For 45 years, The Community Foundation has brought together people and resources to tackle critical community issues.

We want to acknowledge and extend our heartfelt thanks to our amazing nonprofit partners who work tirelessly to help strengthen the Greater Washington region. We are excited to share with you the robust list of organizations who were rigorously vetted and selected to receive a grant award issued during our FY2018. These grants include investments across the region focused on a diverse set of issues from education and workforce development, support for immigrant communities, strengthening the safety net, and preserving the natural environment.

Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund is a new initiative focused on community-based efforts to support small business, micro-enterprise development, and entrepreneurship. The Fund is an outgrowth of The Community Foundation’s long-standing support for job training and workforce development solutions, and also represents a shift in our strategy to consider the changing nature of our region’s workplaces and economy.

Children’s Opportunity Fund

Funded jointly by the government of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Montgomery County Public Schools to leverage public funds to attract private investment, COF champions, plans and funds strategic investments that improve the lives of low-income children and families in the county. With a focus on innovative, evidence-informed efforts targeted at closing the opportunity gap, COF identifies priority areas for investment based on unmet need, aligns resources toward effective multi-sector collaborations serving the county’s most vulnerable youth and their families, and seeks new funding sources.

The City Fund Safer, Stronger DC Opportunity Grants

Safer, Stronger DC (SSDC) Community Partnerships are part of the District of Columbia Government’s public safety and violence prevention agenda. The approach fosters a community-oriented model to crime prevention and public safety. SSDC will support the work of organizations whose missions and programs provide targeted interventions and strategies that:

  • Reduce incidences of violent crime;
  • Improve the health, well-being and quality of life of residents in the priority communities;
  • Increase community and civic participation; and
  • Engage residents in meaningful and productive activities.

Fund for Children, youth, and families

The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families invests in organizations providing services and programming in the following areas: Stable Homes Stable Families, Foster Care and Adoption, and Academic and Career Success. Click here to learn more.

Adoptions Together, Inc.

Arc Prince George's County

Barker Adoption Foundation

Bright Beginnings, Inc.

Carpenter's Shelter

Casa For Children Of The District Of Columbia

Child and Family Network Centers

Children's Law Center


Collegiate Directions, Inc.

Community of Hope, Inc.

Cornerstones, Inc.

Court Appointed Special Advocate - Prince George's County, MD

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children - Fairfax County

Dance Makers, Inc.

DC Alliance of Youth Advocates

DC Law Students in Court

DC Wheel Productions, Inc.

District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc.

District of Columbia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.

Doorways for Women and Families

Educacion Para Nuestro Futuro

Excel Automotive Institute

Family and Youth Initiative

Family Place Incorporated

Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center

Friends of Guest House, Inc.

Housing Counseling Services

Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc.

Housing Up

Interfaith Works

Latin American Youth Center, Inc.

Literacy Lab

Live It Learn It

Martha's Table, Inc.

Mental Health Association of Frederick County

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.

New Hope Housing

Northern Virginia Family Services

Prince George's Child Resource Center, Inc.

Reading Partners - DC

Second Story

Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern VA, Inc.

Survivors And Advocates For Empowerment-Safe-Inc

United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.

United Community Ministries, Inc.

Voices for Virginia's Children

Prince George’s County Domestic Violence Fund

A partnership with the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services, The Domestic Violence Community Assistance Grants Fund goal is to assist Prince George’s County nonprofits to provide enhanced services to the individuals and families directly affected by domestic violence in achieving a greater level of independence, strengthen the families ability to cope with healing and rebuilding the family unit by assisting to remove various challenges to gaining self-sufficiency, including but not limited to legal services, counseling services, support groups, employment, training and housing.

Resilience Fund

In February 2017, the Greater Washington Community Foundation in partnership with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation established the Resilience Fund to respond to the critical needs of nonprofits working to support our region’s vulnerable communities as a result of shifts in federal policy and the resulting local climate. To date, we have disbursed over $270,000 in grants to 10 organizations working in the areas of immigrant rights, grassroots community engagement, and anti-bullying and anti-bigotry.

sharing dc

Sharing DC is a strategic, donor-led funding process for generous residents of the District. Sharing DC facilitates education and civic engagement around local issues and encourages more residents and businesses to “give where they live.” Individuals come together to learn first-hand about the challenges facing Washington’s most vulnerable residents and engage in a grant review process for investing in organizations that are working to make a difference in the lives of children and families in the District of Columbia. 

