Agnes Chapman and The Million Dollar Gift – An Inspiring Story About Giving

Ms. Agnes R. Chapman worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs and was a long time Washington, DC resident. Some days she walked to work. Other days she took the bus. She lived well within her means and saved her money. When she passed away in 2011 at the age of 98, Ms. Chapman had left over $1 million in her will to help provide educational and social services for poor and/or homeless children and youth.

This year, The Community Foundation was honored to serve as a philanthropic advisor for Ms. Chapman’s estate. As a result of her incredible gift, seven organizations in Washington, DC will receive grants of $50,000 to $220,000 for multi-year support.

Ms. Chapman’s story encapsulates the spirit of giving at a time of year when so many of us are thinking of ways to give back. Although many of us may not have $1 million dollars to give, your donation – small or large – will make a lasting impact on our region by enabling The Community Foundation to make grants to organizations that provide local services to our community, like the ones listed below. This holiday season, please consider making a donation to our Fund for Greater Washington. This fund allows us to make grants to organizations working to increase economic security for all residents in our region – through investments in education, workforce development, and strengthening the safety net. 

Our deepest thanks for all you do. Wishing you the very best this holiday season and beyond.

Agnes R. Chapman Legacy Gift for Children and Youth

Bright Beginnings
Bright Beginning’s mission is to provide homeless children (ages six weeks to five years old) with a safe, nurturing educational environment; prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn; and to support homeless parents so that they can stabilize their home lives and become self-sufficient. Funding is designated for general operating support and the working capital reserve fund.

The Fishing School 
The Fishing School’s mission is to prepare public school elementary and middle school youth (ages 6 to 14) for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills through intensive out-of-school time and parent engagement programs. Funding is designated for general operating support and working capital reserve funds.

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project 
HCCP’s mission is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children and youth living in temporary housing in Washington, DC. HCPP currently serves children at two emergency shelters (including the DC General Family Shelter) and three transitional housing programs. Funding is designated for general operating support.

Little Lights Urban Ministries
Little Light’s mission is to offer a caring place of emotional, academic, and social growth to children and youth in the Potomac Gardens and Hopkins public housing complexes on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC through academic, afterschool and summer enrichment and mentoring programs. Funding is designated for general operating support and the working capital reserve fund.

Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care
Mary’s Center, a federally qualified health center, provides access to health care as well family literacy and social services. Funding is designated for the home visiting program in Ward 4 which provides support for children (ages 0-5) to be healthy and developmentally ready to succeed in school, as well as support for teen parents to continue their own educational goals.

Project Create
Project Create provides accessible arts education to promote positive youth development in children, youth and families experiencing homelessness and poverty in Washington, DC. Funding is designated for general operating support for on-site afterschool arts education for homeless and poor children ages 5 to 17 in Washington DC, particularly in Wards 7 and 8; and for the working capital reserve fund.

Sasha Bruce Youthwork
Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) improves the lives of homeless, runaway, abused and neglected youth and their families in the Washington DC area. SBY serves youth through a variety of programs including emergency shelter, street outreach, independent living, parenting, case management, violence prevention and workforce development. Funding is designated for general operating support and for the working capital reserve fund.