Building a Stronger Community

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is committed to building a stronger community for residents of the Washington, DC metropolitan area through support of programs in the arts and humanities, community services, education, health and the environment.

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Upcoming Deadline!

Proposals are due on
Monday, March 1st
by 5:00 pm.

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The Washington Ballet

Program Area
Arts & Humanities

Our giving in the Arts and Humanities includes theater, dance, music, visual arts, film and other multidisciplinary art forms, as well as organizations that promote the humanities. We focus on nonprofits that have deep, meaningful impact and can demonstrate the depth and breadth of their local initiatives.

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Children's Law Center

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Community Services

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.

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Fishing School

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The Foundation’s Education docket invests in learning from cradle to career. It includes schools that provide early childhood education, kindergarten through twelfth-grade instruction and undergraduate and graduate institutions. The Foundation also looks for models that provide comprehensive services to help students improve academic success and future employment outcomes.

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Food Research and Action Center

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The Foundation strives to preserve the region’s resources and raise awareness so that individuals can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives in a clean environment. Through our grant-making, we support groups that are concerned with our natural environment’s past, present and future. To help restore and protect our region’s natural resources, we have focused on local parks, the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Christ House

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Our giving in Health and Wellness supports integrated healthcare and prevention efforts and broad collaborations, to ensure that all DC metropolitan residents live longer, healthier lives. We strive to bridge the worlds of health and healthcare through a broad range of investments.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Deadline | Mar 01, 2021

Proposals for our upcoming deadline are due on Monday, March 1st by 5:00 pm. Head to the Apply for ..

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14th Annual Cafritz Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees

Now in its 14th year, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees were created to honor the best in public service by th..


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More than 85% of the Foundation's funding supports the general operations of our grantees.


More than $485 million has been awarded by the foundation since 1970.

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