November 28 – December 4

Jonathan Singer, president of the American Association of Suicidology, is quoted in an article by The Washington Post discussing how to talk to loved ones when you’re worried about their mental health.

Britepaths needs community assistance to make the holiday season a happy one for 500 local families in need. Learn more at Connection Newspapers.

Lumina has given a $200,000 grant to the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Learn more at the foundation’s website.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is teaming up with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and other state associations for an upcoming virtual summit. Center members are invited to participate in this two-day conference with 25 breakout sessions, 2 keynotes, wellness opportunities and facilitated networking conversations this Tuesday and Thursday, December 8 and 10. Use code “Partnership” to receive the member discount. Learn more at here. The Center has also scheduled its 2nd Change Makers Panel Discussion for December 17, 9:30-10:30am. Learn more about this free event here.

After more than three decades as one of the District’s key organizations serving the poor and hungry, D.C. Central Kitchen is planning a relocation that will revamp the nonprofit’s ability to serve the region’s most needy. Learn more at The Washington Post. Mike Curtin, Jr., executive director of DC Central Kitchen, joined CBSN in a video discussing how millions of Americans are bracing for holidays amid rising food insecurity.

Jackson Williams, vice president of public policy at Dialysis Patient Citizens, had an article recently published by AJMC titled, “The Wrong Way to Design a Medicare Mandatory Demonstration.”

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) and its executive director, Dr. Judy Hanley, are mentioned in an article by the Loudoun Times discussing how Loudoun County has seen an increase in severity as domestic violence continues during the pandemic.

McLean Project for the Arts is opening two new exhibitions on December 9. Learn more at Tysons Today.

Aaron Dorfman, president of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, is quoted in an article by The Chronicle of Philanthropy discussing a “nonprofit wish list” of things the Biden administration could do to benefit the country’s nonprofit organizations.

Nueva Vida, an Alexandria cancer support network for Latinas, launched its second online art auction on November 30. “VIDART” will run through December 13. Learn more at The Zebra.

Amy Rice, vice president of programs at St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families, is quoted in an article by The Diamondback discussing how local organizations are fearful for what’s next as the CDC eviction moratorium ends.

Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, is quoted in an article by The Wall Street Journal discussing how Covid-19 infections have surged at one of the world’s largest medical glove maker organizations.


November 14 – 27

Jonathan Singer, a suicide researcher and president of the American Association of Suicidology, is quoted in The Washington Post discussing the impact of the pandemic on those struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Fight for Children recently announced The Fight For Children Institute, a sports-based youth development collaborative consisting of 17 nonprofit organizations, including Center Member Beacon House, that collectively represents 13 different sports and serves 20,000 children and youth throughout the region. Learn more about the program and its members at the Institute’s website.

Pronita Gupta, director of job quality at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), is quoted in an article by USA Today discussing how COVID-19 relief is set to fade at year’s end.

Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) has awarded $157,645 in grants to 54 nonprofit agencies, most of which provide service in Pulaski County, reported by The Southwest Times.

The 17th annual Capital Food Fight was virtual this year, but streamed live and raised $468,000 for DC Central Kitchen from ticket sales and other donations. Learn more at WTOP. DC Central Kitchen’s CEO, Mike Curtin, talks about their efforts to end food insecurity in the District in an exclusive video at WUSA9. Curtin is also featured by ABC News in an article discussing how nonprofits are struggling with challenges of rising hunger and COVID-19 restrictions during holidays. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris stopped by DC Central Kitchen before Thanksgiving. See the full story at WUSA9.

Bo Shuff, executive director of DC Vote, is quoted in an article by The Washington Informer discussing how DC statehood backers look to Biden and a new Congress for support.

Wala Blegay, staff attorney/labor specialist of the District of Columbia’s Nurses’ Association (DCNA), is quoted in an article by FOX5 discussing how DC nurses recently protested at the Mayor’s home.

Patty McCarthy, CEO of Faces & Voices of Recovery, is featured in a podcast titled, “Effects of COVID-19 on Recovery” by Landmark Recovery. Learn more at Digital Journal.

Food & Friends volunteers helped prepare and home-deliver 3,500 full Thanksgiving meals with all of the traditional holiday favorites – an entire roasted turkey, dressing and gravy, sides and pie. Learn more at WJLA.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) announced the second concert of their 2020-2021 40th Anniversary Season which will continue with a virtual version of their annual holiday extravaganza entitled The Holiday Show. The concert will stream online starting Saturday, December 5 at 7:00pm and remain available until Sunday, December, 20 at 11:59pm. Learn more at MD Theatre Guide.

Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, is quoted in an article by The Washington Newsday discussing food service groups that offer local alternatives to the large delivery applications.

Martha’s Table, president and CEO Kim Ford, is quoted in an article by the DCist discussing how DC nonprofits are bracing for a less bountiful holiday season relative to last year’s. WTOP mentions Martha’s Table in an article about their significant increase in volunteer opportunities as a result of the pandemic.

