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September 22 – 28

Arlington Community Foundation will host their Annual Community Cup Golf Classic on October 29, 2018 according to Inside NoVA. Funds raised during the event will support grant and scholarship programs.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) Board Chair, Michael Garcia, penned a Letter to the Editor in ARLNow calling for an expansion in behavioral health services.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement announces the winners of the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award, one each from Washington, DC, Virginia, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s latest report on Amazon’s move to capture public sector spending was covered by EdSurge in its article “When School Districts Buy From Amazon, Are They Getting the Best Deal? Maybe Not.”

National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO, Diane Yentel, commented on newly proposed federal legislation aimed at addressing the housing crisis in Curbed and The Atlantic.

National Peace Corps Association President and CEO, Glenn Blumhorst, discussed this year’s Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award recipient in NPR.

The White House Historical Association’s official 2018 White House Christmas Ornament is now available. The ornament honors President Harry S. Truman and the significant changes he made to the White House and the Presidential Seal. All ornament sales support the mission of the non-profit, non-partisan association to protect, preserve and provide public access to the history of the White House.

September 15 – 21

A Wider Circle announced they will honor Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) with the 2018 Commitment to Change Award during their annual Community Ball on September 27 according to PR Newswire.

Beacon House, Hope for Henry and Junior League of Washington are among the nonprofits selected by Compass for their 2018-19 Greater Washington Classic Project Roster.

Bright Beginnings is partnering with the Washington Capitals’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and KaBOOM! to build a playground at one of their centers according to the Washington Capitals.

National Breast Cancer Coalition President, Frances M. Visco, penned a New York Times Letter to the Editor about medical industry accountability to breast cancer patients.

Sitar Arts Center announced that Essence Newhoff will serve as Senior Director of Development according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Prior to the role, Newhoff served as the Deputy Chief Development Officer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Western Presbyterian Church’s food donation partnership with Miriam’s Kitchen was highlighted on WTOP.

September 8 – 14

DC Primary Care Association was featured in The Washington Post for their work in advocating for and providing prenatal care services to low-income pregnant women in Washington, D.C.

disAbility Resource Center celebrated their 25th anniversary during their Rock the Block Party according to Fredericksburg.com

Hope for Henry will hold its 15th Anniversary Extravaganza at City Winery in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 6:30pm.

Nonprofit Village is opening a new Incubation Center in Rockville, Maryland providing affordable capacity building, professional support services and opportunities for collaboration—all within a shared workspace.

The Veterans Consortium will host its 2018 Pro Bono Mission Partner Awards Reception & Fireside Chat at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 3 at Union Station in Washington, DC.

Volunteer Prince William awarded Shelley Tibbs the 2018 Coalition for Human Services Labor of Love Award.

 

September 1 – 7

Arlington Community Foundation’s new president and CEO, Jennifer Owens was highlighted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is offering its popular Nonprofit Financial Boot Camp on September 20-21, 2018.

Miriam’s Kitchen and George Washington University’s campus garden partnership was featured in The Washington Post.

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) has scheduled its Risk Summit for October 1-2, 2018. This two-day conference is ideal for nonprofit leaders who want to broaden their perspectives on risk management, learn practical strategies for identifying and managing risk, and bring risk resources and know-how back to their mission-driven organizations.

Charity Navigator has awarded St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families its second consecutive four-star rating.

As part of its #CallTextLive campaign during September’s National Suicide Prevention Month, PRS will enter teams in the AFSP Loudoun and Fairfax Walks and the NAMI NoVA Walk, and encourages all to participate.

From September 4-7, the Student Press Law Center implemented its Back to School Tips program, posting an article each day with links to key legal issues and topics to help student journalists and their advisers at the high school and college levels get their academic year off to a strong start.

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June 23 – 29

Mark Bergel, founder and CEO of A Wider Circle, commented on US HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s plan to build a self-sufficiency hub in a Washington, D.C. affordable housing complex in The Washington Post.

Caregiver Action Network launched a new web-based program to match family caregivers in underserved areas with training and support according to PR Newswire.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement announced its AIM Award winners. Miriam’s Kitchen took first place. Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and The Arc Prince George’s County were named Honorable Mentions.

District Alliance For Safe Housing was featured on WJLA in advance of their DASH Awareness Day and “Dash for-DASH” 5k race being hosted in partnership with SWEAT DC.

