Philanthropic Advising

Let your clients focus on the spirit of their giving...and leave the "nuts and bolts" to us!

The Washington region’s center for philanthropic excellence for over 35 years, The Community Foundation commands an extensive and comprehensive knowledge of both the issues affecting area residents and the hundreds of local nonprofit organizations in the area.

The Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Advisory Services helps individuals, families, corporate and employee giving programs, private foundations, and community and collaborative funds map out their philanthropic vision and giving goals, design grantmaking initiatives, create effective ways to distribute resources, evaluate giving programs, and learn to become engaged partners in improving the quality of life in our region.

Our carefully chosen, professionally and culturally competent staff and consultants bring expertise about diverse communities across a variety of issues that you care about, including the arts, education, the environment, health, historic preservation, homelessness, housing, employment, violence prevention, and youth development.

Our Services

We provide customized support to our consulting clients. Following are a few of the ways in which we can support your giving:

  • Clarify your priority issues and goals
  • Fine-tune your giving to be more strategic and effective
  • Manage your grantmaking – developing guidelines, finding and assessing applicants, and recommending and evaluating grants
  • Design ways to engage a group of individuals with distinct perspectives and interests and support their decision making
  • Research issues and develop issues briefings
  • Create community tours and other learning opportunities
  • Communicate your success externally

Rates for Philanthropic Advisory Services are competitive.

Client Profile: Starbucks Memorial Fund

Long-time Washington area residents remember the tragic evening in the summer of 1997 when three Starbucks employees were killed at Starbuck’s upper-Georgetown location. Soon after, the Starbucks Coffee Company established the Starbucks Memorial Fund to support violence prevention and assistance for victims of violence. The Seattle-based company turned to The Community Foundation to manage and administer the Memorial Fund. One Starbucks-funded initiative, the DC Children’s Advocacy Center’s “Safe Shores” program, has helped more than 1,000 child victims of and witnesses to violence.

“Our partnership with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region allows Starbucks to be confident that our funding is being used to greatest impact in local communities,” attests Lauren Moore, Starbucks’ Director of Giving and Community Affairs. “We know that by leveraging The Community Foundation’s expertise and experience, we can make a greater difference in addressing the issues of victims of violence and violence prevention in the region.”