Benefits of Membership
As a Many Hands member, you will:
» Multiply the impact of your giving by joining forces with hundreds of other donors to make high impact grants to local nonprofits.
» Meet a diverse group of talented, dedicated donors who are committed to making a difference in the lives of Washington, DC area women, children, and families in socioeconomic need.
» Gain unique insight into challenges facing local communities in the areas of economic empowerment, education, health, and housing and learn from nonprofit leaders how they are working to address those needs.
» Deepen your understanding of grantmaking and philanthropy and become a more effective philanthropist.
» Discover new ways to become engaged in the community.
Types of Membership
We have three categories of membership–Member, Sustaining Member, and Young Member–that differ only in the amount members contribute. All Many Hands members enjoy the same benefits:
» All members are invited to participate in education events and opportunities to meet other members. We typically host two events per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. These events frequently feature past grantees as well as local experts and have addressed a broad range of topics, including mass incarceration, challenges facing the foster care system, DC’s maternal mortality crisis, and philanthropy and racial equity.
» All members are invited to help plan events, recruit new members, work on communications and marketing, and support other areas of operations through the Membership, Communications, and ad hoc committees.
» All members who join by 12/31 are eligible to review grant applications as members of a Focus Area Committee (FAC). The four FACs meet from January to April to review grant applications, conduct site visits, and ultimately select one grantee each. The review process is collaborative and inclusive and typically characterized by lively, insightful discussion. FACs are scheduled at a variety of times and locations, including online, to maximize opportunities for participation.
» All members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting to hear presentations from the four grantees and to vote for the organization that will receive the $100,000 Impact Grant. (You do not need to attend the Annual Meeting to vote.)
Members and Sustaining Members both make an annual base membership contribution of $1,000 that goes directly to Many Hands’ grantees. The base membership contribution for Young Members (under 35) is $500.
Sustaining Members make additional voluntary contributions to support Many Hands’ operating expenses, including software, accounting services, technical support, and events. If you become a Sustaining Member, the first $500 of your gift in excess of the $1,000 base membership contribution will go toward operations. Amounts contributed in excess of $1,500 will go to grantees. (These calculations exclude covered credit card fees, which are allocated to operations.) If you have questions about the allocation of your gift, please contact us at email@example.com.
All memberships are for a single grant cycle (May-May). A membership takes effect as soon as a qualifying donation is made and expires after the Annual Meeting for that grant cycle.