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.
2014 Final Grants
The Summit Fund of Washington will complete its grantmaking in 2014. In both program areas, proposals will only be considered from current grantees and should focus on addressing the most urgent issues, as well as the sustainability of efforts well into the future.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Progress: What’s the Real Story?
In spite of the dramatic reductions in the teen pregnancy rates in the District of Columbia, teen pregnancies and births remain high in some Wards.
Download “15 Years Later: Re-Examining Teen Pregnancy in D.C.” (pdf), which features findings from focus groups with teens and parents.
Download “What’s the Real Story? Teen Pregnancy in the District of Columbia” (pdf), a series of ethnographic interviews with DC teens and parents.