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World Bank Community Outreach Program

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Community Outreach Program

The mission of the World Bank’s Community Outreach Program is to improve the quality of life of people in the Washington metropolitan community. The Program aims to make a difference in the lives of local families and children in lasting, sustainable ways – particularly in the areas of education and youth development.

The Program encourages Bank staff, whose daily work is focused on promoting economic development and reducing poverty in developing countries, to show their concern and generosity to the most disadvantaged populations of Washington.

Activities focus on four main areas: charitable giving, capacity building, staff volunteerism, and partnerships. Bank staff raise money annually for local nonprofits through a charitable giving campaign, and also for international disaster relief as the need arises. Staff volunteer with community groups, which can also benefit from donations of recycled equipment, furniture and supplies. A grants program provides financial support to local nonprofits. Local high school students are offered summer internships. A new program was launched in FY07 to provide capacity building support to nonprofits working in education and youth development in Wards 6, 7 and 8 of Washington. Overview

Grants Program : The Grants Program awards small grants to nonprofits in the Washington area. In FY06, the Program awarded grants totaling $960,000 to 25 local charities and funding collaboratives undertaking the following activities: education support programs in the District of Columbia’s public schools, after-school tutoring; renovating low-income housing; HIV/AIDS prevention; skills training for unemployed workers; distribution of meals to street residents; Latino youth support; and prenatal and well-baby care. The Program is managed by a Grants Committee comprising both Bank staff and representatives from local grantmakers such as the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. The Grants Committee recently narrowed its criteria to focus on supporting nonprofit organizations that work in education and youth development in Wards 6, 7 and 8 of Washington.

Funding Collaboratives : The Outreach Program actively participates along with other local grantmakers in five local funding collaboratives that are testing innovative approaches to addressing underlying social problems. A total of $230,000 has been distributed to five collaboratives in FY07: DC Education Compact ($50,000); the Community Development Support Collaborative ($50,000), the Washington AIDS Partnership ($50,000), the Washington Partnership for Immigrants ($50,000), and the Common Ground Fund ($30,000).

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