Thank you, once again, to everyone who participated in our online community forum over the summer. Your input and insights have been invaluable to our planning process. We’re excited to report that, after an intensive nine-month process, we will launch our strategic plan in mid-December.
The board of directors of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has elected Bo Menkiti, Founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group and Keller Williams Capital Properties, to a three-year term on the Foundation’s board, beginning in November 2015.
As soon as Thanksgiving décor starts making all-too-early appearances in grocery stores, we know the holidays are rushing towards us. In our nonprofit community, this is also the season to review, refresh and deliver outreach plans for year-end giving. According to Giving USA 2014, Americans gave an estimated $358.38 billion to charity in 2014 and 72% of that money came from individuals. A strong year-end appeal that engages individual donors can help ring in the New Year on strong financial footing for your important work.
All of us—regardless of profession, sector, or circumstance—have experienced the power of storytelling. And many of us have been compelled to action for causes and organizations because of stories that resonated on an emotional level.
Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, these team members will play a central role in implementing the Foundation’s new strategic plan, which calls for Meyer to work more visibly and collaboratively toward shared community goals in the interconnected areas of educational attainment, employment, affordable housing, and financial stability for low-income individuals and families.
We are pleased to announce the official launch of the Meyer Foundation’s first-ever online community forum. Over the next two weeks, we invite you to participate in a conversation that will help us refine our strategic plan and ensure that Meyer’s goals and direction align with our broader community’s vision for the future.
Twelve months ago, I began my leadership of the Meyer Foundation and spent my first several months listening to and learning from many of you about the critical issues facing our community. As I shared earlier this year, your thoughts and insights have provided important context as I’ve reflected on Meyer’s role in this community, and have laid the groundwork for the strategic planning process we launched in December. Thank you again for your time, candor, and passion for this region and all its residents.
Danielle M. Reyes is leaving the Meyer Foundation this month after serving as a key member of the Foundation’s program staff since 2002.
Children Fleeing Violence Fund Awards $130,000 to Organizations Serving Children from Central AmericaThe Children Fleeing Violence Fund, a collaborative grantmaking effort established by the Meyer Foundation, has awarded a first round of four grants totaling $130,000 to organizations that serve young people living in the DC region after fleeing violence in Central America.
At its May 7 meeting, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation board of directors approved 82 grants totaling $3.4 million in the Foundation’s four program areas of Education, Healthy Communities, Economic Security, and a Strong Nonprofit Sector. These grants will support organizations whose work collectively touches the lives of more than 300,000 low-income people in the Washington metropolitan region.