Neighbors Helping Neighbors
I’m delighted to share our 2016 annual report. In these pages, you’ll see so many ways that our donors and partners are working to make greater Washington even greater – from forging new alliances to supporting nonprofits that are doing essential work across our region and our world. This year, The Community Foundation granted over $75 million to over 1,800 nonprofit organizations, 68% of which were nonprofit organizations serving the greater Washington region. In addition, we received over $52 million in contributions during this year – a testament to the generosity and commitment of our family of donors.
In this new year, we know that our work – and the work of our region’s entire nonprofit community – is more essential than ever. Greater Washington is a thriving and enriching place to live for many of our neighbors. But it isn’t that way for all. Many across our region struggle to meet basic needs and achieve economic prosperity. The Community Foundation works to correct this imbalance – bringing together donors, nonprofits, and community leaders to address the most critical issues facing our community and create healthier neighborhoods today and for generations to come.
As you read the stories in this report, I ask that you consider a gift to our Fund for Greater Washington. This fund helps us to correct that imbalance. Contributions are used to make grants to effective nonprofits, to incubate new ideas, and to support our programmatic initiatives, operations, and advocacy. This fund is essential to our work now and in the years to come. By clicking here and making a gift, you are a part of the lasting change that this fund is creating in our community.
When I describe this work to friends and family, I often say simply – we are neighbors helping neighbors. Over the coming year, we will look for opportunities to listen to community voices and to provide a platform for civic participation and discussion, neighbors talking to – and helping – neighbors. Together with our partners in every sector, we will build relationships, craft solutions that embody and honor civic spirit, and work together to achieve them. We are committed to equity, racial justice, and to an inclusive community that is vibrant, resilient, and economically prosperous for everyone. We are better when we all work together, learn together, and listen to each other.
However you give back – whether it be time, talent, or treasure – I am so grateful for your service to our community.
Together, we have some big work to do in 2017 – and I know we have the will, the means, and the tenacity to do it.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017,