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 Summer Board of Directors’ Meeting in June 2020, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 132 grants for a total of $6,385,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees who applied for a grant between November 2, 2019 and March 1, 2020. Please visit our Annual Report Page for a full list of Cafritz grantees. Below is a list of our recent grantees in this program area.

Organization                                                Amount

Anacostia Watershed Society                                                 $35,000
Audubon Naturalist Society $20,000
Chesapeake Bay Foundation $50,000
Interfaith Power & Light - DMV $10,000
Maryland Pesticide Education Network $20,000
Potomac Conservancy $35,000
Potomac Riverkeeper Network $30,000
The Accokeek Foundation $20,000