Today, decades after my mother’s family came seeking refuge, the future of many hopeful refugees and immigrants is in limbo. As the daughter of an immigrant and a refugee, it’s especially painful for me to see families and children detained in airports, or sent back to the countries they’re fleeing. I’ve been thinking a lot about those families –their pain and their fears. And I’ve been wondering where are the silver linings?
Chances are, you already know that there’s not nearly enough housing in the region that is affordable to all the of the low- and even moderate-income people who need it. Research backs this claim, so I won’t use any of my remaining space here to describe the dilemma. Instead, I want you to tell me how the Meyer Foundation should address this crisis.
The power dynamic in philanthropy can make candid feedback a rare commodity for foundations. That’s why earlier this year we invited our grantee partners to share their opinions on our work and their experience with Meyer by participating anonymously in the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Grantee Perception Survey.
A Vision for an Equitable DC | Meyer partners with Consumer Health Foundation on new equity report and community initiativeLast week, the Meyer Foundation and the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) convened community members, advocates, and policymakers in the District to unpack the findings of the new Urban Institute digital feature, A Vision for an Equitable DC. The report, commissioned by Meyer and CHF, takes an in-depth look at the state of equity among the District’s black, white, and Hispanic residents using ward-level data.
On October 18, the board of directors of the Meyer Foundation approved an unprecedented investment of $1 million to support the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Greater Washington region.
The Meyer Foundation board of directors has selected four chief executives of local nonprofit organizations for the Julie L. Rogers Sabbatical Program.
I recently attended a meeting at my temple that focused on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s bestselling book, Between the World and Me—a personal exploration of racial history in the U.S. Members were interested in engaging in a conversation about our role as allies in moving racial equity forward in our community. As attendees raised their hands to contribute to the discussion, I found myself having so much I wanted to say, and yet feeling hampered in my ability to adequately convey my thoughts. While I did speak up, I know I did not have the right words.
The board of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, a private foundation in Washington, DC, elected Deborah Ratner Salzberg as chair of the board at its June 2, 2016 meeting.
The Meyer Foundation’s board of directors approved the first round of grants under the Foundation’s new strategic plan on June 2. The 80 grants, which totaled $3.25 million, reflect the Foundation’s mission to build an equitable Greater Washington region in which economically vulnerable people thrive.
Today the Meyer Foundation is launching a new sabbatical grants program that was established by our board of directors to honor Julie Rogers, who served as Meyer’s president from 1986 to 2014.