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Can you sign up for a monthly sustaining gift to Greater Greater Washington?

Our reader drive is underway! Our donation box, by default, suggests making a monthly donation. Here's why we're so interested in those. Can you sign up for one?

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
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Greatest supporter—$250
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Supporter—$20
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We love our readers and our reader drive has been a very important part of Greater Greater Washington's budget planning since we started it three years ago (when we started having a paid editor for the first time). All of your contributions mean a lot and have helped us continue providing this blog we all enjoy writing for and you enjoy reading.

It's also a lot of work to set up a reader drive every year, and each time, we have to essentially start from zero. There's a big exception: the 46 of you who've signed up for monthly ongoing contributions of $5 to $50 per month and the 31 of you who're making automatic yearly gifts of $25-250.

This gives us an ongoing baseline of revenue to plan around, and while we can't count on it—you're of course free to stop at any time—it makes our income a little more predictable. Predictability is really, really helpful for an organization, especially a small one like Greater Greater Washington.

We've set a goal for this reader drive of increasing our monthly sustaining supporters by a third. Can you be one of them? Just choose a level of $5, $10, $25, or enter your own higher amount in the box here:

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
Greatest supporter—$250/year
Greater supporter—$100/year
Great supporter—$50/year
Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
Greater supporter—$100
Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
Or pick your own amount: $
Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.

If you are already one of those 46 + 31, thank you so much! Your support really means a lot. If you were one of the handful of people who'd been monthly supporters and your contribution lapsed, either because your credit card on file with PayPal expired or for some other reason, I hope you will also consider re-upping for a monthly gift.

And if you aren't comfortable signing up monthly or yearly, we still super duper appreciate your one-time support as well! Thanks again for reading and helping keep Greater Greater Washington producing high-quality content every day!

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
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Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
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Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
Or pick your own amount: $
Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.

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You helped us build a townhouse in 2015! Will you do it again in 2016?

We didn't actually build a townhouse. But you did give Greater Greater Washington enough last winter to beat our 2015 "townhouse thermometer" goal and raise $18,517 to help keep this blog going.


Our 2015 "townhouse" thermometer. Original photo by ekelly80 on Flickr.

Thank you for investing in Greater Greater Washington! Now's your chance to do it again.

Today is Greater Greater Washington's 8th birthday, and we're kicking off our 2016 reader drive. Between now and March 8, will you help us reach this year's goal of $25,000?

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Greatest supporter—$250
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Great supporter—$50
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Last year, your financial contributions helped make Greater Greater Washington the "Best Local Blog in the Washington Area," according to Washingtonian Magazine!

Your support also allowed us to:

  • Publish more than 1,200 articles that reached 1.53 million unique readers
  • Host live chats with Paul Wiedefeld and Leif Dormsjo
  • Educate residents and policy-makers about important issues in housing, transportation, education, and more
  • Get a two-year grant and private donation to expand our work
  • Hire two full-time staff
In 2016, your gifts will help Greater Greater Washington:
  • Continue to bring you more, awesome content
  • Push for more content about Maryland, Virginia, and areas east of the Anacostia while keeping up everything we're already talking about
  • Host "How to Blog" workshops to train new contributors
  • Organize even more happy hours and other social events to connect the Greater Greater Washington community offline
  • Experiment with new forms of content (maybe a podcast or video?)
We have grown a lot in the last year, thanks in large part to your financial support. Even though growing up means a bigger budget and funding from foundations and other sources, your financial support is still vital to Greater Greater Washington's success.

Our foundation grants which will help us launch a new housing effort don't cover all of what we need to run the blog, and in fact were based on an expectation that our support from readers would continue to grow. So if you enjoy Greater Greater Washington, please give today!

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
Greatest supporter—$250/year
Greater supporter—$100/year
Great supporter—$50/year
Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
Greater supporter—$100
Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
Or pick your own amount: $
Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.

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Here's Greater Greater Washington's budget for 2016

Our goals for 2016 include targets for raising more money, including from our upcoming reader drive, foundations, and corporate sponsors. When we posted the goals recently, some of you asked to hear more about our budget and why it's getting bigger.


Budget image from Shutterstock.