The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC held its National School Program 4th Annual Champions Challenge on June 4, hosting local fourth, fifth and sixth graders, and members of the Center staff were there to help.

Maryland Nonprofits has released its 2018 Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey, with some interesting results.

Miriam’s Kitchen discussed the dangers that extreme heat pose to homeless individuals in WAMU 88.5.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities was mentioned in an article that appeared in the June 28, edition of The Washington Post written by columnist Theresa Vargas.

The Arc Prince George’s County is leading a group of sister Arc chapters in the DMV region on a media buy with WUSA9, with a promotional spot currently running both on-air and through a series of targeted digital ads.

“Our Region, Your Investment”, a joint initiativeby Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and Enterprise Community Loan Fund, was featured in Next City. The fund provides loans to support tenants in purchasing their own affordable buildings in D.C.

June 16 – 22

Breast Care for Washington, DC and Miriam’s Kitchen were among the 14 nonprofits selected to receive a Qlarant Foundation Award according to ForexTV. In total, $385,000 was distributed to the organizations.

DC Central Kitchen was featured in Nonprofit Quarterly for their work in preventing food waste and ending the cycle of hunger.

District Alliance for Safe Housing was featured on WTOP for their work in supporting survivors of intimate partner violence.

Latino Economic Development Center and Children’s Law Center were featured on WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss tenant rights organizing efforts in Washington, D.C.

Miriam’s Kitchen won the Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2018 AIM Award. Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and The Arc Greater Prince George’s County were both awarded Honorable Mention.

Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer free rides on July 4 through their SoberRide partnership with Lyft according to Arlington Patch.

May 26 – June 15

The Day Tajon Got Shot, a book written by ten Beacon House teens, received its second national award when selected as the 2017 “Gold” award winner in the category of books written by child authors by Foreword Reviews, an organization that celebrates the best books from university and independent publishers.

Bright Beginnings was featured in a Slate article on challenges that many low-income families face when searching for childcare during non-traditional work hours.

The Center for Black Equity President and CEO, Earl Fowlkes, Jr., participated in a panel discussion on how HIV/AIDS has impacted LGBTQ, black and brown communities in Washington, D.C. on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) commented on the impact potential Medicaid and Medicare cuts would have on mental health care access in Teen Vogue.

Two DC SCORES alumni were featured on FOX 5 DC discussing their trip to Russia for the Street Child World Cup. DC SCORES was also featured in an article by The Guardian about the lack of African American youth playing soccer.

Food & Friends was featured in U.S. News & World Report for their work in providing nutrition education for individuals living with a chronic illness.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and the Center for Black Equity are among the organizations participating in the Washington Nationals Annual LGBT Pride night according to Outsports.

Latino Economic Development Center and Children’s Law Center were featured in The Washington Post discussing steps some apartment tenants are taking to protest poor building conditions.

N Street Village held their 12th Annual Empowerment Luncheon according to The Washington Times. Over 350 individuals attended the event and helped raised funds to support homeless and low-income women of the Washington D.C. area.

The White House Historical Association launched their new app that allows individuals to take a virtual tour of the White House according to ABC News. The app was announced by First Lady Melania Trump.

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DC SCORES creates neighborhood teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. Our 5-day-a-week programming holistically blends soccer leagues, original poetry/spoken word, and child directed service projects—mind, body and soul. Founded by a schoolteacher for 15 kids, DC SCORES has served DC’s low-income communities since 1994. Today, 200+ seasonal community coaches provide 36 weeks (350,000+ child-hours) of free, whole child, after school programs and summer camps for 2,200+ kids at 55 DC traditional/charter public schools and recreation centers.

Describe one management best practice of which you are particularly proud.

We are particularly proud of the integration of our team: everyone is responsible for highquality programming and everyone is a fundraiser. All staff – no matter what their primary role – regularly participates in programming. Likewise, all staff – no matter what their primary role – plays an active role in fundraising and being a “brand ambassador”. For example, our corporate gifts lead periodically referees elementary school soccer games, as does our Board Secretary. One of our soccer coordinators regularly rallies a D.C. United fan club to donate time and money to DC SCORES. Our grantwriter serves thousands of lunches at our annual spring soccer tournament.

