The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. We are a community of givers, dedicated to inspiring and creating change across the Washington region and beyond. The Foundation, and our two regional affiliate foundations - The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and The Community Foundation for Prince George's County - are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations and other organizations. We currently manage more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $326 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $90 million.

What's New

  • Impact, Involve, Inspire: Our 40th Anniversary Celebration

    A huge thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 40th anniversary on March 17 - even an unexpected March snowstorm couldn't stop the party! We were honored to feature performances of musical theatre, spoken word, African dance, music, and much more from some of our region's most exciting performing artists and nonprofits. Above all we were so grateful to be able to connect with each of you personally - our nonprofit partners, donors, funding colleagues, and friends, who help make our region so great. Click here to read more and to see some of our favorite photos. 


  • Here for Good, Here Forever

    By Terri Lee Freeman, President

    As I think about our upcoming 40th Anniversary, I reflect on how much good we at The Community Foundation have been able to accomplish with the support of our donors. Reading through our newly published impact report – Equity, Access & Opportunity – I am struck by the breadth and depth of our impact throughout the region. But I am often troubled by what I know is a sobering fact: we are vulnerable to the unpredictable. At any time we could be hit by a regional or national tragedy that requires our support. What we must do now – as the economy is recovering and folks are seeing accumulated gains in their portfolios again – is build endowment so that when the unthinkable happens and dollars go flying out the door (as we want them to do!) we will have a financial cushion to fall back on– thereby ensuring that we can continue to fulfill our mission in perpetuity good times and bad. Read more.