As Alexandria’s community foundation, the vision of a vibrant community is core to our work. At our IMPACT Racial Equity Forum, we asked 250 nonprofit, civic and business leaders how ACT could help them with their next steps and they said:
The Alexandria community mobilized to support our neighbors negatively affected by the partial federal government shutdown this winter. Together with the City of Alexandria, the ACT Now Fund raised $68,600 to support nonprofit organizations that are providing emergency services and other support to federal employees, contract workers and others who struggled to stay afloat.
Snow did not keep us from having our biggest IMPACT Forum ever, with 250 attendees filling Beth El Hebrew Congregation to capacity. Now in its 12th year, IMPACT convenes board, business, City, community, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders to discuss innovations in philanthropy and strategies for building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and individuals to make a lasting impact in the community.
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.