Community Services

Community Development

The Foundation’s Community Development grant-making includes affordable housing production and preservation, homeless services, transitional and permanent supportive housing, foreclosure and eviction prevention, community economic development and wealth building, and civic engagement. Our giving in those areas is focused on increasing the availability of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income residents, helping homeless individuals and families attain self-sufficiency and housing stability, improving the economic status and viability of low- and moderate-income residents and communities, and preventing the adverse impact on neighborhoods that commonly results from foreclosures and vacancies.

Children, Youth and Families

The Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families portfolio includes out-of-school time programs, youth development and academic enrichment in schools, as well as programs for homeless youth or those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Our giving focuses on nonprofits that help young people improve their academic performance, develop relationships with trusted adults and make connections to the larger community. We support programs that also provide safe spaces for children, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

We look for collaboration between nonprofits and schools, so that services are coordinated and the best outcomes for youth are ensured. We expect that programs operating within schools will also align with academic standards.

For older youth, the Foundation invests in programs that enable them to learn new skills, access employment opportunities, make healthy choices and advocate for change within their schools and communities. In addition, we support programs that create more permanent placements for older youth in foster care and offer training and support for foster and adoptive families.

Justice: Access, Violence Prevention, Reentry

The Foundation invests in organizations and programs that help increase access to justice for low-income individuals. Such nonprofits may provide direct legal representation, education about legal rights and responsibilities, and advocacy.

We also support nonprofits that provide assistance to victims of violence, to help them achieve safety and self-sufficiency. This may include direct services, as well as advocacy.

Our grant-making also aims to reduce the recidivism rate of incarcerated youth and adults. Support includes direct services to help facilitate returning citizens’ reentry into the community and related advocacy.


At our Summer Board of Directors’ Meeting in June 2020, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 132 grants for a total of $6,385,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees who applied for a grant between November 2, 2019 and March 1, 2020. Please visit our Annual Report Page for a full list of Cafritz grantees. Below is a list of our recent grantees in this program area. 

Organization                                                                        Amount

Action in Montgomery $20,000
Adoptions Together, Inc. $30,000
Ayuda, Inc. $55,000
Calvary Women's Services $45,000
Capital Area Asset Building Corporation $45,000
Capital Area Food Bank $60,000
CASA $100,000
CASA/Prince George's County, Inc. $45,000
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington $40,000
DC Action for Children $50,000
DC Bar Pro Bono Center $25,000
DC Central Kitchen $60,000
Dc Fiscal Policy Institute Inc. $60,000
DC Rape Crisis Center $40,000
District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) $40,000
District of Columbia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice $60,000
Dog Tag Inc. $25,000
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project $30,000
Doorways for Women and Families $45,000
Easter Seals DC, MD, VA $85,000
Enterprise Community Partners $170,000
Father McKenna Center $30,000
Friends of Guest House, Inc. $35,000
Gearin' Up Bicycles $15,000
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital $95,000
Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection $40,000
Hope House $40,000
Housing Initiative Partnership $40,000
Humane Rescue Alliance $50,000
Identity, Inc. $60,000
Infant Toddler Family Day CAre $35,000
Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, Inc $40,000
Jubilee Housing, Inc. $75,000
Jubilee Jobs, Inc. $35,000
Just Neighbors Ministry $35,000
Legal Aid Justice Center $45,000
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia $60,000
Leveling The Playing Field Inc. $20,000
Liberty's Promise $50,000
Maryland Nonprofits $40,000
N Street Village, Inc. $30,000
Neighborhood Legal Services Program $35,000
Nonprofit Montgomery, Inc. $35,000
Nonprofit Prince George's County  $30,000
Nonprofit Village $35,000
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance $40,000
Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County (OAR) $50,000
Operation Understanding DC $35,000
Pathways to Housing DC $45,000
School Justice Project Inc. $20,000
Silver Spring Village, Inc. $15,000
The Family Place $45,000
The Greater Washington Community Foundation $500,000
The Training Source, Inc. $40,000
United States Foundation For The Commemoration Of The World Wars       $250,000
Urban Alliance Foundation $75,000
Volunteer Alexandria Inc $15,000