Building Community, Changing Lives

The Takoma Foundation raises funds to advance the social, environmental, economic, educational and cultural interests of the greater Takoma Park community. We focus our grant-giving on projects that empower individuals, break down barriers, build connections between people and expand community capacity.

Grantee Spotlight

Teen Community Garden

The Foundation takes pride in awarding “seed money” to start-up groups. But what about money to buy seeds? In 2011 we gave a grant that helped establish a hands-on garden for kids on the grounds of City Hall. Manure-based compost replaced fill dirt. Pole beans climbed up railings. Cherry tomatoes thrived as everyone’s favorite. Years later the garden’s success continues. Children learn where food comes from and the extra bounty goes to people in need. Among the Garden Crew’s all-star cast were former Azalea Award winners Cherwanda Oliver, Annie Mozer, Vineda Myers, Cindy Dyballa and the late Kay Daniels-Cohen (pictured above), who had the vision and made it happen.

Event Spotlight

Kickoff Event 2019

On January 26th over 100 grantees, donors, and volunteers joined us for the Takoma Foundation 2019 Kickoff event at Historic Takoma on Carroll Avenue. The event combined the MLK Day Unsung Hero Awards and the traditional Takoma Foundation holiday event.

Awards Spotlight

2019 Azalea Awards 
Call for Nominations

It’s time once again to advocate for the people and organizations that stand out for their contributions to the Greater Takoma community. In addition to the traditional ten categories, this year we’ve added a new category to honor a city employee whose efforts have been particularly notable. Follow the link below to find out more and share your nominee suggestions.
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