Advocacy

As an Advocate, Fair Chance is committed to educating funders and policymakers about the important role that small, community-based nonprofits play in addressing the needs of children, youth, and families in DC and Prince George’s County neighborhoods most challenged by poverty. We tell stories about how these nonprofits, often under resourced because of institutional, racist, and systemic biases, have deep trust in and knowledge of the communities they serve and are, therefore, best positioned to achieve innovations and lasting change. We also support these nonprofits in advocating for themselves. We exist within a larger ecosystem of individuals, institutions, and forces in the DC area.

We will actively seek to partner with and amplify the good work of others advocating for small, community-based nonprofits. We do this through our leadership in two coalitions: The Coalition for Nonprofit Equity and The DC Out-of-School Time Coalition.

Coalition for Nonprofit Equity

The Coalition for Nonprofit Equity is a collective of more than 600 DC community-based nonprofit organizations. The Coalition works to dismantle the inequities created by the institutions and systems through collective voice and mobilizing for enduring change. A Steering Committee facilitates the agenda of the Coalition.

 

The DC Out-of School Time Coalition

The DC Out-of-School Time Coalition (DC OST Coalition) “advocates for access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the school day that prepares DC’s youth for success in education, careers, and life.” DC Action leads the Coalition.

Fair Chance serves as one of the co-chairs of the DC OST Coalition facilitating and leading convenings with DC Agency Directors, strategic planning, and supporting the Coalition Advocacy Agenda.