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Nonprofit Roundtable's Website Launch
We are excited to share with you the launch of our new website. Over the past few months, we listened to you, our members and stakeholders, on what you most need and value from the Roundtable. Our new look reflects our commitment to you, and to our mission of advancing the leadership, vision, and voice of the nonprofit sector.
We hope you like what you see. This new design reflects our focus on the important work of leadership development and community building in the nonprofit sector. We are excited to provide even more resources for rich community dialogue, opportunities for innovation, and valuable programs to advance the sector.
To celebrate our new website and branding, we’re giving away two pairs of complimentary tickets to our Board Chair-CEO Summit. To enter, correctly complete this scavenger hunt!
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Montgomery County CDBG Grant Application
Applications for Montgomery County’s FY2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) Community Development Block Grant Public Service Grants are due Friday, September 19, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. You can learn more about this opportunity, and view or download the application, at the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs website.
Charity Defense March
Keynote Speaker at the Roundtable's Annual Meeting, Dan Pallotta, who is President and Founder of the Charity Defense Council, announced the Council is organizing an event to highlight the nonprofit sector's important work. The event is The Charity Defense March is expected to be the largest demonstration of, by and for the nonprofit sector. The 60-mile walk reflects the hallmarks of Dan's popular keynote speech from our Annual Meeting -- changing the way people think about changing the world. The Council has set a $1,000,000 fundraising goal to support its operations. Click here to see confirmed participants and register.
When: Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Where: Salem, Massachusetts
Maryland Nonprofits Annual Conference - Connecting for Impact
Impact is a community effort. By sharing our knowledge and experiences, we empower each other to affect change in our organizations and in our communities. Mark your calendars for Maryland Nonprofits’ 2014 conference, Connecting for Impact! Members of the Nonprofit Roundtable receive a special discount. Please contact
for the discount code.
When: Wednesday, November 5th, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., reception to follow
Where: Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Building I - Rooms 101 & 102, Rockville, MD
Foundation Center Offers Proposal Writing Workshop for Nonprofits
Designed to give grantseekers hands-on proposal writing experience, this workshop covers the grantseeking process, the components of a competitive grant proposal, the grantmaker's process and critieria for funding decisions, and more. A full scholarship is offered to eligible nonprofits. Click here to apply.
When: Thursday, October 30th, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Foundation Center, 1627 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20006
Women's Bar Assocation Grant Program Now Accepting Applications
The Women's Bar Association Foundation (WBAF) is now accepting applications for 2015 grant-making cycle. The mission of the WBA Foundation is to leverage the generosity of lawyers and friends to support nonprofits that serve the legal and related needs of women and girls in the DC Metropolitan community. The WBAF welcomes proposals that will further its mission in the Metro DC Region and is interested in funding a diverse group of projects. For more information contact Carol Montoya at 202-639-8880 or via e-mail at
Seeking Candidates for Montgomery County CDAC
The Montgomery County Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) is recruiting new members. Members of the CDAC are appointed by the County Executive to review applications and make recommendations regarding Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. For more information click here or contact Stevens Brown at the Department of Housing and Community Affairs at (240) 777-3685 or by email at
Capital Area Foreclosure Network Retrospective
Report The Nonprofit Roundtable partnered with Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in 2010 to create the Capital Area Foreclosure Network (CAFN), which shared best practices among housing counselors, disseminated information, sparked collaboration and distributed funds to hard hit areas of our region. The nature of the foreclosure crisis has changed dramatically since 2010. Together we recently published together this retrospective report to document CAFN's work and its impact on the community.
Ban the Box in Montgomery County - Sign Up to Testify
A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for September 9, 2014 at 1:30 regarding a bill on Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards. Known as "ban the box" legislation, the bill, sponsored by Councilmembers Elrich, Branson, Navarro, Rice and Riemer, would prohibit certain prospective employers from inquiring about job applicants' criminal history early in the hiring process, to reduce employment barriers. Speakers must sign up by September 8th by calling the Council Office at 240-777-7803.
Nonprofit Roundtable Events
Putting the Challenges of Living & Working in Northern Virginia in a Regional Context As we reported, the region has many successes worth celebrating but broadly shared prosperity is not one of them. This event 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 and The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, we will focus on the challenges in Northern Virginia. Register
for the event and read our blog post about our Montgomery based discussion here
. When: Friday, September 12th, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Where: National PTA, 1250 East Pitt Street, #1, Alexandria, VA Board Chair-CEO Summit The Board Chair-CEO Summit is an opportunity for Board Chair and CEO pairs from leading nonprofits to discuss best practices for improved relationships and tackling organizational decisions and challenges that affect us all. This year we are pleased to host an interactive dialogue between Rick Moyers, Vice President at The Meyer Foundation and Anne Wallestad, CEO of BoardSource, moderated by Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. They will discuss:
Sponsor opportunities available. Email
for information. When: Monday, September 29th, 9:30-12:30 p.m. Where: CEB's Waterview Conference Center, 1919 N. Lynn Street, 24th Floor, Arlington, VA
- Investing in the Board Chair Relationship - how much time is too much?
