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.
The board of directors of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has elected Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College, to a three-year term on the Foundation’s board, beginning in March 2015.
This post originally appeared on www.dailywrag.com. One of the things I like most about Greater Washington’s funding community is the degree to which everyone is open to working collaboratively. Whenever I’m in touch with colleagues to better understand their funding strategies or to discuss ideas for new work, I’m always impressed by their willingness to share information and to consider working together in new ways.
The board of directors of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has elected Michael N. Harreld, regional president of PNC Bank for the Greater Washington Area, to a three-year term on the Foundation’s board, beginning in January 2015.
It’s hard for me to fathom that six months have already passed since I joined the Meyer Foundation. During that time, I’ve been committed to listening and learning as much as I could—about Meyer and the team here, about all of you and your work, about the issues and challenges facing low-income people in our region, and about the opportunities to work collectively to have an even greater positive impact on their lives and well-being.
Earlier this year, tens of thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador crossed the border from Mexico to Texas and turned themselves in to U.S. immigration authorities. This dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border overwhelmed the immigration and court systems and received heavy media coverage.
One of the most inspiring aspects of working in philanthropy is the opportunity to hear powerful stories from so many different organizations—stories of transformed lives, revitalized neighborhoods, and game-changing partnerships with business and government.