What is C.H.A.M.P. ?
C.H.A.M.P. was established in 2015 as an opportunity to engage millennials and young professionals to offer their means, time, and talents to support charitable giving in our region. More specifically, the fund will support education, workforce development, safety net services, and other philanthropic missions with the overarching goal of achieving economic security for all residents of the greater Washington region.
Why is economic security important?
Economic security is possible when our youth graduates high school ready for college and careers; adult workers can obtain the skills and credentials needed to thrive in the region’s economy; and residents have basic human needs such as food and shelter. Through our investment of $90 million dollars in nonprofits in the region, we have brought together people and resources to tackle critical community issues, providing leadership, and ensuring that our region is safe, vibrant, and thriving for all residents.
Why millennial engagement?
The millennial generation is estimated to inherit over $30 trillion dollars in the United States (Business Insider, 2014). This fact lends itself to discussion on how much of this wealth may be donated into the community in the coming years. In an effort to ensure our region’s nonprofits are a beneficiary to this coming wealth, it is important that we help develop future philanthropists of our region and ensure that The Community Foundation is truly here for good.
What are the annual membership levels?
Supporter level (Members at this level can contribute to the fund at any level up to $50) Members will be added to the C.H.A.M.P. mailing list and receive event invitations, and information about various topics in philanthropy shared by The Community Foundation.
Partner level (Members at this level can contribute to the fund between $50 up to $250) Members will be added to the C.H.A.M.P. mailing list and receive event invitations, and information about various topics in philanthropy shared by The Community Foundation at a discounted rate. Partners of the fund will also have exclusive opportunities to participate in the volunteer activities coordinated by C.H.A.M.P. fund grantees.
Leadership Team level (Members at this level will contribute based on their age group, see below) This team will consist of donors who have invested at the Leadership Team level, and will be staffed by Community Foundation millennial employees. The purpose of the leadership team is to oversee C.H.A.M.P’s yearly grantmaking, by funding various issue areas that are important to our region. Members of this team will also gain hands-on experience in grantmaking by serving as the C.H.A.M.P grant review committee.