Last spring, Greater Greater Washington was in a very different place financially. We had just formally set ourselves up as a nonprofit organization,* and through the reader drive and gifts from our board, editors, we were pulling in enough to pay for a half-time editor (Jonathan Neeley).

However, editing the blog is much more than a half time job, and a part-time job is not a recipe to keep someone for the long haul. Our all-volunteer editorial board and board of directors were amazing, but most are far more interested in urban policy than running fundraisers. What to do?

What it takes to be sustainable

We could pull off an annual reader drive, but that alone would not make a sustainable organization. We especially needed someone to run the organization—to do all the financial tracking and tax filings and office policy writing and fundraising that it takes. Plus, there was a lot more we wanted to do—write more about topics besides transit, especially housing; about Maryland and Virginia and east of the Anacostia; about politics, education, and more.

Fortunately, the Open Philanthropy Project wanted to fund organizations that care about how not enough housing for everyone pushes housing costs up and up. A combination of a direct gift from Cari Tuna and a grant to our fiscal sponsor* funded us to grow to three people: Jonathan full-time, a Managing Director (Sarah Guidi), and a Housing Program Manager, who we're working on hiring.

Big opportunity, big challenge

This is a big opportunity and we're really excited about it. It's a chance to make the blog better, and also achieve far more than we can by "just" running a blog. We're doing this to make the city and region better, and want to find ways to actually push the ideas we discuss toward action. This is chance to do that.

It also creates a big challenge. First, we have to do a great job with the housing program Cari Tuna and Open Phil have funded. Second, even though this grant let us grow to three staff, they didn't give us 100% of what we need to operate with three people. They provided two years of funding, but there's no guarantee (far from it) that we'll get another grant from them. So, we need to raise more money to keep Greater Greater Washington going at the current level.

Here's our budget

Greater Greater Washington's budget for 2016 is $253,126. This budget is a projection. It reflects what we think it will cost to run the organization in 2016 at this new level of growth.

Most of the time, organizations look at the previous year's expenses to inform the current year's budget. Since this time last year Greater Greater Washington was still a mostly volunteer organization with no full-time staff or office, we didn't really have a budget. So, we had to build one from scratch. Our actual revenues and expenses may look a bit different at the end of the year, but we will aim to keep our revenues and expenses aligned with this board-approved guideline.

What we have to pay for

Management and the board predict it will cost approximately $253,000 to run the organization in 2016. That includes running the blog, carrying out the housing program, and exploring other projects that can further Greater Greater Washington's mission. Here are the main categories of expenses we anticipate in 2016.

FY 2016 Greater Greater Washington Organizational Budget
Personnel$ 179,493
Computer and web20,210
General operating47,923
Reserve5,500
Total expenses$ 253,126



  • Personnel: salaries, benefits, and payroll taxes for three, full-time employees (Staff Editor, Housing Program Manager, and Managing Director)
  • Computer and web: server and hosting fees, plus costs for website upgrades (we are planning to move the blog to a real modern platform this year).
  • General operating: rent, insurance, legal and accounting costs, professional development, processing fees to receive donations, printing, office supplies, etc.
  • Reserve: It is good practice for a nonprofit to build a reserve that can be used to make up for the unexpected loss of a funding source, to purchase equipment not covered in a grant, or to invest in opportunities that will generate additional revenue.
Where the money will come from

Here are the types and amounts of funding we plan to raise in 2016:

Fiscal Year 2016 Greater Greater Washington Organizational Budget
Individual donors$ 72,500
Foundations176,250
Corporate sponsorships11,000
Earned income2,500
Revenue$ 262,250

We're hoping to have foundation funding plus donations from individuals (the reader drive and some large gifts) make up almost 95% of our revenue. Sponsorships from corporations and income from providing services for a fee (earned income) would make up the other 5%.



Other than the reader drive and the foundation funding from Open Phil, these categories are something of a guess as we don't have specific committed revenue for any of these yet nor do we have past years' experience with them. Therefore, there's a good chance the end totals might shift a lot. That's also why the numbers don't all add up to exactly the same as the expenses. We may, however, need to go far above in one of the categories to make up for coming in far below in another.

We hope this is helpful. Please keep the questions coming. One of our major values, as a community-driven site, is being open with you about some of what's going on behind the scenes. Thanks for being a part of our community!

