Crisis Preparedness and Response

The Community Foundation has a strong history of taking a leadership role in helping our region respond to and prepare for disasters.

Survivors' Fund

In the hours following September 11, 2001, Foundation leaders moved quickly to establish the Survivors’ Fund, which became the largest fund in the country dedicated to supporting the survivors of the Pentagon attack. MORE

Katrina Open Arms Fund

In 2005, we helped leverage support from our donors and local foundations to establish a fund assisting those affected by hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region, including those evacuated to the Greater Washington community. MORE

Greater Washington Taskforce on Nonprofit Emergency Preparedness

The Foundation also convened leaders from philanthropic and nonprofit organizations following 9/11 to examine the sector’s response to the disaster and strengthen its readiness to play a more effective role. This effort helped spur the creation of new investments and partnerships with business and government. MORE

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Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington