Thinking about applying for a DC Fund grant? Have questions? Want to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we work?
You’re in luck: We’re having an information session about our Fall 2015 grant round on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 pm. We’ll meet in the Ora Glover Community Room at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.
RSVPs are not required, but they are really helpful for planning purposes, so if you are planning to attend, we’d love to have you RSVP! Click here to RSVP.
The Diverse City Fund is administered and led by an all-volunteer Board of Instigators. We are seeking new board members, who ideally have experience with (or are open to learning about) grassroots fundraising, outreach/communications, and/or grantee relations (i.e., helping connect people and resources).
Candidates for the BOI should be rooted in/committed to DC and passionate about expanding social and racial justice in the city. Additionally, they should have an interest in challenging existing models of philanthropy and resource distribution. The BOI generally meets twice a month, once in person and once by phone, and typically holds planning retreats twice a year.
If you are interested in joining the Board of Instigators, we ask you to write a statement of interest. See below for information on our preferred format for the statement, as well as a short list of key questions we would like you to answer! Final statements are due by 11:59 pm on May 8, 2015. You may also contact us with any questions you have about the BOI (though please consult our FAQ first to see if we’ve already answered your question!).
Please share this announcement with potential instigators!
Thanks so much for your interest in serving on the Diverse City Fund Board of Instigators. The Diverse City Fund works to nurture community leaders and grassroots projects that are acting to transform DC into a more just, vibrant place to live.
Through our grantmaking, we identify, support, and connect people in communities of color who are engaged in change work. We support the development of community-level social change by funding projects that have less access to traditional funding sources. As of April 2015, we have completed seven grant rounds and given a total of $335,000 to 102 grassroots projects/organizations led by people of color in DC. Our eighth grant round is underway.
But enough about us! We want to know about you! Please answer the following questions in a Statement of Interest and send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org attached as either a Word document or PDF (no more than two pages). Please also include a resume/CV or bio!
We know that lasting social change takes passion, thoughtfulness, and extraordinary courage. Thank you for your commitment. Please respond in your own words:
1.What draws you to the Diverse City Fund?
2.How does the work of the Diverse City Fund connect to your values about resource distribution, racial and economic justice, and social change?
3.Tell us a bit about the work (personally, professionally or some combination of the two) you are doing to support and enhance social justice in Washington, DC?
4.What unique and valuable skills can you bring to your work with the Diverse City Fund? (For example: Is it the networks closest to you? Organizing skills? Fundraising experience?)
5.Help us dream of the world we’d like to see. What is your vision of a more just DC?
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Diverse City Fund. As you know, the Fund works to nurture community leaders and grassroots projects that are transforming DC into a more just, vibrant place to live. Through our grantmaking, we identify, support, and connect changemakers of color whose efforts are centered right here in DC.
Our unique role is to support community-level social change by funding projects that have less access to traditional funding sources.
In 2014, we have invested $100,000 in 45 local grassroots organizations and projects led by people of color. That makes our total to date $335,000 in grant awards! As an all-volunteer organization, we continue to foster a network of grantees whose combined force is more vital than ever.
Starting in January 2014, we invested energy in reflection and planning. As part of that process, in May we convened grantees for an exchange on the meaning of social justice in our community, and asked and listened for feedback on how to best support their work beyond grantmaking. We presented at the Joint Affinity Group’s UNITY conference, then participated in Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training’s “Money For Our Movements” conference – speaking as well as sponsoring three grantee organizations with paid registrations for the learning, which we plan to bring into a grantee fundraising workshop in the coming months.
In 2015, we hope to have our first-ever contracted administrative services dedicated to helping Diverse City Fund better serve stakeholders. We also anticipate awarding another $100,000 to DC organizations led by and engaging people of color in the District. It is our donors—just like you—who fuel this work.
As we go about generating funds and building connections, we are ever mindful of the context that makes this work even more urgent and relevant: Movement-building is on the rise in the wake of new attention to police violence and injustices of the system, acceleration of local economic development projects that generate a huge response from residents, and other issues coming to the spotlight, such as immigrant rights, climate justice, and more. It is a time to heal, forge bonds, and power up. Our grantees get it (!), and are making the absolute most of very modest resources.
That is why we ask for and appreciate your support. We hope that you will consider making a donation or become a sustaining donor by December 31st to ensure our continued justice-seeking, movement building work. With your support we are lifting a new generation of community leaders!
With best wishes for a peaceful holiday season,
The Diverse City Fund Board of Instigators
Sylvia, Brigette, Julia, Alicia, Jordana, and Cathy
In 2014, the Diverse City Fund has awarded $100,000 in grants to 46 grassroots social change projects led by people of color in DC! (The list of our Spring 2014 grantees is here, and the list of our Fall 2014 grantees is here!)