Latin American Youth Center Career Academy Public Charter School

New Futures

Next Step Public Charter School

One World Education

See Forever Foundation - Maya Angelou Schools

Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc. - Washington, DC

Urban Ed, Inc.

Sharing Montgomery

The Sharing Montgomery Fund provides grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with programs or services which directly serve low-income children, youth, adults, families, and/or seniors living in Montgomery County. Specifically, Sharing Montgomery has three priority focus-areas: safety net services, education, and workforce development. 

Sharing Prince George’s

Sharing Prince George's County supports quality nonprofit organizations addressing the economic security needs of Prince George’s County residents through education, workforce development and safety-net services. It currently consists of the Prince George’s Neighbor to Neighbor Fund and the MGM National Harbor Fund.

Spring Creek Environmental Fund

The Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund was created to support local nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated track record in successfully preserving, protecting or encouraging sustainable use of exceptional natural or built environments in the Greater Washington region, particularly those environments affecting low-income populations. Funding is available for eligible nonprofit organizations providing programs and activities that are directly related to the following priorities:

  • Preserving the regions historic places and protecting neighborhood diversity;
  • Preserving and ensuring equitable access to the regions natural resources;
  • Promoting smart growth and conservation efforts; and,
  • Supporting education, civic engagement and advocacy pertaining to environmental issues.

Spring creek designated fund

The Spring Creek Foundation was established to fund organizations in the Washington metropolitan area whose goals and programs benefit the human environment by providing assistance to low-income individuals and families in housing, employment, education, and emergency services. The Fund also supports organizations whose goals are the protection and enhancement of the natural environment. 

American Chestnut Land Trust

Anacostia Watershed Society, Inc.

Bright Beginnings, Inc.

Byte Back, Inc.

Campagna Center

Capitol Hill Community Foundation

Earth Sangha

Foundation Schools

Perry School Community Services Center, Inc.

Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc.

Starbucks Memorial Fund

The purpose of the Starbucks Memorial Fund is to support nonprofit organizations providing a pathway to employ opportunity youth (ages 16-24 years old), veterans and refugees. The Fund's priority focus is to invest in organizations that provide work readiness, soft and hard skills training, and on the job training experiences to foster leadership confidence, innovative thinking, risk taking and teamwork.

Transforming Neighborhood Initiative Fund for Community Innovation

The Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) Fund for Community Innovation was established by the Office of the Prince George’s County Executive and Prince George’s County Public Schools. The Fund provides general operating, program funding, and capacity building support to school-and community-based organizations that currently provide quality free and/or affordable programming for youth, ages 0-18, and families living in Prince George’s County in its TNI communities.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

CM Educational Program Services Inc

Leep To College Foundation

Scholastic Olympics, Inc.

Strive To Tri, Inc

Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc.

Vine Corps, Inc.

Workforce Development Collaborative

The Workforce Development Collaborative makes grants that improve the quality of our regional workforce development system, including programs focused on low-income individuals as well as programs that prepare workers for careers in occupations and industry sectors where there is a strong demand for entry- and mid-level workers as well as opportunities for career advancement. Our investments generally fall into three categories: investments in People, Programs, and Policies.

Byte Back, Inc.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis

DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Maryland Center on Economic Policy

Skillsource Group, Inc.

So Others Might Eat

Additional Grantees

We congratulate the following organizations that have received grants through other discretionary funds not specifically broken out in detail above.

All One City

American Chestnut Land Trust

Anacostia Coordinating Council Inc

Anacostia Watershed Society, Inc.

Artivate, Inc.

Bright Beginnings, Inc.

Byte Back, Inc.

Campagna Center

Capitol Hill Community Foundation

Catalogue for Philanthropy

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

Center for Social Inclusion

Civic Nation

Community Services Agency of The Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO

Community Solutions International

Covenant House Washington DC

Crossroads Community Food Network

DC Scores

District of Columbia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.

Earth Sangha

Generation Hope

Foundation Schools

Hampden-Sydney College

Homeless Children's Playtime Project, Inc.

Horizons Greater Washington

Interfaith Works

Leadership Montgomery Educational Foundation, Inc.

Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.

Manna Food Center

Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc.

Network for Victim Recovery of DC

Perry School Community Services Center, Inc.

Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, MD, Inc.

Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc.

Second Story

SeniorLAW Center

Shout Mouse Press, Inc.

Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Think Local First

United Nations Association of the National Capital Area

Urban Institute

Washington AIDS Partnership

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Windward Fund