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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 Results

The Takoma Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Azalea Awards, who were recently honored at the Celebrate Takoma festival. They found a variety of creative and meaningful ways to make a difference for their fellow neighbors. Thanks to all who played a part in the Azaleas this year, from the Takoma Recreation Department, the Azalea Awards Committee, the nominees, and of course to the voters. Click the link below to view the nominees and winners.
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