Community Connections Program

Our mission at the World Bank Group is to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity around the world. Through the Community Connections program, we live these twin goals in our own communities via employee and corporate philanthropy, volunteerism, in-kind donations, and an internship program for students from local public high schools. Together, these programs leverage a motivated, highly educated and international workforce for the betterment of communities around the world, particularly in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, where we are based. Our programs have been recognized by the Washington Business Journal. Learn more about what we do in the Workplace Giving, Strategic Grants, and Volunteerism tabs.

Corporate Philanthropy Strategy

Our giving is informed by our mission, the values of our staff, and the needs of the organizations we support. Our goal is to maintain diverse funding streams that complement one another. In our fiscal year 2020, we gave over $10 million through these channels. We primarily fund our community through:

1) General operations support: Approximately 80% of our giving each year is provided through our workplace giving program, the Community Connections Campaign (CCC), which collects staff and retiree donations that are matched by the World Bank Group. In keeping with the needs of nonprofits and philanthropy best practices, those gifts support general operations of organizations. More information about the CCC can be found in the Workplace Giving tab.

2) Contributions to capital projects: During the CCC, staff can also donate to our General Fund, which usually finances one-time capital projects in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. In 2020, a capital grant was approved for Capital Area Food Bank to purchase vehicles used to move food to organizations in low-income communities and support the CAFB Hunger Report. Grants supporting the initial local response to the COVID-19 pandemic were disbursed to Capital Area Food BankBread for the City, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund​. A second and third round of grants supporting racial justice efforts, medical services for under-resourced communities, and domestic violence programs were disbursed to American Civil Liberties Union DC (ACLU DC)Bread for the City, Mary's CenterWashington Area Women's Foundation Stand Together FundDistrict Alliance for Safe HousingTahirih Justice Center, and Fair Chance. ​

The General Fund also provides grants to nonprofits where large numbers of staff volunteer.

3) Measurement & Data Grants: To meet nonprofit demand for building capacity around performance measurement and evaluation, we partnered with the Urban Institute to create Measure4Change to provide grants, technical assistance, knowledge briefs, and a community of practice for nonprofit performance measurement professionals in the D.C. region. This project is supported by Community Connections Funding. Learn more about it in the Evaluation Grants tab.  

4) Funding Collaboratives: Our work has been enhanced by collaborating with other funders. These partnerships allow us to benefit from others’ expertise, share our own, and work in partnership to greater effect.  We are currently part of the Washington AIDS Partnership and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative. In 2020, we partnered with other local funders in the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, a collaborative mechanism to provide a coordinated and ongoing response to the pandemic crisis.

5) Disaster relief drives: During large international disasters, our staff often want to be part of the global humanitarian response. We help them create vehicles to make contributions to NGOs on the ground in the affected areas. These gifts may also be matched by the World Bank Group. In 2020, over $1 million was raised to local and international organizations in the WBG COVID-19 Disaster Relief Drive.

The FY21 Community Connection Campaign (CCC) closed on December 17, 2020 and, despite being virtual for the first time, it set new records. During the Campaign, our staff and retirees in HQ and country offices pledged a record $6.37 million. Due to the drastic increase in need because of the pandemic, the World Bank Group increased in matching from 100% to 200% and the total pledged is over $19 million through the CCC (more than double last year’s $8.68).

Globally, over 70% of staff contributed with their own money to the campaign.

The CCC runs each year in November and December and is promoted by a grassroots network of staff volunteers. Staff and retirees can pledge to over 400 organizations around the world, all nominated and supported by their colleagues. Their gifts are collected through the next calendar year and distributed quarterly to support the organizations’ general operations. Staff may also donate to the General Fund, which finances capital campaigns meeting pressing needs in the Washington metropolitan region and organizations where many staff volunteer. In recent years, the General Fund has supported capital projects at Capital Area Food Bank, Bread for the City, DC Central Kitchen, Higher Achievement, Bright Beginnings, House of Ruth, La Cocina VA, N Street Village, Art Enables,  A Wider Circle and Martha's Table.

In 2020, with the threat of COVID-19 and the increased effects of racial injustices, the General Fund also worked as an emergency mechanism for the DC nonprofit sector. A first tranche to support immediate needs caused by the pandemic was disbursed to Capital Area Food BankBread for the City, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund​. A second and third round of grants were later approved to American Civil Liberties Union DC (ACLU DC)Bread for the City, Mary's CenterWashington Area Women's Foundation Stand Together FundDistrict Alliance for Safe HousingTahirih Justice Center, and Fair Chance, supporting racial justice efforts and responses to a variety of pandemic impacts (including an increase in domestic violence). All these grants were in addition to the funds raised through the WBG COVID-19 Disaster Relief Drive.