McLean Project for the Arts announced the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors, which will be led again by Barbara Hawthorn. Learn more at InsideNoVA.

Miriam’s Kitchen is featured in a story by FOX5 discussing the challenges charities have been facing when it comes to finding help and providing assistance amid COVID.

Lori Smetanka, executive director of National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is quoted in an article discussing nursing home neglect and how the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in more than 90,000 of America’s long-term care residents succumbing to the disease. Learn more at Republic World.

Stroke Comeback Center raised over $20,000 in their inaugural Stroke Comeback Trail 5K Run/Walk/Roll and 1-mile Survivor Challenge. Held in honor of World Stroke Day, this virtual event included over 280 participants from 16 states. Proceeds benefit Stroke Comeback Center’s community of stroke and brain trauma survivors. Learn more about this event on their website.


November 7 – 13

Betsy Frantz, who has served as interim president and CEO of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) since February, has been selected to fill the post permanently, reported by InsideNoVa.

Brain Injury Services of Northern Virginia raised more than $12,000 to support adults, children and veterans with brain injury at its first ever Brain Injury Services Duck Race held at Lake Accotink on Thursday, November 5. More than 450 ducks, ranging from Veteran Ducks, Military Ducks, Yellow Ducks, Neon Ducks and more, raced downstream, all in support of the important work and mission of the organization. Learn more about the event at their website.

Jeffrey Chester, head of the Center for Digital Democracy, is quoted in an article by The New York Times reporting on the belief that Biden will keep scrutiny of tech front and center.

Pronita Gupta, director of job quality at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), is quoted in an article by the Thomson Reuters Foundation discussing the belief that U.S. domestic workers will see better conditions and greater recognition for their roles under the Biden presidency.

Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs, is quoted in an article by The Philadelphia Inquirer discussing how America’s approach to poverty could change in a Biden administration.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) will be relocating from the office on Cambria Street in Christiansburg to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. The current offices will be closed the week of Novemver 16 to allow staff time to move. Reported by The Roanoke Times.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library announced that it will open a first-floor café in partnership with DC Central Kitchen and with a menu designed by celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés. Full story at WUSA9.

DC Vote executive director Bo Shuff is quoted in an article by The Washington Post discussing how Washington-area leaders are feeling relief and looking forward to the far-reaching impact a Joe Biden presidency could have on the region.

Shaoul Sussman, a legal fellow with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, is quoted in an article by CNBC reporting on the EU’s investigation into Amazon and what it means for U.S. antitrust probes.

Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) is quoted in an article by The Washington Post that discusses Trump’s “muslim ban” that started in 2017.

Miriam’s Kitchen is featured in an exclusive article by ABC7 that looks at the organization’s story, particularly on Veterans Day, when there are always veterans volunteering to help serve their brethren.

TEGNA Foundation announced it’s making a special $75,000 grant to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) to support its mission to protect First Amendment freedoms and the news gathering rights and safety of local journalists. See press release here. Also reported by businesswire.


October 31 – November 6

The Zebra published an article with updates on ACT for Alexandria’s Alexandria Resilience Fund, which is derived from the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund and has awarded $1.4 million in grants to date.

Tanya Goldman, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, is quoted in an article in Bloomberg Law discussing the election’s influence on the future of ‘DOL enforcement strategy.’

DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table are included in an article by the Washington City Paper discussing how DC food banks and pantries are preparing for unprecedented levels of need during the holidays as the pandemic exacerbates food insecurity.

Barbara Helmick, director of programs at DC Vote, is featured in an article by WUSA9 discussing the 3 women who are the DC electors casting ballots in the electoral college for the 2020 presidential election.

Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) introduced Dialysis Plan Choice, a new online tool designed in collaboration with Consumers’ Checkbook for dialysis patients to quickly and easily compare their current Medicare Fee-For-Service plan with the options available to them through Medicare Advantage now that Open Enrollment is underway. Reported by PR Newswire.

Nicole Lynn Lewis, CEO and founder of Generation Hope, is quoted in an article by Diverse recapping the recently held “Achieving the Dream Student Parent Success Summit.”

The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is advancing a revised, single-building concept for its proposed art center at McLean’s Clemyjontri Park that would be more efficient, accessible and secure than the initial multiple-building design. Reported by InsideNoVA. Lori Carbonneau, executive director of the MPA, is interviewed in an article by Tysons Reporter discussing the success of the McLean Community Center’s recent event, even amidst the pandemic, as well as the future of MPA.

Lori Smetanka, executive director of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is quoted in an article by The Washington Post discussing how nontraditional nursing homes have almost no coronavirus cases and why that might be.

The Nehemiah Project is featured in an exclusive article and video on ABC23 discussing how they became one of the first in their area when the pandemic started to help feed those in need and how their mission has progressed almost 8 months later.

Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, the director of spiritual care and activism at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), is quoted in an article by truthout discussing how the pro-choice religious movement is mobilizing to counter Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s agenda.

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