On Monday, April 29, 150 Fair Chance friends, supporters, and alumni gathered at Studio Theatre to celebrate the work of our nonprofit partners and to reflect on our evening’s theme Leading Change Together. Each of the leaders featured onstage began their Fair Chance partnership seeking to build their organization’s capacity, and through months of collaboration and hard work, they were able to make tremendous strides. Organizations came out of the partnership with a new tools and resources, including a new data management system; a board recruitment proccess; an operational budget (the first for the organization); and stronger leadership. Behind all of these achievements was the day-to-day teamwork of each nonprofit leader working with their Capacity Building Specialist. The results that these collaborations produced will have a lasting impact for the communities each organization serves.

Fair Chance also recognized Tamara Copeland, immediate past president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG), as the 2019 Community Champion. During her time at WRAG, Tamara led Putting Racism on the Table, an initiative that began with centering racial equity in the philanthropic community and is now a cross-sector movement. In her remarks, Tamara reflected on her personal journey in the fight for racial justice and reminded the crowd that despite the enormity of the task, we can all do our part to advance racial equity.

Read more about the night here: https://mailchi.mp/fairchancedc/2019-fair-chance-honors-recap.