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									BEYO ND CHARI TY:
recognizing return
on investment
How the Nonprofit Community Impacts
Greater Washington

                            WITH SUPPORT FROM:
recognizing return
on investment
How the Nonprofit Community Impacts   contents
Greater Washington
                                       3   Executive Summary
                                       5   Cost Savings to Society
                                      10   Multiplying Impact
                                      13   Strengthening Community
                                      19   Adding Up the Impact
                                      20   Sources
                                      22   Appendix: More Examples
                                      26   Roundtable Members
    world bank group community
    outreach program
    This report received generous support from             effectiveness. Partners include The Urban Institute,
    the World Bank Group Community Outreach                the Nonprofit Roundtable, the Georgetown Cause
    Program, which seeks to leverage local dollars and     Group, and other local funders.
    opportunities to improve outcomes for nonprofit
    organizations in the metropolitan Washington area.     A second component of this initiative focuses on
                                                           connecting senior high school students at four
    The Community Outreach Program mission                 District of Columbia public schools with community
    is to improve the quality of life of families and      services and volunteer opportunities in their
    children in lasting, sustainable ways in the Greater   schools and in area nonprofits.
    Washington region. Over the last decade, the
    Community Outreach Program has collaborated            Pro bono private sector partners and Bank staff
    with the public and private sectors, as well as        volunteers transformed unused classroom
    with nonprofits, to promote knowledge sharing          space into student resource centers. A local
    among nonprofits, ensure direct support to             nonprofit partner – Communities In Schools
    select nonprofits, encourage World Bank staff          of the Nation’s Capital (CISNC) – will create
    to volunteer in the community, and promote             comprehensive, locally controlled nonprofit support
    workplace giving.                                      systems around the student resource centers. In
                                                           partnership with the (District of Columbia Public
                                                           Schools), CISNC will identify the most critical
    East of the River Initiative                           needs of students and families – needs that are
    In 2006, the World Bank Group Community
                                                           preventing students from succeeding in school…
    Outreach Program launched the three-year East
                                                           and in life. It will then locate and coordinate
    of the River (EOR) Initiative to engage poor and
                                                           community resources, dedicated volunteers, and
    underserved youth in the most disadvantaged
                                                           agencies to serve in partnership with the public
    areas of the District of Columbia: Wards 6, 7 and
                                                           schools, both during the day and after school.
    8. In early 2007, Facilitating Leadership in Youth
    (FLY), the Urban Alliance Foundation, the Good
                                                           Other partners include Catholic University
    Samaritan Foundation, and Metro TeenAIDS
                                                           of America Design Collaborative, Microsoft
    were selected for two years of capacity-building
                                                           Corporation, Paradigm Service Group, and Howard
    support from the East of the River Initiative.
                                                           University’s School of Social Work.
    The EOR initiative focuses on increasing the
    ability of nonprofit organizations serving youth
    to measure outcomes and communicate their
executive summary                                                                                                                                                      3

Nonprofits are part of our community in more
ways than most people ever realize.
                                                      wants to ensure that its investments in local
                                                      nonprofits are making an impact.
                                                                                                            Where value meets values
                                                                                                            The unmistakable conclusion of this report is that
                                                                                                            nonprofits – working in partnership with business
Girl Scouts of the National Capital Region            The Nonprofit Roundtable became aware of its
                                                                                                            and government -- are making a significant
empowers our daughters. The American Red              synergy with the World Bank Group, and began
                                                                                                            difference in our region. The Roundtable also
Cross of the National Capital Area helps victims      asking nonprofit leaders, “How do you recognize
                                                                                                            found that a nonprofit’s return on investment runs
of floods and fires. The 400 groups who form          return on investment (ROI)?” To begin to calculate
                                                                                                            deeper than just the numbers often associated
the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery         ROI, the Roundtable asked nonprofits to describe
                                                                                                            with efficient and effective service. Evidence
County inspire and entertain us. Safety net clinics   the added value that results when people’s lives
                                                                                                            suggests that the impact of nonprofits can be
at Bread for the City and Mary’s Center care          are improved or when negative outcomes are
                                                                                                            viewed from three perspectives:
for people who are uninsured. From Saturday           avoided. Our goal: to quantify these outcomes and
morning soccer games to Saturday night theater        describe their value to society.
performances, from early childcare to senior day
                                                                                                            1. Cost savings to society
                                                                                                            Cost savings may be immediate, such as those
care, nonprofits are a daily part of all our lives.   Working in collaboration with the World Bank Group,
                                                                                                            that accrue when residents use community-based
                                                      beginning in late 2006, the Nonprofit Roundtable
                                                                                                            health care rather than expensive emergency
4,082 local nonprofits serve the Greater              worked to address a series of questions:
                                                                                                            rooms, or they may accumulate over time, as
Washington region. In addition, Washington            • What is the evidence to suggest that nonprofits     when graduates of job training programs leave
is home to 3,532 national and international             create a positive “return on investment”?           public assistance or find a better job, at which they
nonprofits, making the metro-area the country’s
                                                      • What is known about the impacts and benefits        remain employed for years afterwards.
“nonprofit capital.” These 7,614 nonprofits provide
more than 218,000 jobs, generating approximately        created by area nonprofits when serving as
                                                        stewards of support from government, business,      For example, nearly 9 of every 10 graduates from
$9.6 billion in annual wages and taxes.
                                                        philanthropy and volunteers?                        the Training Futures program at Northern Virginia
                                                                                                            Family Service secure full-time employment,
But, beyond economic impact, what difference do       • What information exists to substantiate the
                                                                                                            and 75% have significantly increased their annual
nonprofits make in Greater Washington? What is          claim that nonprofits help to strengthen our
                                                                                                            salaries, from an average of $16,000 prior to
their value?                                            community?
                                                                                                            training to $28,000 after training. The program
                                                                                                            has helped more than 1,000 people move from
To help answer these questions, we found a            The Nonprofit Roundtable brought in a team of
                                                                                                            low-wage jobs to office careers that provide
partner in the World Bank Group.                      consultants to gather data. All 175 members of
                                                                                                            livable wages, benefits, and opportunities for
                                                      the Nonprofit Roundtable, as well as a dozen area
The World Bank Group, which invests in community      philanthropists, were invited to submit examples,
development around the globe, also invests in our     and to suggest other sources of information. In
region through its Community Outreach Program.        total, more than 200 nonprofits were contacted,       2. Multiplying impact
As the third largest employer in Washington, DC,      yielding more than 100 exceptional examples,          Nonprofits leverage public, corporate, and philanthropic
the World Bank Group recognizes its individual and    most of which can be found in the main body and       assets to fulfill their missions. They supplement these
corporate responsibility to this community, and       appendix of Beyond Charity.                           funding sources with donated goods and services
                                                                                                            and by harnessing the power of volunteers.

    basics                                                     For example, last year Greater DC Cares facilitated      In the forward to Forces for Good, Steve Case,
                                                               the investment of almost $6 million worth of             founder of America Online and chairman of the Case
    What is a nonprofit?                                       volunteer assets to more than 400 nonprofits around      Foundation, observes:
    An organization without a profit objective, which          the region. Included in this were pro bono consulting
    exists for the public good. In this report, the label      activities in areas such as technology, fundraising,        “The world we live in is changing rapidly,
    “nonprofit” refers only to public charities that qualify   and human resource management, as well as                    and the lines that divide the business,
    under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.              training and placement of more than 100 business             government, and charitable sectors are
                                                               executives for service on nonprofit boards. Greater          blurring. The solutions to both local and global
    How many nonprofits are there?                             DC Cares coordinated placement of these volunteers           poverty require cross-sector partnerships.
    According to The Urban Institute, 7,614 nonprofits         with local grantmakers to stretch philanthropic              Collaboration and entrepreneurship are not
    with annual budgets greater than $25,000 operated          dollars and make a greater impact.                           just options.” He goes on to say, “Too many
    in Greater Washington in 2000. Of those, 4,082 had                                                                      people still act as if the private sector and the
    a local focus, compared to 3,532 with a national or        3. Strengthening community                                   nonprofit sector should operate on opposite
    international focus. These numbers do not include          Nonprofits connect people to each other and to re-           sides of an impenetrable wall, where one is
    churches or other places of worship.                       sources, play an essential role in the region’s safety       all about making money and the other about
                                                               net, improve the quality of life, engage people on           serving society. A better approach is to take
                                                               civic issues, and stimulate reform.                          the best of both worlds.”
    What do nonprofits do?
    Local nonprofits in Greater Washington in 2000 by                                                                   Beyond Charity reveals some of the many ways
    major field                                                As part of the Fairfax County Affordable Housing
                                                               Preservation Action Committee, Reston Interfaith         that nonprofits raise the quality of life for all of us in
                                                               joined with others and successfully advocated            Greater Washington, and are lifelines to our most
    Type                                   Number                                                                       vulnerable neighbors. The examples featured here
                                                               for one penny of the county real estate tax to be
    Human Services                           1,318                                                                      also illustrate the strengths of many of our nonprofit
                                                               devoted to the preservation of affordable housing.
    Education (excluding higher ed.)           891                                                                      leaders, including their unique knowledge of the
                                                               In the first two years, the fund generated $40
    Arts and Culture                           540                                                                      communities they serve, expertise in addressing a
                                                               million – the largest single commitment of funds to
    Public and societal benefit                517                                                                      range of social issues, and flexibility and creativity in
                                                               affordable housing preservation in Fairfax County
    Health (excluding hospitals)               424                                                                      solving problems.
                                                               history – and preserved more than 1,550 units of
    Religion-related                           210
                                                               affordable housing.
    Environment                                121                                                                      Through multiple examples across the nonprofit
    Hospitals                                   34                                                                      spectrum, Beyond Charity documents some of the
    Mutual benefit                              14             Partners in progress                                     powerful and far-reaching impact that nonprofits
    Higher education                            13             Government programs and businesses are often             have in our community. It also reflects the collective
    TOTAL                                    4,082             measured by their bottom line – whether they             knowledge and experience that nonprofits bring
                                                               provide quality services at a reasonable cost. As        to the table when they work hand-in-hand with
                                                               partners in shaping our region’s future, we join the     government and business to make our community a
                                                               public and private sectors in reporting what we have     better place to live and work.
                                                               learned about the nonprofit bottom line.
N O N P R OFIT ROI IN ACTION:                                                                                                             5

cost savings to society
In many areas, nonprofits deliver results for the people and communities they serve in remarkably fiscally
prudent ways. For example, it costs the state of Maryland $25,000 a year for each child who remains in
the child welfare system. The nonprofit Adoptions Together works with government to place children with
families at an annual cost of just $7,200. It’s good for the child, who benefits from having a permanent
home and a family for life, and it’s more cost-effective for Maryland.

