At their June 4 board meeting, the board of directors of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation approved 66 grants totaling $3,292,500 in general grantmaking to support a growing number of organizations working to further racial equity in the Greater Washington community within our four goals of housing, education, employment, and asset building; and four grants totaling $340,000 in capacity building to organizations seeking to support other Meyer grantee and community partners in strengthening their capacity to build movements that impact systems and advance racial equity.Read more
On October 25, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation’s board of directors approved 77 grants totaling $3,110,000 in general grantmaking, and four capacity-building grants totaling $103,450.
In our last grants announcement, I reiterated our focus on building a grantmaking strategy that supports our partner’s efforts to eliminate racial disparities in housing, education, employment, and asset building throughout the region. I shared our early progress to that end under our revised selection criteria and goals, and this follow up provides an update on this continuing work.Read more
As we enter 2018, we wish all of you a happy new year. 2018 is a pivotal and important moment in our evolution as a country, a region, and for the Meyer Foundation as an organization. The two of us have a collective 25 years of experience working in philanthropy, and we have had the privilege of working with countless individuals and organizations doing amazing and tireless work to provide support to people who are persistently challenged by a lack of access to quality education, jobs, and housing. We have consistently been in awe of the commitment and passion our grantee partners display day-in and day-out, and know how many people’s lives have changed for the better along the way. Further, we admire the resilience of individuals and families in our region who are challenged by a constant flurry of efforts seemingly designed to ensure their failure. We recognize that, unless we shift some of our attention to addressing WHY so many in our region continue to struggle, we face a never-ending battle.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
One of my high school English teachers introduced a unit on poetry with a drawing on the blackboard: a large carton of orange juice, standing tall next to a small can of frozen orange juice concentrate. “Which provides more juice?” he asked, and it didn’t take long for us to figure out that the small can of concentrate produces several more cups of orange juice than the large carton, so long as you added several cans of water to the concentrate. More discussion ensued, and it soon became clear that this teacher (himself a poet, and later an Oprah-featured novelist) saw poetry as the can of orange juice concentrate – seemingly small and inconsequential next to a hefty novel, but able to deliver a more transcendent payoff for readers willing to put in the work.Read more
This week, Nicky Goren and I had the privilege of attending the ribbon-cutting for Dance Place’s new 9,500-square-foot dance education and performance space on 8th Street NE in DC.
The opening of this beautiful facility represents a milestone in the Meyer Foundation’s 34-year relationship with Dance Place. It’s also a reminder that capacity-building--especially for small, community-based nonprofits--takes time, trust, and leadership. Organizations don’t turn into community anchors after one or two grants over a few years.Read more
At its May 1 meeting, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation board of directors approved 84 grants totaling more than $3.2 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 250,000 low-income people in the Washington metropolitan region.Read more