When Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LPTM), an arts-based mentoring program for black boys and young men, opened up two new pilot programs this fall to expand from its flagship campus, enrollment doubled, according to executive director Mary Brown. So did its waiting list.
The business of business isn't always business. Hundreds of D.C.'s cut-throat-capitalists-by-day are actually waiting in line to provide pro-bono consulting to local nonprofits. One organization, Compass, has managed to assemble teams of (primarily) MBA graduates to lend their capitalist smarts to the nonprofit sector, giving time valued at a collective $11.5 million since 2010.
Eugene and Agnes Meyer (at left) founded the Meyer Foundation in 1944, just 11 years after Mr. Meyer bought the Washington Post. Today, the Meyer Foundation is governed by an independent board of civic and community leaders and has no formal relationship with the Graham family or the Washington Post. The announced sale of the Post to Jeffrey Bezos will have no impact on the Meyer Foundation’s assets, mission, or its grantmaking to support lasting improvements in the lives of low-income people in the DC region.
A rising generation of younger donors and philanthropic leaders could bring new money to nonprofits and fresh energy to their boardrooms—if boards can overcome their current dysfunction enough to engage them.
For many years, and especially since the economic downturn reduced their grant making budgets, funders have been urging nonprofits to merge. Proponents of merger often cite duplication of effort among grantees and the presumed economic efficiencies that can be gained from having larger organizations.
There are countless nonprofits in Washington with amazing stories to tell about their work. Unfortunately, many can't—or can't afford to—tell those stories in a way that ordinary donors and volunteers would understand. That's where Stone Soup Films comes in. The organization creates professional quality documentaries for deserving nonprofits—absolutely free.
Julie L. Rogers, President & CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, announced today that she plans to step down in June 2014 after leading the Foundation for nearly 28 years.
At its May 2 meeting, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation board of directors approved 76 grants totaling more than $2.8 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 100,000 low-income people in the Washington metropolitan region.
Mr. Bernstein joined the Meyer Foundation’s board in 2003. In addition to serving as CEO of Bernstein Management Corporation, a leading real estate management and investment firm in the Washington region, Mr. Bernstein holds numerous leadership positions in business, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. He serves on the executive committee of the Federal City Council and is a founding member of the 2030 Group, an organization of Washington-area business leaders focused on strengthening the regional economy to ensure a high quality of life for current and future residents.
Each year since 2008, Meyer has written an open letter to illuminate our current priorities and future plans. Although the economic climate continues to affect us, our grantees, and the people they serve we remain committed to supporting visionary and effective nonprofit leaders.