What types of organizations can I recommend for a grant?

The grantee must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. If you have a question about a particular organization, please contact our Grants Manager, Kathy Matthews at (202) 263-4773 or kmatthews@cfncr.org for more information.

Can I recommend a grant to an individual?

Generally, no. According to IRS regulations, The Community Foundation can only make distributions to qualifying nonprofit organizations. Our staff conducts due diligence on all organizations for documentation of nonprofit status. Scholarship grants are possible; however, the grant recipient will be responsible for any tax liability. Please contact our Grants Manager, Kathy Matthews at (202) 263-4773 or kmatthews@cfncr.org for more information.

Can I recommend grants to organizations outside of the DC area?

Yes. Donors may recommend grants to any qualified 501(c)(3) public charity or operating foundation in the country.

Can I recommend a multi-year grant from my fund?

Yes. At the time of your recommendation, please indicate that you wish the gift to be made in increments and specify the timeframe. We will administer the distribution and payment schedule. Please remember you may not pay a pre-existing legally binding pledge from your fund.

Who can recommend grants from my fund?

Anyone on record as an advisor for your fund can recommend grants from your fund. The Community Foundation will consider written requests to add additional advisors to your fund.

What happens to my fund after my lifetime?

We allow you to name a successor advisor(s) to succeed you in making grant recommendations for your fund. If there isn’t a named successor advisor, advised funds of less than $10,000 will be added to the Community Leadership Fund for Greater Washington to support charitable activity throughout the region. Advised funds of $10,000 or more will maintain their fund name as an endowed legacy of the fund creator. In which case, philanthropic staff of The Community Foundation will recommend grants to organizations in the same programmatic area(s) as were previously granted from the fund. 

Can I recommend grants anonymously?

Yes. You can request that the following be anonymous: fund name; donor name(s); both fund name and donor name. In addition, you may request that the fund name not appear in The Community Foundation’s Annual Report.

Can I change the name of my fund?

Yes. A written request to change the name of the fund is required.

Can the Foundation help me identify some specific programs to make a grant to?

Yes. The Foundation’s Community Investment team is highly knowledgeable about a wide variety of programs and will be glad to work with you to identify grant recipients.