Motivated by a mission.                      Saving money by solving and                   Saving money – and generating
Investing in nonprofits creates value for    preventing problems.                          money – by tapping into
all of us. Effective nonprofits find cost-   Struggling schools, homelessness, and         potential.
efficient ways to deliver services and do    hunger. Violence, illiteracy, and substance   Nonprofit programs that create
more good work. And because nonprofits       abuse. Pollution and poverty. Nonprofits      opportunities for people and places can
embrace a different kind of bottom line      are on the front lines of responding to       make a positive economic impact. When
– one that focuses on people, not profit     all these critical problems, and many         a nonprofit job-training program helps lift
– they offer a unique social return on       more – both to mitigate their immediate       families out of poverty, the payoff includes
investment.                                  impact, and to find long-term solutions.      dollars that will be earned and spent over
                                             And by addressing problems before they        many years by productive workers. When
                                             reach crisis level, nonprofits prevent        nonprofits breathe new life into a blighted
                                             unnecessary spending – and unnecessary        neighborhood, the revitalization also
                                             suffering.                                    contributes to the local economy.

    THE IMPACT                                              THE IMPACT                                           THE IMPACT
    If 50% of elderly adults who receive in-home care       When the transitional housing program at Friends     By providing housing for people with mental illness
    from Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA) in            of Guest House helps a woman released from           who might otherwise be in hospitals, Cornerstone
    Maryland were instead placed in nursing homes,          prison re-enter society successfully, it costs the   in DC helps people retain their dignity while saving
    the total annual cost would be 15 times higher – or     community 65% less than if she went back to          up to $100,000 per person each year.
    $96 million a year – than the $6 million it costs for   prison for one year.
    JSSA to provide services and keep those 1,000                                                                THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT
    elders in their homes.                                  THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT                          In 2000, it cost $425 per day for St. Elizabeth’s
                                                            Friends of Guest House provides transitional         Hospital to care for a person with a serious mental
    THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT                             housing and support services to women leaving        illness, compared to up to $175 per day to provide
    All elderly people deserve to receive care and          prison in Northern Virginia. Incarceration at the    housing in the community. Cornerstone has
    assistance in the place they feel most comfortable:     Northern Virginia Department of Corrections          financed the purchase and renovation of more
    home. Furthermore, nursing home care, which             costs approximately $20,000 per year, compared       than 1,500 housing units for people with mental
    averages $96,000 per year, can quickly deplete          to $7,200 for a six-month stay at Friends of         illness, many of whom would require intermittent
    the savings of seniors and their families. JSSA         Guest House. Nearly 100% of women who go             or ongoing hospitalization without a permanent,
    provides quality in-home eldercare at a fraction of     through the Friends of Guest House program find      affordable place to live. Providing stable living
    nursing home costs, serving approximately 2,000         employment.                                          environments for people with mental illness also
    elders, most of whom are isolated and need outside                                                           saves the community money by reducing the drain
    support to stay at home. Most can’t afford assisted                                                          on public services, including the costs incurred
    living, either, yet 47% qualify for nursing home                                                             when untreated individuals end up homeless,
    placement. At a cost of $5,000 to $6,000 per person                                                          in emergency rooms, or in the criminal justice
    each year JSSA provides services such as personal                                                            system.
    care, rides, meals, and housecleaning.

THE IMPACT                                           THE IMPACT                                             THE IMPACT
In 2006, the Coalition for the Homeless in DC        If Metro TeenAIDS prevents just two youth from         The Youthbuild program at Sasha Bruce
helped 333 formerly homeless people get jobs,        contracting HIV each year, not only does it save two   Youthwork prepares young high school dropouts
resulting in annual taxable incomes of more than     young people from a devastating disease, but its       and disconnected youth for success in the
$4.8 million.                                        entire annual budget is justified.                     construction industry – a career with starting
                                                                                                            salaries of $35,000 to $45,000 – at a cost to the
THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT                          THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT                            federal government of $26,125 per participant.
The Coalition moves several hundred homeless         According to a recent study from Cornell University,
people into permanent housing each year – 331        the average lifetime cost of health care for one       THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT
in 2006 alone – and it knows that stable, living-    person infected by HIV is $618,900. Metro              Through a series of federal HUD contracts, Sasha
wage employment is key to solving homelessness.      TeenAIDS (MTA), which has an annual budget of          Bruce has operated the Youthbuild Program in
Employment services at the Coalition include the     just over $1 million, has been focusing its efforts    partnership with DC Habitat for Humanity since
D.C. Works Project (under Welfare-to-Work), TANF     on the HIV needs of young people in the DC area        1998. Most trainees are high school dropouts,
Home Visits, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration     since 1988, including case management, mental          ages 16 to 24, and unemployed. The program
Project, and job search placement programs at        health, youth leadership, outreach, and prevention     combines education (toward a GED and beyond),
several locations. When Abt Associates in Bethesda   education. With just over 50% of their budget          civic engagement, and employment training.
studied a similar program for homeless job seekers   used for prevention, MTA estimates that having         Each Youthbuild graduate is ready to work in the
in 2003, it found that the benefits to government,   prevented even two new HIV infections a year has       construction industry, a growing job sector in the
through reduced transfer payment program costs       saved the region millions of dollars – and prevented   District where employees enjoy good benefits, union
and increased tax revenues, exceeded the costs of    countless future infections.                           protection, and opportunities for advancement. 60%
the services over a five-year period.                                                                       of participants obtain their GED, and 75% are placed
                                                                                                            in employment, with 62% still employed at six
                                                                                                            months. 50% are placed in postsecondary education,
                                                                                                            and 24% in occupational skills training.
    learning and earning:

    In our region (as in our nation as a whole), completing an education has become increasingly necessary
    for a productive life. High school dropouts earn less than high school graduates, who earn less than those
    with college degrees. Moreover, studies show that indicators of social engagement, such as voting and
    volunteerism, increase with educational attainment, while costly social problems, such as incarceration
    and teen pregnancy, decrease.

Nonprofit organizations are increasingly critical to the delivery of meaningful education to our region’s
residents. At every level, from K-12 to higher education, Greater Washington could not educate its
population effectively without nonprofit services, from summer learning opportunities and after-school
programs, to liberal arts education and workforce development.

Urban Alliance Foundation, a comprehensive              College Summit-National Capital Region started
employment program for DC high school students,         in 1993 with four students at a teen center in the
has helped more than 850 youth find employment.         basement of a low-income housing project in DC.
96% of participants also finished high school,          Last year, the program served 1,200 students in
compared to less than 60% of DC public school           the National Capital Region in 11 schools across
students. And while only 29% of DC public school        4 districts and 3 states, and this year it expanded
students enroll in college, 88% of youth who finish     into Prince George’s County. The program offers
the Urban Alliance program go to college.               an intensive four-day writing workshop that helps
                                                        students discover – and prove to college admissions
At a cost of $3,000 to $5,000 per student annually,     officials – that their life stories can be as powerful
The Good Samaritan Foundation prepares youth            as high SAT scores and good grades. On average,
from DC’s Deanwood and Anacostia communities for        79% of students who complete College Summit
leadership in the community. In the past two years,     workshops enroll in college, compared to a national
90% of Good Samaritan students have graduated           enrollment rate of less than 50% for low-income
from high school and 70% of those graduates are         students.
enrolled in a two-to-four-year college or university.
                                                        Lifestarts Youth & Family Services (formerly
Middle school students in the Higher Achievement        East Capitol Center for Change) operates in-school
Program (HAP) benefit from having three mentors         programs that touch nearly 5,000 children in DC and
and 650 hours of supplemental education in a social     Prince George’s County schools and after-school
justice-based curriculum. On average, students enter    programs that serve 100 teens and 30 elementary
the four-year program with a 2.3 GPA and graduate       school children in two of the District’s poorest
(when they finish 8th grade) with a 3.8 GPA. During     wards. The grades of 62% of children enrolled in
the 2005-2006 school year, HAP worked with 400          after-school programming in 2005 rose by at least
students.                                               one letter grade. And in just 6 months, the agency’s
                                                        literacy tutoring program produced an average gain of
                                                        1.5 grade levels for each high school student.
     multiplying impact
     A central reason that many nonprofits are so cost-effective is that they are uniquely positioned to tap into
     the community and leverage a wide range of resources. For example, DC Central Kitchen serves more than
     1.2 million meals each year with donated restaurant food that would otherwise go to waste. DC Appleseed
     uses volunteer lawyers and other professionals to analyze and resolve urgent civic problems. Many other
     nonprofits are equally strategic and creative, looking for opportunities to combine multiple funding sources,
     volunteer expertise, and donated goods and services.