Our data and evaluation lead frequently shares her stories about DC SCORES’ impact on individual kids she has gotten to know in front of volunteer and funder groups. The list goes on. All staff work all events (program and fundraising) regardless of “department,” because it connects fundraisers to program staff and program staff to fundraisers and operations staff to both. All staff are invited and encouraged to join the Board for dinner before Board meetings, and all Board members are expected and encouraged to work events alongside staff. The impact of a highly-integrated team is evident via “external” or “tangible” results, e.g. highly-successful crowdfunding giving day campaign, robust social media engagement, brand recognition in the local soccer community, expanding partnerships with area companies and nonprofits.

As importantly, it is reflected internally – in the trust our team have in each other and the support they readily offer each other; in the relationships between staff and Board, between staff and volunteers; in the deep knowledge of and connection to programming our fundraising and operations teams have, and in the appreciation for and commitment to be active partners in fundraising our program team has. The resulting enthusiasm our entire team has for each other and the work we do in the community is infectious, inspiring, and produces dividends in the metrics we use to track our success.

What advice would you offer for other nonprofit leaders/organizations striving for excellence in nonprofit management?

Effective, efficient, usable infrastructure really matters. Solid infrastructure keeps people mission-focused, provides early warning signals about potential challenges, increases efficiency, facilitates being a learning organization, and smoothes personnel transitions by retaining institutional knowledge. However, at the end of the day, it’s all about the people. Without passionate, dedicated, curious, committed people at all levels of a nonprofit – people who wholeheartedly buy into the cause, who feel part of the team, who feel ownership over the impact – even the best systems can fail.

How has the application process benefited your organization? What have you learned through the application process?

The application process gave us the opportunity to codify – in one place – the many management and infrastructure improvements we’ve implemented the past 5 years. Being in the day-to-day weeds, it isn’t always easy to recognize the big picture. Putting this application together gave us a moment to reflect, appreciate, and recognize how robust our operations are (and what is still left to do!), and the effort that went into getting to this place. All of these operational practices (the what, how, and why) documented in one place is a great resource that we intend to share with the full Board and all senior staff, as well as at new Board member training.

What does this award mean for you and your organization?

It is incredible validation and affirmation of the unsung hard work put in by staff and Board over the past many years. Nearly three years ago we experienced the unanticipated loss of a significant funder (due to their shift in focus) at the beginning of our fiscal year. Together, management and board determined not only to address the short-term consequences head-on (and were able to secure replacement funding), but to shore up our fiscal and operational infrastructure so that, should anything like this happened again, it would not threaten organizational viability.

We are very proud of the fact that the short-term impact on the kids we serve was minimal, and that we not only recovered, but today serve ~30% more children than we did before that challenge in a more sustainable manner than ever before. Our staff and Board leadership are the real heroes in achieving this; yet, none of them sought credit and few outside of their small group are even aware of all that went on behind the scenes. This award means the world to our small staff and Board leaders – a meaningful recognition of their commitment and contributions. It also is meaningful external validation of DC SCORES’ commitment to be not just an impactful, but a sustainable, long-term presence in the neighborhoods we serve and in kids’ lives.

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A-SPAN provides life-sustaining services for Arlington’s street homeless. Their mission is to secure permanent housing for one of Arlington’s most vulnerable populations through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. From their street outreach to permanent supportive housing programs, A-SPAN is able to assist nearly 1,000 street homeless people annually.

What does winning this award mean for you and your organization?

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Board Leadership award is a monumental achievement for A-SPAN at a time when we are on the cusp of realizing one. The Award would bring added publicity and recognition to A-SPAN as we transition to a year-round Homeless Services Center – a first of its kind facility in the DC Metro Area – September/October 2015. This achievement delivered by A-SPAN’s current management team and board culminates over 20 years of work by the organization and our advocates. The Homeless Services Center will deliver the best results for our clients in the most efficient, cost-effective manner for local government and the taxpayer base.

However, the cost of operating a year-round Homeless Services Center will be far greater than what it costs A-SPAN to operate a five-month Emergency Winter Shelter. As we carry out the type of major fundraising efforts needed to cover the difference, the recognition the award brings and the seal of approval from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement Selection Committee should be considered vital to our efforts. It serves to validate all that we have accomplished and all that we strive to do. It will help our donors realize that their investment with A-SPAN is well managed and well-placed. A-SPAN has a strong media presence and development ability primed to maximize the notoriety the award brings to an organization. The Board Leadership Award would serve as the catalyst for bringing our groundbreaking work to the region’s attention.

