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. These may include support for community-based nonprofit health centers and coalitions of healthcare providers, in order to increase access to coordinated, high-quality medical, dental and mental health services for our region’s low-income and most vulnerable residents.

We also look for models that keep people healthy in the first place. Support may go towards increasing access to nutritious, affordable food; creating opportunities for better health in our neighborhoods, homes, schools and workplaces; and decreasing the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the DC metropolitan region.

To address disparities among our region’s most vulnerable populations, the Foundation also funds nonprofits that provide community-based, culturally competent, comprehensive services to children, older adults and disabled individuals. Our hope is that every metropolitan Washington resident can actively participate in a robust community life and maintain independent living for as long as possible.

At our Fall Board of Directors’ Meeting, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 123 grants for a total of $7,742,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees in this program area.

Organization Name


Ascensions Community Services Inc


General support.

Christ House


General support for the Medical Services program.

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy


General support.


General support.


General support.

Nourish Now Foundation Inc


General support to collect surplus food from local food providers and redistribute it throughout the DC metropolitan area.

Planned Parenthood


$300,000 for general support and $500,000 for continued support of the relocation of the DC headquarters.

PRS, Inc.


General support.

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts


General support.

Washington Regional Food Funders


$20,000 outright and $10,000 as a 1:1 match for general support, and to support the transition from WRAG to the Windward Fund.