Funding Collaboratives and Working Groups

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation’s program staff participate on regional funding collaboratives, as well as issue-specific working groups.

Funding Collaboratives

Composed of foundations, corporations and local government agencies, funding collaboratives provide an opportunity to leverage grants and invest in specific areas. The Foundation supports and participates in the following funding collaboratives:

Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative - Designed to increase the capacity and institutional stability of the early care and education field in the DC area through grantmaking, training, and technical assistance. This collaborative is based at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative - Helps low-income workers throughout the region obtain and retain jobs that provide good wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement. The Collaborative has a three-pronged approach: 1) supporting initiatives that connect low-income workers with training for in-demand skills; 2) conducting and disseminating research and reports to that promote effective workforce policies; and 3)making capacity-building investments to nonprofits who provide workforce development services. This collaborative is hosted at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

Washington AIDS Partnership - Addresses the growing need for HIV/AIDS education. The Partnership is involved with national funders, local service providers, and all levels of government to give grantmakers the ability to impact the HIV/AIDS crisis in our area. The Partnership is a project of Washington Grantmakers.

Working Groups

Washington Grantmakers coordinates Working Groups that connect funders who study and act on issues of concern to the region. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation’s program staff participates with each of these working groups listed below.

The Arts and Humanities Working Group convenes around the theme of "art as a vehicle for community building." The focus is on arts stabilization, technology and its impact on the arts, regional cultural planning, and the connection between youth, the arts and community development.

The Healthy Communities Working Group brings funders together with nonprofits, government officials and consumers to educate each other about key issues affecting reform of the safety net health care system in the National Capital Region and to work on building partnerships to push a common health agenda.

The Washington Regional Food Funders focus is to better understand how philanthropic investments focused on access to healthy, affordable food are being made in the Greater Washington region.