     The power of being a 501(c)(3).            The power of volunteers.                    The power of in-kind donations.
     Many times, investment in a nonprofit      As charitable organizations, nonprofits     From coat drives to hard drives, the
     triggers additional funding from other     have the unique ability to harness the      ability to accept in-kind donations gives
     sources. Nonprofits are uniquely           power of volunteers of all types, from      nonprofits another way to capture
     positioned to tap into multiple funding    board members, to professionals who         resources and community support.
     streams to bring new monies to bear on     provide skills-based services, to program   Donations range from items to help
     issues and solutions for the communities   and administrative volunteers who help      people in need (such as clothing, food,
     they serve. Most nonprofits leverage       deliver services and keep things running    and school supplies) to items for running
     federal or state dollars earmarked for     behind the scenes. The Washington           a nonprofit office, to building materials for
     a specific cause or population with        chapters of Habitat for Humanity and        capital projects, to donations for auctions
     foundation, corporate and individual       Meals on Wheels are great examples of       and other fundraisers. In-kind donations
     contributions.                             how nonprofits make the most of their       can amplify impact, allowing nonprofits to
                                                volunteers.                                 stretch their dollars to do the most good.

THE IMPACT                                        THE IMPACT                                             THE IMPACT
Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) in           In 2006, Tahirih Justice Center helped immigrant       Manna Food Center in Montgomery County turns
Virginia conserves 2 acres for each acre bought   women who are fleeing violence by generating           each dollar of cash into $5 worth of food through
by the government, doubling the impact of every   $3.4 million in donated services.                      food donations and distribution.
taxpayer dollar spent on conservation.
                                                  THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT                            THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT
THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT                       One of Tahirih’s most successful strategies is its     Montgomery County is one of America’s most
PEC is committed to promoting and protecting      use of professional volunteers, particularly its Pro   affluent places to live, yet more than 25 percent of
the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural    Bono Attorney Network, which includes more than        its residents are at-risk for hunger. The high cost of
resources, history, and beauty. This mission      440 lawyers. Through high-quality pro bono legal       housing, health care, childcare, utilities, and other
plays out by educating landowners to donate       representation and bridge-building public policy       necessities makes it difficult for many families to
land for conservation and raising funds to buy    advocacy, the Network helps immigrant women            put food on the table. One in four Montgomery
property when necessary. Since 1995, PEC has      and girls fleeing gender-based violence (including     County Public School Students qualifies for a
helped protect more than 270,000 acres through    female genital cutting, torture, rape, human           free or reduced price lunch, and in some schools
conservation easements, which allow landowners    trafficking, honor crimes, widow rituals, forced       more than three-quarters of students qualify. In
to limit development on their property while      marriage, and domestic violence).                      2005, Manna provided food to more than 67,000
retaining private ownership.                                                                             hungry individuals and also distributed a half million
                                                                                                         pounds of food to 25 partner organizations –
                                                                                                         including shelters, group homes, and food pantries.
                                                                                                         Hundreds of volunteers help with distribution, and
                                                                                                         the center receives donations from grocery stores,
                                                                                                         community food drives, individuals, and the USDA
                                                                                                         surplus food program.

     the value of
     Because people volunteer through so many
     avenues, it’s hard to get an accurate count of how
     many there are. In 2005, 29% of Americans volun-
     teered in some way, giving a median of 50 hours of
     their time over the course of a year.

     What is a volunteer worth?
     The standard rate assigned to volunteer time is       THE IMPACT
     $18.77 per hour (2006 estimate, Independent           Last year, volunteers for OAR of Arlington
     Sector). If a volunteer spends two hours each week    County (Offender Aid and Restoration) spent
     mentoring youth, the dollar value of that time over   more than 17,000 hours – the equivalent of eight
     one year is $1,952. Clearly, the value of mentors     full-time positions – sharing their skills to help ex-
     – and that of all volunteers – goes well beyond any   offenders move back into the community and stay          THE IMPACT
     dollar value that can be assigned.                    out of prison.                                           In 2006, CASA volunteers at Stop Child Abuse
                                                                                                                    Now of Northern Virginia (SCAN) saved
                                                           THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT                              taxpayers more than $400,000.
     A closer look at board volunteers
     Approximately 4,100 local nonprofits serve Greater    Volunteers at OAR spend time teaching courses,
                                                           developing curricula, and contributing other skills      THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT
     Washington. Conservatively, it’s safe to say that
                                                           to help ex-offenders find and keep jobs, housing,        Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) at
     at least 32,800 volunteers serve on the boards
                                                           health care, and other resources they need to be         SCAN gave almost 8,000 hours to advocate for
     of these local nonprofits. If each board meets 12
                                                           productive and stay within the law. In addition,         196 children in the court system because they
     hours each year – again, a conservative estimate
                                                           OAR trains ex-offenders to do community service          were abused or neglected. That translates to more
     – the combined value of board members’ volunteer
                                                           work. Last year, OAR placed more than 750 clients        than $167,000 worth of donated time – versus the
     time amounts to more than $7.3 million.
                                                           at churches and nonprofits in Arlington County,          $423,940 that taxpayers would have paid the state-
                                                           contributing over 20,000 hours of community              funded Guardians ad Litem (attorneys who are
     This estimate does not reflect additional time that
                                                           service.                                                 appointed by judges to oversee child abuse cases).
     most board members devote to their organizations;
                                                                                                                    In addition, unlike Guardian ad Litem attorneys,
     nor does it consider the true value of their skills
                                                                                                                    CASA volunteers are able to provide individual
     and expertise. Boards benefit from the knowledge
                                                                                                                    attention to each child.
     of consumers, activists and a wide range of
     professionals, including lawyers, judges, doctors,
     nurses, teachers, executives, financial experts,
     marketing specialists, and academic experts.
N O N P R OFIT ROI IN ACTION:                                                                                                              13

strengthening community
Nonprofits provide a powerful return on investment by encouraging and engaging the most caring
elements of our communities to work together towards positive outcomes. They respond to entrenched
and emergent needs with compassion, creativity, and tenacity while bringing people together to work
toward sustainable change.

Filling gaps.                                   Encouraging civic involvement.                Generating social capital.
Stepping in when other systems are              Nonprofits break down barriers, tap into      Nonprofits allow community members to
overtaxed or unable to respond – whether        individual and shared potential, and create   connect through service, leadership and
by providing health care to low-income          powerful connections between people           advocacy. By facilitating and encouraging
families or helping hurricane survivors         and community. Advocacy and organizing        the impulse to get involved and make
rebuild their lives – improves the quality of   create a more cohesive community              a difference, nonprofits strengthen
life for everyone. Many times, nonprofits       by getting people involved. And this          our community at its core. This ability
work together to fill gaps, combining           connection to community is a two-way          to create “social capital” is a potent
their expertise and resources to seize          street – many nonprofits empower the          characteristic of the nonprofit community.
opportunities and find solutions.               youth and adults they serve to become
                                                effective advocates and community

     flexibility.                                    Nonprofits respond when the worst happens. They are on the
     responsiveness.                                 front lines of helping people in the wake of disasters small and
     creativity.                                     large – from house fires to hurricanes to terror attacks.
                                                     When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in           When disaster hit home on September 11, 2001,
     These core qualities allow high-performing      August 2005, nonprofits across the region              nonprofits responded immediately, providing a
                                                     responded to the needs of the nearly 7,000             range of services to the thousands of people
     nonprofits to respond quickly to changing       survivors who evacuated to the DC area. The            affected by the attack on the Pentagon.
     situations – whether that involves shifting     National Capital Chapter of the American Red
                                                     Cross provided immediate assistance to nearly          In the five years after 9/11, more than 1,000 people
     resources to help people during a crisis,       7,000 people through its network of emergency          received assistance from the Survivors’ Fund,
                                                     service centers.                                       established by the Community Foundation for
     or finding innovative ways to tackle a                                                                 the National Capital Region immediately after the
     social problem. Nonprofits even have            More than 260 families were helped through             attacks, and which ultimately collected donations
                                                     coordinated recovery support offered by                totaling $24 million to aid survivors. Northern
     the flexibility to reach across the state,      Lutheran Social Services in Maryland and DC;           Virginia Family Service worked with the Survivors’
                                                     Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs,                 Fund to coordinate support, including financial
     county, and District lines that can limit the   Northern Virginia Family Service, Reston               assistance, counseling, medical services, education,
     reach of local government. For example,         Interfaith, and United Community Ministries            and vocational training.
                                                     in Virginia; and Boat People SOS, serving Asian
     in 1995, the Latin American Youth Center,       American survivors across the region. The William      Also after 9/11, the DC Employment Justice
                                                     Wendt Center for Loss and Healing worked               Center helped get more than $200 million in
     which has served the District for more          with 89 survivors, offering individual and group       increased unemployment compensation for area
     than 30 years, responded to changing            counseling.                                            workers, as well as expanded benefits that put
                                                                                                            an additional $4 million in the pockets of about
     demographics in the region by establishing      Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of               600 workers who lost jobs through no fault of
                                                     Washington quickly established a call center for       their own. The cost of advocating for these policy
     the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers,       people in need of housing. With callers to the         changes was less than $20,000.
     replicating its proven youth development        housing line looking for all types of help, Catholic
                                                     Charities brought in its eight family centers,
     model in Montgomery and Prince George’s         which specialize in emergency assistance, to the
                                                     response effort, and began referring callers to the
     counties.                                       centers for help. More than 500 people received
                                                     assistance, with more than 120 placed in housing.

