Capacity Building Community Fund

The Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) is committed to community voice and engagement. We have embarked on our community-centered transformation as a foundation. We are embedding community engagement in our programs and activities, including our capacity building program.

This year, we brought together 17 community members from the Washington, DC region who decided on the grants that will support nonprofit organizations in building the capacity of community members to advance racial equity. The community members participated in CHF’s foundation learning days to learn about the philanthropic sector. They reviewed the proposals that were submitted in response to the RFP, had a robust discussion, and decided which organizations to support.

Below are the organizations, which received the capacity building grants.

ASIAN AMERICAN LEAD
$5,000

www.aalead.org
To organize workshops on Asian Pacific American identity and cross-racial dialogues with youth.

BLACK SWAN ACADEMY
$5,000

www.blackswanacademy.org
To hold a racial equity and organizing retreat for youth leaders.

CENTREVILLE IMMIGRATION FORUM
$5,000

www.centrevilleimmigrationforum.org
To support the organizing of women and youth.

THE CHOSEN FEW
$5,000

www.hips.org/chosen-few.html
To advance the health and well-being of DC residents, including educating community members about harm reduction.

DC FAIR BUDGET COALITION
$5,000

www.fairbudget.org/index.html
To support its Constituent Engagement Program.

RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTER-DC
$5,000

www.rocunited.org/staff-and-locals/washington-dc/
To increase its capacity to address the needs of immigrant restaurant workers and increase access to information and resources.

TRABAJADORES UNIDOS DE WASHINGTON, DC
$5,000

www.tuwdc.org/
To build its capacity to develop a workers cooperative and form coalitions that support immigrants’ rights.

We would like to thank the community members who engaged in this pilot project. They pioneered CHF’s participatory grantmaking* approach, which will inform our future work.

* Participatory grantmaking cedes decisionmaking power about funding decisions – including the strategy and criteria behind those decisions – to the very communities that a foundation aims to serve. Source: Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking, Grantcraft.

2019 Grants

BREAD FOR THE CITY
$25,000

www.breadforthecity.org
To advocate for affordable housing.

CASA
$25,000

www.wearecasa.org
To organize low-income, immigrant workers and their families, advocate for workers’ rights, and build
community wealth.

COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL ANALYSIS
$25,000

www.thecommonwealthinstitute.org
To provide general operating support.

DC FAIR BUDGET COALITION
$25,000

www.fairbudget.org
To provide general operating support.

DC FISCAL POLICY INSTITUTE
$25,000

www.dcfpi.org
To provide general operating support.

DC HUNGER SOLUTIONS/ FOOD RESEARCH AND ACTION CENTER
$25,000

www.dchunger.org
To provide general operating support.

DC PRIMARY CARE COALITION
$25,000

www.dcpca.org
To advocate for a health system that provides comprehensive care, improves health, contains costs, and addresses the social factors that affect health.

CENSUS 2020 COUNT DMV IN FUND/GREATER WASHINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
$25,000

www.thecommunityfoundation.org
To support the Census 2020 Count DMV In Fund, a funding partnership that will work to ensure a complete and accurate Census count in the Washington, DC region by supporting outreach to hard-to-reach populations.

GREATER WASHINGTON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATIVE/GREATER WASHINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
$25,000

www.thecommunityfoundation.org
To support a funding partnership that will work to strengthen regional education and skills training systems in health care, with the goal of moving low-income adults into sustainable employment.

IMPACT SILVER SPRING
$25,000

www.impactsilverspring.org
To provide general operating support.

INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH INNOVATION
$25,000

www.institutephi.org
To support the Center for the Community Health Workforce, which will work to ensure Community Health Workers are integrated in the public health and health care systems.

JUSTICE FOR MUSLIMS COLLECTIVE
$25,000

www.justiceformuslims.org
To provide general operating support.

LA CLINICA DEL PUEBLO
$25,000

www.lcdp.org
To advocate for health equity for the Latino and other immigrant communities in the Washington, DC region.

LEGAL AID JUSTICE CENTER
$25,000

www.justice4all.org
To advocate for the rights of low-income immigrant workers and organize workers and their communities.

MANY LANGUAGES ONE VOICE
$35,000

www.mlovdc.org
$25,000 to provide general support and $10,000 to support community organizing and leadership development and creating a pipeline for employment that will train community members as organizers, advocates, outreach workers, and interpreters.

MARYLAND CENTER ON ECONOMIC POLICY
$25,000

www.mdeconomy.org
To provide general operating support.

MARYLAND HUNGER SOLUTIONS/ FOOD RESEARCH AND ACTION CENTER
$25,000

www.mdhungersolutions.org
To provide general operating support.

MIRIAM’S KITCHEN
$25,000

www.miriamskitchen.org
To advocate for housing policies which will address chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia.

NATIONAL KOREAN AMERICAN SERVICE AND EDUCATION CONSORTIUM
$25,000

www.nakasec.org/virginia
To provide general operating support.

ORGANIZING NEIGHBORHOOD EQUITY
$25,000

www.onedconline.org
To provide general operating support.

PRIMARY CARE COALITION OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY
$25,000

www.primarycarecoalition.org
To provide general operating support.

PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND
$25,000

www.progressivemaryland.org
To provide general operating support.

PUBLIC JUSTICE CENTER
$25,000

www.publicjustice.org
To provide general operating support.

RACIAL JUSTICE NOW!
$10,000

www.rjnohio.org
To support the organizing, leadership development and advocacy of Black parents in Maryland.

RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTER – DC
$25,000

www.rocunited.org
To provide general operating support.

SAFE PLACES FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COMMUNITY AND EQUITY IN ACTION
$25,000

www.spacesinaction.org
To provide general operating support.

TENANTS AND WORKERS UNITED
$25,000

www.tenantsandworkers.org
To provide general operating support.

UNDOCUBLACK NETWORK
$25,000

www.undocublack.org
To provide general operating support.

VIRGINIA COALITION OF LATINO ORGANIZATIONS
$25,000

www.vacolao.org
To provide general operating support.

VOICES FOR VIRGINIA’S CHILDREN
$25,000

www.vakids.org
To provide general operating support.

WASHINGTON AIDS PARTNERSHIP
$25,000

www.washingtonaidspartnership.org
To support the implementation of the Ending HIV Plan.