The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and their communities through three strategic funding areas:

  • Preserving & Strengthening Jewish Life & the Jewish People
  • Cultivating the Performing Arts
  • Enhancing the Well-Being of Children & Families

Grants in the latter two categories are made primarily in Washington D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland. For grants supporting Jewish life, funding may be provided to local as well as national communities of interest to the Board of Trustees.


Howard and Geraldine Polinger established the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation in 1968 to continue the family’s commitment to contribute to its community and carry out its legacy of Tzedakah (the Hebrew term for Righteousness). In 1995, Howard and Geraldine invited their four children to join the Board. Today, the Foundation consists of Geraldine, Howard and Geraldine’s four children, as well as five of their grandchildren.

The Foundation is committed to a grantmaking strategy that respects and honors Howard and Geraldine’s legacy, responds to current needs in the field, and maximizes the impact of its philanthropic investments.