Our nation’s capital is also an arts and culture capital. Hundreds of community-based arts nonprofits
make our region more vibrant, more inclusive, and more connected.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington,           range of artistic mediums – paint, pencil, clay, song,
with more than 600 organizational and individual       dance, movement, poetry, piano, guitar, drums,
members, is dedicated to sustaining and increasing     harmonica – AFTA artists help seniors discover
regional leadership, appreciation, support, and        creativity and self-expression as well as improve
resources for arts and culture. In June 2007, the      confidence, physical health, and quality of life.
Alliance and the Metropolitan Washington Council       AFTA’s programs are becoming a national model for
of Governments released a study conducted by           best practices in elder care.
Americans for the Arts showing the economic
impact of arts and culture organizations in Greater    Signature Theatre joined Arlington County
Washington. The study found that in 2005, nonprofit    Government by becoming an economic and
arts groups in the region generated $2.15 billion in   cultural anchor in the Shirlington neighborhood.
economic activity, supported more than 45,000 full-    When Signature moved from its converted-garage
time equivalent jobs, and leveraged 2 million hours    space to its new 48,000 square foot two-theater
of donated time from 32,000 volunteers.                building, it became a central part of the Shirlington
                                                       neighborhood development plan. Chris Zimmerman,
World Art Focus serves 30,000 adults and children      Arlington County Board Member said, “Having
each year from Prince George’s County and              Signature in Shirlington is good for the Theatre,
sections of northeast DC. Its studio facility, Joe’s   good for theatergoers, good for Arlington, and
Movement Emporium, is an anchor project of the         the region.”
Prince George’s Gateway Arts District revitalization
strategy and contributes more than $935,000 to         The Music Center at Strathmore in Montgomery             The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts in DC
the local economy, as well as to the educational,      County is a state-of-the-art 1,976-seat concert hall     offers arts education to all children, regardless of
and artistic growth of the area. The facility serves   and education center that opened in 2005. With           income, charging as little as $15 per semester for
neighborhoods where more than half of the              120 full-time and part-time staff and 600 volunteers,    unlimited classes. Similar arts programs can cost as
residents come from low- to moderate-income            Strathmore is supported by a public-private venture      much as $1,000 each semester, and 80% of Sitar’s
levels, more than 7% of residents are unemployed,      between the State of Maryland, Montgomery                students come from low-income homes where
and 13% of the population lives below the poverty      County, and corporate and individual philanthropists,    money for arts participation is scarce. Backed by
level. Their arts education programs, including        Strathmore offers audiences a diverse range of arts      research showing that arts education improves
in-school, after-school, and summer programs, are      programming, ranging from its CityDance Center,          cognitive ability and academic success, the Sitar
consistent with national efforts to reduce juvenile    which has enrolled 2,000 students since February         Center provides more than 500 students each year
violence by 40% and youth-related violence by 25%.     2005, to MusicaliTEAS serving more than 300 older        with training in music, dance, drama, writing, and
                                                       adults from the community, including residents of        visual art.
At Arts for the Aging (AFTA) in Bethesda, most         12 independent/assisted living and Alzheimer’s
of the nearly 1,300 older adults who take part in      care facilities,
workshops have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Using a

     Nonprofits get youth involved in their communities, nurturing the next generation of
     civic engagement.

     The Earth Conservation Corps provides                  year, while receiving nearly 7.6 million program
     hands-on education, environmental training,            hours in leadership development. In addition, more
     professional experience, and leadership skills for     than 10,000 adult volunteer leaders participate in
     disadvantaged young people ages 17 to 25. As           30,000 hours of training each year to prepare them
     corps members improve their own lives, they            to work effectively with girls.
     rebuild the environmental, social, and economic
     health of their communities. ECC members give          Accordiing to FIFA (Fédération Internationale de
     1,700 hours to cleaning up the environment,            Football Association), the United States has more
     protecting endangered wildlife and providing           soccer players than any other nation – almost 18
     community service to their neighbors and peers.        million, and soccer is the fastest growing team
     This work earns Corps members a stipend, health        sport in the country. No other sport crosses so
     insurance, and childcare benefits, as well as a        many cultural boundaries. MSI, the largest youth
     $5,000 scholarship. Nearly 400 young people have       sports organization in Montgomery County, provides
     graduated from the Earth Conservation Corps - and      15,000 young people with the chance to play soccer,
     through their community outreach programs they         regardless of age, location, income, or physical
     have touched 34,000 area residents.                    ability. MSI receives no funding from the County
                                                            and actually contributes to the maintenance and
     Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY) organized       development of soccer fields at Montgomery County
     its first formal youth leadership body in Fall 2003.   public schools and parks. DC Stoddert Soccer
     BLAST (Building Leadership Among Strong Teens)         League enables more than 4,200 young people
     members are focused on police-youth relations          ages 5 to 19 to play on 300 teams in its recreational
     in DC. The youth in BLAST arranged meetings            leagues, with another 450 kids competing on 35
     with local police officers and youth to create a       travel teams. The Arlington Soccer Association
     magazine called: Is it because: SE youth and the       with teams from Arlington and Falls Church has over
     police. BLAST also created a Know Your Rights          4,500 players on more than 300 teams.
     handbook to educate youth about their rights when
     they come into contact with police. FLY’s three        One of the youth volunteer opportunities at
     youth organizing interns currently conduct Know        Alternative House, the only emergency shelter in
     Your Rights workshops at local schools and youth       Northern Virginia just for teenagers, is a teen-run
     organizations.                                         Youth Advisory Council. Last year, the 12 teens
                                                            serving on the Council raised $1,000 to post a
     Through the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s        better sign in front of the emergency shelter,
     Capital, more than 50,000 girls from every             compiled and distributed information kits to
     neighborhood in the region provide 1.5 million hours   guidance counselors, and mailed crisis hotline
     of community service in the Washington area each       posters to local high schools.

Some problems are best tackled through collaboration.
                                                                                                                     hospitals and
LISC Washington DC and the District of Columbia                                                                      As the region’s largest nonprofits, hospitals and
Housing Authority worked with local nonprofits and                                                                   universities play critical roles in strengthening our
HUD to renovate 78 homes and sell 105 homes                                                                          community. In addition to fulfilling their core missions,
in the Columbia Heights and Shaw neighborhoods                                                                       the area’s 35 nonprofit hospitals and 17 nonprofit
in DC – generating property taxes, new construction                                                                  universities operate many programs that reach deeply
jobs, and millions in mortgages held by local financial                                                              into the community. Here are just a few examples:
institutions. The project was the major building
block for the residential and commercial development                                                                 • The law schools at American, Catholic,
now under way in Columbia Heights. Nonprofits                                                                          Georgetown, and George Washington
partnering with LISC were the Development                                                                              Universities offer more than a dozen legal
Corporation of Columbia Heights, Manna,                                                                                clinics in which law students and professors
Mi Casa, 13th & Irving Development Corpora-                                                                            help community members dealing with issues
tion, Hope Housing, New Columbia Community                Community Services Agency of the                             that include domestic violence, the juvenile
Land Trust, North Capitol Neighborhood                    Metropolitan AFL-CIO to revive a training                    justice system, immigration, and housing and
Development, and a nonprofit subsidiary of the            program in construction trades for women in the              community development.
Housing Authority.                                        D.C. area. Washington Area Women in the Trades
                                                          is the reincarnation of a program that began in the        • Children’s National Medical Center sponsors
Four agencies providing a variety of family support       late 1960s, but which closed after losing federal            the Children’s Health Project of DC, which
services – including low-income housing, ex-              funding in 1999. WOW knew the value of the                   operates mobile medical units that visit sites
offender counseling, workforce development, and           program and pursued new partnerships to bring                serving children in public housing, community
financial management – came together for the              it back. Nine out of 10 program graduates work in            centers, and residential facilities for children in
Successful Families Initiative, helping 50 families       construction.                                                foster care. The Health Project provides care to
in DC’s Ward 7. As a result, employment and                                                                            anyone who visits its vans, regardless of their
income have increased for many of these families,         “From the Ground Up” at Clagett Farm is a joint              ability to pay, with a focus on the District’s most
and homelessness has fallen from 44% to 16%.              effort of the Capital Area Food Bank and the                 medically underserved areas.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation funds the Initiative,       Chesapeake Bay Foundation that brings nutritious,
which included a public school, Lifestarts Youth          fresh produce to neighborhoods of all income levels        • Trinity University partners with THE ARC, an
and Family Services (formerly East Capitol Center         throughout the DC area. In addition, the program             education, arts, and recreation campus in DC’s
for Change), the Marshall Heights Community               works to educate the public about the relationship           Ward 8, to offer an associate in arts degree
Development Organization, and the East River              between agriculture, the environment, the food               to adult learners who take classes there. The
Family Strengthening Collaborative.                       supply, and social justice. Nearly half of the chemical-     program includes collegiate bridge courses,
                                                          free produce harvested by From the Ground Up is              tutoring services, and evening and weekend
Working Opportunities for Women (WOW)                     donated to low-income families, and the remainder            classes.
partnered with the YWCA of the National Capital           is sold as shares to area residents through a
Area, Goodwill of Greater Washington and the              Community Supported Agriculture program.

     Nonprofits change policies and improve systems. And through volunteerism and community
     organizing, they connect people to each other and to the issues that matter to them.

