who we are

Founded in 1992 (originally as the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers), Philanthropy DMV is a nonprofit membership association comprised of over 100 of the Greater Washington region’s leading foundations and corporate giving programs. Dedicated to improving the health and vitality of the region and all who live here, we provide a robust arena for grantmakers to collectively learn, problem-solve, and develop cross-sector solutions to achieve greater community impact.

our north star

We believe that a racially just and equitable region must be the vision for all of philanthropy—across all funding priorities, geographic scopes, and types and sizes of giving vehicles.

Philanthropy DMV is a place for us all…for all of us committed to a racially just and equitable Greater Washington region.

Philanthropy DMV organizes, equips, invests in, and activates its members, partners, communities, and other stakeholders for a more racially just and equitable Greater Washington region.

Our contributions to this vision include:

Shifting the practices of the local philanthropic sector to be anchored by racial equity

Creating spaces and opportunities for philanthropy to collectively learn, teach, plan, invest, and act pursuant to a racially just and equitable region

Attracting and allocating more investments from all sectors to support the leadership of organizations in the Greater Washington region to advance racially just and equitable strategies and outcomes

convene

Create spaces to learn about community issues from experts and from each other.

advocate

Harness philanthropic influences and partnerships to increase attention to and investments in neighborhoods, communities, and the region.

mobilize

Catalyze collective action of members and stakeholders towards systems change around key issues that impact the region.

our team

Gloria Nauden, she/her
Interim CEO

Sharifa Love-Schnur, she/her
Membership & Development

Aubrie Odell, they/them
Strategy & Operations

Kelcie Glass, she/her
Marketing & Communications

Celeste James, she/her
Programming & Events

Cheryl Carter Hutchings, she/her
Finance

Pamela Edwards, MNO, RYT, she/her
Human Resources

convene

Philanthropy DMV’s role: FACILITATOR FOR MEMBER/SECTOR LEARNING

  • Sharing practices and lessons learned from how philanthropy advances racial equity
  • Offering identity-centered and issue-focused learning forums (e.g., women of color in philanthropy, criminal justice, education)3
  • Providing member learning opportunities and forums (e.g., corporate foundations, family foundations)
  • Providing opportunities for funders to improve their practice (e.g., participatory grantmaking, approaches to learning and evaluation, trust-based philanthropy, etc.)
  • Offering convening opportunities inclusive of all sectors including nonprofits, public sector, etc.

advocate

Philanthropy DMV’s role: ADVANCE COLLECTIVE ACTION

  • Organizing funders to exert collective influence and to be responsive to issues in the Greater Washington region’s communities
  • Creating platforms and support for collective philanthropic action
  • Connecting funders with local organizers, policy advocates and other nonprofits to plan and execute initiatives addressing priority issues

mobilize

Philanthropy DMV’s: INFLUENCER OF CAPITAL AND RESOURCES TO THE GREATER WASHINGTON REGION SOCIAL SECTOR

  • Leveraging relationships with philanthropy nationwide to influence more philanthropic investments in the Greater Washington region
  • Liaising with local and federal government to make case for more resources flow to equity-centered the Greater Washington region’s nonprofits
  • Aligning investments through public-private partnerships
  • Building partnerships with other local and national PSOs in the region and conveners of nonprofits