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From: The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington
Date: February 16, 2011
Re:  Fannie/Freddie |  Welcomes | Communication Models
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FANNIE AND FREDDIE UPDATE  The White House framed next steps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the President's FY12 budget, according to the Washington Post, a Dept. of Treasury press release, and PBS' Nightly Business Report.

In 2010, Freddie Mac invested "more than $11 million in grants to more than 200 organizations, most of them local."  Fannie Mae's 2010 giving "totaled $25.8 million," according to the Washington Business Journal.  The loss of their investments would have "devastating consequences" for the people served by our regional nonprofit community, as noted by our region's Congressional Delegation in the Fall of 2008.

CHALLENGES OF GOVERNMENT-NONPROFIT CONTRACTING IN DC was the focus of a recent meeting convened by the Roundtable, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and Urban Institute.  The Urban Institute recently released Human Service Nonprofits and Government Collaboration and this meeting delved into the DC-specific data.

Read more about the discussion between leaders of nonprofits and government agencies on the challenges and promises of contracting and grants in our blogLet us know about your contracting or reimbursement challenges and send us ideas about how to improve the system.  Contact us to be involved in future discussions.


4 fantastic models of communication by our Members are highlighted in our blog - including Whitman Walker Clinic's 'back in black' charts highlighted in The Post, Melwood's car entry at the Washington Auto Show (and a remarkable 30 second video), Goodwill of Greater Washington's mobile app, and ACT for Alexandria's dive into citizen engagement. All this in our blog.





N Street Village's (and Roundtable Board Member) Mary Funke was named President of the Institute of Notre Dame, according to a press release and the Baltimore Business Journal.


Ally McDougalHopecam and Ally McDougal connect homebound children with cancer and other illnesses with their friends using technology. The Washington Post recently featured their work - check them out on Facebook and Twitter too. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Montgomery County and  Katie Slye-Griffin provide self-help, education and advocacy for people with mental illnesses in Montgomery County. NAMI's national CEO, Michael Fitzpatrick, was cited in several news accounts after the Tuscon shootings. Follow NAMI on Facebook

Save $$ at our Energy Alliance info session (Feb 17)
Raise $$ through our Development Table (Feb 17)

Think Twice Before You Slice: Our weekly budget advocacy  updates have timely info from around the region.  For example, the Fair Budget Coalition hosts a DC budget briefing on March 2; and the Prince George's final Public needs hearing is on February 17. Click here to learn about more budget advocacy opportunities.

Feb 22: Nonprofit NoVA: In depth discussion on models used by Executive Directors for effective fundraising. More info online

April 29: NEW CEO Table for Ten Series
CEO Tables for Ten are three monthly lunches with the same set of CEOs. This Table will be facilitated by Janice Frey-Angel of Melwood. Contact Malcolm for more info.

More Event Info Online

Interested in recruiting top talent for entry level positions while saving time and resources? Contact Amy to learn more and share your thoughts.

REPORT! A policy brief by DC Appleseed, The DC Employment Justice Center, and The DC Fiscal Policy Institute on the District's First Source law and the "skills mismatch" between available jobs and residents looking for jobs was mentioned in The Washington Post and blogged about by DC Fiscal Policy Institute.

ON TALENT: Venture Philanthropy Partners' Mario Morino says in a recent newsletter: "Recruit, develop, and retain the greatest talent that fit with your core values. Failure to do so is, to me, literally a dereliction of duty of board and management."

DIP IN JOBS: Casa de Maryland takes advantage of the 'dip in jobs' - by investing in their worker programs, according to their press release.

Our Opportunities page has new items:  Interns from MIT; IRS nonprofit survey; and Smart CEO Women Awards.
See our CEO Jobs and Jobs at Member Organizations.

Our Twitter Member feed has the latest news  on Members.  (Email Malcolm if we aren't listing your Twitter account.)

REPORT!  Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League's recent report "Addressing the Urgent Needs of DC Area LBGTQ Youth" was profiled in Metro Weekly. The report recommends educating schools and community service providers to ensure that they are safe and affirming for LGBTQ youth. Separately, check out their video celebrating 25 years of work.  

Among the Valentine's Day messages we saw this week were: Doorways blogging on the gift of a healthy relationship; and New Community for Children's Nadine Duplessy Kearns and family was one of Bisnow's tales of "nonprofit love".

Alternative House's Emergency Shelter for Teens and the Homeless Youth Initiative were highlighted on Channel 7/TBD.

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area's Cheryl Kravitz commented on the nationwide shortage of blood in Patch.

