Fund for Greater Washington

For 40 years, The Community Foundation has brought together people and resources to tackle critical community issues, providing leadership and ensuring that our region is safe, vibrant, and thriving for all residents. Today, economic security is only possible when our youth graduate high school ready for college and careers; adult workers can obtain the skills and credentials needed to thrive in the region’s economy; and residents feel secure with their basic human needs such as food and shelter. For these reasons, The Community Foundation focuses its Community Leadership work in three key areas—Safety Net, Education and Workforce Development—with the overarching goal of achieving economic security for all residents of the greater Washington region.

More than 175,000 families in our region are “economically insecure” and not earning enough stable income to afford basic needs like housing, utilities, food, and clothing. Since 2008, The Community Foundation has: helped hundreds of low-income workers launch careers and go to college; increased opportunities for low-income youth to thrive; provided shelter, housing and food for hundreds of thousands of adults and children in need; prevented hundreds of people from losing their homes; and helped preserve over $80 million in public funding for critical safety net services.

The Fund for Greater Washington underwrites the Foundation’s ongoing work to make our region better for all. Contributions to the fund are used to make grants to effective nonprofits, to incubate new ideas, and to support our programmatic initiatives, operations, and advocacy – as we invest to make this a thriving, resilient, and enriching place for all who live here. The Fund for Greater Washington fuels our work to create lasting change in our community.