Five incredible nonprofits were in our finalist pool for our 2021 inaugural grant.

Learn about some of the ongoing ways you can stay involved with their work below.

Read the press release about the 5 finalists

Read the press release about our GRANT RECIPIENT, Access Youth

Free Minds Book Club

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop was a finalist in our Arts & Culture focus area. You can continue to support their work in the following ways:

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop uses books, creative writing, job placement, and violence prevention to support DC’s incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and adults in achieving their career, education, and life goals. We’d love for you to provide encouraging feedback to our members’ poetry at our virtual Write Nights. You can also support our members by picking up a copy of our new book When You Hear Me (You Hear Us): Voices on Youth Incarceration, by inviting our Poet Ambassadors to visit your workplace or community group, or by sponsoring this program for schools and detention centers.

Audubon Naturalist Society

The Audubon Naturalist Society was a co-finalist with the Urban Studio in our Environment focus area. You can continue to support their work in the following ways:

  • Donate to protect wildlife and natural areas across the DC region
  • Explore the great outdoors and learn through our classes, field trips and talks
  • Visit Woodend Nature Sanctuary, a peaceful 40-acre habitat oasis showcasing our new Accessible Nature Trail
  • Read our Conservation Blog
  • Sign up for Action Alerts on important human health, nature conservation, climate crisis, and sustainable land use topics
  • Volunteer to help people throughout the DC region enjoy, learn about and protect nature
  • Rent historic Woodend Mansion, the perfect venue for your social or corporate event
Generation Hope

Generation Hope was a finalist in our Family focus area. You can continue to support their work in the following ways:

  • We are hosting a Virtual Career Week 10/17-10/23, which provides an opportunity for our Scholars to learn about various career paths and build career-related connections and skills. We are still looking for volunteers to join on panels about certain career paths and to help with mock interviews for our Scholars. You can learn more and register here.
  • We are also looking for individual mentors to work one-on-one with our Scholars and group mentors to support our families in Next Generation Academy. These are great opportunities to build meaningful relationships with our Scholars and support them (and their children). You can learn more here.
  • We are also collecting items (grocery cards, school supplies, books, and more) for our “Wish List,” which provides vital support to our Scholars, enabling them to focus their energy on school and their little ones. You can learn more and purchase items for our Scholars here.
Bridges to Independence

Bridges to Independence was a finalist in our Health & Wellness focus area. You can continue to support their work in the following ways:

Bridges to Independence’s vision is to break intergenerational cycles of poverty through a comprehensive program including shelter, housing, and workforce development.  In December 2020, Bridges merged with Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation to expand Bridges’ mission and further achieve the vision, significantly increasing the number of families served. With this expansion, donations are especially welcome.
There are also a myriad  volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups alike, including the Arlington Turkey Trot 5k walk/run on Thanksgiving (sponsor, participate, or volunteer); Holiday Helpers (volunteer as an individual or a group) are needed through December.