What have you learned through the application process for the Board Leadership Award?

The application process for the Board Leadership Award has benefitted our organization since the process requires applicants to conduct an intensive and exhaustive appraisal of its Board practices. In order to prepare our initial response, we established a committee comprised of the President/CEO, Board Chair, two other board members and the Director of Marketing and Grants tasked with completing each round. To do so successfully, it required us as an organization to ask the tough questions, and respond to them honestly.

The application process caused us to conduct an internal review in order to capture what we do well already, and to determine can be done better. What is worthy of the award? What areas can be improved? What processes are strong enough to be considered areas of excellence and worthy of sharing not only with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement Selection Committee, but with our constituents and organizations that we regularly collaborate with? We understand that the Board Leadership Award and its application process serves as a beacon for all nonprofits. For us as an organization to aspire to be the standard-bearer, we must diligently assess every internal process, impart what we learn through the process to other area nonprofit management teams, and to understand how the information we share can affect real change.

After having gone through this review process as part of our submission to the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, we now intend to institutionalize the review process itself.  In this way, review of our management processes now reflects the culture that the management team itself helped to create: one of transparency, openness to critique, and tireless dedication to continually improving. This approach has helped us get to the point where we believe ourselves worthy of the Board Leadership Award. By having gone through the process, we have learned that we want this review to be part of the way we conduct business moving forward.

What advice would you offer for other organizations/board members striving for excellence in board leadership?

The advice that A-SPAN would offer to other nonprofit leaders striving for excellence in Board leadership is that the strategic plans organizations dedicate so much time and resources to develop really need to be the driver for everything that the organization does. A-SPAN’s strategic plan is used throughout our organization as a dynamic, living “compass.” It does not just sit on the shelf but guides our operational planning, budgeting, and management. It keeps us focused on our programmatic objectives and strategies, as well as our priorities in development, communications, finance, and governance.

The strategic plan is the focus of each board retreat where we ensure support and understanding of our mission, vision, goals and objectives, strategies, timeframes, and roles and responsibilities. The plan is maintained on an ongoing basis by the board which updates the document as needed to reflect changing targets and circumstances. Our President/CEO presents the plan to each staff department to ensure their understanding, and obtain feedback and buy-in.

Our active communication with other nonprofit organizations, area businesses, government, faith-based groups, clients, volunteers and the Arlington community keep these groups informed and provides an avenue for their input into our planning processes. This open forum for dialogue has helped shape the organization, helping us align with national best practices, learn from other organizations, avoid duplication of services, develop partnerships towards mutual goals and create efficiencies. If it is considered a best practice to collaborate in the delivery of services, it stands to reason that planning cannot be done in a vacuum. This is an important distinction with A-SPAN. Furthermore, by opening our planning processes to our stakeholders, it contributes to the exceptional level of support we have from the Arlington community – most noted by the over 4,000 people that volunteer with our organization annually.

When our committees plan their activities, they look first to the strategic plan to identify their assignments and goals. And, when we so frequently ask the question – “how are we doing?” – we go back to the strategic plan, our compass, to determine if we are on-track or if we need a course correction. In fact, at each board meeting the CEO’s report is structured to focus on our recent progress against the plan. To be clear, it is not our strategic plan itself that is exceptional, but rather our ongoing and vibrant planning processes, the many ways in which the strategic plan is put to use, and the extent to which a strategic planning mindset has enveloped the organization and our stakeholders.

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December 30 – January 5 

Bethesda Cares was featured in a Bethesda Magazine article about the recent death of homeless man and services available for homeless individuals in the County during the winter season.

A client of Bright Beginnings was profiled in The Washington Post as a part of organization’s participation in the Helping Hands Initiative. Through Bright Beginnings support, the client was able to get connected to educational, housing, medical and child cares services.

Children’s Law Center was mentioned in a Washington Post article on D.C. Public School system’s use of the 80/20 rule to determine if a student is considered absent for the day.

Comcast Foundation awarded $265,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits in the Greater Washington Region this year according to Alexandria News. Nonprofit award recipients include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Identity Inc., and the YWCA National Capital Area.

The Family Crisis Center was featured on WJLA over concerns raised about the unlivable conditions of a Prince George’s based domestic violence shelter and steps they are taking to improve them.

