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From: The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington
Date: June 10, 2011
Re: Baker Bulova Gray Leggett  | Working Better Together | Obama @ CentroN´┐Ża
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The Roundtable's Annual Meeting convened elected officials from the regions' four largest jurisdictions, perhaps the first time these four joined together for a public discussion.

The photo shows (from left to right) the Council of Government's David Robertson (a co-sponsor of the event) with Chuck Bean, Prince George's Rushern Baker, Fairfax's Sharon Bulova, the District of Columbia's Vincent Gray, Montgomery's Isiah Leggett, and the Board of Trade's Jim Dinegar (a Roundtable Board Member).

Check out the tweets and our press release feature summaries of and reactions to the discussion, which covered scarce resources and procurement processes, regionalism and Region Forward, as well as housing and health care. Watch Prince George's Rushern Baker talk about creating a one-stop for nonprofits.

As an initial, concrete step in government/nonprofit collaboration, the Roundtable announced a new Working Better Together initiative to improve the effectiveness of the District of Columbia's procurement process.  It will build a collaborative "blueprint for success," informed by the direct experiences of nonprofits as the staff who administer grants and contracts in departments across the District.  For more information, contact Melissa by email or at (703) 527-6379.

At our June 8 Annual Meeting, the Roundtable announced cost-savings programs including: EVENTS
Roundtable Events are Listed Online including:

June 16: Montgomery County Budget & Legislative Debrief

Nonprofit Montgomery convenes State Senator Brian Frosh, Delegate Brian Feldman, County Council Members Leventhal and Riemer on issues from this past session as well as those likely to surface in the next twelve months.  Moderated by WUSA9's Derek McGinty. 


June 24: Audit Your Organizations' Online Presence 

July 26
: Health Care Reform & Benefits for Nonprofit Staff

Nonprofit NoVA convenes an event on key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the status of implementation in Virginia, and key roles for nonprofits in implementation for clients and employees.

July 27: Webinar on Saving Money through

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Washington Grantmakers' Tamara Copeland notes this is the 100th anniversary of organized philanthropy, in a blog post.  She says that "philanthropy is most effective when it works in concert with government, business and the nonprofit sector," and describes 8 Neighbors as an example of this collaboration.

CentroNia welcomed First Lady Michelle Obama as she unveiled Let's Move! Child Care, a new effort to work with child care providers to help our youngest children get off to a healthy start, according to a CentroNia press release, a White House press release and a host of media. You can watch a video of her comments where she calls CentroN´┐Ża un lugar maravilloso.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy announced their new list of 2011-12 of "best small charities" in our region, according to a press release.  The list includes a dozen Roundtable Members: Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Bright Beginnings, District Alliance for Safe Housing, Friends of Guest House, Higher Achievement, HomeAid Northern Virginia, Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Miriam's Kitchen, Sitar Arts Center, Volunteer Fairfax.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy's blog continues their 7 Questions series which has recently featured Brainfood and Safe Shores

The Arlington Community Foundation will disburse more than $320K in college scholarships this year, according to The Sun Gazette

The Audubon Naturalist Society's Diane Lill suggests parents approach gardening with their children with "a sense of wonder and openness," according to Germantown Patch.

Corporate partner Bank of America has awarded HomeAid's national counterpart a grant to support capacity building for select HomeAid chapters, according to a press release.

Casey Trees is a winner of the Washingtonian's 2011 Green Awards.  Separately, Casey Trees reminded DC residents that city trees will be in need of more water during a recent heat wave, according to The DCist.

The DC Employment Justice Center commented on the case of a restaurant worker who won a sexual harassment case against her former employer in The Georgetowner.

DC Fiscal Policy Institute asks, "Who in DC Owns Out of State Bonds? It's Mostly Not Lower-Income Retirees, on their blog.

The Freddie Mac Foundation has created a Heart Gallery of pictures of children waiting for adoptive families, which is on display in Germantown, reports The Gazette.

Greenbrier Learning Center has been named a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, distinguishing GLC's Learning ROCKS! program as one of the top arts and humanities programs in the country, according to their website.

La Clinica del Pueblo's Mpoderate! program was featured in USA Today with an accompanying video about their investment from the Centers for Disease Control.

The Latin American Youth Center's Maryland counterpart, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Center, held a dialogue on mental health services for youth and families in May, according to The Sentinel.

The Living Classrooms Foundation and Honeywell International's environmental education program was featured in the Dundalk Eagle.

Metro TeenAIDS' Adam Tenner talks about the three missing key components in health education, their recent investment from Venture Philanthropy Partners, and more in an op-ed in The Washington Blade.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund has published Leading for the Future, "an experimental pilot initiative designed to enable a group of artistically outstanding organizations to strengthen their business in a shifting environment."

Northern Virginia Family Service's expansion of a Manassas homeless shelter was mentioned in The Washington Post.  In other news, NVFS and Northern Virginia Community College's Training Futures program recently won an Aramark Award, according to Oakton Patch.

Reston Interfaith's Laurel Learning Center children designed t-shirts for the Raise a Racquet for Kids doubles tournament, reports Reston Patch.

Voices for Virginia's Children's recent report, "Children's Mental Health in Virginia: System Deficiencies and Unknown Outcomes," was cited as evidence of mismanagement and corruption in the Virginia juvenile mental health system in The Daily Press.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake has been awarded a CIO 100 Award, which recognizes organization that successfully use IT to create business value, according to a press release.

The Washington DC Police Foundation's gala honored six individuals from the DC Metropolitan Police Department who went above and beyond the call of duty to keep our community safe, according to the Washington PostWatch a 30-second video with Joe Persichini talk about the foundation's return on investment.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, along with other homeless advocates, has been pushing for a tax increase to avoid budget cuts to homeless shelters, according to Georgetown Patch.

Whitman Walker Health's COO, Naseema Shafi wrote about Whitman Walker's leadership and commitment in our region up against the 30-year fight against HIV/AIDS in an op-ed in The Washington Blade.

More events available online.

June 9-12: The Social Welfare Action Alliance  presents its 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Conference , on the theme of "Radical Practice in Human Services: Which Way Forward?"

June 11: DC SCORES hosts the 9th annual DC SCORES Cup.

June 11: N Street Village is partnering with the DC Lady Arm Wrestler's League for a fundraiser arm wrestling match at the American Legion Post 8 on Capitol Hill.  The matches begin at 7:30pm, and tickets are $5 at the door.

June 15: The Council for Court Excellence presents a discussion of ways that technology and social media are being used in DC trial courtrooms.

June 21: The United Way presents the National Day of Action - volunteers will be at the National Mall from 10am to 2pm stuffing 50,000 backpacks with summer reading materials.

Send us your events for us to highlight here and elsewhere.

Send your questions, comments or ideas to

Chuck Bean
Executive Director