Community Tours 2011-2012


The Community Foundation's Putting Race on the Table discussion series fosters frank conversations on race and equity in the metropolitan Washington region. But sometimes seeing is believing.

Join us in 2011/12 for our Putting Race on the Table Community Tours to see first-hand the race-influenced inequities in our region that profoundly affect important issues such as health, education, housing, employment and more. You can meet community leaders and hear their stories as we visit schools, neighborhoods and nonprofit organizations, all working together to bring about greater racial equity through positive change.

Download our Community Tours brochure and map HERE.

REGISTER TODAY by contacting - all tours are free and open to Community Foundation donors and supporters. Please indicate which tour(s) you would like to attend. You will receive a confirmation and a reminder prior to the tour.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm:
Race and Neighborhood Revitalization

H Street Corridor, NE
Washington, DC

In its heyday the H Street NE corridor in the District of Columbia was a bustling neighborhood as well as a destination for food, entertainment, shopping and other services for African Americans. But in recent years, the demographics of the neighborhood have changed, as new businesses and new residents are taking advantages of the area's revitalization. Join us on our exploration of H Street and speak with residents and business owners, old and new, to explore whether the revitalization of H Street is creating equitable opportunities for all residents.

Read about this engaging tour by clicking here for a summary of the discussion and event.

Planning Committee members include:

Atlas Performing Arts Center (Read a profile of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in the May 2011 issue of our newsletter HERE.)

Cultural Tourism DC

DC Office on Human Rights

H Street Main Street


Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm:
Race and Community Wellness

Port Towns Communities: Edmonston, Bladensburg, Colmar Manor and Cottage City
Prince George’s County, MD

A community's wellness goes beyond physical health to include factors such as social, emotional, and financial wellbeing. But when communities have limited access to healthy food, good-paying jobs and educational opportunities, more often than not the result is an "unhealthy" community in all aspects of the word.  The Port Towns Communities (which include Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston) of Prince George's County, Maryland, have recognized that transforming a community's overall environment is key to improving the health of its predominately working class communities.  Join us on our exploration of the Port Towns Communities to learn how partnerships between philanthropy, local nonprofits and government institutions are creating equal access to health services, supports and amenities.

Planning Committee members include:

ECO City Farms

End Time Harvest Ministries

 Kaiser Permanente

Port Towns Community Development Corporation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Race and Educational Achievement

Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County
Alexandria, VA

In 1954, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision that sought to ensure access to equal educational opportunity for all public school children. Yet, over 50 years after the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling, inequities in public education still exist. The gap in achievement among public school students based on race, ethnicity and family income continues to rise throughout many areas of the metropolitan Washington region.  Join us on our exploration of the Mount Vernon District community in Fairfax County, Virginia to look through the lens of education and learn more about the efforts of Fairfax County Public Schools to address the achievement gap and improve educational outcomes for K-12 students.

 Click here to read a summary of the tour and discussion.

Planning Committee members include:

Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services

February/March, 2012 (Details to be announced soon!)
Montgomery Moving Forward

Montgomery County, MD

Two decades ago, Montgomery County, Maryland was a predominantly white, affluent, well-educated suburb of Washington, DC. New data from the 2010 Census tells a dramatically different story: it reveals that this county of one million people now has a majority minority population with an astounding diversity of race, ethnicity and income. Unfortunately, many of the community's institutions, systems and networks do not yet reflect who we are in 2011. Join us as we explore how we--as philanthropic, government, nonprofit, business, and community leaders--can build an ever-better county that values its racial, ethnic and income diversity both as an asset and as a competitive strength.