Better Together: When Givers Team Up To Make Meaningful Change

At The Community Foundation, we are proud to serve as the go-to resource for friends and neighbors who want to pool their resources to make a deeper impact.  In honor of Philanthropy Week 2015, we’d like to give shout-outs to some of the tremendously passionate people who team up, investing time, talent and treasure to make a difference right here in our home community:

Bernie Scholarship winnersWhen Bernie Tetreault retired after 24 years of service as the Executive Director of the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), friends wanted to come up with a special way to celebrate him and give back to the community he had served for so long. In 1996, they established the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program to assist residents of affordable housing in the County to achieve their academic dreams. The program continues to grow and has helped 384 scholars with over $430,700.

Black Benefactors_GoGoGives ACCESS YouthThe Black Benefactors Giving Circle members pool time, talent, treasure and testimony to support non-profit organizations serving the Black community in the Washington, DC region. To date, the group has granted $30,000 to organizations that provide services in its five focus areas of education, housing, health, youth and technology.

The Donors InVesting in the Arts (DIVAs) Giving Circle is a lively group of women who pool their resources, creativity, and collective knowledge to provide kids with life-changing experiences through the arts.  To date, the group has given over $196,000 to high quality programs that help underserved youth to explore their passions, develop their own artistic voices, and gain the skills needed to thrive both in school and in life.

Ellen's Run_action shotThe Ellen Vala Schneider Fund was established to honor the memory of Ellen Vala Schneider, a longtime resident of Chevy Chase, community leader, and tireless volunteer who died by suicide in 2006.  Since 2006, friends of Ellen have coordinated Ellen’s Run, a 5K Run/3K Walk that brings together the community to raise funds to support local causes. To date over $300,000 has been awarded to the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, the Bethesda -Chevy Chase High School Community Scholarship Program (College Tracks) and the Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund (CFMC).

The Takoma Foundation raises funds and makes grants to advance the social, environmental, economic, educational and cultural interests in the communities of Takoma Park, Takoma DC, Long Branch and nearby Silver Spring. It focuses on projects that empower individuals, break down barriers, build connections between people and expand community capacity. Since 1989, the Takoma Foundation has awarded some $350,000 to groups that make greater Takoma the wonderful place it is to live, work and play.

Want to explore how you too can team up with friends, neighbors, and colleagues to make a difference to a cause dear to your heart?  Contact us today to find out how easy and rewarding it can be to start your own giving fund at The Community Foundation.

Anna Hargrave
Executive Director, The Community Foundation in Montgomery County
301-495-3036 x 161