Founded in 1993 as a supporting organization of The Community Foundation for National Capital Region, the Summit Fund of Washington closed its doors on March 31, 2015. Always intended to be time-limited, our grantmaking was 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 in two areas 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. Further progress is possible, but not inevitable. We hope to catalyze further engagement that will continue to contribute to the quality of life in the National Capital Region.
To memorialize the life of the Summit Fund and share insights on what worked, Summit issued a retrospective report, A Philanthropic Journey: Grantmaking in the National Capital Region (PDF). We invite you to read the report and explore our website to learn more about our grantmaking history and supported organizations.