from the Chair
Welcome to the website of
the Washington, D.C. Alumnae Foundation, Inc.
The Foundation has a rich history of providing funding, “Investing In
The Future of Our Community”, to worthy community service programs
targeted at improving the quality of life for the citizens of the District
We invite you take the time to look at our website. Here you will learn
about our history and the programs we have funded over the past
thirty years, review our grant application process, and most
importantly, see the many ways you can contribute to the Foundation, which
includes participation in our annual major fundraiser.
As a public Foundation,
we remain committed to supporting worth-while community programs. That
commitment can only continue with your support. On behalf of the Board of
Directors, I welcome you to our site. Look us over, share our vision, and
lend us your support.
President, Board of Directors
Venida Y. Hamilton, Vice-President
Karla Gilchrist-Saunders, Corresponding
Michelle L. Young, Treasurer
Mary Q. Grant
Francis P. Nelson
Deborah D. Singleton
Venida Hamilton, Immediate Past Chair
& Registered Agent
Our New WDCAF Grant Awardee
• Family Matters
Family Matters of Greater Washington, Inc. (FMGW) has been coming to the aid of vulnerable Greater Washington residents of all ages for 134 years. Today, FMGW is one of the largest and oldest nationally accredited social service organizations in the District of Columbia. Founded in 1882 to fight pauperism, the organization has from the outset been in the forefront of improving the lives of those in need.
Camp Moss Hollow owned and operated by FMGW, began operations in 1966 and this year marks its commemorative 50th anniversary. Camp Moss Hollow, affectionately called "The Hollow" is a unique environment that has provided over 30,000 underprivileged Washington, DC youth with the opportunity to access nature, education and arts programs, keeping them off the streets and introducing them to new skills that will last a lifetime. This year-round program provides educational, recreational, and socialization services for low-income, inner-city children and youth, aged 7 to 14 with an opportunity to experience hiking and nature trails, rustic cabins, an academic pavilion, a large swimming pool, tent camping and a two-acre lake for fishing, canoeing and water activities.
This grant will fund the FMGW 2016 Winter Leadership Camp. FMGW will provide 50 underserved at-risk Washington, DC youth to participate in a six-weekend leadership program inclusive of structured academics, recreational activities, local field trips, a service learning project, and a college tour.
Our New WDCAF Donation Recipients
• Endeavors by Women (NEW)
New Endeavors by Women (NEW) creates futures. NEW provides a nurturing environment so that women can recognize their worth. NEW transforms lives, by providing housing, fostering the development of life skills and promoting education and employment to end the cycle of homelessness.
• The Afro Newspaper
Afro Newspaper is celebrating 125 years of years of existence and still impacting the community through its non-profit Afro Charities. The newspaper delivers 2000 papers per week to 21 Senior Citizen facilities in the city free of charge to fill a void and keep seniors informed.