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The Impact of Investing in Women and in Our Community

Since 1998, The Women’s Foundation has made nearly $10 million in grants to over 160 nonprofits doing outstanding work to improve the lives of women, girls and their families. Here is a brief look at some of the work they’re doing and the lives they’ve touched:

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Academy of Hope

About 90,000 District residents read below functional literacy levels, and nearly 50,139 residents over 25 do not have a high school credential. To compete in the current job market, these adults need basic skills and credentials, and Academy of Hope provides them with classes and support. Click here to find out how and to watch a short video about their work.

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The Campagna Center

Funding from The Women’s Foundation’s Rainmakers Giving Circle helped start the Latinas Empowered to Achieve Their Potential program at The Campagna Center. The program provides the girls with leadership skills, mentoring and activities focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Click here to learn more.


Capital Area Asset Builders

Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) empowers low and moderate income residents of the Greater DC area to take control of their finances, increase their savings, and build wealth for the future. Click here to find how one of their free tax sites helped one DC woman take control of her assets and her life.


Community Tax Aid

Community Tax Aid, Inc. (CTA) provides free, high-quality tax assistance to low-income individuals and families in the DC area, both during the tax filing season and also throughout the year. Click here to find out how this tax assistance is helping women increase their savings and assets.


Cultural Academy for Excellence

CAFE uses the performing arts to ensure that students are academically, mentally and spiritually prepared to become leaders of tomorrow. This Prince George’s County, MD nonprofit is known for its youth steel drum orchestra, which has performed publicly and released a CD. Click here to learn more.

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FAIR Girls

Former FAIR Fund, FAIR Girls works to prevent the human trafficking of young people – especially girls – worldwide through advocacy, activism, training and education. Click here to read more about the work this organization doing right here in our community.


Manna, Inc.

Homeownership is part of the American dream and an opportunity for families to build important long-term assets. Through its Homebuyers Club, Manna helps low and moderate-income families become homeowners through a program that provides support, child care, and help navigating the steps needed to become a successful homeowner. Click here to hear one homebuyer’s story.

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Prince George’s Child Resource Center

Access to affordable, high-quality early education is a cornerstone for building economic security, and preparing young children to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Prince George’s Child Resource Center helps Maryland families by supporting families and educating caregivers. Click here to learn more.

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Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Washington, DC

ROC-DC is dedicated to winning improved conditions & raising industry standards for all D.C. restaurant workers. Click here to find out how restaurant workers in the Washington region are advocating for themselves and how ROC-DC is helping diners support restaurants that provide employees with safe places to work and fair wage. (Photo credit: Sekou Luke)


SOME (So Others Might Eat)

For 40 years, So Others Might Eat has been the only interfaith, community-based organization in Washington, D.C. that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor citizens of the city. With support from The Women’s Foundation, SOME operates the Center for Employment Training. Click here to find out how the CET is helping women improve their economic security.


Year Up of the National Capital Region

Since 2006, Year Up has worked with high school grads and GED recipients to “close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.” Click here to learn more and see a video about how The Women’s Foundation supports Year Up.