Last week, Women’s Foundation President Nicky Goren spoke on a panel about the importance of giving boldly. While the message was geared toward donors, it was easily applicable to the foundations and nonprofits that serve our community. In order to create real change, we all have to be willing to be bold, strategic, and take risks. This, she explained, is why The Women’s Foundation has invested in Goodwill and their job training programs for nearly eight years.
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In December 2012, Washington Area Women’s Foundation made grants totaling $805,500 to 23 DC-area nonprofits whose work is improving the economic security of low income women and their families. One of those organizations was Academy of Hope, which provides high quality adult basic education that changes lives. Here’s a look at why The Women’s Foundation made a grant to Academy of Hope.
At Washington Area Women’s Foundation, we know that it’s possible to transform lives and our region by investing in women and girls. Today, I’m excited to announce that The Women’s Foundation is investing $805,000 in 23 local nonprofits that are working to improve the economic security of women and girls.
This week, several members of The Women’s Foundation staff are participating in the Food Stamp Challenge, an exercise organized by D.C. Hunger Solutions that educates the public and raises awareness of the benefits of food stamps and the challenges recipients face while eating on a very limited budget. The staff will be sharing their experiences on this blog.
Across the globe, there’s growing recognition of the value of nonprofits and volunteers joining with corporations and governments to solve social issues. Last month, I was honored to participate in a conversation about the most effective ways those sectors can come together at the inaugural Service Innovations Summit in Madrid. The international summit was co-hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont, the Rafael del Pino Foundation in Madrid, and the Meridian Center in Washington. The summit brought together the corporate sector, foundations, and NGO’s from Spain, a handful of other European countries, as well as the US to share information and best practices related to volunteering, corporate social responsibility, and public-private partnerships. Being in Madrid added a sense of urgency to the summit: in Spain, one-in-four people is unemployed (one-in-two people under the age of 25 is unemployed) and in the middle of the conference there was a one-day negotiated general strike across the country to protest recent labor law changes that made it less costly to hire and fire workers.
More than 20 years ago, the federal minimum wage for workers in tipped occupations was raised to $2.13 an hour. In the two decades since, it has not budged. The cost of living has risen, the economy has reached unprecedented highs and lows, and the restaurant industry has earned billions in profits. But servers employed by those restaurants continue to earn the same abysmally low wages.
This month, we invited our Grantee Partners to share some of their New Year’s resolutions with us. Their passion and commitment to transforming the lives of women and girls and improving our community are evident in the aspirational goals they’ve set for themselves this year.
In this week’s roundup of news affecting women and girls in our community: We wonder what Dr. King might say about the high rate of poverty among women and girls in the DC area. The top five findings of 2011 from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research. The impact of Pre-K on the achievement gap. Is it time for a poverty revolution? Plus, a young, aspiring scientist is headed for a national competition as her family deals with homelessness.
Restaurant Week has returned to DC and each time I brave a packed restaurant for a prix fixe meal, I have flashbacks to one of my first experiences in the restaurant industry. Back before the Curse of the Bambino was broken, I worked in a popular restaurant that was about a block away from Fenway Park. Always a busy place, we’d get particularly slammed on the opening day of the Red Sox’s season. We’d open early in the morning and serve “breakfast pizza” and beer. This was followed by lunch pizza and beer. And then there’d be beer for dinner. The secret to serving hundreds of hungry Red Sox fans seemed to be a good sense of humor, speed, and the ability to keep your butt away from grabby hands (or at least a manager who was understanding when beer ended up in the lap of someone with grabby hands).
Wendy-Nia Griffin is the S.I.S.T.E.R.S program director at Family Support Center, a Maryland nonprofit that offers social and mental health services to families and schools in the metro area. FSC has received grants from The Women’s Foundation for the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. (Self, Image, Strength, Tenacity, Empathy, Responsibility, Success) after-school empowerment program. S.I.S.T.E.R.S. offers comprehensive outreach, education and mentoring for pre-adolescent and adolescent girls.