As we work with our partners throughout the region in addressing complex issues such as affordable housing, financial stability, and education, Meyer is looking to leverage these strengths through four distinct strategies.
While Meyer is taking a new approach to its work, its commitment to investing in the Washington region is as strong as ever.
Meyer annually awards more than $7 million in grants and invests in organizations that are committed to making meaningful progress in advancing equity in the Washington region.
We provide general operating support to highly effective nonprofits working toward long-term goals; and we provide program support when needed to test approaches, expand programs with meaningful results, and support advocacy that advances solutions.
In the past, Meyer program officers oversaw individual program areas that spanned the region. However, in order to break down programmatic silos and deepen our engagement in Virginia and Maryland, our program officers are now focused geographically. Today, our program officers work to connect our high-level goals within their jurisdictional focus and are looking to expand and share successful strategies throughout the region.
We believe this new way of organizing our work will help us make better connections and address our region’s challenges in a more holistic way — helping us make better decisions about how to leverage our own resources while fostering relationships and ideas that will push change more quickly.
Meyer has a long history of investing in the capacity and sustainability of our grantee organizations and their leaders. Our core belief – that organizations are more effective when they are equipped with strong leadership, thoughtful strategy, and sound operations – has driven our capacity-building work since the launch of our Management Assistance Program in 1994.
Our Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program is an evolution in Meyer’s Management Assistance Program and our approach to capacity-building. Through our OE program, Meyer will provide grants that:
- Help our grantees strengthen management and leadership, assess and increase impact, and expand resources.
- Increase the capacity of our grantees to align and partner with others to meet shared community goals.
We also partner with leading capacity-building providers to offer targeted, high-impact programs and initiatives that strengthen organizational effectiveness among groups of grantees.
Convening and Advocacy
Meyer’s work extends far beyond grantmaking. To be truly effective in advancing equity in Washington, we must also use our knowledge and social capital to convene around issues that require bold leadership and action.
As a result, we also serve as a leading regional voice to raise awareness about the barriers that prevent economically vulnerable people from thriving — and highlight examples and ideas from others who are working to create a more equitable Washington region.
We also work to bring people and organizations together so that they can achieve greater impact.
No single foundation, organization, or business can overcome our region’s challenges on its own. If it were that easy, many of these problems facing the Washington region would no longer exist.
Change requires collective action. It requires the philanthropic community, nonprofits, the faith community, government, the private sector and individuals working together toward shared goals.
Throughout the Washington region, we see institutions and individuals who care about and are investing in programs that aim to create more affordable housing, improve our education system, and help our most vulnerable become financially stable. But many of these programs would benefit from increased investment and collaboration.
Meyer also leads, participates in, and supports the collective action of multiple cross-sector organizations working toward shared goals.