This is possible thanks to this year’s sponsors, who have stepped up in new and big ways to make this event a place for nonprofits, funders, civic leaders, and community members to come together in one room to celebrate our community – and have a great time too!
Monday, March 17th, 2014
6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW | Washington, DC 20024
The evening features:
- Performances by local nonprofits & artists – Grammy-nominated musician Christylez Bacon; Maureen Andary of the award-winning duo The Sweater Set; spoken word artists and poets Regie Cabico, Patrick Washington, G. Yamazawa, Safia Elhillo, Silvana Straw, Gowri K., Drew Law, and 2DEEP; Adventure Theatre MTC; Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company; Joe’s Movement Emporium; Levine Music; and N Street Village. Multiple stages will feature performances throughout the evening – choose what you want to see! More on our fabulous artists here.
- Networking with funders, colleagues, elected officials, community stakeholders, & friends
- Open bar featuring spirits, wine, beer, & specialty cocktails
- Passed hors d’oeuvres & delicious food stations including award-winning BBQ, plenty of vegetarian options, and corned beef and Guinness for St. Patty’s Day!
Fun and Festive Business Attire
$10 valet parking available
Metro access directly across the street
For 40 years, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region – the region’s largest funder of nonprofits – has helped make Greater Washington a more stable, healthy, and vibrant place to live for all who call it home. On March 17, we are celebrating this history with a one-of-a-kind fundraising event at The Mead Center for American Theatre, home of Arena Stage. Performers include:
- Grammy-nominated musician Christylez Bacon
- A line-up of nationally known spoken word artists and poets: Regie Cabico, Patrick Washington, G. Yamazawa, Safia Elhillo, Silvana Straw, Gowri K., Drew Law, and 2DEEP
- Maureen Andary of the award-winning duo The Sweater Set
- Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
- Joe’s Movement Emporium
- Levine Music
- Adventure Theatre MTC
- N Street Village
Admission includes passed hors d’oeuvres and delicious food stations (including award-winning BBQ, plenty of vegetarian options, and corned beef and Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day) and an open bar with spirits, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Attendees are invited to network, eat, and enjoy performances across the Mead Center complex in a festival-style atmosphere. The event is open to the public. For the first time, The Community Foundation is offering a special $90 “Emerging Philanthropist” ticket for young professionals, students, and employees of nonprofits as well as their guests. Tickets at www.cfncr40th.org
Proceeds from the 40th Anniversary Celebration will benefit The Community Foundation’s Fund for Greater Washington, which supports community investment to make the region a place where equity, access, and opportunity are available to all. The Foundation pursues this goal by investing in effective safety net, education, and workforce development programs to help low-income families and individuals gain the knowledge, skills, and security they need to be economically stable and engaged in community life.
More at http://www.cfncr40th.org
By Mark Bergel
I’ve had the honor of being called a “hero” twice since I founded A Wider Circle 13 years ago. The first time was when The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region presented me with a Linowes Leadership Award in 2008, honoring me along with three other “unsung heroes” in our community. It was a defining moment for me and for A Wider Circle, one that gave us confidence, connections, visibility and financial support at a critical time in the life of the organization.
I thought back to that moment this week when CNN announced that I had been selected as a 2014 CNN Hero – one of only about 25 people from around the world who will receive the honor this year. While the recognition will certainly bring national – and even international – attention to our organization, more importantly, it will shine a spotlight on the tremendous needs in the Greater Washington area.
At A Wider Circle, we are dedicated to ending poverty. Some may think that is overly ambitious, unrealistic or downright impossible. But much like the men and women who founded The Community Foundation 40 years ago, our staff, volunteers and many community partners will not give up until everyone in our region has, in the words of The Community Foundation, “equity, access and opportunity.”
How do we get there? By providing families basic need items such as beds, couches and dining room tables; through comprehensive education and job preparedness support; and by creating connections for long-term support for children and adults transitioning out of homelessness, escaping domestic violence or simply living in poverty.
Every day, A Wider Circle’s staff and volunteers witness how important something as simple as a bed can be in the lives of those it serves. In the words of Tanja Peace, who lost everything in a house fire: “I remember the day we got our beds. It was six months after the fire. Today, I’m just thankful and blessed for what we do have. You take that for granted when you are able to provide for yourself. I have always been someone who was quick to help someone in need. Now I know what it feels like to be the recipient of that kindness.”
We recently launched our “EveryBODY Needs a Bed” campaign, seeking 10,000 beds by the end of 2014. In addition, on March 29, we will sponsor the National Conference on Ending Poverty, in collaboration with Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships. Local, national and global leaders – all heroes in the campaign to end poverty – will be on hand to share successful and innovative approaches. I hope to see you there.
