The Community Foundation is a 40-year old independent, public charity, with an independent Board of Trustees and grant review committee that has no affiliation with the DC government. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and providing leadership on critical issues facing the region.

The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (The Community Foundation) is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. We are a community of givers, dedicated to inspiring and creating change across the Washington region and beyond. 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. We currently manage more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $326 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $90 million.

In FY13, The Community Foundation made grants totaling more than $67 million to nonprofit organizations. Approximately 65% 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 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 one-time capacity building grant opportunity expired in July 2014.

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.

We are honored and committed to effectively and efficiently administering this fund.

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


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