The Community Foundation in Montgomery County works closely with individuals, families, and businesses to match donor intent with community opportunity to create deeper local impact. We serve an important role in the County as a bridge between generous individuals, government and business organizations, and local nonprofit organizations.
Save the Date: November 1, 2018
Join us to celebrate the growing spirit of giving throughout our community and salute the 2018 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year, Linda Youngentob.
Our staff organizes and directs Sharing Montgomery, a strategic, donor-led funding effort to encourage more residents and businesses to ‘give where they live.’ Since its inception, Sharing Montgomery has awarded over $7 million in grants to some of the best community-based nonprofit organizations serving Montgomery County’s residents. With staff facilitating a rigorous annual vetting and site visit process, Sharing Montgomery’s donor-led grants committees evaluate each applicant’s program, management and leadership to make sure it is the best possible investment. Contact us to learn more.
The Children’s Opportunity Fund (COF) is a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation (The Community Foundation) and its local office in Montgomery County. 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.
COF is guided by and works closely with a Policy Leadership Group and Steering Committee representing leaders from government, philanthropy, business and the community. Learn more here.
The Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund was established in 2008 to respond to the economic crisis and its deep impact on our County’s residents. Given the rapidly growing demand for emergency services, the Fund initially supported critical direct services, including food, clothing, shelter, and emergency assistance for rent and utilities to help prevent evictions; and efforts to reach the most vulnerable and isolated populations, especially residents living in parts of the County with the highest poverty levels. Recently, the steering committee decided to focus dollars on both responding to the immediate needs while also investing in strategic solutions that would improve our safety-net system and help neighbors build pathways out of poverty.