     As part of a campaign to ensure equal voting           The Language Access Project, a coalition of 20
     rights for people with disabilities, the American      nonprofits headed by the Asian Pacific American
     Association of People with Disabilities and            Legal Resource Center, used community
     the Disability Rights Council settled a landmark       education, collective organizing, advocacy, and
     lawsuit against DC and its Board of Elections and      litigation to improve access to government
     Ethics. As a result, residents who are blind or have   programs for Asian Americans, Latinos, Africans,
     limited manual dexterity can now vote privately and    and other immigrants with limited English
     independently.                                         proficiency. APALRC’s involvement helped pass the
                                                            D.C. Language Access Act in 2004, which requires
     In DC, 1 in 10 households can’t always get the food    DC agencies to provide oral interpretation services
     they need, and 1 out of 3 children live on the edge    and written translations of vital documents to
     of hunger. D.C. Hunger Solutions led the effort        people with limited English proficiency.
     to rebuild a tattered Summer Food Program in DC,                                                                 officers, firefighters, teachers, and judges for DC to
     harnessing about $1.6 million in federal money         IMPACT Silver Spring educates and trains                  the local government, but without ensuring adequate
     for the city’s schools and related nonprofits. The     diverse residents of Silver Spring, Maryland, in          financing for the plans. In 1996, DC Appleseed
     number of children served more than doubled, from      leadership and advocacy so that they can work             recommended that the federal government
     13,000 to nearly 28,000.                               collaboratively across lines of race, class, and          reassume the $5.5 billion burden on the District
                                                            culture on challenging community issues. Parents          government. The recommendation was passed into
     DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) conducts            who participate in IMPACT’s Parent Training               federal law in 1997.
     research and public education on budget and tax        Institute learn how to get involved in their children’s
     issues, with an emphasis on issues that affect         education. In addition, parents join action teams at      One in 20 DC adults has HIV, and one-third of new
     low- and moderate-income residents. By preparing       local schools, creating parent groups for immigrant       infections are caused by shared needles. Yet, until
     timely analyses that are used by policymakers,         parents, collaborating with administrators to make        recently, Congress barred DC from using its own
     the media, and the public, DCFPI informs public        school-wide improvements, and making PTAs more            funds to support needle exchange programs. The
     debates on budget and tax issues and helps ensure      inclusive. Last year, IMPACT engaged 200 minority,        Washington AIDS Partnership, along with more
     that the needs of lower-income residents are           low-income parents – many of them immigrants – in         than 20 local and national nonprofits, worked with
     considered. For instance, DCFPI brought together       five schools.                                             DC’s non-voting Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes
     key research and produced reports to support                                                                     Norton, enlisted the help of pro bono attorneys, wrote
     expansion of DC’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC),     DC Appleseed works on behalf of DC residents              letters to Congressional committee chairs, and met
     which can help lift working families out of poverty.   to achieve a range of policy reforms. For example,        with Congressional representatives to convince them
     The District’s EITC, which was established in          it addressed the dramatic underfunding of DC’s            to overturn the ban. The successful efforts of these
     2000 and has been expanded two times, is now           pension liability in its report, The District of          groups will allow the District to collaborate more
     the largest for any state. More than 44,000 DC         Columbia’s Pension Dilemma: An Immediate and              effectively with nonprofits such as Prevention Works!
     households claim more than $30 million in benefits,    Lasting Solution. In 1979, the federal government         that help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by offering clean
     with an average benefit of nearly $700.                transferred responsibility for the pensions of police     needles and hygiene products to drug addicts.
adding up the impact                                                                                            nonprofits in
The examples in this report go beyond charity
                                                                                                                the community
– defined as “generous actions or donations to aid
the poor, ill, or helpless” – showing that nonprofits                                                           Nonprofits are in and of the communities
serve all 4 million of our region’s residents,
providing a return on investment that enhances the                                                              they serve. This on-the-ground perspective
quality of life for all of us.                                                                                  gives rise to programs that reflect local
Imagine our region without nonprofits.                                                                          needs. It also allows nonprofits to create

Imagine no food pantries, no emergency shelters;                                                                lasting relationships with community
no after-school tutoring or recreation. Imagine                                                                 leaders and anticipate changing needs.
no community-based responses to youth
violence, teen pregnancy, or HIV/AIDS. Imagine                                                                  Nonprofits also have the ability to tap
no community theater, dance, or music. Imagine
silence in the face of injustice and discrimination.                                                            into support in concrete ways, leveraging
                                                                                                                donations and volunteer time to increase
In a 2007 statement to Congress about the role
of nonprofits, Stanley J. Czerwinski, Director of                                                               the impact of government funding. When
Strategic Issues for the Government Accountability      sector partners – by looking at the tangible value
Office, observed:                                       of our work. That value includes effective and          government, businesses, and nonprofits
                                                        efficient service delivery; dollars saved and dollars
                                                        better used; partnerships that combine funds and
                                                                                                                work together to address common goals,
   “Virtually every American interacts with the
    nonprofit sector in his or her daily life through   volunteer resources; and progress toward making         each doing what they do best, public and
    a broad range of concerns and activities such       our community a better and more equitable place
    as health care, education, human services,          to live and work.                                       private dollars can often be used more
    job training, religion, and cultural pursuits. In                                                           efficiently – and to get better results.
    addition, federal, state, and local governments     When nonprofits partner with government,
    rely on nonprofit organizations as key partners     business, and concerned residents in pursuit of
    in implementing programs and providing              a common goal, everyone profits.
    services to the public.”

With the release of Beyond Charity, we invite
Greater Washington to recognize the return on
investment generated by local nonprofits. We
urge you to evaluate nonprofit impact -- just as you
would the impact of our government and private
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     Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital – www.cisnet.org     Coalition for the Homeless – www.dccfh.org                            DC Central Kitchen – www.dccentralkitchen.org
                                                                         Promoting Employment for Homeless People: Final Cost-effec-
     Northern Virginia Family Service – www.nvfs.org                     tiveness Study (Abt Associates, 2003).                                PAGE 11
     Trickle Up: A Case Study on Community Benefits of Workforce                                                                               Piedmont Environmental Council – www.pecva.org
     Development available at www.nvfs.org/publications/trickleup.pdf    Metro TeenAIDS – www.metroteenaids.org
                                                                         “The Lifetime Cost of Current HIV Care in the United States,”         Tahirih Justice Center – www.tahirih.org
     Greater DC Cares – www.dc-cares.org                                 a study from Cornell University appearing in the November
                                                                         2006 issue of Medical Care, estimates the medical cost for            Manna Food Center – www.mannafood.org
     Reston Interfaith                                                   people with HIV, from the time of beginning appropriate care          White Paper: Hunger: A Hidden But Prevalent Problem in Mont-
     Report to the Community: 2004-2006 available under “About           until death. Projected life expectancy for infected individuals, if   gomery County available at www.mannafood.org/montgomery
     Us” at www.restoninterfaith.org                                     they remain in optimal HIV care, has increased to 24.2 years,
                                                                         so average lifetime HIV care cost is now $618,900 per person.
     SIDEBAR: NONPROFIT BASICS                                           Summary available at: http://news.med.cornell.edu/wcmc/               PAGE 12
     “The Size and Scope of the Nonprofit Sector in the Greater          wcmc_2006/11_01a_06.shtml                                             OAR of Arlington – www.oaronline.org
     Washington Region” (Center on Nonprofits Philanthropy, Urban
     Institute, 2005). Published in The Business of Doing Good in        Sasha Bruce Youthwork – www.sashabruce.org                            Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia – Alexandria/Ar-
     Greater Washington: How the Nonprofit Sector Contributes to         According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2004 the con-         lington CASA Program – www.scanva.org/casa_program.htm
     the Region’s Economy (Nonprofit Roundtable, 2005). Available        struction industry average hourly earnings for non-supervisory
     under “Issues & Initiatives” at www.nonprofitroundtable.org         workers was $19.23. http://stats.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs003.htm            PAGE 14
                                                                                                                                               Katrina Open Arms Fund: Report to Donors (January, 2007),
     PAGE 5                                                              DC Habitat for Humanity – www.dchabitat.org                           from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Re-
     Adoptions Together – www.adoptionstogether.org                                                                                            gion, summarizes the work of the following eight grantees:
     White Paper: “A Call to Action for Public-Private Partnerships To   PAGE 9
     Support the Adoption of Children From Maryland Foster Care”         Urban Alliance Foundation – www.urbanalliancefoundation.org           American Red Cross of the National Capital Area –
     (Adoptions Together, 2004).                                         Double the Numbers for College Success: A Call to Action for          www.redcrossdc.org
                                                                         the District of Columbia by (Double the Numbers Coalition,
                                                                         2006). Available at: www.doublethenumbersdc.org/resources             Lutheran Social Services – www.lssnca.org
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     Jewish Social Services Agency – www.jssa.org                                                                                              Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs –
     According to the The Metlife Market Survey of Nursing Home          Good Samaritan Foundation – www.gsf-dc.org
     and Home Care Costs (September 2005) the average daily cost
     of a semiprivate room in a nursing home in DC in 2005 was           Higher Achievement Program – www.higherachievement.org
                                                                                                                                               Northern Virginia Family Service – www.nvfs.org
     $268 ($97,820 per year). A semiprivate room in Silver Spring
     averaged $196 ($71,540 per year).                                   College Summit-National Capital Region –
                                                                         www.collegesummit.org/local/capital-region/                           Reston Interfaith – www.restoninterfaith.org
     Friends of Guest House – www.friendsofguesthouse.org                “Making a Hard-Life Story Open a Door to College,” The New
                                                                         York Times, July 27, 2007.                                            United Community Ministries (UCM) – www.ucmagency.org
     Cornerstone – www.cornerstonedc.org                                                                                                       Boat People SOS – www.bpsos.org
                                                                         Lifestarts Youth & Family Services (Formerly East Capitol
                                                                         Center for Change) – www.lifestarts.org

William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing                              PAGE 16                                                         Children’s National Medical Center – www.dcchildrens.com
www.wendtcenter.org                                                    Earth Conservation Corps – www.ecc1.org
                                                                       Earth Conservation Corps was featured on the PBS show NOW       Trinity University – www.trinity.edu
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington                    in January 2004. Video and updates available at www.pbs.org/
www.catholiccharitiesdc.org                                            now/society/ecc.html                                            THE ARC – www.thearc.org
From the Gulf Coast to Greater Washington: The Nonprofit Sec-
tor’s Role in Caring for Katrina Evacuees in the National Capital      Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY) – www.flyouth.org        PAGE 18
Region (November 2005) documents the efforts of 70 nonprofits                                                                          American Association of People with Disabilities –
to help people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Available under         Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital – www.gscnc.org     www.aapd.com/index.php
“Issues & Initiatives” at www.nonprofitroundtable.org
                                                                       MSI – www.msisoccer.org                                         D.C. Hunger Solutions
The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region                                                                               Picking Up the Pieces: What Went Wrong in the District of
Survivors’ Fund Report to the Community, September 2006 avail-         DC Stoddert Soccer League – www.stoddert.com                    Columbia’s Summer Food Service Program in 2002, and How
able in the “Community Leadership” section under “About Us”                                                                            to Rebuild in 2003 and Healthy Food, Healthy Communities:
at www.cfncr.org                                                       The Arlington Soccer Association – www.arlingtonsoccer.org      Assessment and Scorecard of Community Food Security in the
                                                                                                                                       District of Columbia for the Mayor’s Commission on Food and
Northern Virginia Family Service – www.nvfs.org                        Alternative House – www.thealternativehouse.org                 Nutrition (July 2006) both available at
DC Employment Justice Center – www.dcejc.org
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                                                                       LISC Washington DC – www.lisc.org/washingtondc                  DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI)
SIDEBAR                                                                                                                                The District Earned Income Tax Credit: Helping Working Families
Latin American Youth Center – www.layc-dc.org                          See also: www.neighborhoodinfodc.org, a partnership between
                                                                       LISC and the Urban Institute                                    Escape Poverty (November 2002) and Meeting DC’s Challenges,
                                                                                                                                       Maintaining Fiscal Discipline: Strengthening Families and Neigh-
PAGE 15                                                                Lifestarts Youth & Family Services – www.lifestarts.org         borhoods by Increasing Incomes and Reducing Poverty (February
Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington                                                                                                2007) both available under “EITC” link at www.dcfpi.org
Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Non-            Marshall Heights Community Development Organization –
profit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in           www.mhcdo.org                                                   Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center – www.apalrc.org
Greater Washington (Americans for the Arts, 2007). Available
under “Resources” at www.cultural-alliance.org                         East River Family Strengthening Collaborative – www.erfsc.org   IMPACT Silver Spring – www.impactsilverspring.org

