Montgomery County is the most populous county in Maryland and the home to some of our region’s oldest suburban neighborhoods. Montgomery County is a prosperous community marked by deep pride in the County’s civic institutions. It is also a community with an increasingly diverse jurisdiction, with significant numbers of newer arrivals alongside individuals and families who have lived in the County for generations.
Since 1995, The Community Foundation’s office in Montgomery County has worked closely with individuals, families, and businesses to match donor intent with community opportunity to create deeper local impact. We serve an important role in the County as a bridge between generous individuals, government and business organizations, and local nonprofit organizations. We are proud to oversee the following initiatives in Montgomery County:
+ Food for Montgomery
Food for Montgomery is galvanizing private philanthropy to help the 1 in 10 Montgomery County residents who are experiencing food insecurity. This coordinated private-public partnership was created by the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the Montgomery County Government because, despite millions of federal, state, and local dollars devoted to addressing hunger, the crisis is outlasting the money. Contributions to Food for Montgomery are working to expand food distribution, support farmers, restaurants, and small business to help our economy recover from the pandemic, and build a stronger, safer, more efficient food-relief system to meet the urgent need today and build a path out of the crisis.
+ Sharing Montgomery
Our staff organizes and directs Sharing Montgomery, a strategic, donor-led funding effort that makes it easy and rewarding to give where you live. Thanks to voluntary gifts to the Sharing Montgomery Fund and its Endowment, each year we provide over $350,000 in grants to high-impact nonprofits serving low-income children, youth, adults, families, and/or seniors living in Montgomery County. Contact us to learn how you can get involved.
+ Children's Opportunity Fund
The Children’s Opportunity Fund champions and funds strategic investments to improve the lives of low-income children and families in the county. The fund was launched jointly by the Montgomery County Government and Montgomery County Public Schools to support innovative, evidence-informed efforts targeted at closing the opportunity gap. The Children’s Opportunity Fund identifies priority areas for investment based on unmet need, aligns resources toward effective multi-sector collaborations serving the county’s most vulnerable youth and their families, and seeks new funding sources. Learn more here.
+ Neighbors in Need Montgomery
The Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund was established in 2008 to respond to the economic crisis and its deep impact on our County’s residents. Given the rapidly growing demand for emergency services, the Fund initially supported critical direct services, including food, clothing, shelter, and emergency assistance for rent and utilities to help prevent evictions; and efforts to reach the most vulnerable and isolated populations, especially residents living in parts of the County with the highest poverty levels. More recently, the steering committee decided to focus on both responding to the immediate needs while also investing in strategic solutions that would improve our safety-net system and help neighbors build pathways out of poverty. Contact us to learn more.
Thank you for celebrating with us!
Thank you to everyone who supported our 2021 Celebration of Giving! We were proud to celebrate the generous donors, philanthropic partners, and local nonprofit grantees for growing the spirit of giving throughout Montgomery County and to recognize our Philanthropist of the Year, Kevin Beverly.