Our 2020 Celebration of Philanthropy date has been announced!


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About the Celebration of Philanthropy

On Monday, March 25 we were proud to host the largest annual celebration of local philanthropy in our region. More than 600 people joined us to celebrate what makes our community truly remarkable—the individuals and organizations who dedicate their time and resources to public service, philanthropy, and nonprofits to drive the area’s tremendous giving spirit and make our region a more vibrant, equitable and inclusive place to live.

At the Celebration, we presented the 2019 Civic Spirit Award to former Mayor Anthony Williams. Anthony Williams is a long-time champion for a thriving DC, having served the city as CFO and Mayor, and now as CEO of the Federal City Council.

Attending the Celebration of Philanthropy is an experience unlike any other! At this cocktail reception and community festival we featured live music, theater, poetry, and dance performances from some of the region's most exciting nonprofits and local artists who are supported by The Community Foundation and our community of givers. These showcases were staggered throughout the evening, allowing you to choose from a line-up of incredible acts while enjoying delicious food, an open bar, and networking. 

Past honorees

Past Civic Spirit Award Recipients

Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Carol Thompson Cole

Lynne and Joe Horning and the Horning Family Fund

Alexine Clement Jackson

Robert Linowes

J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr.

Mario Morino

Vicki & Roger Sant

Richard W. Snowdon, III

Patty Stonesifer and Martha’s Table

Roger G. Templin, Jr.

Anthony Williams

Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, Patty Stonesifer, 2017 Civic Spirit Award Recipient and President and CEO of Martha’s Table, and Dr. Johnnetta Cole, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, at the 2017 Celebration of Giving.

Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, Patty Stonesifer, 2017 Civic Spirit Award Recipient and President and CEO of Martha’s Table, and Dr. Johnnetta Cole, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, at the 2017 Celebration of Giving.