World Arts Focus / Joe’s Movement Emporium –                           Capital Area Food Bank – www.capitalareafoodbank.org            DC Appleseed
www.joesmovement.org                                                                                                                   The District of Columbia’s Pension Dilemma: An Immediate and
                                                                       Chesapeake Bay Foundation – www.cbf.org                         Lasting Solution (June 1996) available under “Past Projects” at
Arts for the Aging – www.aftaarts.org                                                                                                  www.dcappleseed.org
“Artful, Positive Aging,” Washington Times, June 2, 2007.              SIDEBAR: Hospitals and Universities
                                                                       American University – www.american.edu                          Washington AIDS Partnership – www.washingtonaidspartenrship.org
Signature Theatre – www.sig-online.org                                                                                                 “House Repeals Needle Ban,” Washington Post, June 29, 2007.
                                                                       Catholic University – www.cua.edu
The Music Center at Strathmore – www.strathmore.org                                                                                    Prevention! Works – www.preventionworksdc.org
                                                                       Georgetown University – www.georgetown.edu                      “Alone in a City’s AIDS Battle, Hoping for Backup,” The New
Patricia M. Sitar Arts Center for the Arts – www.sitarartscenter.org                                                                   York Times, May 28, 2007.
                                                                       George Washington University – www.gwu.edu
     A P P ENDIX:
     more examples of impact
     Cost Savings                                            THE IMPACT: When women at a Doorways
                                                             for Women and Families shelter in Arlington
                                                                                                                     THE IMPACT: According to Pre-k for All DC, if a
                                                                                                                     high-quality pre-K-for-all system were in place in DC,
     THE IMPACT: The Arlington Career Campus of
     Goodwill of Greater Washington trains more              participate in the organization’s Financial             the community would experience net savings of
     than 70 adults each year for careers in banking for a   Independence Track, they graduate with the              more than $50 million.
     cost of just $2,250 per student. Retention rates for    potential to earn $33,000 or more per year.
     trainees exceed 80%.                                                                                            THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: High-quality pre-
                                                             THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Financial literacy         kindergarten for all would cost $58.5 million, and
     THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: A $45,000                  training at Doorways increases earning potential        it would provide $81.49 billion in financial benefits
     investment in Goodwill’s Bank Skills Training           and transforms lives. More than 50 families benefit     in four ways. 1) Decades of research indicate that
     program prepares 20 people for new careers              from this training each year. When women are            children who attend high-quality pre-k are less
     in banking. This covers the costs of intensive          homeless or experiencing domestic violence, they        likely to be involved in crime. Incarceration rates
     job training, one-on-one case management, job           are often unable to keep jobs, especially if they’re    would fall dramatically, saving District residents
     placement services, and follow-up support to            also caring for their children. Financial literacy is   approximately $17.62 million. 2) High-quality pre-k
     ensure that trainees stick with their jobs. The         part of a continuum of comprehensive services that      has been shown to generate tax revenues, and
     per-student cost of $2,250 is less than what most       help homeless women and those fleeing domestic          the District could reap $27.07 million in additional
     banks lose each time an experienced employee            violence attain quality, affordable, permanent          tax revenue (from parents as well as the children
     leaves. (www.dcgoodwill.org)                            housing. (www.doorwaysva.org)                           once they grow up and enter the workforce). 3) The
                                                                                                                     school system would see more than $29.88 million
                                                                                                                     in cost savings, and 4) Health care systems would
     THE IMPACT: The Center for Alexandria’s                 THE IMPACT: Computer C.O.R.E. students in Al-           save $6.9 million. (Investing in the Economic Vitality
     Children (CAC) protects vulnerable children and,        exandria make more money: Average hourly wages          of the District of Columbia through Pre-Kindergarten
     along the way, saves Virginia taxpayers an average      increase from $8.49 prior to enrollment to $11.73       for All (June 2006) available at www.prekforalldc.org)
     of $1,000 for every child abuse investigation.          for those who start new jobs before graduating.

     THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: On average,                THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: The training               THE IMPACT: When Our Place DC helps a woman
     it costs $3,900 to conduct a multi-agency child         program at Computer C.O.R.E. gives low-income           who has been in prison successfully re-enter
     abuse investigation. That’s 36% more than what          adults the technological and life skills they need      society (and avoid future incarceration), it costs
     it costs CAC -- $2,900 – because its coordinated,       to pursue their career aspirations. About 25% of        the community less than 1/6 what it would if she
     comprehensive approach to preventing,                   program graduates land new jobs, and 25% receive        returned to prison for just one year.
     investigating, and treating child abuse is more         promotions. Furthermore, up to 45% enroll in
     efficient. This model offers clear advantages for       advanced training or higher education programs,         THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Our Place DC
     children and families – and it saves money.             primarily at Northern Virginia Community College.       provides a continuum of services to women in DC
     (www.centerforalexandriaschildren.org)                  Some students start their own businesses and            who are coming out of prison. It costs Our Place
                                                             become employers themselves – a 2005 graduate           approximately $5,000 to provide services to a
                                                             now has more than 30 employees.                         woman for a year, compared to $30,000 a year to
                                                             (www.computercore.org)                                  incarcerate a woman. (www.ourplacedc.org)
THE IMPACT: By helping Rosemount Center in
DC achieve national accreditation, Inner City-Inner
                                                        Multiplying Impact                                      THE IMPACT: DC Appleseed effectively turns every
                                                                                                                $1 in its $850,000 budget into $3.                      23
                                                        THE IMPACT: For every $1 that a low-income
Child also helped secure an additional $382,000 in      individual saves toward education or job training,
annual local funding to provide care to more than       a home, or a small business, Capital Area Asset         THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Over the past
140 children at the center.                             Builders leverages $3 in matching funds.                three years, DC Appleseed has averaged $1.7
                                                                                                                million in pro-bono dollars annually from more than
THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Inner City-Inner           THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: CAAB operates              20 law and accounting firms throughout the region.
Child helps childcare centers in DC’s low-income        an individual development account program to help       DC Appleseed addresses important public policy
neighborhoods attain accreditation from the National    low-income individuals and couples save for assets      problems facing the DC metro area by organizing
Association for the Education of Young Children.        that will change their lives. Savers benefit from       volunteers who include business leaders and
The group has guided 27 centers through the rigor-      intensive money management training to help them        community experts to identify the issues, conduct
ous accreditation process by providing hands-on         understand credit, eliminate debt, stick to a budget,   research and analysis, and then advocate and
assistance, materials, and mentoring. Accredited        and finally save toward the purchase of their           recommend specific and effective solutions.
programs automatically receive $10 per child per        dreams. (www.caab.org)                                  (www.dcappleseed.org)
day from the District of Columbia. Rosemount is
currently at full enrollment with 147 children (and a
waiting list of 500). The center is open 260 days       THE IMPACT: A one-time grant of $51,000 allowed         THE IMPACT: Through its Stepping Stones initiative,
a year, so achieving accreditation triggered an         the Alexandria Seaport Foundation to double the         the Washington Area Women’s Foundation has
additional $1,470 per day, most of which is used to     number of youth it can serve while only increasing      invested $2 million in direct grants to help low-
retain teachers. (www.rosemountcenter.org,              expenses by 15 percent.                                 income women build $11 million in assets and
www.innercity-innerchild.org)                                                                                   income in just two years.
                                                        THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: A grant from
                                                        the Alexandria Community Trust provided for             THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Stepping
THE IMPACT: DC’s reduction in teen childbearing, a      COMPASS volunteers to work with the Alexandria          Stones is the first comprehensive regional initiative
cause advanced by the DC Campaign to End Teen           Seaport Foundation. COMPASS connects volunteer          to improve the economic status of low-income,
Pregnancy, saved taxpayers an estimated $42             MBA alumni to work with nonprofits to help build        women-headed families. Of that $11 million
million in 2004 alone.                                  capacity. In addition, revenues from fees are up        in assets and income generated thus far, $3.5
                                                        60 percent, allowing the organization to provide        million is by women participating in the Stepping
THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Most costs                 self-sustaining support for the increased expenses.     Stones programs at 36 local nonprofits. Increased
associated with teen childbearing stem from higher      (www.alexandriaseaport.org, www.actforalexandria.       assets and income include: $2.9 million in savings
demand for public health care and child welfare         org, www.compassdc.com)                                 generated by refinanced loans to avoid foreclosure;
services, and lost tax revenue. According to the                                                                about $120,000 collective decrease in debt and
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned                                                                 increase in savings; almost $260,000 in increased
Pregnancy, childbearing cost DC taxpayers at least      THE IMPACT: Suited for Change has provided              home equity; and almost $200,000 increase in
$26 million in 2004, but the progress the District      business attire to more than 13,000 low-income          income from placement in higher wage, high-
has achieved in reducing teen childbearing saved an     women to help them secure employment.                   growth jobs. The other $7.5 million generated by the
estimated $42 million that same year. In 1997, the                                                              program is accounted for by women who benefited
local teen pregnancy rate was 152.1 per 1,000 girls     THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Suited for                 from the passage of the $11.75 living wage law in
ages 15 to 19. The DC Campaign to End Teen Preg-        Change provides professional clothing and career        the District – a public policy success driven by a
nancy set out to cut the local rate in half by 2005.    education to low-income women who have                  Stepping Stones grantee partner. (Stepping Stones
The 2005 teen pregnancy rate was 64.4 per thou-         completed job training or readiness programs and        reports for 2005, 2006 and 2007 and A Portrait
sand girls 15 to 19, representing a stunning 57.7       are seeking employment. Each month, more than           of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan
percent reduction. (Are we there yet: A fourteen        110 women are “suited” with clothing donated            Area (2003) are available in the “Research &
year analysis of teen pregnancy data in Washington      by individuals, retailers, and manufacturers.           Reports” section under “Our Work” at
DC: 1992 to 2005 available at www.dccampaign.org)       (www.suitedforchange.org)                               www.thewomensfoundation.org)
     THE IMPACT: Last year, Casa de Maryland
     received pro bono legal services valued at more
                                                            Strengthening Community                                 Unity Health Care serves individuals and families
                                                                                                                    in DC through its network of medical and social
     than $200,000 and helped workers recover more          HEALTH CARE                                             services. Working on a sliding fee scale, Unity
     than $290,000 in unpaid wages.                         Community HealthLink, a project of the Primary          provides each patient with a primary care provider
                                                            Care Coalition of Montgomery County, works with         and referrals to specialists. Unity also conducts
     THE STORY BEHIND THE IMPACT: Pro bono legal            eight clinics to provide high-quality care to those     home visits with hard-to-reach patients in medically
     services are provided by several prestigious law       in need. These clinics receive 25% of their budget      underserved areas of DC. Each year, Unity serves
     firms, including Skadden Arps Slate Meagher &          from the county, 25% in private donations, and          more than 50,000 people. (www.unityhealthcare.org)
     Flom LLP; Covington & Burling; Ober Kaler; Lerch,      the remaining 50% comes from donated medical
     Early & Brewer; Tydings Rosenberg; and Zuckerman       services and time from physicians and nurses. Last      The Ethiopian Community Development Council
     Spaeder. In 2006, CASA’s attorneys provided direct     year, these eight clinics served 12,000 patients.       holds cultural competency training sessions for area
     legal representation in 1,182 new cases. Through its   (www.primarycarecoalition.org)                          service providers, provides translation and inter-
     Community Organizing and Political Action Program,                                                             pretation services to area health departments, and
     CASA de Maryland also trains tenants, workers, and     The District of Columbia Primary Care Association       translates health materials into the languages of
     women to organize their neighbors, colleagues, and     (DCPCA) improves health care and health coverage        refugee newcomers. (www.ecdcinternational.org)
     friends to advocate for their communities. CASA        for the District’s low-income, uninsured, and
     organizes 2,000 people each year in campaigns          medically vulnerable residents by advocating on         Tahirih Justice Center has recently developed a
     directed by 50 community leaders.                      behalf of a network of more than 60 “safety net”        network of volunteer health care professionals who
                                                            community health centers. Together, these health        provide pro bono medical care and expert testimony
                                                            centers served more than 100,000 District residents     for immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.
                                                            in 2003. Most patients were children and working-age    (www.tahirih.org)
                                                            adults, and 36% were uninsured. (www.dcpca.org)
                                                                                                                    Latin American Youth Center trains teens to
                                                            Mary’s Center provides holistic and culturally          serve as peer educators and health promoters in
                                                            responsive health care to women and their families.     their community and to introduce them to health-
                                                            Mary’s Center currently serves nearly 8,000             care careers. More than 70 Latino and minority
                                                            families, including but not limited to immigrants       youth have completed comprehensive training,
                                                            from Asia, Africa and Central and South America.        in turn reaching more than a thousand of their
                                                            Patients pay what they can for services, and            peers through referrals, health education, and
                                                            most do not have health insurance. Mary’s Center        neighborhood clinics. (www.layc-dc.org)
                                                            estimates that it has saved the community
                                                            approximately $2.5 million by encouraging families
                                                            to use the center as their “medical home”               HUNGER
                                                            rather than relying on emergency rooms for              The Breakfast Program at Miriam’s Kitchen served
                                                            non-emergencies. (www.maryscenter.org)                  more than 50,000 meals at its Foggy Bottom loca-
                                                                                                                    tion in 2006, and 1,500 volunteers donated about
                                                            La Clínica del Pueblo is one of the only bilingual,     13,000 hours, with a total dollar value of $244,010.
                                                            bicultural medical clinics that provide entirely free   In addition to core programs, Miriam’s Kitchen
                                                            comprehensive care to Latinos in DC. More than          partners with local service providers to meet the
                                                            50% of La Clínica’s clients cannot speak English,       needs of clients. The Case Management Program
                                                            cannot read, and most of their clients are under        served 1,570 clients in 2006 – a 46 percent increase
                                                            the poverty level with 90% uninsured. To improve        in those accessing case management, health, and
                                                            access for those they serve, La Clínica trains and      mental health services since 2004. At an aver-
                                                            employs community members to be medical                 age cost of $133 per client, the case management
                                                            interpreters. (www.lcdp.org)                            program also provides direct assistance in the form
of checks for birth certificates, ID, tokens, other    works intensively with young women in foster              – about twice what it costs for a person to receive
transportation assistance, personal care items, and    care to help them improve the foster care system.         needed services at home. As a result of successful      25
mail/voicemail. (www.miriamskitchen.org)               (www.youngwomensproject.org)                              advocacy, 50 people discharged from nursing
                                                                                                                 homes this year will receive quality long-term care
Martha’s Table feeds more than 1,200 hungry and        The African-American boys and young men involved          services at home, paid for by Medicaid.
homeless people at many locations in DC through        in Life Pieces to Masterpieces live in some of
McKenna’s wagon, a 7-days-a-week mobile soup           DC’s most troubled neighborhoods. None of the             DC’s Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy
kitchen. Its Children, Youth and Family Programs       boys has a father at home. Few of their parents are       Center (FAPAC) was founded in 2000 to improve
provide over 300 children and youth with meals         employed. Role models are scarce and gangs and            the quality of life for children in the child welfare
and supervised learning and literacy activities.       drugs are ever-present. Life Pieces’ apprentices and      system. FAPAC’s 19-hour Peer Advocacy training
(www.marthastable.org)                                 junior apprentices try to address their life challenges   program teaches foster, kinship, and adoptive
                                                       through art. Life Pieces promotes academic                parents to advocate for the needs of the children
DC Central Kitchen prepares an average of 4,000        excellence, leadership, and life skills using an arts-    in their homes, to assist and support other foster
meals per day, 365 days per year, for distribution     based curriculum. 90% of participants improved            parents, and to train foster parents to be advocates
to approximately 100 agencies. Partners include        school attendance and a majority improved their           for system reform. (www.dcfapac.org)
emergency shelters, transitional homes, substance      grades. (www.lifepieces.org)
abuse treatment programs, adult education and job
training programs, community and youth centers,        City at Peace promotes cross-cultural understanding,      By heading a coalition of national and local orga-
children’s after-school programs and senior citizen    teaches conflict resolution, and helps reduce             nizations, including the Council of Churches of
programs. (www.dccentralkitchen.org)                   violence by bringing together teenagers from across       Greater Washington, the DC Democracy Fund,
                                                       the area to create a musical theater production based     DC Vote, and the League of Women Voters of
Capital Area Food Bank distributes 20 million          on their life stories. The intensive year-long process,   the District of Columbia, the Educational Fund
pounds of food each year, including 6 million pounds   which culminates in public performances, builds trust     to Stop Gun Violence led the effort to protect
of fresh produce, through more than 700 member         and relationships, achieves artistic excellence, and      DC’s gun laws from Congressional repeal. Studies
agencies. Some of its programs include Food for        creates change in the lives of the participants, their    indicate that the more handguns in a city, the more
Kids, which delivers supplemental weekend bags         families, their schools, and their communities. 99%       people are killed. Eighty-one percent of homicides
of food weekly to more than 1,500 children at risk     of participants report at the end of each year that       in DC in 2006 were committed by guns, and more
of hunger; the Brown Bag Program, which provides       they plan to or did graduate from high school, and        than 1,200 DC residents, including 70 children, have
nutritious supplemental food for low-income seniors    92% plan to attend college. 79% of cast members           been killed by guns since 2000. The coalition is
and families, serving 2000 individuals at 32 sites;    report they have an increased drive to make a             working closely to keep DC’s gun laws in place,
and the Anacostia Farmers Market, which provides       positive difference in the community, and most            in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision.
healthy, fresh produce to a community where            participants say their conflict resolution and anger      (www.demaction.org, www.dcvote.org,
200,000 residents are served by a single grocery       management skills are improved. Since 1994, the           www.csgv.org)
store. (www.capitalareafoodbank.org)                   program has served more than 1,000 youth. (www.