The Arlington Community Foundation's and Cafritz Foundation's support of Signature in the Schools was mentioned in Broadway World.
The Audubon Naturalist Society has opened registration for their summer Nature Camps, reports Patch.

Capital Area Asset Bank's D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign was profiled in the Washington Post/Capital Business.  The 2010 campaign claimed "$8 million in credits."  Partners cited: Capital One, United Way of the National Capital Region, Wal-Mart Foundation and  Washington Area Women's Foundation.

A CASA de Maryland youth leader engaged on the 'Dream Act' is profiled by a WAMU 88.5 reporter on Spot.USSpot.US is a site that allows reporters to fundraise online for stories others may be interest in.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement's EXCEL award winners - which include DC Central Kitchen's Michael Curtin and Atlas Corps Scott Beale - were featured in Bisnow.

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute's Ed Lazere has an interesting essay on the impact and relationship of tax cuts and tax hikes for the District, in their blog (and linked to by The Washington Post).


DC Police Foundation's Benita Jenkins was highlighted in a Bisnow event feature. The Foundation "helps police raise money for all the cool stuff it can't always afford under the city budget."

DC Vote activists staged a silent protest at a House subcommittee hearing of a controversial abortion bill, reports The Washington Post and The DCist, and a press release


Doorways for Women and Families, which runs Arlington's domestic violence hotline, was mentioned on WAMU 88.5.   


Fight for Children  announced a new initiative called Ready to Learn DC, which aims to ensure that all DC children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, in a press release


Friends of Guest House, along with Alternative House, Greenbrier Learning Center, NOVACO, and Stop Child Abuse Now, were awarded grants by The Giving Circle of HOPE, according to Patch.   


The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital's Brigid Howe commented on a new preparedness badge in Emergency Management.      


Greater DC Care's

April 15 and 16 SERVATHON will bring together 8,000 community and corporate

volunteers with nearly 100 service projects across DC, MD, and VA!


IMPACT Silver Spring announced their IMPACT Award recipients including African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation's Wanjiro Kamau, according to a press release. IMPACT Now! is on March 24


Latin American Youth Center and Youth Radio, in partnership with the Youth Voices program, offered another youth commentary about gender equality in high school, on WAMU 88.5.    


Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is hosting "Reading: A Family Affair," a free event featuring children's music performers, interactive theater, storytellers and more - plus, every child will receive a free book, according to their website


Mary's Center's Maria Gomez, Tahirih Justice Center's Layli Miller-Muro, and The Sitar Arts Center Volunteers will be included in the exhibition "Choosing to Participate," reports The Washington Post and a press release.  


Meyer Foundation's Rick Moyers offers a second look at  Board Term Limits in response to readers' reactions of an earlier column, in his Chronicle of Philanthropy blog.  


Northern Virginia Community College received the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's endorsement to have the County government increase funding for a local match to leverage state-government contributions to NVCC capital projects, according to the Sun-Gazette


Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington

Laura Meyers said that they will begin accepting District-funded plans for abortion, according to The Washington Post.  Separately, Laura said a recent Montgomery County ruling on Crisis pregnancy centers was "disturbing," according to The Washington Examiner.


Reston Interfaith's Kerrie Wilson commented on the Let's Help Kids inaugural gala in The Fairfax Times.  In other news, Reston Interfaith's Bill Threlkeld discussed a future worker center in Centreville in CentreView.


Sasha Bruce Youthwork's Charles Thornton and CentroNia's BB Otero were mentioned for their new positions in Mayor Gray's administration in The Washington Informer.  

United Community Ministries' Capitol Steps show drew record crowds, according to The Mount Vernon Gazette.

United Way of the National Capital Area is shifting the time line for their annual Community Impact Grant Investment Program from April to September - find out more online.

Voices for Virginia's Children's Margaret Nimmo Crowe expressed concern over budget cuts that will affect children with mental illnesses in The News-Leader.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless commented on DC's housing for the homeless, which sometimes includes hotels, on WAMU 88.5.


More events available online.

Need extra help at your nonprofit this summer?  The MIT Community Service Work-Study program makes it affordable to hire summer interns.  Email Linden McEntireSee more on our Opportunities page.

Feb 23:
Higher Achievement Program presents the 6th Annual Literary Love Poetry Performance from 7:30-8:30pm at the John F. Kennedy Center's Family Theater.

Feb 23: LAYC presents the LAYC Comedy Night, featuring six comedians, including Danny Rolando.

Feb 25: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington presents the Catholic Charities Ball, "Puttin' On the Ritz" at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.

Feb 25: The Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership present a conference titled "The Third Sector."

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Chuck Bean
Executive Director