Early in 2017, The Community Foundation and the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation announced the establishment of the Resilience Fund. Its purpose is
to help meet the critical needs of nonprofits working to support our region’s vulnerable communities during this period of federal policy change.
The Resilience Fund is currently focused on changes in international travel, immigration, and deportation policies that have an impact on residents
and families in the Greater Washington region—and how these shifts are already affecting a significant number of our neighbors and the nonprofits
that serve them. The DC metropolitan area ranks seventh in the nation in the number of foreign-born residents—1.3 million, including 400,000
“unauthorized” immigrants. It is also the sixth-largest receiving area for children who are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after
coming across the border. Those who most need help are disproportionately low-income people and people of color.
The Resilience Fund steering committee would like to hear from a wide range of stakeholders about how federal policy shifts in international travel,
immigration, and deportation are affecting our community. We also realize that other federal policy changes are likely to impact different individuals
and neighborhoods in our region, and we welcome input on future areas of focus. We are particularly interested in efforts to limit intolerance and
build community cohesion.
Please use this form to share your ideas and thoughts. We welcome input from nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government officials, and the
Thank you on behalf of the Resilience Fund steering committee:
Greater Washington Community Foundation
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Harman Family Foundation
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Rob and Sheri Rosenfeld
Interested in learning more about the Resilience Fund and how to contribute? Contact Tonia Wellons (firstname.lastname@example.org)
at the Greater Washington Community Foundation for more information.