Cultivating the next generation of community leaders   ADVOCACY & POLICY
and activists, the Young Women’s Project trains        DIRECT Action works with DC residents who have
teen girls in DC schools to teach their peers about    disabilities to promote access to community-based
physical, mental, and sexual health; goals and self-   services. The group has involved consumers and
esteem; and conflict resolution. Teen leaders also     advocates in its efforts to reform Medicaid so that
work with school officials to solve school-related     people can receive services they need at home
problems that affect them. The Young Women’s           instead of having to live in nursing homes. A year
Project builds leaders from every background, and      of nursing home care costs more than $100,000
     nonprofit roundtable members                                                                                        As of November 1, 2007

     Nonprofit Members                                        Carpenter’s Shelter                                      Docs for Tots
                                                              Catalogue for Philanthropy                               Doorways for Women and Children
     Academy of Hope, Inc.
                                                              Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington      Earth Conservation Corps
     Advocates for Justice and Education
                                                              Center for Inspired Teaching                             East of the River Community Development Corp
     African American Nonprofit Network
                                                              CentroNía                                                East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
     Alexandria Community Trust
                                                              Child & Family Network Centers                           Economic Opportunity Studies
     Alternative House
                                                              Children’s Law Center of Washington DC                   Emmaus Services for the Aging
     American Red Cross of the National Capital Area
                                                              Coalition for the Homeless                               England Family Foundation
     Arlington Community Foundation
                                                              Columbia Heights-Shaw Family Support Collaborative       Facilitating Leadership in Youth
     Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs
                                                              Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind                        Fair Budget Coalition
     Arthritis Foundation, Metro DC Chapter
                                                              Commonweal Foundation                                    Fair Chance
     Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
                                                              Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place   Fairfax County Public Library Foundation
     The Aspen Institute, Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy
     Program                                                  Community Family Life Services                           Fairfax Futures: Investing in School Readiness
     Association of Independent Schools of Gr. Washington     Community Foundation for the National Capital Region     Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C.
     Audubon Naturalist Society                               Community Services Agency, Washington AFL-CIO            Fannie Mae, Office of Community and Charitable Giving
     AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps                         Consumer Health Foundation                               Father McKenna Center
     Beyond Talent                                            Cornerstone, Inc.                                        Fight For Children
     Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington                  CrisisLink                                               The Fishing School
     Brainfood                                                Dance Place                                              For Love of Children
     Bread For The City                                       DC Action for Children                                   Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center
     Bright Beginnings                                        DC Alliance of Youth Advocates                           Foundation Center
     Byte Back, Inc.                                          DC Appleseed Center                                      Freddie Mac Foundation
     The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation                DC Employment Justice Center                             Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena
     The Campagna Center                                      DC Fiscal Policy Institute                               Friends of Guest House
     Campbell Hoffman Foundation                              DC Hunger Solutions                                      George Mason University - Graduate Studies
                                                              DC Scores                                                in Nonprofit Management
     Capital Area Asset Builders Corporation
                                                              DC Vote                                                  Georgetown University - Center for Public
     Capital Area Food Bank
                                                                                                                       and Nonprofit Leadership
                                                              Developing Families Center

Georgia Ave/Rock Creek East Family                    Linking Communities for Educational Success (LINK)      ONE DC
Support Collaborative                                 Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region        Our Place DC
Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital            Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Washington, DC   Piedmont Environmental Council
Good Samaritan Foundation                             Loudoun Cares                                           Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
Goodwill of Greater Washington                        Martha’s Table                                          Posse Foundation DC
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations               Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations         Prince Charitable Trusts
Greater DC Cares                                      Mary’s Center for Maternal & Child Care                 Prince George’s Community Foundation
Health Action Forum of Prince George’s County         Mentors Inc.                                            The Quality Trust
Healthy Families-Thriving Communities Collaborative   Metro TeenAIDS                                          Ramona’s Way
Higher Achievement Program                            Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation                    Reston Interfaith
Hill-Snowdon Foundation                               Miriam’s Kitchen                                        Reaching Out to Others Together, Inc. (ROOT)
Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund                          Mission of Love                                         Samaritan Inns, Inc.
IMPACT Silver Spring                                  Montgomery County Community Foundation                  Sasha Bruce Youthwork
Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington      My Sister’s Place                                       SERVE, Inc
International Children’s Alliance                     N Street Village                                        Shelter House
Interstages                                           National Association of Social Workers                  Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN)
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation                            National Children’s Center                              Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition
Jewish Social Service Agency                          National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship       The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts
Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc.                    Greater Washington                                      Strategic Community Services
Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area       Nonprofit Finance Fund                                  Suited For Change
Kaiser Permanente                                     Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry                         Summit Fund
Kimsey Foundation                                     NOVACO, Northern Virginia Coalition                     Summit Health Institute for Research & Education
Korean Community Service Center                       Northern Virginia Community College                     Tahirih Justice Center
Latin American Youth Center                           Northern Virginia Community Foundation                  Tenants and Workers United
Latino Economic Development Corp                      Northern Virginia Family Service                        The Training Source
Leadership Greater Washington                         Northern Virginia Health Foundation                     Trellis Fund
Life Pieces To Masterpieces                           NOVA ScriptsCentral                                     United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.
LifeStarts Youth & Family Services                    NPower of Greater DC                                    United Community Ministries

     United Way of the National Capital Area
                                                  Corporate Members
     Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.
                                                  We appreciate our corporate partners who
     Urban Ed, Inc                                provide financial or in-kind support to
     Venture Philanthropy Partners                The Nonprofit Roundtable.
     Virginia Justice Center                      Bank of America
     Volunteers of America Chesapeake             BB&T Bank
     Washington AIDS Partnership                  Capital One
     Washington Area Women’s Foundation           Deloitte Services LLP
     Washington Grantmakers                       Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, LLP
     Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless     IBM
     Washington Scholarship Fund                  Kela Associates
     Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE)     M&T Bank
     Weissberg Foundation                         Professionals for Nonprofits
     Wendt Center for Loss and Healing            Walker & Company, LLP
     Whitman-Walker Clinic
     WORC: Workforce Organizations for Regional
     World Bank Group, Community Outreach
     YWCA – National Capital Area
November 2007
Beyond Charity is part of a yearlong project to   Institute, chaired the panel. His patience
answer, “What is the value of the nonprofit       and unyielding and rigorous guidance were
community in Greater Washington?” It would        invaluable.
not have been possible without the hard work
of a great many people and organizations.         We would like to acknowledge Amy
                                                  Southerland, researcher and writer, and
We would like to express our gratitude for all    Hope Gleicher, project manager, for working
the nonprofits that shared their best “return     so hard to define and document what has
on investment” stories. We always knew you        been elusive to others. Special thanks to
were making a difference. It is an honor to       Mary Darby, editor, Burness Communications;
collaborate and document the scale, scope,        Gita Gulati-Partee of OpenSource Leadership
and tenacity of your work. We would also like     Strategies; Beth Ponticello, graphic designer
to thank Viki Betancourt and Walter Woods         with CEDC; and Betsy Rosso, editor and
from the World Bank Group Community               writer. They took a good idea and created a
Outreach Program for their sponsorship,           great product.
support, and commitment to the project. The
World Bank Group’s East of the River Initiative   Many more organizations and individuals than
nonprofits – FLY, Good Samaritan Foundation,      can be recognized here have been involved
Metro TeenAIDS, and the Urban Alliance            with this report. We did not have sufficient
Foundation – earned an extra thank you.           space for all the examples of impact we
                                                  received, but we will continue to gather and
We also are grateful to The Urban Institute       share them. We look forward to working
and Independent Sector for their guidance.        together to understand and illustrate the
And, we appreciate the fresh ideas of             difference that the nonprofit community
the graduate students and faculty in the          makes.
Georgetown Cause Group.
A special thanks must go to our panel of
advisors, including Audrey Alvarado, Jessica
Barba, Elizabeth Boris, Lawrence Dark, Jay
Fisette, MaryAnn Holohean, Denise Keyes,
Nancy Liebermann, Pat Matthews, Emily             Chuck Bean
Gantz McKay, Matthew Mullen, Peter Shapiro,       Executive Director
Richard Tagle, Adam Tenner, Bill Wright, and      The Nonprofit Roundtable
Josh Wyner. Alan Abramson, of the Aspen
The Nonprofit Roundtable builds the strength,                   Develop and support strong nonprofit
visibility, and influence of the nonprofit sector in            leaders to direct effective organizations that
order to create a more just and caring community                will lead together to create more just and
for Greater Washington. The Roundtable was                      caring communities in our region.
established in 2002 as a regional membership
organization and has grown to more than 170                     Support and ally with local nonprofit
Members, including advocacy organizations,                      coalitions in order to better unite the region’s
direct service providers, and grantmakers. We                   nonprofit community toward common priorities
play an essential role in building the capacity                 and a stronger collective voice.
of nonprofit leaders and organizations to work
together to serve communities in Washington                     Advocate and facilitate strong relationships
DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The Roundtable                      between government and nonprofits
facilitates collaboration and leadership for regional           throughout Greater Washington in order
solutions so that nonprofits can do more together               to better collaborate, maximize resources,
to improve quality of life for everyone. We                     establish priorities, and best serve all of our
achieve our mission through key initiatives and a               region’s residents.
wide range of substantive Member action.
                                                              The Roundtable is proud to present this report
Roundtable programs:                                          focused on the value of the nonprofit community
• Strengthen the nonprofit sector through                     in Greater Washington through social return on
  ongoing support of nonprofit leaders to share               investment. This report is just one component
  ideas and solve challenges                                  of a partnership with the World Bank Group
                                                              Community Outreach Program, which is making
• Build nonprofit influence and foster                        a significant investment in youth organizations
  dialogue with public officials and                          east of the Anacostia River to help them measure
  policymakers around the region                              and communicate their results. Our shared vision
• Increase nonprofit visibility to ensure a greater           is to enable nonprofit organizations to better
  nonprofit presence in the media                             identify, measure, and communicate the value
                                                              they provide and their impact in our communities.
The Roundtable is committed to lead together                  We hope this project will help government,
with our Members to achieve the following:                    business, and the media better understand the
                                                              contributions of the nonprofit community.
  Promote the value of nonprofit organizations
  and nonprofit leaders so that regional leaders
  in government and business better understand
  the impact of nonprofit organizations and the
  expertise of nonprofit leaders.

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