April 25 – May 1

Casa Chirilagua gave out more than 1,000 meals and Tenants and Workers United gave out gift cards to families in Chirilagua (aka Arlandria). Casa Chirilagua is asking for donations of food, cash and face masks in support of Alexandria’s vulnerable Hispanic population. Reported in a featured article on ALXnow.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $715,000 in Round-3 grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. See the full press release and list of recipients on their website.

Nonprofits are benefiting from the first $25,000 worth of grants distributed from the COVID-19 Response Grant established earlier this year by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV). Read the full story at The Southwest Times.

Misty Thomas, executive director of the Council for Court Excellence, is quoted in an article on DCist discussing the closing of DC’s only halfway house for men.

DC Central Kitchen is featured in an exclusive article on WAMU 88.5 about their dedication to maintain their mission during the COVID crisis. The nonprofit has also been designated the recipient of proceeds from these illustrations of iconic DC restaurants. Read the full story at DC Eater.

On Thursday, April 30, DC Scores presented the live virtual event Our Words Our City, a poetry showcase with special performances from Clint Smith, Jacob Mayberry, Marjan Naderi and an all star cast of young poets. The event was a big hit and will soon be available on Amazon.

Edward Smith, executive director of the District of Columbia Nurses Association, is quoted in an article on WTOP discussing the DC health department and its recent guidance for hospitals and health care facilities related to coronavirus.

Friends of Guest House and their executive director, Kari Galloway, are featured in an exclusive article by Connection Newspapers about how they are balancing serving clients with protection of health in Alexandria.

Infant Toddler Family Day Care is mentioned in Bipartisan Policy Center’s paper on the need to invest in child care during the COVID-19 emergency. Infant Toddler Family Day Care was also featured in an exclusive article in The Patch on how their organization is helping essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martha’s Table is included in an article by The Telegraph about where people who are struggling to get enough food can go for help.

The work of Miriam’s Kitchen has been featured on multiple news channels, the latest of which is an exclusive feature on PBS NewsHour’s Facebook. Learn more about the work they’re doing and other feature coverage, including a spotlight by Shomari Stone on NEWS4, on their website.

Rebuilding Together DC – Alexandria has delayed large scale projects as the organization focuses on emergency repairs amid the COVID crisis. See the full story at ALXnow.

Together We Bake has reopened its kitchen in time for Mother’s Day. See the full story at ALXnow.

United Way of the National Capital Area is hosting its 8th Annual Do More 24 on May 5th. You can join the movement now. Learn how and what the organization is doing to support 600 nonprofits at WUSA9.


April 18 – 24

Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, the executive director of Capital Area Asset Builders, is quoted in an article in Marketplace discussing the difficulties nonprofits have faced with donations during the crisis and how/why his organization has seen more traffic recently.

Brighter Strategies, a Center for Nonprofit Advancement Industry Expert, is providing four weeks of free mindfulness meditation classes in May. 60-minute classes every Tuesday will focus on learning about the science behind meditation, as well as tools and resources, and classes every Thursday will focus on putting that information to work in a guided meditation practice.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) announced it is awarding $25,000 to area nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Reported by WSLS 10.

Computer C.O.R.E and their program that helps adults beat unemployment with refurbished laptops is featured on WJLA.

Food & Friends is featured in an article by WTOP about how they are meeting increased food demand from those at highest risk of coronavirus.

KPMG’s Anita Whitehead guest-hosted an interview on Ideagen TV and talked COVID-19 response with Global Impact President & CEO Scott Jackson. See the full video at LinkedIn.

Hope for Henry CEO Laurie Strongin and their new program involving virtual visits from pro athletes to sick children are featured in a story by the Washingtonian.

Bob Ponichtera, the executive director of Liberty’s Promise, is quoted in a story featuring Gaithersburg’s expectation of a revenue shortfall of up to $4M. Reported by Bethesda Magazine.

McLean Community Center is closed, so the McLean Project for the Arts is shifting its art classes from in-person to online. Learn more at the Tysons Reporter.

Maryland Nonprofits is taking a survey to increase understanding of how the PPP application process worked—or didn’t work. They are asking all nonprofits to complete the brief survey regardless of whether you have already submitted a PPP application. Survey results will document for policy-makers the collective experience of those who have tried to use this program.

