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Direct Cash Transfer as a Vehicle for Speed, Inclusivity, and Equity

August 24, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, philanthropic entities across the US embraced giving directly—transferring cash to people—as an effective and efficient means of providing relief to those hit hard by the sudden economic and health emergency. Since the onset of the pandemic and in partnership with donors, nonprofit organizations, and local government agencies, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has facilitated the administration of approximately $26 million in funds, distributed in increments of $50 to $2,500 to approximately 60,000 residents across the Greater Washington, DC, region. This report describes the goals, strategies, and short-term achievements of the foundation and its partners in developing and implementing cash transfer strategies at the height of the pandemic. Closer examination of the foundation's role provides insight for private donors, government agencies, and nonprofits into how partnership with local philanthropy can help them deliver a speedy and equitable response to populations hit hardest by a crisis.

Balancing Speed, Equity, and Impact during a Crisis: The Greater Washington Community Foundation’s Response to COVID-19

October 14, 2020

This report chronicles the genesis and evolution of the Greater Washington Community Foundation's efforts to raise and coordinate funding from a wide range of individual and institutional donors to address the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a particular focus on The Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the largest of its kind in the region, this account highlights the balance of various grantmaking imperatives that characterized Greater Washington's philanthropic response to the pandemic more generally.

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

October 3, 2013

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

Beyond Good Intentions: Using Data to Promote Economic Opportunity

February 23, 2012

Outlines the need for better data collection and analyses to help the District of Columbia track, evaluate, and improve economic development programs and make evidence-based budgetary and policy decisions. Makes recommendations for various city agencies.

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

June 9, 2010

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

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region - 2008 Annual Report

November 12, 2008

Contains mission statement, board chair and president's letter, 2008 highlights, 1973-2008 chronology, grants list, donor profiles, donor funds and contributors, financial statements, and lists of affiliates, board members, and staff.

Troops and Family Care Fund Feasibility Study

October 30, 2008

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

The Survivors' Fund: Final Report

May 1, 2008

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

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region - 2007 Annual Report: The Gift of Opportunity

January 1, 2008

Contains mission statement, letter from the board chair and president, program highlights, grants list, donor profiles, donor funds and contributors, financial statements, and lists of affiliates, trustees, and staff.

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

November 1, 2007

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

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region - 2006 Annual Report: Why We Give

January 1, 2007

Contains mission statement, letter from the board chair and president, program highlights, donor funds and contributors, financial statements, and list of trustees and staff.

On the Corner: Day Labor in the United States

February 1, 2006

This report profiles, for the first time, the national phenomenon of day labor in the United States. Men and women looking for employment in open-air markets by the side of the road, at busy intersections, in front of home improvement stores and in other public spaces are ubiquitous in cities across the nation. The circumstances that give rise to this labor market are complex and poorly understood. In this report, we analyze data from the National Day Labor Survey, the first systematic and scientific study of the day-labor sector and its workforce in the United States. This portrait of day labor in the United States is based on a national survey of 2,660 day laborers. These workers were randomly selected at 264 hiring sites in 139 municipalities in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The sheer number of these sites, combined with their presence in every region in the country, reflects the enormous breadth of this labor market niche. Findings reveal that the day-labor market is rife with violations of workers' rights. Day laborers are regularly denied payment for their work, many are subjected to demonstrably hazardous job sites, and most endure insults and abuses by employers. The growth of day-labor hiring sites combined with rising levels of workers' rights violations is a national trend that warrants attention from policy makers at all levels of government.