The Resilience Fund was created in early 2017 as a collaborative partnership of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and other foundation and individual contributors. It seeks to address the critical needs of nonprofits responding to changes in federal policy and budget priorities, as well as the climate of intolerance and hate, both of which are disproportionately impacting people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. To date, we have surpassed our $500,000 fundraising goal and 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.

Initially, the Fund was focused on changes in international travel, immigration, and deportation policies that have an impact on residents and families in the Greater Washington region. Its next round of grants reflect the Resilience Fund’s interest in supporting broader efforts across the region to address the climate of hate and intolerance, and the uptick in violent incidents linked to race, religion, national origin, and other differences. 

Donors may contribute to the Fund and join with others who seek to ensure our region’s communities are resilient and supported in spite of federal policy shifts. Donors may elect to provide both general support and contributions designated for specific jurisdictions. Individuals or organizations that contribute $50,000 or more to the Fund are eligible to serve on the Steering Committee that advises on grant decisions and future Fund priorities. 

Thank you on behalf of the Resilience Fund Steering Committee:
Greater Washington Community Foundation
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Harman Family Foundation
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
June Linowitz
Elaine Reuben
Rob and Sheri Rosenfeld
Mauri Ziff and Jeff Hamond


Tonia Wellons
Vice President for Community Investment
(202) 263-4762



Join us!

We invite you to join with us and others who seek to ensure that our region’s communities are resilient and supported in spite of federal policy shifts by contributing to The Resilience Fund.


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