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The Roundup is a bi-weekly newsletter from the Nonprofit Roundtable featuring this week's Greater Washington nonprofit news. Received this as a forward? Subscribe here.

What You Need To Know

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You may have seen this note from our Board Chair, Russell K. Snyder, announcing the resignation of Diana Léon-Taylor.  I have been a part of the Nonprofit Roundtable for five years, I am honored and excited to lead the Nonprofit Roundtable during this time of transition.  I will be working closely with our Board of Directors and our wonderful staff to continue to develop and implement our collective vision for a strong, visible and influential nonprofit sector, including:

As always, the Nonprofit Roundtable is our members who are on the ground making change every day by educating our kids, fighting for economic justice, preserving our environment, advocating for change, and more. Thank you for all you do for the nonprofit sector. We would not be here without you.

Stay tuned for updates from the Nonprofit Roundtable, and for invitations to share your opinions and feedback with us along the way.  

Amy Fishman Kurz

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Welcome to the 2014 Future Executive Directors Fellows

The Nonprofit Roundtable is pleased to welcome our 2014 class of Future Executive Director Fellows. The Fellowship was the first program of this focus and intensity in the DC area to be offered to emerging nonprofit leaders who aspire to become executive directors. 

gelman-randf-logoThe fellowship program is making a significant impact in our region: 16 of our past fellows are now Executive Directors overseeing annual cumulative budgets of $33,146,000, serving 94,000 community clients, managing more 450 employees and 6,500 volunteers. Thank you to American Express and Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman for generous support of the Future EDs program. 

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Want to learn more about what Montgomery Moving Forward is doing to mobilize leaders to work across sectors to solve our biggest problems together?  Read the MMF July 2014 Update.


housing securityThe State of Housing Security in the Washington Region

Commissioned by Community Foundation of the National Capital Region and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, a brand new report, Housing Security In The Washington Region, illustrates the severity of the current gap between demand and supply. The Urban Institute led the report's research and analysis; its findings provide a road map for the solutions most needed to reduce our affordable housing needs, both locally and regionally. Read our blog about the report here.

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Corporate Philanthropy Increases Incrementally Despite Record Profits  

Even as corporate profits have increased in recent years, philanthropic contributions - via monetary giving - has not kept pace. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports companies are cutting back on small funding opportunities electing to fund larger causes and initiatives that more closely align with their business interests.  "Nonprofits certainly appreciate in-kind gifts and all forms of corporate support," says Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, "but what they really need and want is cash. Cash giving is hands down the most valuable and efficient way for corporations to support nonprofits." Read more here.

Young Playwright's TheaterNonprofit Roundtable Montgomery Welcomes New Steering Committee Members 

The Steering Committee of Nonprofit Roundtable Montgomery welcomed four new members:  Debbie Riley, CEO of The Center for Adoption Support and Education; Christina Robinson, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Abe Schuchman, CEO of Housing Unlimited; and Susie Sinclair Smith, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.

Washington Area Women's Foundation

Safe, Accessible Transportation Vital for the Economic Security for Women in the Region 

Washington Area Women's Foundation reports that access to safe, efficient transportation across the region is vital for women's economic security in the region. Lengthy commutes, high costs and inaccessibility are significant barriers to employment and workforce development. Read more and check out the infographic here.

 Young Playwright's Theater Nonprofit Roundtable Northern Virginia Welcomes New Steering Committee Members 

The Nonprofit Roundtable NoVA Steering Committee recently welcomed several new members, including Jeff Connor-Naylor of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, Rikki Epstein of The Arc Of Northern Virginia, Joan Kasprowicz of Giving Circle of Hope, Jen McCollum of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and Lynn O'Connell of Computer CORE. Thank you for your leadership and contributions to our Northern Virginia work. 

Heartfelt thanks go to Siri Raskin of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and past co-chairs Amanda Andere of Wider Opportunities for Women, and Frances Harris of Prince William ACTS, for their long-standing support and outstanding efforts across the region. We reserve the right to tap them for special projects in the future!

