Save the Date for our 2018 Celebration of Philanthropy!

In 1973, a group of now legendary Washington-area leaders – Katharine Graham, Robert Linowes, and Hank Strong among them – formed the Greater Washington Community Foundation to mobilize the generosity of individuals and organizations wanting to make a difference in their communities around the causes that matter most to them. Today, The Community Foundation continues this legacy by providing critical leadership on issues affecting our community and encouraging and supporting effective giving. We are now the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the region and continue to manage hundreds of charitable funds for individuals and families, corporations, and civic leaders.

You’re invited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Community Foundation and our community of givers! In the spirit of our founders, we will mark this special occasion with a true celebration of our community – the nonprofits, donors, and community members that work tirelessly to make our region a more vibrant and inclusive place to live. This is also an opportunity to celebrate our region’s unique history and cultural heritage, and reflect on our legacy of bringing people and resources together for community change.

There is no better way to celebrate the history and resilience of our region than to honor Carol Thompson Cole with our 2018 Civic Spirit Award. This award recognizes her exceptional contributions to the region throughout her long career in local government, the private sector, and now as President and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP). Under Cole’s leadership for the past 10 years, VPP is making the future brighter for young people living in Greater Washington by helping them succeed in school and gain the skills and confidence to attend college or start their career.

Attending the Celebration of Philanthropy is an experience unlike any other! You’ll take part in a community festival featuring live music, theatre, poetry, and dance performances from some of the region's most exciting nonprofits and local artists. These showcases are staggered throughout the evening and across the venue, allowing you to choose from a line-up of incredible acts while enjoying delicious food, an open bar, and networking with friends and colleagues. 

When you purchase your ticket or sponsorship for this event, you are also giving back to your community by supporting our efforts to strengthen the region. Proceeds benefit The Community Foundation's Fund for Greater Washington, enabling us to make grants to effective nonprofits, to incubate new ideas, and to support our programmatic initiatives, operations, and advocacy. Through this Fund, The Community Foundation invests in effective safety net, education, and workforce development programs to help our most vulnerable neighbors achieve economic security.

We hope you will join us on March 12! This is truly a special celebration that you will not want to miss!




Monday, March 12, 2018
6:00pm to 9:00pm


Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW | Washington, DC 20024



$90 - Emerging Philanthropist (Nonprofit Affiliation/Young Professional)
$150 – Friend/General Admission



We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities for organizations of all sizes and for individuals who want to celebrate with us and share their great work with an audience of 700+ community, philanthropic, local government, and business leaders – contact Emily Davis for more details.