Upcoming Grant Deadline
The deadline for submitting a letter of inquiry for the upcoming grants cycle is Friday, October 8, 2010. Please read the Meyer Foundation's updated open letter to the nonprofit community before writing a letter of inquiry. Please note that the foundation is not currently accepting LOIs in the areas of health and mental health. Read the Q & A about our health funding partnership with Consumer Health Foundation here.
View eligibility and application guidelines.
Meyer in the News
Julie Rogers Interviewed In Washington Post's Capital Business
Julie Rogers was interviewed about her work as president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation and the roots of her commitment to giving back to her community. Learn more.
Daring to Lead 2011
Five years after the last Daring to Lead research report, the Meyer Foundation and Compasspoint are working on Daring to Lead 2011. Meyer grantee executive directors will receive an invitation to participate in the survey in September.
Grantees in the News
CASA de Maryland Featured in Voice of America news
Women graduates of CASA de Maryland's workforce development program were the subject of a story by Voice of America news. Learn more.
Joy of Motion Teens Perform
at White House
Sixteen of Joy of Motion Dance Center's dancers performed for the first family at the White House. The performance was covered in The Washington Post, USA Today, NBC News, and CBS News. A sixty-minute television special, part of the PBS In Performance at the White House series, will air on October 20 at 9 pm EST.
Computer C.O.R.E. Featured on WUSA 9's "Friday Heroes"
Meyer grantee Computer C.O.R.E. was the subject of WUSA 9's "Friday Heroes," with a story about how the nonprofit trains people in work skills and life skills. Learn more.
Southeast Ministry Interview on WAMU
Southeast Ministry staff members were interviewed in a story on WAMU about how the nonprofit offers hope and help to ex-offenders returning to Ward 8 . Learn more.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Women Helping Others Foundation
The Women Helping Others Foundation plans to fund grants of up to $40,000 to support community groups that serve the overlooked needs of women, children, and families. Learn more.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants to develop or expand projects designed to support the development of literacy skills for adults and children. Learn more.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The Office on Latino Affairs announces funds to support programs that provide services to the District's Latino residents and focus on the areas of education, housing, legal assistance, arts, economic development, and youth services.
Keep us informed!
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DC SCORES 2-Day High Impact Campaign Scores Big
DC SCORES combines soccer, creative writing and service learning after school for more than 700 students in DC. A budget shortfall prompted executive director Amy Nakamoto and her staff to think creatively and opportunistically about how to raise funds to help close the gap. "We were not in crisis and didn't want to alarm donors by doing an 'all call,'" Nakomoto says. "Yet the bulk of the official fundraising for the year was done; there was no other fundraising mechanism in place for the rest of the year." Read this case study to see how one leader takes a challenge, sees an opportunity, and runs with it.
'Steal' This Idea, Seize An Opportunity
A nonprofit friend of Amy Nakamoto's shared an idea, "Dancing and Dialing," that had been successful for her organization. The executive director danced for two days and called donors for funds during dance breaks. Amy decided to take this idea and tweak it for DC SCORES.
Create A Campaign
With World Cup fever at an all-time high in DC, Amy and her staff created an event that could capitalize on the excitement and bring awareness and funding to DC SCORES. "The Kick, Click and SCORE Challenge" was a two-day event held at the same time as the World Cup competitions. The plan was for Amy to juggle a soccer ball on the busy corner of 18th and M Streets, NW in DC. A webcam would be installed to capture the action. The fundraising goal for the two days was $55,000.
Amp Up Engagement; Build On Relationships
The DC SCORES board made scripted calls for donations to their contacts and donors in the database. An advisory board and other partners "retweeted" messages to their contacts. A press release was created two days before the event; staff reached out to established press contacts via email. They activated existing relationships with professional soccer (Washington Freedom, DC United) and local leagues.
Include A Social Media Strategy
FACEBOOK: Photos of passersby who stopped to talk or juggle with Amy were uploaded. They used Facebook to encourage donations, promote blog posts, link to press hits, and build buzz with a running tally of donations. (People also uploaded videos of themselves juggling to their FB page as a show of support.)
TWITTER: One dedicated staffer tweeted in advance of the event to create awareness; then she tweeted every half hour during the two days, using the hastag #kickclickandscore, as well as World Cup hastags. DC SCORES was already following many press people on Twitter, as well as groups working on childhood obesity issues.
BLOG: Blog posts, with photos and uploaded video to create interest, explained why the campaign was created.
YOU TUBE: Videos were created in-house with a Flip camera. One video documented the progress of the campaign, thanked participants, and asked for more donations.
Reap The Rewards
The organization scored a big win on many fronts with this campaign:
The campaign, which cost nothing to produce, brought in $54,000 over two days and 140 donations.
More than half of the donations were from first-time contributors.
Board contacts were reminded of or introduced to DC SCORES.
Long-time corporate supporters were reinvigorated.
Blog activity increased, and they gained new Twitter followers.
The media loved the visuals and the World Cup tie-in. Coverage aired four times the first day on Fox News. Subsequently they heard from The Washington Post, The Examiner, and Nonprofit/Association Bisnow. The popular DCist blog mentioned Kick, Click and SCORE both days.
Staff, board, and volunteers all supported the effort, which provided an unexpected bonding opportunity.
Community participation grew in unexpected ways: a person new to the area came down to watch & particulate and has been engaged as a volunteer.
Don't underestimate the reach of social media: one donation came from a South African broadcaster who heard about the campaign online.
Links for Nonprofits
IRS Gives One-time Reprieve for Small Nonprofits
The IRS has announced that there will be a one-time reprieve for small nonprofits that have not filed the required Form 900-N during the past three years. The extended filing deadline for the form is now October 15, 2010. To learn more, the DC Bar Pro Bono program provides this resource.
Nonprofit Roundtable Holds CEO/Board Summit
Nonprofit and philanthropic success is connected to the relationship that executive directors have with their board chairs. The Nonprofit Roundtable and Board Source are offering a breakfast CEO/Board summit on September 13, featuring Board Source's President and CEO Linda Compton. Meyer's Director of Programs Rick Moyer will facilitate a conversation with board chairs after her presentation. Learn more.