The Application Process

Determine if your nonprofit qualifies

 This program is open to human services organization in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) and provide direct support to their clients. Areas of concentration may include:

- Food security

- Temporary and transitional housing

- Abuse

- Trafficking or support of low-income families and individuals

- Reading, writing, and STEM education for low-income individuals

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Phase

Organizations may submit a Letter of Inquiry by July 17, 2017 to . The LOI package must be typed and preferably with all documents in one PDF. The LOI package should include:

- Organization name

- Organization address

- Contact name, phone number and e-mail

- Geographical area served

- History of organization and overview of notable accomplishments and awards

- A brief description of each of the organizations programs included program goals, numbers served, and history of program

- IRS 501(c)(3) – most recent federal tax exempt determination letter

Please note: LOIs received after July 17, 2017 will not considered.

LOI Review Phase

All qualifying LOIs received by July 17, 2017 will be submitted to a review period by the Helping Hand selection committee. Organizations will be notified whether or not they are invited to submit a full application on July 31, 2017.

Application Phase

Application is by invitation only. Organizations selected during the LOI review period to submit an application will be notified by July 31, 2017 and given the application at that time. Full applications are due on August 14, 2017 and will not be accepted after that point.

Site visits

From August 21-September 8, the selection committee will conduct a site visit at each organization that has submitted an application.

Final Selection of Beneficiaries

Three organizations will be selected to be beneficiaries of Helping Hand for three years. We will notify these organizations on September 18 and announce to the public on September 25.

The Washington Post newsroom

Helping Hand beneficiaries will be covered in The Washington Post annually for each partner’s three-year term. High-impact, in-depth narratives are the key to the success of Helping Hand. From mid-October through mid-November, beneficiaries will be asked to work with Post reporters to help cultivate these stories. Details and specificity are paramount to this process. Subjects may be interviewed and photographed for stories.

In paper campaign

Starting the week of November 13 through the week of January 5, stories will appear in The Washington Post and online. Readers will be able to directly donate to the organizations mentioned in the stories.

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