The Community Foundation’s Fund for Children, Youth, and Families Awards $1.97 Million to Area Nonprofits

Oct 25, 2016

The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families (FFCYF) at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is pleased to announce the awarding of $1.97 million in grants to 46 nonprofit organizations serving disadvantaged children, youth, and families across the greater Washington region.

The organizations will receive grants for up to $50,000 for project/program support or general operating support addressing the following issue areas: Stable Homes & Stable Families, Foster Care & Adoption, and Academic & Career Success. A list of grantees is included below.

“Our region is facing a number of big challenges in education, homelessness, and foster care. Too many of our young people – and their families – don’t have the supports they need to succeed. This fund is providing vital investments to organizations working to change that,” said Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “These grants will allow our nonprofit partners to continue to move the needle towards a community where all residents thrive.”

The Community Foundation is the administrator of the FFCYF, and is charged with implementing its grantmaking strategy for approximately five years – beginning with this inaugural round in 2016. This is a substantial, rigorous, and highly competitive grantmaking process, in which the Foundation utilized a grant review committee of regional partners, issue experts, and staff to review grant applications against the established criteria.

“The Community Foundation received over 270 proposals totaling approximately $13 million in funding requests,” said Tonia Wellons, Vice President for Community Investment at The Community Foundation. “This funding opportunity clearly highlighted both the immense need and the great value that organizations throughout the region offer in responding to this need.”

In mid-2017 we will launch the next round of grant opportunities through this fund, with the focus on the same three issue areas: Stable Homes & Stable Families, Foster Care & Adoption, and Academic & Career Success. Please visit for more information.

About The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region works to ensure equity, access, and opportunity for all residents in the Washington metropolitan area. Our mission 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 800 donor funds with assets totaling more than $300 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $70 million.

About the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families
The Fund for the Children, Youth and Families was established to invest in the betterment of underserved children, youth, and families in the region – specifically to invest in organizations achieving significant impact across the FFCYF issue areas and outcomes. Through its grantmaking, the Fund supports effective organizations working to make the community healthy and stable. Please visit a for more information.

2016 FFCYF Grant Recpients:
Alternative House
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation
Arc of Prince George’s County
Asian American LEAD
Barker Adoption Foundation
Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc.
Bread for the City
Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Capital Partners for Education
Central American Resource Center
Child and Family Network Centers
Children’s Law Center
Collegiate Directions, Inc.
Community of Hope
Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute
Court Appointed Special Advocates Fairfax County
Court Appointed Special Advocates Montgomery County
Court Appointed Special Advocates Prince George’s County
Dance Makers
DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
DC Law Students in Court
District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc.
Doorways for Women and Families
Dwelling Place
Educacion Para Nuestro Futuro
Friends of Guest House
Friendship Place
Generation Hope
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc.
Healthy Babies Project
Housing Counseling Services
Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc.
Jubilee Housing, Inc.
Latino Student Fund
Mental Health Association of Frederick County
Metropolitan Council of Governments
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless Inc.
New Hope Housing
SCAN of Northern Virginia
Stepping Stones Shelter
United Communities Against Poverty
Venture Philanthropy Partners
Voices for Virginia’s Children
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Young Women’s Project

See the original release here.