The CCC is the starting point for nonprofits interested in engaging with the Bank’s corporate philanthropy program. For information about how your organization can join the CCC, please see "Joining the CCC" below.

 

Joining the CCC

The HQ Community Connections Campaign (CCC) is the workplace giving program of the World Bank Group at its Washington DC offices, which is conducted over a two-month period in November and Deccember each year. The Campaign’s purpose is primarily to provide support to local nonprofit organizations operating in the Washington, DC metropolitan community. Given the nature of the World Bank Group’s mission, it also supports some international development and relief organizations, as well as some national organizations that have substantial activities in the Washington region.

To be considered for inclusion in the Campaign, an organization must meet the requirements outlined in this document. To receive matching funds, an organization must continue to meet these requirements.

NOTE: The below organizational criteria have been approved by the World Bank Community Connections Fund (WBCCF) Board of Directors for the FY22 Community Connections Campaign. Any organizations already on the CCC list prior to this Campaign that might not meet all of these criteria can possibly be “grandfathered” on to the list.

Organization Nomination and Selection Process

  • An organization must be nominated by a group of at least 10 World Bank Group staff and/or retirees. The nomination process is open once a year, typically in the spring.
  • Once fully nominated, an organization must complete an application process and undergo a due diligence review to ensure that it meets the criteria for acceptance onto the Campaign list. 
  • After the due diligence review, the nomination will be brought to the WBGCCF Board of Directors for approval. 
  • WBGCCF Board Members are not permitted to nominate and/or promote new and/or existing organizations on the Campaign list.

Organization Criteria for FY22 HQ Campaign

To be included in the Campaign and receive corporate matching funds, an organization must continue to meet the following criteria:

  • Be directly involved in helping improve the lives of poor and disadvantaged people and/or contribute to the socio-economic, civic and cultural well-being of said communities;
  • Be nominated by a group of at least ten (10) World Bank Group staff members or retirees;
  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit, income-tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code;
  • Have appropriate licenses/registrations to operate in the Greater Washington metropolitan region (including the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and/or Suburban Maryland);
  • Have substantial operations benefiting the Washington metropolitan region, or if operating internationally, work in three (3) or more client countries of the World Bank Group;
  • Have a reputation for integrity and success in program implementation, financial management and operational effectiveness;
  • Have an active and responsible governing Board of Directors;
  • Observe and practice a policy of inclusivity and equal opportunity;
  • Account for its funds according to GAAP and submit itself to annual independent financial audits (the organization must have successfully completed at least two independent financial audits at the time of application);
  • Prepare and file an annual IRS Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax);
  • Produce an annual narrative report to the public; and
  • Have objectives and activities that are consistent with the World Bank Group's mission, values and work.

In addition, to be included in the Campaign and receive corporate matching funds, organizations must continue to:

  • Not be an elementary, middle, or high school; college or university; parent-teacher association or similar school-related group;
  • Not be a hospital or hospital foundation;
  • Not be a fraternity or sorority;
  • Not be a sports club or center;
  • Not be organized primarily for religious, political, or think tank purposes; 
  • Not be organized primarily to fund a government entity and/or program;
  • Not pose a reputational risk for the World Bank Group. 

Organization Requirements to Participate in the Campaign in Future Years as a Renewing Organization

To remain in the Campaign, an organization must continue to meet the organization criteria and meet the following requirements:

  • Receive designated pledges from at least ten (10) World Bank Group staff and/or retirees that together total at least $1,000 during a campaign (new organizations are not subject to this rule in their first year).
  • If a returning organization is low for one year, it will need to be re-nominated to remain on the list. If a returning organization is low two consecutive years, it will be removed for two years and can be nominated again after that period.
  • Renew its participation in the Campaign on an annual basis through a simplified renewal application procedure. 
  • Successfully pass periodic reviews to ensure that it continues to meet the CCC organizational criteria.  

Organization Notes

  • The World Bank Group typically provides a corporate contribution to match staff and retiree donations by 100%.

WBG Staff Donor Notes 

  • Contributions to WBCCF may be tax deductible; donors should consult with their own tax advisors as the tax deductibility of their donations.
  • Campaign donations may not be used to cover the costs of benefits received by the donor from the recipient organization, including for example a donor’s membership dues.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2020

Measuring and evaluating programs is an integral part of nonprofits ability to deliver quality interventions but nonprofits often lack for support in this area. The Community Connections Program is engaged in a variety of ways to meet this demand. Our Measure4Change program, described below, provides funding, training, and a community of practice. We also support evaluation efforts in other ways, including grants and pro bono assistance of World Bank Group staff. Many of these efforts have been for education nonprofits in Washington, D.C. and we have compiled a series of briefs summarizing the results of some of this evaluation work.

Measure4Change

Nonprofits recognize the importance of measuring their program effectiveness, but their abilities vary widely, and resources for improvement are scarce. With Measure4Change, we join the Urban Institute to fill this long-standing gap between what nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region want and what they can do.

This program provides practical, accessible training in performance measurement over a two-year period to help it take hold. Our ultimate goal is for local nonprofits to better understand how they are helping their constituencies and how to better achieve their missions.

Measure4Change uses two approaches: for grantees, financial support and one-on-one, technical assistance help build a sustainable performance measurement program; more broadly, a regional community of practice and knowledge briefs share lessons learned and best practices. The two-year pilot received very positive feedback and the model and what we learned is described in this brief. We are continuing the program now in year seven.

Grant Support and Technical Assistance

Measure4Change provides two years of grant support and one-on-one, intensive technical assistance for competitively selected local nonprofits. The grantees use their funds and technical assistance to build a robust performance measurement system. The technical assistance is guided by a curriculum, but is tailored to meet the individual needs of each nonprofit.

The 2020–21 cohort of grantees consisted of the following organizations:

·       Bright Beginnings: Uses a two-generation approach to support families with children (ages 0-5) that experience homelessness; provides children a safe, nurturing educational environment, prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn, and supports parents to stabilize their home lives and progress toward self-sufficiency.

·       Community of Hope: Provides critical housing and health services to low-income and medically-underserved people in the District; strives to end family homelessness and to improve health and eliminate inequities in health outcomes in under-resourced communities in Washington, DC.

·       Jubilee Housing: Employs a Justice Housing model – deeply affordable housing in thriving neighborhoods with supportive services onsite and within walking distance – to build diverse, compassionate communities that create opportunities for everyone to thrive.

·       Sasha Bruce Youthwork: Helps young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good physical and mental health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers by providing services to youth in Washington, DC.

Community of Practice

Measure4Change hosts a broader community of practice, which includes professionals from many additional nonprofits, that meets quarterly. This series of seminars creates learning opportunities and exposes nonprofits to the tools they need to build their performance measurement program. The sessions also make performance measurement more accessible by helping nonprofit leaders learn from their peers, understand the range of performance management practices, where they fit into that continuum, and how they can advance their own programs. Topics covered have included:

  • Developing logic models and results frameworks
  • Building a high-performance culture around measurement, evaluation, data, and learning
  • Setting performance targets for programs and staff
  • Performance management and measurement software
  • Survey design
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Race, equity, and inclusion in performance measurement
  • Working with secondary data and making use of mapping (geographic information system) tools
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Displaying data, data visualization, and data storytelling
  • Communicating data to clients and client feedback loops
  • Performance-based financing
  • Data security and client protections for nonprofits
  • Performance measurement–evaluation continuum

If you would like to join this Community of Practice, please contact measure4change@urban.org.

Knowledge Briefs

Nonprofit leaders need more resources about the early stages of performance measurement programs and about how to overcome the practical challenges they will face as they build their programs. Complementing the community of practice, the Measure4Change team has published a series of knowledge briefs that explain key concepts and address relevant topics in performance measurement. The briefs are:

·       Starting Small and Thinking Long-Term: Q&A with Performance Measurement and Evaluation Professionals

·       Strategies for Cultivating an Organizational Learning Culture

·       Navigating Performance Management Software Options

·       Expanding Audience and Impact Nonprofits Communicating Data to External Audiences

·       Performance Measurement to Evaluation

·       A New Model for Growing Impact

Our staff give their time and expertise to their communities, echoing our mission in their own neighborhoods by volunteering thousands of hours annually in the cities where they work, from Ankara to Yaoundé. They build websites in Washington, distribute food in Manila, plant trees in Almaty, evaluate programs in Arlington, mentor students in Johannesburg, and much more, all in service of a more prosperous world. In 2020, the Washington Business Journal recognized our staff for total hours volunteered. All World Bank Group staff receive a paid day off each year to volunteer.

In addition, each year we host a Volunteer Awareness Day to help staff find opportunities for themselves and their families and provide guides to the top local volunteer opportunities in the DC area. More recently, we published a guide to volunteering opportunities during COVID-19, including home-based options.

In our Washington, D.C. headquarters, we also have a longstanding relationship with the Urban Alliance to hire talented young men and women from D.C. Public and Public Charter high schools for summer internships. Our staff train and mentor these students through their first professional employment opportunities, which help propel them to future success. Together, we have provided meaningful summer employment, mentorship, and training to over 380 students. 100% of students in the Urban Alliance's programs graduate from high school on time, compared to just 60% of their peers. Over 90% of them go on to college in the next year. These students are bright, talented, and hardworking, and these internships are an opportunity that would not otherwise be available to them. We also proudly host the Urban Alliance’s annual Public Speaking Challenge.

 

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