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50 Years of Empowering the DC Nonprofit Community

Established in 1964, the Washington, DC, regional office of the Foundation Center is celebrating 50 years of providing free access to information and training on fundraising in the Washington metropolitan area.


Creating the Washington, DC, location was "a wild idea" of F. Emerson Andrews, the founding chairman of the New York-based Foundation Center. He thought of it as another way to help private foundations to improve their public image and counter the attacks of Congressman Wright Patman, a story detailed in Andrews' 1973 book Foundation Watcher.

Services provided by staff in our DC office have evolved from hand transcribing the IRS returns of U.S. foundations to providing access to information and training through digital networks for grantmakers and grantseekers around the globe. We are proud that, from the very beginning, our services and resources have been freely available to the individuals and organizations trying to create a better world.

50th Anniversary Events

Open House and Reception
On October 16, Foundation Center-Washington, DC held an open house and reception as well as the following events.

Ask the Grantmaker
This local grantmakers panel discussed what foundations look for from grantseekers, insights on funding trends and best practices, as well as other timely topics in philanthropy. Listen to or download the recording:


(1 hour, 24 minutes, 19 seconds)

Telling Your Story: Maximizing Your Organization's
Form 990

Lindsay Nichols from GuideStar and Marcus Owens from Caplin & Drysdale discussed strategies for using the Form 990 to expand transparency, communicate more effectively, and increase your organization's credibility and visibility. Listen to or download the recording:


(1 hour, 32 minutes, 8 seconds)

Mix and Mingle
Representatives from the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and Capital Cause explored the services available for emerging nonprofit professionals.

These events are supported by the Meyer Foundation.

Interactive Timeline

Let's take a look back at the milestones that have shaped our history.

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Tell Us Your Stories

Contact us to share how we have helped you and receive a free gift, The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing.

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Our Donors Over the Years

We'd like to express a special thanks to our donors.
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Previous Events

The Puzzle of the DC Region's Modest-Size Foundation Sector in a Wealthy Area
On September 17, Alan Abramson and Stefan Toepler, presented the findings of their research. Members of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers responded. Listen to or download the recording:


(1 hour, 32 minutes, 51 seconds)

How to Attract and Sustain National/Large Grantmaker Support
On June 24th, Darin McKeever at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, shared his insights for nonprofits looking to grow their programs and funding sources from national grantmakers. Listen to or download the recording:


(20 minutes, 47 seconds)

The Next 50 Years

On April 3rd, three outstanding panelists and one great moderator came together for Philanthropy: The Next 50 Years. Listen to or download the recording:


(1 hour, 53 minutes)

Read a blog post about the event: Celebrating by Looking Ahead!
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