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. We have also funded programs that create future stewards. Through such education and outreach efforts, the public becomes more aware of the dangers of an unhealthy environment — including pesticides and toxins — and better understands the need to protect open natural spaces.

At our Spring Board of Directors’ Meeting, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 125 grants for a total of $5,102,500. Below is a list of our recent grantees in this program area.

Organization Name


Anacostia Waterfront Trust http://anacostiatrust.org


To involve residents of communities east of the Anacostia River in planning the second hundred years of the Anacostia Park.

Arcadia Food Inc http://www.arcadiafood.org


General support for the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.

Chesapeake Bay Trust www.chesapeakebaytrust.org


To support the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network (CBFN) Capacity Building Initiative.


For the Anacostia Watershed Initiative.


General support.

Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum www.fona.org


For the Washington Youth Garden.

Student Conservation Association www.thesca.org


General support for the DC metro program.

Wilderness Leadership and Learning http://www.will-lead.org


General support.