Staff Volunteering: Bank staff provided more than 10,000 hours of community service to charities in the Washington metropolitan area in FY06. The Dollars for Doers Program complements the Bank’s local grantmaking efforts by encouraging Bank staff to volunteer and serve on the boards of directors of local nonprofits. Bank staff are allowed to take time to volunteer in the community, and their efforts are complemented by $500 grants to nonprofits through Dollars for Doers. The Program works closely with Bank departments to organize community service projects and integrate team-building activities with these projects, such as Rebuilding Together’s National Rebuilding Day on the last Saturday of April.
In-kind Donations: The Community Outreach Program recycles office furniture, office supplies, and computer equipment by donating these items to charity. The total value of donated goods and services in FY06 was more than $100,000. Thus far in FY07, the Program has donated more than 100 pieces of furniture and an extensive amount of office supplies to charities in the Washington area and overseas.
East of the River Initiative : In 2006, the Community Outreach Program launched a new three-year, $750,000 capacity building program known as the East of the River Initiative. Working in partnership with the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, the Urban Institute and Fair Chance, the Initiative aims at building the capacity of nonprofit organizations working in the education and youth sectors east of the Anacostia River in Wards 6, 7 and 8 in Washington. Specifically, it will help these nonprofits to better identify, measure and communicate the effectiveness of their work in the community.
Student Internships: The High School Internship Program provides local high school students from low-income communities with the opportunity to learn job skills. During the summer of 2006, 21 students from several Washington public schools worked as interns in units throughout the Bank. The interns are paid a salary and are also provided paid training one day a week. The program has also included homeless students for whom this experience has often proven to be an important self-affirming opportunity. The Program was recently expanded to include yearlong internships for several students.
Annual Giving Campaign: The World Bank Community Connections Fund is an independent nonprofit organization set up by the Bank to encourage staff to make charitable donations via payroll deductions, which will in turn leverage Bank corporate matching funds. It supports an annual giving campaign benefiting 214 locally based charities such as Bethany House, DC Central Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity Washington DC, Doctors without Borders USA, Latin American Youth Center, and Whitman-Walker Clinic. The FY07 Community Connections Campaign was an unprecedented success, with Bank staff donating over $890,000 through individual contributions and special events fund-raising. The Bank provided a 50% corporate match of over $445,000, bringing the total that the Bank will give back to the community this year to over $1.3 million.
Disaster Relief : Bank staff spontaneously mobilize to respond to natural disasters around the world, primarily by setting up donation tables in Bank lobbies and cafeterias. During 2006, for example, funds were raised for victims of the floods in Ethiopia. Funds raised through these donation drives are provided to international nongovernmental organizations directly involved in disaster relief operations, such as the American Red Cross. These funds are managed through the World Bank Community Connections Fund.
In FY06, Community Outreach grants totaled $960,000. Bank staff typically donate more than 10,000 hours of community service per year. The Community Connections Campaign raised over $1.3 million in FY07. The total value of donated goods and services in FY06 was more than $100,000. The Bank, together with local partners, has launched a three-year, $750,000 East of the River Initiative focused on capacity building for nonprofits working in the education and youth sectors in Wards 6, 7, and 8.
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