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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 supported the critical needs of nonprofits responding locally to changes in federal policy and budget priorities, as well as the climate of intolerance and hate, both of which are disproportionately impacting local people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. 

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. Learn more about our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

We are proud of the work we accomplished over the course of the Fund’s lifetime. We raised more than $1.3 million and made grants to 46 nonprofits supporting our neighbors affected by changes to immigration and deportation policies, and leading efforts to build community cohesion and combat anti-other sentiment. This is critical work that could not have been accomplished without our committed donors.

Thank you on behalf of the Resilience Fund Steering Committee:

The 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