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Community Leadership

The Community Foundation provides leadership to identify and address the most promising opportunities and critical challenges facing our communities. As both a funder and convener, The Community Foundation’s initiatives inspire neighbors – donors, community organizations, government, and the private sector – to work together to improve the economic conditions and social well-being of our entire community.

voicesdmv

Launched in 2017, Voices of the Community: D.C., Maryland, Virginia (VoicesDMV), is a community listening and civic engagement initiative that seeks to better understand the diverse experiences of the people who live and work in the Greater Washington region. In 2020, VoicesDMV returned with a community survey, followed by a virtual town hall series designed to explore the issues impacting the region.

The initiative culminated with an opportunity for our entire region to come together to discuss the issues that matter in our community through On the Table conversations. To support the implementation of ideas sparked during these conversations, The Community Foundation funded Community Action Awards, with $100,000 for community organizing, action and social justice projects that can be implemented individually or collectively.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund launched in March 2020 to address the urgent health and economic needs of communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. To date, it has mobilized more than $11 million and made grants to help stabilize 300 nonprofit partners and expand critical services. We aim to respond to urgent needs and reach vulnerable communities in our region, and to work toward rebuilding a more equitable future for our region.

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Black Voices for Black Justice Fund DMV

In partnership with GOODProjects, ten Black Leaders representing the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia were selected as Black Justice Fellows to receive monetary and meaningful support to scale their activism. The award supports their work and living expenses for a year so they can continue to live while they lead. The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund (DMV) was seeded by the Bridge Alliance Education Fund and Greater Washington Community Foundation. This local initiative stemmed from the national Black Voices for Black Justice Fund which was launched from a partnership between many philanthropic organizations across the country.

Greater washington workforce development collaborative

A $10 million initiative of The Community Foundation, the Collaborative is a coalition of local workforce investors who share a common commitment to addressing poverty and income inequality by helping workers advance their skills and credentials, so they can earn family-sustaining wages. Current Workforce Collaborative partners include The Community Foundation, the Consumer Health Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Scheidel Foundation, the Moriah Fund, Kaiser Permanente, Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Patricia Weiss Fagen, JP Morgan Chase, United Way of the National Capital Area, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Since 2007, the Collaborative has helped more than 6,000 workers in the region earn credentials, get promotions and raises, and ultimately launch family-sustaining careers.

the resilience fund

The Resilience Fund was created in early 2017 in partnership with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, with contributions from other foundations and individuals. The Fund was a rapid response vehicle to address changes in federal policies and budget priorities and the increasing climate of hate and intolerance disproportionately impacting local people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. The Fund raised more than $1.3 million and made grants to 46 local nonprofits, thanks to our committed donors.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we made the decision to spend down the Resilience Fund’s remaining resources by making grants to nonprofit partners serving immigrant communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Following the distribution of these final grants, we shifted our focus to prioritize meeting our community’s needs related to the pandemic through our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.