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.

Takoma Foundation Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

To our friends, neighbors, and stakeholders:

The Takoma Foundation stands committed to support members of the Greater Takoma community affected by this ongoing crisis.

As the crisis will have vast repercussions on the health, social, and economic status of our friends and neighbors in Greater Takoma, we’ve moved to issue five Operational Support Grants geared toward organizations currently active in emergency response activities. These organizations are currently and actively assisting local residents who are disproportionately suffering hardships due to the Covoid-19 pandemic.

Additional grant opportunities are planned on an accelerated schedule to help sustain nonprofits struggling to rise to the current challenges facing Greater Takoma. The Foundation remains dedicated to empowering groups focused on the immediate concerns of community members, including the needs of low- and moderate-income residents and youth.

Please continue to check this website for future announcements.

Wishing you and your families safety and good health,

The Takoma Foundation Board of Directors

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

Beerfest XI…Good Times for All

Takoma’s Favorite Night Out truly did “Go to 11” this year! Feedback from attendees, vendors, and everyone else in between was resoundingly positive. Thanks to all who participated—we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.

Awards Spotlight

2020 Azalea Awards Results

The Takoma Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Azalea Awards, who were recently honored at a special event at Historic Takoma. 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—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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