Funders' Roundtable of Montgomery County | Values to Vision to Action: Empowering our neighbors to shape our community’s future

Thursday, October 26, 2017
12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
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"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary."
‐Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
‐Lilla Watson, Aboriginal activist

Join us for our next Funders’ Roundtable when we’ll hear from leaders of the Hill‐Snowdon Foundation. Concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor, they embarked on a thoughtful listening and learning process to explore how they could be more strategic in their giving. They ended up completely overhauling their grantmaking process, becoming laser‐focused on empowering low-income people to advocate for the change they wanted for their communities.

We hope you can come hear their inspiring story and join in our discussion as we ask:

  • What is needed to make sure all of our neighbors can fully engage in the civic, political, economic and cultural lives of our community?
  • And, how should we – philanthropy, government, businesses, and nonprofits – work differently to make sure our low‐income neighbors have a say in solutions that aim to help them escape poverty?

To get the ball rolling, we’ll call on our local grassroots leaders to share their own reflections on what’s happening now and the work still to come. 

Elizabeth Snowdon Bonner – Board President, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
Dr. Nat Chioke Williams – Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
Jayne Park – Executive Director, IMPACT Silver Spring
Diego Uriburu – Executive Director, Identity, Inc.
Byron Johns – Parent Council President, NAACP
Larry Stafford – Executive Director, Progressive Maryland

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 2017 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’ll want to join our informal lunch group!

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