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Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

Connecting Youth to Opportunity: Better Understanding the Needs of Disconnected Young People in Washington, DC

October 3, 2013

Educational attainment defines workforce success, and a robust workforce drives economic stability and growth. Therefore, everyone has a stake in developing systems that promote strong education outcomes and successful transitions to the labor market: businesses and employers that aim to simultaneously build up the next generation of consumers and strengthen the future workforce; elected officials who wish to sustain the city's current prosperity and growth; parents and concerned community members who want a vibrant, healthy community; and youth themselves, who by and large want to lead stable, productive lives.Momentum has been building -- now is the time for the District of Columbia to develop such a system. Recent studies suggest thousands of youth between the ages of 16 -- 24 are disconnected, which is commonly understood to mean young people who are neither in school nor working. High dropout and unemployment rates and low post-secondary education attainment rates among District youth have led to a series of thoughtful and focused examinations of how the District of Columbia can reconnect youth to opportunity. Raise DC, the District's public/private partnership dedicated to establishing cradle to career alignment, is leading the charge with its focus on youth reconnection. This -- combined with the engagement of the foundation sector on the needs of disconnected youth and the recognition of other government and community working groups on this emerging and high-need sector of the youth population -- has opened the window of opportunity to combat youth disconnection through cohesive, evidence-driven, and cross-sector systems change.

A Region Responds: The Neighbors in Need Fund Report to the Community

June 9, 2010

Reviews the impact of a fund created to meet the needs of District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia residents during the recession. Includes summary of grants by type of service and region, as well as profiles and lists of grantees and donors.

Troops and Family Care Fund Feasibility Study

October 30, 2008

Estimates the numbers, needs, and resources of military personnel deployed in or returning from Iraq and/or Afghanistan and their families in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Considers whether sufficient philanthropic funds can be raised.

The Survivors' Fund: Final Report

May 1, 2008

Summarizes the financial assistance and case management services provided by the country's largest charity devoted to long-term support for survivors of the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Includes survivors' stories and financial statements.

Our Region, Our Giving: 15th Anniversary Edition: Then & Now

November 1, 2007

Documents long-term trends in the numbers, assets, giving, and total grants of Washington, D.C. area foundations between 1992 and 2005. Includes comparisons by type of foundation and location of grant recipients.

Walking the Talk: Youth Engagement and Grantmaking in the National Capital Region (2001-2005)

March 1, 2006

This evaluation research report tells the story of what youth and adults from the Greater  Washington Youth Philanthropy Initiative (GWYPI) of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) have learned over the past four years about engaging youth as grantmakers and community leaders. It tells stories like that of the relationship between a group of youth grantmakers, the DC Youth Advisory Council and youth from Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY), a nonprofit working East of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC, one of the neighborhoods most affected by poverty and violence in the greater Washington region. Over the past 4 years, youth from FLY have received three grants from the DC Youth Advisory Council for: development of their own youth council; career training; leadership training on how to effectively engage youth in school system reform; and for a youth-led publication on violence and police brutality. Youth grantees from FLY investigated the issue of violence in their neighborhood by interviewing community leaders, police, and gun store owners, among others. Young people ages 12 to 16 wrote about their own experiences and the results of their investigation in a publication titled "Guns Killin Youngins" that was featured in The Washington Post. See Full Article on p.18. Stories like this one show the power of young people to identify critical issues, mobilize resources and affect change. They offer hope and propel us to take action. Young people from all over the greater Washington region are working to improve conditions for their peers and increase the numbers of young people actively engaged in civic and community life through youth-to-youthgrantmaking. They are serving as stewards of grant dollars and as community leaders. Benefits from investments in these young people, and their commitment to serving as leaders in our Nation's Capital have the potential to shape their futures as well as ours.

Driven to Spend: Pumping Dollars Out of Our Households and Communities

June 1, 2005

This report examines the impacts of transportation spending on households in the 28 metro areas for which the federal government collects expenditure data and of rising gas prices on both households and regional economies. It finds that households in regions that have invested in public transportation reap financial benefits from having access to affordable mobility options, even as gas prices rise, and that regions with public transit are losing less per household from the increase in gas prices than those without transit options.