Lori Smetanka, executive director for the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is quoted in an article by WBTV discussing long-term care facilities’ advocacy for transparency with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Rikki Epstein, executive director of The Arc of Northern Virginia, has recently had an editorial published at multiple outlets, including Connection Newspapers, InsideNova, and Tysons Reporter.

The Parks Main Street (TPMS) and Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street (UGAMS) award a combined total of $69,000 in grants to support local businesses in their business corridors. The grants, funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business (DSLBD), are focused on helping businesses work through the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus and will fund technical assistance, equipment, physical improvements and business development.

The United Way of the National Capital Area has partnered with Windows Catering and is providing 8,000 meals to front line hospital personnel in medical facilities across our region. See the full story at WUSA9 and WJLA.

Volunteer Alexandria and their executive director, Marion Brunken, are mentioned in an article discussing nonprofits seeing a surge in the volume of volunteers. See the full story at FOX5.

April 11 – 17

ACT for Alexandria‘s Spring2ACTion has raised $2.45 million for local nonprofits, breaking last year’s record by almost $400,000. Reported by Alexandria Living.

Child Care Aware of Virginia has launched a resource website and map to help parents navigate child care during the pandemic. Reported by NBC12.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley is offering unrestricted grants through the COVID-19 Response Grant Program. Organizations that serve people in Virginia’s New River Valley may apply for grants worth up to $2,000 each. Grants will be issued once a month through at least June. Reported by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is offering a FREE webinar on April 23, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on how your organization may approach your COVID-19 related employment law issues, such as layoffs, furloughs, paid leave benefits, assistance programs, keeping staff paid and expanded unemployment compensation. Register now.

The DC government is working with nonprofits, including DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, to create grocery sites at city schools. See full story at WJLA.

DC SCORES and their #AtHomePoetryChallenge are mentioned in a Forbes article discussing ways to help deal with coronavirus anxiety through poetry. Additionally, DC SCORES has been creating online soccer and writing activities for kids that are available in English and in Spanish at athome.dcscores.org. They release videos explaining one of the activities every day at 3:30pm across their social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

DC Vote was joined today by more than 100 national and regional organizations on a letter to President Trump and Congressional Leadership calling for the Federal Government to treat DC equal to the states in coronavirus relief funding. Reported by The DC Line.

Recent articles posted on Inside Higher ED and The Chronicle of Philanthropy included comments from Generation Hope Founder & CEO Nicole Lynn Lewis discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the population they serve.

The League of American Orchestras has announced the availability of individualized technical assistance on the COVID-19 federal relief opportunities from qualified legal experts from the Pryor Cashman law firm. See the full story on their website.

The National Coalition of Homeless Veterans and Kathryn Monet, chief executive officer of the coalition, are mentioned in an article discussing how the Department of Veterans Affairs will distribute an extra $200 million to ease the burden on homeless shelters during the coronavirus pandemic and buy hotel rooms for veterans in need of help. Reported by Stars and Stripes.

D.C. United players have launched a fundraiser to help communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes donations to Martha’s Table. Reported by WJLA.

Senior Services of Alexandria and their work during COVID-19, as well as their goal to provide information and education to Alexandria’s older adult population, are featured in an exclusive article posted on The Zebra.

Marion Brunken, executive director of Volunteer Alexandria, released a letter to the public updating what their organization is doing to help the community during the crisis. Reported by The Zebra.


April 4 – 10

More than $500,000 have been distributed to area nonprofits from Arlington Community Foundation’s COVID-19 prompt response fund, reported by ARLnow.

Kris Thompson, the chief executive officer of Calvary Women’s Services, says running the Anacostia institution is costing an extra $1,000 a day during the pandemic. See full exclusive video at WUSA9.

Nicole Quiroga, president of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is quoted in an article in The Washington Post claiming the coronavirus crisis will make the Washington area “a more class divided place.”

Infant Toddler Family Day Care, Carpenter’s Shelter and Lorton Community Action Center are among the local organizations awarded a grant from Round 2 of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Covid-19 Response Fund.

Martha’s Table is featured in multiple news outlets about its efforts and the efforts of its volunteers distributing food to people in underserved communities, including CNBC, Forbes, BuzzFeed, and News Parliament.

Ger Skerrett, director of outreach at Miriam’s Kitchen, is mentioned in an article by WAMU featuring how local homeless shelters are trying to help residents social distance.

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging is featured in an article by The Northern Virginia Daily detailing their Meals on Wheels program and how it has continued to serve through the pandemic crisis.

Volunteer Alexandria‘s program, ‘Breaks with Impact,’ for high school and middle school students is moving online this month. See full exclusive story at Alexandria Living.


March 28 – April 3

Donations to ACT for Alexandria’s ‘ACT Now’ COVID-19 Response Fund have hit $470,000 and the money is already being allocated to nonprofits in extreme need, reported by The Zebra.

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has told Amazon’s Jeff Bezos via letter that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are among the Americans “left most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic” because they often require other people, including so-called service providers, to help them shop for food. See full story at the New York Post.

The Arlington Community Foundation distributed more than $300,000 in emergency support to Arlington nonprofits in one week, with more funds being disbursed daily. Reported by The Washington Post.

Scott Kratz, vice president of the nonprofit group Building Bridges Across the River, is quoted in an article detailing recent churches and charities’ mobilization amid the coronavirus outbreak, posted on The Washington Informer.

Carpenter’s Shelter is working through the COVID-19 pandemic without its cadre of volunteers, and people are now staying at Alexandria’s largest homeless shelter for longer periods of time, according to the organization’s executive director, Shannon Steene. See full exclusive story at ALX Now.

Casey Trees and their science and policy director, Jessica Sanders, are mentioned in an article about DC planting nearly 80 trees a day to reach a canopy target, and now it’s running out of space. Reported by The Washington Post.

The Center for Black Equity has cancelled all DC Black Pride events for 2020 because of potential safety and economic concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak. Reported by the Washington Blade.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement has added a new webinar to it’s roster this week—What nonprofits need to know about the new CARES Act will be held on Wednesday, April 8. Also, be sure to check Coronavirus Resource Tools regularly, as important updates and helpful resources are posted daily.

Hannah Matthews, deputy executive director for policy at the anti-poverty nonprofit Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), is quoted in an article discussing what parents can do when all of the schools and daycares close. Reported by CityLab.

Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs, is quoted in an article by NPR discussing the recently approved government relief package.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley is offering unrestricted COVID-19 Response Grants to help nonprofit agencies adjust their services or just sustain operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Reported by The Southwest Times.

Teresa Hinze, the executive director of Community Tax Aid, is quoted in an article by WAMU 88.5 about the new tax filing dates for DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

D.C. Central Kitchen and its founder Robert Egger are mentioned in an article featuring Chef José Andrés, reported by Time. Mike Curtin, D.C. Central Kitchen’s CEO, is featured in an article on Food Tank.

DC Safe and their executive director, Natalia Otero, as well as District Alliance for Safe Housing and their executive director, Koube Ngaaj, are mentioned in an article discussing the prediction by experts that domestic violence rates will increase during quarantine. Reported by The Washington Post.

District of Columbia Nurses Association is featured in an article about school nurses being asked to volunteer in COVID-19 efforts or be laid off. Reported by City Paper.

The Hope for Henry Foundation is featured in an article about how it helps chronically ill children counter the isolation of long-term hospitalizations, posted on WTOP. Capitals’ mascot Slapshot, the Wizards’ G-Wiz and the Mystics’ Pax have teamed up with Hope for Henry through Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s “social impact” initiative to bring fun to sick children this month. Reported by NBC Sports.

Martha’s Table is featured in an article about doubling their efforts to provide meals to residents in need during the pandemic, reported by WJLA. Martha’s Table also released a press release stating they will extend emergency support for district residents through April 25 amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Reported by The DC Line.

Chefs at Miriam’s Kitchen in DC have been working 14-hour days to make sure homeless people have food. See full story at WJLA.

Robyn Grant, director of public policy at the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is quoted in an article about nursing homes’ difficulty in handling the coronavirus, and the prevalence of infection at nursing homes around the country. Reported by The Washington Post.

Gregory Forrester, the chief executive of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is quoted in an article about how the coronavirus battle has created a global ‘free-for-all’ to find masks. Reported by the New York Times.

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and their executive director, Lisa Simms Booth, are featured in an article about local arts organizations rising to digitally meet the demands of an at-home public. Reported by City Paper.

Jesse Barba, senior director of external affairs for Young Invincibles, is quoted in an article reporting that the relief stimulus is not nearly enough to save schools. Posted on US News.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced it has awarded a record $422,160 in grants to 32 local organizations through its 2020 Community Investment Funds Grant program, including some Center members; The House; Literacy Council of Northern Virginia; Together We Bake; Britepaths; Friends of Guest House, Inc.

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