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

Lunch and Learn Supports Youth in Takoma Park

Takoma Park’s Lunch and Learn, a Takoma Foundation grantee, is a special summer camp designed for underserved children. Operational since 2013, the camp prioritizes academics and give kids a free breakfast and lunch daily.

The camp first started at Essex House, but quickly outgrew the community room there. Kids from Hampshire Tower Apartments eventually got involved too.

Awards Spotlight

Azalea Awards Returns after Pandemic Pause

These have been difficult times. While the pandemic has caused tremendous suffering and exacerbated existing inequities, it has also fostered resilience and inspired incredible acts of altruism and service. In recognition of this, the Takoma Foundation has added “Covid Superhero” to the slate of Azalea Awards categories. Eight of this year’s 32 nominees fall under this new category. 

The polls are now closed and the final results will be released soon!

Event Spotlight

Community Beerfest 2021

This year’s iteration of Takoma’s Favorite Night Out—held on October 9th at the Takoma Station tavern—was a welcome return to the annual fundraising tradition. Billed as “Community Beerfest,” the downscaled event sought to bring together community members in a casual, fun atmosphere and celebrate their contribution and others’ to the Foundation’s work supporting local organizations.