Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Butterfly Bash! If you did not have a chance donate at the Bash, you can donate here.
Message from the Executive Director
As of October 31, the DC Trust, formerly known as the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, ceased operations. In April, the Trust’s board voted to dissolve the organization, leaving local youth-serving nonprofits (many of them Fair Chance partners and alumni) questioning the future of critical grants. I have been honored to serve on a task force providing feedback to the Deputy Mayors for Human Services and Education as well as several Councilmembers on interim and long-term replacements for the Trust. Recently, Councilmembers Nadeau and Grosso submitted a bill for the creation of a new Office of Youth Outcomes and Grants to replace the DC Trust. On Monday, October 31, I testified at the hearing sponsored by Councilmember Grosso, Chair of the Committee on Education, on the proposed Office and the realities of many youth-serving nonprofits. In my testimony, I stressed the sentiment shared by many Fair Chance's Partners that regardless of the eventual structure of a new entity, there must be better coordination and communication across government agencies, private funders, and local nonprofits to have a lasting impact on vulnerable children and youth. For a copy of the legislation click here, for a copy of my testimony click here.
My sincerest thanks and appreciation to Councilmembers Grosso and Nadeau and their staffs as well as Deputy Mayors Donald and Niles and their staffs for dedicating their time and energy to this issue.
Gretchen Van der Veer, PhD
What's New With Fair Chance
2016 Butterfly Bash
On Friday, October 21, Fair Chance welcomed hundreds of friends to the National Museum of Women in the Arts for the 2016 Butterfly Bash. Thanks to the generosity of our more than 60 corporate and family sponsors, ticket buyers, and pledges made during our live "text to pledge" appeal at the event, Fair Chance raised nearly $500,000 to fund our work strengthening community-based nonprofits to achieve life-changing results for children and youth living in poverty. We especially want to thank our honorees Debbi and Ernie Jarvis, co-chairs Elizabeth Spratt Cooper and Mandy Mills, emcee Paul Wharton, and our terrific Host Committee for your tireless work on behalf of Fair Chance. To view more photos from the event, click here.
Thank you to the following top sponsors for supporting the Butterfly Bash. To see a list of all of our Bash sponsors, click here.
Applications open for next Fair Chance Partnership Class!
Do you want to be a more effective leader?
Do you want to improve your organization's systems and strategies?
The Fair Chance Partnership is a no cost solution that can help you accomplish all of that and more. Each year, we select a cohort of nonprofits that serve children and youth living in poverty in Washington, DC, and provide them with $75,000 worth of free coaching and organizational management assistance.
Applications are due January 9, 2017. New partners will be selected in March 2017 and announced in April 2017. The partnership is a year-long engagement that begins in April 2017 and will conclude April 2018.
There will be an informational webinar about the Partnership application process on Wednesday, November 16 from 12-1PM. You can register here.
To learn more about the Partnership and how to apply, visit: http://fairchancedc.org/partners/.
Join Amara Legal Center on November 3rd for their exclusive premiere of a special short film entitled "Breaking Free: A Survivor's Journey", created by a local artist that tells a survivor's story with Amara and a behind-the-scenes look at their work in the field. The showing will be held at Pepco Edison Place Gallery from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 3rd.
On October 13, Teaching for Change partnered with the African American History Museum to share classroom lessons with teachers. The teachers in attendance were introduced to a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance and participated in role-playing activities as key figures from the era. Click here to learn more.
Healthy Babies Project is launching their Adopt a Family Holiday Program. By becoming a sponsor, you can help a deserving family have a holiday that they will always remember. For more information about sponsoring a family, click here or call 202-396-2809.
Grant Opportunity: Five $20K awards available for local organizations "driving positive change in their communities and bringing progress to the country."
December 7 Morning Meet-Up With Fair Chance Learn about Fair Chance's unique partnership model with youth-serving nonprofits, featuring 2014 Fair Chance Graduate Eloise Russo of City Kids Wilderness Project.
For those of you who may be wondering “where to start” with software for program evaluation or how to upgrade your current system, this document, written by Idealware and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, may help you move ahead.
This book documents the lives of several individuals and families who pay 70 to 80 percent of their income for homes that, objectively speaking, are unfit for human habitation and when they are evicted for varying reasons, how displacement comes to shape the trajectory of their lives.
Thank you to our Bash leadership team for a successful Butterfly Bash!
Honorees Debbi and Ernie Jarvis
Co-Chairs Mandy Mills and Elizabeth Spratt Cooper
Emcee Paul Wharton