Publications Our Research on the Greater DC region. Signature IssuesAdvancing racial equityBuilding strong, inclusive neighborhoodsCreating healthy and safe communitiesMeeting basic needsStrengthening public education and the labor force TopicsAdolescents and YouthAffordable housingAgingChildrenCrime and JusticeEconomic Growth and ProductivityEducation and TrainingFamiliesGender and SexualityHealth and Health PolicyHousing and Housing FinanceImmigrants and ImmigrationIncome and WealthJob Market and Labor ForceNeighborhoods and community-buildingNeighborhoods, Cities, and MetrosNonprofits and PhilanthropyPay for SuccessPoverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety NetRace and EthnicityTaxes and Budget Research Report Analyzing a Localized Giving Culture December 21, 2018 A recent survey of charitable giving practices at the state, county, and metropolitan level published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy sparked questions about the nature of the disparities in giving patterns between various locales and a Research Report Analysis of the Giving Potential of High-Income Donors in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Region December 21, 2018 The recent Chronicle of Philanthropy How America Gives report highlighted the Washington, DC, metropolitan region as a place of exceptional giving—DC ranks high on the list of total charitable dollars given—and one of unmet “giv Brief Elevating Cultural Relevance and Racial Equity in Research and Evaluation October 31, 2018 Interest in evidence-based programs is increasing—not just among policymakers, but among philanthropic organizations. Simultaneously, more foundations are interested in supporting efforts that advance racial equity in research and in the field. Research Report Voices of the Community: DC, Maryland, Virginia December 7, 2017 Voices of the Community: DC, Maryland, Virginia (VoicesDMV), is a community engagement initiative from the Greater Washington Community Foundation, in partnership with the Urban Institute, designed to lift up residents’ stories and perceptions of Brief A New Model for Growing Impact November 8, 2016 Essential to improving the services nonprofits provide is performance management—monitoring and learning activities that use information to shape programming. Brief Performance Measurement to Evaluation March 15, 2016 Nonprofits are increasingly expected to use data and evidence to manage and improve their programs and to demonstrate that they are producing positive results for their clients. Testimony Social Impact Bonds February 25, 2013 Social welfare problems in Maryland and elsewhere have remained intractable because their scale is beyond the ability of government to address alone, John Roman told the Appropriations Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. Brief Nonprofit-Government Contracting in the Nation's Capital: Challenges and Opportunities March 15, 2011 Findings from the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropys National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracting and Grants show that a majority of human service organizations in Washington, D.C. Research Report Rising Foreclosures Overwhelm Washington, DC Area Counseling Organizations October 14, 2010 This report discusses the results from surveys of housing counseling and legal service organizations and interviews with social service organizations in the Washington, DC, area. Research Report D.C. Out-of-School Time Programs Tackle Outcome Measures September 14, 2010 Funders and nonprofit leaders are increasingly looking for information that demonstrates the achievements of community-based programs. In this results-oriented environment, the Urban Institute, The Center for What Works, and the D.C. Research Report Measuring Racial-Ethnic Diversity in the Baltimore-Washington Region's Nonprofit Sector March 31, 2010 The nonprofit sector in the Baltimore-Washington region is undergoing a profound, albeit quiet, revolution driven by demographic change. Research Report Community-Based Organizations and Immigrant Integration in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area December 3, 2009 This study examines immigrant integration through the lens of community-based organizations. Research Report Evaluation Matters September 21, 2009 Nonprofits face growing demands to demonstrate their impact. Their ability to report on program performance is essential to organizational legitimacy and financial survival. Research Report Washington-Area Nonprofit Operating Reserves June 24, 2009 This report, funded by the Meyer Foundation, looks at the operating reservesthe cash and other liquid assetsof public charities in the Washington Metropolitan area.