About The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is a 45-year old independent, public charity, with an independent Board of Trustees and grant review committee that has no affiliation with the DC government. The Community Foundation’s mission is to Build Thriving Communities by providing community leadership, inspiring local giving, promoting civic engagement, and guiding strategic philanthropy.

Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change made possible through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. We work with donors and partners to make a real difference every day in our communities by aligning resources and leveraging shared interests to amplify impact. As the region’s largest local funder, we have invested more than $1.2 billion to build more equitable, just, and enriching communities where all residents can live, work, and thrive.

The Community Foundation, which includes local offices in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County – is part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations, and other organizations.

In FY18, The Community Foundation made grants totaling more than $96 million to nonprofit organizations. Approximately 68% of those dollars remained in the region. Our staff is comprised of professionals in the areas of grantmaking and programs; finance; marketing and communications; and development and donor services.

How Does The Community Foundation Administer the City Fund?

In 2013, The Community Foundation was chosen as the Administrator of the City Fund.   As the Administrator of the City Fund, The Community Foundation manages the grantmaking process based on a set of guidelines provided by the D.C. Government. These guidelines stipulate a competitive process for grants. Grant awards will support  programs/projects in the following issue areas:  arts, education, environment, health, public safety, senior and disability services and workforce development.

The grant decisions are made by an independent review committee, which is comprised of Community Foundation staff along with external experts in the grantmaking issue areas, community needs, and philanthropy. The Community Foundation provides the donor (the District of Columbia)  with ongoing reports of grantmaking from the fund, and evaluates the fund over time. The process for grantseekers is rigorous and highly competitive, and the independent review committee carefully considers every application in order to choose the strongest ones. Guidelines for grantseekers about proposal and the process are outlined on this website and supporting documentation, and are discussed in great detail through multiple webinars for grantseekers leading up to the proposal deadlines.

To learn more about The Community Foundation and how to get involved, contact info@thecommunityfoundation.org.