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Need $$? Ask This Circle of Women
September 10, 2013

Need $$? Ask This
Circle of Women

When one person writes a $1,000 check, it's helpful. But when 100 people write one big check for $100k, it's life-changing.

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Many Hands has been doing just that for a decade. The giving circle, made up of at least 100 women who each donate $1,000, seeks out organizations focused on helping women and children in the DC area. Most of the women who have participated joined the circle, which donates every two years, through a friend. Noni Lindahl, a board member who's been with the organization since the beginning, says they're widening the circle to include women who have never participated. (An event Oct. 8 in Chevy Chase, Md., will try to draw new participants.)

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Many Hands funds well-run nonprofits, such as College Bound, whose executive director Kenneth Ward received a check from Ellen Kay above. Grantees need to be at least five years old and have a budget of at least $500k. The group usually gets over 100 applicants. They're narrowed down to three after-site visits and research on its growth rate, board, and financials. After debate, the decision is made through a vote. Another grant went to Our Place DC, which supports women who have been in jail. Noni says there's no shortage of worthy nonprofits.

First Jobs - Part II

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Did you catch our last issue of First Jobs stories? Well, we have more. Check out how these association execs: Before David Christman was advocating for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, he worked the machine that put gold stickers on the outside of Publishers Clearinghouse envelopes. It was the summer after his freshman year of college and David, who's now the senior director of state and industry affairs for NBWA, worked the $8/hour graveyard shift for Jetson Direct Mail in Hamburg, Penn. On a good night, he could move 150,000 pieces of mail through the machine, including one he saw addressed to William Jefferson Clinton at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Another memory from the job: One of his coworkers was a professional wrestler by day who went by the stage name "The Chef" because he whacked opponents with baking sheets.

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When Shelly Price was handed a toothbrush to scrub floors at the ice cream parlor where she worked as a 16-year-old, she realized fast food wasn't going to be her career path. The ASCD HR director says it was her first week on the job, which was in Martinsburg, West Virginia, when her supervisor asked her to scrub the floor with what she called a scrub brush. But she learned a lesson that she still uses in her HR career: Not every job you have is "the one." It's OK to leave or change roles if it's not a good fit.

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ASAE EVP Susan Robertson started her career as "NutriDog," a puppet show character she played to teach kids about nutrition when she worked for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York after finishing college. Sometimes self humiliation and a briefcase of celery and carrots are the only way to grab a kid's attention. Susan says the job made her realize that hungry kids face the social stigma associated with getting free meals. She learned to appreciate people's qualities, even ones that aren't so obvious; a problem can be solved without knowing the whole story; and to always be humble and grateful.

Retailers' Chief Lobbyist

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National Retail Federation chief lobbyist David French will be busy with three key issues for the next few months: tax reform; sales tax fairness; and patent trolls. Sounds daunting but David says one of his biggest challenges is the fact that the association always plays as the away team, considering there isn't one congressional committee that deals with most of its issues. Patent trolls are generally considered a tech problem, but retailers have also felt the wrath of people claiming they're entitled to certain patents. One strategy he uses is to talk about NRF's members as economic contributors rather than just retailers.

Eight New Restaurants

Is this the golden age of dining in DC, or what? If you subscribed to Dining Bisnow, you would know everything you need to keep you culinarily content, including in our most recent issue on eight cool new restaurants we bet you haven't tried or even heard of. (Here's the issue, if you haven't read it.) But, hey, it's easy to subscribe—and of course, it's free.

DC's Newest Y

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Photo by Doug Sanford, Photogroup
DC Mayor Vincent Gray and council members Jack Evans and Jim Graham were among a large group of ribbon cutters for the new YMCA Anthony Bowen in the U Street/Shaw neighborhood yesterday. (If these guys worked out at the Y more, they wouldn't need so many to cut just one ribbon.) Named in honor of the mid 1800s civil rights leader who organized the first Y for African Americans, the new facility features a two-story rock wall, a teaching kitchen, a six-lane pool, 173 group exercise classes per week, a rooftop terrace, community events, and a preschool. The center's objective is to bring together the community through L'Academie de Cuisine's cooking classes and rock climbing classes from Vertical Rock Climbing. It will also serve as HQ for YMCA DC Youth & Government, the Y's childhood obesity prevention program, and Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training.

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