Food & Friends meal service volunteers were featured on WJLA for their work delivering meals to individuals with life changing illnesses despite this week’s cold temperatures.

Hope for the Warriors will be one of four beneficiaries of Hy-Vee’s annual Round Up program according Business Record. This year, the program brought in over $290,000 in funding.

Little Lights Urban Ministries Founder and Executive Director, Steve Park, will be honored with the 16th Annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award according to Metro Weekly.

A telemedicine program of Mary’s Center, that allows the organization to offer primary care virtually to Medicaid patients, was featured on NPR and MedPage Today.

A partnership between N Street Village and Unity Health Care was featured in The Washington Post. Through the partnership, homeless women in need of medical attention are able to be seen within a N Street Village Shelter.

National Peace Corps Association applauded the nomination of Josephine Olsen to lead the Peace Corps by the White House in the Baltimore Sun.

Pathways to Housing DC was mentioned in a Washington Post article on the rise of unsheltered single adults in the District over the past five years.

Street Sense was mentioned in a Washington Post story on “Homelessly in Love,” a documentary featuring love stories in Washington, D.C.’s homeless community. The project received funding for video equipment from the organization.

The Training Source, Inc. announced that Gloria B. Thornwell, founder of BluPrint, LLC will join their board according to Digital Journal.

Volunteer Arlington is partnering with 12 Arlington based nonprofits, including Alliance for Housing Solutions, Arlington Free Clinic, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing and Just Neighbors, to host their annual MLK Day of Service according to Virginia Connection Newspapers. Volunteers will be able to participate in service projects around the community for all ages.

December 23 – December 29

Alice Ferguson Foundation President and CEO, Lori Arguelles, penned an opinion piece in The Washington Postabout waste-reduction and diversion efforts across the Greater Washington Region.

Beacon House received a donation of youth athletic sports equipment from DC United’s Russell Canouse of Redskins’ Jonathan Allen according to WUSA9.

Breast Care for Washington DC was highlighted in The Hill for their work in providing mammograms in the District. The organization has provided 3300 mammograms over the past three years according to the article.

Bright Beginnings, N Street Village and So Others Might Eat were featured in The Washington Post for their work in supporting individuals facing homelessness.

Bright Beginnings’ efforts to enrich the educational experience of their youth clients was highlighted in The Washington Post.

DC Appleseed, Washington AIDS Partnership and the DC Department of Health released a first year progress report this month on their plan to end HIV/AIDS in the District according to The Washington Post.

Identity Inc. was quoted in a Washington Post article on a Montgomery County Public School District plan to extend the academic school year by four to five weeks.

The International Spy Museum will relocate to L’Enfant Plaza in fall 2018 according The Washington Post. The new site will offer additional floor and event space.

Mary’s Center’s annual children’s holiday party was featured in NBC4 Washington. Toys were distributed to over 1,000 youth during the event.

Three clients from N Street Village were profiled in The Washington Post. All three women spoke about the impact the organization has had on their life.

December 16 – December 22

American Historical Association was mentioned in an Inside Higher Ed article on the growing trend of humanities and social sciences Ph.D.s working outside academe.

Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency is gearing up to host its 21st Annual Harriett Pratt Gifts of Love this month according to Eye On Annapolis. The event will benefit 140 low-income children in the area.

A Wider Circle and Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless were featured in a Montgomery County Sentinel article on charitable giving this holiday season.

A Wider Circle collected and distributed gifts to over 5,000 youth at D.C. Housing Authority’s “Gift of Love” event according to WJLA.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia and Homestretch were featured in Fairfax Times for their work in providing assistance and shelter for victims of domestic and family violence.

Former President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to a branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washingtonwas featured in People.

Bright Beginnings’ “Workforce Development Week” was featured in The Washington Post as a part of the organization’s partnership with The Washington Post Helping Hand Initiative.

Casey Tree’s was featured in a Washington Post article on tree-planting efforts in the District.

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington and Thrive DC were featured on NBC4 Washington’s News4 Your Sunday: Holiday Philanthropy segment.

A report by The Center for Children’s Law and Policy on the conditions of youth prisons in Maine was featured in U.S. News & World Report.

A report by D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute on the decline of affordable housing in the District was featured in The Washington Post.

Two poet-athletes with DC SCORES performed their Poetry Slam! poems live on NBC4.

