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 March 2020, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 132 grants for a total of $6,225,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees who applied for a grant between July 2, 2019 and November 1, 2019. 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

AHC, Inc. $30,000
Alexandria Seaport Foundation $30,000
Arlington Community Foundation $30,000
Asian American LEAD $40,000
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center $50,000
Benefits Data Trust $25,000
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition $60,000
Capitol Hill Village $30,000
Catalogue for Philanthropy, Inc.: Greater Washington $30,000
City Kids Wilderness Project $35,000
Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development $110,000
Community Advocates for Family & Youth $20,000
Community Tax Aid, Inc. $20,000
Computer C.O.R.E. $35,000
Court Watch Montgomery Inc. $15,000
DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment, Inc.) $40,000
Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services Inc. $35,000
District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence $35,000
Fair Chance $75,000
Family and Youth Initiative Inc $10,000
Family Services Inc. $75,000
Gandhi Brigade $35,000
George Washington University $110,000
Greater DC Diaper Bank $50,000
Hope and A Home, Inc. $40,000
Housing Counseling Services $40,000
Housing Unlimited, Inc. $30,000
Institute of Urban Living Inc. $25,000
Interfaith Works Inc $40,000
Jill's House, Inc. $40,000
Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc. $20,000
Legal Counsel for the Elderly $20,000
Legal Services of Northern Virginia $30,000
Life Asset Inc $20,000
LIFT Inc. $40,000
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Inc. $50,000
Maryland Community Connection $20,000
Mi Casa, Inc. $35,000
Miriam's Kitchen $35,000
Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. $30,000
Montgomery Housing Partnership $165,000
Neighborhood Design Center $15,000
Pathway Homes, Inc. $45,000
Prince George's Child Resource Center, Inc. $50,000
Rebuilding Together DC - Alexandria (formerly Rebuilding Together Alexandria) $30,000
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County $30,000
Red Wiggler Community Farm $35,000
Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy Center $70,000
Samaritan Inns, Inc. $50,000
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington $35,000
SEEC $30,000
Southeast Ministry $25,000
Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates & Leaders (SMYAL) $50,000
The Barker Foundation $35,000
The Greater Washington Community Foundation $1,000,000
The Young Women's Project $30,000
Tzedek DC $25,000
United Community (formerly United Community Ministries, Inc.) $45,000
Urban Institute $40,000
Victory Housing Inc $150,000
We Are Family $15,000
Yachad $40,000