Funders' Roundtable of Montgomery County | Expanding Opportunity, Creating Meaningful Work, Building Thriving Economies

Thursday, June 14, 2018
12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Downtown Bethesda, MD
Location will be shared with registrants
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Given that two out of three net new jobs in the US are created by small businesses, many funders are thinking outside the box around how to help new businesses take off and/or give a boost to existing businesses, so they can grow. 

If you are passionate about helping people to obtain living-wage jobs and fostering thriving communities, join us for our next Funders’ Roundtable on June 14. We’ll begin with a panel of leaders who are deploying creative strategies to help our local entrepreneurs:

  • IMPACT Silver Spring will tell the story behind the community-led financial cooperative created by immigrant entrepreneurs who have raised over $90,000 from each other to start their own loan fund. 
  • Crossroads Community Food Network will brief us on its microenterprise training program and the newly opened shared-use community kitchen, a state-of-the-art food preparation space specifically geared to help start-up food entrepreneurs. 
  • CASA will present on its work to support and grow the local businesses along the Purple Line, particularly those which are at risk of displacement.  

To jumpstart our conversation, we’ll call on a panel of successful business leaders to share insights from their own experiences. Then, as a group, we’ll explore additional ways philanthropy can partner with business and government to help deepen these efforts throughout our community.  


  • Jayne Park, Executive Director, IMPACT Silver Spring, 
  • Christie Balch, Executive Director, Crossroads Community Food Network
  • Alonzo Washington, Manager for Housing & Community Development at CASA


Space is limited. To reserve your spot for the Funders’ Roundtable, please contact Kevin Donnelly at or 301-495-3036 x 162. 

About the Funders' Roundtable of Montgomery County 
These quarterly free lunch events provide representatives of local companies and foundations with an opportunity to get acquainted, learn more about Montgomery County funding priorities, and share best practices. The events are open to grantmakers only, and each time we have anywhere from 15 to 30 attendees. There is a different topic for each luncheon – education, health care, etc. – selected in advance by the group. 

Lunch is provided courtesy of our 2018 sponsors: The Community Foundation, Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, and The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

If your fund, foundation or company makes grants in Montgomery County, you’ll want to join our informal lunch group!

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