HomeAid Northern Virginia partnered with SevaTruck to bring food and winter essentials to individuals living in “tent cities” in Woodbridge, VA according to Inside NoVA.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that 534 semi-finalists out of 2,500 applicants will advance in their Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars award competition according to PR Newswire. Finalists will receive $40,000 for up to three years to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will receive the proceeds from Hawthorne restaurant’s “Falafel Frenzy” Christmas Eve dinner according to WTOP.

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and Loudoun Hunger Relief received the proceeds from this year’s Loudoun Empty Bowls event according to Loudoun Times-Mirror. This year’s event brought in $34,000 for the two organizations.

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter received a donation of 250 bags of hygiene products by an 11-year-old resident for their clients according to Loudoun Times-Mirror.

Maryland Nonprofits CEO, Heather Iliff, discussed the impact the federal tax overhaul plan will have on charitable giving in the Delmarva Daily Times.

A client of N Street Village was profiled in The Washington Post as a part of the organization’s partnership with The Washington Post Helping Hand Initiative.

National Humanities Alliance congratulated seven programs in Virginia that received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in a press release on NBC 29 News. In total, the seven organizations received $647,399 in funding.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria received a $500 holiday donation from Alexandria’s Old Town Walled Garden Club according to the Virginia Connection Newspapers.

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis was quoted in a Roanoke Times article on increasing school funding to better serve low-income students and address equity concerns.

United Way of Frederick County announced they will adjust their funding guidelines to help address challenges individuals that earn above the poverty line, but below the minimum cost of living, face according to The Frederick News-Post. Additionally, the organization was quoted in a Frederick News Post article on the changing demographics of Frederick County, MD.

Volunteer Prince William partnered with The Knights of Columbus George Brent Council to collect and pack over 800 gifts for families in Prince William County, VA according to the Arlington Catholic Herald.

December 9 – December 15

ACT for Alexandria Chief Program Officer, Brandi Yee, penned an article in the Virginia Connection Newspaperson the organization’s impact over the years in the community.

Fifty middle school students involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington had a holiday surprise visit from Former President Barack Obama according to the Washington Post.

CASA de Maryland applauded a Montgomery County Council resolution calling on the Trump Administration to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program according the Washington Post.

Madye Henson (Covenant House Washington), Bethany Henderson (DC SCORES) and Rosie Allen-Herring (United Way of the National Capital Area) were recently honored at The Washington Business Journal’s CEO of the Year and C-Suite awards ceremony this month. All three women were named Nonprofit Director of the year.

DC Vote was featured in a Washington City Paper article on DC Statehood efforts.

Doorways for Women and Families will be one of this year’s beneficiaries of Arlington Community Federal Credit Union’s “Loans That Give,” initiative according to Inside NOVA.

Faces & Voices of Recovery is partnering with Addiction Policy Forum to launch a few initiatives aimed at supporting individuals and families struggling with opioid and other substance use disorders according to Business Wire.

Family Services Inc. is partnering with Montgomery County to operate the new Safe Passage Center according to Bethesda Magazine. The new center will provide child visitation supervision for families experiencing domestic violence.

Martha’s Table will be this year’s beneficiary of Lyft’s Merry Mode donations according to NBC4 Washington and WTOP.

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless is seeking gift donations for families they serve according to Bethesda Patch. Thus far, the organization has collected 480 gifts and is seeking 600 more.

A report by the National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy on challenges and opportunities in southern communities was featured in Inside Philanthropy.

George Mason High School Student Council leaders will hold a toy drive to benefit Northern Virginia Family Services according to Falls Church News-Press.

N Street Village was featured in The Washington Post for their work in providing safe shelter for homeless women in the District. The organization is a nonprofit partner in The Washington Post Helping Hand initiative.

Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital was highlighted in a Kiplinger article on holiday season giving.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria was featured in the Virginia Connection Newspapers for their work in helping complete critical home repairs for low-income families in Alexandria.

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy’s public forum calling for the expansion of Medicaid was featured in Falls Church New-Press. In attendance was State Senator George Barker (39th District) who addressed the crowd.

December 2 – December 8

The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region is assisting residents of an apartment building that recently caught fire in Southeast DC, according to NBC4 Washington.

Bethesda Cares is mourning the sudden passing of their new Executive Director, Michael Officer according to Bethesda Magazine.

Bright Beginnings was featured in the Washington Post for their work in providing child care services for homeless families in the District.

