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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Family and Youth Initiative Inc||$10,000|
|Family Services Inc.||$75,000|
|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|
|Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Inc.||$50,000|
|Maryland Community Connection||$20,000|
|Mi Casa, Inc.||$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|
|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|
|United Community (formerly United Community Ministries, Inc.)||$45,000|
|Victory Housing Inc||$150,000|
|We Are Family||$15,000|