The ACT Now Fund is currently accepting applications from 501c3 organizations that serve City of Alexandria residents and are seeing an increase in the need for services from vulnerable Alexandrians as a result of the shutdown. Organizations can request up to $5,000 every 30 days. Grants will be given to support a broad range of programs and services. Priority will be given to help meet short-term, unanticipated emergency services (food, housing, financial assistance, child care assistance and mental health servi
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments reports that the shutdown had a $1.6B economic impact on the regional economy – the biggest economic shockwave since sequestration. One in 10 workers in the region were affected. Although the government is open (for now), financial insecurity lingers for many Alexandrians.
You can help families and communities most affected by the recent wildfires in California by sending dollars directly to organizations on the front lines of relief and recovery efforts. Financial donations are the best way to provide support during natural disasters; money allows organizations on-on-the-ground to by supplies, provide food and shelter, etc now and throughout the recovery period.
Chances are, you have a tremendous amount of pride being an Alexandrian! It’s no surprise that companies like Amazon and others are choosing to make a home in our community. Our community is a beautiful city with a rich, complex history and an extraordinary legacy from our forebears. We appreciate our neighbors – new comers and long-term residents alike – and view our diversity as a strength. We have amazing nonprofits that work hard every day to improve the lives of Alexandrians.
Did you know you can use donor advised funds to address different income tax implications? Of course, most people use donor advised funds, also called DAFs, as a philanthropic tool. People set up DAFs with ACT because they want a partner who can help increase the effectiveness of their giving and they want to be a part of a collective effort that is strengthening our community.
Although we are still in 2018, 2020 will be here before we know it. And that means we need to get ready for the 2020 Census now.
The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a national census every 10 years. Census data is used to inform the makeup of congressional districts. It determines how much of the $400B in federal funding for schools, roads and critical government services such as Head Start, Medicare, school breakfast programs, etc. will flow to Alexandria. It also guides planning decisions for businesses and civic leaders.
You can help families and communities most affected by Hurricane Florence by sending dollars directly to organizations on the front lines of the hurricane relief and recovery efforts. Financial donations are the best way to provide support during natural disasters; money allows organizations on-on-the-ground to by supplies, provide food and shelter, etc now and throughout the recovery period.
On August 23, ACT hosted the first of two workshops for nonprofit leaders to share their ideas and perspectives and help ACT continue to hone its strategic focus. Through a series of design thinking exercises, participants generated ideas about the following questions: