At last Thursday’s Meyer Foundation board meeting, I informed the board that I’ve decided to step down from my role as vice president for programs and communications effective July 14.
In the second year of implementing our strategic plan, and in the early stages of integrating racial equity into all aspects of our work, the Meyer Foundation is looking forward to supporting new work that addresses shared community goals in housing, education and employment, and financial security. We are also eager to increase support for current grantees who have the appetite and capacity to expand their work and accelerate progress toward those goals.
With mixed emotions, I’ve made the decision to transition from the Meyer Foundation to accept a position with another organization. I have deep respect for the work we do, and in my role as a program officer have had the privilege of engaging in important conversations with grantees, colleagues in philanthropy, and in the broader community around affordable housing, employment and education, and financial stability. I’ve broadened my network of DC-area leaders I admire to include talented and thoughtful executive directors leading our grantee and prospective grantee organizations.
Groundbreaking study shows positive impact of Meyer’s capacity-building grants on nonprofit financial growthCapacity-building grant programs are intended to boost a nonprofit’s effectiveness, and with 77 percent of staffed grantmakers funding such efforts,* many in philanthropy must believe that investments produce positive outcomes for grantees. Until now, however, research in this area has been limited, making it difficult to assess the impact of this support beyond a typical grant period.
My own career has allowed me to see the field of youth development from various angles. I know that no matter the approach to support, when you meet a young person where they are, it serves as a solid foundation for growth. As Meyer continues to hone in on our approach to youth development, we hope to grow right along with our partner organizations and the youth they serve.
Visiting the NMAAHC helped me understand how shallow and superficial a treatment black history had been given in the history classes and textbooks of my childhood.
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.