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Message from the Executive Director
Announcing the Launch of Impact Academy
and Collaboration with The Bridgespan Group

We are pleased to announce the selection of three outstanding Fair Chance alumni to participate in a brand new program called The Impact Academy. Kudos to the tremendous Fair Chance Capacity Building Specialists and Director of Programs Gina Fulbright-Powell who have labored for almost two years to make this program a reality. In addition, many thanks to the J.W. and A.S. Marriott, Meyer, Cafritz, and England Family Foundations for their financial support of this program.

In addition, Fair Chance is thrilled to announce a new collaborative partnership with The Bridgespan Group (TBG). 

Through a partnership with the Meyer Foundation, this highly-respected global social impact consulting firm out of Boston is delivering a new strategic leadership program for DC area nonprofits called “Leading for Impact.” TBG is committed to working with 50 nonprofits in DC over the next four years and have selected Fair Chance as their local partner.  This month, the Fair Chance Capacity Building Specialists have been attending sessions and receiving coaching from TBG team in preparation for incorporating curricula into current Fair Chance offerings and continuing the program once TBG departs. 
And finally, all of us at Fair Chance have been busy preparing for our annual Butterfly Bash celebration on Friday, October 21st.  If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet I encourage you to do so today (click here to buy your ticket)!  It is an event that never disappoints and provides needed support for Fair Chance’s critical work in multiplying the number of children and youth on a pathway out of poverty.

Yours in service,

Gretchen Van der Veer,
Executive Director
What's New
Announcing Fair Chance's New Impact Academy and Participants

On September 28th, the Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and evaluation staff members for three Fair Chance alumni partners attended a full-day orientation program at the Meyer Foundation to learn the expectations of Fair Chance’s new pilot program – The Impact Academy. The Impact Academy builds upon Fair Chance’s traditional partnership providing a stronger emphasis on program design, outcomes measurement, and building a performance management culture. The program is designed to support participants in the development and implementation of outcome measurements tools and systems. After a lengthy and rigorous selection process, we are pleased to announce the following organizations in our pilot Impact Academy cohort:
Generation Hope reduces poverty one family at a time by providing direct sponsorships and one-on-one mentoring to teen parents who are attending college in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.  The program has served dozens of college scholars and has conducted college access workshops for another 350 high school parents.

Homeless Children's Playtime Project (HCPP) nurtures healthy child development and reduces the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in Washington D.C.  Presently HCPP serves 736 children and young people through five homeless shelters and transitional housing services in Wards 4,5,6, and 8.

Project Create provides accessible arts education to promote positive development in children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.  By collaborating with six sites as well as through their studio in Anacostia, Project Create is able to serve over 500 youth in Wards 7 and 8.

Lindsey Vance, Art Therapist & Senior Program Manager, at Project Create had this to say about the program: "I'm excited about the Impact Academy because we do great work, but have not done a great job of communicating the effectiveness of our programs. I think that with the Academy we will be given the capacity and resources needed to show our collective impact."

Host Committee Kick Off Party

On Wednesday, September 21, our Butterfly Bash Host Committee, friends, and supporters came together for a toast to the good work raising $270,000 in sponsorships to date, to push for the final $50,000 needed to reach the sponsorship goal, and to energize each other to get out and sell tickets to the event. Butterfly Bash Co-Chairs Mandy Mills and Elizabeth Spratt Cooper thanked the Host Committee for their tremendous effort so far and welcomed all the new members. Fair Chance 2016 Graduate Dennis Chestnut of Groundwork Anacostia River DC spoke about his experience as a Fair Chance partner alongside Capacity Building Specialist, Kristen Barney. We also introduced everyone to our Butterfly Bash Emcee- Paul Wharton, Lifestyle Host of Fox 5’s Good Day DC.

Sincerest thanks to party hosts Claudia Vitale, Barrett Evans, and Compass Real Estate -- The Mandy and David Team and Reid Rodell for their terrific support! Also -- special shout out to The Sweet Lobby for donating delicious macaroons!

Partner Highlights
Chance Academy's academic homeschool cooperative is off to a great start! It began with the children enjoying a day of outdoor challenges at  Terrapin Adventures, which included zip lining and a giant swing. The parents, tutors, and children participated in restorative and peace-building activities. The students closed out the first week with an all-community drum circle followed by an ice cream social.

Chess Challenge in DC's Annual Simultaneous Exhibition was recently featured in The Undefeated. Click here to read the full article.  

Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) was selected by Stone Soup Films for their Doc in a Day competition and were paired with a team to create a short documentary about their organization. The film beat out five other films for the grand prize. You can watch the award winning film here

The MusicianShip was selected by TIDAL and celebrity rapper T.I. to receive a $14,000 donation through their Education Fundraising Challenge. As a contest winner, they were featured by Essence Magazine, Vibe Magazine, and

One Common Unity was awarded the Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Humanities. For 15 years, One Common Unity has been dedicated to healing communities and building a non-violent culture through music and arts.

Hawah Kasat, Executive Director of One Common Unity,
accepts award on organization's behalf

What We're Reading
Fundraising on a Budget and Understanding the Fundraising Budget by Simone Joyaux, Nonprofit Quarterly

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald Heifetz
Thank You
Thank you to JPMorgan Chase for inviting Fair Chance staff to attend Spitfire Strategies' Strategic Communications training ahead of the CFED's Assets Learning Conference. 

Thank you to the Meyer Foundation for providing space for our Impact Academy orientation.

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