* We are incorporated as District of Columbia Not-For-Profit Corporation. We have applied to the IRS to be classified federally as a 501(c)(4), which is able to talk more freely about politics (as we do on the blog) than the "typical" 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, but also for which donations aren't tax-deductible. A fiscal sponsorship arrangement with Smart Growth America allows foundations to fund some of our 501(c)(3)-eligible activities. Read more here.

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
Greatest supporter—$250/year
Greater supporter—$100/year
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Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
Greater supporter—$100
Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
Or pick your own amount: $
Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
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Events


Join us and 730DC for happy hour in Adams Morgan!

It's time for the next Greater Greater happy hour! This month, we're partnering with our friends at 730DC, the daily newsletter for young Washington. Thursday, January 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, we'll be at Songbyrd Music House, at 2477 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan.


Photo from Songbyrd.

We're doing something special this time. Whether you're new to the area or have lived here a long time, you're probably an expert about some aspect of living here. When you come in, we'll give you a name tag saying "Ask me about BLANK." And we'll have a few ringers (real experts) milling around to give advice as well. (There will also be happy hour deals on food and drink!)

Songbyrd is a 15-minute walk from the Woodley Park-Zoo and Columbia Heights Metro stations. If you're coming by bus, the Metrobus 90s and 42/43 all stop within one block, and the S buses are a few blocks away on 16th Street. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station around the corner at 18th Street and Columbia Road.

Over the past year, we've held happy hours in Shaw, downtown DC, and Edgewood. We're always looking for new, Metro-accessible locations for future happy hours (especially in Prince George's County!). Where would you like us to go next?

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
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Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
Greater supporter—$100
Great supporter—$50
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Development


Help us launch our housing program by working for us!

Greater Greater Washington got a donation and grant over the summer to grow and to work more on housing and development issues. We've made a lot of progress internally, and now we're looking for a terrific Housing Program Manager to get our housing work going strong. Is that you or someone you know?


Tree house image from Shutterstock.

We envision a future in which there is enough housing across DC and the region so that long-time residents who wish to remain in their communities and new residents who want to live here can do so regardless of income.

The Housing Program Manager will help get us closer to this vision by building and implementing a new program that combines online and offline education and advocacy, growing the discussion of housing supply on the blog, and also bringing activities offline to more directly create change.

What we've been up to lately

You may remember that we posted a job opening back in August related to our housing program, along with our Managing Director opening. We found our terrific Managing Director, Sarah Guidi, who has been building up our organizational capacity to run efficiently and effectively behind the scenes.

For the housing position, we realized that that we needed to do some more strategic planning to figure out exactly we want to achieve, how we will do it, and what skills the implementer needs. We've spent a few months researching and planning, and in January I will be posting about how our thinking has evolved. We don't have the answers to everything and we want to hear your thoughts about what we're planning, but feel we know enough to start interviewing for this position.

Take a look at the job description below. Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, please apply or pass this along!

Housing Program Manager

Are you as alarmed as we are that Washington, DC is rapidly turning into a place that people of all incomes cannot afford to live in? Do you want to help us ensure that DC has room for everyone? Are you skilled at helping people understand complex issues and how those issues affect them? If so, you might be perfect to be Greater Greater Washington's Housing Program Manager.

Greater Greater Washington envisions a future in which there is enough housing across DC and the region so that long-time residents who wish to remain in their communities and new residents who want to live here can do so regardless of income. The Housing Program Manager will help Greater Greater Washington get us closer to this vision by helping build and implement a new program.

The Housing Program Manager will plan and carry out a combination of online and offline education and advocacy strategies. In this role, the Housing Program Manager will:

