Established in 1993 as a supporting organization of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Summit Fund of Washington has supported organizations working to bring about tangible and measurable improvement in the quality of life within the Washington, DC community. Underlying our commitment is a belief that our community’s greatest assets are its citizens, and that their creativity, ideas and energy are essential to the resolution of the challenges facing our community.
Our grantmaking is rooted in three core values…
Shifting the Context. Achieving a sustainable and healthy future for the generations to come will entail profound changes in our perspective and thinking. We believe that shifting the context in which problems are viewed can reveal innovative solutions.
Achieving Results. We are committed to having an impact that is significant and enduring. We seek results that go beyond stopgap measures and that delve into the systemic sources of problems and achieve deeply rooted change.
Investing in People. We invest in the creative, entrepreneurial spirit of people, and we count on their goodness and wisdom to triumph. We believe that people are capable of extraordinary accomplishments when they have the right tools to achieve their goals and are fully empowered to give their best to the world.
Since 1998 we have directed our resources toward the alleviation of two urgent problems that are essential to the health, vitality and sustainability of our community:
- Restoring the Anacostia River and
- Preventing Teen Pregnancy in the District of Columbia.
Thanks to the extraordinary work by individuals, organizations, agencies and coalitions, much progress has been made. Much more is needed. We remain committed to supporting strategic efforts, to leveraging both resources and actions, and to filling gaps that can contribute to the resolution of both of these issues.
We continue to welcome collaboration and partnership with those who are committed to achieving these goals and improving the quality of life for our fellow citizens and the quality of the environment in the region.
DC Teens: Progress & Promise Event
The Summit Fund of Washington co-hosted a special event in March 2015 to acknowledge the dramatic progress made in reducing teen pregnancy in the District of Columbia and point the way to a better future for young people in the city. Speakers included Vicki Sant of the Summit Fund, Brenda Miller of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Sarah Brown of the National Campaign, and Peter Tatian of the Urban Institute, who presented teen birth rates by ward alongside other data, such as the incidence of violent crimes. Special guest Karen Dale of AmeriHealth DC outlined specific ways to expand and sustain more opportunities for teens in the District. Highlights from the event can be viewed in the video at right.
DC Teens: Progress & Promise
This inspirational 10-minute video, produced by Stone Soup Films for the Summit Fund of Washington, celebrates the progress made in reducing teen pregnancy in the District of Columbia while pointing to issues that remain. Centered around the voices of young people themselves, the video features powerful insights from community health providers, policymakers, peer counselors and more.
The Anacostia River: Making Connections Event
The Summit Fund of Washington co-hosted a special event in November 2014 to acknowledge progress and encourage participation in the continued revitalization of the Anacostia River and its watershed. Speakers included former Mayor Tony Williams, George Hawkins of D.C. Water, and Michael Stevens of the Capital Riverfront BID, who shared past accomplishments and future opportunities. Special guest Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, spoke about the potential for equitable development along the river. Roger Sant, Co-founder of the Summit Fund, made an appeal to attendees to “re-up” their engagement to restore the Anacostia. Highlights from the event can be viewed in the video at right.
The Summit Fund is Awarded the 2014 Regional Partnership Award
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) presented its 2014 Regional Partnership Award to the Summit Fund of Washington in recognition of its more than 15 years of leadership on the clean-up of the Anacostia River. The award is given annually to an individual or organization that has done the most to support and advance COG’s work program.
The Anacostia River: Making Connections
This inspirational 11-minute video, produced by Stone Soup Films for the Summit Fund of Washington, celebrates progress made on the Anacostia revitalization. Featuring powerful visuals and insights from community advocates, members of the Anacostia Watershed Society, DC Groundworks, Pearl Coalition, Washington Parks & People, former Mayor Tony Williams and more, the video points the way to a sustainable future of improved water quality and expanded access, use and participation.
2014 Final Grants
On October 16, 2014 the Summit Fund of Washington held its final Board meeting and completed its grantmaking focused on Restoring the Anacostia and Preventing Teen Pregnancy in DC. To see a listing of the most recent grants, please visit the Anacostia River and Teen Pregnancy pages.