Sharing Prince George’s County
Sharing Prince George’s County (Sharing PGC) is a strategic funding effort designed to encourage greater philanthropy in Prince George’s County. Sharing PGC represents a collection of philanthropic resources and funds that provides financial support to local community-based nonprofit organizations. Sharing PGC provides an opportunity for individual and corporate donors to collectively have impact through effective organizations providing education, workforce development and safety-net services to Prince George’s County residents.
Sharing PGC’s strategic model allows the Community Foundation to create its own Prince George’s Neighbor to Neighbor Fund for our community of givers. Individuals, families, and organizations are encouraged to give to the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund to make a difference for their community by joining their neighbors in collective giving. As a partner of the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund, givers may have the opportunity to participate in a rigorous vetting process and contribute to effective nonprofits organizations working to increase the economic security for all residents of Prince George’s County.
The Partnership for Prince George’s County: Lessons Learned
In 2008, The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County in collaboration with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers united 25 donors and funders in the region to create the Partnership for Prince George’s County, a strategic initiative designed to strengthen the sustainability of local nonprofit organizations. Over the next seven years, the Partnership provided assessment, grants, capacity building support and leadership training to local nonprofits in Prince George’s County. As a result, organizations reported that their boards were more committed to organizational goals, their programs more closely aligned with community needs, and their leaders formed new, meaningful partnerships with local and regional entities.
After a successful evaluation and strategic planning process, the Partnership recognizes that the capacity building landscape and services are constantly evolving. Limited resources are being targeted more to concentrate on providing general operating support for effective and impactful nonprofit organizations. In keeping with this trend, the Partnership transitioned out of direct management of capacity-building programs in the fall of 2015. Moving forward, The Community Foundation will focus on expanding the resource base for nonprofits in Prince George’s County and subsequently, help to ensure that critical programs and services are available for residents.
In 2012, the Partnership chronicled a summary report of its evaluation results and capacity building lessons learned. Click here to read the report.
The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County would like to acknowledge the continuous support of the Partnership for Prince George’s County’s supporting partners including The Consumer Health Foundation, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Maryland Nonprofits, the Prince George’s Child Resource Center, and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.
The National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund
An agreement between The Peterson Companies (developer of the National Harbor Project), Prince George’s County Government, and The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County established the National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund in 2007 to support community based organizations serving the needs of Prince George’s County residents. In 2013, the Community Foundation published Partnering for Progress, a report illustrating the impact of the National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund on Prince George’s County and the return that strategic investments in philanthropy can yield. The report highlights significant wins for children and families in Prince George’s County, specifically how:
- ● In Edmonston and other Port Towns, youth are spending summers supplementing their school curriculum with urban gardening and healthy eating programs that are bolstering the local safety net
- ● In Langley Park and Riverdale, Latino and African-American youth are getting crucial mentoring and job skills training.
- ● At a Fort Washington multigenerational hub, both youth and senior citizens are being exposed to rich programs advancing education and healthy living
- ● College-bound students in Suitland, Fairmount Heights, and Capitol Heights are receiving structured support to prepare for life after high school.
The National Harbor Fund is a testament to how a company can achieve the double bottom line of profitability and progress by working with the Community Foundation as a partner in solving community problems.
Click here to read the report and learn more about opportunities for investing in Prince George’s County.
Connecting Youth to Opportunity
An important Community Foundation goal is to ensure that all young people graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary opportunities, whether it is college or a career. The Community Foundation works to achieve its goal by focusing on increasing the number of disconnected youth (ages 16-24) who achieve education and employment outcomes by investing in prevention and intervention strategies.
A series of issue briefs and school tours was sponsored by the Community Foundation to highlight the four key elements deemed by Prince George’s County Public Schools as critical toward ensuring success for all students— early childhood, parent engagement, dropout prevention and college and career readiness. Each brief defines the challenges and opportunities; lessons learned and recommended action steps for community and philanthropic investment and steps for working in partnership to create a world class P-20 cradle-to-career educational system in Prince George’s County.
Click on the links below to read the issue briefs.
- ● Dropping the Dropout Rate in Prince George’s County
- ● Parent Engagement as a Strategy for Success
- ● Early Learning Building Academic Success in Prince George’s County
- ● Creating College and Career Ready Young People in Prince George’s County
To learn more about Connecting Youth to Opportunity work regionally, click here.
The Workforce Development Landscape in Prince George’s County
The Jobs Opportunities Task Force released a special report, commissioned by The Community Foundation’s Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, “Obstacles & Opportunities: The Workforce Development Landscape in Prince George’s County, Maryland.” The report provides an overview of the Prince George’s County workforce development landscape and looks at both the challenges and opportunities for addressing workforce development in Prince George’s County’s. A few highlights include:
- ● Adults with low educational attainment also face high unemployment rates, and there is a clear need for adult education in the county. More than 60,000 county residents lack a high school credential, and an even greater number struggle with basic literacy skills.
- ● More than 60 percent of Prince George’s workers travel to another county for their job. The county is expected to experience slow but steady job growth going forward, with the fastest growing jobs in the fields of education, food service, construction, office support, information technology, and healthcare.
- ● The county’s largest workforce providers are the Workforce Services Division of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (PGEDC-WSD) – the operator of the county’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programming – and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC)
- ● Prince George’s County relies heavily on federal and state funding for workforce development. Thecounty’s primary investment is through the Summer Youth Enrichment Program, which the County Council voted to expand starting in 2014.
Click here to read the full report.