Join the DC Fund Board of Instigators, the Grantmaking Team, volunteers, past grantees, donor partners, and supporters of all kinds to celebrate and support the work of grassroots community leaders who are making DC a more just place to live.
Diverse City Fund 2014 Grantee Celebration Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm Impact Hub DC, 419 7th St. NW (Archives Metro)
The Diverse City Fund is awarding $50,000 in grants to grassroots social change projects led by people of color in DC. Join the DCF Board of Instigators, the Grantmaking Team, volunteers, past grantees, donor partners, and supporters of all kinds to celebrate and support the work of grassroots community leaders who are making DC a more just place to live.
Please help us make future grantmaking possible.
All funds raised at this event will help us raise money for our Spring/Summer 2014 grant round and beyond. If you can’t make it to the event, but would like to support the DC Fund, go to www.diversecityfund.org/donate.
Laugh for a Cause: A Night of Laughter and Fun to Support Diverse City Fund
Sunday, September 15th
$25 earlybird /$30 regular. Buy tix!
Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW
Join us for an evening of laughter and fun, featuring four amazing social justice comedians! All proceeds raised will support DC Fund’s grantmaking, which nurtures community leaders and grassroots projects which are acting to transform DC into a more just, vibrant place to live. Advance ticket purchase required through the link above.
Sampson McCormick has done it all. An award-winning, black, openly gay stand-up comedian, writer and activist, Sampson has produced three comedy albums, written two books, and won several awards including most recently the Gillard-Alston Award For Contributions to LGBT Youth Empowerment (2012).
Jessica Brodkin is an up-and-coming comic in Washington, DC. She performs all over the DC and New York areas, including the DC Imrov, Gotham and the New York Comedy Club.
Known among the DC comedy community for his laugh and a catchphrase or two, Haywood Turnipseed describes himself as, “comedian; jedi knight; sith lord; force naturalist; avatar; husband; dad; son; sun; brother; reader; thinker; dreamer.”
Yev Kirpichevsky is a standup comedian and a storyteller. He is a winner of the Story League’s Story Tournament’s Audience Favorite Award and has performed all over DC, including the Black Cat, the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Arts Club of Washington, and the DC Arts Center.
Event Host: Washington Parks and People
Event Coordinated by: Liz Anderson Consulting
Join Sylvia Robinson (Emergence Community Arts Collective & Georgia Ave Task Force) for a 90-minute walking tour to benefit the Diverse City Fund. We’ll discuss the history of neighborhood landmarks and community institutions, and will examine the future of development as being discussed by residents, for-profit and nonprofit developers and city officials.
The tour will also feature presentations by several DC Fund grantees based in the neighborhood.
This walking tour fundraiser is capped at 20 participants, for a donation of $15-$50 sliding scale, and all funds raised will be distributed to small, community organizations in the DC Fund’s Fall 2013 grant round. Starting location near Howard University will be emailed with confirmation.
Good news: Although DC was recently named the most unaffordable city in the country, Shaw neighborhood activists have been coming together for community-led development for more than fifty years, and there’s a lot we can learn from their efforts to make sure neighborhood change doesn’t lead to displacement.
Join the Diverse City Fund for a 2-hour walking tour of the Shaw neighborhood. Among other things, we’ll discuss the neighborhood’s history and look at how new & longtime residents have united to win funding for new affordable housing and community centers, take control of their high-rise apartment buildings and start an Occupy movement (way back in 2010).
The tour will feature presentations by several DC Fund grantees based in the neighborhood.
This walking tour fundraiser is capped at 20 participants, for a donation of $15-$50 sliding scale, and all funds raised will be distributed to small, community organizations in the DC Fund’s Fall 2013 grant round. Starting location near the Mt. Vernon Square Metro will be emailed with confirmation.
Where racial identity meets privilege, there is the slave trade: the center of how resources flow in the U.S. historically. When the whole business is looked at with eyes that do not turn away, then we can see a way out of huge gaps that have been made.
DC’s grassroots funder, the Diverse City Fund, invites you to a special fundraising benefit showing the film, Traces of the Trade – a story of family wealth built on slave trading – and a dialogue with filmmaker Katrina Browne about race and racism in our current experience.
It all happens Saturday, April 20th at 6:30 PM at Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid Street, Northwest.*
Make a donation at the event, as generous as you can, to enter in and support the DC Fund.
To learn about the film and watch the trailer, click here. For more information on the event, contact DCF at email@example.com or call Brigette Rouson Wilson at 202.529.5340.