- Finding the balance between Board Chair as advocate for the CEO and Board Chair as Board's representative to the CEO
- When the Rubber Stamp meets the Bump in the Road: how should Board Chairs and CEOs engage in times of crisis
Nonprofit Virginia: Important In-Person Meeting with HHR Secretary Bill Hazel
Join us in Richmond for a very important Nonprofit Virginia meeting, featuring HHR Secretary Bill Hazel, to talk about health care expansion and the upcoming special legislative session
. This is also a critical opportunity to update and reflect with you on Nonprofit Virginia's accomplishments, our role in the sector, and to hear from you what is most relevant and valuable about our shared work on issues of common cause. RSVP here
to attend. When: Wednesday, September 10th, Noon-2:30 p.m. Where: University of Richmond, Downtown Campus, 626 East Broad Street, Lower Level Conference Room
Everything You’ve Wanted to Know or Suggest about the County Executive’s Community Collaboration Grants and Council Community Grants
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 feedbac, and to share their observations about the community, to inform the future of budget decisions.
This Development Discussion Table will focus on the Montgomery County Executive’s Community Collaboration Grants and County Council Community Grants. Please join Joan Schaffer, Council Grants Manager and Jed Millard, Management & Budget Specialist at Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget for a discussion of some changes to the application process. Plus, Joan and Jed also want to hear your candid thoughts about ways to improve the process and will be available to answer all of your questions. Register here
. When: Thursday, October 16th, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Where: Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD
5th Annual Nonprofit Community Dialogue with Montgomery County Government
Join the dialogue with Uma Ahluwalia (HHS), Gabe Albornoz (Recreation), Rick Nelson (Housing and Community Affairs), and Steve Silverman (Economic Development) which will be moderated by Marie Henderson, Director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County. For more information and to register click here.
When: Thursday, October 30th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD
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. This 2-day intensive workshop with follow-on support is for CEOs, Finance Staff and Board members and provides the strategic framework and practical tools needed to strengthen your organization’s sustainability. Join the ranks of over 100 nonprofits that have attended this high impact workshop. Priority given to organizations receiving funding from Montgomery County. Register here.
FIRM Financial Leadership Institute
When: Wednesday, November 12th - Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Wednesday, March 11th - Thursday, March 12th, 2015
8:30a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Building I - Rooms 101 & 102, Rockville, MD
Members in the News
More than 100 local children are learning how to swim for free thanks to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the ZAC Foundation, according to NBC 4 Washington. Additionally, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall held a backpack giveaway and hand-delivered each backpack to 250 students at the Boys and Girls Club, WTOP reports.
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a total of $50,000 to seven schools and nonprofit organizations through its Innovation Fund, created to nurture inventiveness, creativity and new design, according to the Fairfax Times.
As Cornerstones and Kids R First team up for their annual back to school drive, the nonprofits have found more need in the community than ever before, Reston Now reports. Cornerstones is seeking donations of 3,200 backpacks to give to Reston and Herndon children in need.
Friends of Guest House is an official nonprofit partner of Too Apparel, which gives a free pair of underwear to a woman in transition when customers buy a pair, according to CBS 9 WUSA.
NPR reported that workers at Mary’s Center saw about five to seven newly arrived unaccompanied minors each month. Now they’re seeing that many every day, according to Maria Gomez, Mary’s Center’s president and CEO. Mary’s Center was also mentioned by the Washington Business Journal, ABC 7 WJLA and DCist.
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has published, “Implementing CHOICES in Clinical Settings that Serve American Indian and Alaska Native Women of Childbearing Age: Report, Implementation Plan, and Resources,” which describes the considerations for implementing the CHOICES program.
The first phase of the Higher Education Center on Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus will house classrooms, labs and an events center, according to Leesburg Today. The second phase, if the school can find funding, could be a one-stop shop for higher education in Northern Virginia.
PRS, Inc. and CrisisLink are merging to transform the delivery of mental health services in response to the community’s growing needs and the changing mental health landscape, according Virginia Connection Newspapers.
Art and therapy combine in the interests and expertise of Dr. Abby Calisch, the new clinical director for outpatient and in-home services for the Up Center, according to the Suffolk News Herald. Dr. Calisch will be guiding clinical services for individuals, families and groups in Western Tidewater.
Volunteers from Under Armour spent the day with children at the Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s Pratt House, a transitional home for families, CBS Baltimore reports. Volunteers of America Chesapeake hosted activities like face painting, healthy eating projects and fitness activities. Under Armour also donated thousands of dollars worth of clothing to the Pratt House.
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