Invest in Greater Washington
Giving directly to the Greater Washington Community Foundation, by contributing to the Fund for Greater Washington, is a critical investment in strengthening our region and creating a brighter future for our most vulnerable neighbors. Your ongoing support to the Fund for Greater Washington enables us to provide vital resources to civic and community organizations, incubate new ideas, convene partners to address community issues, and conduct programmatic initiatives and advocacy. And it ensures The Community Foundation can be flexible and vigilant in leading the response to today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges, as we invest to make this a thriving, resilient, and enriching place for all who call our region home.
With your contribution, we can build thriving communities that are ripe with opportunity for everyone – good schools and enrichment programs for our kids, a sense of safety and security in our neighborhoods, well-paying jobs, affordable housing, vibrant cultural options, and a sense of fairness and justice for all. Communities where all residents have a chance to lead healthy, productive lives and contribute to the greater good. Together, we can ensure the Greater Washington region is one of the best places in the country to live, work, and thrive for all residents.
You can support our entire Building Thriving Communities framework and community impact initiatives with a gift to the Fund for Greater Washington or by endowing a fund at The Community Foundation. Your fund will be used now and for generations to come to address the most pressing needs of our community.
Your Investments at Work
VoicesDMV, a community engagement initiative in partnership with the Urban Institute, surveyed 3,400 residents to understand their attitudes and perceptions of quality of life in the region. The result is a collection of rich, local data that has served as a catalyst for more effective and strategic community investments, including informing The Community Foundation’s own Building Thriving Communities Framework.
The Resilience Fund launched in 2017 to support community organizations addressing shifts in federal policies disproportionately impacting local people of color and immigrant communities. The Fund has made emergency grants to nonprofits working in the areas of immigrants’ rights, grassroots community engagement, anti-bullying and anti-bigotry, and reunifying families separated at the border and detained in Maryland and Virginia.
The Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative is addressing poverty and income inequality by helping workers advance their skills and credentials. Since 2007, it has helped more than 6,000 workers in the region earn credentials, get promotions and raises, and ultimately launch family-sustaining careers.