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Community Leadership

The Community Foundation provides leadership to identify and address the most promising opportunities and critical challenges facing our communities.


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Raise DC

Raise DC is a multi-sector partnership of local stakeholders formed to promote a culture shift from competition over Washington, DC, resources to collaboration, in providing every child and youth with opportunities to succeed, from cradle to career. Raise DC makes a collective impact by:

  • Using data as a flashlight
  • Identifying effective practices
  • Aligning community resources to fill gaps and spread what works

All participants have a shared vision for change, as well as a common understanding of the problem and how they will work to collectively solve it. Raise DC was formed in 2012 to join public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders together as the District's comprehensive cradle-to-career initiative –  focused on improving educational outcomes for children and youth. Initially launched in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, Raise DC now sits at The Community Foundation.

the resilience fund

The Resilience Fund was created in early 2017 as a collaborative partnership of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and other foundation and individual contributors. It seeks to address the critical needs of nonprofits responding to changes in federal policy and budget priorities, as well as the climate of intolerance and hate, both of which are disproportionately impacting people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. To date, we have surpassed our $500,000 fundraising goal and disbursed over $270,000 in grants to 10 organizations working in the areas of immigrant rightsgrassroots community engagement, and anti-bullying and anti-bigotry.



The Greater Washington Community Foundation is excited to share key findings from Voices of the Community: DC, Maryland, Virginia (VoicesDMV), a community engagement initiative, conducted in partnership with the Urban Institute, designed to lift up residents’ stories and perceptions of the quality of life in the region. Through this initiative, we set out to shed light on the region’s challenges and opportunities related to housing, transportation, safety, economic security, race relations and community well-being. The result is a collection of rich, local data to serve as a catalyst for community investments that will ensure a more equitable, just, and thriving region for all residents.

workforce collaborative

A $9 million initiative of The Community Foundation, the Collaborative is a coalition of local workforce investors who share a common commitment to addressing poverty and income inequality by helping workers advance their skills and credentials so they can earn family-sustaining wages. Current Workforce Collaborative partners include The Community Foundation, the Consumer Health Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Scheidel Foundation, the Moriah Fund, Kaiser Permanente, Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Patricia Weiss Fagen, JP Morgan Chase, United Way of the National Capital Area, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.