In February 2017, the Greater Washington Community Foundation in partnership with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, established the Resilience Fund to respond to the critical needs of nonprofits working to support our region’s vulnerable communities as a result of changes in federal policy. To date, we have raised nearly $400,000 and announced the first round of grantees in early August 2017.

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. The current list of Steering Committee members is listed below.

Initially, the Resilience Fund will accept grant requests by invitation only in response to urgent needs identified by the fund advisors, other contributors, and colleagues in the philanthropic community. The Fund is currently focused on changes in international travel, immigration, and deportation policies that have an impact on residents and families in the Greater Washington region. In the future, we anticipate supporting policy analysis and advocacy around federal budget proposals that would have an adverse impact on our region.

Call for Ideas

The Resilience Fund Steering Committee would like to hear from a wide range of stakeholders about how federal policy shifts in international travel, immigration, and deportation are currently affecting our community. We also realize that other federal policy changes are likely to impact different individuals and neighborhoods in our region, and we welcome input on future areas of focus. We are particularly interested in efforts to fight intolerance and build community cohesion.

Please use this form to share your ideas and thoughts with us. We welcome input from nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government officials, and the wider community.

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
Rob and Sheri Rosenfeld


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



Join us!

The Resilience Fund was launched in early 2017 with an initial goal of $500,000, and has so far raised nearly $400,000 in gifts and commitments from foundations and individual donors — although the breadth of policy changes affecting the region may lead us to increase our goal. 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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