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:
- What do you love about Alexandria?
- What would you like to improve in Alexandria?
- How can a community organization / foundation help make life-changing results?
These are just a few of the questions that we posed to 30 Alexandrians a few weeks ago. As part of ACT’s strategic planning process, we gathered together a cross section of our community. We wanted to hear their perspectives on our community so that we could begin to form a shared vision for our community and the possibilities for ACT.
ACT’s strategic planning process is driven by stakeholder engagement. We want a deeper understanding of our stakeholders interests and perspectives – including the thoughts of donors and people who give to nonprofits in Alexandria. By engaging our stakeholders, we hope to develop a shared vision for Alexandria and answer the question: Where and how can ACT add the most value to our community? The ultimate result of the strategic planning process is a strategic compass that will give direction to our work in the years ahead.
The first community foundation was established in 1914 in Cleveland. Today there are more than 760 community foundations around the country. ACT for Alexandria is one of them.
Community foundations are unique institutions. According to the Lily Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, community foundations: