April 24 – 30

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce announced finalists for its 35th annual Best Business Awards, including Center member A-SPAN. The awards are presented to organizations that have seen significant growth or stability while also delivering exceptional customer service and showing a concern for the Arlington community. Learn more at The Zebra.

Roanoke City Health District will host a vaccine clinic on May 5 at the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, reported by ABC13 News and WSLS. The clinic is designed to help people with visual, hearing and physical disabilities who have had difficulties getting the vaccine. Handicap parking, assistance with transportations, and interpreters will be available.

The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness recently released a report on the number of people experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. Learn more at their website.

Bo Shuff, executive director of DC Vote, was interviewed by Scott Harris in a special feature published by Between the Lines.

Capital Fringe, a DC-based arts nonprofit, is partnering with Candoor Labs, a creative media organization, and Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to produce a web series, a podcast and eventually a magazine about their “Down to Earth” initiative. Learn more at The DC Line.

The Center for Race, Equity, Justice & Inclusion held it’s 3rd Change Makers Panel Discussion on Thursday, April 29. Highlights and access to a recording of the event can be found on the Center’s website.

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) has made many adjustments in response to COVID-19 enabling them to continue to meet the needs of the youth and families they serve. Learn about what’s new at LAYC in an exclusive video featured on ABC7.

The Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter was selected to receive a $76,500 grant, reported by LoudounNow. The grants will fund the nonprofit’s work to figure out how best to expand their services and improve their fundraising.

AL DÍA recently spoke to David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), about the future of the fight for equal LGBTQ rights in legislation.

The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) recently named Victor Valentine as its new executive director. Read more at Youth Today.

Diane Yentel, the director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is quoted by The New York Times in an article discussing how Congress allocated $25 billion in December and another $21 billion in March to help people who fell behind on rent during the pandemic, yet little is reported to have reached landlords or tenants.

Washington Regional Alcohol Program‘s Cinco de Mayo SoberRide program will be in operation from 4 pm on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (Cinco de Mayo) until 2 am on Thursday, May 6, to help keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday. Learn more at Connection Newspapers.

Penelope Kyritsis, director of strategic research at the Worker Rights Consortium, is quoted in an NBC News article discussing how a consumer boycott and a social media storm over Western brands’ stance on cotton produced in Xinjiang has left some companies scrambling.


April 17 – 23

Jonathan Singer, president of the American Association of Suicidology, was interviewed for a piece in The Atlantic investigating the notion that lockdowns increased the rate of death by suicide last year.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded Montgomery County over $640,000 in grant funding to implement green infrastructure, plant new trees in the county, monitor water quality and preserve watersheds, and create environmental conservation outreach programs. Among those awarded grants is Center member Casey Trees who’s $75,000 grant will go toward a street tree project that will plant 240 trees. Learn more at Local DVM.

CEO Mike Curtin, Jr. and DC Central Kitchen are featured in an exclusive article by the Washington Business Journal.

The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) and Teachers Advocating to lead Great change (TAG) will launch a four-part series on educational equity, as part of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF). The program, titled “Rooted in Research 2.0,” will stream live on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 pm EDT. Full press release at PR Newswire.

Annemarie Ward, chief executive of Faces & Voices of Recovery, is quoted in an article by DW about the challenges Scotland is facing with drug abuse.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC will celebrate its 40th year at its Spring Affair 2021 event on May 1 at 7 pm with Alan Cumming, Laura Benanti, Shangela and more. Learn more at Metro Weekly.

The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF), a group of leading health care payers, providers, purchasers and patient advocacy organizations, has announced five new Executive Committee members elected by the Task Force’s Board of Directors. Full press release at EIN.

David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, and his statement on the verdict of Derek Chauvin are featured in an article by Metro Weekly.

The National Human Services Assembly has selected Victor Valentine as executive director. He will oversee the expansion of the National Assembly’s strategic direction enhancing the sector’s positive impact on American communities. Read more at Globe Newswire.

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is quoted in an article by InsideNJ discussing how representatives Watson Coleman and Rutherford have introduced bipartisan legislation to install sprinkler systems in older public housing units. Yentel is also quoted in the New York Times, talking about the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.

Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) is mentioned in an article by Street Sense Media discussing how a unique settlement agreement has created hope for change to rampant housing discrimination in DC.

The Arc Prince George’s County will host their 2021 Annual Meeting & Employee Celebration virtually on Thursday, May 13 from 6 pm – 7 pm.. You can register for free and join online for an enjoyable hour of tributes and musical entertainment by Montgomery County singer/songwriter Kelvin Dukes of 2020 America’s Got Talent fame.

Rev. Keith Byrd Sr. of Zion Baptist Church is quoted in an article by WUSA9 featuring DC religious leaders offering ‘next steps’ after the guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial.


April 10 – 16

Philip Pannell, who chairs the Anacostia Coordinating Council, is mentioned in an article by The Washington Post discussing how Ward 8 residents are grappling with solutions for rising violence.

Jeff Chester, executive director of Center for Digital Democracy, talks about his organization’s thoughts on the importance of US laws to protect children from Big Tech, in the Financial Times. Kathryn Montgomery, senior strategist at Center for Digital Democracy, is quoted in an article by BBC News discussing how Facebook is being urged to scrap ‘Instagram for children’ plans.

Hannah Matthews, the associate director for policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, is quoted by NewChannel5 Nashville in an article about Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancements Book Club will hold a Meet & Greet on Friday, April 30 at 2:00pm to kick off its next book selection, Jason Reynold’s For Every One.

The DC Department of Energy and Environment opened voting Monday for the people’s choice award for sustainability in the District of Columbia. DC Central Kitchen is one of the finalists among the entities recognized for making the District a more sustainable place to live. Read more at The Patch. DC Health and DC Central Kitchen have teamed up to make WIC benefits available at DC Corner Stores. See full press release at The DC Line.

In the spirit of uplifting the voices of LGBTQ+ and allied youth in the greater Washington, DC metro area and amplifying those voices within the community, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (GMCW) is pleased to announce their spring GenOut Youth Chorus virtual concert Youth Invasion. Read more at broadway world.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) announced the 2021 recipient of their $25,000 research grant, Developing a Disaster Adaptation Framework for Rural Resilience. Learn more at their website.

Leadership Fairfax is now accepting applications for their premier professional leadership development programs – LFI Signature Program and Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). Applications are due Monday, April 26, 2021. Learn more at The Patch.

From the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Marc Zyla has started a new podcast called “Because” which will feature Simon Woods, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, on an upcoming episode. Learn more at WVIK.

The McLean Project for the Arts will hold its inaugural ArtSprings! “virtual” benefit on Thursday, April 29 at 8 pm. Learn more at InsideNoVa.

Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, is quoted in an article by the Big News Network discussing how the White House is pushing to vaccinate seniors.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) recognized Providencia Quiles, the president and acting principal of Nazareth Regional H.S., for her leadership in keeping the co-ed Catholic high school up and running for the past nine years. Read more at The Tablet.

Melanie Lockwood Herman, CEO of Nonprofit Risk Management Center, is featured in an opinion piece published by TheNonProfitTimes congratulating her on her achievements as a leader, especially during the pandemic.

Mark Falzone, president of Scenic America, is quoted in an article by The Washington Post featuring the 49 new National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.


April 3 – 9

Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s community-wide Giving Day run by ACT for Alexandria, is planned for April 28, 2021. This is a time when Alexandrians come together, uplift one another and support the organizations that serve our community in the best of times and during challenging times. Learn more at The Zebra.

Jonathan Singer, president of the American Association of Suicidology, is quoted by NBC News in an article about how experts say suicidal thoughts are increasing in young kids and that it began before the pandemic.

Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, is quoted in an article by the Chattanooga Times Free Press with the headline, “Biden’s push for electric cars: $174 billion, 10 years and a bit of luck.” EarthX founder Trammell S. Crow and board member of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is featured in an exclusive article by Times Record News.

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is mentioned in an article about the impact of the pandemic on Lousianna’s daycares. Read more at NOLA. The Center for Law and Social Policy also released a statement, featured on Long Island Business News, about how NY will receive $1.8B for childcare.

Available now on third-party delivery apps, every “43 Burger” sale has a 10% donation to DC Central Kitchen to help break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Learn more about the partnership between the nonprofit and the Capital’s Tom Wilson at WTOP.

Tamara Smith, president of the D.C. Primary Care Association, is mentioned in an article by The Washington Post discussing how Giant is holding off on acquiring more coronavirus vaccine for D.C. stores.

In recognition of the powerful role storytelling can play in addressing our nation’s mental health challenges, a coalition of leading media companies and experts, including Center member Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), is joining forces to change the narrative on mental health. Full press release at businesswire.

Caroline Short, director of programming at Generation Hope, and her organization are quoted and featured in an article on the demands put on student parents during the pandemic. Full article at The Chicago Maroon.

The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF or Task Force) announced the release of a paper examining long-term trends in health care spending from 2000 to 2020. Full press release at EIN Presswire.

Jesse Rabinowitz, the advocacy and campaign manager at Miriam’s Kitchen, is featured in an article by StreetSenseMedia discussing how residents are urging D.C. Health to expand resources for people experiencing homelessness.

Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, is quoted in an article by the StarTribune discussing the ‘big new push to vaccinate older Americans.’

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is quoted in an article by NBC News that discusses how housing advocates are saying evictions are continuing at ‘full steam’ despite a federal ban.

Penelope Kyritsis, director of strategic research at Worker Rights Consortium, is quoted in an article by Axios discussing how the Olympic committee gave a uniform contract to a Chinese company with Xinjiang ties.

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