Posts in 'Collaboration'

5th Annual Your Way Home Summit

More than 200 attendees came together for Your Way Home's Montgomery County,(YWH), 5th Annual Summit on June 15, 2017 held at Montgomery County Community College. Your Way Home leadership reported on 2016 recent outcomes, which included serving nearly 3,000 during the year. Other outcomes included 86% of Montgomery County households at risk of homelessness were diverted from emergency shelters, and another 86% of people who exited Rapid Re-Housing to permanent housing have not returned to homelessness within two years.

Released at its 6th Annual Summit, this report details the impact Your Way Home Montgomery County has had on the experience of homelessness, both in the past year and cumulatively. The report provides a snapshot of the outcomes in each of six core strategies: Coordinated entry Emergency shelter...

4th Annual MontCo Anti-Hunger Network Conference

The MontCo Anti-Hunger Network hosted its 4th annual countywide conference on May 18, 2018. Montgomery County Commissioners Dr. Valerie Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence shared their support of the MAHN's work to maximize the acquistion and distribution of nutritious food to those in need. More than 80 attendees participated in idea sharing and problem solving exercises to improve the supplemental food system in the county.

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On September 6, 2018, HealthSpark Foundation welcomed nearly 200 people to Normandy Farm Conference Center for a Community of Practice meeting. This was the third such meeting, following other convenings in March and June. Community of Practice meetings have been an important component in Phase 1 of...

Beyond Grants

Foundations are known for providing funding to support organizations and projects. We support other activities that can have a multiplier effect on our grants:

Get Involved

Whether you work in, get services from or are concerned about the safety net, there are numerous ways you can get involved:

Community of Practice

An important component to the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative is the Community of Practice.

We hosted three meetings of the Community of Practice in 2018. At each meeting, the wider Montgomery County community heard about the progress of the initiative and provided feedback to the Design Teams on their work.

Training & Workshops

We have always supported organizations to build their own capacity. We have organized workshops, training series, summits, learning communities and other educational opportunities. We have connections to local, regional and national experts on a wide variety of topics.

Convening Stakeholders

We bring together individuals and groups that might not otherwise meet.

We scan the field to find new partners, relevant research and innovative solutions to community challenges.

And we share what we're learning with others, both in Montgomery County and across the country.

In 2018, we hosted three Community of Practice meetings as part of our Safety Net Resiliency Initiative.

Fostering Partnerships

We partner with other philanthropic organizations, nonprofits and government to improve the health and well-being of Montgomery County residents.

We strive to continuously learn. We seek to understand the big picture:  the current and future trends that will affect nonprofits and consumers.

Working closely with grantees, we discover what works, and what doesn't, in our community.

And we share our knowledge with our colleagues and partners.

Some of our partners: