Client Profile: Green Spaces for DC

Written by Ash Blankenship

May 27, 2021

Co-founded in 2010 by John Henderson, Green Spaces for DC is a nonprofit with a mission that envisions equitable access to parks and open spaces that enhance the health and well-being of neighborhoods and the DC Metro Area community.

I began working with Green Spaces for DC a few years after its founding and previously served on the organization's Board of Directors. This gave me a unique opportunity to learn more about the nonprofit and the importance of its mission. So it was a great opportunity to reach out to John to profile him for this post.

Here's what John mentioned about Green Spaces for DC, how he spends his weekends, his favorite restaurants of the moment, and more.

What services do you offer?

We provide fiscal sponsorship services for persons wanting to support parks and green spaces in and around Washington, DC. In addition to 501(c)(3) charitable status, we provide insurance, accounting. Each organization also gets a web page on our site with a PayPal donation button.

How does your business help the local community?

Parks, green spaces, and other natural areas are component parts of green infrastructure, which is essential for environmental and human health. The work of the organizations we sponsor augments the investments being made in the public and private sectors. These organizations work to promote, improve, maintain parks and other green spaces.

What do you love most about your work?

The range of projects that we support is amazing. People involved in parks and green spaces are creative, passionate, and energetic; It is really gratifying to help them realize their dreams.

How do you manage your time?

I juggle the management of my nonprofit organization with consulting, and the research and writing for a book, I try to get my daily checklist of tasks completed in the morning so that I can block out uninterrupted time to do reading and writing in the afternoon and evening.

How do you spend your weekends?

I love exploring the cultural amenities of DC and the east coast, including, museums, theater, and concerts.  I especially enjoy contemporary art and orchestral music played by a symphony orchestra.

Any favorite restaurant or cuisine you’ve been enjoying lately?

I have three very interesting Asian restaurants within two blocks of my home -- Bad Saint (Filipino), Queens's English (Hong Kong Chinese), and Makan (Indonesian).  All are new to me so there are lots of new tastes and textures to experience.

Coffee or tea?

I'm a coffee person; the stronger the better. I try to have a latte or flat white within reach at all times.

Learn more about Green Spaces for DC and visit their website here.