Funders' Roundtable of Montgomery County | From Ideas to Action: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Thursday, June 9, 2016
12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Round House Theatre
4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD
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Despite its reputation as a wealthy community, poverty is on the rise in Montgomery County. Most people are shocked to learn:

  • Over 71,600 of our neighbors are living below the federal poverty line.
  • Due to the high cost of living, there are thousands more who do not qualify for financial assistance but are struggling because they don’t earn a “self-sufficiency wage.” For these families, having a car accident or running into health problems can be financially devastating.
  • Over 50% of our renters are considered housing burdened because they spend more than one-third of their income on rent.
  • The number of people signing up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – aka Food Stamps) grew by 189% between 2009 and 2014.
  • There are over 54,000 kids in the public schools who receive free and reduced meals because their families are low-income.

Join us on June 9th as we hear from speakers who, rather than feel overwhelmed by these numbers, challenged themselves to think differently about their strategies and take action toward even bigger goals to improve the lives of our lowest-income neighbors. Together, we will explore how all of us — private philanthropy, government, business, and nonprofits — can rethink our own work and how we partner with each other to ensure everyone in our community can thrive.

Crystal Carr Townsend, President - Healthcare Initiative Foundation
Carol Trawick, President - Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation
Shane Rock, CEO - Interfaith Work

RSVP Space is limited. To reserve your spot for the June 9th Funders’ Roundtable and/or the June 3rd Inspiration Hour visit, please contact Bridget Hanagan at or 301-495-3036 x 169.

About the Funders' Roundtable of Montgomery County
These quarterly, free lunch events give representatives of local companies and foundations 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 has anywhere from 15 to 30 attendees. There is a different topic for each luncheon—education, health care, etc.—selected in advance by the attendees.

Lunch is provided courtesy of our 2016 sponsors: The Community Foundation, Chevy Chase Trust, Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, and The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

If your fund, foundation, or company makes grants in Montgomery County, you won’t want to miss out on this engaging, philanthropic lunch group!

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