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