate design and construction progress, contracting/employment opportunities and project services and amenities.
3) Why are you interested in investing in workforce development for local residents?
As a part of its community outreach efforts, CityCenterDC helped to organize and support a Residential Advisory Committee that consists of representatives of stakeholder groups from neighboring communities. Since the group began to meet 5 – 6 years ago, there has been a consensus among committee participants that workforce development represents one of the highest priorities.
Also, through the life of the project, CityCenterDC consistently has recognized the need to assist District residents to qualify for employment opportunities, and hopes that this initiative will enable community-based organizations already active in this area to further assist their constituents. The Residential Advisory Committee and CityCenterDC agreed to concentrate grant awards to organizations providing workforce development support services.
4) Why do you think it’s important for business to partner with local nonprofits?
It is the Residential Advisory Committee and CityCenterDC’s hope that local nonprofits will possess a keen understanding of the specific workforce development needs of residents in the target neighborhoods and will utilize the CityCenterDC grant dollars to supplement other funds already available and targeted to address these needs.
5) What motivated you to partner with the Community Foundation to carry out your charitable giving?
The Community Foundation is well-known for its leadership on local workforce development issues, having successfully managed more than $4.5 million in workforce grants that have helped over 800 workers find jobs and more than 700 individuals earn a post-secondary credential over the past five years.
The Residential Advisory Committee and CityCenterDC believe that the Community Foundation is well-qualified to organize and manage this program. We came to this conclusion based upon referrals, conversations with Community Foundation management and a review of funds currently under management. The Community Foundation has listened to our objectives and tailored a program to meet our goals.