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FIRM Registration is Now Open

Attention nonprofit leaders serving Montgomery County: be both the mission leader AND the financial leader of your organization by attending Nonprofit Roundtable's FIRM Financial Leadership Institute. Join the ranks of over 100 nonprofits that have attended this workshop which will be held this year on November 12-13, 2014 and March 11-12, 2015. Register here.

Nonprofit Roundtable Events


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Putting the Challenges of Living & Working in Montgomery County & Northern Virginia in a Regional Context

The region has many successes worth celebrating but broadly shared prosperity is not one of them. These events will focus on a new report, Bursting the Bubble, that examines the challenges facing those who are struggling to keep their foothold in the Metropolitan-area economy. Joined by DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Maryland Center for Economic Policy and The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, we will focus on the challenges in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia. ​Register for the events in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia.

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5th Annual Community Dialogue with Montgomery 
County Government
This annual gathering provides an opportunity for Montgomery County Government Department Directors to share budget and policy priorities heading into FY16. Nonprofit leaders are invited to provide feedback and encouraged to share what they are seeing in the community in order to inform the decisions that will be reflected in a new budget. The dialogue will be moderated by The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and include representatives of Montgomery County Departments of Health & Human ServicesRecreation, and Housing and Community AffairsEconomic Development. Register here. ​

Members in Transition


Mont County CouncilThe Montgomery Council Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families announced April Kaplan will join the organization as their Executive Director. Ms. Kaplan will guide the organization's current programs and initiatives and expand the impact of the Council throughout Montgomery County. ​

Members in the News

Arlington Community Foundation

The year-old young philanthropists group NextGenNow, a part of the Arlington Community Foundation, gave its first-ever grant to The Reading Connection’s “We Are Readers” program, ARLnow reports

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County announced $3.5 million worth of county government-funded grants to local arts groups, including a number of organizations in Bethesda and North Bethesda, according to Bethesda Now.

Class Acts

Class Acts Arts was recently profiled by the Standards for Excellence Institute. Class Acts Arts is a Standards of Excellence seal holder.

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $50,000 to seven schools and non-profit organizations through its Innovation Fund, Inside NOVA reports.

Campagna Center

Dr. Tammy Mann, president and CEO of the Campagna Center wrote a letter to the editor of the Virginia Connection Newspapers to share that Alexandria Head Start has helped nearly 10,000 children and families succeed in school and in life since the program was first funded in our community.


DC Alliance of Youth Advocates drafted the Sex Trafficking of Minors Prevention Amendment Act, which was by Councilmember Mary Cheh, DCist reports.


Enterprise Community Partners published a report titled “Impact of Affordable Housing on Families and Communities: A Review of the Evidence Base.” The findings provide an extensive overview of what is known about the effects of stable and affordable housing, HousingWire reports.

HomeAid Northern Virginia

Homeaid Northern Virginia’s program, Women Giving Back, was featured in the Washington Post’s online edition.


The Mayor of Londonderry, Ireland has pledged that her office will support the efforts made by cyclist Joe Barr, who recently competed in the Race Across America (RAAM), to raise funds to bring Hopecam to Ireland, the News Letter reports.

Street Sense

Street Sense spoke with actress Susan Sarandon about her experience as a homeless advocate. Sarandon testified during a recent congressional briefing about violence against the homeless.

Unity Health Care

Pediatrician Robert Zarr of Unity Health Care, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in D.C., was interviewed for NPR’s Morning Edition. Dr. Zarr uses a park database to help prescribe physical activity for his patients.

Urban Alliance

Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett met with Urban Alliance students and alumni at their DC branch, Jarrett wrote on the White House blog.

Member Events

July 29

The Arc of Northern Virginia's Dine Out for People with Disabilities

August 13

August 15

HomeAid Northern Virginia's Virginia Night at the Ballpark

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