Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. We work with donors and partners to enhance the quality of life in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County. As the region’s largest local funder, The Community Foundation has invested more than $1.4 billion to build more equitable, just, and enriching communities where all residents can live, work, and thrive.

As a tax-exempt public charity, we are a trusted steward of local charitable assets with the ability to accept donations and make grants to effective nonprofits. We manage hundreds of charitable giving funds on behalf of generous individuals, families, and businesses. In doing so, we partner with our donors to pursue their charitable goals, identify impactful nonprofits, and pool resources for the greater good of our communities. Donors rely on us as their trusted partner to make charitable giving easy, flexible, tax-smart, efficient, personal and deeply rewarding. And we take seriously our responsibility to be the best stewards of our donor’s dollars, and partner to the community organizations making our vision for lasting change possible. We are accredited by the Council on Foundations for meeting its national standards for community foundations and maintain a four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Silver Seal of Transparency.

Our Impact

In FY2021, The Community Foundation and its donors granted out more than $78 million to a diverse range of causes including human services, education, the environment, health, the arts, and economic development.

$1.4+ billion

invested in our Community since 1973

$500+ million

in assets under management


of Annual grants support this region

Our Mission

The Greater Washington Community Foundation exists to Build Thriving Communities by providing community leadership, inspiring local giving, promoting civic engagement, and guiding strategic philanthropy. 

Our Vision

The Community Foundation envisions a Greater Washington region that is an equitable, just, and enriching place for all residents to live, work, and thrive.


Our Values

Community is at the center of our work, but how we do that work stems from five very important values: 

  1. Listen to, be a champion for, and make a difference in our community.

  2. Deliver amazing customer service.

  3. Do the right thing — by our donors, our partners, and each other.

  4. Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

  5. Work hard. Be kind.

Centering Race Equity and Inclusion at The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is building on a rich history of social justice grantmaking and community leadership initiatives—including funding collaboratives such as the Washington Area Partnership for Immigrants and the Common Ground Fund, which originated our acclaimed “Putting Race on the Table” discussion series—as we renew our institutional commitment to race, equity and inclusion. Our priority is to ensure that our leadership team and staff have a full appreciation for what it means to apply a racial equity lens to our day-to-day work. This includes revisiting our internal processes and institutional infrastructure to make sure they reflect our values for racial equity in pay, voice, contracting, hiring, governance, and in our grantmaking process. Similarly, we look to achieve racial equity in our programmatic and community leadership work by explicitly acknowledging systems and policies that have led to disproportionate negative outcomes for people of color, and by disaggregating data as we consider current and future programmatic interventions. We seek to center racial equity at The Community Foundation by actively engaging people and communities most impacted, particularly as we pursue solutions and investments.

This is a work in progress, but our commitment to this work remains steadfast.