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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.

Now, more than ever, we must stand together in our communities to build and nurture a more caring, inclusive, just and supportive environment. The Takoma Foundation strives to play a vital role in this endeavour, addressing local needs and enabling greater diversity and creativity in not only Takoma Park and Takoma D.C., but in neighboring Long Branch and Silver Spring as well.

Our Impact

For more than a decade, the generosity of our donors has helped us accomplish incredible things—providing financial support for hundreds of meaningful local projects that have made our community a better place to live and work! Through various grantee initiatives, we’ve been able to help

  • disadvantaged youth prepare for real life,
  • hard-working families re-settle to a new homeland,
  • seniors give back through their experience,
  • civic groups to improve social integration,
  • run literacy programs for ESOL students and their families,
  • build edible gardens for elementary schoolers,
  • teach parenting skills that enable pregnant teens to stay in school
  • older residents to age in place,
  • create job opportunities for youth,
  • and much more!

Discover the full breadth of programs and projects supported by reviewing our current and archived Grants Portfolios.

Your Donations at Work

Your gift to Takoma Foundation is one of the most effective and efficient ways you can impact local progress. Entirely volunteer-operated, the Foundation is able to pass every dollar donated directly to programs and projects that bring people together and make our community such a diverse and special place.

Grantee Spotlight

Carpe Diem Arts

The “Healthy Parents: Families, Healthy Communities” project will work with the Essex House community. Carpe Diem Arts, inc will run Parent Support Groups, Quilting Conversations, Parent Engagement Workshop, and Healthy Cooking Workshops; these workshops are designed to help parents learn and practice tools to improve school involvement, community engagement including family dynamics.

Event Spotlight

Beerfest X A Success!

Thank you to all who participated in Takoma Park’s tenth annual Beerfest! This year’s event was indeed Xtra fun and Xtra special, not to mention Xtra successful, having raised nearly $19,000! Your contributions are key to our support of community organizations doing good for Greater Takoma. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Beerfest!

Awards Spotlight

2018 Azalea Awards Winners

Congratulations to our most recently selected winners—individuals representing the best of what Takoma has to offer, going “above and beyond” to make a difference for their families, friends and neighbors. They are truly living up to the Takoma Foundation motto of “building bridges and changing lives.”
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