  • Identify people who can and are willing to write about their experiences related to housing affordability and recruit them to write blog content
  • Identify opportunities for Greater Greater Washington readers and community members to take action in support of projects or policies that lead to increasing the housing supply in the region
  • Use a CRM and other online tools to mobilize people to contact District officials and council­members, attend community meetings, council hearings, zoning hearings, and other events
  • Draft educational and advocacy materials (e.g. fact sheets, blog posts, call-to-action emails, social media, etc.) to support program goals
  • Coordinate and manage volunteers to support program goals
  • Design and coordinate offline educational events such as forums or panels to help Greater Greater Washington readers and community members learn more about housing issues in the region
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of education and advocacy strategies
  • Contribute to other organizational goals as applicable
Promising candidates will have:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Basic understanding of housing policy and the housing system in the Washington region
  • Strong writing skills, preferably with experience in media or communications
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly the ability to help people understand complex issues
  • Public policy, communications, or organizing experience is a plus
  • Familiarity with database software and CRM systems is a plus (e.g. Salsa or Raiser's Edge)
  • A strong commitment to walkable, inclusive communities and the transportation networks, housing, and other infrastructure needed to support them
  • An outgoing personality and comfort speaking with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Initiative and the desire and ability to help guide the direction of this program
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
This is a full-time, salaried position, with a salary range of $45,000-$55,000 depending on experience. We offer a benefits package that includes health insurance reimbursement, commuter benefits, and flexible paid time off. The position will require the Housing Program Manager to be out in the field, meeting people, attending meetings, and developing relationships, sometimes during the evenings and on weekends. Access to a car is not required.

Greater Greater Washington is small organization, driven by volunteers who contribute remotely and a team of three staff who are regularly in the office together. Greater Greater Washington provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

To apply, please send a resume; cover letter explaining your interest in increasing the housing supply in the region, your qualifications for the position, and why you want to be a part of our team; and two short writing samples to jobs@ggwash.org with "Housing Program Manager" in the subject line.

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
Greatest supporter—$250/year
Greater supporter—$100/year
Great supporter—$50/year
Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
Greater supporter—$100
Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
Or pick your own amount: $
Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.

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Here's what Greater Greater Washington will work on in 2016

As Greater Greater Washington grows into a more professional, sustainable organization (while working hard to keep our creative, fast-moving, and community-driven culture), we're trying to do more planning around what we want to achieve. Part of that is to set goals for ourselves.


Photo by NaSiUdUk on Flickr.

Recently, the staff, board, and editors went through a process of defining organizational goals for 2016. These lay out the general directions where we want to devote effort in the coming year. This includes trying new things and making sure that we keep doing what we're already doing well.

To achieve these goals, individual staff members, the board of directors, and the editorial board are creating their own SMART goals. Those goals all key off the high-level organizational ones to identify how each person and group will help us get where we need to go.

One of our goals is to share more with you about what's going on inside the organization alongside all of our discussion about what's happening in the region. Here's what we've put together.

Our mission

Greater Greater Washington builds informed and civically engaged communities who believe in a growing and inclusive Washington region and speaks up for livable communities and high-quality education for all.

2016 goals

  1. Blog content - Maintain and increase the reach, breadth, and quality of the blog.

    1. Sustain Greater Greater Washington's 2015 volume and quality of posts and Breakfast Links.

    2. Expand the geographic and subject matter range of content including more articles and Breakfast Links about land use, development, and housing; and Maryland, Virginia, and areas east of the Anacostia.

    3. Increase engagement with the blog via website and social media channels to maximize the reach of our existing work. Better utilize the daily email, Facebook, Twitter, and SEO/headlines.

    4. Evaluate opportunities to pursue different kinds of media (such as a podcast or video). Outline a project plan for implementing promising media strategies.

  2. Volunteer engagement - Ensure volunteers remain a strong and growing part of the organization.

    1. Grow the base of active contributors. Recruit and train more contributors to be able and willing to submit multiple articles according to Greater Greater Washington's editorial guidelines.

    2. Find opportunities to engage volunteers to support the organization in addition to writing posts.

    3. Ensure volunteers are involved, valued, listened to, and thanked for their commitment to the blog and organization. Use a combination of online posts and offline events to involve volunteers.

  3. Policy and advocacy - Make a difference in policy outcomes in the region through a combination of online and offline engagement, advocacy, and organizing.

    1. Housing: Increase public awareness and understanding of housing supply issues through online and offline education.

    2. Housing: Mobilize support for policy changes that lead to increased housing supply using online and offline advocacy strategies.

    3. Transportation: Increase the public's knowledge of and engagement in transportation issues in DC and the region. Continue using the blog, and identify opportunities to expand the focus on transportation.

    4. Other content areas: Identify possible future focus areas for policy and advocacy activities (e.g. education).

  4. Fundraising/Development - Ensure that Greater Greater Washington has the financial resources to meet goals and further the mission.

    1. Grow individual donations (a combination of reader drive/small dollar, board/editorial board, and other large dollar individuals) from $20,765 to $25,000.

    2. Develop a corporate donation program that ensures a mutually beneficial relationship between Greater Greater Washington and corporate partners and maintains editorial independence. Secure $11,000 in corporate contributions.

    3. Develop foundation grants. Secure $45,000 in new foundation grants.

    4. Experiment with earned income activities. Pilot and evaluate promising activities and determine which are worth continuing to pursue in the future.

  5. Organization/Infrastructure - Strengthen our organizational capacity to support goals and further the mission.

    1. Clarify the organizational structure and roles and responsibilities for individual staff, volunteers, advisory boards, and the Board of Directors.

    2. Strengthen the Board of Directors by adding members with key skills or contributions and/or diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

    3. Redesign and relaunch the Greater Greater Washington site to better maximize traffic and run on a modern web platform. Incorporate a new brand identity.

    4. Start tracking and reporting on key metrics across all program areas on a regular basis.

    5. Be transparent with our community by posting regularly on the blog about organizational goals and progress toward achieving them.

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

Support us: Monthly   Yearly   One time
Greatest supporter—$250/year
Greater supporter—$100/year
Great supporter—$50/year
Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
Greater supporter—$100
Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
Or pick your own amount: $
Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.

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Greatest Greatest Hits: Your favorite posts of 2015

You liked to read and talk about the Purple Line, bicycle crashes, and development in 2015. Here's a look back at the stats for what posts got the most (and least) traffic, comments, and sharing this year.

The number one most-read post of the year was Peter Dovak's terrific map of what the regional transit map could look like if the Purple and Red Lines become a reality (sadly, now only a hypothetical alternate universe reality).


Map by Peter Dovak.

Most shared: The top tweet honor went to Chris Hamilton's "10 steps to take 100,000 cars off DC's roads" (what a shareable title!) and Matt Johnson's "See America's light rail and streetcars at the same scale".

Most liked, besides Peter's transit map, was Ottawa has a four mile ice skating highway (Dan Malouff) and our April Fool's joke, Nation's first bicycle HOT lanes planned for Mt. Vernon Trail.


Ottawa's Rideau skateway. Photo by Ted Court on Flickr.

Most comments: What did you all comment on most? Apparently, Maryland transportation, with 355 comments on "Hogan stalls on Purple Line, calls it too expensive and 246 on A driver killed Tom Palermo in Baltimore, but road designers deserve some blame, too," by Jeff Lemieux.

That latter post continues the trend of having a highly-discussed, high-traffic about a bicycle crash each year. Last year, there was the driver hitting Evan Wilder and throwing his bike into the back of a pickup truck—the most-commented post of the year. In 2013, we had "It must have been your fault. C'mon. You are a biker," Zach T's story of getting hit by a turning driver, having police not believe his story, and proving his side with surveillance video.

The top posts by category

You didn't only read and talk about light rail lines in Maryland and drivers in Maryland hitting cyclists, though. We write about a lot of topics, including transit, development, education, walking and biking, public spaces, roads, government budgets, and much more. Here are some posts from this year in each high-level category that scored highly in traffic, comments, and/or shares:

Buildings (including development, zoning, architecture, retail, and preservation):

Education:

Government (including politics, budgets, and demographic data):

History:

Walking and bicycling:


The Kenwood Country Club side of River Road. Photo by Richard Hoye.

Photography (including Flickr roundups and WhichWMATA):

Public spaces (including parks, plazas, and the environment):


Photo by Dan Malouff.

Roads (including traffic, highways, and taxis):

Transit:

Shanghai's maglev. Photo by Rob Faulkner on Flickr.

What posts stick out in your mind from 2015?

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

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Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
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Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.

Video


Happy holidays!

Enjoy your holiday, however you're spending the time. Also, enjoy this video, called Christmas Eve in Washington:

This is either either ludicrously-delivered claptrap or a sincere (if a bit sappy) love note to DC. Either way, it's fun for Washington-area locavores.

Greater Greater Washington won't publish anything on Christmas or New Year's Day, and we'll be running a light schedule in between.

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

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Greater supporter—$100/year
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Or pick your own amount: $/year
Greatest supporter—$250
Greater supporter—$100
Great supporter—$50
Supporter—$20
Or pick your own amount: $
Want to contribute by mail or another way? Instructions are here.
Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.

Blogging


Want to write great blog posts? We'll teach you how at a session in Tysons!

Blogging is a powerful way to share what you know. On January 11th at Launch Workplaces in Tysons, we'll teach you everything you need to effectively and persuasively share your ideas with the world.


Photo by Sue Richards on Flickr.

The session is from 6:30-8:30 at 8607 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 250, Vienna, Virginia. The goal is to teach you what works and what doesn't in blogging!

We'll go through everything you need to know to be a fantastic blogger, like how to pick a topic and organize your thoughts. We'll also have plenty of time to answer all your questions.

If you want to attend, please let us know via this form.

A special thanks goes out to Launch Workplaces for giving us a venue and to GGWash contributors Kristy Cartier, Stewart Schwartz, and Douglas Stewart for helping to organize.

We plan to host more of these sessions all around the region, so don't worry if you can't make it to this one. Also, let us know if you'd like to host a session; we'd love to come to your neighborhood or group!

Did you enjoy this article? Greater Greater Washington is running a reader drive to raise funds so we can keep editing and publishing great articles every day. Please help us be sustainable by making a monthly, yearly, or one-time contribution today!

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Great supporter—$50
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Please welcome our new Managing Director, Sarah Guidi!

Hello, Greater Greater Washington community! I'm Sarah Guidi, Greater Greater Washington's Managing Director. Since starting six weeks ago, I've been busy working to strengthen the organization behind the blog. Thanks in large part to the help and support of the many smart and talented volunteers and staff, these efforts are paying off!

You may be wondering why Greater Greater Washington needs a managing director. That's a great question!

As you probably know, Greater Greater Washington has grown quite a bit in the last year. In July, we received a grant to focus more intentionally on housing issues in the region. That allowed us to bring Jonathan Neeley, our staff editor, on full time, which helps the blog further our mission of helping people better understand the forces shaping their communities.

The grant also means that we can build organizational capacity—our ability to plan and make decisions, carry out our plans and monitor progress, and use our resources responsibly. This is where I will focus most of my time.

Here's what I'll be doing

The grant and your generous donations give us great financial stability for the next year or so (thank you!), but Greater Greater Washington needs additional funding sources. A big part of my job is to ensure that we meet our fundraising targets so we can continue to help build informed and engaged communities, on and offline.

I'm also responsible for keeping the organization running day to day and ensuring that we're complying with legal and grant obligations. In the last two months, this has involved finding office space, formalizing bookkeeping and payroll, creating an organizational budget, and drafting policies and procedures to help the organization run smoothly.

I have also worked with David Alpert, Jonathan, the Board of Directors, and the Editorial Board to draft organizational goals for Greater Greater Washington for the coming year.

One thing that attracted me to Greater Greater Washington is the important role that volunteers play, not only in generating content, but in making decisions about the organization. I don't want that to change! Even though we have paid staff, contributors will continue to play a large, important role in writing, editing, and decision-making.

A little bit about me

I am a social worker. Many social workers support social justice causes by working with children and families. I do it by working with communities and organizations. I love that I get to be a part of an organization that helps people learn about and engage in public policy and community processes to lead to a more livable DC region for everyone!

Outside of work, I enjoy reading (mostly fiction), eating, traveling, and re-learning gymnastics skills I developed as a child.

  1. Best book I read recently: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  2. Upcoming travel adventure: a trip to Costa Rica in February with my husband, Tim
  3. Favorite gymnastic trick: roundoff backhandspring back tuck (Google it!)
If you share my love of any of these things, let's chat!

I plan to keep the Greater Greater Washington community in the loop about what's happening behind the scenes, so expect to hear from me periodically. If you have questions about the organization behind the blog, please don't hesitate to ask!

If you have thoughts about ways to strengthen the organization, or if you want to support our efforts by volunteering or make a donation, Sarah would love to hear from you. You can send her an email at: sguidi@ggwash.org.

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