The Community Foundation’s D.C. team works closely with individuals, families, and businesses to match donor intent with community opportunity to create deeper local impact. We provide an important role in the District of Columbia as a bridge between those individuals who want to give, local government and business, and local nonprofit organizations.
Sharing D.C. is a strategic, donor-led funding process for the civic and philanthropically minded residents of the District. Sharing D.C. facilitates education and civic engagement around local issues and encourages more residents and businesses to “give where they live.” Individuals come together to learn, first-hand, about the challenges facing Washington’s most vulnerable residents and engage in a grant review process for investing in organizations that are working to make a difference in the lives of children and families in the District of Columbia.
With staff facilitating an annual vetting and site visit process, Sharing D.C.’s donor-led grants committee evaluates each applicant’s program, management, and leadership to make sure it is the best possible investment. Last year, Sharing D.C. donors awarded over $150,000 in grants to community-based nonprofit organizations addressing the critical needs of D.C. residents.
Listed below are Sharing D.C.’s most recent grantees. Click on the organization to learn more about the important work of these DC nonprofits:
- Higher Achievement
- D.C. Preparatory Academy
- The Posse Foundation
- Academy of Hope
- Community Service Agency of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
- So Others Might Eat
- Generation Hope
- Year Up – National Capital Region
- Miriam’s Kitchenn
- N Street Village
Philanthropic Advisory Services
The Community Foundation provides philanthropic advisory services to aid individuals, families, corporations and public agencies in developing and implementing effective and efficient philanthropic strategies that will achieve maximum community impact and benefit.
The City Fund – The Community Foundation crafted a $15 million grantmaking program, The City Fund, to support Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s One City Action Plan to grow and diversity the District’s economy; educate and prepare the workforce for the new economy; and improve the quality of life for all DC residents. The grantmaking program includes a focus on investments in programs and building the capacity of nonprofits to provide quality services that will make the District a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. To date, The Community Foundation has successfully awarded $6 million in City Fund grants to more than 80 organizations. For more information, click here to visit the City Fund website.
In addition the D.C. Office has successfully concluded a five year engagement for the MARPAT Foundation where we created a five year investment and capacity building strategy to award $5 million toward the alleviation of poverty in Wards 7 & 8.