Communicating About Your Grant
The Greater Washington Community Foundation is honored to be your partner and support your work to improve communities across the region. This page offers you resources to help leverage this opportunity to raise awareness about your organization and its programs receiving funding from The Community Foundation and our donors.
The Community Foundation would also like to share the impact of your grant and how it has helped your organization do more good in our communities. You are encouraged to share compelling grant stories with us that include pictures and/or videos from your programs or events, so we can promote our partnership to make the Greater Washington region a more equitable, just and enriching community.
You can publicize your grant and The Community Foundation’s support in the following ways:
Issue a news release to the media: This is an opportunity to tell your story through the people you help and the impact your work is creating in our community. Adding photos to your stories and articles will make your submissions more appealing to media. Please submit your press release to our marketing team for review prior to distribution.
Share the news with your broader community: Post the news on your website, social media (make sure to tag us!), newsletter, and in other publications. Please share any mentions of this grant with us, and we would be happy to share them through our channels as well.
Invite us to grant-related events or other programs: We can help spread the word through our channels, and possibly assign staff to attend and capture the event for our blog or social media channels.
Tag us on social media: The Community Foundation features grant recipients on our Facebook page and Twitter account. If you post about your grant and/or any grant funded programs or events, make sure you tag us on these channels. We will like and/or share most grant-related posts.
Include The Community Foundation’s name and logo in your materials: Use the following logos to post on your website, signs and plaques, or other marketing materials related to your grant. Please see below for guidelines for acknowledging your grant from The Community Foundation.
Share your story with us: The Community Foundation is interested in capturing compelling stories to communicate the impact of the work we support.
Help us share your story with our community:
The Community Foundation often features stories from our grantees in our newsletters, website, social media channels, and annual report. Help us communicate the impact of your programs by making the connection between your great work and the investment from The Community Foundation. Use the form below to submit your story. Please be mindful of the following guidelines:
Story length should be between 500-750 words.
Please include one or two high-resolution images that represent your work and its impact. Before submitting your photos, make sure you have permission to publish and share them from any individuals appearing in the photos and from the photographer.
Submissions should focus on sharing the impact and/or lessons learned from a specific program or intervention that has received full or partial funding from The Community Foundation and its donor funds.
You are welcome to submit existing stories from your website or other promotional materials; please include links to where the post has been previously featured.
Please refrain from making explicit requests for donations. This piece is meant to be informative, and you may link to your website or other related resources.
Please read our full blog guidelines before submitting your story.
Guidelines for Acknowledging the Greater Washington Community Foundation
You are welcome to acknowledge the Greater Washington Community Foundation on any materials related to your grant with the following language:
When you receive a grant directly from The Community Foundation or an anonymous donor fund: Support provided by a grant from the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
When you receive a grant from a component fund at The Community Foundation: Support provided by a grant from [insert name of fund or donor], a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
When including a description, please use the following: Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for community change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. The Community Foundation mobilizes the generosity of individuals, families, and businesses to amplify the impact of nonprofit organizations making a difference every day in our communities. As the region’s largest local funder, The Community Foundation has invested more than $1.2 billion in building equitable, just and enriching communities where all residents can live, work and thrive. More information can be found at thecommunityfoundation.org.