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 Fall Board of Directors’ Meeting in October 2020, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 117 grants for a total of $6,665,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees who applied for a grant between March 2, 2020 and July 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

Abraham and Laura Lisner Home $25,000
Amara Legal Center Inc. $30,000
Bethesda Cares $20,000
Building Bridges Across the River $45,000
Center for Alexandria's Children $30,000
Center for Nonprofit Advancement $60,000
Children's Law Center, Inc. $60,000
Community Bridges $30,000
DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy $60,000
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project $25,000
EveryMind $50,000
First Shift Justice Project $20,000
Goodwill of Greater Washington (Goodwill) $50,000
Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland $25,000
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia $30,000
Homeless Children's Playtime Project $55,000
Homeless Persons Representation Project Inc. $25,000
Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corporation) $50,000
Impact Silver Spring $55,000
Iona Senior Services $95,000
La Cocina VA $35,000
Latin American Youth Center $120,000
LISC $150,000
Manna, Inc. $55,000
Men Can Stop Rape $45,000
Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation, Inc. $25,000
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless $55,000
New Endeavors by Women $35,000
Northern Virginia Family Service $30,000
Open City Advocates $45,000
PRS $40,000
Rising for Justice, Inc. (Formerly DC Law Students in Court Program)        $30,000
Seabury Resources for Aging $80,000
So Others Might Eat $50,000
Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia, Inc. $25,000
Sunflower Bakery $35,000
Tahirih Justice Center $60,000
Tech Impact $45,000
The Arc of Northern Virginia $20,000
The Greater Washington Community Foundation $25,000
The House of Ruth $25,000
The Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Inc. $40,000
Thrive DC $40,000
Together We Bake $35,000
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International $25,000
University of Maryland SAFE Center   $35,000
Upwardly Global $35,000
Washington Area Women's Foundation $500,000
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs $70,000
Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy $25,000
Words, Beats and Life $30,000