The Campagna Center is preparing to hold their 47th annual Scottish Christmas Walk according to Alexandria Times. The event, which will be held in Alexandria, VA, will feature a parade, holiday home tours and food tastings.

D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless were featured in a Washington Post article on potential changes to homeless service regulations in the District.

DC Central Kitchen was featured on WJLA for their efforts to prevent food waste in the region. The organization hopes to recover one million pounds of food in 2018, to help produce two million meals.

Generation Hope was featured in Afro American for their work in helping teen parents access and complete college.

Holiday recipes from Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Jewish Food Experience program were featured in WTOP.

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington’s annual legislative breakfast was featured in the Montgomery County Sentinel. Over 200 individuals were in attendance including a number of local, state and federal elected officials.

Legal Aid Justice Center is representing two undocumented immigrants who have filed a lawsuit filed against the US government for the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program according to Fairfax Times.

Martha’s Table received a donation of over 580 PB&J sandwiches as a part of a giving project by Robert E. Smith Business School Part-Time MBA students according to Montgomery County Media.

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy is celebrating its 29th season of performing The Nutcracker according to Montgomery County Media. The show will run through December 10, at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, MD.

Northern Virginia Health Foundation’s report on health and economic disparities in Northern Virginia was featured in Fairfax Times.

Southeast Ministry was featured in a Washington Post article on adult education and training efforts in the District. The organization assists between 350 – 500 adults in completing the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems each year.

United Community Ministries was quoted in a Washington Post article on revitalization efforts along Richmond Highway and the impact it will have on existing communities in the area.

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy recently held a press conferences to call on Members of Congress to expand medicated according to WHSV.

Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer residents free safe rides home from December 15 through January 1, through their partnership with Lyft according to ABC7.

The Up Center received a $2,500 grant from Suffolk Foundation to help provide outpatient counseling services according to Suffolk News-Herald.

The Washington School for Girls was featured on NBC4 for their work in shaping and educating young girls in Southeast DC.

November 25 – December 1

A Wider Circle partnered with the Town of Chevy Chase View to collect home furnishing for families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness according to Bethesda Magazine.

Bread for the City was featured on WAMU 88.5 for a lawsuit they filed against the District for not properly administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

Bright Beginnings Executive Director, Marla Dean, was profiled in the Washington Post as a part of the Helping Hand Initiative. This December, Dean will celebrate one year with the organization. Additionally, The Junior League of Washington was mentioned for their role in helping start the organization.

Casey Trees was featured in Governing Magazine for their work in planting and maintaining trees in the District.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence, was featured on CBS 19 discussing reasons why people give back to their community.

D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute was quoted in a Washington Post article on a new fund being established in The District to preserve affordable housing.

D.C. Hunger Solutions was featured in a Fast Company article on food injustice across America and policies that limit communities in addressing the issue.

A number of Greater Washington nonprofits including: DC Central Kitchen, Thrive DC and Miriam’s Kitchen were featured in a WTOP article about the importance of supporting local nonprofits during this year’s #Giving Tuesday.

DC Central Kitchen was featured in a CBS News 60 Minutes segment on DC Chef José Andrés’ humanitarian work.

DC SCORES was featured in W*USA9 segment about Giving Tuesday. The organization is hoping to raise $30,000 to help support their programing for youth.

The District Alliance for Safe Housing was featured in a W*USA9 story about recent family related violence in the region and the increase in adults seeking their services.

FACETS’ Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program was featured in The Virginia Connection Newspapers. The Program, which will run through April 2018, partners with churches to help provide shelter and meals for the homeless.

Men Can Stop Rape was featured on WUSA*9 for their work in teaching young men to identify and stop violence against women.

A report commissioned by Northern Virginia Health Foundation on health opportunities and outcomes in Northern Virginia was features in WTOP and The Washington Post.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria President, Katharine Dixon, penned a thank you letter to the organization’s volunteers and supporters in the Virginia Connection Newspapers. Recently the organization was named Association/Non-Profit Business of the Year by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Shelter House received a $10,000 donation at the opening ceremony HomeGoods in Potomac Yard, VA according to Virginia Connection Newspapers.

The Arc of Northern Virginia was honored with the nonprofit leadership award by Leadership Fairfax at their 21st annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards according to Fairfax Times.

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless was quoted in a Washington Post article on homeless encampments in the District.

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