May 2016

Join us for the 38th Annual Dubliner Golf Classic benefiting Fair Chance. Click on the image above to register and to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Message from the Executive Director

Adapting to Big Changes in the DC Funding Landscape

You may have read the recent articles in the Washington Post about the pending closure of the DC Trust (formerly the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust). This situation affects many members of the Fair Chance network who receive funding from the Trust to support their programming.
Fair Chance has been working to keep our network informed as things develop, and I have participated in meetings with city officials and others to discuss options for how the programs and services of the Trust should continue in the future.

Funding for youth programming is complex: money comes from multiple city agencies, each with their own set of requirements, and then gets distributed across a widely diverse and disparate set of nonprofit providers. The 2017 appropriation for out-of-school time programs across the District is about $4.9 million and that will provide needed services for only about 3400 DC youth.  There are 46,000 at-risk youth in the District. 

Fair Chance has been impressed with the engagement of Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer C.  Niles, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Brenda Donald, Councilmember Grosso, and the staffs of other Councilmembers who are authentically seeking input and a collaborative solution. However, one of the real champions for the interests of both nonprofits and children and youth in this process has been Maggie Riden of DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA)...Read more

Yours in service,

Gretchen Van der Veer, PhD

Fair Chance nonprofit partners and alumni at the Wilson Building with at-large Councilmember Elissa Silverman and Maggie Riden, Executive Director of DC Alliance of Youth Advocates.

What's New

Fair Chance Launches New Philanthropic Impact Fund

Fair Chance has launched a new giving circle called the Fair Chance Fund. This philanthropic impact fund will provide additional support for Fair Chance to achieve targeted outcomes with high-potential, youth-serving nonprofits working in DC's poorest neighborhoods. Fair Chance recognized the Fund’s founding members at our Graduation & Celebration in April: Mary Pat and Darren Alcus, Carrie and David Marriott, Jane and Esko Korhonen, and Amanda and Alex Marshall. We are also excited to announce that since Graduation, Patrice and Scott Brickman have also joined the Fund!

Many thanks to our founding members for their commitment to supporting children and youth in poverty. To learn more about the Fund and it's personalized, active experience of philanthropy, please contact Benjamin Bradburn at or 202-467-2428.

Fair Chance Assumes Temporary Fiscal Agent Role for the District of Learning
Since the announcement of the impending closure of the DC Trust, Fair Chance has been asked to assume a temporary role as fiscal agent for the District of Learning, a privately funded program of the DC Trust. The District of Learning, in partnership with DC government and other partners, identifies many learning opportunities across the District so young people can pursue their passions and take charge of their path to college and careers. Fair Chance has agreed to step in as fiscal agent from now through September 30th with the possibility of continuation, and we are excited to be working with the dedicated District of Learning team!

Mark Your Calendar

June 3
Free Minds Book Club
May Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony

June 7
One Common Unity
Breaking Silence: An Evening of Youth Art & Performance

June 10
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Nonprofit Summer Learning Series: The Dos & Don’ts of Working with Grantmakers

June 12
WINNERS Lacrosse
WINNERS Tailgate Fundraiser at The Fairgrounds

June 12
Teaching for Change
Stories from Our Classrooms Celebration

June 13
The Young Playwrights' Theater
Who Am I? Who Are You?

June 24
Generation Hope
Pep Rally "Under the Stars" Gala

June 27
Fair Chance
38th Annual Dubliner Golf Classic

July 14
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Nonprofit Summer Learning Series: Navigating the Grants Process - From Initial Contact to Long-Term Partnership

Don’t miss the chance to maximize your gifts locally this week!

Donate to Fair Chance for Do More 24 this Thursday, June 2nd to help achieve life-changing results for kids living in poverty in DC. Click here to find out what your gift of $24 can do.

Partner Highlights

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop: On April 27, 2016, approximately 100 people filled the Lincoln Hall at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital for a very special reading and community dialogue presented by three nonprofits that have teamed up for a unique approach to violence prevention through the power of the written word. Free Minds, PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools, and Shout Mouse Press partnered to share powerful voices and untold stories from the community. After Free Minds Poet Ambassadors spoke about their personal stories of youth incarceration and reentry, the audience listened to a panel made up of Ballou High School students/writers, a DCPS English teacher, and a Free Minds Poet Ambassador. 

Generation Hope is celebrating 11 graduates this year -- all teen parents who have beaten the odds by earning either associate's or bachelor's degrees from colleges across the region. In just six years, Generation Hope has helped nearly 20 teen mothers earn their degrees, and more than 80% of their graduates are employed and living above the federal poverty line within 6 months of graduating.

On Saturday May 21st, 2016, Project Create hosted "Creative Voices," an annual ​student art showcase​. The event, held at Project Create's new Anacostia studio,​ featured over 150 artworks from local children and youth. 

Technology Playground has relaunched its website! Any youth entrepreneurs or a youth interested in business can now sign up and Join Technology Playground's e-club - a virtual incubator to assist any and all youth who desire to start and operate their own business. 

At Wilderness Leadership & Learning's (WILL) Environmental Service Project, WILL youth had a great day of service learning and giving back to the community and improving local watersheds. WILL youth planted 200 juncus, arrow arum, and duck potato in the Anacostia River bottom during low tide, and planted 504 Arrow Arum seeds in plats to be planted in the bottom of the Anacostia River in the future.


What We're Reading

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, 2008.  What makes great nonprofits great?  It’s not large budgets, Not snazzing marketing.  Not perfect management. The answer is not what you may think.

Thank You! 

Thank you to the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates for co-hosting our May Executive Director Learning Community.

Thank you Councilmember Mary Cheh, Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Darby Hickey (Legislative Assistant/Communications staffer for Councilmember David Grosso), and Tom Fazinni (Chief of Staff for Councilmember Brianne Nadeau) for meeting with us at the Wilson Building.

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