Many Hands Many Voices
At Many Hands, we believe that valuing and empowering a wide range of voices is critical to effective grantmaking. Therefore, we’ve launched a pilot program to waive 50% of the minimum membership gift (currently $1,000, or $300 for members under 35), with the goal of broadening the range of experience, expertise, and perspectives represented among our members. Waivers are available to individuals who:
- Reside in the Many Hands service area (District of Columbia; Montgomery County, MD; Prince George’s County, MD; Arlington County, VA; Fairfax County, VA; Alexandria City, VA; Fairfax City, VA; Falls Church City, VA);
- Plan to participate actively in Many Hands;
- Commit to contribute 50% of the membership gift.
New and returning members are eligible for the waiver. The Board maintains the identity of waiver recipients in confidence. If you have any questions, please email Jane Paul and Lori Sostowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Can I Do as a Member?
All members are invited to vote on the final allocation of the grant fund and to attend Many Hands events, including education programs and the Annual Meeting, where the four grantees chosen by the Focus Area Committees make presentations on their work before members vote. In addition, members are welcome to participate in grantmaking, operations, and governance.
Grantmaking is headed by Board Vice President Charis Keitelman. Grantmaking responsibilities include creating and publicizing the application, providing support to applicants, conducting eligibility review, setting up Focus Area Committees, serving on or chairing a Focus Area Committee (reviewing applications, conducting site visits, selecting a grantee), carrying out financial review of Focus Area Committee finalists, conducting the Annual Meeting, executing grant agreements, and presenting grant awards.
Depending on their interests and experience, members typically start out by serving on a Focus Area Committee or participating in financial review and may then move on to participate in eligibility review or other areas of grantmaking.
Operations are headed by Board President Kathryn Zecca. Operations include member recruiting and retention, event planning, communications, finance, governance, and strategic planning. All members are welcome to support the first three functions by serving on the Membership Committee or Communications team; members with relevant skills and experience may be asked to serve on the Finance or Governance Committee.
Governance is the collective responsibility of Many Hands’ 15-member Board of Directors. Board members are appointed for three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. For more information about Board member responsibilities and qualifications, click here.
How Long Will My Membership Last?
Membership is valid for a single grant cycle (see below). It begins when we receive your gift and ends the day after the following Annual Meeting, which takes place in mid-May. We welcome members to join Many Hands throughout the year. However, in order to serve on a Focus Area Committee and review grant applications (January-April), you must make your gift between May and December 31 of the previous year. (Click here to read more about our Focus Area Committees; click here for an overview of our grant process.)
Our monthly newsletter, which appears September through May, provides updates on our work and information about opportunities to get involved. Click here to sign up. We also encourage members and friends to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.