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration on March 17 will feature a variety of live music, theatre, poetry, and dance performances from some of the region’s most exciting nonprofits and local artists. We’re featuring Artist Spotlights on our blog over the coming month to introduce you to our artists and give you a sneak preview of what you’ll see on the 17th! Buy tickets and learn more at http://www.cfncr40th.org.
I was honored to be asked recently to participate in The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s 40th Anniversary Gala. Along with spoken word artists, musicians, and visual artists, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will perform at the Foundation’s anniversary event on March 17 at The Mead Center for American Theatre, Home of Arena Stage.
For 40 years, The Community Foundation and its donors have supported causes that are important to this region – from housing and food to education and job training. So where does a dance company fit into that mission?
Throughout its history, The Community Foundation and its donors have also provided critical funding to local arts organizations. Think about institutions such as Levine Music, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Glen Echo Park and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. My own home-grown dance company, now celebrating its 22nd season, would not exist if not for support from the local community.
Philanthropic support from The Community Foundation and its donors, as well as other local funders, sustained us through our early years, into our second decade, and through the economic downturn, which was particularly hard on arts organizations, as resources were understandably redirected to the safety net. We are grateful to Community Foundation donors like Sheri and Rob Rosenfeld, who recognize the value in having a professional contemporary dance company in the region and have therefore invested in us year after year. Even when the recession threatened our survival, the Rosenfelds and other generous funders ensured we were able to create and perform new works and mentor the next generation through our Asian American Youth Program.
There is no doubt that the arts make this region a wonderful place to live and work. No one understood that better than the late Jaylee Mead who said: “Whether supporting theatre or other art forms, education or other valuable endeavors, it has always been important to me to give where I live, while I live, so I can see what a difference philanthropy can make. Every gift I make…generates positive economic impact in those communities.”
Whether your passion is dance, theater, music or another art form, whether you are able to fund a major theater project, like the Meads, or support dancer’s salaries like the Rosenfelds, your support of a local arts organization does indeed have a positive economic impact in our region.
I hope to see you March 17 at Arena Stage. In the meantime, if you want a sneak preview of that performance, come support us at The Kennedy Center this weekend, Feb. 7-8. I promise you will leave wanting more. Come see for yourself.
Dana Tai Soon Burgess is the Smithsonian’s first ever choreographer-in-residence in 2014.
The Community Foundation is pleased to announce $200,000 in new grants to excellent local nonprofits offered through our CityCenterDC Opportunity Grants. A new philanthropic partnership with CityCenterDC, these investments 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.
The grants will provide one-time, one-year grants of up to $50,000 to four respected local organizations providing work readiness services, English as a Second Language instruction, Adult basic education/literacy instruction, and short-term job training programs to District residents residing within the boundaries of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 2C, 2F, 5E, and 6E surrounding the CityCenter DC development.
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.
The four awardees include:
The Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO will receive funding to help local residents launch careers in construction through its Building Futures program.
DC Central Kitchen will receive support to assist low-income District residents build their skills and find employment in the culinary arts.
N Street Village will use its grant funding to help support homeless and low-income women in the District through work readiness and supportive services.
Urban Alliance will work with to provide its High School Internship Program including year-round professional training, paid internships, mentoring from an adult professional, and case management services to District youth.
“These four organizations have proven track records of excellence and will use this funding to improve the lives of local residents,” said Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman. “The Community Foundation is very pleased to partner with CityCenterDC, and grateful to Hines for their generosity of spirit and commitment to our community.”
For more information on CityCenter, please read more here.
Applications to the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington are now open! Being part of our network means you’ll be recognized as “one of the best” high-impact, community-based nonprofits in our region – something that means so much to supporters, both existing and new. Our track record shows that when nonprofits engage in a committed partnership with us, they receive both financial and other returns. (The Catalogue has helped raise over $22 million since 2003 for our 365 charities!) Applications are due by midnight on Friday, February 28th.
Apply today: cfp-dc.org/apply
NEW: RSVP for our Financial Workshops, 2/6 and 2/18, hosted by our financial reviewers at Raffa. Get assistance with the financial worksheets, telling your organizational story through your financial documents and get your questions answered before our 2/28 application deadline.
Starting this week, District of Columbia residents have a new option for healthcare services in the Bellevue neighborhood of Ward 8. Community of Hope, a nonprofit that’s been dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia for more than 30 years, today opened the doors to the Conway Health and Resource Center. The Center is a state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot community hub that will provide expanded access to medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to approximately 10,000 District residents.
The Community Foundation has been honored to be a partner in Community of Hope’s expansion: As a result of a $40,000 investment by the Foundation’s Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, Community of Hope was able to launch an innovative workforce development program that is training neighborhood residents for jobs at the new clinic. Learn more about this effort in this video by Babaak Parcham: