Grantmaking Guidelines


Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Further, organizations must meet the Foundation’s current funding priorities. Because the Foundation does not consider unsolicited proposals, organizations must be asked to submit a grant request. For more information, please refer to Grant Information section below.


No grants are made to individuals. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.


The Foundation’s Trustees meet two times per year to make grant decisions. DC-Youth Development and Education requests are considered in the Spring and requests pertaining to Jewish programming are considered in the Fall. Organizations typically will be notified in writing of grant decisions no later than June 30 (Spring cycle) and December 30 (Fall cycle).


Grants range in size between $5,000 and $50,000, with the average grant between $15,000 and $25,000. Again, the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, so any organization interested in applying should first contact the Foundation office via email at In your e-mail, please indicate the organization’s mission, budget, website and contact information. A representative from the Foundation will reply via e-mail or phone within 30 days.


The Foundation will support general operations as well as consider funding specific programs, capacity building, strategic planning, evaluation, program development, matching grants and endowment/reserve funds.