Sharing DC

Sharing DC is a grantmaking initiative that brings donors and stakeholders together around an area of pressing need(s) in the District of Columbia to support DC-based organizations that serve our city’s most vulnerable residents. In 2015 Sharing DC recommended grants totaling $230,000 to nine organizations addressing family homelessness in the District.

Click here for the Sharing DC Advisory Committee Members

Daniel Mayers, Esq., Chair

Vivian Brodsky

Opal Hawkins, CFO and Treasurer
PayPal Giving Fund

Patricia Fagen, Senior Fellow
Georgetown University

Dara Johnson, Program Officer
Horning Family Fund

Thelma Leenhouts

Renee Licht

Damon Miller

Karen Mayers

Joseph MacDoniels

Marian Osterweis

Betsy Paull

Marcus Rosenbaum

Gail Schonfeld

Richard Snowdon, II
Trainum, Snowdon & Deane

Laura Stone


The focus area for Sharing DC 2016 is youth mental health. Unfortunately, youth in many parts of our city face conditions and live in neighborhoods where traumatic experiences are a daily occurrence, and far too many go undiagnosed or are undertreated for mental illnesses and trauma.

As emotional well-being is essential to the overall health of the individual and the communities of which they are a part, our goal is to improve mental health and life outcomes for low-income youth, age 12-21. Sharing DC will invest in high-performing nonprofits that provide mental health services to youth or have programs that result in positive mental health outcomes. We seek to improve access to mental health resources many adolescents and young adults need to manage stress effectively, cope successfully with traumatic life experiences and positively engage with family members and others in the community.

How Can I Get Involved?

If you already have a fund at The Community Foundation, you can recommend a gift to Sharing from your fund.

If you are not yet a fundholder, you can also make a gift to Sharing online or by sending a check to The Community Foundation. In addition, we welcome your participation in Sharing DC by serving on our Advisory Committee or by joining one of our forthcoming site visits. For more information just contact to get started.

Current Year Funding Support

Endowment Funding Support